Chiang Mai Nightlife: 4 Bars in Chiang Mai for Just One More Drink

The 4 Best Bars of the Chiang Mai Nightlife Scene

You’d be forgiven for thinking that Chiang Mai is a sleepy town without much of a nightlife or bar scene. Temples, quiet streets and relaxation are a big draw but it has so much more to offer. The city comes alive at night as the bars open up and invite you in. The reality is that Chiang Mai nightlife can keep you busy for your whole trip.

Wherever there are travellers, there are bars. Well this is certainly the case in Chiang Mai. The ever-popular city is flourishing with new and exciting places to while away the hours and sip a drink with friends. The old city is where most travellers will explore and stop (there are plenty of options!) but do step outside the walls.

We’ve picked our favorite spots and there’s a bar for all occasions. If you’re after something special then head to one of the trendy rooftop bars. Fancy a quieter laid back kind of vibe? There are plenty of cushion filled dens for you. Live music is available in many venues, just follow the noise and the crowd. We guarantee you’ll have a good time.

Of course, if you’re staying at our hostel then your best option is the Chiang Mai Pub Crawl!

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Zoe in Yellow – The Party Animal

Zoe in Yellow has fast become THE bar on the backpacker circuit. This is probably the best place to meet other young travellers who are keen to show off their drinking abilities (or lack of…). Think vodka Redbull, buckets, dancefloors and more. Set on the main strip through the old city, you can’t miss it. Thankfully there are plenty of snack options around too- this is Thailand so you’re never far from your next satay! Find that you don’t want to leave and want to remember Zoe in Yellow forever? You’re in luck as it even has its own souvenir shop!

Opening Hours: 17:00 – 00:00

Location: 40/12 Ratvithi Rd

Oasis – The Rooftop Garden

This is the place to come for a relaxing sundowner. Most of the other rooftop bars in Chiang Mai are attached to the bigger hotels or malls and with locations like that they tend to come with higher prices. Thankfully Oasis is set in a great central location with stunning sunset views. You can happily enjoy one of their many cocktails or sample their extensive Belgian beer list. Feeling adventurous? Try their unusual Tom Yum Mojito for a spicy Thai twist on the old classic.

Opening Hours: 17:00 – 00:00

Location: 13/1 Soi Jang Sripoom 1, Sripoom Road

Mirror Bar – The Local Joint

Outside of the old city and over near the digital nomad heart of Chiang Mai this unassuming outdoors bar is hugely popular with locals. Set back from the main strip, it can be easy to overlook but can guarantee you a good time. There’s a later night dance club attached which regularly hosts soul, funk and pop nights with live bands.

Bring some friends, grab a table and make your choices. Most people go one of two ways; beer tower or whisky bottle. The latter involves fulfilling your rapper fantasies as a bottle (your choice of size…) is delivered to your table with a bucket of ice and your choice of mixer. Be wary of Sangsom, the local Thai whisky. It goes down incredibly easily but you’ll know about it in the morning! When you’re feeling hungry the resident BBQ guy will grill you up your choice of satay skewers and deliver them to your table in moments.

Opening Hours: 17:00 – 01:00

Location: Soi 9, Nimman.

The North Gate Jazz Co-Op – The Chiang Mai Institution

This is what most locals and long-term travellers refer to as the best live music venue in Chiang Mai. Thanks to its ever-changing roster of local and traveling musicians you can be sure to enjoy what’s on offer. The drink prices are reasonable, the seating is comfy and the music is a welcome change from the same old pop songs played in most bars. There are usually two sessions a night between 21:00 and midnight. If you want to show what you can do, drop in on a Tuesday night for a free jam session.

Opening Hours: 17:00 – 00:00

Location: Sri Phum Street, close to Chiang Puak Gate

Chiang Mai Nightlife Insider Tip

You might have noticed that the opening hours are all pretty similar from bar to bar. Thailand has a set of strict licensing laws and it’s perfectly normal for the police to start to roll down the streets at midnight to politely remind everyone it’s closing time. That’s not to say that everyone always goes home…

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