Party Poopers! Currently the MIB or Men In Brown are enforcing early closing times in Bangkok. The worst hit district is Lumpini, which is located around the lower Sukhumvit area. Depending upon the exact location of the bars and discos, closing times vary between 2:00am and 3:00am. It’s a power play!
Bedtime Story! While beer bars and go-go bars remain relatively unaffected, nightclubs and other late night venues are losing a lot of money. Nowadays, many clubbers come out later than previously, and this is one reason why certain nightclubs open until 6:00am. Therefore, the enforced early closing is very disappointing for late night clubbers, some of whom do not arrive at the nightclubs and discos until 2:00am, or later.
Police Politics! There are various police politics involved here, which includes the annual reshuffle of District Police Commanders. Bangkok nightlife will eventually revert back to later closing times (as it always does), but this year it is prolonged due to more complex political reasons. As politics is not my forte, I will leave it at that. However, if you really want to know more, simply ask the boss of a bar, disco, or nightclub. Also, some mamasans and bar girls are quite savvy about what is going on.
Daves Raves! I think it is advisable NOT to pay an entrance fee to a nightclub after 1:00am, until the late closing hours return. Furthermore, be careful what you are told by nightclub door staff, because they are paid to get people inside. However, in saying that you could visit Nana Liquid Disco inside Nana Hotel, because it is FREE entrance and drink prices are reasonable. There are two live bands that perform nightly. With FREE entrance and live music at Nana Liquid, you do not have anything to lose. Check it out!
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