Nightlife in Old City Bangkok is noticeably different to every other district and offers more quality live music than anywhere else. Shunning the more sophisticated vibe of downtown, an easy-going and care-free atmosphere permeates most places in Bangkok’s Old City with most of the nightlife taking place on two streets: the backpacker haven of Khao San Road, and student’s perennial favourite strip, Phra Artit Road.
Our Top 10 Guide to Nightlife in Old City Bangkok is dominated by live music venues offering a range of artists plying their trade every night of the week, although there are also some places to chill out and even a nightclub for those who can’t resist hitting the dance floor. This list is designed with visitors in mind and offers you the best of all the options in one quick and convenient guide.
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With over 20 years experience of bringing top quality jazz to Bangkok’s live music aficionados, Brown Sugar moved to the Old City in the early 2010s. Despite the change of location, it has kept the same dimly lit, sophisticated American jazz feel and expert performers playing classic jazz which moves onto more jazz-pop, funk, soul and R&B later into the night. Brown Sugar is open every night of the week except Monday. There are drinks promotions if you arrive before 21:00 when you can enjoy buy one get one free on a range of beers and a small taster menu featuring pork satay, German-style pork knuckle, smoked salmon. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 17:00 – 01:00 (closed on Monday)
- Address: 211 469 Phrasumen Road, Near Wanchat Bridge (a short tuk tuk or 10 minute walk from Khao San Road)Road, Intersection of Lan Luang Road
- Tel: +66 (0) 894 991 378
This tiny live blues shophouse has a charged atmosphere, talented musicians and cheap beers – a winning combination that brings locals, expats and backpackers from Khao San Road just five minutes’ walk away. The decor of smoke stained old record sleeves and music memorabilia adds to the authentic feel that this is a place for pure blues music lovers, although from the flowing conversation and collective cheers its clear everyone is welcome.
There is no menu to speak of at Ad Here the 13th and the musicians start playing sometime around 20:00 so you should aim to get here around then if you want a seat. This place is so narrow you have to squeeze past the band on your way to the toilet, but it creates a friendly, fun-loving vibe and beers are among the cheapest you will find in any live music joint throughout the city.
- Opening Hours: 19:00 – 24:00
- Address: 13 Samsen Road (Starting at Khao San Road Police Station, walk past Wat Chai Chanasongkran Temple on your left. Cross the intersection and over the small canal)
- Tel: +66 (0) 897 694 613
One of the only out-and-out nightclubs in Old City Bangkok, The Club is a cavernous space which fills up from midnight onwards and plays high tempo trance and techno tracks to a largely tourist clientele, although on weekends plenty of Thai teens come to party too. There are two large bars inside, although most of the interior is open space designed for dancing, with two podiums which fill up quickly. Unlike nightclubs in downtown Bangkok, The Club has no dress code, although it is worth carrying some form of ID as security do sometimes check. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 22:00 - 03:00 every evening
- Address: 123 Khao San Road, Taladyod, Phranakorn, Bangkok
- Tel: +66 (0) 2 629 1010
Gazebo is a fourth storey rooftop bar with comfy lounge sofas open to the night sky, shisha pipes, strong cocktails and a live cover band every night. Despite its location just 30 seconds around the corner from Khao San Road, Gazebo Bar is hard to find so it has an in-the-know vibe and an interesting mix of customers for a very cosmopolitan vibe. The serving staff can be a little lacklustre at times but for a cool and relaxed night out with friends, this Arabic styled venue fits the bill.
- Opening Hours: 20:00 - Late
- Address: 4th Floor, 44 Chakrapong Road (a few doors down from Guilliver’s Bar and Club (just past a Boots chemist).
- Tel: +66 (0) 2 629 0705
Dickinson’s Culture Cafe is one of many cool party venues on Phra Atit Road, doubling as a café and a bar at different times. A coffee shop by day, this small but popular venue becomes a beacon for bass lovers come nightfall, with DJs spinning house, drum’n’bass and dupstep to a crowd of Thai hipsters and knowledgeable tourists. Cheap buckets of Thai whisky create a Full Moon Party vibe for the backpackers (Phra Atit Road is behind Soi Rumbuttri) and there is a happy hour running from 17:00 to 22:00 offering two-for-one deals. Expect retro furniture and odd curios similar to the owner’s nightclub, Club Culture.
- Opening Hours: 12:00 – 01:00 (open from 17:00 on weekends)
- Address: 64 Phra Athit Road
Phranakorn Bar is an arty hideaway popular with students and very in-the-know foreigners. It’s a four storey shop house with a bar on the ground floor, an art gallery and studio, and a rooftop bar on the top floor. Drinks are priced for the student market and the vibe is young, creative and cool. Our favourite spot is the breezy rooftop, dimly lit under candle light – even though there’s no view. Located down a small alley a short walk from Khao San Road, Phranakorn Bar fits the bill as a treasured secret you can recommend to all your friends when you return home.
- Opening Hours: 18:00 – 01:00
- Address: 8/2 Ratchadamnoen Road
- Tel: +66 (0) 2 622 0282
Jazz Happens is a simple live music joint that was established by a group of lecturers from the nearby Silapakorn University to provide their students a place to play and listen to quality jazz music in a nurturing environment. This down-to-earth bar offers a more personal experience than the other jazz clubs scattered around Bangkok. The bar opens from around 19:00 but its starts to get busy around 22:00 when the band is in full swing. A menu of Thai food and bar snacks is available but most people are content with a cold bottle of beer to accompany the rhythmic live jazz.
- Opening Hours: 18:30 – 01:00
- Address: 62 Phra Athit Road
Bombay Blues is a housed in a bright red building with Indian motifs, where you can try some delicious Indian curry then kick back for the night and enjoy playing a few board games and listen to the resident DJ play some Bollywood tracks. The vibe is friendly and relaxed, especially on the second floor, open air terrace where shisha pipes are common and conversation flows easily. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily 18:00 - 01:00
- Location: At the far end of Soi Rambuttri, Chao Fah Road
- Address: 51 Soi Rambutri, Banglampoo Phra Nakhon, Bangkok, 10200
- Tel: +66 (0) 2 629 3590
Extremely popular live music club on Khao San Road, Brick Bar is nevertheless often missed by first time visitors to Bangkok as it is located underneath Buddy Lodge Hotel. Those who do make the effort to find this basement bar are often rewarded with a packed house all singing and dancing along to energetic, fun loving ska and Thai pop covers from the excellent house band as well as visiting artists from across Thailand. Certainly more authentic than other spots on this very foreign-dominated street, Brick Bar is a lot of fun and well worth the 300 baht entry fee (which includes one free drink coupon). Read More...
- Opening Hours: 20:00 – 02:00
- Address: 265 Khao San Road
Bagdad Cafe is a chilled spot on Samsen Road where great value shishas are ubiquitous and conversation flows freely around the narrow ground floor bar. A limited drinks menu offers the usual beers and bottles you can find freely in Bangkok, while the decoration is a mish mash of Arabic and Middle Eastern photos and artwork. Located close to Ad Here the 13th, Bagdad Cafe makes a nice break from the loud music and you are likely to get chatting to some interesting characters with more than one story to tell.
- Opening Hours: 17:00 – 24:00
- Address: 15 Samsen Road, Wat Sam Phraya (close to Ad Here the 13th Bar)