May 11, 2018
Popular gay bar named for the old-fashioned telephones at each of the booths, which give you a hotline to whoever you fancy at the neighbouring table. Might sound cheesy but its cooler than you think, with a simple minimalist design that keeps scene locals and interested tourists more than happy. This place has been around since 1987, making it one of the city’s oldest gay bars and possibly the most famous. And after more than 25 years it’s still going strong. It’s split over two levels with several separate bars, a restaurant and a karaoke lounge, complete with three huge video screens and more than 6000 Thai and English song choices, so there’s no excuse for not joining in. It gets ultra loud at weekends but the crowd is relaxed and not too posey and those telephones quickly break the ice and get the punters mingling happily. If it all gets a bit much inside, you can head out to the patio for a spot of people watching this is the heart of Bangkok’s gay district, so you’re certain to get an eyeful. The staff are friendly too, always up for a giggle and a bit of fun flirting, and if Telephone becomes a regular haunt they’ll soon be greeting you like an old friend and pouring you your favourite drink as you walk in the door. We mostly like it for the jugs of powerful frozen margaritas and plates of tasty Thai snacks, Western dishes are also available and food is served right through to 1am.