Top 10 Nightlife in Chiang Mai

Most Popular Nightlife in Chiang Mai

Live acts are big in the Chiang Mai nightlife scene and not all are loud and raucous. Chilling out at a riverside bar while the live band entertain with classic blues, jazz and rock tunes is popular. A hip, brash clubbing zone is found among the alleys of Nimmanhaemin Road, while a host of strip clubs, go-go bars and massage parlours are concentrated along Loy Kroh Road, just southeast of Tha Pae Gate. In this peaceful city it's paradoxically not that difficult to party hard, soft - whichever way you want it. 


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Night Bazaar Intersection of Chang Klan and Loy Kroh roads

The Chiang Mai Night Bazaar is the place to shop, eat, drink and just people watch after sunset. Countless stalls pack along the sidewalks and spilling out into the street, selling almost everything you can think of. Like the goods on sale, the nightlife here is varied. A handful of side-walk bars and western-style pubs are perfect for stopping and having a mid-shopping drink or resting while someone else wants to shop.

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Walking Streets Ratchadamneon Rd, Tha Pae Gate (Sunday), Wualai Road (Saturday)

First it was the Sunday Walking Street, then the Saturday Wualai Walking Street. Closed to car traffic after midday, the Walking Streets are the best places to see and experience Chiang Mai in its own skin. All kinds of vendors and crafts fill the entire stretch. Street food, drinks and cultural entertainment are all part of the experience – it's one of the best ways to spend an evening in Chiang Mai.

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Live Jazz by the Riverside Charoenrat Rd (between Charoen Muang and Kaew Nawarat)

Across the River Ping from the Night Bazaar, Charoenrat Road runs parallel to the riverside and is home to a line-up of atmospheric resto-bars with the city’s best live music, with jazz, soul, reggae, and classic rock and roll tunes. Team this great atmosphere with the magnificent views and tasty food, and you can see why the Riverside is home to Chiang Mai’s most sought-after nightlife spots.

4
Clubbing in Nimmanhaemin Nimmanhaemin Rd.

Popularly known as Chiang Mai’s hip street, Nimmanhaemin Road is filled with stylish galleries, art cafés, boutique shops and hotels with distinct personality. After sunset, it comes to life with a colourful range of chilled out bars, clubs and restaurants. For live music, dancing and a lot of local party vibe, the city’s trendy types head to Monkey Club on Soi 9 (open 22:00-1:00) or the more youthful Warm Up, opposite Soi 17 (open 18:00-2:00).

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Cabaret Show Blue Moon Cabaret at 5/3 Moon Muang Road, Simon Cabaret at 177 G Building, 1st Floor, Chang Peuak Rd.

Like Phuket, Bangkok and the rest of Thailand, in fact, Chiang Mai has its fair share of pretty ladyboys, and cabaret shows are the best places to spot the prettiest and most talented of them all. Themes range from the glamorous to the hilarious, but the shows are always entertaining. Check out Blue Moon Cabaret at 5/3 Moon Muang Road.

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Loi Kroh’s Go Go Strip City Centre

Just south of Tha Pae Gate, the short strip leading towards Night Bazaar is a jungle of girlie bars, massage parlours and go-go pubs with their prettiest staff members outside beckoning patrons like sirens. While some have labelled the strip brash, loud, with an in-your-face attitude, it’s the place to go if you’d like some easy ‘company’. For something with a little more style, head to Foxy Lady A Go Go behind Dusit D2 Hotel.

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Old City Bars and Pubs Old City

Nightlife inside the Old City wall has a more subdued vibe to it than the Riverside or the Night Bazaar, but still has potential for meeting people and the promise of live music. The U.N. Irish Pub on Ratvithi Rd (open 9:00-1:00) is laid-back, has good pub food and occasional open-mic nights. THC Rooftop Bar opposite Tha Pae Gate (open 18:00-late) is where you can lie down on some comfy cushions, get caned and listen to electronic music.

8
C.M. Entertainment Complex Loi Kroh Road, near Chiang Mai Night Bazaar

An entire warehouse dedicated to adult nightlife, definitely not a place to bring your family. Easily spotted by the glowing red neon sign that says “Free Show”, the complex houses some 30 girlie bars with pool tables and loud, throbbing music. There’s also a cabaret show and a Muay Thai (Thai kick boxing) stadium in the middle where free shows are staged on most nights.

9
Reggae and Funk

Chiang Mai has a small but lively rasta bar scene, and a short alley just off Ratvithi Road, around the Irish Pub area, is where to find it. Most have live bands performing every night, as well as cheap beers, bucket cocktails, food and pool tables. Although the convergence of sound systems can make the area sound like a battle of the bands, this area has a great Bourbon Street atmosphere, with patrons carousing from bar to bar.

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Discos

While the club scene in Chiang Mai is nowhere near the level of Bangkok, there are still a few places to shake it like a dry martini. The music is loud and thumping and the dance floors are usually packed with a mixture of Thais and foreigners. If you want to party like the Thais, pick up a bottle at a local shop and bring it to the club with you. Most places don’t charge corkage fees, as long as you buy your ice and mixers from them (at suitably increased prices).

 

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