Pop, rock, house, drum n’ base, R & B or hip hop, there’s a venue suited to most tastes. Taking on a range of forms, the line up includes international super clubs showcasing some of the biggest names in the business, large hotel clubs banging out familiar club anthems through to simple ‘room’ like venues with a basic set up but fanatical following.
“Cool Clubs” House, Hip Hop & Electro Music - Bed Superclub
One of the hottest venues in town is undoubtedly the Bed Superclub. Located in Sukhumvit Road Soi 11, Nana, one doesn’t need to be provided with precise directions to find it. Just walk down Sukhumvit Soi 11 and when you come across a spaceship like white oval pod with a walkway leading up the right hand side, you’re there! Its interior is equally quirky and impressive. White padded curved walls, white beds with fluffy white pillows, all in white JBL sound system, staff dressed in, you guessed it, white, absolutely everything is finished in brilliant white. Inside, the building is split into two main areas; on one side the restaurant and on the other the bar & club area, complete with DJ booth and state of the art sound system.
The Bed Superclub dinner, which for quite some time has been the talk of the town, usually consists of four-courses with one-sitting, and starts at 8.30pm sharp, so don’t be late. As throughout the rest of the club, the décor in the restaurant features yet more purist white. Unconventional and quirky, regular tables and chairs have been replaced in favor of beds and a central dinning table making it one of the more romantic dining venues in town and popular with the hip and younger crowd. A popular plan for revelers is to pick a good club night and show up for the dinner to then take it next door for when the party cranks up at about 10.30pm. Separated by sliding doors, when the set-dinner is finished and the dishes are cleared, the club then merges at which time the restaurant area, also equipped with a full bar then becomes the ideal spot for chilling out.
The Bed Superclub has hosted many top internationally acclaimed DJ names including most notably Gilles Peterson, Stephane Pompougnac, Miguel Migs and Kenny Dope. Bars can be found on both the ground floor and up on the mezzanine which overlooks the dance floor down below. Drinks are a tad on the pricey side but as sophisticated as the venue itself and succeed in keeping the riff-raff out.
In addition to DJ performances, additional allure is added by visuals displayed on the wall above the DJ booth courtesy of the clubs resident VJ. On some nights, professional percussionists compliment the sounds with rhythmic raps on the bongos and congos. The club features themed nights throughout the week which include Tuesday hip-hop, Wednesday models nights where models drink for free, and Sunday ‘Think Pink’, the clubs gay night. Generally entrance is 600 THB but on international DJ nights it can be more. On whatever day, entrance prices usually include at least two drinks of virtually anything on the menu.Back to top
Located at the entrance to Silom Soi 4, a mainly gay Soi (Street) in the heart of Silom, Tapas has long been the leader of the funky house music scene in Bangkok. Recently renovated, the club features a chic Spanish décor set over three levels. Downstairs is for mingling, upstairs is for getting funky and the rooftop is for special club occasions. Not the largest club you’ll ever come across, reaching ‘optimum’ capacity is easily achieved, particularly on Fridays and Saturdays, the two nights of the week where Tapas is guaranteed to be full of energy but also a unique kind of intimacy. Located in an area which merges sleaze with hip, you can expect to rub shoulders with an equally eclectic crowd! Decent DJ’s whip the crowd up into a frenzy with the funky sounds of Balearic house, complimented by percussionists on bongos and congos. A centrally located bar delivers tasty beverages to its thirsty punters.Back to top
The first Q-Bar was set up by American photographer David Jacobson and Viet Kieu American beauty Phuong Anh Nguyen in Vietnam’s style starved Saigon in 1992 now known as Ho Chi Minh City. Frequented by expats, tourists, locals and jet-set celebrities alike, including the likes of Kate Moss and Robert De Nero, the bar quickly reached almost legendary status. Next stop Bangkok…
During the time it’s taken for literally hundreds of other Bangkok venues to come into and out of vogue only to finally sink and disappear without a trace, this super-hip New York themed bar, around now for more than 6 years has experienced a steady rise in popularity to its current position as one of the Bangkok’s most legendary nightspots.
Attracting an eclectic mix of locals and expatriate hedonists, in addition to a few relatively hard to spot ‘hi-end opportunist’ ladies of the night, Q-Bar never fails to deliver pot loads of fun and excitement! If you’re looking for exotic drinks, cigars or simply just awesome club music, you’ll find them all, as each feature high on the clubs agenda. Well known for its fridges and freezers stacked with different booze including vodkas, tequilas, gins, whiskeys and absinth from all over the globe, revelers can choose just about any drop that exists. And if you feel like complimenting your favorite drop with the fine tobaccos of Cuban or Dominican Republic hand rolled cigars, they are also available!
The music is also taken very seriously by the Q-Bar’s management who in addition to maintaining a strict policy of only taking on the best of Bangkok’s DJ talent as club residents, continually organize weekly big name artists including international superstars such as The Jungle Brothers & Derrick Carter, who have each graced Q-Bar’s wheels of steel!
On each day of the week a different genre is delivered by a resident DJ to receptive crowds, including Hip Hop, Drum N’ Base, Funky House and Acid Jazz. On most nights it’s free to enter before 10.00pm after which it will cost 500THB from Sunday – Thursday and 600THB on Fridays & Saturdays respectively. This price will usually include at least two drinks. On nights featuring international DJ the door charge will usually be higher.Back to top
A distinctly underrated club, perhaps slightly let down by its location in a sub soi of Sukhumvit Road as opposed to being located on the main road itself, Glow is nevertheless a top venue, particularly on Friday nights when it’s kicking. Minimalist stylish interior, cool club tunes spun by decent resident DJ’s, slick handed easy on the eye bar tenders who at random moments between concocting perfectly created cocktails leap up on to the bar and gyrate ‘coyote ugly’ style, there’s enough going on to keep even the most restless minds entertained. Glow by name Glow by nature, one of the other cool selling points of Glow is the lighting which in addition to changing color is up-lit from beneath the tables, which produces a glowing effect. If you are looking to evade the hip-hop evolution then head straight to Glow, as they instead favor house, electro and breakbeat.Back to top
RCA (Royal City Avenue)
Think of a one kilometer long stretch with four story buildings down each side, one side lined with flashy cars and the other, hundreds upon hundreds of seats and tables filled with young partying Thai’s in front of club after club after club then you’ve got RCA!Back to top
A sophisticated super-club, Inch sits right in the middle of RCA. As with many of the RCA clubs, the clientele is varied. An ample dose of moneyed up Thai’s in addition to hoards of teeny boppers, with a dash of foreigner thrown in for good measure, the vibe is always good and everyone is looking for a top night on the tiles. The clubs exterior design is slick and modern courtesy of the polished steel and glass, whilst the interior features two zones divided by curved glass each softly lit by subdued lighting. Each is similar in décor with elevated ceilings, disco balls, and retro design, they differ in terms of the musical genres that they belt out. On the one side revelers can listen to house music and on the other hip-hop, dance and reggae classics. Beveragewise, patrons can enjoy a mix of classics as well as new conceptual creations courtesy of the clubs adventurous bar tenders.Back to top