The What’s Up Guide to the Best Bars and Pubs in the Old City – Top 10

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: June 2019

 Best Bars in Chiang Mai Old City:  
 Archers Bar | Chiang Mai Saloon | John’s Place | Lost Hut Bar | Mad Dog Bar | Rider’s Corner Bar | Sheryle’s Bar | UN Irish Pub | Writers Bar Zoe in Yellow Bar

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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 Bar: – Rajvithi Rd., T. Sriphum, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50200 | Open: 17:00-00:00 (Daily) | Tel: +66 44 254 000 | 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 Moon Muang Rd., T. Phra Singh, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50200 | Open: 10:30-00:00 (Daily) | Tel: +66 53 277 964 | Facebook 


The Chiang Mai Saloon 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 Bar: #30 Ratchawithi Rd., T. Sriphum, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50200 | 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 Rd., T. Sriphum, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50200 | Open: 09:00-23:45 (Daily) | Tel: +66 80 030 3542 | Website Facebook 


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.
UN Irish Pub: #24/1, Ratchawithi Rd., T. Sriphum, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50200 | 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 Rd., T. Phra Singh, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50200 | 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: #357 Moon Muang Rd., T. Phra Singh, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50200 | Open: 08:00-00:00 (Daily) | Tel: +66 61 650 6991 | 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 Rd., T. Sriphum, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50200 | Open: 08:00-23:30 (closed Mon) | Tel: +66 84 186 5788 | WebsiteFacebook


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 Bar: #9/3 Moonmuang Rd., T. Phra Singh, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50200 | 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.
Lost Hut Bar: – Moon Muang Soi 1, T. Phra Singh, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50200 | Open: 17:00-00:00 (Daily) | Tel: +66 61 860 2637