Sep 27 2011

Adhere the 13th: Bangkok’s best blues bar?

Published by at 5:56 pm under Bars & nightlife


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.

Adhere the 13th Blues Bar, packed on a Saturday night.

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.

Wail on, brother.

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┬átill 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┬áto 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.

Adhere the 13th Blues Bar
13 Samsen Rd
T: (08) 9769 4613
Open daily 18:00-midnight
Adhere is a short walk from the Khao San Rd area, or a 20-minute taxi ride from Siam Square.

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  1. Jimpanse87on 11 Mar 2012 at 6:44 am

    Well what can i say? im total aggree with the recomment of brock. when i stay in bangkok the adhere13 is my first address for a great party night. the owner is a very nice friend of me and she ever remind ur face even when u come back after a long time =). but that what i really enjoy are the jamsessions even tough i dont play or sing. its great to see farang and thai people stay together and make party with open heart coz they live the blues. u cant compare that with the party area of phuket or pattaya coz thats fake only ;). so if u love blues and a great and loveley community join the adhere 13 blues bar :)

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