From all-night party clubs to relaxing beach bars, Bangkok offers a good mix of nightlife options. Many locals choose to drink bottles on the side street, most of them choosing to plop down on a bench while nibbling on street food rather than spending money in a bar just to get buzzed. Others choose to sit outside their front door with a couple of buddies and hang out for the night. But as a tourist, you’ll probably want something different, a bit more exciting and exotic than a night spent chugging a beer at someone’s home. The good thing is that Bangkok is very much a party town, and if it’s a good time that you want, then it’s a good time that you’ll get here.
Bangkok comes to life at night, and the parties that go on after dark are legendary. The options span a wide range of tastes and budgets. One night, you can get your groove on at a dance party, and on another night you could chill out on a rooftop bar. The city is buzzing seven days a week, with world-famous super clubs and underground haunts attracting revelers from every corner of the world. The city’s drinking scene also continues to evolve, as it seems like almost every month a new bar opens in Bangkok.
For a guide on where to go to get your party on, here are the places that you should definitely check out while you’re in the party capital of Asia.
225/9-10 Sukhumvit Soi 63, Bangkok
With its bare brick walls covered in graffiti, exposed piping and metal shutters instead of doors, one might get the impression that Demo is a local gang’s hangout or an abandoned warehouse, but it is actually one of the coolest and most fashionable nightclubs in Bangkok. This place is very popular with the young and wealthy set of Bangkok. If you’ve spotted sultry, pouty-lipped teens and very fashionable young men climbing out of their Audis, Porches, and Benz’, then you know that you’re at a very posh location indeed. Here, the young, hip and wealthy party harder than at other clubs in the city. There are two areas in this club—the neon orange bar close to the entrance plays hip hop and is a nice place to see and be seen, while the main room is where the thumping beats of house and techno reigns supreme. There is also an alfresco area where people can cool off and take a breather from dancing and chat with other people without having to shout over the loud music.
There is no cover charge at Demo but drinks can be pricey. Beers start at $6.00 a bottle, while a top shelf bottle costs around $60.00. Their cocktail menu is pretty extensive, so you can try a classic martini or a signature cocktail if you feel like it.
2. Levels Club and Lounge
Sukhumvit Soi 11, Bangkok
Levels Club is a relative newcomer to the party scene in Bangkok. It has four areas, namely: The Levels Terrace, where you can start your night by taking in the night air of the city; The Levels Lounge, when you’re ready to step it up a notch and indulge in a cocktail or two; The Levels Club, which opens its doors once it gets into the late hours of the night, and where you can enjoy electro-house music in a futuristic setting; and Levels VIP, which has a capacity of 80 persons and where the elite hang out on custom designed white crocodile leather couches.
The set-up is done with an international clientele in mind. They chose to do away with central seating areas or an emphasis on buying a group bottle. Instead, they have provided lots of space for dancing and mingling, which is very similar to how clubs in Europe operate. This feature has obviously found favor with the expat community as the crowd is a mix of young professional Thais and foreigners. Occasionally, Levels also books international DJs such as 80’s legend Boy George and house music pioneer Todd Terry.
Entrance is free, but they do charge for special events or when an international DJ is in. Thursdays are ladies night, and all ladies who arrive before midnight will get three drink coupons which are on the house. Friday nights tend to have events which rotate around themes like Burlesque and Playboy Mansion—basically, the theme can be anything that has a unique style and can incorporate women in skimpy costumes. There is no dress code, and drinks start at about $3.00 for a bottle of beer.
3. Slim and Flix
26 Bang Kapi, Huai Khwang, Bangkok
This club is a mammoth mixture of sexiness and dancing in Bangkok. Located in the RCA entertainment plaza, Slim and Flix offers a night of mind-blowing music. If young, Thai and sexy is your thing, then you should definitely check out this club.
Slim and Flix is more than an ordinary club, rather, its two clubs and a live lounge all together inside a sleek glass and concrete exterior. The music is varied, with pumping house and trance music the genre of choice in Flix, and the latest R & B and hip hop hits in Slim. The live lounge is dominated by Thai cover bands playing a crowd pleasing mix of chart classics. It’s clear that hip hop and R & B are the main draws at Slim and Flix, but it’s such an awesome club that the crowd changes rooms throughout the night. If it’s your first time here, you can start by listening to the live band, then move on to Slim for some light grooving to hip hop and R & B, then finish the night by dancing to beat-heavy tunes at Flix. Or you can start at Flix and end at the lounge, so it’s really up to you. There’s no wrong or right way to experience this place.
On any given night of the week you’re sure to find girls and guys all dressed to kill, and on weekends it can get awfully crowded so there’s little space to dance. Most people who regularly flock to this club will buy a communal bottle of vodka or whiskey so that they’ll have access to the prime seats in the central area where they can have a good view of people bumping and grinding on the dance floor.
Entrance fee for locals is free, but foreigners have to pay a standard rate of $12.00 or 400 baht which includes two free drinks. If you have a group of five, your entrance fee will include a top shelf bottle and a pick of the prime seats beneath the DJ booth. Drinks cost upwards of $6.00. The club opens at 5PM, but you should probably make it a point to arrive no earlier than 9PM, because that’s when the party starts to heat up. Also, unlike other clubs, Slim and Flix makes it a point to ask for ID regardless of how old you look (which I think is actually kind of flattering), so remember to bring a driver’s license or a photocopy of your passport.
Whenever and wherever you choose to party in Bangkok, make sure to carry enough cash with you, an identification card, and your mobile phone in case you and your pals get separated at the club. More importantly, be open to new experiences and have a sense of adventure. Life’s a party, so let your hair down and enjoy it to the fullest!