9 Most Gay-friendly Restaurants in Bangkok

9 Most Gay-friendly Restaurants in Bangkok

Come out and celebrate National Coming Out Day on Oct 11. Here’s a list of gay-friendly bars and eateries to get you started.

1 Le Du

Le Du

Known as one of the hottest fine-dining venues in Bangkok, modern Thai restaurant Le Du makes it to the list for its convenient Silom location, casual yet classy decor and atmosphere, bold, beautiful and artfully presented food (based on a seasonal menu), strong wine list and, of course, its head chef, Thitid “Ton” Tassanakajohn, whom many are fond of. You might get a peek of Ton in the kitchen, but more likely to get to clink your wine glass with him when he stops by your table and asks “How was your food?”

 

Silom Soi 5

092-919-9969

Open Mon-Sat 18:00-23:00

 

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2 Scarlett

Scarlett

Atop the 37th floor of Pullman G is Scarlett, a wine bar and restaurant where hanging plants and touches of greenery liven up industrial decor. The hot seats are by the windows or in the outdoor area which affords views of lower Silom and a glimpse of Chao Phraya from afar. While the fine wine list goes well with Scarlett’s tasty tapas and a variety of cheeses and cold cuts, well-executed bistro dishes like pasta and contemporary French plates shouldn’t be overlooked (prices range from affordable to expensive). The crowd is mostly made up of smart casual young executives indulging in pre-game rituals before hitting the clubs within the area.

 

Silom Rd.

02-238-1991

Open daily 18:00-01:00

 

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3 Le Isaan

Le Isaan

From its architecture and serene facade, many mistake Le Isaan for a spa or a massage spot. Tucked within the peaceful but hip neighborhood of Suan Plu, this recently opened place offers both Western and Northeast Thai food with a modern tweak. Recommended dishes include the larb salmon (Thai spicy salmon salad, B250), tom yum gai baan (spicy chicken soup, B200), the rack of lamb (B800) and Le Isaan Mojito (B140). This casual and affordable spot is great for hanging out with friends — gay or not — at anytime from morning ‘til late night.

 

Suan Plu Soi 8

084-094-9924

Open daily 08:00-00:00

 

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4 Woo Bar

Woo Bar

Woo Bar is a fun and stylish hotel bar decorated in white, silver, black and sparkling purple. Set to look like a cozy lounge, Woo Bar can also be a playground that allows for mingling and meeting new people, mostly hotel guests, office workers and jetsetters. Keep your eyes and ears open for one of their parties, or just come for their molecular cocktails and enjoy getting acquainted or being wooed by the person next to you.

 

G/F, W Bangkok, North Sathorn Rd.

02-344-4000

Open daily 09:00-00:00

 

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5 La Table de Tee

La Table de Tee

Located in a petite space in a small alley off Sala Deang, Le Table de Tee is helmed by young chef Tee Kachonklin who whips up a daily-changing Franco-Thai tasting menu. This recently-renovated place has been a favorite among foodies and foreigners for years, making reservations a must. The space combines great service with dishes that amaze both in taste and presentation. Enjoy an exclusive gastronomic chef’s-table experience before heading over to DJ Station (just a five-minute walk away) for a fun night of clubbing.

 

Soi Sala Deang

02-636-3220

Open Tue-Sun 18:30-22:30

 

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6 Maggie Choo’s

Maggie Choo’s

Yet another cool theme bar created by Ashley Sutton, Maggie Choo’s is set as an opium den and gentlemen’s club during the 19th-century Prohibition Era in Shanghai. The space is divided into two parts. The first is a Thai-Chinese restaurant serving noodles and nibbles, and the other is a space that blurs the line between cocktail bar and cabaret. There are jazz acts and DJ sets all throughout the week, but Sunday Gay Night is probably the liveliest night on the roster. Don’t miss the event’s anniversary party on Sunday, 11 Oct (yes, Coming Out day), which will feature famous Thai drag queen Pangina Heals doing a riff on Oscar Wilde’s play, The Importance of Being Earnest.

 

G/F, Novotel Bangkok Fenix Silom, Silom Rd.

091-772-2144

Open Tue-Sun 18:00-02:00

 

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7 Park Society

Park Society

Sofitel So, where Park Society is located, is probably one of the most gay-friendly hotels in Bangkok. Its accessible location (a few minutes walk to Silom and just beside Lumpini Park) and stylishly decorated rooms are reasons not to pass up on a weekend at Sofitel So. Two other unmissable things: the monthly SO pool party at The Waterclub, which boasts cool DJ sets and an open bar, and Park Society, which has Rooftop Jazz Nights every Saturday and Gentlemen’s Night on Thursday. Both spots offer great views of Lumphini, the city and, of course, good-looking men.

 

29/F, Sofitel So Bangkok, North Sathorn Rd.

02-624-0000

Open daily 17:00-02:00

 

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8 Horizons

Horizons

Horizons has pretty much everything Bangkokians look for in a restaurant. This stylish, multi-purpose rooftop space offers 360-degree views of the city, and both indoor and outdoor dining. Menu choices include Asian and Western fare, from tapas to main courses, as well as creative cocktails by expert mixologists. There are also resident DJs and guest artists to liven up the vibe. It’s not unheard of to meet someone from the generally good-looking crowd and ask to get know him better at the venue’s private champagne bar.

 

18-19/F, Zen World, Central World

02-100-9000

Open daily 17:30-01:00

 

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9 Eat Me

Eat Me

Ask a young gay Thai professional about G-friendly spots in Bangkok and ‘Eat Me’ is probably one of the first places he’ll mention. The fact that it is gay-owned is not the only reason Eat Me is a favorite amongst the gay crowd; its cool minimalist decor and intimate tables also add to the appeal. Also a gallery that features rotating exhibitions, Eat Me serves daring and creative food by chef Tim Butler. His regional and international cuisine is complemented by a great wine selection and cool cocktails. Named one of Asia's 50 Best Restaurants, this venue is truly a beloved gem in Silom. Come eat out at Eat Me!

 

Pipat Soi 2

02-238-0931

Open daily 15:00-01:00

 

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