Jazz fans now have a new reason to visit the Khaosan Road area. After serving 27 years in Lumpini, Brown Sugar has moved to a new venue on Phra Sumen Road, just opposite the Chao Phraya River in the Banglampu district of Bangkok.
Brown Sugar is without doubt one of the best places in Bangkok to listen to live jazz, and the establishment has played host to a large number of legendary performers since it opened its doors to the public back in 1985.
Brown Sugar: The Jazz Boutique
Music lovers who visit the new branch can expect to find the same great live acts, service and selection of food and drinks that they enjoyed in the Sarasin Road venue. However, the new venue is much large and boasts a new name to match; Brown Sugar: The Jazz Boutique.
This venue serves several different functions to keep up with the demands of the creative people who frequent this section of the city. Music lovers are invited to visit during the day to chill up with a cup of coffee and sample some of the delicious dishes that are served up in the onsite restaurant Chilax, while when the sun sets over Banglampu Brown Sugar is transformed into a sultry jazz bar that is the perfect setting to enjoy a beer or two while watching a live music performance.
The Play House
The second floor of Brown Sugar is called the Play House, where a range of different types of entertainment are hosted, including film screenings, plays, concerts, poetry readings and art exhibitions. This creative space is large enough to seat up to two hundred people, and those who are in search of something a little bit different are sure to be satisfied by the varied and regularly changing programme that is offered here.
The new venue is extremely stylish and has a strong cosmopolitan feel. The adjoining garden is a great place to sit and chill out while listening to live jazz and enjoying the view of the Banglampu canal. This is the perfect place to take a date, and visitors will be able to dine on a range of creative dishes such as smoked salmon with spicy Thai herbs, German pork hocks and deep fried salmon with tamarind sauce. All of these dishes are ideal to enjoy with a glass or two of wine or one of Brown Sugar’s signature cocktails.
In addition to the regular house bands such as the excellent Brown Sugar House Band, Sao Sudan and the always popular Mellow Motif, people who visit Brown Sugar on the last Friday and Saturday of the month will be treated to live performances from international and touring acts at the Play House.
Where is Brown Sugar?
Brown Sugar can be found at 469 Phra Sumen Road and closes at around 02:00, while live music kicks off at around 21:30. The Phra Sumen ferry stop (pier 13) is situated just a short stroll from the venue and taking a ferry down the Chao Phraya River is a great way to get there, while jazz fans can also ride the Skytrain to Victory Monument station and take a taxi the rest of the way.
By Kirsty Turner