Silom is known as the “gayest neighborhood in Asia”. Every LGBT visitor who comes to Bangkok tries to stay or at least enjoy a few nights in this area. For residents of the capital of Thailand, it is the right destination for anyone looking for fun any day of the week. After more than 3 months closed, several Silom establishments reopened after the isolation measures because of the Covid 19 pandemic, taking a crowd of young people eager for parties. After all, it is time to celebrate the fact that Thailand is one of the few places in the world where social life (almost) has returned to normal.
Fortunately, bars and clubs have managed to adapt to the “new normal”, maintaining safety measures and preserving the health of their employees, artists and, of course, customers. The hours of operation are reduced and can only be open until midnight (until the date of this post). Some clubs remain closed. While others that had closed long before the pandemic decided to reopen, like Kika Bar, at Convent rd.
Check out a list of places where you can already enjoy the night at Silom. Remembering that you must wear masks and respect social distance. All images used in this article are from moments before the covid 19 pandemic, that’s why the artists and staff appear without wearing masks.
THE STRANGER BAR
Known as “The house of drag queens”, The Stranger Bar is one of the most disputed spaces in the Silom Soi 4 complex. Every night, the most famous drags in Thailand (many of them from the reality show Drag Race Thailand) perform at least 6 shows every night of the week. Among them, the divas Meannie Minaj, Angele Anang, Kandy Zynaide, Jaja TheKween, Gisele Raphael, Amadiva, Zymone, Srimala, Ze-Pee, as well as the mama M. Stranger Fox. They all continue to perform wearing masks. DJs SoShine, Palla and Young take turns in charge of the sound throughout the week.
Adress: 114/14 Silom Soi 4
One of the most beloved bars of the LGBT public in Silom, Kika had ended its activities in December 2019. To the happiness of many, after the pandemic, they resumed their activities with some differences. Now, it opens on Friday and Sunday nights, always with a DJ and a drag queen as a host to entertain guests. The restaurant’s menu no longer exists, but it is definitely worth sitting down for a drink or meeting with friends in one of the coolest environments in Silom.Adress: 14/2-3 Convent Rd
SILOM SOI 2
You can’t talk about Bangkok’s gay night and not talk about Silom Soi 2. Any tourist who comes to Bangkok has heard of DJ Station and the nightclub is the main attraction here, with DJs who bet on the best electronic music of the moment. But, for now, it’s not possible to do shirtless performances on stage, okay? Drag queens’ new show time is at 10:00 pm. Next to it is Expresso, a favorite of lovers of K-Pop and American pop divas. The 400 baht ticket paid at the entrance entitles you to two drinks at any of Soi 2’s clubs or bars.
White Rabbit reinvented itself during the Covid 19 pandemic and reopened its doors with a tasty restaurant menu. Now back to normal activities like a bar, it continues to be a disputed meeting place for young LGBT people who go to Silom to enjoy the night. Local DJs command the background music some nights while the flirtation rolls around in front of and inside the bar. Highlight: It is worth taking a picture with the beautiful white puppy of the owner, one of the mascots of Bangkok’s gay night.
Adress: 12/3 Silom Soi 2
TELEPHONE BAR / THE BALCONY
Two of the most famous spots in Silom Soi 4 are exactly opposite each other and basically with the same proposal. Tables on the porch allow customers to flirt with people in the front bar or with those who walk down the street. In addition to drinks, it is possible to order a dinner too, being perfect for a happy hour before heading to clubs or drag shows. On the first floor, there is a karaoke bar, which can also be booked for private events with friends.
Adress: Silom Soi 4
Also frequented by the straight crowd looking for showgirls, the Patpong district, right next to the Silom night market, also has some male strippers clubs that have already resumed their activities, such as Freshboys and DreamBoys, for lovers of Asian boys . The clubs also feature drag queens.
Adress: Phat Phong 2 Rd
G.O.D. CLUB (G BANGKOK)
The official afterparty of Silom had to readjust to the new rules and also close its activities at midnight. Still, it is the right destination for those looking for circuit and tribal electronic musics, unlike other clubs in the region.
Adress: Silom Soi 2/1
BANANA ROOM CLUB
Banana Bar is located just on the entrance of Silom Soi 4, is set over three floors with beautiful décor and great atmosphere, low ambient lighting and house music. Next to it, Banana Boys has good looking staff and sexy shows every night with asian male strippers.
Adress: Silom Soi 4
THE BABYLON BANGKOK
Located 5 minutes from the LGBT district of Silom, The Babylon is a hotel, but is perhaps best known as the largest and most famous LGBT sauna in Asia. Quite disputed by the local and foreign public, mainly on weekends, it has several mazes, hydromassages, dark room, showers, gym, swimming pool and a restaurant with a great menu of Thai and international cuisine. With the reopening after the pandemic, Babylon intends to hold pool parties at least once a month, like the one that took place on July 12, which was full of cute guys.
Adress: 34 Soi Nandha, South Sathon