Adhere the 13th
Just around the corner from backpacer-central Khao San Road, this live blues and jazz insitution packs out every night. Indoors can only seat about 20, so you might find yourself perched on the wall outdoors, Singha beer in hand, listening to the loud and energetic music being belted out to a crowd of old-time expats and self-styled local blues-men.
13 Samsen Rd., 089-769-4613
This little jazz boutique owned by Nu Vudthivichai, one of Thailand’s most prominent pianists, showcases the skills of a wide range of performers, from contestants on The Voice to students and graduates of Silpakorn Jazz Faculty. Order a bottle of Singha, some gab glaem, and swing away.
Phra Athit Rd., 02-282-9934. Open daily 7pm-1am
Although this Langsuan mainstay has moved to more sophisticated digs on Phra Sumen Road, it still features the same list of Western comfort food and classic cocktails, while the stage is reserved for local jazz talents like Tissue Paper and Attention Please.
469 Phra Sumen Rd., 081 805 7759. Open daily 5pm-12:30am
Headed by the Italian-Japanese fusion specialist Chef Kouichi Hori, this bar features some interesting food to go with the live music. Try the carbonara mentaiko or rustic pizzas as you watch talents both local and international such as Cherryl Hayes and Frank Hergott.
85 Nihonmura Mall, Thonglor Soi 13, 02-115-1697. Open daily 5pm-midnight
Jazz legend Koh Mr. Saxman owns this Japanese restaurant-cum-live-performance venue with décor that’s a cut above the usual down-and-dirty jazz hangouts. He regularly brings in international performers, with a cover charge of B200 on certain nights.
2/3 Silom Soi 19, 089-999-5157. Open daily 11am-10pm. BTS Silom
This absinthe-swilling Suan Plu venue by David Jacobson, the founder of Q Bar, has just started doing regular Wednesday live jazz evenings featuring the likes of Space Jazz Trio+1 and the Dan Phillips Trio.
186/3 Suanphlu Soi 1, 081-819-6808. MRT Lumpini
One of the city’s longest-standing music institutions, Saxophone may be best known for its jazzy offerings led by Koh Mr. Saxman. However, a dose of solid reggae can be had here too. Just swing by on Fri and stick around long (and late) enough for Thailand’s godfathers of reggae, T-Bone to take to the stage (every Fri night, from midnight-1:30am).
3/8 Phaya Thai Rd., 02-245-3592. BTS Victory Monument