Chiang Mai’s gay scene is not as vibrant and in-your-face as say Boyztown in Pattaya. Nevertheless, Chiang Mai does have quite a few pubs, clubs, karaoke lounges and a go go bars for gays and LGBTs. They are split between two main areas. Chiang Mai’s new and fast evolving gay bar zone is on Charoen Prathet Road Soi 6. This soi links Chang Khlan Road and Charoen Prathet Road and is right beside the Kalare Night Market. The Ram and Secrets are a duo of the bars in this area.
The second main area for gay bars and clubs is Chang Phuak. The venues here are more spread out and include Adam’s Apple and the Lotus Hotel’s Garden Bar. This zone spans the northern part of the city between Santitham and Chang Phuak Road. The What’s Up recommendations for the best gay friendly pubs, clubs and a go go bars in Chiang Mai are shown below.
Last Updated: December 2018
TOP 3 – GAY FRIENDLY A GO GO BARS
Adam’s Apple Club
The Adam’s Apple is the number one gay show bar in Chiang Mai. This long running club opens at 21:00 every evening. The shows begin 90 minutes later and boast some of Northern Thailand’s most handsome male performers. The shows plus a trendy décor and a huge choice of drinks ensure Adam’s Apple’s popularity is unlikely to fade any time soon. The club is in Chang Phuak and down a side soi off the main road.
Adam’s Apple Club: #1/21-22, Viangbua Rd., T. Chang Phuak, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50300 | Open: 09:00-01:00 (Daily) | Tel: +66 53 220 381 | Website | Facebook
The Circle Pub is a pleasantly decorated club with male a go go shows every evening. The artistes are invariably praised for their becoming appearances and skills on the stage. The only downside is that drink prices are a little on the expensive side. The Circle is at the Chang Phuak Road end of Soi Erawan in Chang Phuak District.
Circle Pub: #161/7-8, Soi Arawan, T. Si Phum, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50300 | Open: 20:00-01:00 (Daily) | Tel: +66 53 214 996 | Facebook | Email
New My Way enjoys an easily accessible location on the Santitham side of Chang Phuak. New My Way stages nightly dance and cabaret shows starring gay guys and ladyboys. Drinks on offer cater to the predominantly Thai customers and are mostly domestic beers, spirits and wine-coolers.
New My Way Bar: #3/5, Soi 3, Hussadhisawee Rd., T. Chang Phuak, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50300 | Open: 10:00-01:00 (Daily) | Tel: +66 53 404 361 | Facebook | Email
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The Ram is one of the evolving collection of bars sprouting up on gay central, Charoen Prathet Road Soi 6. Although a fairly recent addition to the gay nightlife scene in Chiang Mai, the Ram is arguably the most successful and its draw card is glitzy cabaret shows every night of the week. A huge drinks menu and a warm aura of hospitality are added bonuses for gays and straights alike.
Ram Bar: #48, Soi 6, Charoen Prathet Rd, T. Chang Khlan, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50300 | Open: 18:00-01:00 (Daily) | Tel: +66 92 496 3962, +66 85 034 5607 | Website | Facebook | Email
Secrets has been a fixture on the gay bar scene in Chiang Mai for many years. A move to a new premises on Charoen Prathet Soi 6 in 2015 positioned Secrets at the heart of the city’s LGBT zone. Key Secrets attractions are a pool table, an extensive drinks menu featuring all the popular cocktails and beers, and the chance of meeting enchanting Thai boys.
Secrets Bar: Soi 6, Charoen Prathet Rd., T. Chang Khlan, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50300 | Open: 17:30-01:00 (Daily) | Tel: +66 81 531 5566 | Facebook
Pandee is a gay oriented bar on Charoen Prathet Soi 6 and just across from the Kalare food and entertainment centre. An ambient atmosphere plus cocktails, wine, shakes and ice cream have turned the Pandee into a favourite with night owls. A menu featuring classic Thai and Italian dishes is all the more reason to visit.
Pandee Bar: Kalare Night Baazar, Charoen Prathet Soi 6, T. Chang Khlan, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50300 | Open: 17:30-01:00 (Daily) | Tel: +66 98 554 5392 | Website | Facebook
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Occupying a prime spot on Charoen Prathet Soi 6, the Orion is an open-fronted bar beer with a pool table and good drinks choices. Although a gay hangout, Orion’s position in the centre of Chiang Mai’s tourist zone means it also draws in passing customers.
Orion Bar: Soi 6, Charoen Prathet Rd., A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50300 | Open: 18:00-24:00 (Daily) | Tel: +66 92 337 8025
The Garden Bar is the onsite wining and dining venue at the LGBT-friendly Lotus Hotel. The tables and the bar are set in lush vegetation. The bar is a preferred meeting place for Chiang Mai’s gay residents, expats and visiting tourists. Two added extras are the bar’s medium priced drinks and food and a prime spot close to the gay clubs and bars in Chang Phuak.
Garden Bar: #2/25, Viang Bua Rd., T. Chang Phuak, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50300 | Open: 19:00 – Late (Daily) | Tel: +66 53 215 376, +66 53 215 462 | Fax: +66 53 221 340
The Black Door attracts a mixed gay-straight clientele. It is located on Chang Phuak Road and a stone’s throw from Santitham. Reasons to choose the Black Door for a night’s entertainment are a welcoming air, good music and an inexpensive range of drinks. Food is available from nearby eateries and can be ordered from the bar.
Black Door Bar: #17/21, Morakot Rd., T. Chang Phuak, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50300 | Open: 18:00-03:00 (Daily) | Tel: +66 88 268 5439 | Facebook
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Warm Up Café
The Warm Up is an old timer yet comes with a vibrant atmosphere and is still one of the top Chiang Mai clubs to dance at and have a good time. This Nimmanhaemin Road establishment’s proximity to Chiang Mai University brings in a lot of students. These plus LGBT and straight Thais, foreign expats and tourists generate a cosmopolitan aura. Live music, an outdoor zone, great food and a varied drinks menu ensure the Warm Up is busy most nights of the week.
Warm Up Café: #40, Nimmanhaemin Rd., T. Suthep, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50200 | Open: 18:00-01:00 (Daily) | Tel: +66 53 400 677 | Facebook
Sound Up is located on Moonmuang Road in the Old City. Formerly known as the Mandalay Nightclub, Sound Up is one of Chiang Mai’s popular dance venues for gays. Sound Up features a large dance floor, latest electronic dance music from DJs and also offers a wide selection of drinks. The entry fee includes unlimited free mixers.
Sound Up: #5/3, Moon Muang Rd., T. Phra Singh, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50200 | Open: 20:00-24:00 (Daily) | Entrance Fee: 250 B | Tel: +66 93 162 2771 | Facebook