Living and working in Bangkok as an expat is fun. It’s a big city with a population of over 8 million of which many are foreigners of western countries. Therefore there are always some expat bars in Bangkok around the corner.
Many expats meet after work in one of the many of bars of the city. These are some of the better known expat bars in Bangkok:
1. Cheap Charlies
Located at one of the most popular streets of Bangkok, cheap charlies attracts all kind of expats to Sukhumvit Soi 11. At around 7 pm the bar fills up with expats from all around the world. You will find the traveler who is living on a budget in Bangkok and trying to figure out his life or the business man who stops by after an important meeting. It’s a very diverse bar with many faces.
It was founded in 1982 by charly himself who apparently is still watching over you as a skull is hanging and looking down at the bar. Everybody who wants is welcome to leave his business card on a wall at the back of the bar which today covered by hundreds of cards from all over the world. Prices at this bar are very cheap and start at 60 baht for a chang beer. Mixed drinks cost 70 baht and wine 100 baht. Very reasonable and you will always find somebody to have a chat with.
2. Saxophone Pub
It’s a very relaxed and rustic bar with two stories. Saxophone has a very special vibe which gets your right from the second you enter the pub. Here you will not only find many expats who enjoy their drinks with nice live music, you will also find many locals who move their hips to the rhythm of the music.
Prices are very reasonable and they have a big variety of drinks.
3. Q Bar
Q-Bar is also on Sukhumvit Soi 11. Opened by the same owner who managed the famous Q-Bar in Saigon, Vietnam. It is a very popular expat bar in Bangkok where you will meet many foreigners. It carries the biggest choice of spirits in whole Bangkok. There is nearly nothing that they don’t have and if the case happens that they don’t have a special liqueur in stock they’ll make sure it’s there the next time. The prices are more expensive than at Cheap Charlies and Saxophone but the atmosphere is nice.
It’s at the end of Soi 11 opposite Nest.
4. Wine Connection
Wine Connection opened its new restaurant at the Rain Hill Shopping Complex on Sukhumvit 47. The chick restaurant is popular among expats in the area in thonglor. Surprisingly the prices are very reasonable and the food is delicious.
5. Zaks Wine Pub
Open since March of this year Zaks WinePubr offers exceptional wines at everyday prices. The atmosphere is great at this bar and the PR manager Richard always tried to welcome every guest personally. Zaks is also at Sukhumvit Soi 11 between the German Beerhouse and the Australian Bar.
6. Bed Superclub
It’s regarded as the hottest club in town and definitely worth going at least once while in Bangkok. Prices are extremely expensive but atmosphere is extremely good! Here you will meet many expats dancing to the finest electro beats Bangkok has to offer. The club is separated into two sections, one that is aimed at dinner, drinking and relaxing and another one which is aimed to party and dance!
The little rooftop bar is a nice hangout spot it the end of Sukhumvit Soi 11. It’s opposite Q Bar in the Le Fenix Hotel building. It has nice lounge furniture with sometimes life music and good DJ’s. On Wednesday they always have a special evening where beers and other cocktails are offered at 100 Baht. Nest is a nice place to start the evening and continue the night in one of the clubs blow.
8. The Australian
The Australian is packed with farang (Thai for foreigner) but you won’t only find Australians here, all kind of foreigners come here to enjoy a coopers beer and watch some sports while enjoying a good homemade burger. They normally have a live band which is pretty good! Its always a lot of fun to come here for a couple of stubbies.
9. Viva & Aviv The River
Right at the Chao Phraya River lays this little gem. Prices are relatively high but the place has it’s price. Viva & Aviv is nicely decorated with a big terrace where you can relax on a lazy Sunday or come for a sundowner after work. It’s located behind the river city complex. Take a boat from BTS station Saphan Taksin or go with the Metro to MRT Station Hua Lamphong and ask a taxi or tuk tuk to take you to the River City complex or Royal Ohrid Sheraton.
10. Hyde & Seek
Located next close to the BTS station of Phlon Chit, this is one of the central hotspots of Bangkok. Cocktails are expensive but delicious and the interior, a mix of gentleman’s club with modern sophistication, is already worth a visit. This is a great expat bar in bangkok to start with expensive drinks and good cigars before going out to the clubs of the city. It’s located next to the Plaza Athenee.
There are some good guides about Bangkok some of these bars are included in the following guides:
- Bangkok (City Guide)
- The Rough Guide to Bangkok (Rough Guides)
- Top 10 Bangkok (EYEWITNESS TOP 10 TRAVEL GUIDE)
- Bangkok (City Travel Guide)
- Lonely Planet Thailand (Country Travel Guide)