The 10 Best Bars in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand

A well-stocked bar
A well-stocked bar | © Sam Howzit / Flickr
Sarah Williams

Although Thailand’s province of Nakhon Ratchasima is probably more known for its beautiful nature and historic sites than its night scene, there are still plenty of places to have fun in the evening. From small hole-in-the-wall joints to bigger establishments with imported drinks and high-tech features, here are 10 of Nakhon Ratchasima’s best bars.

1. Sports Bar

Bar, American, Thai, European

Pool table
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Sports Bar is a family-friendly bar in Pak Chong. Relaxed and casual, it offers a wide selection of food, both Thai and Western, as well as a good choice of alcoholic and soft drinks. The bar has a pizza oven and also sells some imported items that can be hard to come by in other places. A large TV plays popular shows and sports matches and there’s a pool table if you want to be more active. The bar has on-site accommodation and a camping area too.

2. Dok Mai Cafe

Bar, Thai

Thai band
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Located in the heart of Nakhon Ratchasima city, Dok Mai Cafe is a sociable and lively bar. A popular place for locals and expats to hangout and have fun, it has indoor and outdoor seating areas, and a wide choice of food and drinks. Live bands play most evenings, keeping the crowds entertained with popular Thai songs and English covers. The vibe is relaxed and the large bar provides table service.

3. The Oasis

Bar, American, European, Thai, Seafood

Thai beer
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The Oasis is a tame and chilled-out bar close to the main attractions of Nakhon Ratchasima city. It attracts folk who want to unwind in pleasant surroundings and among good company. The music is great and sports are shown on the TV. You’ll find the regular selection of Thai beers, spirits, and soft drinks, and if you’re feeling peckish the extensive food menu offers basic pub grub like burgers, pizzas, and fried chicken, Thai meals, and fusion dishes. Regular events, like pub quizzes and seafood barbeques, keep things fresh and interesting.

5. Village Farm and Winery

Hotel Restaurant, European, Thai

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For a classy evening in Nakhon Ratchasima‘s Wang Nam Khiao, head to Village Farm and Winery. You can enjoy a meal and drinks in elegant yet rustic surroundings with beautiful views of the vineyards and countryside. There’s a wide selection of meals to tempt you and, of course, an extensive wine list to find the perfect pairing. Beers and soft drinks are available too.

6. O & D Pub

Bar, Restaurant, American, European

Lamb shank
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Situated a short way from the heart of Nakhon Ratchasima/Khorat city, O & D Pub is a friendly and welcoming establishment. The relaxed bar has a beautiful beer garden where you can sit and enjoy fresh air and the sounds of nature as well as an indoor restaurant. Meat lovers will be especially pleased here; it serves some of the finest steaks and lamb in the city! Pizza, pasta, and soups are a few other items you’ll find on the menu.

7. The Bester

Bar, Thai

Thai whisky
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The Bester is another of Pak Chong’s cool, club-like bars. It’s not so far from the entrance of Khao Yai National Park and is a top place to have fun after a day of hiking or sightseeing. The atmosphere is youthful and energetic and it’s often packed at the weekends. Live bands, a funky DJ, and bright lights add to the party vibe, and you can drink, dance, and be merry until late at night.

8. George & Dragon

Bar, American, Thai

Pad Thai and beer
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The George & Dragon is a local pub with homey vibes. A casual place that attracts regulars and visitors alike, it’s popular because of its delicious food (with the steak especially recommended), refreshing drinks, friendly staff members, and warm ambience. It’s a fabulous place to either spend an evening chilling out or for enjoying a few drinks and chats before heading off to somewhere louder and more energetic.

9. Check In

Bar, Thai

Chang beer
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A night at Check In promises to be a lively affair. Strobe lights, neon lights, and fairy lights add to the funky vibe, and the music keeps rocking thanks to the band and the DJ. Often crowded and a magnet for the young and young at heart, the bar-cum-club also serves a selection of Thai food. Football matches often play in the background. There are several seating areas, including the often-packed main room, where people dance around their tables, a mezzanine level, and an outside terrace. Wear your fancy clothes or you’ll likely feel a bit out of place.

10. Suan Sanook Cafe

Bar, Thai

Thai whisky
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With a name that translates roughly as “fun in nature”, Suan Sanook Cafe is a colourful and casual drinking establishment in Nakhon Ratchasima city. Vibrant flags hang overhead in the open-air bar and there are colourful lanterns, ribbons, and lights in the trees to add to the jovial air. There’s an indoor seating area too, as well as covered areas to the sides in case of rain. There’s a wide selection of food (mainly Thai and seafood) and drinks and dancers and bands often take to the stage.

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