Tucked away in a small soi beside Victory Monument is arguably one of the city’s best live music venues: Saxophone Pub & Restaurant. Started 10 years ago by a bunch of jazz aficionados, the intimate and rustic spot is a mecca for live music fans. Every night a band or two takes the stage to delight punters with a range of offerings from jazz to blues, funk, reggae and pop.
Indulge in local and imported beers (Bht 100-300) and snacks or opt for a full meal, well serviced by attentive and friendly staff along with an Asia [tasty] and Western [so-so] menu jam-packed with everything from phadthai and green curry to sirloin steak and hot dogs (Bht 100-600). There is also an extensive drinks menu with all your favourites: Singapore Sling, mojito, Black Russian, Bloody Mary, margarita and scotch on the rocks.
Down stairs are small tables and horseshoe ringside seats in front of the band. Upstairs are balcony seats, floor seats (Moroccan style) and even a pool table to amuse in-between sets. Although deceptively small, the two floors can accommodated a good 100-200 people, so don’t be worried about getting a seat even at the busiest of times.
For a relaxed and enjoyable Thai night out you really can’t beat this place. And for guests staying at the Siam City Hotel, the location could not be better, just a five minute walk away! Besides fully instrumental shows like the phenomenal Koh Mr Sax Man who plays every Monday, there are a range of bands that perform exclusively in English or half-half Thai/English. For a full description of up-coming gigs, services and amenities, go to www.saxophonepub.com, call +66 (0) 2246-5472 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Open daily from 6:00 pm – 2: 00 am daily, free admission.
Getting there: exit the Siam City Hotel, turn right and head towards the main intersection, turn right again and head up Phayathai St. Go straight for two blocks until you hit Victory Monument. On you right-hand side is a small street, go down 20m and the bar can be found on your right.