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 that have gained popularity and filled the void. 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 same goes for creative music and underground music supporters like Jam and Studio Lam. Newer on the scene and with some great local live acts is the happening Apoteka on trendy Sukhumvit Soi 11, and you can also catch outstanding jazz occasionally at Smalls, one of Bangkok's most atmospheric bars. Even Chinatown is in on the act these days, with great live funk and soul to dance to at Soulbar.



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

Brown Sugar


Brown Sugar was touted by Newsweek as "one of the best bars in the world," and while it has long since moved across town to a bigger venue, it still remains an excellent jazz bar and fun live music hangout. It's one of Bangkok's long running...  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



This bar is a great introduction to the Thai alternative or underground music scene. Owned by a DJ who ran the creative ZudRangMa Records, the dimly lit bar is home to a mix of live sets and DJ tunes, along with some superb homemade herbal Thai...  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



Housed in a small shophouse at the edge of Chinatown, Soulbar continues the trend of funky and cool bars that are springing up in an area formerly full of crumbling old buildings. While most of the bars around here focus on drinks and...  Read More



There aren't many places left in Bangkok these days playing live rock. Actually, there is only one! The Rock Pub bucks the Bangkok trend (electronica and house) and instead caters to rockers, with live heavy metal, grunge, and hard rock acts...  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



JAM calls itself an "Underground Music Venue, Emerging Arts Gallery & Cine Club," which pretty much hits the nail on the head for this unique creative space hidden in a small lane off of bustling Sathorn Road. From underground to grunge to...  Read More



You might not have a seat or even be standing outside, but it's still worth the trek over to Banglamphu to check out this Bangkok institution. This little hole in the wall has been going strong for decades. Despite being as big as a shoe closet...  Read More


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