Rooftop bars in Chiang Mai provide a refreshing change for an evening’s entertainment. They are generally at least a few floors above the city’s streets and the noise of passing traffic is barely audible. Designers have positioned the bars so they offer views of the Thanon Thong Chai Mountains and the iconic Doi Suthep. The What’s Up recommended rooftop bars cover all bases from the cheap and cheerful THC to the swish Hotel Yayee rooftop terrace.
THE OLD CITY AND NEARBY AREAS
The Oasis Rooftop Garden Bar
Three storeys above street level, the Oasis is not the highest rooftop bar in Chiang Mai, but it more than compensates with its prime location in the northwest corner of the Old City. Nice views over the city and as far as Doi Suthep on a clear night plus good music, a diverse range of drinks and a friendly atmosphere are compelling reasons to visit the Oasis. Cocktails include pina coladas while the beer collection boasts a number of imported brews from Belgium.
Oasis Rooftop Garden Bar: #13/1, Sripoom Rd., Soi 1, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50200 | Open: 18:00-00:00 (Daily) | Tel: +66 88 805 1981 | Facebook | Map
THC Rooftop Bar
The THC is a few doors down from the McDonald’s restaurant at Thapae Gate. Although the name implies the sale of marijuana, this is not on the menu but the music played is a mix of reggae, funk and other associated genres. The THC mainly attracts a younger crowd of tourists and Thais and is noted for its collection of reasonably priced drinks and focus on having a good time.
THC Rooftop Bar: #19/4-5, Kotchasarn Rd., A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50200 | Open: 18:00-00:00 (Daily) | Facebook | Map
CNX Rooftop Bar
Carrying the airport code for Chiang Mai International, the CNX is a chic rooftop bar on the west side of the Old City and a couple of minutes on foot from Suan Dok Gate. The rooftop patio at the CNX features a bar with a varied collection of drinks and seating equipped with comfortable cushions. There is an inside lounge area for rainy days. The CNX has a food menu with Thai speciality dishes.
CNX Rooftop Bar: – Intrawarorot Rd., A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50200 | Open: 18:00-00:00 (Daily) | Map
NIGHT BAZAAR AND RIVERSIDE AREAS
The Blue Bat at the Pornping Hotel
Perched on top of the Pornping’s 24-floor tower, the Blue Bat Bar enjoys one of the loftiest locations in Chiang Mai and is definitely its highest rooftop bar. Sunset views of Doi Suthep Mountain with one of the bar’s signature cocktails are a delight of any Chiang Mai holiday. The Blue Bat also serves food with the likes of steak a popular order.
Blue Bat at the Pornping Hotel: #46,48 Charoenprathet Rd., A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50100 | Open: 18:00-00:00 (Daily) | Tel: +66 53 270 099 | Website | E-mail | Map
The Roof at the Sala Lanna Hotel
The Roof offers an upmarket experience for guests and non-residents at the Sala Lanna Hotel. The Roof Bar is on the same level as the hotel’s swimming pool. The bar provides patrons with a large assortment of beers, wines and cocktails. The cocktail collection includes the locally themed Thai Sabai and the gin-based North Fizz. A global gathering of wines will tease the palates of most connoisseurs. The Sala Lanna is near the east bank of the Ping River and gives magical views over towards Suthep Mountain.
The Roof at the Sala Lanna Hotel: #49 Charoenrat Rd., A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50100 | Open: 18:00-23:00 (Daily) | Tel: +66 53 242 588 | Website | Facebook | E-mail | Map
Myst Rooftop Bar
Myst is the trendiest of a number of rooftop bars atop the modern Maya Shopping and Lifestyle Mall. It opens at 18:00 every evening and in good enough time for patrons to delight in the sun setting over Suthep and Pui mountains. A portfolio of delicious cocktails, beers and snacks attracts plenty of custom most nights of the week and the weekends are exceptionally busy.
Myst Rooftop Bar: #55, M. 5, Huay Kaew Rd., A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50300 | Open: 18:00-01:00 (Daily) | Tel: +66 61 512 6768 | Website | Facebook | E-mail | Map
The Rise Bar at the Akyra Manor Hotel
The Akyra Manor is an opulent and exclusive boutique hotel on Nimmanhaemin’s Soi 9. The Rise Bar is one of the establishment’s premier features and is beside its rooftop swimming pool. The bar-tenders here have elevated mixing cocktails to an art form and every concoction is guaranteed to thrill. The Rise’s wine collection plus sunset and night views are its other chief draws.
The Rise Bar at the Akyra Manor Hotel: #22, Soi 9, Nimmanhaemin Rd., T. Suthep, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50200 | Open: 15:00-01:00 (Daily) | Tel: +66 53 216 219 | Website | E-mail | Map
The Xanadu at the Furama Hotel
The Furama Hotel is home to the ambient Xanadu Rooftop Pub and Restaurant. The Xanadu is high up on the 17th floor and offers superior Thai cuisine plus a selection of drinks to satisfy the tastes of everybody from teetotallers to wine aficionados. The sunset and mountain views from the Furama’s location close to the Nimmanhaemin-Huay Kaew Road intersection are panoramic.
The Xanadu at the Furama Hotel: #54, Huay Kaew Rd., A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50300 | Open: 18:00-00:00 (Daily) | Tel: +66 53 415 222 | Website | Facebook | E-mail | Map
The Rooftop Bar at the Hotel Yayee
The rooftop bar at the stylish Hotel Yayee is worth making a detour for. One of Thailand’s leading cocktail gurus, Nath Arjharn, was instrumental in concocting the peerless offerings at this lovely bar. Commanding views over the Nimman zone towards the Suthep hills and back over the city’s skyline seem more like an exclamation mark than the primary reason for visiting the Yayee rooftop bar. The hotel is reached via a side-turning off Nimmanhaemin Soi 17.
The Rooftop Bar at the Hotel Yayee: #17/5 Sainamphueng Rd., T. Suthep, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50200 | Open: 18:00-00:00 (Daily) | Tel: +66 99 269 5885 | Website | Facebook | Map
Woods Bar at the Prestige Hotel
Woods is a recent addition to Chiang Mai’s collection of rooftop bars. Like the bulk of the hotel rooftop bars in the city it is beside the facility’s swimming pool. The Prestige is located on Huay Kaew Road and just around the corner from Nimmanhaemin. Due to the proximity of Doi Suthep-Pui National Park, the mountains are a majestic vision. In the other direction, the twinkling lights of Chiang Mai at night are almost surreal.
Woods Bar at the Prestige Hotel: #213/3 Huay Kaew Rd., T. Suthep, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50200 | Open: 18:00-00:00 (closed on Mon) | Tel: +66 61 268 7766 | Facebook | Map