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The "Good Places To Eat In Chiang Mai" Topic has almost reached epic proportions and is a great place to offer up suggestions of well good places to eat in Chiang Mai but there isn't a similar one as such for drinking. This seems odd to me because from the amount of conversation and reading in different threads drinking appears to be a popular past time :o

A couple of threads have been closed becuase they deviated off topic such as the forum "O'Malley's v the Red Lion" I used to like that one and read an entry in another forum where it was likened to the killing off of an old friend. Those were true words, the forum was an old friend but it had diverted into something way beyond its initial bounds which was the differences between two bars here in Chiang Mai.

OK here are the basic rules:

1) this is a forum about bars and drinking holes in the CHIANG MAI area - please don't start talking about the Mango Bar in Bangkok or we will be punted off to the general Bars and Entertainment area.

2) Do not use this as a testing area for your new flame thrower - if you disagree with a post, say so and put up a reason, if you really disagree, send the poster a Person Mail, If you violently disagree with them - leave and get a life somewhere else because you need help.

3) The focus of this forum is bars and drinking so while we will probably get away with small asides about such as who has the best looking bar girls or even a description of the food try to keep it to less than 10% of the total content.

4) Remember prostitution is illegal in Thailand - we will be sin binned if anyone starts to discuss the alternative activities on offer in most bars here in Thailand. Anyone starting a discussion on the price differential in bar fines before and after 9:00pm will most definitely get a rocket up the ar## from one of the moderators.

5) MOST IMPORTANT: Be nice and have fun

So what is a good bar and why? Should it sell food as well as drink? Is it the bar girls or some other attraction. What do you like and why? There are a myriad of bars in this city - probably too many if the truth be told. But most of us have one or two we prefer over the others.

I like #1 Bar in Soi 1, Loy Kroh - Freddy who owns it has successfully run bars in Belgium and he knows how to do it well here. The girls are good and have the main function of serving drinks. It can get crowded and noisy but has an atmosphere. It sometimes goes through a cycle with the girls pushing for lady drinks but for the most part once they know you they don't hassle.

Tuskers in the new boy on the block and is a very different style - it is more a gathering place for people looking for a quiet place for a drink and has food available. Last Friday the Chiang Mai Thai Visa group turned up and we had a good night. Chas and his partner Rachael are from England but despite that very nice people, they are trying to give it a go and good luck to them.

The Peak area paralleling the night bazaar has a pack of little bars around the climbing wall, I tend to see Stefan at the Angel if I just want a chat and a beer. It is low key, low brow and no hassles. He has the usual beers etc and you can get a selection of Thai food delivered to the bar, from within the area. Mike's burgers have a franchise there but make your own decision.

The Down Under on the other side of town on Niemenheim (never get the spelling right) is a great Aussie bar with food and drink, he has live sports on the big screen and an all round nice guy.

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The Laughing Leprechaun is, IMHO, one of the unsung gems of Chiang Mai.

It is a regular bar/restaurant with excellent food and well tended Guinness on tap, Dominic, the host, is one of the friendliest and nicest people you could hope to meet. Added to which he is Irish which as far as owners/managers of Irish bars in these parts is concerned is quite a novelty! It's not a bar for those on a quest for the cheapest Beer Chang in town but it is excellent value for money when you take into account the quality of the grub.

On the occasions that the place is busy Dominic is always on hand to keep the punters happy and consequently creates a great atmosphere . . . . unfortunately it is often very quiet and I really don't understand why? Anyone got any insights?

Stuck in the UK right now, freezing my proverbials off and looking forward to getting back to, amongst many other things, decent Guinness and a decent fry up at a decent price - see you soon Dom.

JxP

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The "Good Places To Drink In Chiang Mai" Topic has almost reached epic proportions and is a great place to offer up suggestions of well good places to eat in Chiang Mai but there isn't a similar one as such for drinking. This seems odd to me because from the amount of conversation and reading in different threads drinking appears to be a popular past time :D

A couple of threads have been closed becuase they deviated off topic such as the forum "O'Malley's v the Red Lion" I used to like that one and read an entry in another forum where it was likened to the killing off of an old friend. Those were true words, the forum was an old friend but it had diverted into something way beyond its initial bounds which was the differences between two bars here in Chiang Mai.

OK here are the basic rules:

1) this is a forum about bars and drinking holes in the CHIANG MAI area - please don't start talking about the Mango Bar in Bangkok or we will be punted off to the general Bars and Entertainment area.

2) Do not use this as a testing area for your new flame thrower - if you disagree with a post, say so and put up a reason, if you really disagree, send the poster a Person Mail, If you violently disagree with them - leave and get a life somewhere else because you need help.

3) The focus of this forum is bars and drinking so while we will probably get away with small asides about such as who has the best looking bar girls or even a description of the food try to keep it to less than 10% of the total content.

4) Remember prostitution is illegal in Thailand - we will be sin binned if anyone starts to discuss the alternative activities on offer in most bars here in Thailand. Anyone starting a discussion on the price differential in bar fines before and after 9:00pm will most definitely get a rocket up the ar## from one of the moderators.

5) MOST IMPORTANT: Be nice and have fun

So what is a good bar and why? Should it sell food as well as drink? Is it the bar girls or some other attraction. What do you like and why? There are a myriad of bars in this city - probably too many if the truth be told. But most of us have one or two we prefer over the others.

I like #1 Bar in Soi 1, Loy Kroh - Freddy who owns it has successfully run bars in Belgium and he knows how to do it well here. The girls are good and have the main function of serving drinks. It can get crowded and noisy but has an atmosphere. It sometimes goes through a cycle with the girls pushing for lady drinks but for the most part once they know you they don't hassle.

Tuskers in the new boy on the block and is a very different style - it is more a gathering place for people looking for a quiet place for a drink and has food available. Last Friday the Chiang Mai Thai Visa group turned up and we had a good night. Chas and his partner Rachael are from England but despite that very nice people, they are trying to give it a go and good luck to them.

The Peak area paralleling the night bazaar has a pack of little bars around the climbing wall, I tend to see Stefan at the Angel if I just want a chat and a beer. It is low key, low brow and no hassles. He has the usual beers etc and you can get a selection of Thai food delivered to the bar, from within the area. Mike's burgers have a franchise there but make your own decision.

The Down Under on the other side of town on Niemenheim (never get the spelling right) is a great Aussie bar with food and drink, he has live sports on the big screen and an all round nice guy.

Strewth - With posts like this, I'm out of a job!

Nice one Crow Boy.

Now as a mostly non drinker, I should shut up or I will be severely :o .

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Personally I Like Warm Up, Monkey Club, and Bangrak.

I am younger (25) so these are more aimed towards the younger crowd.

Warm up has a "lounge" where a DJ spins techno (usually a house varient) Monkey is great for drinking outside the live band area and bangrak has one of the best Thai rock setups IMHO

There is a new bar opening on the corner of Chang puak and Tapae right after the moo kata, looks like they are going to open a cool place.

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The Laughing Leprechaun is, IMHO, one of the unsung gems of Chiang Mai.

It is a regular bar/restaurant with excellent food and well tended Guinness on tap, Dominic, the host, is one of the friendliest and nicest people you could hope to meet. Added to which he is Irish which as far as owners/managers of Irish bars in these parts is concerned is quite a novelty! It's not a bar for those on a quest for the cheapest Beer Chang in town but it is excellent value for money when you take into account the quality of the grub.

On the occasions that the place is busy Dominic is always on hand to keep the punters happy and consequently creates a great atmosphere . . . . unfortunately it is often very quiet and I really don't understand why? Anyone got any insights?

Stuck in the UK right now, freezing my proverbials off and looking forward to getting back to, amongst many other things, decent Guinness and a decent fry up at a decent price - see you soon Dom.

JxP

JxP I agree the Leprachaun is an unsung gem and Dominic (until you post I could not think of his name for the life of me) is a great host. I like the place but I can't drink too much Guiness in the heat - too heavy for me.

What about the UN or O'Malley's? How would you rate them as a watering hole?

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CM Saloon (the original on Loi Kroh). Although located on Pus--y Bar Street, it is a normal bar with an eclectic mix of ajarns, local farang retirees, tie-dyed backpacker couples, and the occasional wild card (single Thai female psychology professor from BKK, I'm not making this up). Excellent food, and great prices on drinks- lg Chang 65, WICKED little shaken margaritas 70, and double premium drinks for barely more than a single (Old Bushmills, anyone?). Huge big screen, usually playing music concert DVD's, though on request they will put on some cherished sport event if its not peak biz hours (Oz Rules, cricket, motorsports). Oh, and they have free WiFi, and a free computer for anyone to use at the back. Just steps from the Muay Thai Boxing girlie bar pavilion, and just around corner from Peak, etc. Great "starting out" place, and if unlucky also a great "ending up" place. I will post more as soon as my Delerium Tremens subsides....

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O'malleys and The Queen Vic for Guinness and good nosh.

Tuskers for the atmosphere and Beer Lao.

Downunder for the Fish n Chips and Aussie Rules Football.'

The Drunken Flower for good blues and Mexican food.

The German Brewery for the home brew and excellent pork knuckle.

The Dukes for pizza and Coronas.

Miguels for marguritas and tacos.

The Pub on Wednesdays for the meet the dinosaur night.

Sax Pub for his great CD collection.

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The Pub on Wednesdays for the meet the dinosaur night.

This could be something new, never met a real live dinosaur before :o:D

The youngest bloke or sheila in there is 165 years old. Nice folk though. Graham is a really nice manager.

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The Pub on Wednesdays for the meet the dinosaur night.

This could be something new, never met a real live dinosaur before :D:D

The youngest bloke or sheila in there is 165 years old. Nice folk though. Graham is a really nice manager.

Met a fellow in there once from Scotland; was in SAS in Burma in WWII. Then became an eye surgeon, then retired after many years- and moved to Thailand 35 YEARS AGO...! :o

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Also add:

The Gallery (back room) Fri/Sat nite for live jazz. When they finish up, if so inclined move next door to:

Le Brasserie to hear Took play his rock

Also:

John's Place or the Kafe on Moon Muang, sit outside for some great people watching

The Spotlight at 12 midnight....oh let's forget about that one.....

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Drunken flower - love the music , and know the guitarist personally ,

the place have nice food , but the parking for cars is abit tricky ,

relaxing place and is hidden away behind the soi of the Rimkam hotel

if you need direction . you know the drill

PM me i would draw you a map

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Le Brasserie to hear Took play his rock

Took is great, but after hearing "smoke on the water" and "all along the watchtower" 3000 times it gets a little repetitive..

Agreed, but one night I was there he had some 7' tall shaved head farang on alto sax who stood in who was better than all the rest of them combined! Ya never know..

Also a correction- the fellow from Edinburough who I met was in the SBS (Special Boat Squadron) in Burma- SAS I don't think had been formed yet.

Hey- I just had a (drunken) brainstorm! Why don't we all get together, and do a quadrant by quadrant of CM review of all the bars. Sort of an independent panel of discerning professional drinkers...might get a little spendy, but we could limit ourselves to 2 drinks max per bar, to maintain both our judgement skills, and navigation skills home... :o

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Drunken flower - love the music , and know the guitarist personally ,

the place have nice food , but the parking for cars is abit tricky ,

relaxing place and is hidden away behind the soi of the Rimkam hotel

if you need direction . you know the drill

PM me i would draw you a map

You're right Ta22; Drunken Flower is a treasure. I like to sit out in the garden, can hear the music fine, enjoy the Thai style ambience. It's also the closest quality place for me from where I live near CMU. Although the Warm Up and Fine Thanks for a different kind of atmosphere are close by, my vote goes to Drunken Flower.

But Down Under up the road is definitely #1 for motorsports viewing, now that MotoGp and F1 have started. And Gus the owner is a great guy.

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