It's a bar near Koh San road that plays the best blues and has a cool range of cocktails. It was my local when I taught English there and I was never out of the place. Try the flatliner cocktails - guaranteed to make your night go faster!! Mr Sharkey
Every backpacker knows Bangkok's Khao Sanh Road, but running parallel to it is a much lesser-known alley with all the cheap hostels, bars, restaurants and shops you find on the main drag. Just far less crowded and frenetic.
Find your way to the Khao Sanh road in the Banglamphu area: Trok Mayom lies just to the north. Walkable also from Phra Athit river pier.
A place to drink or dine for friends of Dorothy and their friends too. Each table has a phone and a number, see a boy or two you like? Use the 'hotline' and give them a buzz. The bar is very fun and not cruisey at all, my straight friends love it more than me.
114/11-13 Silom Soi 4 Silom Road
The Brick Bar has a variety of live bands every night including jazz, blues and ska. The cocktails are excellent and cheap and the beer cold. Waitresses are very attractive and, rather efficiently, never let your glass, jug or bottle empty without bringing a replacement over.
265 Khao San Rd, Phranakorn; www.brickbarkhaosan.com; To the left of McDonald's on Khao San Road
When you've had enough of hotel piano players crooning "Fry me to the moon," go to Metal Zone. There's usually quite a mixed crowd. Beer is sold outside the venue along with ear plugs. It's been visited by Ozzy and a few other rock legends, there is usually also a live band.
Metal Zone (tel 02 255 1913), around the corner from Th Sarasin on Soi Lang Suan, just north of Lumphini Park.
I stayed in the Banyan Tree Hotel in October having previously visited for a drink the year before. The hotel is excellent - they cannot do enough to assist you and the breakfast is top notch.
What makes it great though, is that all this doesn't come with a premium price tag. Not budget accomodation by a long way, but you don't need a second mortgage to stay there.
But the highlight is a visit to the roof top bar (Vertigo) on the 64th floor. Fantastic views, great atmosphere and fab cocktails. Felt very Sex and the City. Certainly the place to take someone you're hoping to impress. Just make sure you wear trousers, not shorts.
If you're not into ping-pong and darts - and let's face it, it's really best avoided - Patpong does have lots else to offer. Check out the much-loved Elvis and Tom Jones impersonators at Radio City instead: the most fun you'll have with the performers' clothes on.
Patpong 1, Silom Road. Saladaeng BTS Station.
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