If the Old City is known for its temples, Night Bazaar for its shopping, then Niman Road takes claim for being Chiang Mai’s epicentre of nightlife – even if most of the tourists visiting the city don’t know about it!
The main Nimmanhaemin Road is packed full of hip cafes, fancy ‘restobars’ and a couple of more modest (but still super cool) local style bars. Any mention where to go on Nimman Road to a Thai person and they’ll probably tell you to go to Warm Up Café, which is a huge, multi-zoned nightlife venue. There’s also a number of clubs tucked away just off Nimman’s many sois, with everything from live music venues to more European-style clubs that play throbbing dance music until the early hours. Find our complete list of the 10 best bars and clubs in Nimman below!
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Many Thais who have never even set foot in Chiang Mai have still heard of Warm Up, it’s that famous. This nightlife institution opened up over two decades ago and is now going stronger than ever, packed to the rafters with yuppies and uni students most nights of the week. The sprawling venue has evolved over the years, now comprising a main live music room at the back (very difficult to get a table on the weekend), a small dance music room (popular with the in-the-know farang who can’t stick the Thai pop songs) and finally a large alfresco garden fronting the venue. It’s outside where most people choose to eat, and there’s also a live acoustic band here keeping the atmosphere light and chilled – certainly more so than inside the main room which can get rather crazy on the weekends. Free to get in, unless a big rock band are in town. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 18:00 - 02:00 daily
- Location: 40 Nimmanhaemin Rd, Chiang Mai
- Tel: +66 (0) 5340 0676
The fun and trendy Monkey Club is basically Warm Up Café but on a smaller scale. Same location (Nimman), same food and drinks menu (most opt for a whiskey set) and same venue layout, with an alfresco garden for food and two different rooms for live bands and dance music DJs. Venture inside and you’ll hear a mix of rock, indie and acoustic, normally all in Thai. However, later on they do have a DJ and certain nights of the week are dedicated to dance music. Tourists are definitely outnumbered but don’t let that put you off; most locals are very friendly and more than happy to make some new best friends for the night over a bottle. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 20:00 - 02:00
- Location: Nimmanhaemin Road, Soi 9, Chiang Mai
- Tel: +66 (0) 5322 6997 8
This sleek, European-style club down Niman Soi 6 really shook up Chiang Mai’s clubbing scene when it first opened, offering easily the best light (watch out for the lasers) and sound system in Northern Thailand. Things get really packed at Infinity Club on the weekends with all the glammed up pretties and dudes in skinny jeans - so it’s best to arrive early or book your table in advance (you don’t want to stand around without anywhere to put your drinks). Some nights they do have a live rock band, but you are guaranteed dance music in between or after sets. Free to get in unless there is a special event.
- Opening Hours: 20:00 - 03:00
- Tel: +66 (0) 5340 0676
You guessed it, this spacious alfresco venue is themed around The Maldives, which means sun, sea and sand (actually not so much sun, it only opens at 18:00). The menu is heavily seafood focused, with lots of different crustaceans and fish served in a variety of ways. Our favourites include the small Thai oysters served with nam prik and garlic, snakehead fish curry soup and the class tom yam koong, with comes with giant shrimps and lots of chilli. It’s a bit pricey compared to other places in Chiang Mai (most mains are around 250-500 baht) but the quality live acoustic music and fast service do make up for it. Plus, you almost feel like you’re by the seaside if you sink enough whiskey sodas. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 18:00 - 02:00
- Location: 69/1, Soi Nimmanhaemin 6, Prasert Land (Kadchengdoi) Building, Nimmanhaemin Road
- Tel: 053 212 339
This cool rooftop bar feels like a little slice of Bangkok that’s made its way to Chiang Mai, bringing with it some excellent rooftop views (on top on the city’s newest mall), as well as shisha and fancy molecular cocktails from the bar. The Myst brand originated in the Thonglor area of Bangkok – known for its trendy and slightly pricey nightlife scene – and this second Chiang Mai branch follows in suite. If you want something a little less formal (ie. cheaper), explore the mall’s other rooftop drinking spots such as ‘Buckets Siamese Bar’ and ‘The Roof’, both on the same floor as Myst. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 17:00 - 01:00
- Location: 6/F, Maya Mall
- Tel: +66 (0) 61 512 6768
Slap bang on the middle on Nimmanhaemin you’ll find one of Chiang Mai’s best sources of quality beer at the aptly named Beer Lab. Sitting inside the new Kantary Terrace complex on Soi 12 (which itself is worth a look around its small collection of shops and cafes), the bar stocks bottles from around the world, as well as a few local brews on tap. Not a fan of beer? Go for a cocktail or be adventurous and try one of their tasty ‘beer-infused’ cocktails for something new. The menu has plenty in the way to line your stomach too, such as burgers, sandwiches, barbeque ribs and wings; all pretty basic but totally satisfying.
- Opening Hours: 18:00 - 01:00
- Location: Beer Lab, Kantary Terrace, Nimman Soi 12, Chiang Mai
- Tel: 097 997 4566
One of Chiang Mai’s newer rooftop bars offers perhaps the best views in the city, thanks to an unblocked, almost 360-degress panorama at the top of Akyra Hotel. The bar is intimate, meaning even when it’s full it doesn’t feel crowded. Emphasis is on the cocktails more than anything, but you do pay a bit more than you would down on the street; this is a rooftop bar on top of a luxurious boutique hotel after all. Arrive during ‘blue hour’ (18:00-19:00) to get the best sunset shots, then stay until it’s properly dark to admire the golden glow from the temple halfway up the majestic Doi Suthep Mountain. Read More...
- Address: 22/2 Nimmana Haeminda Road Soi 9, Su Thep, Muang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai
- Tel: +66 2 514 8112
After opening almost 10 successful branches in Bangkok, it was only a matter of time before HOBS (or ‘House of Beers’) made its way north. The brand have kept everything pretty much the same as in the capital, with a trendy location (inside the swanky Kantary Terrace shopping mall right on Nimman Road), live music, and, true to its name, a very long menu of beers from around the world. Expect to pay 200-350 for a beer, which is generally the going rate in Thailand to enjoy imported brews.
- Opening Hours: 18:00 - 24:00
- Location: Nimmana Hemin Road | Suthep subdistrict Soi 12 (at Kantary Terrace)
- Tel: +66(0)53 289 313
Local’s favourite Blah Blah Bar is a non-nonsense, non-pretentious and very spacious drinking den tucked away down Nimman Soi 5. It’s hugely popular with the nearby university crowd, thanks in part to the low prices on local beer, rum and whiskey, plus the addition of a nightly live band to keep the atmosphere cheerful. The venue takes on an artsy style, with colourful graffiti on the walls, a mish-mash of seating options and fairy lights dangling from the ceiling. Good place for large groups, but come alone and you might feel a bit out of place.
- Opening Hours: 18:00 - 02:00
- Location: 3/1 Soi Nimmanhaemin 5, Nimmanhaemin Road, Chiang Mai
- Tel: +66 (0)53 223 830
This unpretentious Nimmanahaemin bar offers a whopping 15 different international beers, lagers and ciders on tap – not to mention some of the juiciest burgers we’ve ever sank our teeth into in Chiang Mai. From the pale ales of Belgium, to London’s finest bitters and a selection of more familiar names like Hoegaarden and Leffe, The Beer Republic certainly has one of the most comprehensive range of brews in Chiang Mai. Don’t know what beer to order? Then don’t worry: the part indoor, part outdoor bar provides a convenient five or ten sampler menu for 295 and 550 baht respectively.
- Opening Hours: 16:00 - 24:00
- Location: Nimmana Haeminda Rd Lane 11
- Tel: +66(0)53 216 568