Bangkok Bar Closing Times

 

Soi Cowboy Bangkok

 

The powers that be have announced that later bar closing hours are currently being permitted again. I mentioned this in Night Fever but in this post I want to focus more upon Bangkok’s bar closing times. Initially the reinstated later bar closing times for Bangkok might not be noticed by some people, but they have come into effect. Soi Nana is now open until at least 2:00 AM on a nightly basis. I was informed by Bangkok Bad Boy that it is not plain sailing for Soi Cowboy.  However, Soi Cowboy only closed at 1:00 AM on one particular night. Soi Cowboy continues to close between 2:00 AM and 2:30 AM on a nightly basis. 

Last night (Thursday, June 15) it was raining and at least one bar in Nana Plaza stayed open until 2:45 AM. Tea money is starting to exchange hands once again and you will be able to drink and party later into the early hours.  OK guys, this might not seem like a big deal to some people, but it is absolutely essential for Bangkok’s nightlife venues. Stick Mark II informs us that Patpong will be permitted to stay open 3:00 AM, but at the moment I have no confirmation of this. I just received confirmation that Patpong is indeed open until 3:00 AM. This is a VERY positive stride forward for Bangkok’s nightlife. Party on people!

 
Stickman Bangkok

Some bars that are tucked away from the prominent nightlife areas do stay open very late. Some of these “night cap” bars can be found deeper inside Soi Nana. One such place is Swan Pool Bar and Restaurant, which is situated right on the corner of Soi 6. You can always usually get a night cap after 2:00 AM in Swan Bar, and also in a few other bars (just inside) Soi 6 like Jersey Pub. Of course, this depends on whether the bar owner wants to stay open late. My advice in this kind of situation is if you know the bar owner or manager well, get his mobile phone number. This way you can call beforehand to check if they are still open. It makes more sense than going all the way to a place only to find out that they are closed.

Some bars that are tucked away from the prominent nightlife areas do stay open very late. Some of these “night cap” bars can be found deeper inside Soi Nana. One such place is Pool Bar and Restaurant, which is situated right on the corner of Soi 6. You can usually get a night cap after 2:00 AM in , and also in a few other bars (just inside) Soi 6 like Jersey Pub. Of course, this depends on whether the bar owner wants to stay open late. My advice in this kind of situation is if you know the bar owner or manager well, get his mobile phone number. This way you can call beforehand to check if they are still open. It makes more sense than going all the way to a place only to find out that they are closed.

Why do I bother to go into so much detail about the bar closing times? I think it is important when you are planning a night out. You need to know when nightspots are going to close because it varies from area to area in Thailand. The party animals need to know where they can keep partying until the early hours, and other guys just want a simple night cap. Also, if you are not aware of the closing times you could well go home alone if you leave it too late. In a country like Thailand things can change overnight and that is why I think it is important not to take your eye off the ball.

 
Bangkok Properties

 

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6 Responses to “Bangkok Bar Closing Times”

  1. Khun Leigh says:

    Really pleased that you are keeping us updated on the constantly changing closing times. Its not always a big deal to us local guys, but for the poor tourists who work hard 50 weeks a year to take a 2 week holiday its helpful to know where to go to party late. Let’s hope this new late closing will stick for a while and it is certainly good news for all involved.

  2. Thanks Khun Leigh for those kind words. Fortunately for us Thailand reporters/bloggers, there is always something to write about. As you know situations can and often do change overnight here in the “Land of Contradictions.”  How fast can things change here? “I took a shower and by the time I came out there was a new government.” 

  3. Burt says:

    Your information about Cowboy is not correct. It is consistently open until at least 2 am.

  4. Hi Burt, thanks for commenting. The Soi Cowboy information was correct at the time. It was reported to this website by http://www.bangkokbadboy.com and his comments in the opening paragraph (above), were accurate at the time. What is needed is an update and thanks for providing that. I’m very pleased to see all of Bangkok’s nightspots now closing later. Long live Bangkok’s nightlife!

  5. Alf says:

    Speaking to friends from various parts of Thailand recently I’ve heard some worrying news regarding closing times! Any chance of an update from someone on the spot as I’m planning on coming over soon for a few months. Should I head straight for Cambodia? 😉

  6. Hi Alf, you should be fine because we were told that it will ease off at the end of the month. Places like Soi Cowboy are closing at 2:00-2:30am. In Pattaya, closing time it is anywhere from 2:00am-6:00am depending upon the venue. Some bars in Pattaya are being targeted for 2:00am closing, but it is sporadic and not right across the board. The only place that is being ordered to close at 1:00am is the lower Sukhumvit area.

    Read “Thailand Night Fever” which comes online every Wednesday and you will get all the nightlkife news.  Enjoy!