Elephant Café, Kotchasarn Road (near Thapae Gate) +66 857 233440 - nice clean friendly bar with pool room, large TV & friendly hostesses.
Half Moon Pub, Soi 2 Moonmuang (around the corner from Topnorth Guesthouse), +66 853 205023, . Open 10am till late, late. Sports bar with many regulars and tourists. Darts & pool area, big TV, really nice international cuisine, especially the burgers but also good Thai & Indian dishes. Excellent (can be loud) music, friendly atmosphere and beautiful women.
Number One,Loi Kroh Road Soi 1 - friendly bar with free Internet and pool table. Plenty of talkative expats and pretty hostesses.
Spotlight Bar, 47 Kotchasan Road. [ 6 p.m. - 1 a.m. ]
The best go-go bar in Chiang Mai. The girls are good looking and smile more than the ones at other places. The bar fine is 400 baht, falling to 300 after midnight.
Tuskers, Chaiyaphum Soi 1, +66 871 804 665, - bar and restaurant with a touch of Thai style and international standards of service, free pool table and live sports.
Riverside Restaurant: large and lively riverfront place with live band, good food and friendly people. 9 Charoenrat rd, across Nawarat Bridge and turn left.
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 Tavern: comfortable British-styled pub, with good English pub food and tipple selection. 23 Chiang Mai - Lampoon rd, across Nawarat Bridge and 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 Chiang Mai Micro Brewery: far out of town but worth it for the beer and food, cavernous atmosphere and live entertainment. Behind Carrefour on superhighway.
The Pub: 189 Huay Kaew Road (near Amiri Rincome Hotel) +66 53-211550. long established olde worlde English pub in the true tradition, has had a makeover and extended the bar and the restaurant but kept its charm. Great selection of food and drinks, including roast dinners on Sundays. Has an outside area where you can sit and enjoy the tranquility of a tropical garden, and has recently added bungalows for those wishing to linger longer.
The Saloon: American-styled burger and beer place, good food and music videos with good location. Loi Kroh rd, near Night Bazaar.
O'Malley's Bar: Irish pub with several good beers on tap and comfy interior, plus pub grub. Anusarn Market, near Night Bazaar.
Sax Pub: popular with visiting German motorcycle crowd, good music, convenient location. Moon Muang rd, opposite Tapae Gate.
Peak Pool Bar & Restaurant: is conveniently located near the night market, beside the climbing wall and among a cluster of bars with a lively atmosphere. Chan Klan road, offset fromt he street (walk through the arcade)
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).
Café Souvannaphoum, 20/1 Ratchamankha Road, (near Moon Muang) +66 53 903-781. A decent wine bar with comfortable seating and relaxing music, great escape from the busy street life, open M-Sa: 17:00 - 01:00.
The Writers' Club and Wine Bar: popular with local writers, friendly owners, great wine selection and good food specials. Ratchadamnoen rd, two blocks from AUA.
Warm Up: attracts a young crowd of university students, especially on Friday nights and is a good place to meet locals. Nimminhemin road near CMU Convention Centre end of street.
Discos in Chiang Mai
The following are popular with visitors:
Bubbles: usually full with a mixed crowd of Thais and foreigners, up-to-date music, easy atmosphere, reasonable drink prices. Below Porn Ping Hotel.
Spicy: Formerly known as Nice Illusions, is sometimes busy, live music, full of friendly girls, open late. Chaiyaphun rd, alongside the Moat, can't miss it.
Club G: An all-Thai affair with ear-splitting music, dance floor full of bar tables. 68/2 Chiang Mai - Lampoon rd, over Nawarat Bridge, turn right, drive 1km.
Mandalay Bar: is the newest venue in town located in a large multi-storey venue down a soi (alley) off the Moat, which gets busy but charges foreigners 300 baht! (last we heard anyway), so it's mostly a local crowd and atmosphere. Soi off Moonmuang road (inside east side of moat) near Katam corner.
Boom Senxy: is a popular Thai music venue with an odd name but attracts the local in-crowd to its roomy and modern pavillion off the Canal road near the Phucome Hotel.
Chiang Mai University & Nimmanheimin Road Area
West of the city center, the area around Nimmanhaemin Road is a very popular hangout for younger Thais, mainly due to it being located so close to Chiang Mai University. The pubs, as they are called here, are a mix between bar, restaurant and nightclub, and each having loud music interspersed with live bands fronted by musicians who are most likely hitting the books in the daytime (Some are good some are very bad!!). Tourists looking for something a bit more happening are better off staying in the east side of town. But to be honest it's great to mix with the local Thai students.
- BangRak, Nimmanhaemin Road Soi 6 - hangout spot for a primarily student crowd. Weekend nights are standing-room only and the clubbing atmosphere is complete; weekday nights are a little slower. Well air-conditioned, and no cover charge, but you'll be expected to purchase some drinks. Open 18:00-01:00.
- Mo'C Mo'L, Huay Kaew Road - pub and restaurant near Chiang Mai University, there are many zone in the restaurant: coffee shop, dining outdoor near the small pond, dining indoor with live music.
- Home 6
Huay Kaew Road . [ 6 p.m. - 1 a.m. ]
Bar/restaurant. Enjoy live pop music & DJ.
- Discovery Chiang Mai
Huay Kaew Road.[ 6 p.m. - 2.30 a.m. ]
Great place to party . Enjoy live pop music & DJ . Disco trend.
- Fashion Paris
Underground floor Lotus Pangsuankaew Hotel [ 6 p.m. - 2 a.m. ]
Great place to party.Many cute girls & attractive boy here. Divided into 2 rooms, a dancing room & a HipHop room
- Monkey Club, Nimminheimin Road Soi 9 +66 53-226997 -8 [ 5 p.m. - 1a.m. ]
Popular with young thai clientele,Enjoy live pop, jazz and acoustic music.
A good trendy thai restaurant/bar.
- Warm Up Cafe'
40 Nimmarnhemin Rd. [ 6 p.m. - 1a.m. ]
A popular place for young, trendy locals and university students.If you are looking to get
away from tourist bars,this is a great venue.Live music & DJ.
- Tawan Dang
Nimminheimin Road Soi 6. [ 6 p.m. - 2 a.m. ]
" Song for life " type of music attracts the more mature crowd to this mega air-con'd
restaurant where the live music on the megastage attracts the punters.
Go Go Bars
If you are coming to Chiang Mai it is probably to get away from it all and to try and get out into the country a little bit. Chiang Mai has a couple of Go Go Bars and they are a pretty tame affair compared with some of the other parts of Thailand. The women are either older or they are young, tall, with white skin and have very tiny bodies (the way Thai Men like them). There is an older Go Go Bar now called the Starlight is located along the old canal near the intersection of Khotchasan Road with Loy Kroh Road. Not too far from the Night Bazaar. Right in the heart of the Night Bazaar, behind Chiang Inn Plaza is a newer Go Go Bar called the Foxy Lady.
Gay and Lesbian
Suggested popular gay-friendly bars in Chiang Mai include: Coffee Boy Bar (Thanon Tung Hotel), Circle Pub (Erawan lnn) and Adam's Apple (both on Chotana rd), and Doi boy (near Novotel Hotel), each featuring live cabaret shows. There are also a number of gay go-go bars behind the Night Bazaar. The lesbian scene is far quieter and the only magnet is Femme Fatale (located at Chiang Mai Land, south of the city off Chang Klan rd).
Thailand's cross-gender extravaganza
Simon Caberet is uniquely Thai. Only here can you experience an evening of beautifully slender bodies, exquisite faces, colourful costume and unmisstakeable flambouyancy from an all male cast of ladyboys, gay actors and transsexuals. Whether you're straight or gay, this outrageous permanent performance, which also has a show in Phuket, is a worthwhile evening's entertainment.