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Review of Onyx

Onyx is one of the best nightclubs in Bangkok. For those not interested in cover bands or DJs playing pop anthems Onyx has become the club of choice for bass heads.

Modern Club in Bangkok

Onyx is a large club. It has the biggest single dance space in Bangkok that can hold 2,500 people. The floor is orientated to face the large DJ booth with a large LED screen behind. It is very much like a club in London or Tokyo.

A Place To Dance

There are some impressive embellishments as well: laser shows, CO2 bombs and confetti drops. This is a club not for the high society folk to sip cocktails and nod to DJ music, rather this is a place for electronic music lovers to thump and pump their way through happy hours listening to big name DJs.

The club is located between Phetchaburi Road and the Sirat Expressway, a short taxi ride from the Sukhumvit Road. See the location map below.

Location of the Onyx Club

  • Address: Royal City Avenue (RCA), Soi Soonvijai, Rama IX Road Bangkapi, Huaykwang, Bangkok 10130
  • Telephone: +66 (0)81 645 1166

Club Information

The club opens at 21.00 and stays open late. Entrance costs 500 Thai Baht with a couple of free drinks. It is not cheap entry and the drinks aren’t cheap, but this is a serious club, not a place for working girls to get a John.

The headline DJs are booked in advance – they get in plenty of local talent as well as international DJs. You can find out who is playing on their website – http://www.onyxbangkok.com/- I note as writing this that Australian duo Slice and Dice are up next. They do a brand of mash up electronica with a theatrical element. They are new and relevant.

As you would expect, the sound system is excellent. Plenty of bass as well as treble clarity. Along with the high ceiling the sound system does justice to the music.

Reviews

Trip Advisor at the time of writing rated Onyx as the fifty-fourth best night spot in the city. So far nobody has rated the club as ‘poor’ or ‘terrible’. Over time it is certain that the more positive reviews will follow.

Next read about Glow Nightclub on Sukhumvit Soi 23

Private Dining at Nang Gin Kui

Nang Gin Kui is not only Bangkok’s leading private dining option, but it is also ranked the best restaurant in Bangkok by Trip Advisor. The rating is incredible considering it is possible to enjoy Michelin star quality food in Bangkok. The reason why people love having dinner at Nang Gin Kui is because it offers a special, boutique experience.

The restaurant describes itself as ‘guerilla’. This is because it occupies a large suite in a residential building. It is, however, no ordinary suite. It is on the 15th floor of a skyscraper overlooking the Chao Phraya River. As the Facebook page mentions – it is a million dollar view.

Being a boutique home dining experience, you cannot just turn up unannounced. You must book in advance. Reservations can be hard to make at busy times of the year. Nang Gin Kui caters for groups of between 8 and 16 people. They do sometimes offer honeymoon packages for couples.

The cooking and the hosting is by Florian and her capable team. It is a set menu that features at least 10 courses. The food is described as Japanese, Asian and vegetarian by Trip Advisor, but actually it is contemporary Thai cuisine that features most prominently on Nang Gin Kui’s menus.

There are soft drinks, beer and ‘free flowing’ wine available.

The cost? Well as you would expect for such an exclusive experience with fine dining it is not cheap. The price is between $50 and $70 a head. It is, however, a whole night experience: a chance to eat, drink and chat and enjoy the magnificent views over the river and the city.

What makes private dining unique is that it is something more than just a private room in a restaurant. It is a whole night with friends enjoying a large, comfortable and private residential space. It is the sense of being able to really relish the food without worrying about holding up the table. It is receiving personalized service. It is the chance to experience something different.

Recommended meeting points

1) River City (e.g. Viva Aviv Bar)
2) the lobby of the Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel

Both these meeting points are on Charoen Krung Soi 30 and just 10 minutes walk from Nang Gin Kui.

Public Transport

MRT Subway Station Hualamphong – walking distance 10 minutes

BRT Skytrain Staition – Saphan Taksin – continue by taxi to Charoen Krung Soi 20

Public River Boat – exit Pier Nr. 4/Harbour Department. Remember: the public boat service ends at around 6:30 to 7:00 PM !

Press about Nang Gin Kui

“Eating outside the box” – Guru Magazine
“One of the quirkiest restaurants in town” – BK Magazine

How to make a reservation

Telephone: +66 (0) 85 904 6996
Email: nangginkui@gmail.com

Payment

Cash only

Web

It is just a shame that their website is just an archived single page. The owners might know about exclusive dining but little about the net. They focus on the Facebook page and miss out on a great opportunity to produce a boutique styled informative website.