The buzz: Need proof that Sukhumvit Soi 11 is still hot? Look no further than the seemingly endless stream of new nightspots that keep opening on the strip. The latest is Levels, run by the team behind many of the big electronic parties in Bangkok, which looks to provide a high-end clubbing experience to rival Bed Supperclub and Q Bar
The décor: Perched on the 6/F of the Aloft Hotel and accessible only by a pair of elevators, Levels carries a rather exclusive vibe, only heightened by the velvet rope that greets your arrival. The cavernous venue is split into four zones: an open-air terrace, a lounge, a VIP section upstairs and the club-proper. The high-ceilinged main room, or lounge, is decked out with a huge LED chandelier above a circular bar and a bunch of monochrome sofas surrounding a sizeable dance floor. Meanwhile, the club room out the back has more of a dark, confined feel conducive to losing yourself in the moment. Well-heeled ladies take note, there are stairs throughout.
The music: Levels aims for a rather swanky audio-visual clubbing experience, with a blend of house and nu soul providing the soundtrack, supported by state-of-the-art lighting. There are a handful of residents but the real drawcards are the international DJs that regularly drop by.
The crowd: Not too different from Bed or Q Bar; that is, international partygoers clamoring for social pics.
The price: The drinks list is quite standard but slightly cheaper than what’s offered by its Soi 11 competitors. The white spirits and liqueurs start at B190 by the glass rising to B350 for Patron Reposado Tequila. Singleton (B300) and Macallan (B350) are the only single malt options while Jonnie Walker accounts for the blended side (starting from B190 a glass, B2,500 by the bottle). As for bubbly, there’s Chandon Brut (B2,200), Moet & Chandon Imperial Brut (B5,900) and Prosecco (B1,490). You can also just grab a bottle of either Heineken or Tiger (B150) for easy maneuvering on the dance floor.
Why you’ll come back? Levels is the newest kid on the block, for now at least. If you’re not taken in by the attempt at an extrasensory clubbing experiencing, the garden-like terrace bar offers a rather more relaxed way to spend your night. The elevated view isn’t bad, either. Carl Dixon