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Best Dance Clubs in Bangkok

Bangkok's best dance clubs: to party the night away in


Bangkok may be more noted for its infamous red-light nightlife, but it actually has far more to offer, as it's got some excellent dance clubs and actually features some of Asia's top nightclubs attracting major DJs from around the planet, and you'll never be short on partying and dancing the night away here.

Undoubtedly, the hottest club right now is the galactic themed TopOne, which resembles a nonstop live music festival and is located up on the party crazy strip of clubs on Ratchada, and is frequented by a mostly Thai crowd. You should also check out the wild Sing Sing Theater, a Shanghai 1930s fantasy that fuses theater and dance club. Also popular with the highbrow crowd is the Club at KOI, an internationally acclaimed fashionistas paradise (with branches around the globe), which occupies a magnificent spot high above the city on Sathorn. Those who want a big party experience head to the happening Levels Club over on Sukhumvit Soi 11, which is one of Bangkok's hottest party spots, along with nearby Sugar, as well as the all hours Insanity nightclub near Nana.

Other happening spots to dance and party include Beam over in trendy Thonglor, and of course there are still some of the top longstanding clubs in other areas to go to as well, like the famed party venue Route 66 on RCA (Royal City Avenue, the same venue as the lively Onyx), or the reopened DeCommune, which is an underground club more focused on good music, art, and an alternative scene as opposed to the more commercial glitzy clubs.

Wherever you choose, you are guaranteed a good night out with all the Bangkok dance clubs have to offer.


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Route 66 is a Bangkok institution, perhaps even more fabled now that its rival, the neighboring Slims/Flix has closed. Open over 20 years now, Route 66 is famed for huge parties. It's the scene of the Thai youth movement, with thousands of university kids heading here nightly. There are four immense dance zones, that feature everything from live bands playing Thai pop to hip hop to house, and there is also a large open-air space to party at. You'll also get to experience traditional Thai partying here, where groups share a bottle of whiskey, congregate around a table, and drink and dance right where they are seated. It's far more of a group spot than couples, but if you offer a toast, you'll most likely make friends pretty easily.

Recommended for Dance Clubs because: For being a fixture on the Bangkok party scene, Route 66 is a dance club institution.

Dave's expert tip: Be aware that foreigners (both local and tourists) get charged 300 baht to enter, although you can redeem a part of this for drinks inside the club (like 150 baht off of your first purchase).

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Sukhumvit Soi 11 is now the undisputed party capital of Bangkok, and Sugar Club is the latest on the scene to get into the act. This new dance club has a state of the art sound system and is committed to bringing great live bands and hip hop clubbing to the masses. There are international DJ's guesting here and spinning tunes, and the party club has some great weeknight specials, such as 5 drinks for 500 baht or Ladies Nights with drink specials for the lassies. The lighting is creative and the crowds turn up here on the weekends, so be prepared. If you aren't into hip hop, don't come anywhere near here, and be prepared to get sweaty, as it is pretty cramped and hot, but hip hop lovers will have a great time.

Recommended for Dance Clubs because: For Bangkok's best hip hop scene, head to Sugar Club.

Dave's expert tip: The easiest way to get here is via the Skytrain to the Nana station, and then walk over to Soi 11 from the northeast exit.

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Insanity Nightclub
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While the location here on Sukhumvit right between the Nana Plaza and Soi Cowboy naughty nightlife areas might bring a lot of rather dubious characters, both male and female, into this spot, Insanity has revamped from its seedier days, and boasts a large laser and lighting show to go with a large club atmosphere, more like the party scene you'd find out at harder to get to RCA. If you want to party to electronic, club, and hip hop music with the masses in a Sukhumvit location, then Insanity will satisfy your cravings. Lots of ladies looking to meet guys and vice versa make up many of the ranks here, but plenty of couples and groups just looking for a lively night out also call in, and it is the last place to close in the neighborhood, giving it a leg up on the competition.

Recommended for Dance Clubs because: For an underground unpretentious dance club with a great sound system, Glow is old school Bangkok at its best.

Dave's expert tip: Note that due to government restrictions due to Covid, Insanity is not currently open, but plans to ASAP. Check their website for the latest before embarking.

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The Club at KOI is Bangkok's latest dance club and opened with much fanfare in one of the city's most dazzling locations. Set up on the upper floor of the Sathorn Square building overlooking the city, it replaces the former resident, the popular Ce La Vi club, which might be a hard act to follow, except that KOI has a stellar record, combining an elegant Japanese restaurant with a cutting edge dance club. KOI has opened branches in New York, Las Vegas, and Abu Dhabi, as well as its original location, Los Angeles, where the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, Madonna, and Jennifer Lopez were some of the regular clientele. The huge space here offers world-class clubbing and features international entertainers and touring DJs, and while the glitterati might not be the same as in LA, you'll find plenty of fashionistas and Bangkok's most well-heeled here strutting their stuff. Plenty of hip hop features in the playlists, and Saturday nights offer electronic and house music, with live DJs and special entertainers guaranteed on the thumping weekends. Make sure to come with deep pockets, as the fun does not come cheap here.

Recommended for Dance Clubs because: For the upscale dance club experience, The Club at KOI is above the crowds.

Dave's expert tip: Note that due to government restrictions due to Covid, Insanity is not currently open, but plans to ASAP. Check their website for the latest before embarking.

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While most Bangkok dance clubs often focus on dramatic lighting and glitzy interiors, DeCommune bucks the trend by honing in on the music and performers, giving it a bit more substance and quality than its competitors. A vintage bar out front leads into a dance room that features interactive art displays and welcomes plenty of local underground talent. Think art space/jazz club/ dance venue/ eclectic party spot all in one. Techno, drum and bass, and up and coming locals feature prominently here, and it's a nice departure from the usual grind and bump and flash that tends to dominate the Thai nightclub scene.

Recommended for Dance Clubs because: For an alternative dance and party scene, DeCommune is a unique Bangkok spot.

Dave's expert tip: It's best to take a taxi to get here, although if you are near the river, hop the Chao Phraya ferry, get off at Phra Athit, and taxi from there. You could also make the walk over from Khao San Road.

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Newly opened Onyx is now the biggest dance and party club in town. Never mind that it is over on youngster-happy RCA, not really known for sophistication or being an overly popular tourist area, this place does really bring it, with a 2,500 person capacity stadium-like dance hall ensuring some wild nights. In addition to the cavernous main dance floor, there is also a second-floor balcony that is spacious, as wells as fifteen private VIP booths for your own party. The club has state of the art sound and lighting systems, top international DJ's coming in to spin tunes on a regular basis, and confetti bombs and laser shows galore, with all the masses blissed out under one happy roof. For the young, hip, and inter, this really is the club to go to for a wild dance night out.

Recommended for Dance Clubs because: For Bangkok's biggest and glitziest dance club, Onyx is at the top of the list.

Dave's expert tip: There is no public transport to RCA, so best to take a taxi here. If coming on a weekend, you might be best to take the MRT subway up to Rama IX station and then taxi from there, as the routes up from central Bangkok will be very crowded on Friday and Saturday nights. Do note that shorts and sandals aren't allowed, and you need to show ID to get in.

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Easily Bangkok's most highbrow dance club, Sing Sing Theater is a fantasy replica of Shanghai in the 1930s, with hanging red lanterns, dancers in red robes with patterned fans, and metal cages spread across the room, making it appear as if a shady brothel of yesteryear. Seedy it isn't though, as the fine drinks, high prices, and top DJs from around the world ensure that the clientele are Bangkok's most well-heeled and most ready to party. Never mind that the dance floor consists of almost nothing, just head out and join the wild throng. It's a combo of theater and nightclub and truly is unique. If the whole fantasy getup strikes a familiar chord, it's because nightlife designer mogul Ashley Sutton (Iron Fairies and Fat Gutz, etc) was behind this one as well.

Recommended for Dance Clubs because: For being Bangkok's most unique highbrow dance club, Sing Sing Theater is a work of art!

Dave's expert tip: Take the BTS to the Phrom Phong station and walk over to Soi 45, the club is next to Quince Restaurant.

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While Bed Supperclub may have closed down, Sukhumvit's party central Soi 11 keeps on going strong in the nightlife department, with the slack taken up by new kid on the block Levels. This swank electronic nightclub with a view is located on the 6th floor of the chic Aloft Hotel and is now the place to be seen and party in lower Sukhumvit. There is plenty of house music being played here, but Levels excels in its DJ's, bringing in some of the top international acts from around the world to rock the house. There is a large dance room here with a giant LED chandelier overhead, and then there is a club zone that features a great sound system. There is also a terrace bar that looks out over all the Sukhumvit neon and gives you a chance to catch your breath. There are plenty of promotions and theme nights here, but you are guaranteed one heck of a party just about any night of the week.

Recommended for Dance Clubs because: For being Soi 11's new hot and happening nightclub, Levels is on top.

Dave's expert tip: Check the website for theme and promotion nights, along with the listing of which top DJ's will be in town.

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Their moniker says "an honest club with an honest vibe," and the latest dance club to grace trendy Thonglor is a bit of a departure from the usual Thai club filled with whiskey drinking tables and little space to dance. Here, you'll find a huge dance floor and minimalist industrial warehouse look, with the focus being on the music. Thumping techno and house rule the roost here, with live DJ shows, a state of the art sound system, laser lighting and a fog machine to enhance the atmosphere. The club attracts a mix of foreign and Thai hipsters and is set in the happening 72 Courtyard complex, which is full of snazzy eateries and craft beer and mixology cocktail joints, so you can have a bite prior to coming in to dance.

Recommended for Dance Clubs because: For techno and house parties in a happening environment, Beam is where it's at.

Dave's expert tip: Take the BTS Skytrain to Thonglor, then take a taxi up to between Sois 16 and 18, where you'll find 72 Courtyard on your right side.

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Designed to resemble a huge spaceship, Bangkok's latest addition to the mass clubbing scene seeks to make a splash with everything big and bold. Set up on the party strip of Ratchada Road, the club founders wanted to create an experience akin to a live music festival, with room for 2000 people on the ground floor, karaoke rooms and banquet rooms upstairs, and a sound and light system that dwarf most of Bangkok's other venues. TopOne plays host to Thailand's top DJs and MCs, as well as having models, dancers, and even LED robots performing nightly. The crowd here is young, hip, and almost completely all Thai, and each month brings massive rave parties that feature themes set around space travel. It's loud, brash, expensive, and certainly a unique look at a true Thai nightlife experience.

Recommended for Dance Clubs because: For Bangkok's latest wildest dance club, TopOne is a galactic experience!

Dave's expert tip: Easiest way to get here is to take the MRT subway to the Huay Khwang station and walk north 10 minutes past the Life Ratchadapisek building, turning right into the alley full of nightclubs.

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Dave Stamboulis is a travel writer/photographer based in Bangkok. Born in Athens, Greece and growing up in the U.S., Dave first discovered Bangkok while on a 45,000-kilometer bicycle trip and...  More About Dave

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