‘Thank God, it’s Friday!’ (TGIF) does not literally mean that someone is religiously happy to spend their Friday in the office. It obviously has more to do with the ‘after work’ hours in which one could just go out and have fun without needing to set up their alarm at 6am on the very next day. For me, TGIF is shouted in reference to my first Friday night out with the BangkokHaps crew (Bob and V) and it couldn’t have been more carousingly fun. Read on to learn more about the Bangkok party scene and Bangkok nightlife, including some of this city’s newest hang-out spots that will brighten your night.
We decided to begin our journey at ‘Jacqueline’ – a cozy lounge-terrace boutique bar with live jazz music, lovingly placed on the second floor of the deary mid-century Siri House in Soi Somkid (between Ploenchit and Chitlom BTS stations). That night, we had two duet artists performing in the lounge area starting from 9pm: Laurent Couson (pianist, composer, music director at Bangkok Chamber of Classical Orchestra) and Taweesak “Pipe” Booranapanitpan (saxophonist and professor at College of Music Mahidol University). Also, little birds told me that both artists have previously performed in some of Bangkok’s most popular hipster night venues like Smalls and Maggie Choo and they are quite spectacular! I mean, when you can do what you love to do, that is usually the case, right?
Jazz music is like women; they come in many shapes and forms, whether it be thick and arousing or thin and smooth. The theme of the night focused on ‘feeling at home’. And that is what Jacqueline is all about. The venue itself features indoor (sofa-lounge area and bar seats) and outdoor zones (terrace with couches and high-table seats on the deck), all of which gives out the snuggy and homey vibes. The concept of this place takes its inceptive style from Jacqueline Kennedy (her namesake) – a magnificent and unique (First) lady who brought joy and comfort to the White House. With that being said, any event hosted by her was known to keep all glasses full of excellent-class whiskey. At Jacqueline (the bar), I had a chance to try out one of their iconic drinks, the ‘Camelot’ (Jameson Whiskey, Bourbon, bitters and orange: ฿320++) – and I have to say, it is an idyllic happiness you cannot find anywhere else.
Afterwards, we went on the fast lane (ironically, it took us a while to get through Bangkok traffic at 10:30pm) to another superb night-out spot. But this time, our bar ‘Flamenco’ is sitting on the 9th floor of The Helix (Building A of the Emquartier shopping complex). Taking its name from a Spanish music genre and dancing style, Flamenco characterizes the urban meeting-spot lifestyle with, of course, Latin taste to the core. The sky bar/lounge is literally so gigantic that I was little overwhelmed (in a good way!) by both flamboyant spotlights and contemporary arts decoration on the walls and ceilings. Knowing más o menos about the Latin culture and being a fair speaker of Spanish myself, I went ahead and ordered the Cuba Libre (฿360++) just to see whether it could tickle my Hispanic-self out to party or not. Let’s just say, it really boosted my confidence and I managed to ask the house DJ from Puerto Rico to do the salsa with me! Luckily, I know a few steps of the cha-cha and was able to save myself from the possible humiliation (whew!).
My last stop of the night with the BangkokHaps crew took place in Sukhumvit Soi 23, at hip-hop/techno nightclub ‘Glow’. Walking into the building was totally a different world for me. The 3-story space had a raw and funky basement-like style with a variety of booze on the shelves decorated with neon lights, local and international DJs playing in the house and a spacious dance floor for all the techno lovers; this is a place where it eludes you from the real world.
Moreover, it is definitely worth mentioning that Glow has one of the best sound systems in Bangkok night venues. But you see, there is more about the club, a corner I found most delightful: on the third floor, there are two big mattresses laying in front of the ladies’ bathroom. Oh man, this is brilliant! No more occupied toilet with a girl passed out inside. If you need a nap, nap on the mattress! On a final note, I would like to thank Bob for getting me a shot of vodka (yes, just one), just enough for V and I to roll our bodies down to the first floor where we spent the rest of the night shaking our hips and hurting our feet in our very customized electro-hip hop moves before the dawn breaks.
Written by Nattamon Ruanglapkhajornchai