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.
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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.
If you intend on partying in the week in Bangkok, Levels offers some fantastic deals. The offer on Wednesday is a free bottle of Smirnoff for groups of five or more, Thursdays are ladies night (three free drinks coupons for all ladies arriving before midnight) and on Friday nights they tend to have events which rotate around themes like Burlesque and Playboy Mansion – anything that has a unique style and can incorporate beautiful women in skimpy costumes. Although there is no dress code, most revelers seem to make an effort and the bar and lounge areas are teeming with folks who come to see and be seen.
Levels Club Bangkok has successfully combined the laidback sophistication of an open air cocktail bar, the glitter of a lounge club, and the raucousness of a dance club. It has taken the best of what Soi 11 already had and packaged them together with a rooftop view, stylish décor and a killer sound system.
Levels Club & Lounge
- 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