Chiang Mai Bars and Pubs

Live music can be great or really awful!

Live music can be great or really awful!

Getting out at night in Chiang Mai is a relaxing and easy affair, with many great bars and pubs located within walking distance of the Night Market or Old Town. There’s plenty of themed pubs in Chiang Mai catering to tourists and you’ll find a busy atmosphere on most nights during the tourist season.

Chiang Mai bars provide something for everyone, whether you prefer a quiet whisky over a tête-à-tête, live sports, or funky lounge music. Drinks prices are far more sensible than Bangkok or Phuket, but vary wildly from roadside ‘cocktail combis’ to plush luxury hotel bars. Punters looking to find female company for the evening should browse our page on Go Go Bars.

Recommended Hotels near the Old City

Music and Lively Bars in Chiang Mai

Rasta Cafe': Popular, laid-back outdoor place now located in the Night Bazaar area along Charoen Prathet Road (right next to the one-way Iron bridge). Features live music nightly - mostly reggae and ska along with a sprinkling of jazz and rock. 73/10-11 Charoen Prathet Rd. Open: 18:00-01:00. Mobile: (089) 838 8148.

The Brasserie: Serious music venue featuring legendary blues and rock local Tuk, who gets going after 23:00 on weekends. 94/1-2 Chaiyapoom Rd. Open: 17:00-02:00.

Roots Rock Reggae: Chiang Mai’s premier riddim venue is busy most nights with a mixed crowd of dreadlocked Thais and backpackers with reggae and ska sounds rocking the house. 40/12 Ratvithi Rd. Open: 09:00-01:00. Mobile: (083) 762 2017.

North Gate Jazz Co-Op: A small bar & music jamming venue with bohemian crowd and atmosphere (when bands are playing), with mid-priced drinks and a mixed crowd of Thais and foreigners. 95/1-2 Sriphum Rd. Mobile: (081) 765 5246.

Pubs in Chiang Mai

The Writers' Club & Wine Bar: Popular with local writers on Friday nights, with friendly owners, great wine selection and good food specials. Stop off here while strolling the Sunday Walking Street. 141/3 Ratchadamnoen Rd. Open: 12:00-Midnight (Sunday-Friday). Tel: (053) 814 187, Email:

The (UN) Irish Pub: A Magnet for the local expat crowd; serves good pub food, multiple sports channels on big screens. It’s hardly Irish but hosts quiz and live music and is busy during big sports events. 24-24/1 Ratchawithi Rd. Open: 09:00-Midnight. Tel: (053) 214 554.

The Pub: An ageing, but very reputable, English-styled pub that is popular with the older, long-standing expat crowd. Located out of town between Nimmanhemin and Canal Roads. 189 Huay Kaew Rd. Open: 07:00-Midnight.  Tel: (053) 211 550.

Pubs, bars and clubs rock nightly in Chiang Mai

Pubs, bars and clubs rock nightly in Chiang Mai

O'Malley's Irish Pub: Air-conditioned Irish pub with several good beers on tap and comfy interior. Has good pub grub and is conveniently located in the Night Market area. 149/14-15 Chang Klan Rd. Open: 09:00-02:00. Tel: (053) 271 921.

The Red Lion: Conveniently located in a central spot within the Night Bazaar, this long-running favourite serves a good selection of food and drink, including draught Guinness and Tetley’s bitter (rarities in this part of the world) to weary shoppers and locals alike. Drink and dine indoors or outdoors in British Pub tradition. 123 Loi Kroh Rd. Open 09:30-23:30 (Daily). Tel: (053) 818 847, Email:

Bachelor Bars in Chiang Mai

Number 1 Bar: One of the most popular places in town, featuring lots of pretty waitresses, though not an in-yer-face 'girlie bar'. Number 1 is the main distributor of Belgian and Craft beers in the north of Thailand ( and also has an outlet alongside the river to the south of town. Soi 1, Loi Kroh Rd. Open 13:00-01:00. Tel: (053) 206 724, Email:

Sax Music Pub: Popular with visiting German motorcycle crowds, with good music and a convenient location. 35/2 Moon Muang Rd. Mobile: (081) 022 9257.

Chiangmai Saloon (2 locations): American-styled burger and steakhouse with great South-western food, friendly owner and staff, nice atmosphere, music videos and live sporting events on a large screen. Draft beer and the largest selection of margaritas in Chiang Mai and a kitchen open from breakfast until late. Chiang Mai Saloon 1 - 80/1 Loi Kroh Rd. Open: 11:00-Midnight. Chiang mai Saloon 2 - 30 Ratchawithi Rd. Tel: (053) 219 667.

The Half Moon Pub: A long-established sports bar & restaurant situated on Moon Muang road. Good music, slate pool table and darts area guarantees a great time while enjoying one of the many local, and imported, drinks. Moonmuang Soi 2. Open: 09:00-02:00. Mobile: (086) 913 8190.

Hotel Bars in Chiang Mai

The Mix Bar: Perhaps Chiang Mai’s most sophisticated bar, located in the hip D2 hotel. Uber-chic bar-tenders and atmosphere, regular parties, a place to be ‘seen’. dusitD2 Hotel - 100 Chan Klan Rd. Open: 11:00-01:00 (Daily). Tel: (053) 999 999.

Silapathai Lounge & Bar: Silapa Thai Lounge & Bar offers an  impressively extensive cocktail menu served by entertaining and interactive bartenders as well as DJ entertainment. Accompanied by a large selection of innovatively presented 'Thaipas', this lounge experience is truly unique and  is not to be missed. It also has the only 'Chef's Table' in Chiang Mai. Shangri-La Hotel - 89/8 Chang Klan Rd. Tel: (053) 253 888.

The Riverside is one of the most popular venues

The Horn Bar: For a really discerning experience, find your way out of town to the remarkable Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi in Sankhampaeng. Arrive before sunset and marvel at this extraordinarily-themed, five-star that has few equals in Asia. Dhara Dhevi Hotel - 51/4 Moo 1, Chiang Mai-Sankhampaeng Rd. Open: 17:00-Midnight. Tel: (053) 888 888.

Chilling Bar Lounges in Chiang Mai

The @ Living Room Bar: A chic place with pool table, with a nice atmosphere when busy. This new, stylish bar is open until early morning and is a popular relaxing bar when most bars close, not far from Thapae Gate in Somphet Gold Place (near Spicy), and the friendly owners, Denis and Kung, certainly put in the effort. 70/20 Chaiyaphum Rd. Open: 21:00-06:00. Mobile: (087)  579 3301, Email:

THC Rooftop Bar: A bohemian place above a Hemp Shop, with good views of Thapae Gate and floor-level seating. Good for chilling out with funky tunes and cheap drinks, but sometimes gets very busy. 19/4-5 Kotchasarn Rd. Open: 16:00-Midnight.

St. Germain des Pres: The roof of this excellent and unassuming French Restaurant is an ideal place for a quiet and romantic time in big comfy couches, with a good cocktail menu and perfect lounge tunes in the background. 4/1 Ratvithi Rd. Open: 11.00-14.00 & 18.00-22.00. Tel: (053) 289 557.

Bohemian Central

Chiang Mai’s very own backpacker-cum-little Jamaica is a cluster of bars around a car park just off Ratvithi, down from the Irish Pub. Here you’ll find a lively collection of shacks or open air bars with several live bands, cheap beer and food. It’s downmarket but has character and is popular with beatnik locals and backpackers alike. Best bars include Zoe in Yellow (popular), Babylon Café (Irie), Roots, Rock, Reggae (live music) and Heaven’s Beach (pool tables).

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