Chiang Mai Plaza Lounge: Loung lizard
The longe in our hotel, had a live band of this one guy who sings all these great songs. There is a happy hour where drinks are buy one get one free and they bring both of them to you at the same time so we ended up with like 7 of us having 14 drinks at one time, it was funny to see. You could also dance if you wanted to.
Dress Code: Don't think there is one, I wore shorts.
Riverside Bar & Restaurant: Live music and young people by the river
This is simply a great bar by anyone's standards. Located right on the river, next to some other bars, it has nightly live music on two separate stages. The bar as a homely feel, and is filled with young, local Thai's, as well as some backpackers. There is one particular band that plays there regularly that has a dynamite lead singer. She is a short, Thai girl and covered everything from Norah Jones to Michael Jackson with unbelievable accuracy.
Dress Code: Casual.
Simon Chiang Mai Cabaret: Journey to the Simon's Dream
I am not sure why is Simon having dreams about drag queens and transexuals, but "journey to the Simon's dream" is the marketing phrase they are using for the show.
What is certain however, is that the Simon Cabaret in Phuket is widely known as one of the best cabaret show in South East Asia and they have finally landed in Chiang Mai as well.
And what a show it was! Staged in an air-cooled area that can seat an audience of 800, there is one large center stage and 2 smaller side stages. The show was an evening of engaging performances among extravagant sets, opulent costumes, dazzling lighting and familiar show tunes.
There are 2 performances daily, one at 7.30pm and another at 9.30pm. Admission is 400 baht person, but if you had booked from a tour agency which includes hotel transfer, then it will be 500 baht per person.
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Good View: Chiang Mai Institution
The Good View has been around for a long time and is almost an institution for live music. This is a wonderful restaurant/bar, which has something for everyone. They have a very extensive food menu-quite international. Even sushi. Before the band comes on-there is a dj playing some house and rave like music. Around 10.30 pm a house band comes on, which are quite good. I was impressed. The restaurant is right near the river. This place is mostly popular with Thais, but you do see a bunch of farangs. Highly recommended.
Future Media: Movie night
Looking for a relaxing break from the Night Bazaar? At Future Media, they have a large selection of movies on DVD and laserdisc that you can choose and watch in one of there viewing rooms, complete with large screen tv and kick ass audio system.
Cost is 200 baht for up to four people, and 50 baht per extra person. Couches and pillows are provided although they are not the most comfortable. They have rooms that can hold 10 people (if you don't mind sitting on the floor - my prefered seat) and smaller ones too.
You can call ahead to book a movie and a room.
Dress Code: I think you are supposed to keep you clothes on while watching, but take your shoes off when you enter the rooms. Rooms have A/C.
The Riverside in Chiang Mai
The Riverside in Chiang Mai
When you're tired of local culture and just need a 'western' fix, come to The Riverside for some great food, beer and music. You'll meet many other westerners there.
Dress Code: Casual
Foxy lady, I don’t think I need to explain what you might find there, I assume it is for those of you who can’t manage on your own charm alone, check it out ;-)
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