Located in Northern Thailand
, scenic Chiang Mai offers a much more relaxed atmosphere than the bustling Bangkok. Don’t be fooled though; under the surface you can find a vibrant bar scene and an animated crowd. We have wandered the streets of the tropical city in search for the best places to hang out and enjoy a refreshing drink or dance the night away. Take a look at our top 10 bars in Chiang Mai.
Boys Blues Bar
Located close to the Night Bazaar is Boys Blues Bar, considered one of Chiang Mai’s finest venues for live music. Home to the city’s premier guitar player ‘Boy’, the bar attracts a well-humored crowd of expats and locals, looking to wash down a cool beer and enjoy the rhythmic blues. Monday’s jam night allows visitors to pick up a guitar and join in on the fun themselves. The tiny bar is sparsely decorated and while it might not be the most impressive venue, it arguably offers some of the best entertainment in the city. Boy’s love for music, the cheap drinks and the relaxed atmosphere are what keep this place’s rhythms alive and pumping and immediately make any visitor feel welcome.
Address: Soi 6, Changklan Road, Kalare Night Bazaar, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Nestled between the Iron Bridge and the Ping River lies the quirky Bus Bar, an outdoor place featuring dimmed lights, cheap booze and terrific music. The Bar’s prime location offers dazzling views over the river at nighttime and the bar itself, which consists of an old red bus and a wide-spread seating area, is a sight to behold. Visitors can wile away the evening hours over Thai snacks, whiskey or ice-cold Singha beers. The bar is frequently filled with Thai students and locals and offers the ideal setting for both intimate evenings or animated conversations with friends. For those looking to get away from the fast pace of the city, Bus Bar’s secluded atmosphere makes it one of the best kept secrets in the area.
Address: Charoen Prathet Road, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Restaurant, Asian, Thai, Vegetarian
If you are looking to get away from noisy crowds, make your way to Deck 1. Situated right on the Ping River, the elegant restaurant and bar serves fantastic cocktails and other refreshing spirits along with Thai and fusion dishes. The mixture of modern elements and wooden features results in a laid-back yet sophisticated setting. With its bold orange theme, Deck 1 manages to set itself apart from the numerous riverfront bars. There is live music on certain nights and the crowd is always ready to have a good time. Deck 1 is an excellent retreat spot, allowing you to take in the scenery of Chiang Mai’s riverside.
Address: 1, 14 Charoenraj Road, T. Watkate, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50000, Thailand, + 66 53302788
The Service 1921 Restaurant & Bar
Restaurant, Asian, Fusion
The Service 1921 Restaurant & Bar
This classy bar is located in Chiang Mai’s luxury Antara Resort and Spa and is the ideal place to treat yourself with some quality drinks. It was first opened in 1921 as the British Consulate of Chiang Mai, and has seen numerous famous visitors pass through its doors. Designed in the style of a colonial house, the bar’s elegant and luxurious design with dark wooden features and leather chairs make it one of the most impressive settings in the city. It features an extensive wine cellar, a fantastic selection of quality whiskeys and skilfully prepared cocktails. Why not end a hot day with a tasty beverage in the sophisticated Service 1921 Bar while enjoying a Cuban cigar and marveling at the scenery?
Address: 123-123/1 Charoen Prathet Road,, Changklan, Muang,, Chiang Mai 50100, Thailand, +66 53 253 333
Bar, Restaurant, Thai, Tapas, Spanish
Chiang Mai’s trendy Nimmanhaemin Road is filled with numerous stylish bars, however none of them are quite as magnificent as jagajee. The owner’s German and Thai origins are reflected in the selected tapas menu which changes on a daily basis. The bar’s attempt at unifying a tapas restaurant, bar and Prosecco lounge are highly successful, offering the ideal setting for numerous occasions. Its sophisticated yet laid-back flair make it one of the most outstanding places in the city’s bustling bar scene, and a long time favorite with the local crowd. Take your pick from their extensive wine selection and indulge in freshly prepared tapas in charming jagajee.
Address: 1/1 Nimmanhaemin Road Soi 15, Opposite to Kasikorn Bank, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand, +66 80 127 7477
Bar, Cafe, Thai, Pub Grub, Beer, Asian, $$$
Warm Up is considered the hottest bar in Chiang Mai and on weekends it is packed full of trendy locals. Warm Up features an outdoor area where bands tend to get the crowd’s feet moving. Additionally, it features two indoor rooms dedicated to Thai and electronic music. Bagpackers be warned – showing up in inappropriate clothing is unsuitable for this venue, and it is recommended that you wear your most formal attire.
Address: 40 Nimmahaemin Rd., T.Suthep, A.Muang,, Chiang Mai, 50200, Thailand, +66 53 400 676
Restaurant, Thai, Japanese, $$$
With its prime position right on the shores of the Ping River, Good View is not just an outstanding restaurant, but also provides excellent entertainment to an energetic crowd on weekends. If you prefer to kick back and relax, take a seat by the water and sample some traditional Thai, Japanese or international dishes. The lively atmosphere attracts a mixed crowd on weekends, eager to grab a refreshing drink at the bar and join in with the band’s enticing tunes.
Address: 3 Charoenraj Road, Wat Ket, Chiang Mai 50000, Thailand, + 66 53 302764
THC Rooftop Bar
Bar, Thai, Pub Grub
THC Rooftop Bar
If you are looking to connect with the backpacking crowd, THC Rooftop Bar is the ideal destination. Situated just around the corner from Tha Pae Gate, the bar has been a staple in Chiang Mai’s bar scene for quite some time. As the name suggests, the bar is located on top of the roof and provides a completely relaxed ambiance. The bohemian venue an ideal location in which to recover from the hot day and where you can get to know some fellow travelers.
Address: 19/4-5 Kotchasarn Road, On the 3rd Floor, Chiang Mai, Thailand
The bohemian bar is located in a side street close to Chiang Mai’s hip Nimmanhaemin Road. The unpretentious bar with its bare stone walls and rustic furniture serves a selection of tasty cocktails and spirits at great value. Next to standard drinks, visitors can find some drinks exclusive to Baa(n) Din such as the strong ‘brainwash bucket’. The staff is incredibly friendly and happy to engage in a friendly chat. The musical entertainment ranges from reggae to rock and electronic. The cozy cocktail bar attracts a well-humored crowd, looking to kick back and relax or reunite with friends.
Address: 16/2, Soi 13,Nimmanhaemin Road, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand, +66 85 618 1141
The Roof Sala Lanna
Bar, Pub Grub
The Roof Sala Lanna
On the east bank of the Ping River lies Sala Lanna, one of Chiang Mai’s recent luxury hotel additions with its scenic rooftop bar. The sky bar features a swimming pool and boasts 360 degree views over the surrounding area. Indulge in refreshing cocktails or take your pick from numerous quality spirits. The rustic Lanna style of the hotel, rather than an excessive focus on modern trends, gives it a particular charm and set it apart from the city’s increasingly bustling tourist scene. With its intimate and romantic setting, the bar is one of the most elegant and enchanting spots in Chiang Mai.
Address: Chang Moi, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai, Thailand, +66 53 242 588