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Hotel Bar
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“Above Eleven Rooftop Bar Cocktails and Fusion Cuisine on Sukhumvit Soi 11 Above Eleven is a very popular 32-storey rooftop bar on Sukhumvit Soi 11 that offers a more vibrant experience than most other rooftops in Bangkok. A few things set this bar apart; Peruvian cuisine, modern party music and value for money signature cocktails being the most apparent. Set over three floors, the view of downtown Bangkok is impressive and far-reaching (despite the lack of riverside views). From here you get a 180-degree panorama of Bangkok, looking towards Siam and the famous row of Bangkok’s shopping malls. There is nothing better than looking down at the slow-moving traffic whilst you enjoy the breeze, drink in hand. The interior design at Above Eleven is modern and without the formal atmosphere typical of rooftops. Here, steel tree-like structures, gentle neon lighting and touches of fake grass make a great place to actually hang out for the night, rather than just a ‘catch a sunset and go’ type of place. Proving many tastes and styles are catered for, the music spans genres depending on the day of the week. Salsa nights on Wednesdays sees the dance floor packed with couples swinging and twirling, while Thursdays takes it down tempo with a three-piece jazz band. Weekends are typically lounge house music to attract the party people from Soi 11 wanting to warm up for a night on the town. The interior design at Above Eleven is modern and without the formal atmosphere typical of rooftops. Here, steel tree-like structures, gentle neon lighting and touches of fake grass make a great place to actually hang out for the night, rather than just a ‘catch a sunset and go’ type of place. Proving many tastes and styles are catered for, the music spans genres depending on the day of the week. Salsa nights on Wednesdays sees the dance floor packed with couples swinging and twirling, while Thursdays takes it down tempo with a three-piece jazz band. Weekends are typically lounge house music to attract the party people from Soi 11 wanting to warm up for a night on the town. Like most rooftop bars, the creative cocktails are an essential part of the blend. Above Eleven have incorporated hints of a Japanese/Peruvian/New York mash-up into the menu. If you fancy a taste of New York, try the Big Smokey Apple or Park View – a blend of Feijoa, rose apple, elderflower, mint and lime. If it’s a South American flavour you are after we recommend the Chilcano – a muddle of Pisco, lime, fresh ginger and ginger ale. Cocktails cost around 300 baht. There are also plenty of sake based concoctions. A light and refreshing option is the Michelada beer, served over ice with lime, pepper and a salted rim. You might be dubious (we were), but it’s something everyone should try once. The excellent food menu is certainly no afterthought. With a focus on Nikkei cuisine – the Japanese/Peruvian fusion that is served at Above Eleven Rooftop – you are sure to sample something fresh and new. Sashimi is popular here and makes the perfect sharing platter, with many spicy and sour dippings and coatings for that South American flavour. The Peruvian chef personally recommends the seafood ceviche: prawns and sea bass cured in a lime and chilli broth, with deep-fried calamari and sweet potatoes. The fish is amazingly succulent due to the gentle cooking method and the sour broth is addictive – we were fighting with our spoon for the last drop. Also highly recommended is the Peruvian Anticuchos, or beef heart skewers. The meat is cut thick with a gently spiced marinade akin to Indian tikka marinade. There is a decent selection of vegetarian options too, such as the Causa Vegetarian, a plate of bread-crumbed mashed potato with yellow chilli and lime juice. Above Eleven Rooftop Bar and Restaurant is on the top of Fraser Suites, around ten minutes’ walk from Nana BTS (or a 10 baht motorcycle taxi from the entrance of Soi 11). The elevator is around the back of the hotel complex. Open from 18:00 until 02:00 every night, it’s always busy so if you fancy dinner it is worth booking ahead. Open from 18:00 until 02:00 every night, it’s always busy so if you fancy dinner it is worth booking ahead. BTS: Nana Address: Fraser Suites Sukhumvit 33rd Floor, Sukhumvit Road Soi 11, Bangkok, 10110 Tel: +66 (0)83 542 1111 ”
37 locals recommend
Jazz Club
“Nice and funky design, very good cocktails, the first of a series of establishments in Asia”
65 locals recommend
Hotel Bar
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“The best rooftop bar for sunset, open from 5 pm with happy hour promotion 5-7 pm all signature cocktail for half price. If you need a good seats for your group, recommend to book the table 1 day in advance.”
34 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“Nana plaza is home to one of Bangkok's infamous red light districts. It is worth a visit for any traveler to see what makes Bangkok unique. ”
17 locals recommend
Nightclub
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“Night club in the middle of Sukhumvit 11, located at Aloft Hotel. Have dress code.”
37 locals recommend
Night Club
“Demo Nightclub With bare brick walls covered in graffiti, exposed piping and metal shutters instead of doors, you could be forgiven for thinking Demo is an abandoned warehouse, but it is actually one of the coolest and most fashionable nightclubs in Bangkok. Demo is very popular with a young and wealthy set of Bangkokians who pull up out front in their Audi’s and Benz’ and then go crazy, partying harder than at most other clubs in the city. There are two rooms: the neon-orange bar area close to the entrance plays hip hop and is a nice place to warm up, while the main room is the domain of cutting-edge house and electro. There is also a large outdoor area which is a popular place to hang out and chat to fellow party people without the need to shout. Most Booked HOTELSRating Shangri-la Bangkok 4.6/ 5 Grande Centre Point Hotel Terminal 21 4.3/ 5 Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok 4.6/ 5 Banyan Tree Bangkok 4.5/ 5 Eastin Grand Hotel Sathorn 4.7/ 5 Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort 4.6/ 5 Amari Watergate Bangkok 4.3/ 5 Riva Surya Bangkok 4.7/ 5 Mercure Bangkok Siam 4.2/ 5 The Peninsula Bangkok 4.8/ 5 Most Booked TOURS Damnoen Saduak Floating Market Tour Banyan Tree's Apsara Dinner Cruise Vertigo & Moon Bar Rooftop Dining Ayutthaya Ancient Capital Tour with River Cruise Shangri-La Hotel's Buffet Dinner Cruise Bridge on the River Kwai & Historic Railway Tour Siam Niramit Dinner Show Calypso Bangkok Cabaret Show Chao Phraya River Dinner Cruise Grand Palace & Emerald Buddha Half-Day Tour Demo is actually one of two clubs connected together, and guests are free to move between the two to check out the different vibes. Funky Villa next door attracts a more mainstream crowd and has a more eclectic music policy; live acts play up-tempo party tunes for everyone to sing along with (if you can speak Thai), and DJs are encouraged to play a range of chart and R&B tunes. Demo is darker, more demure and rocks out to more base heavy beats. Expect to hear house and tech-house music with elements of more niche electronic genres like dubstep and hardbeat. There is no cover charge at Demo but drinks are on the pricey side of the scale: the impressive cocktail menu has options starting from 250 baht, beers start from 220 baht and a top-shelf bottle costs around 2000 baht. If you don’t finish your bottle on the night, you can return it to the bar for safekeeping and they will issue you with a ticket to redeem within one month. Your bottle is also marked and signed so no one will be drinking from your stash. Or if you prefer you can take it with you. Demo is located on Thong Lor Soi 10, close to the vibrant nightlife scene that seems to grow by the week. It is set back from the road, behind Club Muse. Look for the sign for Funky Villa that faces the road. Demo is housed in the same building. The nearest BTS station is Thong Lor, but you will need a taxi or motorbike from the station, or a 20 minute walk. Make sure you bring I.D because the security staff will ask you, even if you look like Mick Jagger. BTS: Thong Lor Address: Thong Lor Soi 10 (look for the bright lights of Funky Villa, set 30 metres back from the road on the far side of a car park) ”
31 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Food and Drink. A good place to have a couple of drinks with friends. It look classy and a good selection of wine.”
18 locals recommend
Nightclub
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“Sing Sing Theater is an award-winning sanctuary of nightlife in Bangkok featuring the hottest DJs from around the globe. A fantastical bar-cum-club with the most creative interior design concept in Bangkok. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 9 pm-2 am, table reservation recommended.”
28 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
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“Beers, Foods, Beam Club, nice and chilling outdoor places in the heart of Thonglor.”
10 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“French. I really felt like I could almost speak French each time after dining at Oskar (lol). Need to grab a taxi or order Grab to go there.”
16 locals recommend
Bistro
“Cielo sky bar and restaurant. Nice place to see a good city view in Bangkok. (Near the property )”
15 locals recommend
Night Club
“A very famous Pub in Bangkok. If you are a night owls. Recommended this!!!!”
16 locals recommend
Bar
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“At first glance the downstairs bar is reminiscent of a small local café in Europe. Behind the glass shop front there are half-a-dozen basic wooden tables, a wall in blood red and polished concrete floors. A personal selection of pictures and records are displayed around the room, and if you come back often enough and the owners will tell you the stories behind them. The bar also features printed coasters with a whole different bunch of meanings for ‘WTF’ (apart from the most obvious). On the two floors above lies gallery space hosting unusual art displays changing on a monthly basis.”
12 locals recommend
Thai Restaurant
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“Thai Restaurant. Interior is nice, food and service are great and I truly enjoyed the experience.”
20 locals recommend
Nightclub
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“Nunglen is all time the most popular night club for Thai people but there will be some switching between thai live band & hiphop EDM music.”
8 locals recommend
Night Club
“Beam Nightclub Bangkok is one of the latest underground dance clubs to open in the city, bringing underground house and techno music to Bangkok’s bass heads.”
13 locals recommend