Still having those lingering feelings after watching La La Land? The film, set to be the breakout star of this year after scooping up seven awards from the Golden Globes, has shimmied its way into the hearts of viewers and critics alike.
Apart from the outstanding performances from Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, La La Land shines through with its incredible score and choreography, magically capturing a certain modern nostalgia for a bygone era. It leaves you craving for more. So, call up a date or just kick it solo at these joints guaranteed to satiate your jazz cravings.
The Zuk Bar
Jazz up your weekend nights at The Zuk Bar at The Sukhothai, where you can enjoy jazz vocals by Coco and the bar’s Philipino three-piece band of bass, guitar and piano every Thursday, Friday and Saturday for 45 minutes from 8pm. You can also find her performing during the Sunday brunch sessions. Coco, who has been singing for audiences around the world for almost twenty years, was the lead female vocalist with The Jerry Kravat NY Orchestra (Tribeca Rhythm) for New York’s high society weddings and corporate events in Manhattan's most prestigious hotels, restaurants and landmarks.
The Zuk Bar, The Sukothai Bangkok, 13/3 South Sathorn Road, Bangkok 10120; tel: 02-344-8888; www.sukhothai.com
Since it first opened in 1953, the Mandarin Oriental’s The Bamboo Bar has become one of the most elegant upscale bars in town thanks to its sophisticated venue interiors that drip with late-19th century colonial charm. Enjoy the largest collection of single malt scotch whiskies in Thailand while listening to the live jazz band, who step up from 9:15pm to midnight.
Bamboo Bar, Mandarin Oriental, 8 Oriental Ave, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500; tel: 02-659-9000; www.mandarinoriental.com/bangkok
Backstage Cocktail Bar
While Backstage doesn’t have live music, the cocktails and decor mean we're happy to make an exception for this Thonglor bar. Tucked inside Playhaus hotel, the broadway-burlesque theme transports you right back to the glamourous Hollywood jazz era. Coupled with winning cocktails, we can’t help but envision ourselves sipping on martinis while The Gos serenade us on the piano.
The Living Room
Sip your expertly crafted cocktail or single malt and enjoy live smooth jazz from talented musicians every night from 6:15pm and a jazz trio starting at 9:15pm between Tuesdays and Saturdays at Sheraton Grande’s The Living Room. You will find yourself in a lavish setting with fine tapas menu of regional delicacies such as charcuterie platters.
The Living Room, Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, 250 Sukhumvit Road, Klong Toey, Bangkok 10110; tel: 02-649-8353; www.thelivingroomatbangkok.com/en
Conrad Bangkok’s Diplomat Bar offers no less then 16 wines by glass, a great selection of premium cocktails and one of the town’s best takes on the martini with its signature "Martini Experience." Live vocal sessions by international jazz singers start from 8:00pm until late.
Diplomat Bar, Conrad Bangkok, 87 Wireless Road, Lumphini Bangkok 10330; tel: 02-690-9999;conrad.hilton.com/Bangkok
Saxophone Bar and Restaurant
It wouldn’t be a live music if we didn’t mention this local institution. Opened since 1987, Saxophone was one of the first of its kind and has been at the forefront for homegrown jazz and blues music ever since. Revel in true nostalgia in this dimly-lit watering hole where you will most likely find yourself rubbing elbows with true jazz enthusiasts. There’s live music every night, so you’ll never miss out.
Saxophone Restaurant & Bar, 3/8 Phayathai Road Victory Monument, Bangkok 10400; tel: 02-246-5472; www.saxophonepub.com
Experience something different with Shanghai Mansion’s Jazz Lounge. The open terrace offers a front row view to the bustling streets of Chinatown, while the decor borrows its chinoiserie flair from 1920s Shanghai. It's a fun setting for an evening of live music with a performance lineup from 6:00pm to late from Tuesday to Sunday.
Shanghai Mansion, 81 Yaowarat Road, Samphanthawong, Bangkok 10100; tel: 02-221-2121; www.shanghaimansion.com