:: Pubs and bars

Blues-Jazz in the Sukhumvit area is a great place to enjoy pop and jazz music. Live bands start from 9.00 pm every evening, playing both English and Thai music. Blues-Jazz opens from 7.00 pm to 1.30 am or 2.00 am on Fridays and Saturdays.

25 Sukhumvit 53, Wattana, Bangkok Tel +66 2 258-7747

Bourbon Street
Bourbon Street has won many local awards including the Manager Magazine's "Best Ribs in Bangkok" contest, and was been selected over the last three years by Newsweek International, as one of the "Best Bars & Grills in Asia".

Behind the Washington Theater 29/4-6 Sukhumvit Soi 22, Bangkok Tel +66 2 259-0328-9

Brown Sugar
An old face in the Sarasin-Lang Suan part of town. Rather pricey but popular among the arty crowd, particularly those into jazz music. Live bands are a standard feature here, including occasional performances by Thailand's contemporary jazz star, Thewan Sapsaenyakorn.

Brith Club 99
The pub-cum-club is decorated in the simple style of the 60's. Acoustic folk music begins at 9.00 pm nightly. A popular hangout for teenagers, students and local office workers.1938

New Petchaburi Road, Bangkok Tel +66 2 716-6677, 716-6007

Most night it is packed out with a gay and mixed crowd, gyrating to a beat of underground and alternative sounds. You may hear sounds here that you won't find anywhere else in the city. The resident DJs organise parties on the middle Wednesday of every month from around 10.00 pm.

82 Soi 4 Silom Road, Bangkok Tel +66 2 233-2803

Fabb Fashion Cafe
Offers gourmet, authentic Italian cuisine for both lunch and dinner, complete with a full wine selection. Delicious sandwiches, coffees and teas are served all day long, and in the evening customers can enjoy live jazz from 8 pm until midnight.

Ground Floor Mercury Tower, Chidlom Road, Bangkok Tel +66 2 658-6200-3 Fax +66 2 658-6209 Email: fabbcafe@loxinfo.co.th

Hard Rock Café'
Hard Rock is a popular family restaurant in the day, but attracts a faithful crowd of Thai and Farang rockers in the evenings, after 10.00 pm. The band, currently Telefon, kicks in around 10-10.30 pm. Dancing on the bar is the tradition here, every night at around midnight. HRC opens daily from 11.00 am to 2.00 am.

424/3-6 Siam Square Soi 11, Pathumwan, Bangkok Tel +66 2 251-0792-4, 254-0830-1

Henry J. Bean's Bar and Grill
Henry J. Bean's Bar and Grill, is an American-style bar and grill, offers a Tex-Mex menu, beers and cocktails and friendly staff. Live music plays in the evenings. Join its special'Pay-day Party' on the last Thursday of every month.

Amari Airport Hotel, 333 Cherwudthakas Road, Don Muang, Bangkok
Tel +66 2 566-1020 Fax +66 2 566-1941

Imageries, near the Emporium shopping centre, is one of the city's better pubs, offering music to a packed audience of teenagers and smooth, sophisticated Thais. Every night the AK Acoustic band plays guitar from 9.00 pm to 9.45 pm. Pop Jazz plays from 10.00 pm to 11.00 pm. The Isn't band plays on Thursdays from 11.30 to 00.30 am, while rock'n' Roll from the 70's & 80's is played from 11.30 pm to 2.00 am every Friday. Guest artists perform on Saturdays.

2 Matheenives, Sukhumvit Soi 24, Bangkok Tel +66 2 261-0426, 261-6307


Londoner Brew Pub
The Londoner Brew Pub has plenty to attract revellers - food, micro-brewed beer, live music and live sports coverage on the many TV's scattered round this large basement club. The outside facade is just like'Ye olde English tavern' and inside the brick walls, dark wood and booth seating, give it that snug English pub feel, yet its large size, dance-floor and stage also gives the Londoner the air of a nightclub.  

Basement of UBC Building II, 591 B104, Sukhumvit 33, Bangkok Tel +66 2 261-0238-40

The Bull's Head Pub
The Bull's Head is very popular with expatriates and locals alike. This typical English-style pub has two floors with the upper floor serving mainly food, and the lower drinks. The closest skytrain station is Prom Phong Station close by on Sukhumvit. Not such a good place to watch sporting events, as they only have the one television upstairs, but otherwise a great place to party.'Quiz Night' is on the second Tuesday of the month, so you should get here early with your gang of four.

Opposite the Emporium Shopping Center 595/10 Soi Sukhumvit 33/1, Phrom Phong, Bangkok Tel +66 2 259-4444

Planet Hollywood
Located in the upscale Gaysorn Plaza, Planet Hollywood Bangkok offers excellent international cuisine in the upper price range. The bar is decorated with movie memorabilia, including clothing, scale models, photos and other objects from actual movies.

1st Floor, Gaysorn Plaza, 999 Ploenchit Road, Bangkok Tel +66 2 656-1358 Fax +66 2 656-1399

The pub offers a good selection of Gaelic favourites in this typically Irish wood-furnished establishment. Irish stew is popular but international dishes like pizza are sometimes on the menu too. O'Reillys is popular for lunch and dinner with the Silom office crowd and it's amazing how many Irish people seem to turn up. Delicacies like draft Guinness (it's so smooth) are available here, for a price.

62 Silom Road, Bangkok Tel +66 2 632-7515 Fax +66 2 235-1572