Bangkok's Best Jazz Bars

By Chanun Poomsawai

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  • Bangkok's Best Jazz Bars

Jazz Gallery Art & Music Club

2/F, 44 Plaza, Jakrapong Rd., 02-629-5821/2. Open daily 5pm-1am.
Don’t judge a bar by its location. Yes, it’s right in the hustle and bustle of the backpacker mecca, but this restaurant-cum-lounge-cum art gallery actually aims for those with more refined tastes. Here, you can sample international gourmet food, buy art, sip on an extensive collection of wines and, of course, listen to quality music provided by leading local jazz professionals and two rotating bands.

Niu’s

1-2/F, Baan Silom, 661 Silom Rd., 02-266-5333. Open daily 5pm-1am. www.niusonsilom.com
This swanky restaurant and bar oozes sophistication, whether it’s in the comfy leather chairs or the high quality lineup of performers. The combination of state-of-the-art acoustics, top class Italian cuisine, an extensive wine list and rotating jazz and blues musicians ranging from Cherryl Hayes to guitarist Dan Phillips strikes the right chord among affluent jazz fans.

The Living Room

Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, 250 Sukhumvit Rd., 02-649-8353. BTS Asok. Open daily 9am-midnight.
This place is not called The Living Room for nothing. You can plunk down on a plush sofa and knock back a few glasses of wine while watching the atmosphere change from chilling to swinging.

Saxophone

This long-standing music institution might not look as fresh as it used to, but it still has enough draw to attract the city’s jazz aficionados. Order yourself their house special cocktail, The Saxophone Dropper, while you tap your feet to some of the scene’s A-listers like T-Bone and Koh Mr. Saxman.

Jazz Mahal

60/11 Vibhavadee 42 Yak 4, Chathuchak, 02-558-0048.
Jazz music and Indian food may not be a common match, but Jazz Mahal proves that the two can be heavenly together. Set in a two-story building, Jazz Mahal dazzles visitors with its sophisticated décor. Sofas, curtains and chandeliers deliver a sense of multicolored exoticism. You can even dine outside by a lovely pond, but the air-con dining room with its high ceilings is just as nice. The Trio jazz band plays live 9-11pm, Thu-Sun. If you prefer to do the singing, head to the private karaoke room that seats 12.

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