Brown Sugar is the best jazz club in BKK. there change place from Lumpini but same original. The music is good, very good jazz bands. It is about creative music. Jazz played by artists. The atmosphere was amazing.
"Where do I go if I want decent / acceptable food (Thai and western... ” in an informal environment and with some live music?" Just me and my wife, or a group of four? Well... Brown Sugar may be the best bet if you are in the Lumpini Park area.
Food is good quality - kitchen has some professional chefs who know what they are up to Staff are attentive. And the music kicks off around 8.30 - 9.00pm. Not too loud as to blow your ear sockets so you can't hear the conversation. After your nosh you can continue to drink and stay and listen and chat up your Doris / smarm your missus a bit / get a pass to watch the footie tomorrow night, without the staff pressuring you to get lost so they can get another seating of customers in.
The bands tend to be more blues and jazz, and the competition for a gig is higher than most "resident bands" that hang out in restaurants. In fact, to say you've played Brown Sugar in Bangkok is seen as a positive, rather than as an embarrassment the budding new group has to put up with when normally playing an eating venue.
If you are tired of sitting in the hotel cocktail bar listening to the "two lasses and their boyfirends ensembles" warbling Mariah Blinking Carey, Robbie Our Saviour Williams, Tina Tired and Worn Out Turner, and the like, then Brown Sugar on Soi Sarasin maybe what you are after.
Dress Code: Don't look like a tramp...
For those into bues / jazz, then this is the place for you.
Live jazz is played daily by local and expat musicians. Food is mostly Thai and is moderate in price (ranging from between THB 80.00 to THB 120.00 per dish)
The best night is Sunday....Why? Because, this is the night when all Jazz musicians, whether local, expat, and even non-musicians that play any kind of instrument(s), get together for a live jam session.
Brown Sugar is another landmark along Sarasin Road (Lang Suan) opened since the early 80's and is still going strong!
Lang Suan in Thai means behind the "Behind the Park". In this case, the park is being referred to the Lumpini Park.
Dress Code: Casual: T-shirt & jeans..