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  • 10 Best Live Music Bars in Bangkok

    Best places for live bands Bangkok

    The best live music bars in Bangkok all bring something unique to the table; whether you’re into laidback acoustic sets where you can knock back a few drinks and still hear the person next to you, or prefer more hands-in-the-air sing-along sessions that’ll leave your ears ringing in the morning, this list has you covered. Genres are all far reaching too, with rock, pop covers, jazz, blues, Thai-indie, ska, soul – just to name a few.

    Another reason to check out our top 10 picks is that most of the venues are located close to the city centre, or towards the backpacker Mecca that is Khao San Road, meaning that you don’t have to venture to far from your hotel to catch the action. Read on to discover our 10 best live music bars in Bangkok.

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    Talk to any expat about live music in Bangkok and this long-running venue will inevitable come up in conversation. Saxophone Pub, which started around 30 years ago, can be found near the busy Victory Monument BTS Skytrain Station, and this slightly out-of-the-way location means that there’s a good mix of young locals, expats and tourists who come through the door. Live music is on the bill every night with a mix of quality jazz, blues, soul and the odd alternative acoustic set thrown in for good measure. Bands take to the stage around 19:30 and the music doesn’t stop until gone 01:00. Read More...

    • Opening Hours: Daily, 17:00 - 02:00
    • Location: 3/8 Victory Monument
    • BTS: Victory Monument
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    Definitely one of the most fun live music bars in Bangkok. Brick Bar is famed for its fantastic house bands that take to the stage every night, playing a lively mix of ska, bouncy pop covers and Thai-indie. Although this large, basement bar is located on Khao San Road, it differs greatly from the general theme of the area. The large room is air-conditioned and seating options are generous with large benches for groups. The crowd also differs from the norm of this area, with mostly young Thais coming through the doors and just a few in-the-know tourists or expats. After midnight the place is literally jumping to the six-piece house band, when standing on the tables is not only tolerated – it’s encouraged! Read More...

    • Opening Hours: Daily, 18:00 - 02:00
    • Location: 265 Khao San Road, downstairs at rear of Buddy Lodge complex
    • Tel: +66 (0)2 629 4477
    • Price Range: Free on weekdays, 100 or 200 baht on weekends (with a drink)
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    Ad here the 13th
    Ad here the 13th

    The diminutive - and oddly named - Ad Here the 13th might just look like another hole in the wall bar in Bangkok’s Old City, but what it lacks for in size, it certainly makes up for in quality live music. Every night a healthy number of locals, expats and passing by tourists cram into the bohemian-esque little space, which is decked out in ageing framed photos on the walls and vintage furniture – all making this an unashamed hipster-hangout. The house blues and jazz band takes to the stage at around 22:00 and it’s advisable to come early on the weekend unless you like standing all night. Drinks are cheap too, with beers starting from around 70 baht.

    • Opening Hours: 19:00 – 24:00
    • Address: 13 Samsen Road (round the corner from Khao San)
    • Tel: +66 (0) 897 694 613
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    Funky Villa
    Funky Villa

    Sitting on Thonglor’s ultra-hip soi 10, Funky Villa is just one of the numerous live music bars in this popular nightlife spot. The emphasis here is a little less on the music and more on the drinking and generally looking good – this is one of Bangkok’s most affluent neighbourhoods after all. Nevertheless, the bands do belt out all the Thai-classics that you’ll probably never have heard of, yet that never seems to detract from the fun. DJs punctuate the live indie sets with house and EDM, and don’t forget to arrive early for a table if you don’t want to stand around looking awkward all night. There’s also the impressive Demo club (dance music only) attached next door.

    • Opening Hours: 19:00 – 02:00
    • BTS: Thong Lor
    • Address: Thong Lor Soi 10
    • Tel: +66 (0)85 250 2000
    • Price Range: 400 baht but you get it back in drinks vouchers
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    Sure, the Hard Rock Cafe may not the most imaginative of places to catch live music in Bangkok, but sometimes familiarity in a new city can be a good thing. With classic rock covers every night, signed rock memorabilia plastered all over the walls and a sturdy menu of comfort food, you know exactly what you’re getting yourself in for. The last time we went, the local house band were impressive, alternating between male vocals for the rock anthems, and female for the more contemporary pop and rock hits. The staff here are amongst the most fun-loving we’ve ever seen in Bangkok, all speaking great English and serving your drink with a smile. Read More...

    • Opening Hours: 11:30-01:00
    • Address: Hard Rock Cafe Bangkok, 424/3-6 Siam Square Soi 11, Pathumwan, Bangkok, 10330
    • Tel: +66-2-658-4090-3
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    Unlike nothing else on this list, the huge Tawandang German Brewery is a massive drinking hall, restaurant, microbrewery and live show all rolled into one. Located slightly out of the centre of town on Rama 3 near Sathorn, Tawandang holds the crown for being the biggest bar in Bangkok and is able to sit over 2,000 people. As well as good, strong beer served in ridiculously sized glasses, Tawandang is also a great spot to catch live music in Bangkok. The show starts at around 19:00 every day and features everything from classic ballads, Thai chart hits, Egyptian themed dance routines and comedy drag performances. Definitely an evening you’ll remember, as long as you don’t enjoy their in-house brews too much. Read More...

    • Opening Hours: 17:00 – 01:00 Daily
    • Address: 462/61 Rama 3 Road, Bangkok
    • Tel: +66 (0) 267 811 146
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    Maggie Choo’s, with its 1930’s Shanghai-inspired theme has quickly become a firm favourite hangout for those with an appreciation of quality live music in Bangkok. If you’re coming for the first time, the music might take second place to the decor of the place: set in an old bank, things like the original vault doors, pretty models rocking back and forth on giant swings and even a bird cage in the lobby are all Instagram-worthy material. Aside from the props, jazz, blues, soul and funk all feature heavily most nights, and there’s even a grand piano for the house/guest bands to use (when it’s not being lain upon by one of the models). Read More...

    • Opening Hours: 18:00 - 02:00
    • Location: Novotel Bangkok Fenix Silom Hotel, 320 Silom Road
    • Tel: +66(0) 2 635 6055
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    For Bangkok’s metal-heads, there’s no better place to come after dark than the rather underrated Rock Pub at Ratchathewi. A great choice for those who like their guitars loud and their bars on the dingy side, this long running rock n’ roll bar has been going for over 25 years, seeing both international bands (such as Dragon Force, Take Him Down) as well as local talent take to the stage. Certainly not a place to come in your flip flops and Chang T-shirts for a good old sing-along to Oasis covers; The Rock Pub is all about the hardcore music and various subgenres including grunge, scream, thrash, post hardcore and punk. Find The Rock Pub under Ratchathewi BTS (exit 4) and don’t expect much action before 22:30. Read More...

    • Opening Hours: 20:00-01:30 daily
    • Address: Hollywood Street Building, Ratchathewi (next to Coco Walk)
    • Tel: +66 (0) 2208 9013
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    Tep Bar is a cool bar presenting classic Thai drinks and entertainment in a fun and engaging way. Located in Bangkok’s Chinatown. This hip venue offers traditional live music and no shortage of cocktails. Tep Bar is located on Soi Nana off of Maitrijit Road, a five-minute walk from the Hua Lamphong MRT Subway Station. Read More...

    • Opening Hours: Tue - Thu, Sun 17:00 - 24:00, Fri - Sat 17:00 - 01:00
    • MRT: Hua Lamphong
    • Address: 69-71 Soi Nana, Maitrijit Road, Yaowarat 
    • Tel: +66 (0)98 467 2944
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    Famous for being a Polynesian-theme bar with numerous locations across the world, Trader Vic’s on the riverside is now home to one of the best live music nights in Bangkok. Launched in 2014, the management have set the bar high with the vision of becoming a ‘new hub of live music in Bangkok’. The impressive ‘Chai and the Blues Maniacs’ play two times a week, whilst there is also a Beatles cover night (Thurs), free-flow sparkling wine on ladies night (Weds) and a quality jazz night (Tues) all of which is set against the stunning backdrop of the Chao Phraya River behind the stage. Find Trader Vic’s at the five-star Anantara Riverside Resort & Spa on the Thonburi side of the river. Read More...

    • Opening Hours: (Music 19:30-24:00)
    • Address: 257 Charoennakorn Road, Anantara Bangkok Riverside, Bangkok
    • Tel: +66 (0) 2 476 0022
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