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 recommendations for the best rooftop bars in Chiang Mai are shown below.
Last Updated: June 2019
CHIANG MAI OLD CITY AND NEARBY AREAS
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. Cocktails include pina coladas while the beer collection boasts a number of imported brews from Belgium.
Oasis Rooftop Garden Bar: #13/1, Sripoom Soi 1, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50200 | Open: 17:30-23:30 (Closed on Wed) | Facebook
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 Moon Muang Rd., T. Phra Singh, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50200 | Open: 17:00-00:00 (Daily) | Tel: +66 87 078 1190 | Facebook
The Roof Bar
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 Bar: Sala Lanna Hotel, #48 Charoenrat Rd., T. Wat Gate, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50100 | Open: 18:00-23:00 (Daily) | Tel: +66 53 242 588 | Facebook
Myst Rooftop Bar
Myst is the trendiest of a number of rooftop bars atop the modern Maya Lifestyle Shopping 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: Maya Lifestyle Shopping Mall, Huay Kaew Rd., A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50300 | Open: 18:00-00:00 (Daily) | Tel: +66 61 512 6768 | Website | Facebook
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.
Rise Bar: Akyra Manor Hotel, #22, Soi 9, Nimmanhaemin Rd., A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50200 | Open: 15:00-01:00 (Daily) | Tel: +66 53 216 219 | Facebook
Xanadu Rooftop Pub
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.
Xanadu Rooftop Pub: Furama Hotel, #54, Huay Kaew Rd., A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50300 | Open: 18:00-00:00 (Daily) | Tel: +66 53 415 222 | Facebook
The rooftop bar at the 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 Nimmanhaemin 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 hotel is reached via a side-turning off Nimmanhaemin Soi 17.
Rooftop Bar: Hotel Yayee, #17/5, Sainamphueng Rd., T. Suthep, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50200 | Open: 18:00-00:00 (Daily) | Tel: +66 99 269 5885 | Facebook
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: Prestige Hotel, #213/3, Huay Kaew Rd., T. Suthep, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50200 | Open: 18:00-00:00 (Daily) | Tel: +66 95 690 1812 | Facebook