Adhere the 13th blues bar is located on Samsen road at the Khaosan end. It features nightly authentic live blues music performed by first-class musicians. It’s a small intimate bar with a good atmosphere so get there early if you want a good seat. There are 2 acts nightly with the music starting around 9 pm and going through until about 1 am with short breaks in between sets.
There is a good bar with regular price drinks and excellent food. Acts to check out include Ped Bluesman and Chai & the Blues Maniacs who are both excellent and play weekly shows. If you like blues music, you’ll love Adhere the 13th. Admission is free.
Check the schedule: https://www.facebook.com/adhere13thbluesbar/
Location: 13 Samsen Road. (just over the bridge from Samsen – Phra Sumen intersection.
Opening Hours: 18.00-02.00
Getting There: From Khaosan Road, turn right at the police station end into Chakrabongse Road, continue and cross the intersection with Phrasumen road and into Samsen Road. Adhere is just across the bridge on the left.
The Brick Bar is located on Khaosan road in the basement of the Buddy Lodge Hotel. It features nightly live music from 3 bands between 20.30 and 01.30. The bands play reggae, ska, pop, and rock to a mostly young Thai crowd. Admission is 200 baht including one free drink. Drinks are pricey for the Khaosan area. Can be crowded at weekends.
Location: 265 Khaosan Road. Inside Buddy Lodge.
Opening Hours: 19.00-01.30
Brown Sugar is a famous long-running bar featuring quality live Jazz music. It is in Phrasumen road, a short walk from Khaosan road. There are 2 to 3 acts nightly (except Monday) including occasional international artists with the music running from 20.00 to 01.00. There are an international food menu and a full bar with imported and local beers as well as cocktails.
Drinks are pricey for the Khaosan area. Admission is free. During the day, the bar operates as a cafe and restaurant. It Brown Sugar can be crowded at weekends. Get there early or make a reservation for a table.
Check the schedule: https://www.facebook.com/brownsugarbangkok/
Location: 469 Wanchad Junction, Phrasumen Road, Bawornniwet. (near Khaosan Road).
Opening Hours: 17.00-02.00 Friday-Saturday, 17.00-01.00 Tuesday-Thursday, Sunday
Closed on Mondays. Live music from 20.00-24.30/01.30.
Getting There: Taxi or walk from Khaosan. At Democracy Monument, turn left into Dinso Road. Continue to the end and turn right into Phrasumen Road. Brown Sugar is about 5 minutes’ walk on the left.
The Bangkok branch of the rock and roll themed Hard Rock Cafe chain is located downtown in the Siam Square shopping district. It features the usual burgers and classic American food along with an excellent Filipino band playing rock, pop and soul classics. Free admission. Drink prices are more expensive than average and service and VAT are added to the bill.
Location: Siam Square Soi 11
Opening Hours: 11.00-01.00. Live music 21.00-01.00
Getting There: BTS Siam Square (exit 2 or 4)
Jazz Happens is a small intimate bar on Phra Athit just around the corner from Khaosan road. The bar features live jazz sessions nightly. Most of the musicians are young and some are music students from the nearby university but the standard is high. The bar has reasonably priced drinks with beer and cocktails starting at 100 baht and there is a good food menu. Admission is free. Come early to get a seat. Live music starts at around 21.00.
Check the schedule: https://www.facebook.com/jazZhappens/
Location: 62 Phra Athit Road. Opposite Phra Athit Pier.
Opening Hours: 19.00-01.00
Getting There: Taxi or walk from Khaosan Road.
Maggie Choo’s is in the basement of the Novotel Bangkok Fenix Silom at the riverside end of Silom Road. The theme of the bar is a 1930’s Shanghai underground cabaret club set in an old vault that was once owned by the East India Company Bank. The décor features dim lighting, brick walls, statues, busts, swings hanging from the ceiling, velvet armchairs and leather sofas, and private booths behind vault doors.
The entertainment starts at 22.00 with a short cabaret featuring a dance routine set to traditional Chinese music performed by oriental looking girls dressed in long red sequinned gowns. After the routine, the girls sit on swings fanning themselves while the live band takes to the stage. The band changes nightly and the music policy is Jazz, Blues, Soul, and R n’ B. Maggie Choo’s is popular and gets crowded so come early or make a reservation if you want a table. Drinks are expensive with beer starting at 180 baht and cocktails at 290 baht plus service and tax.
Check the schedule and make a reservation: https://www.facebook.com/maggiechoos/
There is a small restaurant area that you pass through when entering the bar or you can eat at your table or at the bar. There is a strict dress code enforced at the door especially when the bar is busy. Smart dress is essential. No shorts, singlets or flip-flops. Admission is free. One of the most atmospheric bars in Bangkok and is well worth a visit. Sunday is LGBT night.
Location: 320 Silom Road. In the basement of the Novotel Bangkok Fenix Silom.
Opening Hours: 19.30-03.00
Getting There: BTS Sala Daeng (exit 2) and MRT Si Lom (exit 2), then taxi.
Otto Bar is tucked away on the corner of Sukhumvit Soi 22 and features live rock music every night from around 21.00-01.00. There is an excellent house band featuring a great guitarist. They can play most songs you request, think AC/DC, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Foo Fighters, Green Day, Guns N’ Roses, Nirvana, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, and more. The bar has friendly staff and attracts a mixed clientele of expats, backpackers, and tourists. The only downside is the 150 baht beers outside of happy hour.
Location: Corner of Sukhumvit Soi 22
Opening Hours: 15.00-02.00
Getting There: BTS Asok (exit 4). Cross Asoke intersection and continue up Sukhumvit Road till you reach Soi 22.
The Rock Pub is a venue featuring nightly live bands playing classic rock, metal, grunge, punk, and alternative music covers. There are 2 or 3 local bands per night and occasional concerts by international touring bands. Drink prices are reasonable with beers starting at 100 baht and service is good and friendly. The best time to go is after 22.00 at the weekend when crowds are bigger. Admission is usually free except for international acts.
Check the schedule: https://www.facebook.com/therockpub
Location: Hollywood Street Building, Phayathai Road. Opposite the Asia Hotel.
Opening Hours: 20.00-02.00 daily. Closed on Sunday. Two bands per night at 21.30 & 23.45.
Getting There: BTS Ratchathewi (exit 2).
The Ratchada Train Night Market behind Esplanade Mall has a variety of live music in the bars surrounding the market from acoustic to soul, pop, rap, rockabilly, jazz, and classic rock. The best place to watch bands while enjoying a beer is outside Rod’s bar near the market entrance which has rotating bands playing different styles of music but walk around to find something you like.
Location: Behind Esplanade Mall, Ratchadaphisek Road.
Opening Hours: 17.00-01.00 Thursday-Sunday
MRT: Thailand Cultural Center Station (exit 3)
Bus: No. 73, 98, 137, 179, 185, 206, 514, 517, 528
Saxophone is a popular pub and restaurant featuring live Jazz, Blues, and Ska music. There are 3 acts nightly between 19.30 and 01.30. A lot of talented musicians play here and artists to look out for include Koh Mr Saxman (Jazz) and T-Bone (Reggae/Ska). The pub can get very crowded at weekends so best to book a table in advance if you want to eat or see a band. Note that some tables have a restricted view of the stage if you are coming for the live music.
There is an International food menu, local and imported beers, and cocktails. Food and drink prices are not cheap but reasonable for this type of establishment. The crowd is a mix of locals, ex-pats, and tourists. Saxophone is a short walk from BTS Victory Monument station and taxis are plentiful at night on nearby Phayathai road. Admission is free. The dress code is smart casual.
Check the schedule, check the menu and reserve a table: https://www.saxophonepub.com/
Location: 3/8 Phayathai Road, Victory Monument.
District: Victory Monument
Opening Hours: 08.00-02.00. 3 bands per night at 19.30, 21.00, 24.00.
Getting There: BTS Victory Monument (exit 4).
Studio Lam is a club specializing in non-mainstream sounds such as Thai Mo Lam and world music with live shows, club nights and DJ sets. There are a great sound system and a bar specializing in Ya-dong (Thai rice spirit) cocktails or neat infused with fruit and herb flavors. These are kept in big jars behind the bar. The bar also stocks Beer Lao. Live Mo Lam shows are every Wednesday from 21.00 until late. Check the venue’s website for weekly special live events. Next door is Zudrangma record shop which stocks all the music you will hear in the club.
Show Schedule …. https://www.facebook.com/pg/studiolambangkok/events/
Location: 3/1 Sukhumvit Soi 51. On the left, just inside the Soi.
Opening Hours: 18.00-01.00 Tuesday-Sunday. Closed on Monday.
Getting There: BTS Thong Lo (exit 1).
Tep Bar is in Chinatown and features nightly performances of traditional Thai music. The bar specializes in a range of cocktails mixed with Thai fruits, herbs and spices as well as Ya-dong (Thai rice spirit) infused with herbs and fruit flavors. There is also food with a Thai tapas menu.
Location: Soi Nana, off Maitri Chit Road, Yaowarat.
Opening Hours: Sunday, Tuesday-Thursday 17.00-24.00, Friday-Saturday 17.00-01.00
Getting There: MRT Hualamphong (exit 1). Continue to the junction and cross the canal. Continue down Maitri Chit Road and turn left into Soi Nana. The bar is in an alley off Soi Nana.
Titanium is an upmarket club/bar on Sukhumvit 22 with lots of comfortable sofa-style seating. The excellent house band is an all-girl rock band called Unicorn who play nightly from Monday to Saturday. Live music starts at 21.00 with a support band before Unicorn take the stage at 23.00. There are DJ sets in between the live music performances. The bar is good though drinks are not cheap but are reasonable for this type of establishment with beers starting at 190 baht. Upstairs is an ice bar kept at a cool -10 degrees C serving vodka shots. Good atmosphere and the clientele are a mixture of expats and tourists. Service is provided by attractive female hostesses dressed in Vietnamese style Ao Dai uniforms. Admission is free.
Location: 2/30 Sukhumvit Soi 22, Bangkok.
Opening Hours: 20.00-02.00
Getting There: BTS Phrom Phong Station (exit 6).
The Roof Bar is located halfway along Khaosan road on the top floor of Center Point Plaza. The nightly music is acoustic with covers of rock, pop and Britpop classics. This is the place to come if you want to hear Wonderwall. There is a great view of the street below from the balcony and beers are cheap.
Location: 3rd floor, Center Point Plaza, Khaosan Road.
District: Khaosan Road.
Opening Hours: 18.00-02.00
Twilo is a live music and DJ club located among the go-go bars of Patpong Soi 1 in Silom. It’s open-air on two sides with comfortable lounge seating. The music is predominantly Hip-Hop attracting a mainly tourist crowd looking for a good time. It gets busy later at night and is open until 03.00. The live music starts around 21.00 with DJ’s in between sets.
Location: 77 Patpong Soi 1
Opening Hours: 16.00-03.00
Getting There: BTS Sala Daeng (exit 1).
The Paddy Field is an authentic Irish style pub located in the middle of Patpong Soi 2 in the Silom district of Bangkok. The pub is small but has tasty food, a friendly atmosphere, live music, and good service. There is Guinness, Kilkenny, Heineken, and Tiger on tap. The daily happy hour runs from 11.00-20.00. There is a full food menu and daily specials from Monday-Thursday. Monday is pie and pint night at 349 baht, Tuesday is lamb doner & pint night at 349 baht, Wednesday is Curry & pint night at 279 baht, Thursday is burger & pint night at 299 baht.
The pub is renowned for the quality of its nightly live music. The highlight is the wonderful Bangkok Beatles who take the stage every Saturday night at 21.00. There are also Elvis, Elton John and Rolling Stones (the Midnight Ramblers) cover bands performing on a regular basis. Also, Irish band Error 99 and acoustic singer Tiny Moon.
Live music schedule … https://www.facebook.com/ThePaddyFieldIrishbarandrestaurantbangkok/
Address: 9 Soi Patpong 2, Silom Road, Bangkok.
Opening Hours: 11.00-02.00 daily.
Getting There: BTS Sala Daeng Station (exit 1), MRT Silom Station (exit 2).