Where to eat and party in Chiang Mai - Nightlife
Chiang Mai nightlife is great fun; it’s a tourist town and
the locals like enjoying themselves any day of the week. It’s
hardly the bright lights of Bangkok but there’s fun to be
had and you can stumble from one pub to the next and safely make
your way back to your guesthouse blind-drunk. Chiang Mai also has
plenty of great value restaurants.
For partying, you can choose from plenty of relaxing bars, a couple
of banging discos, one street full of go-go bars, and a smattering
of karaoke lounges. Many bars in Chiang Mai feature live music and
the Thais are wicked singers. There is also a couple of discos which
have DJs spinning dance floor anthems, cutting edge trance and house,
and retro classics.
After midnight, all the bars here in Chiang Mai have to close -
bit of a bummer, but authorities are determined to tame down the
Chiang Mai nightlife. Despite all the complaining from tourists
and bar owners, only a few places are allowed to remain open until
Beer is cheap here (50 baht a quart) as long as you avoid the tourist
spots, and the best value are the VW combi cocktail bars on the
street-sides. Bars are found all over Chiang Mai, but are mostly
congregated on either side of the Moat's eastern flank (in the Tapae
Gate area), along the Ping River near Nawarat Bridge or in the vicinity
of the Night Bazaar.
Eating is another big winner in Thailand, with food everywhere.
Thais love their spicy food and you can find restaurants in Chiang
Mai open at any hour, serving anything from 20 baht noodle bowls
to big steaks; you’re really spoilt for choice and 100 baht
will get you a really decent meal.
Like the rest of Thailand, the nightlife in Chiang Mai is well known
for its go-go bars. These are located mostly along the western end
of Loi Kroh rd, including a walk-in arcade near the Imperial Mae
Ping Hotel, and a stretch of Moon Muang rd south of Tapae Gate.
Restaurants in Chiang Mai
The Riverside, Chiang Mai: Lively and popular
with live bands, broad mixed menu and indoor/outdoor seating. 9
Charoenrat rd (053) 243 239
The Good View Restaurant, Chiang Mai: Cavernous,
noisy and popular with locals, romantic band, abundant and tasty
food. 13 Charoenrat rd (053) 241 866
Jerusalem Falafel: Tasty Middle Eastern food
and delicacies, in a small centrally located shop. Moon Muang rd,
opposite Tapae Gate (053) 270 208
Zest Restaurant: Convenient location, nice outdoor
seating area and healthy menu with good service. Moon Muang rd (near
Tapae Gate) (053) 418 090
JJ Bakery: Handy sandwich place, with quick service,
tasty food, good coffee and shakes. Air-conditioned. 388 Tapae rd
(053) 234 007
Ratana's Kitchen: Popular place with air-con
and tasty Thai and foreign food, conveniently located. 320 Tapae
rd (053) 320 322
Aroon Rai: Simple but famous with buffet and basic menu, 35 years
experience, central location. 45 Kotchasarn rd (near Tapae Gate)
(053) 276 947
Aum Vegetarian: All-veggie place, with nice ambience
seated on the floor, centrally located. Moon Muang rd (opposite
Tapae Gate) (053) 278 315
Whole Earth Restaurant: Good Indian food with
wide veggie selection, located in antique house and lovely garden.
88 Sri Doncai rd (053) 282 463
Blue Diamond: Health food gem with fresh bakes
and health herbs, popular brunch place. Tricky to find. Moonmuang,
soi 9 (near Sriphum Moat corner)
restaurants in Chiang Mai
Bars in Chiang Mai
The Brasserie: Serious music venue featuring
legendary blues and rock local, Tuk. 37 Charoenrat rd, across Nawarat
Bridge and turn left.
The Cottage: Rocking restaurant and bar popular
with Thais, great atmosphere, plenty of room. 27 Chiang Mai - Lampoon
rd, across Nawarat Bridge turn right.
The (UN) Irish Pub: Magnet for local ex-pat crowd,
serves food, sports on a big TV, hardly Irish but hosts quiz and
Spoken Word evenings. 24/1 Ratvithi rd.
The Saloon: American-styled burger and beer place,
good food and music videos with good location. Loi Kroh rd, near
Rasta Bar: Popular, laid-back outdoor place among
a cluster of underground bars, with live music and cheap drinks.
Off Ratvithi rd, behind Irish Pub.
THC Rooftop Bar: A bohemian place above the Hemp
Shop, with good views of Tapae Gate and floor-level seating. 19/4-5
Kotchasarn rd (opposite Tapae Gate).
bars in Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai guide