Bangkok's nightlife stays buzzing 7 nights a week, with both world mega-clubs and underground haunts standing side by side, attracting revellers from every corner of the planet. You can find every niche musical movement in Bangkok – from the new wave of EDM flooding the city, to classic hip hop beats and even drum ’n’ bass.

    It’s this sheer choice, along with fun-loving crowds and the classic easygoing Thai charm that makes Bangkok the premier clubbing destination in Asia, and one of the most boisterous party cities in the world. We've selected what we believe are the best nightclubs in Bangkok to give you an idea of what the city's diverse nightlife scene is all about.



    Location: RCA

    Music: EDM
    Crowd: Dressed up locals and foreign EDM-heads

    Electronic Dance Music (EDM) has slowly been pushing other dance music out of the frame when it comes to partying in Bangkok, and RCA’s popular Onyx is the shining example. This 2,000-capacity club comes equipped with CO2 cannons, confetti drops, and awesome laser shows.

    Onyx is one of the biggest single party spaces in Bangkok, with a huge dancefloor and plenty of standing tables and stools. Some European-inspired touches are evident, such as the impressively-high ceiling and a cool LED screen behind the main DJ booth. Entrance is normally 400-500 baht for foreigners, which includes a few drinks coupons. Plus, it was the first club in Bangkok to rank in DJ Mag's acclaimed Best Clubs in the World.

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    Location: Royal City Avenue, 9 Bang Kapi, Huai Khwang, Bangkok 10310, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 9 pm to 2 am

    Phone: +66 (0)81 645 1166



    Location: Sukhumvit

    Music: EDM/hip hop/house
    Crowd: Foreigners (mostly the guys) and Thais (mostly the girls)

    Insanity is enjoying a new lease of life after moving to premises on Sukhumvit Soi 11, where you can experience bass-heavy tunes, big room EDM, open format, and electro house every night. The club hosts quality international and local all-star DJs. attracting over 1,000 partygoers on weekdays and over 1,500 on weekends.

    It’s one of the largest clubs in the city, with a grand entrance into a big hanger style room with 14-meter-high ceilings, a retractable halo lighting system and an ‘L Acoustic’ sound system. Insanity also has outstanding dance shows, seductive podium dancers and a central stage for those who want to let loose on the dancefloor.

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    Location: Insanity Nightclub, Sukhumvit Soi 11, Khlong Toei Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 9 pm to 2 am

    Phone: +66 (0)82 731 8885


    Sing Sing Theater

    Location: Sukhumvit

    Music: Vocal house on weekends/hip-hop on Sundays and Wednesdays
    Crowd: Sophisticated mix of trend-setters and expats

    Sing Sing Theater is a fantastic nightlife venue with a very creative interior design concept in Bangkok. Paying homage to far Eastern aesthetics, you can expect intricate wrought iron patterns, hundreds of lanterns hanging from the ceiling and plenty of dragon imagery to go with the ‘Muses’ (elegant girls dressed in Chinese Qipao).

    The music at Sing Sing Theater covers a lot of ground and is far more ambitious than most clubs in the capital. A definite highlight is its elaborate entertainment providing a treat for the eyes. It's truly unique in Bangkok and promises fun and sophistication in just the right amounts.

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    Location: Sukhumvit 45 Alley, Khlong Tan Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand

    Open: Tuesday–Sunday from 8 pm to 2 am (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +66 (0)63 225 1331


    Levels Club & Lounge

    Location: Sukhumvit

    Music: R&B/EDM
    Crowd: A mixed bag of tourists and Thais

    Levels Bangkok consists of a rooftop lounge and 2 club rooms, so it covers a lot of musical ground: funky beats on the terrace, R&B hits in the plush main room, and house and techno in the box in the rear.

    Thanks to free entry (and a proactive PR team), Levels attracts a decent gathering of clubbers most nights of the week, with special events on Wednesday and Friday, usually based around a theme including lots of bikini-clad models. This club caters for western tastes, with minimal seating and a vibe conducive for mixing and mingling while checking out the different areas.

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    Location: 35 Sukhumvit Rd, Khlong Toei Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 10 pm to 2 am

    Phone: +66 (0)82 308 3246



    Location: Sukhumvit

    Music: Tech House upstairs/Hip-Hop downstairs
    Crowd: A fairly even split of young Thais and foreigners

    With the best sound in Bangkok – including speakers pumping from under your feet – Beam is a place for fans of minimal house and techno. The VOID Acoustics sound system is incredibly good, as is the LED laser and light show, which cuts through the darkness.

    The music policy is strictly adhering to the ‘cooler’ elements of the dance music scene so don’t expect to hear chart hits or vocal EDM tracks. Downstairs is the hip-hop room, which always seems to have a fun and friendly vibe.

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    Location: 72 Soi Sukhumvit 55, Klongton Nua, Watthana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand

    Open: Wednesday–Sunday from 9 pm to late (closed on Mondays and Tuesdays)

    Phone: +66 (0)2 392 7750


    The Club at Koi

    Location: Sathorn

    Music: house/hip hop/party pop (depending on the night)
    Crowd: Expats, tourists and internationalised Thais

    The Club at Koi Bangkok is a sophisticated nightclub and lounge where the glamorous come to play. You should dress to impress here, whether you intend to shake it on the dance floor or chill in some of the central booths with a few friends and a top-shelf bottle.

    If it all gets too much, take a breather on the open-air terrace with views of central Bangkok. The lighting and sound system is awesome at The Club at Koi Bangkok. The music changes radically depending on the night.

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    Location: 39FL, Sathorn Square Building, 98 North Sathon Rd, Silom, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500, Thailand

    Open: Tuesday–Saturday from 9 pm to 2 am (closed on Sundays and Mondays)

    Phone: +66 (0)2 108 2005


    Route 66

    Location: RCA

    Music: Hip hop/trance/live band
    Crowd: Young, Thai and dressed to impress

    If young, Thai and sexy is your thing then you should definitely get down to RCA and check out Route 66. RCA (Royal City Avenue) is a designated party street with bars and clubs lining the street on both sides – and this is the pick of the lot. There are 3 rooms side by side playing live music, hip hop and trance, though it’s the hip hop main area that gets all the attention.

    Route 66 is definitely Thai-style clubbing, which means most people turn up, purchase a bottle of whiskey and find their base for the night. All the best areas are reserved for this and anyone sipping on beers will find the majority of their night is spent lurking around trying to find a place to stand. Entry is 400 baht for foreigners, which includes free drinks tickets.

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    Location: RCA, 28 New Petchaburi Rd, Bang Kapi, Huai Khwang, Bangkok 10310, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 8 pm to 2 am

    Phone: +66 (0)81 440 9666



    Location: Sukhumvit (Asok)

    Music: Deep house/techno/drum & bass
    Crowd: Young expats and a few in-the-know Thais and tourists

    Despite its diminutive size (capacity is only a few hundred people), Glow has quickly risen as one of the go-to places for underground dance music in Bangkok.

    There are 2 levels to the venue, but all the action happens downstairs on the compact dance floor. It’s so tight, the hardcore ravers at the front practically have to dance over the DJ’s CDJs in the booth. Glow has previously welcomed big names such as Goldie & Fabio, Felix Moreno and Dubway. Entrance depends on the night, but your 200-500 baht fee includes some free drinks.

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    Location: Soi Sukhumvit 23, Asok, Khlong Toei, Bangkok 10110, Thailand

    Open: Wednesday–Sunday from 9.30 pm to late

    Phone: +66 (0)86 614 3355


    Mustache Bangkok

    Location: Ratchada

    Music: European tech house
    Crowd: People who love 'proper' house music

    Mustache Bangkok is a no-nonsense house and techno club that has a cool, friendly vibe of expats and knowledgeable Thais who love cutting-edge dance music. Open on Friday and Saturday nights only, it's the kind of place where people are more concerned with the tunes than what you're wearing.

    Mustache Bangkok offers a free bar from 9pm to 10pm and half-price drinks between 10pm and 11pm. Entrance after 11pm costs 300 baht, including 1 free drink. The club is spread over 2 floors, playing tech-house in the main room. On the 2nd floor (called The Lab), talented DJs typically play groovy house on the open decks.

    Location: 544 5 Ratchadaphisek 7 Alley, Din Daeng, Bangkok 10400, Thailand

    Open: Friday–Saturday from 9 pm to late

    Phone: +66 (0)818 447 080



    Location: Thong Lor

    Music: EDM/hard house/techno
    Crowd: Moneyed Thais, ranging from students to young professionals, going wild with daddy’s credit card

    Demo (and its sister club Funky Villa) packs crowds in from Wednesdays to Sundays with heart-thumping house and techno until late. The nightclub's chic, abandoned-factory setting is worth checking out – graffiti all over the bare brick walls, shutters in place of doors, and a large outdoor area linking the club with the more mainstream Funky Villa next door.

    You must carry ID to enter Demo – even if you’re old enough to remember the 1970s disco scene, the door staff are still going to ask you. Entry is free of charge.

    Location: Arena 10, Thonglor Soi 10, Sukhumvit Road, Khlong Tan Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 9 pm to 2 am

    Paul Smith | Compulsive Traveler

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