There’s plenty of bars and pubs located in most parts of the Old City. Moonmuang Road and Ratvithi Road are the most popular tourist areas and home to the great notable bars such as the Mad Dog, the Saloon, the UN Irish and Zoe in Yellow. Most of the establishments are within 10 minutes’ walk. Our recommendations for the best bars and pubs in Chiang Mai Old City are listed below.
Last Updated: November 2018
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 Road | Open: 18:00-00:00 (Daily) | Tel: +66 84 222 9388 | Facebook
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 Road | Open: 11:00-00:00 (Daily) | Tel: +66 53 280 781 | Facebook
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 Road | Open: 11:00-00:00 (Daily) | Tel: +66 53 219 667 | Facebook
Sheryle’s Bar is located on Ratvithi Road and is a spacious premises with walls covered in pictures. 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 Road | Open: 11:00-00:00 (Daily) | Tel: +66 98 294 8022 | Website
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 Rนฟก | Open: 09:00-00:00 (Daily) | Tel: +66 53 214 554 | Website
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.
Writers’ Club & Wine Bar: #141/3 Rachadamnoen Road | Open: 12:30-00:00 (closed on Sat) | Tel: +66 53 814 187 | Facebook
The biker themed pub is tucked away in the northeast moat corner and is a chilled place to visit. This 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 Road | Open: 08:00-22:00 (Daily) | Tel: +66 087 048 1787 | Website | Facebook
Right in the heart of the Old City, Archers is a British style pub noted for serving tasty food and for a warm hospitality. The bar is stocked with a full choice of local beers as well as a few imported ones. Daily food specials combined with English breakfast, Sunday roast dinners, steaks and a small number of Thai dishes offer meals for all tastes. Tuesday nights are quiz nights at Archers.
Archers Bar: #133/4 Rachapakanai Road | Open: 08:00-23:30 (closed Mon) | Tel: +66 84 186 5788 | Facebook
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 Road | Open: 08:00-23:00 (Daily) | Tel: +66 53 273 002 | Website
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 Road | Open: 17:00-00:00 (Daily) | Tel: +66 80 122 2362 | Facebook