Chiang Mai

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  • 1. North Gate Jazz Co-Op

    Old City

    This is the city's most popular bar for jazz music. Doors open at 7 pm and seats on the first floor and mezzanine fill up soon afterwards with a mix of expats, locals, and tourists eager to hear covers of jazz, folk rock, and pop. Tuesdays are jam-session nights, but the place, on the northern edge of the Old City, is packed every night of the week. The bar is super casual---shorts and flip-flops are welcome---and there's no cover, with drinks moderately priced (stick to beer and cider; the cocktails and wine aren't worth the price).

    91/1-2 Sriphum Rd., Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai, 50200, Thailand
    081-765--5246
  • 2. Kantoke Palace

    At the ever-popular Kantoke Palace, a series of dances that might involve umbrellas, swords, or other props is followed by an audience-participation circle dance. The food is not what you're coming for, though the specialty cocktails aren't bad.

    288/19 Chang Klan Rd., Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai, 50100, Thailand
    053-272757
  • 3. Looper Co.

    An espresso bar by day and a cocktail bar by night, this sleek spot takes both sides of its persona very seriously. The barista offers several styles of coffee-making, such as Aeropress, Japanese drip, and cold brew. Later, the bartender takes over with a list of creative options that includes the Jackie Kennedy, a surprising but delicious combination of passion fruit, tomato, and mustard flavors.

    151 Ratchawong Rd., Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai, 50300, Thailand
    087-177–2640
  • 4. Mixology

    Old City

    The look at this bar on the western edge of the Old City is part industrial, part bric-a-brac shop, but the well-mixed cocktails are au courant, and the crowd is upbeat. The place serves burgers, including pork ones, and other comfort food. A signature libation, the High Flyer, involves bourbon, dark rum, amaretto, vanilla syrup, and bitters.

    61/6 Arak Rd. 4 A, Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai, 50200, Thailand
    088-261–3057

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  • 5. Namton's House Bar

    Beer lovers come to this Chiang Mai restaurant-bar for its selection of local and imported craft beers, dozens bottled and 18 on tap. 

    196/2 Chiangmai-Lamphun Rd, Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai, Thailand
    086-911--1207
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  • 6. Old Chiang Mai Cultural Center

    This fine ensemble of old-style teak-built houses offers a multicourse dinner accompanied by traditional music and dancing. Take a seat on the floor to experience the show up close.

    185/3 Wualai Rd., Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai, 50100, Thailand
    053-202–9935
  • 7. Ploen Ruedee Night Market

    Part–night market, part–outdoor food hall, Ploen Ruedee is a great place to get a bite to eat, drink a cold Chang or Singha beer, and listen to the bands that perform nightly. This is the trendiest of the night markets, with tables made of reclaimed wood, pretty string lights, and a cocktail kiosk. Two or three local bands perform nightly, with the music ranging from folk to pop to rock. Food-wise you'll find stands selling pizza, dumplings, satay, pad Thai, sashimi bowls, crepes, and ice cream.

    Chang Klan Rd. near Thanon Charoen Mueang, Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai, 50100, Thailand
  • 8. Ram Bar

    The city's most popular gay bar runs a drag show every night from 10 pm, though seats fill up far earlier with a wide mix of travelers and local LGBTQ community members. The costumes are stunning, the dancers' stamina impressive, and the routines a hoot, leaving the audience laughing up a storm (it's mostly Western music, so you don't need to speak Thai to enjoy yourself). There's no cover charge, drinks are reasonably priced (expect to pay B180 for a local beer), and everyone is welcome.

    48 Charoenprathet Rd., Soi 6, Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai, 50300, Thailand
  • 9. The Good View

    This longtime popular live music venue on the east bank of the Ping River, resounds after dark with live rock, jazz, and Motown oldies played by cover bands. The Thai fare and extensive cocktail list are above average, too. The Riverside Restaurant & Bar is another good option for a laid-back evening of music.

    13 Charoen Rat Rd., Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai, 50300, Thailand
    053-241–866
  • 10. Warm Up

    Young Thais, many of whom are students at nearby universities, love the discos and music bars of the Nimmanhaemin Road area, a major nightlife scene. Visiting ravers under 40 won't feel out of place in haunts like Warm Up, where local bands play Thai pop music and, in between sets, a DJ spins house and EDM. If you don't want to put in earplugs, enjoy a drink at the low-key outdoor tables.

    40 Nimmanhaemin Rd., Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai, 50300, Thailand
    053-400677
  • 11. Wine Connection

    Although it's predominantly a retail shop, this well-stocked spot in a shopping plaza has outside bistro tables where customers can sample wines until late. Wine buffs, still a newish breed here, crowd the tables on most evenings. Food can be ordered from a neighboring bistro.

    197 Mahidol Rd., Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai, Thailand
    053-201252
  • 12. Writers Club & Wine Bar

    Chiang Mai's unofficial press club is open to anyone who enjoys networking in good company. The decor is "eclectic colonial."

    141/3 Ratchadamnoen Rd., Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai, 50200, Thailand
    053-814187
  • 13. Yellow Pug

    Old City

    The Weave Artisan Society, in a renovated ice factory, includes an art gallery, a craft shop, a café, an open-kitchen restaurant with a massive wood-fired oven, and the Yellow Pug, a bar known for its selection of craft beers. The choices are constantly rotating but you can expect selections from the U.S., Europe, and elsewhere. You can also take your beer over to the restaurant to enjoy with a wood-fired pizza.

    700 Tambon Hai Ya, Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai, 50100, Thailand
  • 14. Zoe in Yellow

    Old City

    An unsigned laneway just off Ratchaphakhinai Road in the Old City is a magnet for backpackers and rasta-Thais who gather nightly at the cluster of open-air or open-sided music bars, including Zoe in Yellow. Music tends to be DJs on deck spinning house, EDM, and trance music. Expect inexpensive beer and sugary cocktails. Babylon Bar and Roots Rock Reggae are also popular and will be equally full. The bars close at midnight. The soi (lane) is difficult to find—the entrance is off Ratchaphakinai Road, one block north of Ratvithi Road.

    40/12 Ratchawithi Rd., Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai, 50200, Thailand
    083-989--4925
  • 15. Brasserie

    Closed Permanently

    Noteworthy local bands play at this venue just east of the Old City.

    94/1–2 Chaiyapoom Rd., Soi 1, Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai, 50300, Thailand
    053-241665
  • 16. Doqaholic Cafe

    Closed Permanently

    A mostly young crowd heads to this fun open-air space to sip craft beers, top-shelf liquor, and premium cocktails and enjoy the rock and other bands or solo performers.

    Nimmanhemin and Huay Kaew Rds., Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai, 50300, Thailand
    083-003–0406
  • 17. Monkey Club

    Closed Permanently

    Packed on most nights with young Thais, this club has an indoor music stage and a bar. There's also a large garden.

    Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai, 50300, Thailand
  • 18. Tha Nam

    Closed Permanently

    Tha Nam has nightly performances of Thai classical music.

    43/3 Moo 2, Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai, 50100, Thailand
    053-275125

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