Cool live music venues are getting harder to find in Bangkok, being replaced more with large clubs that have ultra deafening sound systems churning out repetitive hip hop, trance, and electronic music. Fortunately there are plenty of mainstays that have been going strong for ages along with some great newcomers. Places like the hard rocking Rock Pub and jazz and blues pulsing Saxophone have been open for almost 3 decades, while across town in Banglamphu, one can find the local Adhere the 13th, where jam sessions and packed crowds in this outstanding hole in the wall are the norm. Also highly popular with the bohemian and indie scene is the dive bar Fatty's, which gets packed out with great local indie band nights, and the happening Parking Toys. Newer on the scene and with some great local live acts are the suave Above Eleven and the happening Apoteka on trendy Sukhumvit Soi 11, where there are some great tunes to go with the chic bar scenes. For a more Thai experience, head over to the long running Tawandaeng German Brewery for live entertainment with a large local crowd.
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