Get lost in some live music.
While we love our speakeasies and rooftop bars, occasionally, we need a place with a more sophisticated vibe — where we can kick back and enjoy some sweet-sounding live music and also appreciate the talent of Bangkok’s musicians.
Given the city’s growing collection of jazz venues, we’ve rounded up the best jazz bars Bangkok has to offer. From the newbies to the oldies that have marked a warm place in our hearts, here are our best picks. Jazz up your nights.
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One of the hottest spots in the town known for its cabaret-style venue and snazzy jazz bar, Crimson Room is the place to be, really. The venue is charming, with thrilling live performances every day and a selection of craft cocktails. Nestled in the heart of Langsuan, take a deep soul dive between the red velvet furnishing and crystal chandeliers that have a glamorous retro flair about them. Given that it’s the brainchild of the team behind Rabbit Hole and Liberation, you know your cocktails are as enchanting as the live performances.
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Just like its namesake, the Woodshed’s ambiance is dark and rustic, and thereby makes for exactly what you need to get swayed away into the spirit of jazz. The dim lighting, the assorted glassware collection, and the unusual cocktail menu are the secret ingredients to a cosy night at The Woodshed. Be it New Orleans jazz tunes or the Straight-Ahead jazz trio, the Woodshed has got it all.
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Located on Soi Suan Phlu, Smalls is a cool hotspot for jazz lovers and industry insiders alike, to catch up over great drinks and great jazz music. The laidback vibe and artsy ambiance make it an ideal place to mingle with your mates while also appreciating a fine selection of contemporary art throughout the premise. Listed on the Asia’s 50 Best Bars list, you’ll soon see why it has become a real go-to icon in the late-night world.
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An intimate setting with some local jazz to get you going. One of the most beloved jazz bars in Bangkok, Brown Sugar is a jazz and blues bar that has been around for an impressive 34 years. Featuring many local talents, it’s a great place to discover a hidden gem on Bangkok’s jazz scene.
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The Bamboo Bar within the Mandarin Oriental is as the best bar in Thailand, and anyone who has visited can attest that it really holds true to its grand reputation. The jazz bar serves an array of Thai-inspired and classic cocktails, to the tunes of international jazz bands and local favourites. A romantic place for a very elegant evening.
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For a jazz night with a slightly different feel, head to the unique and stylish Shanghai Mansion nestled on bustling Yaowarat Road. Entering Shanghai Terrace may feel like you’re on a movie set given its old-school palace-like ambiance, as a spot that definitely stands out from the rest in China Town. Head here for live performances every night, and drinks to suit, too.
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