Pubs and Bars, Chiang Mai
Nimmanheiman Road or Nimman Road as it is commonly referred to is a road full of bars, clubs, coffee shops and restaurants that is always buzzing every night of the week. It is about 2km to the west of the Old City and is the trendiest area in town.
The sois (lanes) off Nimman Road are worth exploring as they have so many different types of bars and restaurants with a number of cuisines to sample.
Look out for the beer and wine buffets which will feature all you can drink wine or beer for a few hours a night.
Dress Code: No dress code.
The Lost Hut is the Best Bar in Chiang Mai! Hands down! The staff and owners were really friendly and also gave us a bunch of info about some motorcycle touring. Also the prices were good, beers were cold and the wide mix of music was awesome. Not the typical trendy stuff you usually here in bars. Overall, the place was just really cozy and had a really cool and unique atmosphere. Check out the Lost Hut bar in Chiang Mai. You won't be disappointed and it isn't so hard to find...
Dress Code: Pretty sure there isn't one!
Was in Chiang Mai and went to this party by Team Club Martini. Didn't know what to expect, but bought a ticket and went with some friends and we all had an absolute blast! Very well organised, great music and everyone was just rocking out. We've been to the Full Moon parties which were good, but chaotic. This felt like a concert or Ibiza style night club and I couldn't believe this was in Chiang Mai! They have several parties a year, so check their schedule and try to go to Chiang Mai when they have a party if you can... you won't regret. :)
Dress Code: Anything goes, but it depends on their theme.
Plan B is a quite new bar in chiang mai, it is in soi 9 and is verry cheap
The music that they play is more toeristic (pop, rock, punk, oldies) music and a bit renewing for thailand. They serve belgium beer, korean beer and thai beer. you also have a lot of cocktails and everything for a realy good price, i geuss cheapest bar ive seen in chiang mai. the people who opened the bar can speak good english so comunication isnt a problem for a lot of toerists.
i went a lot to this bar and i think its a realy good idea for taking a look at this bar. its the second floor and open air
Dress Code: there is'nt a dress code
I would recommend going to this place on a saturday night for the hip hop DJ music. The place is mostly full of foreigners having a good time, they have shisha there and 99 baht cocktails which they actually know how to mix.
This Cool Corner was the daily visit when then sun set and the evening get cooler. It was just in the centre, a place that you can blend among the locals as it is not very touristy or trendy with very friendly service. Most important, cold and cheap beer :)
This place is all about having fun, chilling out and eating Western food that you eat back home. Their menu is a little bit of TGI Fridays, Chili's, Hooters, and Outback Steak House. Free monkey nuts and pop corn!
The Saloon is done up with rustic wood furniture, rough hewn wood walls and unique wood carvings. There are many activities in the saloon to keep you entertained. During the day choose a first run movie to watch on their 61 inch big screen TV. At night watch a live sporting event or select a video music concert to listen to. You can also while away your time by playing a game of pool.
This is a rather rough and ready looking British pub with dirty, cracked floor tiles that wouldn't be out of place in the east end of London. I had an English breakfast here which was very good, especially the sausages which the owner said he spent a while sourcing from a local butcher. I came back here one evening and watched a game of football on TV along with a small crowd and ate a steak & kidney pie which then made me sweat buckets and dash off back to my hotel. Let’s just say it made me rather ill so it's best to avoid the pies!
Tucked away in a quiet little soi in the old town, Yellow Bird is the most carefree, laid back place I've been to in a l-o-o-n-g time, and that includes several years on Koh Samui.
It all seems so effortless, with an old wooden Lanna house open to the street, personally decorated by the gracious host, Santia, with items from nature and recycled bits and pieces. Inside, carpets, cushions and day beds, dim lighting. Portraits seems to hover on the walls, and musical instruments clutter up the space here and there. Aha!
Being quite new, Yellow Bird hasn't really developed a regular groove yet, so every night is just the luck of the draw, and that's part of it's make-it-up-as-we-go charm.
Some nights Santia will give cooking lessons to customers, who then produce dishes for the other diners. (Her green chicken curry is a knockout!) Some nights, visiting musicians will drop in. Other nights, a spontaneous jam, with acoustic guitars and bongos.
Drinks list is excellent. I've not seen red wine at only 80 baht anywhere else in Chiang Mai. They've also got Sangria, mojitos, etc at really good prices.
Damn, this place feels so homely, that the first time I went here I left without paying the bill, coz it was just like I'd dropped round to a friend's place. And that's the Yellow Bird secret ... and it's a shame to let the secret out.
Dress Code: Come as you are. Whatever; but just leave your shoes at the door.
'100% Rock n Roll Served Fresh Everyday' is their claim, and it's roughly true.
Guitarman has a strong following among the Chiangmai expat crowd, who get down there for a dose of folk, blues, country sort of stuff.
One of the staple performers is Aussie Dave, a performer of indeterminate age but incalculable musical and entertainment ability. His band includes saxophone, drums and sometimes a wash tub bass, and others that will jump on and do backing vocals or blow some harmonica from time to time.
The popular headliner is Richie ... a very entertaining and lively performer, who throws in a lot of witty repartee and spontaneous competitions, ie name the singer of this song's mother's maiden name for a free beer!
Sunday nights are open mike night.
Kicks off about 5pm nightly, and closes around 12.
Dress Code: Whatever.
The Red Lion is smack bang in the middle of the Night Bazaar, so if you're fed up with shopping it's a great place to take the load off your feet and get some fluids (and food) into you. Mainly tourist crowd, but a few expats too.
Half indoors, half outdoor seating, so good spot to enjoy the fresh (?) air and watch the passing parade of people and tuk tuks.
Huge range of beers: all the locals of course, but then some more exotic full bodies lagers, and even a wine list.
Pub grub includes the usual suspects, plus some Thai favourites too. Looks English, feels English, but a distinctly Thai flavour to the fun and sometimes cheeky service.
Dress Code: Whatever.
Most places are shutters down by 2am in Chiang Mai, but Spicy must have friends in low places or their clocks are not set properly because I've sometimes stumbled home straight from there around 6am!
It's a late-starter ... many reckon there's no point arriving before midnight. But when the fun starts, it really starts with a bustling young crowd (mainly Thai gals and farang guys) looking to party the night away.
While there may be a few enthusiastic amateurs among the girls, many are looking to supplement their wages if you know what I mean. In fact many are off duty bar girls looking to blow off some steam after work, or looking to continue their trade if possible.
DJ pumps out great ear-splitting dance tracks and the place goes off.
Dress Code: Whatever.
Just in front of the 711 along Rajvitti Road, is the popular UN Irish Pub. The entrance to the pub seemed like a brasserie displaying some baguettes and breads, we got in and found people either sitting on the stools at the bar or standing looking up watching the football match on the big flat panel TV and there are also several sitting around.
But we passed by the bar and onto the garden setting open area with trees and greens, big wooden tables and chairs, candle lights (or lamp?), and the twinkling stars above you... it's more relaxing, though at times you get to be approached by those local women selling wooden frog that you stroke with a stick creating croaking sounds, or bracelets, or roses, or kids selling garlands, especially during late evenings -- there is an entrance or exit at the back of the garden.
We ordered several dishes during the many times we were there -- pizza, fried dimsum, garden salad, some sandwiches and crepes, fries and garlic bread.
There was a night that it rained so hard, so we had to go upstairs - live music, sit on tall chairs or relax on the lower ones near the balcony and watch the street below (or the 711) while listening to the folk singer or watching sports on TV. Thursday night they have a quiz show/game. On our last night there we were at the garden sitting, we heard happy music from upstairs that sounds-like christian congregation singing - sounding like ha ... must have been irish folk songs, I thought so.
The place itself is really good and there's a friendly vibe in it, food is okey.
Dress Code: As with most bars and joints, it's casual, your most relaxing getups.
In what appears to be a car park is a collection of assorted bars similiar to beach bars (only no beach). We went to the Rasta cafe which has a happy relaxed atmosphere. There was life music which was pretty good. Drinks are some of the cheapest that we have seen. It's worth finding this place, getting away from the main strip of bars.
Dress Code: No dress code
I had heard good things about this place. We decided to stop here for a late afternoon drink. We ordered 2 large Singha draft beers and tried to order soft drinks as well, but our waitress had rushed off with the order. A few minutes later 2 Lassi's arrived, we said that we did not order them. So about 10 minutes went by and the Lassi's were still sitting there. Nobody was sorting it out. We stood up to leave to be told to 'Sit down, there has been a misunderstanding'. The order was retaken, we tried again to order soft drinks. No luck. Two bottles of Singha were brought to the table, again we said we ordered draft and tried to order the soft drinks. We were told to wait. When the 2 draft beers arrived, only then were we allowed to order our soft drinks. Including us there were 5 customers, how do they cope when they get busy!
Dress Code: No dress code