NIGHTCLUBS

INSANITY NIGHTCLUB:

Previously having been on Sukhumvit Soi 12 for more than 4 years, Insanity Nightclub has now moved to an all-new, state of the art venue on Sukhumvit Soi 11 – central Bangkok’s premier party street. Insanity Nightclub Bangkok is an international class clubbing venue that rocks to bass-heavy big room EDM, bass-heavy house, open format and hip hop seven nights a week. This is one of the largest clubs in the city, housed in a single hangar-like room filled with impressive lasers and lighting system, along with seductive podium dancers and a central stage for those who want to let loose on the dance floor. This big room clubbing experience is unlike anything else in Sukhumvit, and there are sure to be EDM and House party anthems to enjoy, with a bonus of having regular appearances from international DJs & local super star artists – you can expect that at least once a week there are big name Dj/Producers/artists from around the globe playing EDM, House, Hip Hop and top DJs, MCs and artists from that are locally known. Entry is 300 baht with one free-drink ticket, although you can combine these to make a bottle of liquor if you are a part of a larger group; just ask at reception. V8 Diner, a popular pre-party eatery which has also moved to the new premises, is in front of the club, serving hearty fare and discount beers and makes a good meeting place.

It’s fair to say this is the true late night party spot in Bangkok as Insanity Nightclub is often the last place to close on Sukhumvit Soi 11 so the atmosphere builds throughout the night, making it a beacon for all of Bangkok’s party set from 23:00 onwards (although get there earlier to grab the best standing tables). Renowned as a place to meet friendly local ladies, Insanity has done well to really elevate this clubbing experience while retaining the varied crowd of foreigners and Thais. Located on Sukhumvit Soi 11, Insanity is just on the famous T-junction of Bangkok’s renowned party street and is walkable from Nana BTS Station (although if you’re wearing heels it’s probably better to get a bike or taxi from the beginning of the soi). The fact that this club is half way between Soi Cowboy and Nana Plaza (two popular red-light areas) explains why the female clientele is a noticeable mix of those who come to work as well as play, and guys will get attention in here…unwanted or not. In fact, most of the guys heading to Insanity do so specifically because of the number of Thai girls who are dressed to kill and ready to party.

Entry: 300 baht with one free drink/ladies 2 free drink Sunday–Thursday Special events: 500 baht with two free drinks

Opening Hours: 21:00 til late (3:00-6:00, depends on the night)

Location: New location: 32/2 Soi Sukhumvit 11, Khlong Toei Nuea, Bangkok 10110

MRT: Sukhumvit

BTS: Asok/Nana

Remarks: Daily promotions: 50% off bottles before 1:00 am Sunday-Thursday

SING SING CLUB:

Sing Sing Theater is a fantastical bar-cum-club with the most 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). There is a big push into concept parties at Sing Sing too, with themes like Underwater or Carnival being completely immersive experiences and a whole lot of fun. Sing Sing Theater was developed by a partnership including Oskar Bistro and Quince Restaurant, but it reminds us a lot of Maggie Choo’s over in Silom. It comes as no surprise that it is the same designer and art director behind both venues, and, in particular, the work of Ashley Sutton as the designer strikes a chord as his concepts have been a hit all over town. This – his most ambitious work – has established Sing Sing as one of the hottest clubs in Bangkok.

The club itself is split into two downstairs bars, a central dancefloor which doubles as a stage for performances, and a balcony hanging over the dancefloor, a prime spot for checking out the action down below. Loosely modelled on a Chinese brothel, symmetrical elements follow principles of feng shui with walkways flowing into hidden seating areas and vantage spots. The music at Sing Sing Theater covers a lot of ground, and is far more ambitious than most clubs in the capital. Here you will find critically acclaimed international acts such as Gilles Peterson, French deep house artist Kilngande and, holding a weekly residency, Jul&Co, house DJs who play live percussion and beatbox, combining live performance with electronic dance music. A more downtempo live act is usually playing between 20:00 to 22:00 which is perfect for the after dinner crowd. Dance performances are also common, featuring anything from burlesque routines to freaky girls in gas masks.

It’s fair to say this venue is catering to a more mature crowd than you will likely find in other Bangkok clubs, with a cocktail menu to match. Premium liquors and creative signature concoctions are the order of the day but don’t expect much change from 500 baht. A bottle of beer starts from 180 baht. Sing Sing Theater is located on Soi 45 Sukhumvit Road, next door to the ever-popular Quince restaurant Bangkok. It is half way between Phrom Phong and Thonglo BTS Skytrain stations. It opens around 20:00 although it is popular with an after dinner crowd on weeknights from around 22:00 (closed on Mondays), with more raucous scenes on weekends. Sing Sing definitely straddles the line between nightclub and bar, with a clear impetus on cultural performances and bringing in the cream of international talent at least once a month. It’s the type of place you can turn up to socialise, dance or a bit of both and that’s why it’s such a popular party venue in Bangkok right now.

Opening Hours: 20:00-02:00 (Tuesday-Sunday)

BTS: Phrom Phong or Thonglor

Tel: +66 (0) 9 7285 6888

SUPERFLOW BEACH CLUB:

Superflow Beach Club takes people from the bustling backpacker haunt of Khao San Road, straight into a funky outdoor beach party. The sand-covered floor, day beds and palm tree DJ booth all help to create a surprisingly realistic vibe, you would never imagine you are still in Bangkok.

You can’t tell from the narrow opening, but this open-air club is a surprisingly large space, which is shaped into a huge ‘L’. Labelled as a day and night club, the team behind Superflow Bangkok have definitely taken inspiration from the beach culture found in places like Ibiza and Bali. It opens at 12:00 midday for Khao San locals who want to do some lounging around, but once the sun sets things get taken up a notch with live music and DJs.

Opening Hours: Midday-02:00

Address: Khao San Road

Tel: +66 (0)2 629 3309

CE LA VI NIGHTCLUB:

Ce La Vi Bangkok Club Lounge (Formerly Ku De Ta) is a sophisticated nightclub and lounge where the glamourous come to play. Despite the name change from Ku De Ta Bangkok to Ce La Vi Bangkok, the concept is largely the same: 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. Located in the Sathorn Square Building, Ce La Vi Bangkok Club Lounge is easy to find, just a few steps from Chong Nonsi BTS Station on the Silom Line.

Like everything else associated with the Ce La Vi Bangkok brand, the entrance is seriously impressive. A candle lit corridor leads through heavy drapes with a multi-tiered dance podium greeting guests. Professional dancers are twisting and twirling and makes everyone stop and stare. The layout is a mix of a lounge and a club, with contained seating areas for large groups, standing tables, and a large dance floor surrounding the DJ booth. The lighting and sound system is awesome at Ce La Vi although the music changes radically depending on the night. Wednesdays is ladies night with hip hop classics coutesy of The Bangkok Invaders, Thursdays is house night for some more intense beats and weekends spans the genres, typically playing party pop and R’n’B to get the crowd dancing. Ku De Ta Bangkok does probably the best ladies night in the whole city. Free sparkling wine all night for ladies and free entry! Last time we visited they were giving away a Gucci clutch bag to one lucky lady.

To enter Ce La Vi Bangkok there is no disguising the fact that you are walking through an office tower, but everything is done to provide guests with a level of comfort and sophistication fitting of the Ce La Vi/Ku De Ta brand. For example, each group of guests is given a private elevator up to the top floors, and when you arrive you have a personal escort to your desired establishment. In fact, the service throughout the whole complex is truly excellent. Life looks better from a high vantage point, and there’s no cooler Bangkok nightclub vista than this. With an eclectic music policy, excellent cocktails, and an elaborate design scheme, Ce La Vi Club Bangkok is the true party environment for Bangkok’s international crowd.

Ce La Vi Bangkok Club Lounge Opening Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 21:00 to late

Location: 39th and 40th floors, Sathorn Square Complex, 98 North Sathorn Road

BTS: Chong Nonsi

Tel: +66 (0) 2108 2000

ONYX NIGHTCLUB:

Onyx Main Stage is the first club in Bangkok to do the big-room mega club style of partying that is popular in places like Ibiza, Berlin and Seoul. The huge 2,000 capacity main room was formerly known as Slim & Flix, but they have forgone the series of rooms which used to be the norm on RCA (Bangkok’s premier party street), and have built a multi-level main room which has the cream of the world’s EDM and commercial house DJs gracing the decks on an almost weekly basis. DJs to have played here include Freddie Le Grand, Dutch duo Showtek and The Chainsmokers, producers of 2014s biggest dancefloor hit, #Selfie. The experience of witnessing the best DJs rocking the crowd at Onyx is intense, with dry ice cannons, confetti bombs and the best laser show in the city further adding to the experience.

Entrance depends on the night, but it starts from 300 baht. If there is a top international DJ playing expect to pay more. It works out best if you buy a package with entrance and drinks included – this can be sorted out at the entrance. There are several bars dotted throughout the venue so you can buy single drinks, but most people choose to party the Thai way at Onyx Bangkok which means ordering a top-shelf spirit and finding a standing table for the night. If you opt for a group bottle, inform them on the door so they will waive the 300 baht entry fee. A bottle of premium vodka starts from 1,700 baht without mixers. Onyx has multi-lingual staff providing table service too. If you want something extra special there are a range of VIP Options, ranging from 17,000 baht for a VIP couch to 80,000 baht for Super VIP area, with a perfect view of the huge DJ booth, your own balcony for you and your crew, dedicated staff to cater for you and even your own private toilet (which means no hanging around the ladies room waiting for your girlfriend!)

As well as a central dance floor, the hangar-like main room has plenty of social space if you need to take a breather, plus an expansive outdoor section and a balcony for experiencing the party scenes below. Onyx Bangkok has also turned the space at the very back of the club into a second room for more underground dance music styles. Called The Odyssey, they plan to play deep house, trance and progressive music in here. Loud, intense and a lot of fun, Onyx Bangkok is proving very popular with international visitors to Bangkok who want all-action big room clubbing.

Opening Hours: 21:00 to late

Address: Royal City Avenue (RCA), Block A, close to the Rama 9 Road entrance.

Price Range: Starts from 300 baht for foreigners (International DJ events will cost more)

LEVELS CLUB:

Levels Club & Lounge is a venue with three distinct party zones housed in one connected space, and offers a great alternative to the already rocking nightlife scene on Sukhumvit Soi 11. Combining elements of a terraced bar, classy lounge, and a box-like clubbing room that has one of the best sound-systems in the city, Levels covers a lot of musical ground and tries to provide a little something for everyone. Occasionally they charge an entry fee for special events or on nights with international DJs, but it’s usually free entry.

Located on the sixth floor of the Aloft Hotel building, the elevator to Levels Club opens up directly into the outdoor bar area looking out across an open cityscape. The light scheme of sparsely-used neon yellows and pinks creates a sophisticated mood that compliments the lounge house music perfectly. There are plenty of standing tables in front of the bar, and a row of seats up against a glass-fronted balcony. The oversized cushions make this area a great place to sit back with a cocktail at the start of the night, or if you need a place to chill out for a while.

Inside Levels Club, there are two distinct dance areas: The first room is high-ceilinged and opulent, catering to commercial anthems, party pop and vocal hip-hop. The circular bar in the centre of the room glows purple but everyone’s attention is drawn to a huge chandelier designed in graceful lines like a stream of falling rain. Dancers and live MCs rock the crowd in between DJ sets. There are booths lining the walls in the lounge for those who want to claim a space for the night, buy a top-shelf bottle and party with their group (this typically Thai style of partying, while still popular, is not so common in Levels). The set-up here is a bit more international than at other venues throughout Bangkok. They have shunned central seating areas or an emphasis on buying a group bottle. Instead, they have provided plenty of space for dancing and floating around, similar to the way clubs in Europe operate. This policy has obviously found favour with visitors to Bangkok as the clientele is happy mix of Thais and foreigners. The downside to this is, the bar can often get busy and getting a drink can become chore.

The second room in Levels Bangkok is accessed through a tunnel-like walkway. It is darker, with fewer furnishings, although there is still seating around the periphery and a few standing tables scattered around to rest drinks on. It’s all about the music in here. DJs pump out bass-heavy EDM music to an enthusiastic crowd who appreciate big room dance tunes. The atmosphere is further enhanced by a laser show swirling around through the darkness and few people stay sitting for long. Levels also books international DJs to play special events. DJs to play at Levels include Dutch artist Laidback Luke, EDM DJ Jay Hardway and American house music pioneer Todd Terry.

Opening Hours: 21:00-03:00

Address: 6th Floor, No.35, Sukhumvit Soi 11, Sukhumvit Rd, Bangkok

Tel: +66 (0)8 2308 3246

Website: https://www.facebook.com/levelsclub

BEAM NIGHTCLUB:

Beam Nightclub Bangkok is one of the latest underground dance clubs to open in the city, bringing underground house and techno music to Bangkok’s bass heads. The music policy is strictly adhering to the ‘cooler’ elements of the dance music scene so don’t expect to hear and vocal EDM tracks. The music style you are most likely to hear is minimal and deep tech-house in the bare, dark main room that is more reminiscent of European dance clubs than the glitzy and glamourous style of partying often preferred by Thais. The VOID Acoustics sound system at Beam Club Bangkok is incredibly good, as is the LED laser and light show.

The DJ lineup at Beam Club focuses on bringing over critically-acclaimed international DJs from Europe, Asia and the US, who aren’t perhaps famous names in the wider clubbing community but are definitely up-and-coming artists with a unique style to get you on your feet. For DJ lineups, check out their Facebook page (link below). Open from Wednesday to Saturday until 03:00, Beam Club offers something different to other clubs in Sukhumvit. Although the crowd is still mostly young, wealthy Thai at present, we think more and more expats and night-owl visitors to Bangkok will love this more chilled style of dance club. Located on Thonglor (Sukhumvit Soi 55), Beam Nightclub Bangkok is part of upscale lifestyle mall called 72 Courtyard.

Opening Hours: Wed – Sat 20:00 – 03:00

Address: 72 Courtyard Mall, Thonglor (Sukhumvit Soi 55)

Tel: +66 (0)2 392 7750

Website: https://www.facebook.com/beamclubbkk/