There is a unique energy in Bangkok; an electric, pulsing vibe that manifests through the bustle of the locals and the chaos of the city. During the day, this comes out in the market stalls as people haggle and shout over each other, but at night-time, you see what the city is really about. Throngs of tourists and young Thais head out to the centre to drink and dance the night away.
There are dozens of excellent night clubs in Bangkok, but some stand head and shoulders above the rest. If you’re looking for an unforgettable night out, then check out our guide to the best clubs in Bangkok.
Hip hop heads can get their fix at this Soi Sukhumvit 11 nightclub seven days a week. Home to a state-of-the-art sound system and enough strobes to light the night sky, the club is open from 10pm until the wee hours. Resident DJs spin a mixture of classic tunes and newer songs, and there have been surprise performances by both local and more famous artists.
Entry is THB 200 for women and THB 300 for men, although this includes a free drink. During the week there are a whole host of specials, too, including five drinks for THB 500. Despite being spacious it can get quite sweaty in there, but the great music and fun vibe means the time will fly by.
Although people may consider this more of a bar than a nightclub, Maggie Choo’s is just too good to miss out on any list of Bangkok nightlife spots. The Ancient Shanghai theme and speakeasy style (it’s located right under the Novotel) make it a truly unique venue. The bar isn’t on Khaosan Road or near Soi Sukhumvit 11 but is still very central and has a large number of amazing signature cocktails to get you started.
There is live music and a DJ, and on Sundays it’s Gay Night, where the female performers are replaced by male counterparts. Drinks are a bit dearer than some other places, but worth the extra Baht for the experience. Maggie Choo’s is undoubtedly one of the best things to do in Bangkok for nightlife.
Rising high above the skyline of the Thai Capital, this sixth floor Bangkok club is all about luxury. Most definitely a dress to impress venue, Levels has a range of resident DJs with the occasional guest performer. There are also plenty of themed nights, so it pays to check what’s on before you head out to make sure you’re giving off the right vibe. Only open on the weekend, they focus on popular hits and dance music.
There is no entry fee, although to make up for this the drinks are a tad more expensive than nearby clubs. However, even with the extra cash you need to spend, the opulence of the venue more than makes up for it. If you want to feel like a celeb, this is the place to party.
Sat in Block 4 of the infamous Royal City Avenue, this venue is more about live music than DJ sets and drunken dancing (although the latter does occur most evenings). There is more of a focus on jazz than other genres, but the diverse nature of Mello Yellow means that there will be something for everyone.
Entry is free but try to get in when the house musicians are doing a spontaneous jam: you’ll be awed by their talent and it’s a truly unique experience. Mello Yellow is open Monday to Saturday and closes at 2am, and once you’ve been spat back out onto RCA, you can head to one of the other venues in the area.
For many, this Bangkok club has taken up the mantle of the infamous Insomnia Nightclub Bangkok. Insanity has kept the legend going with a mix of banging beats, blinding lights, and good vibes. The largest nightclub in Bangkok, they specialise in EDM and Electro House, and are open seven nights a week.
Entry is THB 300 for women and THB 400 for men, and also has a free drink included, although larger groups may pool their drinks together and be offered a bottle of liquor instead.
Drink prices vary: it’s usually around THB 200 for a standard shot and mixer, but the alcohol is a higher quality and not watered down unlike other venues. As Insanity is usually the last place open, it ends up having the best atmosphere, especially towards the early hours. Not one for the faint of heart or tired eyes, but definitely one of the best things to do in Bangkok for nightlife.
This notorious Bangkok club is also located in the heart of Royal City Avenue and is considered legendary by locals and expats alike. There is a healthy mix of both groups, as well as an ever-growing number of tourists, and the club is open seven nights a week, but is most famed for their wild parties during local celebrations. The venue itself is huge and they play all kinds of music, leaning towards chart and electronic on the weekend, although there are trance nights too, and from Sunday to Thursdays they focus on hip hop and RnB.
Thai citizens get it for free and it’s THB 300 for everyone else, although like most other venues, this includes a free drink. If you want a real Bangkok party experience, this is the place to go.
If you’re looking for something a bit quirkier and more unique, then Sing Sing is your spot. The venue aesthetic is focused on the ancient far East, and they often run immersive theme nights where they really go all out.
The Bangkok club is mostly all on one level and is loosely modelled after an old Chinese brothel, and they benefit from a more eclectic musical vibe than a lot of the other clubs in the city, although there is a focus on high-quality Electro music. Focused on a more mature crowd, you’re more likely to go for a Salzerac than a rum and coke here.
Entry is free, but drinks are a little more expensive than most other places; however, like with Levels, it’s worth it for the ambience.
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