The Best Bars In Thonglor, Bangkok

Kelly Iverson

Thonglor is all the buzz right now, obtaining popularity with all those who frequent this thriving area. From youthful, seriously cool, Thai hipsters to expats who are exploring the City of Angels for the first time, Thonglor never seems to disappoint those who visit. If you are looking to grab a beer, cocktail, or any other alcoholic beverage, this area is eager to please, as it is home to a plethora of speakeasies, gaming lounges, and more. Here, the best bars in Thonglor, Bangkok.

1. Bad Motel

Bar, Restaurant, Thai, Asian

© Courtesy of Bad Motel

From a rooftop terrace to class cocktails, Badmotel has everything one could ever possibly need for an entertaining night out. This restaurant and bar is sure to catch the attention of passersby long before they ever step foot into its delicious establishment. Its exterior is seemingly falling apart, but it was decorated as such with intention. The creators of Badmotel started off with an empty, rundown building, but the bar and restaurant has evolved immensely since then. With fun, flexible spaces on every floor, including an indoor bar, hidden outdoor courtyard, and additional private spaces on the second floor and rooftop, there is a hang-out spot for everyone that visits this unique bar. Badmotel serves up a variety of delicious cuisine, including wasabi shrimp ceviche and larb French fries. Those looking for a few drinks should be sure to try the green or yellow mango mojito, as well. There is plenty of seating throughout, so be sure to grab a pack of friends and head for Badmotel for a memorable night out in Thonglor.

2. The Iron Fairies

Bar, Cocktail Bar, Restaurant, American

The Iron Fairies, Bangkok
Courtesy of Iron Fairies

Those looking for the most unique of drinking venues should head to The Iron Fairies. Even the name is one-of-a-kind, making potential customers curious as to what lies behind this bar’s hidden exterior. Upon entering, guests are greeted by an interesting, detail-oriented interior, with a large spiraling staircase, old tricycles, and vintage leather seating throughout, making for the most unusual of décor. In addition to its enchanting atmosphere, this bar and restaurant also serves up some of the best burgers in the city and has an extensive cocktail menu.

3. BREW Beers & Ciders

Bar, Restaurant, American, Thai

BREW - Beers & Ciders Sukhumvit Soi 11, Bangkok
Courtesy of BREW Beers & Ciders

With three locations across the city of Bangkok, BREW Beers & Ciders continues to impress even the most avid of beer-drinkers. Those missing their favorite brews will be delighted to hear that BREW Beers & Ciders is the first and one of the most popular import beer bars in the city, with ample ales and a plethora of ciders to choose from. In addition to its imported beers, BREW Beers & Ciders has live music, an extensive menu filled with delicious food, and an atmosphere great for sitting down, grabbing a few drinks, and spending a night in their romantically lit, outdoor seating area.

4. Clouds

Bar, Restaurant, Wine Bar, Italian

Located inside of Thonglor 13’s SEENSPACE on the first floor is Clouds Restaurant & Bar. SEENSPACE is a lifestyle mini-mall that is chock-full of good finds, from quaint Japanese restaurants to some of the best coffee in town. Those looking for something a bit stronger than coffee should head to Clouds. The restaurant and bar is built around a large tree, and the entirety of the bar is inspired by this. Nature is the name of the game, and the restaurant is decorated with faux raindrops and wooden seating, complementing the stone furniture and interior. Ashley Sutton, the same designer who created Iron Fairies, is behind the décor of Clouds.

5. Beer Belly

Bar, Restaurant, American

Beer Belly, Bangkok
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We are back with another open-air mall concept, but this time, we are headed to 72 Courtyard. You can’t miss this establishment from the well-known Sukhumvit 55, as the large, concrete-slab exterior is decorated with nothing other than its name in block letters. From the outside, the mall might strike visitors as simple, but its interior is anything but. For a drink, we recommend heading directly to Beer Belly. With 20 taps of craft beer, restaurant-goers will find no shortage of ales to get their buzz on. From crafts to drafts and a plethora of imported beers, visitors might find themselves leaving Beer Belly with one of their own. All of these beers are best paired with one of the many bar games Beer Belly is equipped with, including pool, jenga, battleship, and even beer pong. There is an abundance of outside seating available, for those who wish to enjoy Bangkok’s weather on a cooler day. Beer Belly often welcomes live performers, so grab your favorite brew and enjoy the impeccable atmosphere at this cool restaurant, bar, gaming arena, and more.

6. Game Over Lounge

Bar, Cafe, Restaurant, Thai, American

Game Over Lounge, Bangkok
© Courtesy of Game Over Lounge

High-end PC gaming, board games, a Foosball table: one might never suspect that such gaming equipment would ever be found in a bar. That is exactly what Game Over Lounge in Thonglor is equipped with however, as well as, delicious beer, of course. Thailand’s only electronic playground is the first of its kind, with games and activities suited for the most avid of gamers to those who have never picked up a gaming console in their entire lives. Game Over Lounge is sure to entertain visitors for hours, with an abundance of gaming goodies for bar-goers to choose from. This is not your typical internet café, however, as it is also equipped with both a café and bar that serves up a variety of desserts, craft beers, wines, spirits, and more. Game Over Lounge just underwent construction and doubled in size, so be sure to check out its new, updated space.

7. Rabbit Hole

Bar, Cocktail Bar, Restaurant, Pub Grub, Thai, Cocktails

Rabbit Hole only launched in December 2015, but it has already made a big impression on Bangkok’s bar scene. The speakeasy’s impeccably designed interior is one that is hard to compete with, outfitted with dark décor throughout. There is no sign on the door, so hopeful visitors must be on the look out to find this hidden gem of bars behind the big wooden door that first greets those who enter. If you get lost, Rabbit Hole is located between Soi 5 and 7. This three-story bar is equipped with ample black leather bar stools throughout, making it the perfect place to sit and enjoy a signature cocktail (or two). One of Rabbit Hole’s favorite cocktails is ‘Cry Me to the Moon,’ a sick combination of truffle gin, pandan syrup, apple juice, and a hint of lemon.

8. Flann O'Brien's Irish Pub

Bar, American, Irish, Thai

Irish whiskey
© Johnny Silvercloud/Flickr

Whether you are looking to enjoy a pint of Guinness or catch a game of rugby on one of their big-screen televisions, Flann O’Brien’s Irish Pub is the place to be. This pub is so popular, in fact, that it now has three different locations around the city; this particular location is the restaurant’s newest installment. Flann O’Brien’s Irish Pub is equipped with ample outdoor seating and is located in the heart of one of the most happening areas in town. Come for the craic and stay for the drinks at Flann O’Brien’s Irish Pub.

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