Whenever I’m in the mood to hear live jazz or blues in Bangkok, Thailand, I go to Saxophone Pub. Located at Victory Monument, right next to the sky train station, it’s easy to get to, the live music is incredible and so is the food. Saxophone Pub is one of the most popular places in Bangkok to hear live jazz and blues with a mostly Thai crowd, which I love.
How To Get To Saxophone Pub – One of the easiest jazz and blues bars in Bangkok to get to, Saxophone Pub is in a small shopping and restaurant area right next to the Victory Monument BTS sky train station.
If you’re coming from the north end of the line, you’ll find Saxophone Pub on the left hand side of the street, and if you’re coming from downtown Bangkok it’s on your right. If you have any problems finding it, any local in one of the many food and clothing stalls here will be able to show you.
The Atmosphere at Saxophone Pub – Saxophone Pub is a mix between a British pub and a Western cowboy bar. It’s large, it’s all dark wood and moody atmosphere, with wooden benches and tables, and a stage area where the bands play.
What’s wonderful about Saxophone Pub is it’s been so well-designed, no matter where you sit it’s easy to see the stage area so there’s hardly a bad seat in the house. The upstairs area is fun too as they have a pool table where you can still hear the music while you play.
The Food and Drinks at Saxophone Pub – Other than the incredible live jazz music, the big reason to go to Saxophone Pub is for the food. It’s excellent. The bar has a large menu with a choice of Thai and Western pub-style food, and they do both well.
On the Thai menu, the Tom Kha Ghai (chicken in spicy coconut soup) with rice is delicious, as is the chicken with cashew nuts. The boiled chicken in brandy with jelly fish sounds weird but it’s tangy and tasty and the chicken melts in your mouth. On the Western menu, Saxophone Pub is famous for their T-Bone steaks, shrimp dishes and sausage platters. Portions are large.
Of course, for the drinks, you name it they have it. They have a huge cocktails menu, most of which I’ve tried, and at around $6 a drink, they’re not too expensive as the sizes are large and loaded with alcohol. My favorite Saxophone Pub cocktail is the Saxophone Dropper with its mix of vodka, brandy, blue curacao and lemon juice. Yum.
As for beer, you’ll find a large selection of Thai and imported beers – everything from Chang and Singha on the Thai side, to Dos Equis and Heineken on the Western beer menu. They also have both bottled and on tap beers.
Music at Saxophone Pub – Of course, besides the incredible food, the main reason everyone goes to Saxophone Pub is for the live music. With a mix of jazz, blues, acoustic guitar and reggae, Saxophone Bar suits many music tastes and the music is live music at its best – and, oh yeah, it’s loud.
You can hear live music every night, with usually at least two or three acts per night and always different. T-Bone is a reggae band that plays often at Saxophone Bar as does Ped’s Band, which is blues.
Check out their schedule in the website link below – each band tends to have a fixed schedule, with some surprises sometimes, so you can plan ahead if you want to see a particular band.