Bars, live music venues and nightclubs in Chiang Mai are numerous and varied, appealing to couples and groups alike. The picturesque city in Northern Thailand is perhaps most well-known for its stunning natural scenery, charming temples, and laid-back pace of life. However, Chiang Mai's sleepy ambience is enlivened by a thriving creative scene. Locals, artisans, tourists and digital nomads add a kaleidoscopic gloss to the city's alluring landscape.

    This buzzing community contributes to some buzzing nightlife opportunities for visitors to enjoy, with buzzing bars and esoteric hotspots primed to provide the backdrop for starry-eyed nocturnal hedonism. From authentic jazz clubs to super-hip cocktail bars, read on to discover the best evening entertainment Chiang Mai has to offer.

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    North Gate Jazz Co-op

    Authentic jazz in a cozy hotspot

    North Gate Jazz Co-op is an intimate venue that plays host to a rotating line-up of the best local jazz musicians. The bewitching jelly sessions performed by the players routinely draw a crowd to the compact venue, so arriving early to grab yourself a table is recommended.

    Though jazz provides the backbone of the bar's soundtrack, the highly skilled musicians due venture into slightly more pop-focused territory from time to time. Perched next to the North Gate of Chiang Mai's famous walled Old City, the laid-back spot is conveniently placed for visitors who've spent the day soaking up the sights.

    Location: 91 1-2 Sri Poom Rd, Tambon Si Phum, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 7 pm to midnight

    Phone: +66 (0)81 765 5246

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    My Bar

    Rock-themed dive bar with plenty of character

    My Bar is a friendly, 2-storey venue known for its rock-centric soundtrack and ultra-welcoming staff. Here, locals and foreigners mingle in the UV-lit bar, drinking potent beverages while alternate indie-rock bands set the mood.

    The owners and staff team are famously friendly, serving with a smile and ready to engage with all visitors. My Bar is close to Chiang Mai Walking Street, making it a convenient option for vacationers. With graffiti-daubed walls and mismatched décor, the unfussy venue is a great choice for those looking for a healthy slice of raucous fun. 

    Location: 11 Pra Pok Klao Soi 1, Tambon Phra Sing, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 5 pm to 1 am

    Phone: +66 (0)96 927 0744

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    Nophaburi Bar

    Exquisite cocktails in cozy confines

    Nophaburi Bar is a small cocktail venue in Chiang Mai's atmospheric Old City. Hailed by locals as one of the best spots to enjoy an authentic cocktail in the city limits, what this bar lacks in size is more than made up for by the quality of beverages and stylish ambience.

    Nophaburi Bar plays chic music while its hip patrons sip on their carefully blended beverages. Despite its super trendy feel, the staff are very welcoming, helping to create a warm and friendly vibe throughout the night.

    Location: 75/1 Samlaan Rd., Phasingh, Mueang, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand

    Open: Thursday–Tuesday from noon to midnight (closed on Wednesdays)

    Phone: +66 (0)91 654 2324

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    Thapae East

    Live music and offbeat vibes in an intimate venue

    Thapae East is a small live music bar close to Chiang Mai's Narawat Bridge, just outside the main tourist quarter. The cozy bar hosts an eclectic mix of bands and musicians every evening. Jazz, funk and blues are just some of the diverse sounds you can expect at this venue.

    The exposed brick walls and minimal décor of Thapae East give it a stylish and hipster vibe. The friendly staff help to ensure that everyone feels welcomed. The venue operates as a cafe during the day, with tasty food served well into the late evening. If you're feeling peckish, we highly recommend the broiled cheese sandwiches.

    Location: Thapae Rd, Tambon Chang Moi, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50300, Thailand

    Open: Thursday–Tuesday from 6 pm to 11 pm (closed on Wednesdays)

    Phone: +66 (0)81 530 1305

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    Writer's Club & Wine Bar

    Tasty food and beverages in a laid-back environment

    Writer's Club & Wine Bar is a charming restaurant and bar with a varied menu and ultra-relaxed atmosphere. Located inside Hotel California, it's a great option for those looking for a night out without rowdy crowds or deafeningly loud music.

    Known as the city's unofficial press club, it's a favorite haunt of locally-based writers and media types., However, anyone is welcomed at this bar, regardless of their enthusiasm for prose. With its discreetly bohemian atmosphere and pleasant street view, Writer's Club & Wine Bar is an excellent place to drink and unwind while watching the world go by.

    Location: 141/3 Rachadamnoen Rd, Tambon Si Phum, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand

    Open: Sunday–Friday from 11 am to 11 pm (closed on Saturdays)

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    Chill out Bar

    Mellow vibes and cocktails with a kick

    Chill Out Bar is an outdoor drinking haunt famed for its laidback charm and potent cocktails. Effectively a kiosk by the street, this unassuming spot is a great place to spend a night out in Chiang Mai.

    The tables and bar stools fill up fast, thanks in no small part to the excellent beverages menu. Classic cocktails are the order of the day, while the friendly bar owner invites patrons to select their favorite tunes to help set the party mood. Located just inside the walled Old City, Chill Out Bar is conveniently placed for tourists and sightseers.

    Location: Si Phum Sub-district, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50300, Thailand

    Open: Tuesday–Sunday from 5 pm to midnight (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +66 (0)84 894 5158

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    Boy Blues Bar

    Skilled musicianship and wide smiles in this no-frills bar

    Boy Blues Bar is an atmospheric dive bar that hosts some of the best live music in Chiang Mai. Headed by beloved local musician, Boy, the venue hosts bands playing a heady blend of blues and jazz, with Boy himself lighting up the stage alongside his talented house band on most evenings.

    The bar is above the Chiang Mai Night Bazaar, so you can easily enjoy an evening of souvenir shopping and drinking in Chiang Mai. Though the décor is rough and ready, Boy Blues Bar's music and atmosphere easily eclipse any lack of interior finesse. 

    Location: Chang Moi Sub-district, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50100, Thailand

    Open: Tuesday–Sunday from 5 pm to 11 pm (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +66 (0)89 192 8527

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    Moment's Notice Jazz Club

    Soak up jazz standards and refreshing beverages in this chic little venue

    Moment's Notice Jazz Club is a compact music venue serving tasty beverages alongside a smooth jazz soundtrack. Thanks to its intimate atmosphere, locals often visit here in the evenings to catch up with old friends or acquaint themselves with new ones.

    Chic, friendly, and bursting with charm, Moment's Notice is an excellent choice for jazz lovers to enjoy performances by very skilled players. The venue is close to the Ping River, making it a convenient option for vacationers in Chiang Mai.

    Location: 193, 11 Sridonchai Rd, Tambon Chang Khlan, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50100, Thailand

    Open: Tuesday–Sunday from 6 pm to midnight (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +66 (0)82 168 3029

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    Minimal Bar

    Indie-themed bar with live music and an ultra-hip feel

    Minimal Bar is a trendy bar offering a relaxed atmosphere and mesmerizing live music nights. Minimal by name and nature, the stripped interior embodies the bar with a cosmopolitan feel, while the vinyl-embellished walls are sure to appeal to both analog enthusiasts and music lovers.

    An eclectic soundtrack enlivens the bar every night, but it's the live music events that really sets the pulse racing. Minimal Bar can get rather busy on gig nights, but its outdoor seating ensures there's room for everyone. Delicious skewers are available for peckish patrons, while the sensibly priced beverages menu should keep even the fussiest of drinkers suitably refreshed.

    Location: 22 Santitham Rd, Tambon Chang Phueak, Chiang Mai 50300, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 6.30 pm to 11.45 pm

    Phone: +66 (0)84 169 3283

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    Zoe In Yellow

    Raucous party atmosphere in a sprawling nightclub complex

    Zoe In Yellow is a large entertainment complex with pumping sounds and an unrestrained party atmosphere. The nightclub features multiple rooms playing a mix of commercial hip hop and pounding electronic beats.

    Its clientele is mostly young locals, tourists and expats in search of alcohol-fuelled good times. The drink menu includes beers, spirits and cocktails, with the option of bucket-sized portions for those in a hurry to lose their inhibitions. Vibrant, busy, and bags of fun, Zoe In Yellow is a great option for a lively night out in Chiang Mai.

    Location: Ratvithi Rd, Si Phum Sub-district, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 5 pm to midnight

    Phone: +66 (0)95 695 6050

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    Patrizio Cavaliere | Contributing Writer

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