Most people think of Bangkok’s nightlife as all naughty and rowdy, but this is far from the truth. In as much as some of the night scenes depicted in most of the blogs may be discouraging to those who may not consider themselves as high-spirited, there are several cool and classy jazz bars in the city. These are places where you can spend relatively calm nights, enjoying your drink while drowning in the soothing sounds of jazz tunes. Being the capital of Thailand, and a leading entertainment center in the region, Bangkok attracts both local and international jazz masters in equal measures. If this is your kind of music and you are looking for the best spots in Bangkok, here are a few jazz bars in Bangkok, Thailand, for you to explore.
1. Brown Sugar
Brown Sugar has been a popular jazz and live-music joint in Bangkok for decades now. It is not just a leading jazz bar in Bangkok, but it was also ranked by Newsweek Magazine as one of the best jazz bars in the world. This is a subtle indication of how reputable it is, and with its nature of nightly live music alongside relatively affordable beer, it is no wonder that it continues to attract and please crowds.
Address: Phra Sumen Road, Bangkok, Thailand 10200
Website: Brown Sugar
Opening hours: Sun - Thur: 5pm - 1pm; Fri - Sat: 5pm - 2pm; (Closed on Mon)
2. Bamboo Bar
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Bamboo Bar is found in The Mandarin Oriental and it is considered by jazz enthusiasts as one of the best jazz joints in the city. It is not just the music within the walls of the bar you will find to be soothing, the ambiance as depicted by the palm fronds, furry patterns and the sandy tones in the interiors all work harmoniously to create a relaxing look and feel that boasts of style, sophistication, and class. Being an upmarket joint, the jazz experience here is simply out of this world, and it is a place you don’t want to miss if you desire to enjoy performances by internationally acclaimed jazz singers and bands.
Address: 48 Oriental Avenue, Bang Rak 10500
Website: Bamboo Bar
Opening hours: 24 hrs
3. Jazz Happens
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Jazz Happens, located in the famous Phra Atit Road, is another top jazz bar worth checking out in Bangkok. Its interior features Bohemian décor, which further adds to the classy elegance necessary to enjoy jazz performances. The bar was initially set up by lecturers from a local university so that their students can have a place where they can go to if they want to play or listen to quality music. It is a cheerful and relatively affordable bar where you are guaranteed to get a more personal experience while you enjoy your Bangkok evenings.
Address: 62 Phra-artit Rd., Chanasongkram, Phra-nakorn Bangkok, Thailand
Website: Jazz Happens
Opening hours: Fri - Wed: 7pm - 1am (closed on Wed)
4. The Glaz Bar
At The Glaz Bar, you find the perfect fusion of contemporary and chic as far as styling and décor goes. The floor is marble green with a jet-black shiny surface, and directly above in the ceilings are cool blue downlights. If you consider yourself sophisticated, but still down to earth enough to listen and enjoy jazz, then you have every reason to check out this bar. The live performances have never disappointed, and the cocktails, and snacks are also way above average. Again, it is commonplace for the top local jazz artists and international jazz musicians to play here.
The Glaz Bar
Address: 61 Wireless Road, Pathumwan Bangkok, Thailand 10330
Website: The Glaz Bar
Opening hours: 7am - 11:59pm (daily)
5. Diplomat Bar
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Just as the name suggests, this is an upscale hotel bar found right at the heart of the city’s Embassy District. It features an elegant setup – the kind to attract sophisticated and glamorous revelers. It is wonderfully lit, with wooden interiors and a striking round bar right in the middle of the room. The classy ambiance is usually accentuated with a wide variety of equally classy cocktails to give you an evening to remember every time you visit.
Address: 87 Wireless Road, Pathumwan, Bangkok, Thailand 10330
Website: Diplomat Bar
Opening hours: 24 hrs
6. Saxophone Pub
Saxophone Pub in Bangkok enjoys the status of a local expat’s favorite when it comes to jazz music. This is rightly so, considering the quality of the music, the food, the cocktails, and the variety of foods available. It is one jazz bar in Bangkok where you are guaranteed to find multiple bands playing on any given night. This means that you will be exposed to a variety of performances, which may sometimes feature from original jazz music to other genres such as old classics and blues. The interior of the pub is extremely cozy and beautifully decorated with a myriad of jazz paraphernalia, posters of jazz masters, and record labels among other décors. An evening of jazz at Saxophone Pub will always leave you a happy soul.
Address: 3/8 Phayathai Road Victory Monument, Bangkok, Thailand
Website: Saxophone Pub
Opening hours: 6pm - 1:30am (daily)
7. Check Inn 99
Check Inn 99 has been around since the mid-’60s, and it remains a favorite jazz spot for most jazz enthusiasts who grew up in Bangkok or those who travel to Bangkok regularly. One of the signature features of this bar is the Sunday afternoon jazz sessions. During this time, the pub hosts live performances by well-known jazz artists, both from the country and abroad. For the rest of the weekdays, expect to enjoy eclectic jazz performances to help you relax and wind down the day.
Check Inn 99
Address: 1/1 Sukhumvit Soi 33, Sukhumvit Rd, Klongtan Neua, Wattana Bangkok, Thailand 10110
Website: Check Inn 99
Opening hours: 5:30pm - 1am (daily)
8. Sky Train Jazz Club
Sky Train Jazz Club is located on the fifth floor of a Bangkok building. At first, you may miss it because from outside, there is nothing to show you that it is a jazz club. However, it is an open space loved by teachers of English as well as hipster locals. As such, if you are coming in from the west and you want an affordable jazz joint where you will find people you can easily chat and interact with, then you will find a home in this club. The décor is a bit quirky, with vintage furniture, and it is usually packed with lots of revelers. When you grab a seat near the edge of the club, you will not only enjoy the sounds and the drinks, but also the beauty of the city down below.
Sky Train Jazz Club
Address: 23/1 Soi Rangnam, Opposite Century The Movie Plaza, Phaya Thai Road, Thanon Phaya Thai Subdistrict, Ratchathewi District, Bangkok Thailand
Website: Sky Train Jazz Club
Opening hours: 5:30pm - 1am (daily)
9. The Living Room
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The Living Room is located on the first floor of the Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit. It is a big and stylish jazz bar with a relaxed and cozy atmosphere. It is normally the venue for top class jazz musicians from around Thailand and abroad. Jazz plays every night, including Sundays when the performances begin early, and it is accompanied by a brunch buffet that starts from 11:30 am to 3 pm. In addition to the world-class jazz performances, you will also be treated to a variety of cocktails, champagnes, and a great list of wines.
The Living Room
Address: 250 Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok, Thailand 10110
Website: The Living Room
Opening hours: 9am - 12am (daily)
10. The Iron Fairies
When you first step into The Iron Fairies, you may think that you are stepping into an ironsmith workshop, until you are hit by the lingering tunes of jazz music and the recognizable smells of wines and cocktails. The interior has a rustic feel and it is dimly lit to accentuate the old-vibe ambiance. This is where you want to be when you desire to spend time alone, lost in thought while enjoying nicely blended cocktails with soothing jazz sounds in the background.
The Iron Fairies
Address: 394 Soi Sukhumvit 55, Khwaeng Khlong Tan Nuea, Khet Watthana, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110, Thailand
Website: The Iron Fairies
Opening hours: 6pm - 2am (daily)
Enjoy jazz and dance the evening away
With the above jazz bars and pubs, you have all you need for a perfect jazz evening in Bangkok. If you like, you can also venture out on Sundays for brunch and the early performances. You now have no excuse to lament about the lack of great jazz spots in Bangkok. Enjoy the music, and whisk the evening away peacefully.
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