Chinatown is not for the fainthearted. With suckling pig and shark fin soup lining the streets of this bustling neighborhood, visitors are oftentimes hesitant to visit this not so luxurious part of town. That being said, Chinatown is one of the most unique and entertaining areas in Bangkok, and the bars here are no exception. Throw caution to the wind and head to one of the best bars in Chinatown.
Red Rose Jazz Bar
Go back in time when visiting Red Rose Jazz Bar, a bar and music venue bursting with good vibes and hosting some of the best international and local musicians in the city. Located inside the Shanghai Mansion Boutique Hotel, guests are engulfed in 1930s Shanghai decor, making for a memorable drinking experience. The bar is located right off Yaowarat Road as well, and it is hard to miss with the steady flow of good music rolling out from its open exterior. The bar and restaurant also serves up a wide array of both Chinese and Thai cuisine for those restaurant-goers who build up an appetite while listening to the music.
Art and alcohol connoisseurs can ban together for a night out at 23 Bar & Gallery. The bar that doubles as an art exhibition has already made a name for itself, having only opened just last year. The bar, restaurant and gallery trio also has a number of artists who come in and play live sets, making it one of the best spots for a drink after dark. The bar is not exactly luxurious and has mediocre seating at best, but it makes for some great vibes, with customers lounging around for hours just enjoying the atmosphere, music, art and more. The bar is conveniently located near the MRT Subway station Hua Lamphong. Hopeful visitors take exit one and soon find themselves enjoying the beverages of their choice all while taking in whatever exhibit is showing at the time.
Located inside the Grand China Hotel is the China Princess Hotel Rooftop Bar, otherwise known as the Club Lounge or the Revolving Restaurant. This restaurant and bar is best known for its impeccable views of the Chao Phraya River, which guests can see from the 25th floor of the building. With live music every evening and stupefying views, this is the perfect bar to unwind in after a long day spent exploring the immense city.
The lure of giant, towering sky bars and a luxurious nightlife might keep some tourists from exploring the hole in the wall bars and restaurants found sporadically throughout Bangkok. Venture out of the usual tourist itinerary for Bangkok and visit Tep Bar for an amazing night of drinks, dancing and more. The entrance is a bit tricky to find, but once visitors venture through the glass-paneled doors, they are greeted with an ambiance that cannot be beaten. The bar was designed with detail in mind as the small, circular wooden stools and tables are placed throughout a rectangular seating area, encased by low, black bars. Many visitors find the drinks on the menu to be foreign and strange, with a plethora of new and different combinations.
Those people hoping to find the perfect gin combination need to make their way to Teens of Thailand. This bar, just within walking distance of Tep Bar, first greets customers with two large wooden medieval-looking doors. Teens of Thailand’s charms lies in its interior, where stark concrete walls are sporadically decked out in interesting photography. Thai-style furniture is pushed up along the outside edges of its quaint interior, as the bar itself is not very large. The atmosphere certainly fosters interaction between bar-goers and even the bartenders; those looking for a unique night out should head to Teens Of Thailand.