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Bangkok's best jazz bars

It’s time to revisit Bangkok’s finest live soul, jazz and blues institutions.

By Choltanutkun Tun-atiruj | Aug 08, 2016

  • Bangkok's best jazz bars

Adhere the 13th

Just around the corner from backpacker-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 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. Open daily 6pm-midnight

Brown Sugar

Having been opened since 1985 and moved from Langsuan to its new, sophisticated home 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 June & Mother Funky. 
469 Phra Sumen Rd., 081 805 7759. Open daily 5pm-12:30am

Check Inn 99

This old-school institution recently moved to the basement of Oakwood serviced apartments in Phrom Phong. Every Sunday afternoon it hosts live improvised jazz featuring many well-known artists from around Bangkok and abroad.
Sukhumvit Soi 24, 081-735-7617. Open daily from 5pm-1.30am. BTS Phrom Phong 

Jazz Happens!

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
 

Saxophone

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

Smalls

This absinthe-swilling, retro-vibe Suan Plu venue by David Jacobson, the founder of Q Bar,  regular Wednesday live jazz evenings featuring the likes of Space Jazz Trio+1, Dan Phillips Trio and Pong Nakornchai Quartet.
186/3 Suanphlu Soi 1, 081-819-6808. Open Wed-Mon 8.30pm-2am
 

Soulbar

Tucked in a small shop-house down in the old Talad Noi neighhborhood, this simple but tastefully turned out bar plays host to live soul and funk bands like Supergoods and The Lowdowns every Wed-Sat. Drinks focus on craft beers, while food trucks regularly park up out front.  
945 Charoenkrung Rd., 093-220-0441. Open Wed-Sat 6:30pm-midnight

 

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