Chiang Mai’s late night scene has been toned down in recent years. Despite this, there are still a number of venues where night-owls can go dancing and, drink late and enjoy exciting nights out. Some of these options are located in the chic Nimmanhaemin Road area of the city, but there are others scattered around. The following are the What’s Up recommended clubs which are farang, or foreigner, friendly.
NIGHTCLUBS IN NIMMANHAEMIN & SUTHEP
The Take It Club
The Take It Club is one of the few places in Chiang Mai open until 02:00. It changes name frequently, but the venue at Kad Suan Kaew’s Lotus hotel has remained pretty much the same. The main draws of the Take It are one of the largest dance floors in the city and the music. Creative DJs spin the latest electro and contemporary dance genres. This club primarily attracts Thai patrons. Unless there is a band or some other event on the schedule, standard admission fees include free-flow soft drinks-mixers.
Take It Club: #21 Huay Kaew Rd., A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50200 | Open: 21:00-02:00 (Daily) | Entrance Fee: 200 B | Tel: +66 88 261 3613 | Facebook | Map
With an overlying theme of a London Tube station, Infinity is a spacious, no-nonsense venue equipped with high-tech sound and light systems. A typical evening kicks off with a live band followed by top DJs playing a music mix of everything from house to funk, jazz and electro. As well as cocktails and shots, guests at Infinity are able to order towers of beer. Infinity is located on Nimmanhaemin Soi 6 and is about 200 metres from the main road.
Infinity Nightclub: – Nimmanhaemin Rd., Soi 6, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50100 | Open: 21:00-01:30 (Daily) | Tel: +66 53 400 085 | Facebook | Map
The Warm Up Café
The Warm Up is probably Chiang Mai’s most popular nightclub for fun and dancing. The café has an outside bar at the front which leads into the main club. Inside, there is a largish hall where live bands play rock, pop and indie numbers. There is a separate dance lounge in which DJs spin the turntables with the likes of drum’n’bass and house sounds. The Warm Up enjoys a prime spot on Nimmanhaemin Road and there are few Chiang Mai tuktuk or songthaew drivers who don’t know it.
Warm Up Café: #123/1 M. 5, T. Suthep, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50200 | Open: 18:00-01:00 (Daily) | Tel: +66 53 400 677 | Facebook | Map
NIGHTCLUBS IN CHIANG MAI OLD CITY
Sound Up is one of two venues for dancing, music and late drinks near the Old City. Once known as the Mandalay Nightclub, Sound Up is enjoying a new lease of life as one of the chosen Chiang Mai venues to dance to top tunes. Sound Up also has occasional live stage acts and offers a good selection of drinks. The admission charge gives unlimited free mixers.
Sound Up: #5/3, Moonmuang Rd., A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50200 | Open: 21:00-02:00 (Daily) | Entrance Fee: 200 B | Tel: +66 93 162 2771 | Facebook | Map
Spicy Club is a long-established nightclub facing the east side of the Old City moat. The fact Spicy has slightly longer operating hours than other bars in the area has proved a magnet over the years for both international and Thai people. After midnight, there is rarely a night where Spicy is not packed with revellers. Added bonuses of a night at Spice are lower than average drink prices, pulsating music and the chance of meeting like-minded travellers.
Spicy Club: – Chaiyaphum Rd., A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50200 | Open: 20:00-20:00 (Daily) | Tel: +66 53 874 011 | Facebook | Map