Live Music in Bangkok

Old Town / Khaosan Road / Phra Artit Road

Adhere 13th Blues Bar, Old Town

This tiny bar an urban school for blues and at the epicentre of blues movement in Thailand. It has provided the perfect launch pad for so many Thai musicians who love to hang out here and jam.

Open: 18.00 – 00.00, 7 nights a week.

Brown Sugar, Jazz, Old Town

Since 1985, Brown Sugar has been serving Bangkok’s live music fans. Ranked as “one of the best bars of the world” by Newsweek (1997). Time has moved on, Brown Sugar has moved to a new, bigger home on Sarasin Road, and probably lost some of its soul.

Open: 10.00 – 22:00. 7 days a week.​

FooJohn Building, Jazz & Blues, Old Town

Multiple floors in an old, converted Chinese shop house. The 2nd floor specialises in prohibition era cocktails and negroni drinks. With live eclectic entertainment on certain nights – Usually: a 3-piece jazz band. Sometimes: A themed night, like DJs playing homage to Wu-Tang Clan.

Open: 18.00 – 00.00. Wed – Sun.​

Jazz Happens, Phra Artit Road

Jazz happens is a collaboration of Silpakorn University’s Faculty of Jazz. It is the culmination of 20 years of experience and the shared vision of jazz enthusiasts. The venue is a commune for aspiring jazz musicians to showcase their talents and a haven where ideas and visions are shared. 

Open: 18.00 – 00.00, Fri – Tue.​

Silom – Sathorn

Jam Cafe BKK, Eclectic, Sathorn (BTS Surasak)

An independent multidisciplinary art venue – Le Cool Bangkok. Jam is a hip urban refuge in an unlikely residential setting.

Open: 18.00 – 00.00. Tue – Sun.​

Maggie Choo’s, Jazz, Silom Road

Magical underground cabaret full of mystery, romance, jazz, reminiscent of Shanghai 1930.

Open: 19.30 – 02.00, Mon – Sun​.

Smalls Bar, Eclectic, Sathorn

Your moody multi-level neighbour bar with a retro feel; featuring quality music, modern art, late night dining and no-nonsense pours of serious alcohol.

Open: 19.30 – 02.00. Mon – Sun.​

Thong Lor

De Commune, Eclectic, Thong Lor

De Commune is a “come together” project by a passionate group of people from the underground who share similar interests in starting a live house/art space/club with a caring quality for sound-system, lighting and visuals. Hidden away from the busy street of Thonglor De Commune thrives to unite the music, arts and fashion scene.

Open: 17.00 – 02.00. Wed – Sat (Sunday closes 00.00).

Speaker Box, Indie, Thong Lor

Billed as: Live Music Venue / Bar & Restaurant / Community / Local & Imported Craft Beers / Fun & Games.

Open: 18.00 – 01.00, Wed – Sun​.

Studio Lam, Eclectic, Sukhumvit Soi 51

Studio Lam is a home for creative new music that exists outside of the mainstream.

Open: 19.30 – 02.00, Mon – Sun​.

Elsewhere Around Town

Black Cabin Bar, Indie Rock, Rama 4

Black Cabin is an underground music venue serving whiskeys, cocktails, and craft beer. Jazz, funk, blues, experimental live music everyday with vinyl sets from leading collectors.

Open: 19.30 – 02.00, Mon – Sun​.

Fatty’s Bar & Diner, Eclectic, Asok (Din Daeng)

A dive bar/burger joint.

Open: 19.30 – 02.00, Mon – Sun​.

NOMA, Indie Rock, RCA

NOMA = Now Our Mother’s Angry. Billed as another bar with good music that your mothers hate, NOMA is a stomping ground of music, run by a group of friends and industry insiders, that feels like a house party.

Open: 20.00 – 02.00, Wed – Mon​.

Saxophone, Jazz, Victory Monument

One of the best jazz and blues pubs in Bangkok. Since 1987.

Open: 18.00 – 02.00, Mon – Sun​.

Nightclubs

Beam, House & Techno, Thong Lor

Beam has a global heart and aspires to achieve a global presence. Beam is a vibrant and honest nightclub with a communal vibe offering underground house and techno in room 1, and commercial R&B and hip-hop in room 2.

Open: 21.30 – 02.00, Wed – Sat​.

Sing Sing Theater, House & Techno, Sukhumvit Soi 45

Enter a world of fantasy and escapism. Beautifully designed interior. Typically house music (not too commercial) from local farang DJs, but many cool European DJs play here too (e.g. AndHim, Adana Twins, Sebastien Leger).

Open: 19.30 – 02.00, Mon – Sun​.

Mustache, House & Techno, MRT Thai Cultural Centre

Mustache is building a steady reputation as the best after-club venue in the city. From local talent to international players like Teenage Mutants, you won’t find EDM here – it’s cool house and techno all the way.

Open: 19.30 – 02.00, Mon – Sun​.

Live Arena, House & Techno / Eclectic, RCA

Live is Bangkok’s most unique nightclub and concert venue, in so-much as it has the best facilities and a capacity of 1800, but is massively under-utilised. We saw 2 Many DJs play once. The setup was awesome. The sound fantastic. But bugger knows what the management and bookings team are doing there.

Open: 19.30 – 02.00, Mon – Sun​.

Safe Room, House & Techno, Silom Soi 8

Hidden on the second floor, above Whiteline, Safe Room is an intimate space where you can let go and dance with like-minded ravers to deep and dark tunes. Whiteline, meanwhile, is a bar, nightclub and events space which offers an alternative sound, from DJs to live bands.

Open: 19.30 – 02.00, Mon – Sun​.

Glow Nightclub, Sukhumvit Soi 23, Asok

GLOW is a leader in Bangkok’s underground clubbing scene and one of SE Asia’s most influential house & techno epicentres. GLOW is the first club in Thailand that installed a full Funktion-One, the best sound system in the world, on both floors. It’s a real techno club where people go for the love of electronic music.

Open: 19.30 – 02.00, Mon – Sun​.

Residence de Canal, Culture Cafe, Charoen Krung Road, Old Town

A funky hostel for people who love techno and underground dance music to eat sleep rave repeat… Serves baguette sandwiches, fish ‘n’ chips, potato skins and many more homemade dishes…. Résidence de Canal – “Our mission is none other than the revitalisation of the maturing Bangkok dance music scene.”

Open: 19.30 – 02.00, Mon – Sun​.