Live and loud.
Nestled in the back alleys of Thonglor, an abandoned room in Liberty Plaza has been transformed into a proper live music venue with black walls, a stage for bands, a quality (loud!) sound system and a DJ desk for electronic music nights. To top it off, drinks are cheap too (from B120).
1/F, Liberty Plaza, Sukhumvit Soi 55 (Thonglor).
With its meticulously crafted marble and blond-wood bar, and even more perfectionist cocktails, this hidden Old Town haunt has forged a fervent following. Now it’s just launched acoustic live sets most Sundays, with a focus on more low-key improvisational jam sessions than what’s going on downstairs at pop-friendly Brown Sugar. Expect to catch acts like Tommy Hanson and Chainad Bavorntreerapak.
469 Prasumen Rd.
This new Charoenkrung bar-slash-gallery is pushing boundaries, whether through exhibitions devoted to Japanese erotic grotesque art or hardcore noise sets from the likes of Gamnad 737. A line of ya dong cocktails and a tattoo studio upstairs complete the unique picture.
397/399 Charoenkrung Soi 45.
Noma (Now Our Mother’s Angry)
This bar/live music project from a group that includes Kawee Soontornwan of Medium Rare gig organizer (they brought in FKJ, Shura and Alt-J to name a few) breathes new life into the old home of Cosmic Cafe (RIP) on RCA. What you get is a raw and ramshackle vibe in which to get drunk and dance to indie sounds both local and international (they’re a bit obsessed with David Bowie, for starters).
The guy formerly behind Club Culture and Cafe Democ, Apichart “Tui” Chaikaew, has taken an old shop-house by a canal and turned it into a shelter for the underground electronic dance music scene. Amid a raw-cement warehouse vibe, party collectives like Mela showcase some of the city’s most progressive trance and techno.
463/72 Luk Luang Rd.