Bangkok has no shortage of cocktail bars that pump out upbeat DJ tunes, but occasionally you need a place with a more sophisticated vibe — somewhere to just sit back and close your eyes and appreciate the talent of musicians. While the capital is no shortage of trendy speakeasies and dazzling lounges, there’s nothing quite like spending your post-work revelry at a jazz bar where the nostalgic tunes come to life. To help you narrow down the options, we’ve curated a list of must-visit jazz bars in Bangkok for you to check out. Whether you’re in the mood to sip on craft cocktails with soothing jazz music in the background, or simply looking for a cosy spot to unwind to the likes of Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, these spiffy jazz bars offer specialty sips all while serenading you with soulful melodies.
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Since its first debut in the late 1950s, Bamboo Bar has played host to some of the most renowned patrons, including Ray Charles, Sean Connery, and Louis Armstrong. Housed in Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, the jungle-themed bar is one of most talked-about jazz venues in Bangkok, serving innovative cocktails and tasty bar bites while you get up and swing. Enjoy these scrumptious offerings as the in-house and international jazz bands keeping the vibes going until the darkest hours.
Bamboo Bar, 48 Oriental Avenue, Bangkok, +662 659 9000
Perched on the 12th floor of The St. Regis Bangkok, The St. Regis Bar offers a breezy nightlife experience in the heart of Bangkok, overlooking the lush greenery of the Royal Bangkok Sports Club’s field. Here, you’ll get to sip on cocktails at its black marble bar while taking in the stunning views and live music. This month, the bar is hosting the Best In Jazz event starting from July until the end of September, featuring celebrated international artists such as Grammy award-winning vocalist Keithen Carter every Saturday and talented singer-songwriter Coco Rouzier every Friday. Let the captivating live jazz sounds of these toe-tapping top international talents soothe your soul as you sip on the ‘Dirty Carter Vodka Martini’ or ‘The Bailey’s Coco-tini’ — two new cocktails specially created for the occasion.
The St. Regis Bar, 159 Ratchadamri Rd, Lumphini, Bangkok, +662 207 7777
Shanghai Terrace is a unique jazz bar inside Shanghai Mansion Bangkok nestled in bustling Yaowaraj, boasting a stylish Chinatown-themed interior that feels like entering into a movie set. The venue is a music lover’s dream: Think smooth jazz performance by local musicians every night paired with fine wines and fizzy cocktails. Those who’d prefer an ice-cold drink in the warm breeze can also pick a seat in an al fresco terrace overlooking the lively street of Yaowaraj Road, too.
Shanghai Terrace, Shanghai Mansion Bangkok, 479-481 Yaowaraj Road, Bangkok, +662 221 2121
Situated on the mezzanine floor of Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, The Living Room is one of the most refined venues to experience live music in Bangkok. One of the highlights here includes the Sunday Jazzy Brunch, where you’ll get to gorge on gourmet delights and lively tunes from international jazz stars — including Grammy Award winners, high-profile musicians, and talented pianists like Randy Cannon. If a jazzy evening sounds more like your thing, swing by the Living Room on any night to enjoy the tasteful drink offerings spanning spirits, wine and cocktails set against the backdrop of lighthearted jazz beats.
The Living Room, 250 Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok, +662 649 8353
Tucked away in VIE Hotel Bangkok MGallery by Sofitel, VIE Lounge has a lineup of veteran jazz musicians taking over the stage every Friday night. Be sure to drop by early during happy hour at 4-6pm to savour the lavish wines and cocktails at special prices, along with a delectable choice of canapés. Casual yet elegant, the lounge is one of the best venues for you to kick back, while the sweet beats of jazz fill up the air.
VIE Lounge, VIE Hotel Bangkok MGallery by Sofitel, 117/39-40 Phayathai Road, Bangkok, +662 309 3939
Decorated with golden interiors and hardwood flooring throughout, The Glaz Bar Over at The Athenee Hotel offers a dashing space for music lovers and cigar buffs to immerse in relaxing live jazz music playing nightly except for Sundays. The bar here serves up an impressive selection of signature cocktails, which complement well with its ambience and soothing tunes of jazz music. Hit the venue during 6-8pm for cocktails and wines for their daily social hour deals if you are looking to wind down after a long day of work.
The Glaz Bar, 61 Wireless Road, Lumpini, Bangkok, +66 2650 8800 EXT. 4324
For those who truly appreciate jazz music and handcrafted cocktails, check out Diplomat Bar at Conrad Bangkok, where you’ll get to indulge in comforting sounds of international jazz singers while watching the mixologist in action whipping up a glass of martini at your table. With its shimmering ambience, the bar offers a perfect setting to pass a music-filled evening, soaking up some smooth sounds.
Diplomat Bar, 87 Wireless Road, Bangkok, +662 690 9999