Sep 27 2011
Sometimes discovery happens the hard way, requiring a lifetime of slogging through a city, measuring and weighing and comparing to see if you’ve found the one true thing you have been after. And sometimes it happens the easy way. Possibly when you are just the tiniest bit tipsy after drinking beers and complaining about live music options (although there are some good ones), a friend leads you to the one true thing you needed. And it’s perfection.
I was led to Adhere the 13th, and I’m happy to say I’ve finally filled a hole in my heart: a good place for the blues in Bangkok.
Located on Samsen Rd close to Samsen Canal, Adhere the 13th is a shophouse blues bar. The narrow space has been broken up into a bar in the back with high tables along the side, and tiny tables and low chairs in the front. Basically, it’s so small you walk through the band to get to the bathroom. The staff is quirky, and there is such a fun, inclusive vibe you can’t help but have a good time. The walls are covered with album covers, road signs and musical tchotkes of every type. With the lights down low and the music wailing, it has exactly the honky-tonk, friendly dive-bar feeling that is missing from so many live music venues in Bangkok.
At Adhere the 13th, the crowd might be friendly, but it’s the music that you come for. Last Saturday there were echos of Muddy Waters, BB King and John Lee Hooker, and that was before the main band took the stage. Even if you know nothing about blues, you’ll want to know more by the time you leave. Mid week jam sessions are common with artists coming from other gigs, and on the weekends the house band is joined by guest vocalists, one-man guitar bands and others.
Open daily from 18:00 to at least midnight (later on the weekends or a particularly happening evening), the house band “Bangkok Connection” plays nightly from 21:30 till midnight. The crowds flow onto the street Friday and Saturday night, so get here a bit early for a seat. A full drinks list is available, with cocktails running around 140 to 165 baht, or beers from 100 baht for a large bottle. A weekend grill menu is offered as well for the peckish punter, but really, everyone is here for the music. Tuck in.
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