Dec 27 2012
Bangkok is surely the most hedonistic of all cities in Southeast Asia, so you can be certain they’ll throw a great party to ring in 2013. Most of the biggest clubs have begun to unveil their New Year plans, with a general theme of “lots of DJs and drink promotions” to entice in the punters. Here’s a selected round-up of what’s on and where you could head.
Bed Supper Club, one of Bangkok’s best known clubs, scored Goldie for its Christmas party; its big name DJ for its “Zodiac NYE Party” is Rasmus Faber, a Swedish DJ and record producer. High rollers can splash a whopping 8,400 baht on a four-course dinner, a welcome glass of Lombard Brut and a set by Rasmus Faber & Melo vocalist. If you’re feeling a little more frugal, you can skip dinner and pay 1,200 baht for the party and glass of champers. If you don’t book in advance, don’t expect to get in. Call (02) 651 3537 for reservations.
Another big party will see in the New Year at Q Bar. This two-floor club will kick off its celebration at 20:00 and party all the way through to 06:00 as their impressive list of resident DJs keep you dancing well into January 1. Last year was a sell-out, so book in advance on (086) 600 3010. Prices vary.
For something a little bit more affordable, the enormous club Narz on Sukhumvit 23 boasts four different sounds spread across four stages. They have more than 20 DJs and MCs performing for the relatively small ticket price of 700 baht.
RCA’s (a street packed with venues, and an ideal spot for the club hopper) best known club, Route 66, is hosting a huge party featuring a main outdoor stage and three indoor stages, and a variety of hip hop, electro music and a live band until 05:00 and, unlike most of the other big parties in the city, advance booking isn’t necessary, making it a likely favourite spot of the city’s more disorganised and spontaneous partiers.
But if it’s not a big club atmosphere you’re after, AmBar, the laidback rooftop bar at Four Points Sheraton has thrown some of the year’s coolest parties and its New Year party looks set to be a cool, relaxed affair too. For 3,000 baht you’ll get an international buffet and free-flow selected wines, beers and cocktails for three hours. Or, if you think eating’s cheatin’, 1,500 baht will get you everything but the buffet.
CentralWorld holds a famous annual party, which is a great spot to see the fireworks going off in the city. But, expect to dig deep into your pocket to enjoy the seven-course meal and DJ combo they’re laying on at Zen, an indoor and outdoor bar above the department store of the same name. The evening tends to draw a fairly refined crowd of high-society Thais, so don’t expect anything raucous.
If you want to see some of the city’s fireworks without the pricetag, make for a riverside venue, such as Asiatique, an outdoor mall, or a rooftop bar, such as Nest, which always buzzes with a lively party crowd at New Year.
If raucous is what you’re after, Khao San Road is always a sure bet. The backpacker heart of the city is sure to get messy with a combination of young peak-season travellers, cheap buckets of cocktails and a good excuse to party until dawn. For something a teensy bit more grown-up (though not much), there’s the cheap VW bars and Cheap Charlie’s on Sukhumvit Soi 11. It’s bound to get extremely busy, but at least you won’t have to fork out any entry fee!
While plenty of other parties are being announced daily, it’s well worth checking ahead at your favourite bars, as some of the city’s best loved venues, including WTF, are closed for the evening and many others are expected to sell out in advance.
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