Bangkok is a city of sound and light that really comes alive during the night!
The nightlife, particularly nightclubs, is especially exciting. It is a great way to mingle with the locals when you are half a bottle down dancing to all kinds of music. There is no one single area hosting to all the nightclubs, so wherever you are staying you are within a short taxi ride to a number of venues spread all over the city. Go out till the crack of down and check out these great nightclubs in Bangkok.
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Nightclubs for Foreigner Tastes:
Because of the large expatriate population and tourists from all over the globe, there are many nightclubs catering to foreign design, crowds and music. Here are Bangkok’s top 5 nightclubs for foreigners, in no particular order:
Levels – Sukhumvit Soi 11
Located towards the end of Sukhumvit Soi 11, a street packed with many great restaurants and bars, inside the aloft Hotel, beholds a very large clubbing venue called Levels. An all age encompassing crowd most popular with expats, tourists and Thai females originating outside of Bangkok.
Levels broadcasts strong red hues with a large patio outside for smokers, the main clubbing room featuring bottle service on sofa tables along the edges, smaller tables throughout the center and a large center bar. Upfront is a dancefloor and stage in front of the DJ booth, occasionally hosting international talent. In the back room you have another two bars and hip hop beats playing, although this room is typically only open on the weekends. No cover.
Location; Levels 11 Sukhumvit Rd, Khlong Toei Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok 10110
A bit more about Levels.
The Club – Khaosan
A bit outside the city center is the most concentrated center of backpackers and wary travelers strung from all over the world converged on Khaosan Road. After many pale buckets of thai whiskey mixed with RedBull and Coke outside on the street, visiting tourists and nearby Thai college students stumble into “The Club” to get wild. Don’t expect anything fancy here. But do expect cheap drinks and an international crowd ready to get wild on the dance floor and on stage next to the DJ booth. No Cover.
Location; The Club Khaosan Rd, Talat Yot, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200
A bit more about The Club.
CÉ LA VI – Sathorn
Out of all the clubbing options in the city, CÉ LA VI is the classiest location for partygoers catering to more sophisticated international visitors and professional Thais and expats. The clubs sits on the 39th floor of the Sathorn Square Office Tower with a very decorative interior and ceiling and very spacious even on the weekend nights. Floor to ceiling glass on one side gives that club in the sky type of feel.
On one side is more of a chill area by the bar with doors to the outside patio for smoking and chilling overlooking the city. The other side features sofa seat bottle services, smaller tables, a long bar and a large DJ booth with a dance floor upfront. The music gears to smoother house beats and trance which occasionally bringing in international DJs in an upscale atmosphere. No cover.
Location; Sathorn Square Tower 39FL 98 Sathorn Square Building, North Sathorn Road Silom, Bangrak, Bangkok 10500
A bit more about CÉ LA VI.
Beam – Thonglor
The newest nightclub in the Bangkok scene strives to live by an “honest club with a communal vibe” against the typically bourgeoisie international Thai Thonglor neighborhood. The interior is a clean open space warehouse atmosphere catering to young expats and international Thais who simply just want to dance. The blissful and pumping sound system are spilt between the Dalmatian lounge on the lower floor playing smooth techno beats and trance while upstairs is more deep house and EDM beats.
One thing that stands out is there are no annoying tables in the center making space for patrons to let loose. The bar whips up signature cocktails and the club brings in niche international DJs. No cover.
Location; BEAM Khlong Tan Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok 10110
A bit more about BEAM.
Route66 – RCA
Just down the street from Onyx you will come across a large wood maze-like spread out club nostalgically named Route66, one of the oldest nightclubs in Bangkok. A mix of all young working professionals, expats, tourists, local and foreign exchange students all confide in a whiskey mess of drinking and dancing in one of the 3 rooms at Route 66.
The main room boasts typical DJ and Top 40 Hits, with wooden standing tables lining this rectangular dusky room. A long hallway corridor in the back connects the other two rooms. In the center is a box-shaped room with brightly colorful LED system lighting up the floor and sides playing DJ techno beats. At the other end is the third room, similar to the first except with seats and a bar and music from Thai live bands.
Come to Route66 for a non-snooty and fun space for drinks and music. On the weekends, they open up the outside space on the street for enjoyment as well. Cover 300baht for Foreigners including drink coupons.
Location; Route66 29/33 – 48 Royal City Avenue Building, Soi Soonvijai, Rama 9 Rd., Bangkapi, Huay Kwang, Bangkok 10310
A bit more about Route66.
Nightclubs for Locals:
Aside from foreigner catered nightclubs, there are even more clubs available where the locals go party. A fun side note is that Thais use the word “pub” to describe nightclubs. So next time you hear a Thai say, “let’s go to a pub tonight” they aren’t referring to and old British watering hole to down a pint, they are instead meaning to get wild, likely with the Thais choice of liquor, whiskey, at one of these music packed venues.
In addition, in about half of the nightclubs for the locals, they like to mix live bands playing Thai pop/rock hits and occasionally switch back to dance hits from the speakers. Those looking for a taste of where the local Thais go to get wild, check out one of Bangkok’s top 5 nightclubs for Thai locals, in no particular order:
Demo – Thonglor
In a high-end area in between Thonglor and Ekkamai is a plaza called Arena 10 hosting a mix of high-end clubs and restaurants catering to mostly young socialite Thais. At the end you will see Demo, an intensely packed dark nightclub with an atmosphere of an abandoned oil barrel warehouse featuring a patio area, a hip-hop beats room in the front bar, and the larger room in the back pumping high intensity EDM hits from the booth. Tables are small oil barrels packed in every space allowing to you make new drinking friends with your neighbors.
Location; DEMO 225/9-10, Sukhumvit Road, Klong Tan Nuea, Wattana, Bangkok 10110
A bit more about DEMO.
Funky Villa – Thonglor
Connecting to Demo is Funky, a more local average working professional Thai crowd, but just as wild, with live Thai bands like Titanium rocking out on stage. Or some nights Thai music mixed with hip hop from the DJs. Enjoying bottles of whiskey as the locals like it on tables throughout the wooden floored room. There is plenty of area in Funky since it is a composed of large indoor and outdoor areas with warm light tones contrasting to its contemporary furniture. Funky is No Cover.
Location; Funky Villa 225/9-10, Sukhumvit Road, Klong Tan Nuea, Wattana, Bangkok 10110
A bit more about Funky Villa.
Nunglen & Escobar – Ekkamai
Just around the corner from Demo and Funky is another set of adjoining clubs catering to middle-upper class local Thais. Nunglen in front is a clean-cut wood interior stage space hosting Thai live bands and tidbits of EDM hits when the band is switching. The crowd is very local and friendlier than the nearby clubs with tables clinking glasses of soda and whiskey, arm and arm, belching out the most popular Thai pop rock tunes. If you want to go there, arrive early or call to book in advance as Nunglen is one of the most packed nightclubs in Bangkok, especially on the weekends.
Escobar, just behind Nunglen, is a bit more aged local middle-upper class Thai crowd. The atmosphere is more modern and sleek, but small. The music is a mix between trance, house and hip-hop on the weekends.
Location; Nunglen & Escobar Ekkamai Rd. Klongton Neu, Wattana 217 Sukhumvit 63, Khlong Tan Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok 10110
A bit more about Nunglen & Escobar.
DND “Do Not Disturb” – Ekkamai
Back behind Nunglen and Escobar you will encounter an interesting design take on a nightclub. Do Not Disturb or “DND”, one of the newest nightclubs in Bangkok, has the inklings of a hotel immediately upon entering the long hallway entrance with hotel room like doors lining the walls.
At the end of the hallway, you will find a large space, one end a stage with old style hotel furniture on top and typically a live band playing until midnight then switching to dance hits. On the other side, the wall is filled with CCTV surveillance videos on screens. Another side a long bar and in the back lockers with bathrooms.
The club is packed especially on the weekends. Tables with high stools line the entire space of the club and the bottle of choice here is Chivas or you can take cocktails at the bar. A place with a great mix of Thai live music then EDM at late night, this place is pumping until the late hours.
Location; DND 217/8 Sukhumvit 63, Soi Ekamai 5/1 Klongtan nuea, Wattana, Bangkok 10110
A bit more about DND.
Onyx – RCA
Any night of the week you will find this large club with two floors packed with young well-dressed locals to a blasting sound system of EDM hits, a large lighting system, confetti and smoke blowing machines and a trippy lightshow backdrop. Onyx’s massive arena main floor shines lasers on all the partygoers down below draining bottles on every little packed standing table across the entire club and watching the DJ play mainstream dance hits.
This place will duplicate that type of awesome weekend night packed arena style clubbing experience on any weekday night. Cover is from 300baht depending on the night.
Location; ONYX Royal City Avenue (RCA) Soi Soonvijai, Rama IX Road Bangkapi, Huaykwang Bangkok 10130
A bit more about ONYX.
Best of luck to those that wish to party your trip attempting to exhaust this hardcore list of Top 10 Most Famous Nightclubs in Bangkok. Which ones have you been to so far? Tell us your wildest stories at one of these nightclubs in the comment section below!
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