On Sukhumvit Soi 11, one of Bangkok’s most happening streets, Yvonne Liang narrows down the top-five must-visit venues for your next night out in the Thai capital.
24 Sukhumvit Soi 11
Back when the legendary Bed Supperclub was next door, Oskar Bistro was a favourite pre-party locale for club-crawlers. These days, it’s still packed nightly with a crowd that knows how to have a good time. You can expect the DJ to set the mood with plenty of upbeat tunes, while Chef Julien, a connoisseur of Mediterranean cuisine with over nine years of experience in the Michelin-starred restaurants of the Pourcel brothers, oversees the menu. Ladies are in for a treat on Wednesday nights, when cocktails are buy one get one free. We recommend the eye-catching Lady Berry, made with raspberry vodka, vanilla vodka, raspberry and cream.
Charley Brown’s Mexican Cantina
1/23 Sukhumvit Soi 11
If you’re looking for authentic Mexican food, then this is the perfect spot. From nachos to fajitas, tacos to enchiladas, the menu at Charley Brown’s will have you drooling, never mind the drinks: even if you don’t eat here, the freshly-made sangria and famous margaritas – try the one with passion fruit – make the place well worth a visit. Stop in on Tuesdays, when the above-mentioned drinks are half-price all night long.
3/26 Sukhumvit Soi 11
Just down the street is one of Bangkok’s best burger joints. Once you enter the restaurant you know exactly why it’s called Firehouse: the place is designed to look like fire men might suddenly emerge from the kitchen to put on their gear and save lives. You will probably need some help getting up from your seat after gobbling down one of their hefty burgers. The bacon and blue cheese burger is a winner. Picky eaters can always go for the premium patties, made with imported Australian beef.
35 Sukhumvit Soi 11, 6th Floor
Just across the street from Oskar Bistro is Levels Club & Lounge, an enormous space decked out in glowing lights and colourful strobes, disco balls and chandeliers. There is no cover charge, meaning you’ll find a diverse crowd here, with party people dressed to the nines, scantily-clad in-house dancers and a few of the Khaosan set as well. DJs spin EDM and house music all night long and the venue holds regular events, including guest DJs and other musical performances, as well as drink specials and the occasional theme night. On Thursdays, ladies can enjoy three free drinks before midnight.
Apoteka Bar & Restaurant
33/28 Sukhumvit Soi 11
Opposite Levels you’ll find Apoteka Bar & Restaurant, a themed bar and restaurant inspired by the interior of an old Victorian apothecary. Think medicine bottles and a drink list with cocktails that sound like a visit to the doctor – ‘Vaccination’, for instance. The decor features plenty of exposed brick and sturdy ironwork, laced with Victorian knick-knacks. Menu items include both Thai and Western cuisine, offering something for everyone.
38/8 Soi Sukhumvit 11
Located on the rooftop of Fraser Suites towards the end of Sukhumvit, Above Eleven is exactly as its name suggests. You’ll get the best view from this part of the city sitting high above it all. Savor delicious Peruvian-Japanese cuisine that you won’t find anywhere else. It also happens to be the go to spot for Ladies night at Salsa dancing on Wednesdays. Owner and mastermind behind Above Eleven, Rohit Sachdev brought a piece of New York City to this bar concept with his steel trees and a grassy maze that leads to the restrooms. Try not to get lost!
1/19 Sukhumvit Soi 11
Nestled in the same cul-de-sac as Charley Browns, The Alchemist is a dark and cozy little place that’s packed with personality. Inspired by the internationally renowned novel by Paulo Coelho, you’ll find quotes all over the bar and cool cocktails or “potions”. Owned by two former radio DJs, you can bet your bottom baht that The Alchemist will serve up some great music. Wednesdays and Saturdays are the nights for live music if you want to check out some of Bangkok’s local musicians. You can also sign up for cocktail classes to learn secrets of the trade.
Nest Rooftop Lounge
33/33 Sukhumvit Soi 11
Another open air bar just further into Sukhumvit 11, Rest rooftop bar on the 9th floor of Le Fenix Hotel has hosted some great parties and continue to do so with weekly events happening almost every night of the week. Check out their Sunday Mass where drinks are buy one get one free from 6PM until 9PM. You should definitely put it on your list of Suk 11 barhopping spots, perhaps save it for the later part of the night when you feel like kicking your shoes off and getting comfy in their lounge seats shaped like birds’ nests.