The best night spots in Nimman are frequently ranked among the best in the whole of Chiang Mai. The lively, modern part of town is the home of a great selection places to drink and party, as well as one or two more unusual night-time offerings. It doesn’t share the same backpacker vibe as the Old City, nor the laidback atmosphere of the Riverside district. Instead, Nimman’s nightlife is all about high-energy discos, bustling bars and swanky cocktail lounges.
Being one of the more diverse parts of Chiang Mai, the list of the best places to go at night around Nimman Road is quite a varied one. There is something for many different preferences and budgets, ranging from craft beers to elaborate cocktails, live music to peaceful seclusion, rooftop bars to cosy pubs. Take a look at our favourites below and see where you'll be spending your evenings in Nimman.
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
- Location: 40 Nimmanhaemin Road
- Tel: +66 (0)5 340 0676
This sleek, European-style club down Nimman 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. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 20:00 - 03:00
- Location: Nimman Road Soi 6
- Tel: +66 (0)5 340 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
- Tel: +66 (0)53 212 339
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: Kantary Terrace, Nimman Soi 12
- Tel: +66 (0)97 997 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 Nimman Road Soi 9
- Tel: +66 (0)2 514 8112
The Beer Republic
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: Nimman Road Soi 11
- Tel: +66(0)53 216 568
Ordinarily, few great nights out start with someone saying: "Hey, let's go to the art gallery!" However, Sangdee is no ordinary art gallery. A non-profit organisation with the mission of sharing creative arts with the Chiang Mai community, the gallery is a lot more than just a load of paintings on display. It's also a bar and live music venue, with regular special events and weekly open mic nights. It’s a popular spot, making for a great atmosphere. Being a non-profit, admission is always free, even for the exhibitions and events.
- Opening Hours: Tue - Sat 15:00 - 24:00
- Address: 5 Siri Mangkalajarn Soi 5
- Tel: +66 (0)53 894 955
- Website: https://www.facebook.com/sangdeeart
The Pub Chiang Mai
The Pub Chiang Mai is a taste of home for British visitors and expats in the city, promising the peaceful and cosy setting of an olde English bar. One of the older hostelries in the region, it was established in 1969, before the Nimman area even really existed. The place certainly has some Thai touches, including the lovely tropical gardens which provide a buffer against the high-energy district surrounding it, but the menu, drinks selection and atmosphere is unmistakably British. The menu features draught Kilkenny and Guinnes, as well as fish and chips, various flavours of pies and Sunday roasts.
- Opening Hours: 07:00 - 24:00
- Address: 189 Huay Kaew Road
- Tel: +66 (0)53 211 550
- Website: https://www.facebook.com/ThePubChiangmai
Mix Restaurant & Bar Chiang Mai
Mix Restaurant & Bar has an extraordinary selection beverages to choose from, including about 500 beers and wines and around 80 cocktails. The food menu is equally impressive, with 250 choices from Thai, Chinese and various western cuisines. There are now Mix venues around Thailand and the neighbouring countries, but the recipe for success all started with the Nimman branch – one of two in Chiang Mai. It’s modern and colourful setting in a fairly quiet part of the area makes it a great place to enjoy a few drinks with friends, either in the air-conditioned bar or the cool garden.
- Opening Hours: 11:00 – 14:00, 17:00 – 24:00
- Address: 36 Nimmanhaemin Soi 1
- Tel: +66 (0)53 216 878
- Website: https://www.facebook.com/Mixcnx