One of Bangkok’s best-known nightspots is reinventing itself with a new roster of events that offers plenty for girls out on the prowl for male eye candy.
Since it first opened 14 years ago, Q Bar has become one of the most famous landmarks on Bangkok’s nightscape. Tucked around the corner at the top end of Sukhumvit Soi 11, the New York-style lounge and club boasts an eclectic, international crowd while also attracting its share of local party animals.
Although Q Bar has already found an apparently successful formula, change is in the wind, with a series of events and new regular nights rolling out this month.
Possibly the most eye-catching of the lot is Wednesday’s ladies night – sure, plenty of bars and clubs in Bangkok have a mid-week ladies night, but Q Bar is going the extra mile by bringing in a crew of male dancers for its event, dubbed ‘Magic Mike’.
Sam Carter, one of Q Bar’s promoters who has also been recruited to dance on Wednesdays, admits he was surprised by how amorous the women in the audience can become.
“The ladies were quite wild but we don’t really take it seriously,” he says. “We are not trying to be too sexy – it’s a funny party.
“We are trying to be different from other clubs. We are trying to make something more special, higher quality for our customers. We don’t have the same crowd as other clubs. We have farang dancers and Thai dancers as well – it’s a great way to satisfy everyone.”
Striking a balance between attracting the usual expat revellers and appealing to the locals is a priority for Q Bar – although soi 11 has traditionally been a hub for farang, it is several rungs above the backpacker bars of Khao San Rd and is gradually drawing trendy young Thais from their enclaves in Thong Lor and Ekkamai. According to forward- thinking general manager Zoltan Zakor, Q Bar’s appeal is uniquely broad.
“Q Bar has been open for 14 years and is quite famous, and is one of the most recommended – I still believe in soi 11, we offer a package,” he says. “People come to some of the restaurants and then stop off for a cocktail and then go clubbing to Levels, Bed, Q Bar, Bash.
“Even though Q Bar is so well-known, it still has to do something new. It has a more mature crowd and I hear so many stories from people who have come back again and again for many years.
“They were here at the opening party and have come here for 14 years. But so many new places have opened along Sukhumvit. The competition is huge – it’s not enough for Q Bar to just be well-established.”
Zoltan’s background is in running upscale events back in Hungary and he has brought that sense of scale – of putting on a show – to the clubs of Bangkok, having run Levels before joining Q Bar recently. ”I’m really ambitious. The next six months, there will be big changes in Q Bar. We want to build up all the nights with special events,” he says.
“I brought a different kind of perspective – how can we entertain people? Not just a DJ, but beyond that.”
COMING UP AT Q BAR
Wednesdays: Magic Mike is Ladies Night, with the sexiest male dancers in town.
Thursdays: UB Rising delivers an authentic experience for electronic music lovers.
Fridays: Glamourpuss is reviving old-school chic, with classic Hollywood beauties and dashing leading men.
Sundays: It’s Sucka Free and it’s the best Sunday night hip hop party in Bangkok.
Special event: DJ Biz Markie has been entertaining artists since the 80s with his comedic style of MCing and he’ll be appearing at Q Bar on May 8.
Photography by: Thered Redone/Jumpeega Saengchat/siam2nite.com