This five-storey commercial building is the de facto regional hub for music and the visual and performing arts. It promises a diverse medley of exhibitions – at least 12 annually – recruiting incredibly talented artists, dancers, musicians, and directors from all over Thailand. Evident by its open, welcoming architecture, the concept behind the space is to strengthen Bangkok’s artistic community by supporting local artists and collaborating internationally.
With painting classes gaining popularity in cities worldwide, it’s no wonder one popped up in trendy Thonglor – with its own added twist. Hosted in a beautiful bar with floor-to-ceiling windows and views over the soi below, Paintbar’s motto is: “Because we don’t paint without sipping and we don’t sip without painting.” It has a great selection of wine, beer, cider, and sake, along with snacks to nibble on as you express your inner genius.
A state-of-the-art climbing facility, Urban Playground has more than 7,000 square feet of climbing space, suitable for all levels from beginners to experts. Seeking a thrill right away? First timers can have a go under professional instruction in belaying, bouldering, or in a full-blown introduction to climbing course. Experienced climbers can contact the staff for help finding a session partner, or can offer a private belay service. Climbing not your thing? Urban Playground is a part of The Racquet Club, which itself offers swimming, tennis, badminton, squash and racquetball, snooker, and group exercise classes.
Built on a concept of community and like-mindedness, theCommons is a sanctuary amid the busy vibe of Thonglor. The open design is a true celebration of modern Thai architecture, dotted with cafes, restaurants, and boutique shops between full-grown trees under expansive ceilings. Nosh on international cuisine from food court kiosks imagined by top regional restaurateurs, before heading to pick up a few necessities, like vintage clothes, flowers, or freshly baked baguettes. The community of vendors hosts regular workshops and as well, so check their schedule to see upcoming events.
Thonglor’s “electronic playground” is a childhood dream come true. Take reprise from Bangkok’s infamous heat to play a huge selection of console, computer, and popular board games while dining on locally famous bar food. Game Over Lounge has a private area donned with an enormous, eight-person couch, and games for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Wii U. Relax with craft beers over a game of Monopoly while waiting for one of local food truck legend Daniel Thaiger’s burgers, or if you’re more of a serious gamer, head to one of their two dedicated PC-gaming rooms.
This beautiful studio nestled within Thonglor is more than a mecca for local yogis – though it specialises in classes from beginner to advanced levels – but offers a wide range of healthy options dedicated to physical and mental well-being. The friendly staff is happy to help recommend classes based on individual needs, from basic stretch sessions to full-on Bollywood Dance hours. After getting your sweat (or meditation) on, hit the luxury-level shower facilities to freshen up before emerging back into the trendiness of Thonglor.