Salt (at Ari)

Set in one of Bangkok’s hipster neighbourhoods, the center of the action here is the glasshouse dining room cum bar that’s packed every night with the bold and the beautiful. The extensive menu embraces French and Japanese culinary classics, as well as some top-notch pizzas made in a wood-fired oven; the Wagyu beef pizza is definitely recommended. The wraparound courtyard offers a more chilled-out space, while a rotating roster of DJs provide a soundtrack of house and ’80s hits.

111/2 Soi Phaholyothin 7 (Aree 4), Phaholyothin Rd
+6626196886
North of Center
Mon–Sat 5 pm to midnight
Credit card, ec/debit card
Sushi

Tuba design furniture and restaurant

Combining art with a bar may not be an entirely unique concept—unless the art makes the joint seem more like an eccentric friend’s house. It begins with the nude portraits on the walls and the array of vintage, mismatched furniture. The music here is as random as the décor, but this gastropub doesn’t stop there: The Thai-Italian inspired menu boasts some of the best pizza in town, and the cocktail menu is one of Bangkok’s largest. Be sure to swing by during happy hour (5–8 pm daily).

34 Ekkamai Soi 21
+6627115500
BTS Sukhumvit Line to Ekkamai
Daily 11 am to 2 am
Credit card
Fusion

Greyhound cafe

This café could easily be in New York: cool, unplastered brick walls with crisp, spartan, and detail-oriented décor that you only notice on second glance. The food follows the popular Thai practice of taking traditional recipes from other countries—in this case, the US—and combining them with Thai cuisine. The slogan on the waiters’ jackets reads: “Do you like to live dangerously? Try our weekly special!”

622 Sukhumvit Road
+6626648663
Daily 11.30 am to 10 pm
Credit card, ec/debit card
International

Maggie Choo’s

Maggie Choo’s

A speakeasy in the 1930s-Shanghai mold, it is fronted by a traditional noodle shop festooned with parasols and antique birdcages that serves a mean bowl of Ba Mee Moo Dang (BBQ pork with egg noodles in broth). Step past the curtained entrance and it’s whole new world, with a vintage casino-style bar, leather couches, Qipao-clad lovelies that pose atop the bar-top or on swings, and a jazz soundtrack. The libations are strong and aromatic, like the “Empress of India,” a delicious blend of vodka, dragon fruit, marjoram, and lime.

320 Silom Rd
+6626356055
Mon–Thu 7.30 pm to 2 am
Fri–Sat 7.30 pm to 3 am
Sun 7.30 pm to 2 am

Clouds at Seenspace (Thonglor)

Clouds – Seenspace Thonglor

Built around an 80-year-old tree, this futuristic bar in trendy Thongor is a nod to nature. Row upon row of tiny silver balls represents raindrops, while acrylic blocks encase decomposed leaves. The ceiling is an ever-changing art installation, sometimes numerous Barbie dolls, plastic pigs, apples, or Christmas ornaments on other occasions. Innovative cocktails and the snack-size pizzas, a house specialty, attract the crowds.

251/1 Seenspace Center, Sukhumvit 55 Rd
+6621852365

W hotel Bangkok

W hotel Bangkok

This iconic lifestyle and party hotel is an embodiment of the W brand—and certainly doesn’t fail to impress. This stylish haven is vibrant and sleek, engaging a wide color palette and cutting-edge design throughout. The 403 rooms offer all the luxuries one would expect from a W, while the public areas have a unique vibe echoing Bangkok’s lively ambiance. The WOOBAR on the ground floor is a posh hangout for jetsetters and fashionistas—be sure to dress to impress.

106 North Sathorn Road
+6623444000
BTS Silom Line to Chong Nonsi
Price: $$$$

Boutique

Exterior view at night
Exterior view at night