Top Bangkok Spots for Blues, Jazz, Rock, Indie and All Live Music

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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What started out as a German microbrewery has morphed into one of Bangkok's best all encompassing entertainment venues. Now at two locations, the original Tawandang still combines a country western pub complete with excellent grilled ribs and...  Read More

Brown Sugar

One of Bangkok's first and still one of its better bars for live music and a night out. Recently relocated across town from its old haunt on Sarasin Road, the new location in Phrasumen will bring along some of the Khao San.crowd to this bigger...  Read More

Above Eleven defies convention in many ways. Inspired by a Central Park style vertical garden, this oasis towers above Bangkok's most up and coming trendy music and club scene street, Soi 11. The setting is outstanding, and the food and drink...  Read More

Set in a three story shophouse over on Suan Plu off of Sathorn Road, which seems to be Bangkok's most up and coming new drinking spot, Smalls is the brainchild of David Jacobson, the nightclub whiz who started the famed Q Bar in Bangkok several...  Read More

As the name says, Apoteka seeks to emulate a 19th century apothecary, with plenty of old wood and brick and lots of potion looking glass bottles up on the shelves. The retro feel is in here, but the scene is very modern. Not only does the bar...  Read More

Over 25 years in the running, offering up the best jazz and blues in Bangkok, Saxophone is a happening pub frequented as much by Thais as by expatriates. The music is sizzling, with 3-4 different live bands each evening plus occasional visits by...  Read More

There aren't many places left in Bangkok these days playing live rock. Actually, there is only one! The Rock Pub just celebrated their 25th anniversary and still draw the crowds, with live heavy metal and hard rock acts each night. A wide array...  Read More

Outside the city

In a city well known for pretentious "be seen" clubs, Parking Toys is a wonderful exception, with no dress code, a buzzing retro vibe, a mix of comfy sofa seating plus tables up near the front of the stage, and best of all, a continuous lineup...  Read More

This little hole in the wall has been going strong as long as Bangkok. Despite being as big as a shoe closet and a bit out of the way, locals pack the joint every night for Bangkok's best live jazz and blues, with the house band playing BB King,...  Read More

Fatty's is a real institution in Bangkok. A one of a kind complete hole in the wall dive bar that happens to serve some of the city's best burgers along with its cheapest drinks at the same time as standing for the best venue for live indie...  Read More


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Dave Stamboulis is a travel writer/photographer based in Bangkok. Born in Athens, Greece and growing up in Berkeley, California, Dave first discovered Bangkok while on a 40,000-kilometer bicycle...  More About Dave