T+L Top Lounges and Clubs in Asia
Check out these hot, after-hours spots around the region and you’ll know you still have it when it comes to clubbing.
Le Moon (1 St. 154; +855 23 219 579; amanjaya-pancam-hotel.com) is where young and hip Khmers sip mojitos while seated al fresco at woven rattan loungers and low tables. At low-lit, industrial-glam Rahu (159 Sisowath Quay; +855 23 215 179), the sister of famed Café Metro, you can pair salmon rolls with well-made cocktails, like the Ginger Metropolitan (fresh ginger and vodka).
Style rules at swanky bar-restaurant duo Armani/Aqua and Armani/Privé (2nd floor, Chater House, 8 Connaught Rd. Central; +852 3583 2828), the first collaboration between Giorgio Armani and Aqua Group C.E.O. David Yeo. Two kitchens present contemporary Japanese and Italian cuisine—grilled toro; beef tartare with truffle caviar—while the low-lit bar-lounge offers DJ house grooves and a stunning 465-meter outdoor terrace; try the Wasabi Green Apple Martini. Burlesque in Hong Kong? You bet, thanks to ultra-glam cabaret–nightclub Bisous (9th floor, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham St.; +852 2540 8595; bisous.com.hk), where a team of professionally trained dancers takes to the stage three times a night.
Sit down at the street-level bar–lounge, PAD @28 (Jln. Tulodong Atas 28; +62 21 527 4085; pad28.com) and sip on a grilled-pepper martini shaken (not stirred) by British mixologist Lee Linford, or head upstairs to the second-floor restaurant for some of the best Argentinean-style steaks in town, prepared a la parilla. In Bali, the hottest new beach spot is Potato Head Beach Club (Jln. Petitenget; +62 361 473 7979), on the island’s hip Seminyak strip. Housed in a striking architectural amphitheater fronted by a mosaic of salvaged teakwood shutters, the multi-purpose space has a bar–lounge, a trio of eateries, a fashion boutique and an ocean-facing infinity pool—the perfect spot for a sundowner. Laid-back haunt Deus Ex Machina (Jln. Batu Mejan No.8, Canggu, Bali; +62 361 368 3395; deus.co.id) doesn’t just customize motorcycles: it also has a shop selling its own line of Deus merch (clothing, bags, belts), a restaurant serving up excellent Thai curries in a garden setting, a stage for live music, and a gallery showing young artists and graphic designers.
Potato Head Beach Club
Deus Ex Machina
More than your average nightclub, the plush, rococo-styled Fever Luxe Lounge (Sofitel Philippine Plaza, CCP Complex Roxas Boulevard, Pasay; +63 2 551 5555) raises the bar for going out in the capital, with top-flight cocktails, creative cuisine by northern Spanish chef Jose Luis Rodriguez and Fashion Fever nights dedicated to showcasing local designers. Makati hot spot Elements Gastrolounge (3rd floor, Greenbelt 3, Makati; +63 917 937 5850) lures Manila’s party set with its sophisticated vibe, edifying cocktails—take the Sili Me, a frozen blend of tequila, rum and gin topped with a fiery red chili pepper—and DJ nights featuring hip-hop, dubstep and electro.
When not working the runway for Gucci, Panamanian model Diego Cedeno is concocting cocktails at his new Little India bar Barkode (66 Dunlop St.; +65 6396 4463). The drinks menu changes every three months, but recent hits have included Tanqueray No. 10 gin topped with creamy chamomile foam and a fizzy Champagne spiked with cinnamon. Beer lovers should drop in on Prague Microbrewery (#01-00 Amara Hotel, 165 Tanjong Pagar Rd.; +65 6879 2608; praguemicrobrewery.com) for its heady menu of home-brewed Czech-style pilsners. If you’re a teetotaler, drop by The Orange Thimble (#01-68 Blk 56 Eng Hoon St.; +65 6223 8068; theorangethimble.com), a retro-fitted mid-century shop-house in the up-and-coming Tiong Bahru ’hood for coffee and a sinful slice of the Hazelnut Dacquoise.
The Orange Thimble
On Samui, Zazen Boutique Resort raises the bar with Le Salon de Ti (177 Moo 1, Tambon Bophut; +66 77 425 085; samuizazen.com), an intimate nook overlooking Bophut Bay. During the day, elaborate high teas are served; at night, the space transforms into the Chef’s Table, where chef Cyrille Keyser creates tea-centric tasting menus—fresh lobster rolls with Moroccan mint tea, roasted duck breast with Earl Grey–scented jus and lemon tea granita.
Le Salon de Ti
Named for the Czech motorbikes that once roamed Hanoi’s streets, moody Barbetta (34C Cao Ba Quat; +84 4 3734 9134) welcomes hipsters with its old-school theme—vinyl records displayed as art, secondhand sofas—and beer cocktails, like the rocket beer, a potent blend of tequila and draft ale.