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    Respectable night out in Bangkok

    I'm going to meet up with a very good mate who is having a stopover in BKK next month. He's bringing his lass with him and we're all going to go out on the pop.

    He's an old Asia hand, however this is his first time back here since he hooked up with his lass and he'd like to present to her a sanitised version of Bangkok after dark. If his woman is suitably impressed, she might let him off the leash and allow him to visit me again on his own.

    I have absolutely no idea about Bangkok night-life so can anyone suggest some decent bars and night clubs? A place with live music would be good, but abso-fuking-lutey no Hotel California or Zombie bullshit bands.

    They are staying in soi 5, it'll be a Thursday night, and we're all in our 40s.

    Cheers.

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    checkin 99 just round the corner from soi 5 might be worth a look

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    You could just stroll down Soi 11, plenty of decent pubs, restaurants and clubs down there.

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    beer vault on soi 15
    though yo do have to walk past thermae

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    If you/they like jazz, I believe there are a couple of decent jazz clubs around, but will have to defer to Bkk dwellers with more current knowledge as to names/locations.

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    All a matter of taste but a good evening out should have a Thai meal followed by a good live band club.

    I've found most first time visitors enjoy Cabbages & Condoms on Suk Soi 12.
    C&C Restaurant Bangkok

    The Saxophone Pub for after dinner entertainment if they have any interest in Jazz and Blues. Don't eat there.
    Saxophone Jazz Pub, Blues Pub, Bangkok Thailand
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gallowspole
    They are staying in soi 5
    Good luck. Unless the GF is deaf and blind she will notice the in your face shenanigans of our esteemed young ladies and wannabe young ladies.

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    The buffets on the top floors of the Baiyoke Sky would be a good place to go for a single night in Bangkok. The buffet is fair to good, but the view is outstanding. That's also in Pratunam, where the shopping is great and there is no naughty nightlife for her to see.

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    Thanks everyone.

    The jazz and blues option sounds good.

    Quote Originally Posted by Norton
    I've found most first time visitors enjoy Cabbages & Condoms on Suk Soi 12.
    C&C Restaurant Bangkok
    Do they do falang style Thai food or the blow your balls off spicy stuff? They've got to get on a plane the next day for NZ and I don't want her shitting through the eye of needle at 30,000 feet cursing the tom yam.
    Last edited by Gallowspole; 23-01-2013 at 03:03 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norton View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Gallowspole
    They are staying in soi 5
    Good luck. Unless the GF is deaf and blind she will notice the in your face shenanigans of our esteemed young ladies and wannabe young ladies.
    Hopefully I'll pick them up before the ladies of the night are out and about, and return them well after their bedtimes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gallowspole
    They are staying in soi 5,
    not a respectable soi, bad start

    try boring Soi 11, might be their thing, full of boring expats and wannabe hiso

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    Soi Thonglor is quite nice,

    Iron Fairies, Wine republic, Brew, Fat Guts, all those places they might enjoy and this is where it's all happening for "normal" people

    Thonglor Soi 10 en route to Ekkhamai has a lot of nice bars lounge with relaxing music and nice settings

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    A colleague at work just recommended Thonglor as well.

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    Wine Republic has good western food, nice pizza, and you can sit outside

    avoid the Witch Tavern like the plague,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gallowspole
    Do they do falang style Thai food or the blow your balls off spicy stuff?
    Pretty mild. It primarily caters to visitors/tourists. Or try a non Thai restaurant. One of my favorite restaurants is Indigo. Great menu reasonably priced. Located down a small soi on Soi Convent across from Molly Malones.

    Indigo Bar and Restaurant, Soi Convent, Silom | Gourmet Bangkok MagazineGourmet Bangkok Magazine


    Yes Thonglor is good.

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    Butters must know this place.

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    Can sit out side the Landmark just across the road from soi 5 and have a few drinks can be quite amusing people watching there.Little bit pricey for drinks though compared with other bars near by.Or if you want away from the Suk try below.
    http://www.asia-bars.com/2011/07/bee...fe-in-bangkok/
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    the beer place (not sure of the official name), off Naritiwhat (which runs perpendicular to Silom & Sathorn). Good thai food and a variety of entertainment. I'm sure someone here can add more detail........

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norton
    One of my favorite restaurants is Indigo.
    one of the worst French restaurant ever, ok for American and English tourists who do not know any better. Cheap, but it's crap bistrot food you would find in Paris on the Champs Elysees, except it's cheaper in Bangkok. Nice cadre and atmosphere.

    Go to Jean-Pierre in Soi 38 I think, cheap and excellent French food.

    Quote Originally Posted by Norton
    Butters must know this place
    I do and it's crap. But sitting outside is nice and it's well decorated.

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    Go to Jean-Pierre in Soi 38 I think, cheap and excellent French food.
    Conquer

    Also I would venture to nominate the ever wonderful Rossanos on Asoke. Bloody lovely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Butterfly
    American and English tourists who do not know any better.
    Only people I see in there are French speakers. Must be the ones lived in Champs Elysees and know no better.
    Mind, I only go in there for their lunch special.

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    soi 7/1 has a few nice places to stop by.

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    Classic, Gallows. You're going to try to convince someone that there's nothing in Bangkok which Bangkok is famous for. Good luck with that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gallowspole View Post
    Thanks everyone.

    The jazz and blues option sounds good.

    Quote Originally Posted by Norton
    I've found most first time visitors enjoy Cabbages & Condoms on Suk Soi 12.
    C&C Restaurant Bangkok
    Do they do falang style Thai food or the blow your balls off spicy stuff? They've got to get on a plane the next day for NZ and I don't want her shitting through the eye of needle at 30,000 feet cursing the tom yam.
    C&C is cack.

    Baan Kanitha in Suk Soi 23 is excellent and won't break the bank.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Butterfly View Post
    Soi Thonglor is quite nice,

    Iron Fairies, Wine republic, Brew, Fat Guts, all those places they might enjoy and this is where it's all happening for "normal" people

    Thonglor Soi 10 en route to Ekkhamai has a lot of nice bars lounge with relaxing music and nice settings
    Indeed. There's a nice collection of bars & restaurants along there.

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