Off the Mainstream: 7 Indie Music Clubs & Bars in Bangkok to Discover Fresh and Original Music
In the past, ‘Indie’ meant releasing your music independently, as opposed to joining a record label. Today, however, it refers to non-mainstream/alternative music. The genre attracts music lovers who crave fresh, experimental sounds that are unlike what the radio put on every day.
Among other things, indie encompasses rock, underground hip-hop, electronic, pop, jazz, and genres with an experimental streak.
Many nightclubs and bars in Bangkok focus exclusively on indie music. You can find somewhere new to chill and see live performances by Thai and international alternative artists and bands.
Here are some of the best indie nightclubs and bars in Bangkok that are worth the visit. Get ready for a new kind of nightlife experience with delicious food, good drinks, and hair-raising live music.
12 x 12 is a well-kept secret of Soi Tararom 2. Located across from Soi Thonglor 21, its underground vintage vibes come from brown furniture and decor, while dim orange lights bring on a cozy atmosphere. Here, you can sip on a variety of drinks such as signature cocktails and beers. The music selection…Read more >
Black Cabin Bar - a bar for lovers of underground music - is located inside Wild & Co restaurant. Both indoor and outdoor seating areas follow the 'mysterious black cabin' theme. Trees and vines wrap around the stage, while various animal taxidermies adorn the dimly-lit venue. If you're looking to enjoy…Read more >
De Commune, sitting in Thonglor's Liberty Plaza building, is a brand-new hangout that boasts a 'live house' setting. The venue hosts frequent concerts with acts from genres like techno, disco, jazz, indie, house, as well as DJs with electronic sets and up-and-coming live bands. Other than regular nights'…Read more >
Es ca pe' is a simple two-story stylish home-bar and the perfect spot to enjoy drinks, dinner, and some good music. You can even catch the latest sports matches with your friends. Leaning into homey vibes, the cozy and casual venue features light-colored woods and naked light bulbs that hang from the…Read more >
JAM is a small bar located not too far from BTS Surasak. More a creative space than a bar, the venue prides itself on being a supporter of art and music. The team regularly organizes events like film screenings, art exhibitions, open-mics, karaoke, and many more. That's why is hard to say what genres…Read more >
Loyshy sits in the neighborhood of Ratchathewi; it's a bar that puts a lot of effort into being “Bangkok’s Music Platform”. You can always expect quality live bands from genres like indie pop, R&B, soul-funk, American rock, folk, and more on the stage every night. Loyshy offers mostly Thai snacks and…Read more >
Parking Toys is a hip bar & restaurant on the side of Kaset-Nawamin Road known for its awesome selection of live bands. Each night, a rotation of various bands turns the small stage into a mini-concert, providing top-notch entertainment to the crowd. Expect to dance all night long to pop, rock, metal,…Read more >
Studio Lam is tucked inside Soi Sukhumvit 51. It's a place to hang out and explore new trends in music in a vintage Thai setting. Decors made of Thai and international vinyl records, wood slat walls, and light-colored wood furniture make a charming combination. The playlist features traditional Thai…Read more >
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