The weather is kinda blue, the sky is cloudy, the rain drizzles. It sounds like a perfect evening for a night out listening to Jazz/Blues. I’ve been in Bangkok for years and heard about this “Saxophone Pub” as the place to go listen to jazz/blues, but never had the chance. Finally, one drizzling evening, I had the opportunity and I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed sitting and listening to live bands playing the Blues.
It’s located right by the Victory Monument and withing walking distance from the BTS station. If you drive they also have limited parking, but its by the roadside so you take your own risk. At first glance, I thought I was somewhere else other than Bangkok. It reminds me of Philly. The outside has orange lighting and a small door leads you inside to a dimly lit room. It’s more spacious than it looks outside and the high ceiling upon entering makes it feel comfortable. The live band plays in the middle of the room and a counter surrounds it, allowing one to grab a seat and fully enjoy the music. They also have a second floor and seats line the balcony allowing those upstairs to also peer down and watch the action.
A painting of Jimi Hendrix hangs on a back wall and the beer dispenser is shaped in the form of a Saxophone. I love it. The lights that hang above the tables upstairs are the old trumpet shaped sound projector part of antique music boxes. (Forgive me, I cannot remember what you call it!) The wooden walls and the somewhat rustic decoration makes you feel at ease. It’s relaxing in here. No ties nor suits. It’s jeans and t-shirt.
The crowd is mainly those who love jazz and blues. From my guess it’s mostly upwards from mid thirties. Wonderful. The no-smoking regulation makes it heavenly. You can sit there listening to the live band playing without having to worry about getting smoke in your eyes. Whenever I’m near a smoker, I tear and tear . I tear so much people always stop to ask me if everything is “okay.” With tears in my eyes, I reply “yes..thank you, it’s just the smoke.” Now, I no longer have that problem. Yipee!
Apparently they have different bands playing on different nights. The night I went there was a man playing on a harmonica with the rest of the band. It was awesome. I loved it, if only the electricity didn’t suddenly die out on us. Fear not, they had back up so there was no panic.
My only comment is that the decibel level was too high for me. It averaged around 90-100 decibels and it made my ears ring. I’m not used to loud noises, but if you are they it should be fine for you. I wished I had ear plugs, but I did not. I look around me but everyone seemed happy. I guess it was just me.
Anyways, they have a website (being in modern day age)…here goes: http://saxophonepub.com/2010/