Do not let Bangkok’s reputation fool you into thinking the city revolves around its notorious sex industry. While the City of Angels does have its fair share of ping pong shows and red light districts, Bangkok’s nightlife has so much more to offer. From vibrant gay clubs to the biggest dance floors, here are the best nightclubs in Bangkok.
Sing Sing Theater
Nightclub, Cocktails, $$$
Sing Sing Theater, Bangkok | Courtesy of Sing Sing Theater
With a dance floor the size of a walk-in closet and drinks that are less than budget-friendly, some might wonder why it is that Sing Sing Theater makes the top of our list of best nightclubs. These details become minuscule after entering this fusion of nightclub and theater, however. You will first be enthralled with Sing Sing’s unique décor, reflecting that of a high-end brothel. Cages line the dance floor and intense, red lights hang from the tall ceiling, giving the entire club a certain, eerie glow. The music is always on point, as Sing Sing brings in the best DJs and artists from around the world. According to their website, Sing Sing aims to be Bangkok’s hottest party venue … and it might have already succeeded.
DJ Station, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon | Courtesy of DJ Station
If you cannot sit still, DJ Station is the nightclub to visit. It is one of the most legendary dance clubs in all of Asia, and is quite possibly the biggest gay club in all of Bangkok. At the very least, it is the most popular. DJ Station has three different levels to choose from, each housing its own bar. This club also has nightly cabaret shows beginning at 11:30 p.m., and if you get there any earlier, you could possibly be the only club-goer there until the show starts. You will find herds of both Thai and Westerners here. Regardless of your sexual or gender identity, DJ Station is the place to be.
Westerners are slowly beginning to discover Beam, one of the best nightclubs in Bangkok. This nightclub still consists of primarily young, incredibly hip Thais. Dress to impress at this nightclub, although the website does say that the dress code is to simply, ‘be yourself.’ Beam’s main purpose is to help people find freedom through phenomenal music experiences, which this club is definitely providing club-goers with. Beam always has some DJ taking over its incredible sound system, playing the most pulsing deep techno, house tracks, and more.
You can visit Route 66 for the food, but we stay for the drinks. Route 66 is drawing in the biggest of crowds, with its massive venue and class hip-hop tracks. On top of these beats, Route 66 occasionally has live music and Thai pop playing. This club is located in Royal City Avenue, more commonly known as RCA. This entire area is designated as an official nightlife zone.
If you are looking for a club that only plays hip-hop, look no further than Sugar. Located on the infamous Soi 11, this club boasts the best beats of any nightclub in the city. This club does not open until 10 p.m. on the weekend and 11 p.m. during the week, making it a great place for a night cap after having a few drinks elsewhere.
At some point throughout the night, almost every club-goer that visits Levels Club & Lounge will find themselves dancing up on its infamous stage. Located just a few doors down from Sugar is Levels Club & Lounge. This club always has a wide array of different events taking over its venue almost nightly, with themed parties, ladies night, and more. You can see everything from a hip-hop performance to an EDM DJ take the stage here. It is definitely one of our favorite spots to hit the large dance floor.
Glow is one of the oldest nightclubs on our list, but it is certainly not going out of style anytime soon. Glow took over the underground clubbing scene in 2005, and it has continued to keep club-goers happy since then. It boasts one of the best sound systems in the world and hosts international DJs regularly.
Let the music pulse through you at Onyx, another nightclub in RCA. EDM pulses throughout the night, with late closing hours allowing you to really dance the night away. The main stage recently opened in October 2015, but its grand ambition to be one of the biggest and best dance parties ever conceived in Bangkok has seemingly become a reality. The club can hold up to 2,500 people, which explains the partiers that come by the masses to this nightclub. Artists from around the world come to blast their EDM beats and thrill the enormous crowds that gather for these epic performances.