Bangkok’s Soi Cowboy area after bars were allowed to open with tight restrictions on alcohol sales. Industry players fear many of the independent bars and clubs that give the city its character will close. Photo: AFP
Bangkok’s Soi Cowboy area after bars were allowed to open with tight restrictions on alcohol sales. Industry players fear many of the independent bars and clubs that give the city its character will close. Photo: AFP

Once Asia’s party capital, will Bangkok’s nightlife scene recover even if Thailand’s tourism industry picks up?

  • Thailand’s nightlife economy was worth about US$5 billion, but Covid-19 has shuttered many bars and clubs after 20 months of lost business and no government help
  • Curbs are only likely to be lifted in December, and many operators fear Asia’s party city may already have lost its reputation for variety and reinvention

Bangkok’s Soi Cowboy area after bars were allowed to open with tight restrictions on alcohol sales. Industry players fear many of the independent bars and clubs that give the city its character will close. Photo: AFP
Bangkok’s Soi Cowboy area after bars were allowed to open with tight restrictions on alcohol sales. Industry players fear many of the independent bars and clubs that give the city its character will close. Photo: AFP
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