Bangkok Nightlife is no longer what it used to be: a Sin City - which is either a good or bad thing depending on your tastes. The party scene here has evolved dramatically in recent years. Arguably the biggest change is the fact that previously ‘local-only’ venues have started to welcome more and more westerners with open arms, while historically tourist-centric zones are gaining popularity with young Thais. This fusion has created a range of both multicultural and exciting things to do at night in Bangkok. From lavish clubs 39 floors above the city to bar hopping and raucous EDM festivals, here are the best ways to party in the Big Mango.
1. Songkran in Bangkok
You’ll have to plan the timing of your trip to Bangkok very carefully if you want to experience this unique and memorable (or not-so-memorable, depending on how much you drink) festival. Traditionally a Buddhist celebration held from April 13-15, Songkran in Bangkok has evolved into an all-out water-splashing party with lots of alcohol and pumping music. The main daytime action is found at Silom, while the spot to hit after dark is RCA which sees the return of S20 Festival every year, featuring some of the biggest DJs on the planet.
Insanely busy during Songkran, the highlight when it comes to partying in Bangkok
Bangkok turns into one giant water-splashing party. You must experience this insanity once!
After a huge renovation in 2015 which saw Onyx’s existing room merge with the now-defunct Slim & Fix, this venue on RCA now stands proud as Bangkok’s largest and most popular club. In typical Thai club style, the setup packs in standing tables to rest your bottle of whiskey on and a central stage in front of an enormous, trippy LED screen. Like it or not, Onyx is all about the EDM, welcoming international DJs on a monthly basis and is one of the top Bangkok Nightlife experiences.
Bangkok's largest club: Onyx
One of the key players in the Bangkok Nightlife scene
International stars such as Don Diablo will perform on a regular base
3. Sing Sing
Sing Sing is just one of the fantastical creations by renowned designer Ashley Sutton, who has a portfolio of unique venues across Bangkok and Hong Kong. And the interior design here is simply stunning, with wrought iron staircases leading up to dimly-lit hidden rooms and enclaves - perfect for small groups or dates. This is, without a doubt, the most unique venue in the Bangkok Nightlife scene. On the weekends, the central dance floor gets packed out with partygoers - as well Sing Sing’s own dancers, who have been known to dress up as scuba divers, jellyfish, and sexy cats. Yep, it can get pretty weird.
Sing Sing has the most unique atmosphere of all clubs in Bangkok
The interior of Sing Sing
One of the most popular Bangkok Nightlife venues!
4. The Club at Koi
Formerly called Ce La Vi, this 39th-floor nightclub is about as glamorous as it gets in Bangkok. The venue has a posh downstairs restaurant and breezy outside terrace for chilling, while the glitzy main club room fills up with an upscale clientele from Tuesday to Saturday. Wednesdays (ladies’ night), Fridays and Saturdays are the most popular. Music wise, expect hip-hop, chart hits, and house.
The stunning interior of Club at Koi
One of the highlights of the Bangkok Nightlife scene
Talking about partying with a view!
5. Khao San Road
No talk of Bangkok Nightlife can go without at least a quick mention of Khao San Road. You can grab a beer or cheap cocktail bucket on the 500m-long stretch any time of day, but it’s only after dark that this backpacker-magnet really comes alive. The best pre-midnight action is found at Khaosan Center and Lucky Beer opposite. Other all-time favourites are Khao Sahn 1986 and The Roof Bar. After they stop serving, keep the party going at The Club (house/EDM), Lava Club (hip-hop/commercial) or the more local Brick Bar (ska/reggae/Thai pop). For more detailed information, check out our article about the Best Bars at Khao San Road.
Crazy Bangkok Nightlife at Khao San Road
Busy as always on the streets of Khao San Road
Khao San Road also has a club
6. SO Sofitel's SO Pool Party
If you want to party but want to get away from the usual clubs and bars, look no further than SO Sofitel's monthly pool party. The lofty 10th-floor position boasts some superb views over the greenery of Lumpini Park, with plenty of space to swim, drink, dance or just laze around people-watching on a sunbed. The eight-hour party kicks off at 13:00 on the last Saturday of every month.
What a view!
Party until late!
One of our favourite Bangkok Nightlife activities: SO Sofitel's Pool Party
7. Sukhumvit Soi 11
Strategically placed pretty much in the middle of Bangkok next to Nana BTS Station, Sukhumvit 11 has everything you need for a complete night out on the town. Start your evening 32 floors up gazing at the sunset and sipping fancy cocktails at the stunning Above Eleven rooftop bar, before heading on to the ever-popular Levels Club (house/EDM) - possibly via one or two more bars along the way. If you have the stamina, after-hours hip-hop venue Sugar is just down the road.
All-time favourite at Sukhumvit Soi 11: Levels
Enjoy the view and the cool atmosphere at Above Eleven
R&B Bangkok Nightlife Favourite: Sugar
8. Route 66
Another Bangkok Nightlife institution Route 66 is a cheaper and more diverse option compared to the slightly larger Onyx club next door. The three different zones here comprise a small dance room, a live music room and finally the hip-hop zone, which is always the hardest place to secure a table on the weekend.
Another great Bangkok Nightlife option: Route 66
Royal City Avenue transforms from ghost town during the day into what is Bangkok’s most famous party street every single night of the week. On the weekends, the road even gets closed off to traffic, allowing tipsy punters inside popular clubs such as Onyx and Route 66 to spill out onto the street. Best just to rock up in your best shoes and order a whiskey and mixer set to secure a table for you and your mates.
RCA during Songkran
RCA during New Years Eve
10. Thonglor & Ekamai
Thonglor Soi 10, which doubles up as Ekkamai Soi 5, has the highest concentration of nightclubs anywhere in Bangkok. The glammed-up, predominantly local crowd pack into the hip and happening Demo (house/electro/hip-hop) seven-nights-a-week, while other venues such as Muse and Iron Fairies have live bands providing the soundtrack instead of DJs. The relatively new Beam (house/techno) has also emerged as a go-to spot thanks to its cool interior and underground house music policy.
The beautiful decorated Iron Fairies
There you have it, the complete guide to Bangkok Nightlife. Hopefully, it gives you plenty of inspiration for your trip to Bangkok and party like locals do!
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