Recommended Bars & Pubs in the Old City Area:
Archers | Chiang Mai Saloon II | John’s Place | Lost Hut | Mad Dog | Mixology | Rider’s Corner | Sax Music | Sheryle’s Bar | UN Irish Pub | Writers’ Club | Zoe in Yellow | Further Reading
ZOE IN YELLOW
Zoe in Yellow is the flagship of the bars in a small complex on Ratvithi Road. It is a perennial favourite with backpackers and younger travellers. It attracts with its contemporary tunes, dance floor, heady atmosphere and decent-sized range of reasonably priced drinks. Zoe’s not a late-night bar and generally shuts up shop at midnight.
Zoe in Yellow: – Rajvithi Rd., A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50200 | Open: 18:00-00:00 (Daily) | Tel: +66 84 222 9388 | Facebook | Map
CHIANG MAI SALOON II
Another Ratvithi Road favourite, the Chiang Mai Saloon II is a sister to a similar establishment on Loi Kroh Road. It is themed as a Wild West bar and grill and serves up a good selection of bottled beers, which includes the popular Beer Lao, and cocktails such as Long Island iced teas. The food menu provides a varied selection of burgers and other international dishes.
Chiang Mai Saloon II: #30 Ratchawithi Rd., T. Si Phum, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50300 | Open: 11:00-00:00 (Daily) | Tel: +66 53 219 667 | Facebook | Map
A long established watering hole in Chiang Mai, John’s Place is just two minutes on foot from Thapae gate. It features two bars, a street-level patio and a rooftop terrace. One of the bars is equipped with a pool table. John’s has a full assortment of beers, spirits and house wines as well as a food menu with selected Thai and western dishes on it.
John’s Place: #33 Moonmuang Rd., A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50100 | Open: 11:00-00:00 (Daily) | Tel: +66 53 280 781 | Facebook | Map
Sheryle’s is another of the central grouping of bars on Ratvithi Road and is a spacious premises with walls covered in pictures. Two pool tables, darts, large-screen televisions showing live sports fixtures and great food and drink are the key features of this bar. A choice of domestic, international and Belgian beers plus Thai dishes and food specials from the Netherlands have made Sheryle’s a fashionable choice for Thais, expats and tourists alike.
Sheryle’s Bar: #25 Ratchawithi Rd., A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50000 | Open: 11:00-00:00 (Daily) | Tel: +66 98 294 8022 | Website | Facebook | E-mail | Map
THE UN IRISH PUB
Another institution in Chiang Mai, the UN Irish Pub is at the heart of the action on Ratvithi Road. This pub began life as a bakery-bar and is now a pub in the true sense of the word and one of only a handful of places in Chiang Mai with Guinness on tap. The pub has Heineken on draught too and stocks a range of bottled beers and wines. The cocktail list is extensive. Live sports on TV, a weekly quiz night, a garden and a great menu of Thai and Western snacks and meals keep the punters coming through the door.
The UN Irish Pub: #24-24/1, Ratchawithi Rd., A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50100 | Open: 09:00-00:00 (Daily) | Tel: +66 53 214 554 | Website | Facebook | E-mail | Map
THE WRITERS’ CLUB & WINE BAR
This eatery-pub is a welcoming spot just around the corner from Phra Singh Temple. The bar is family run while its comfortable chairs and selection of wines usually entice patrons to stay longer than they had planned. The Writers’ also serves beer including Beer Lao, coffees and soft drinks. The food menu is extensive with the likes of chicken and cashew nuts, steak and French fries, Thai curries and tom yam soup on it.
The Writers’ Club & Wine Bar: #141/3 Rachadamnoen Rd., T. Phra Sing, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50200 | Open: 12:30-00:00 (closed on Sat) | Tel: +66 53 814 187 | Facebook | Map
RIDER’S CORNER BAR
This biker themed pub is tucked away in the northeast moat corner and is a chilled place to visit. The bar offers a collection of alcoholic beverages ranging from Chang beer and house wine to sambuca and Southern Comfort. Fried cheese sticks, massaman curries, English stew, pasta specials and a choice of breakfasts are among the diverse culinary delights available at Rider’s Corner. This bar shows live televised sports fixtures.
Rider’s Corner Bar: #367 Moonmuang Rd., T. Phra Singh, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50100 | Open: 08:00-22:00 (Daily) | Tel: +66 087 048 1787 | Website | Facebook | Map
Archers boasts an eclectic menu of food and drinks. Bottled and draught beers, ciders, English ales, mojitos and white Russians, Sunday roast dinners, fish and chips, and steaks are all on offer at this cosy and atmospheric establishment on Rachapakanai Road. Archers holds quiz nights once a week.
Archers Bar: #133/4 Rachapakanai Rd., A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50100 | Open: 08:00-23:30 (closed Mon) | Tel: +66 84 186 5788 | Facebook | Map
Mad Dog is an open-fronted bar facing the eastern side of the city moat and serves up a selection of bottled beers, draught Heineken, spirits and wines. Mad Dog has garnered a good reputation for its wholesome food since opening in the early 2000s. Pizzas, sandwiches, burgers, baked potatoes and all-day breakfasts are freshly made to order. Several televisions screen live sports.
Mad Dog: #9/3 Moonmuang Rd., T. Phra Singh, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50100 | Open: 08:00-23:00 (Daily) | Tel: +66 53 273 002 | Website | Map
THE MIXOLOGY BAR
Night owls looking to enjoy alternate experiences will find the Mixology is an interesting destination for a few hours. The décor at the Mixology is a pleasing fusion of traditional Thai timber and decorations with modern touches. Beers, a comprehensive cocktail list, contemporary tunes, gourmet burgers and tasty Northern Thai culinary specials are among the reasons to schedule a trip to the Mixology Bar. It is on Arak Road, faces the west side of the Old City moat and is 250 metres from Suan Dok Gate.
The Mixology Bar: #61/6 Arak Rd., Muang, Chiang Mai 50200 | Open: 15:00-00:00 (closed Mon) | Tel: +66 93 192 4951 | Facebook | Map
THE LOST HUT
The Lost Hut is located at the top end of Soi I off Moon Muang Road and is a venue designed for comfort. The bamboo bar, comfortable seating with cushions and walls loaded up with photographs of customers past and present ensures the Lost Hut remains a venue of choice with visitors and residents when in this part of Chiang Mai. The drinks list features bottled beers, wine and cocktails like Mai Thai.
The Lost Hut: #Moonmuang Rd., Soi 1, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50200 | Open: 17:00-00:00 (Daily) | Tel: +66 80 122 2362 | Facebook | Map
SAX MUSIC PUB
The Sax is a pleasant pub on the Old City side of the moat and about two minutes on foot from Thapae Gate. The Sax’s friendly staff have made it a favoured haunt of tourists, Thai residents and expats. The music part of the pub’s name is a testament to the varied collection of sounds available for patrons to listen to. A pool table and a full range of drinks are other key attractions at this bar.
Sax Music Pub: – Moonmuang Rd., A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50200 | Tel: +66 81 022 9257 | Facebook | Map