Best Live Music Bars in Bangkok to Party Like a Local
If you have all your Bangkok nights out on Khao Sarn Road, then you have really missed out. Here we will introduce you to 10 of the best live music bars in Bangkok.
Some of these live music bars are down Sukhumvit Road, others up the northern end of town, like Paya Thai and Victory Monument. No matter which part of Bangkok you stay in, they are all quite accessible.
Once you get to these venues, it is easy going. There are usually no dress codes, cheap beer, good food, and a great live music scene.
Here is my guide to my top 10 live music bars in Bangkok. If you find this article useful, please share it on social media for others to enjoy!
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Despite the name, Old Dirty is neither old nor dirty. In fact, it is a new live music venue on Soi Aqua in the trendy Ari neighborhood. The bars consist of two levels. The ground floor and outdoor seating is a great place to watch live bands playing on weekends. Head up the spiral staircase to level 2 to enjoy a game of pool with some friends.
Old Dirty has live music on weekends from 8pm onwards. There are occasional shows during the weeknights. Check out their Facebook page for more information on live music events.
Location: 490/21 Phahonyothin Rd, สามเสนใน พญาไท Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10400, Thailand
This is a great live music venue located in Bangkok’s Chinatown. There is a range of regular bands here, which play soul, funk, jazz, and blues. Soul Bar is open from Wednesday night to Saturday night. Doors usually open at 9pm and kicks on until late. When we say late, we mean late.
Check out their Facebook page for more information on live shows.
Location: 945 Charoen Krung Rd, Khwaeng Talat Noi, Khet Samphanthawong, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10100, Thailand
Skytrain Jazz Bar
Skytrain Jazz Bar is an easily accessible, yet discreet rooftop bar. Skytrain Jazz has cheap drinks, good city views, and great music. There is also a basic menu of Thai foods available, in case you have not been able to find street food anywhere else. What more could you want?
Skytrain Jazz Bar is located up a dark dingy staircase on the 4th and 5th floors of a multipurpose building right by Victory Monument BTS. Although you might feel a bit lost halfway up, just continue until you reach the rooftop.
Location: 46 Rang Nam Alley, Khwaeng Thanon Phaya Thai, Khet Ratchathewi, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10400, Thailand
Wanderlust Rooftop Bar
Wanderlust is another discreet rooftop bar in Bangkok. The bar is accessed via a lift at the back of a sushi shop down Thong Lor (Sukhumvit 55) Soi 13. Don’t let the sushi shop downstairs fool you, there is nothing Japanese about the rooftop bar, perhaps apart from an Asahi on tap.
Wanderlust is one of my favorite live music bars on Sukhumvit Road, so I really suggest checking it out.
Wanderlust Rooftop Bar is open 7 nights a week from 6pm. There are live music acoustic nights on weekends. A great way to chill out in a trendy part of Bangkok at a decent price. Check out their Facebook page for more info on events.
Location: Thong Lo 13 Alley, Khwaeng Khlong Tan Nuea, Khet Watthana, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110, Thailand
Lan Lom is a typical suburban Bangkok beer garden. This is a huge open plan bar with loads of great Thai dishes available. Lan Lom has incredibly cheap beers from 100THB for a large bottle. Do it Thai style and buy a few beers with a bucket of ice cubes to throw in your glass. Alternatively, go for the 3L tower of beer which is cooled by an inner ice stack.
This live music bar on Sukhumvit is located in the neighborhood of Udom Suk (Sukhumvit 103). Lam Lom is open 7 nights a week from 5.30pm to 1.30am, with live bands playing Thai music.
Location: 940/160, 940/160 ซอย สุขุมวิท 103, Bang Na, Bangkok 10260, Thailand
Brick Bar is one of the more popular live music bars in Bangkok with the backpacker crowd. This is a huge double story venue located midway down Khao Sarn Road. Brick Bar has local Thai bands playing live Rock and Ska with a really lively atmosphere.
Brick Bar is open every night of the week from7pm to 1.30am. Bands usually play on stage between 8pm-8.30pm, 10pm-10.30pm and midnight-1.30am.
Location: 265 ชั้น ล่าง โรงแรม บัดดี้ ลอด จ์ ย แขวง ตลาด ยอด, Khaosan Rd, Talat Yot, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
Saxophone Bar is one of the most well known live music bars in Bangkok. This venue, which has been open since 1987, specializes in Jazz and Blues. There is a range of western and Thai beers and food available here. Expect to pay a bit more than the other live music bars mentioned in this article.
Saxophone Bar has a mixed crowd of tourists, expats, and locals. The crowd changes every night. The bar is open 7 nights a week with the first live shows starting at 7.30pm and ending around 1.30am. Saxophone Bar is located right at Victory Monument Station, a short walk from Skytrain Jazz Bar.
Location: 3/8 ซอย ราชวิถี 11 Phayathai Rd, Thanon Phaya Thai, Ratchathewi, Bangkok 10400, Thailand
Tak Su Ra
Tuk Su Ra is one of my favorite live music bars in Bangkok. There are actually two of these venues in Bangkok, both with a similar vibe. Tuk Su Ra is a small style Thai beer garden with a mainly local crowd, though there are quite a few expats about too.
The food and drinks at Tak Su Ra are about as cheap as you can get in Bangkok, and they are amazing. Try the Larb Moo Tot (deep fried minced pork) or the En Kor Gai Tot (deep fried chicken knuckles) for a get Bangkok style beer snack.
Tak Sura is open every night from 6pm until 2am, however, it is common for the bar to stay open considerably later.
Location (RCA Venue): พระราม 9 ซอย 26 Khwaeng Bang Kapi, Khet Huai Khwang, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10310, Thailand
Location (Ratchatewi venue): 334/1 Phayathai Rd, Khwaeng Thanon Phetchaburi, Khet Ratchathewi, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10400, Thailand
There was also a Tak Su Ra on Sukhumvit 63 (Ekkamai) which has recently been renamed to STAY. The venue and atmosphere are still very Tak Su Ra like, and well worth a visit.
Like Tak Sura, there are multiple Heap venues around Bangkok. My favorite is the Victory Monument venue, location given below.
Heap mainly sees a local Thai crowd, however, there are also expats which frequently visit. The bar offers a wide range of local and European beers and the food menu is huge. I definitely recommend having dinner here.
Music at Heap is a mix of both Thai and western songs. Whatever is playing, you will love this bar. Both bars are open 7 nights per week from 6pm until 1am.
Location (Victory Monument): 449/2, Ratchawithi Rd, Thung Phaya Thai, Ratchathewi, Bangkok 10400, Thailand
Location (Phayathai): 290/4 Phaya Thai Rd., 10400, Thailand
Keeping one of my favorite live music venues for last. CoCo Walk is an alleyway right of Ratchatewi BTS Station packed with live music bars. There are at least eight bars and restaurants in this lively space. Popular bars here include; Retro Bar, Guts Bar, Chilling House, and Skate Café.
The music at CoCo Walk is mostly local bands playing a mix of Thai and western cover songs. The bands will also play songs on request.
CoCo Walk is open 7 nights per week from 4pm until 1am, thought bars are commonly open later than 1am if you are after a late night out.
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