Sip & See: Chiang Mai’s 9 Best Rooftop Bar Experiences

Jordan Walsh

Chiang Mai, Thailand
Chiang Mai, Thailand

Looking for the best spots to see Chiang Mai from above?

Look no further!

This guide will take you to the city’s top rooftop bar destinations. Each spot offers a unique view of the city, best paired with exquisite drinks to make your evenings fun and lively.

Imagine watching the beautiful sunset with a refreshing drink high above the busy streets and the stunning mountains. These bars are perfect for romantic dates, hanging out with friends, or a well-deserved “me time” alone.

We’ll show you where to find the best rooftop bar views and vibes in Chiang Mai. So, get ready for memorable evenings under the stars!

#1. Nori Sky Terrace

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Feeling Japanese in Thailand? No problem.

Nori Sky Terrace is one of the best Japanese restaurants and rooftop bars in Chiang Mai. Located on the 5th floor of Nimman Soi 5 (Godzilla intersection), this spot gives you the typical Izakaya-style drinking bar vibes.

If you are craving sushi, this is the place to be. They serve a great selection of Japanese specialties, from sushi to sashimi, maki rolls, nigiri, edamame, tofu, salad, and grilled meats. Dishes here will never bore you with plenty of sauces for dips to suit your taste.

As for the drinks, they serve mainly beer and wine to match their food. Although, the price of their drinks here can be a bit pricier compared to other bars. But, with great food and view, it’s still worth it.

If you plan to visit this bar, you better come early. The waiting time can be quite long, and they don’t accept advanced reservations. So, chop chop and get on top of the queue.

Location: 14/2 5th Floor Rooftop Nimmanhemin Soi5, Chiang Mai, Thailand, Chiang Mai
Bar Hours: 5:40 PM to Midnight
Phone: +66 83 573 3888

#2. Xanadu Pud and Restaurant

Chiang Mai, Thailand

The Xanadu Pub and Restaurant is a rooftop destination on the 17th floor of the Furama Chiang Mai Hotel. At sky-high, this spot gives you a 360-degree view of Doi Suthep and the Huay Kaew area. 

The ambiance in Xanadu is clean and simple but very romantic. A live band will serenade you with soft, chill music. Nothing too loud, enough to enjoy great conversations with your company.

Xanadu serves a fusion of authentic Thai and international cuisines. From stir-fried green curry to beef stews, roast pork spare ribs, cheese platters, and more, they have something to offer to suit every palate.

The best thing about Xanadu – PROMOTIONS. The bar always has various promotions to offer its patrons, from unlimited beers to discounts on food dishes or buy-1-take-1 happy hour on cocktail drinks. No wonder many people love to celebrate and book their parties here – Xanadu is an excellent value for your money.

Location: Furama Chiang Mai Hotel, 17th Floor, No. 54 Huay Kaew Road, Chiang Mai, Thailand, Chiang Mai
Bar Hours: 5:30 PM to Midnight
Email: [email protected]
Phone: +66 53 415 222

#3. Myst MAYA

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Myst Maya is another rooftop bar destination overlooking the sparkling night lights of the Nimmanhaemin area. Situated on the 6th floor of Maya Shopping Center, this cocktail bar perfectly blends open-air relaxation and energetic nightlife. It features an outdoor and indoor space where local and international DJs spin electronic dance music.

Let Myst Maya’s expert mixologists impress you with classic cocktails, creative shots, and fancy molecular cocktails that are too cute to drink. A highlight is their “Super Lamborghini,” a tower of Flaming Lamborghini’s that’s not just a drink but an experience. Large-size cocktails in huge glasses are available for sharing in a group, adding to the fun and social vibe.

The food menu at Myst Maya includes a variety of Thai and international fusion dishes and snacks, catering to a diverse palate. The place can get very crowded, especially during the weekend. It’s a good thing you can call them up to book for table reservations.
Location: Rooftop of MAYA Shopping Center, Chiang Mai, Thailand, Chiang Mai
Bar Hours: 5:00 PM to 2:00 AM
Email: [email protected]
Phone: +66 61 512 6768

#4. Mai The Sky Bar

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Mai The Sky Bar, located on the 22nd floor of the Meliá Chiang Mai Hotel, is Chiang Mai’s highest rooftop bar at 63 meters high. It offers a stunning 360-degree view of the city and surrounding areas, including the Ping River on the east and the Doi Suthep on the west. The bar has a modern and stylish design, creating a relaxed atmosphere.

The menu features a variety of Spanish-inspired cuisines, from savory tapas to classic croquetas and dishes like artisan cheese boards and Tostas Platter. The bar serves various drinks, including cocktails, wines, and fresh juices. A famous Spanish cocktail is the Agua De Valencia, which has a refreshing mix of cava, orange, and triple sec.

This multi-level rooftop bar exudes an upscale atmosphere. Guests here are required to follow a smart casual dress code. Reservations are also a must, so be sure to book beforehand to secure your seats.

Location: 22nd floor, Melia Hotel, 46 Charoen Prathet Road Changklan, Chiang Mai, 50100, Thailand
Bar Hours: 4:00 PM to Midnight
Email: [email protected]
Phone: +66 (0) 5 209 0600

#5. Rise Bar

Chiang Mai, Thailand

The Rise Bar is a trendy rooftop bar on the 5th floor of Akyra Manor Chiang Mai. This spot gives you a panoramic view of the busy streets in the Nimmanhaemin area and the serene mountains of Doi Suthep on the other end. The ambiance combines modern luxury with a relaxing rooftop atmosphere, making it a perfect spot for casual and romantic outings.

The bar is well-known for its mixology expertise, serving classic cocktails, fine wines, and an array of good times. One of the standout drinks is their Gin Tonic mix, freshly shaken with a hint of orange. The bar also offers a good range of delicious snacks to accompany the drinks.

Rise Bar is also the perfect place to get mesmerized by Chiang Mai’s stunning sunsets. With chill, lounge music playing in the background, your mood is instantly set to unwind and relax.

Location: 22/2 Nimmana Haeminda Road Soi 9, Su Thep, Muang Chiang Mai District,  Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand
Bar Hours: 3:00 PM to 1:00 AM
Email: [email protected]
Phone: +66 (0) 5 321 6219

#6. YaYee Rooftop Bar

Chiang Mai, Thailand

The YaYee Rooftop Bar is famous for its IG-worthy rustic charms. Located on the 5th floor of the YaYee Hotel, the bar is adorned with wooden and wrought iron interiors.

The chic, modern vibes of the place make it a go-to spot for young adults seeking a quiet venue to relax after a long day at work. You can sit and get cozy with your friends on their lounge sofas. Or, choose your own special place at one of their high tables overlooking the serene sunset over the Doi Suthep’s scenery.

The bar has a well-established reputation for making the best cocktails drinks in Chiang Mai. Their signature mix, Ananda’s Flyboy, is a must-try. It is a Juniper spirit-based drink infused with aloe vera, white grape, thyme, and elderflower for a unique yet refreshing flavor.

Location: 5th floor, Hotel Yayee, Sai Nam Phueng Alley, Sirimangkalajarn road, Suthep, Meuang Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai Thailand 50200
Bar Hours: 4:00 PM to Midnight
Phone: (+66)93 313 8989

#7. THC Rooftop Bar – H2

Chiang Mai, Thailand

If you want something more hippy reggae vibes, then the THC Rooftop Bar is the number one place you must check out in Chiang Mai. Unlike other bar scenes, this colorful spot offers floor pillows as seats and ultra-low tables, making the experience more intimate and laid back. Get comfy in an Indian-style sit or one knee up – just do as you please with no judgment here.

Contrary to most expectations, the THC Bar does NOT serve marijuana. The name comes from its clothing store downstairs, The Hemp Clothing or T-H-C. So, don’t be upset if cannabis is nowhere to be found on their menu.

Instead, you will be delighted with their wide selection of craft beers and frozen cocktails. To give the place an extra chill vibe, reggae music mixed by their resident DJs fills the space and sets the atmosphere.

Location: 19 Mun Muang, Phra Sing Subdistrict, Mueang District, Chiang Mai 50300, Thailand
Bar Hours: 5:00 PM to Midnight
Phone: 080 907 8802

#8 Hideland.cnx

Chiang Mai, Thailand

The Hideland.cnx is a hidden gem of Chiang Mai’s local bar scene. At a fifth-floor height, this spot offers a view of the busy Chiang Moi Street on one side and the serene Doi Suthep Mountain on the other. Its warm and welcoming vibes are inviting to tourists and locals alike.

The bar has an indoor and outdoor setting with a contemporary wooden and metal design mix. The stylish but easygoing atmosphere is perfect for hanging out with friends after a long day. Or, it could also work out as a casual venue for dates.

The Hideland.cnx serves foods and snacks with an Asian fusion, from Laab to Pincha Steak, skewers, and even udons. The drinks here are equally impressive, with a good range of choices, including craft beers, ciders, spirits, mocktails, and tiki cocktails.  

Location: 159 199 Chang Moi Rd, Tambon Chang Moi, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai, Thailand, Chiang Mai
Bar Hours: 5:00 PM to 11:30 PM
Phone: +66 61 252 4222

#9. Sala Lanna Rooftop Bar

Chiang Mai, Thailand

The Sala Lanna Rooftop Bar sits atop the upscale Sala Lanna Hotel. This spot gives you a 360-degree panoramic view of the Ping River and the busy night markets on the other side. The rooftop’s intimate setting provides a peaceful escape from the Chiang Mai’s hustle and bustle, making it an excellent choice for a quiet evening or a romantic night out.

The bar features excellent choices of cocktails, beers, and spirits. Their refreshing On the Ping River cocktail drink is worth a sip or more. There is also a premium selection of wines and champagnes to share with your friends and families.

Guests can also enjoy mouthwatering Thai dishes on the ground floor at the Wanlamun Rim Nam restaurant. Sala Lanna Rooftop Bar is known for its enchanting ambiance and exceptional service, offering a memorable experience for those seeking a sophisticated and tranquil rooftop bar in Chiang Mai​.

Location: 49 Charoenrat Road, Wat Gate, Mueang Chiang Mai, 50000 Thailand
Bar Hours: 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Phone: +66 53 242 588

Final Thoughts:

As we’ve explored these high-altitude hotspots, it’s clear that Chiang Mai is not just about temples and markets; it’s a city that comes alive with rooftop magic. Each venue offers a unique blend of stunning views, delicious drinks, and unforgettable atmospheres. From the chic elegance of YaYee Rooftop Bar to the vibrant energy of Myst Maya, these rooftop bars cater to all tastes and occasions.

Whether you’re seeking a romantic evening under the night stars, a fun night with friends, or a solo adventure with breathtaking panoramas, Chiang Mai’s rooftop bars have something special to offer.

So, next time you’re in this beautiful Northern Thai city, elevate your experience and create lasting memories at these incredible rooftop destinations. Cheers to sky-high adventures in Chiang Mai!

Founder - Thailand Nomads Jordan started Thailand Nomads primarily for sharing his experience of exploring Thailand for several years. The objective is to help tourists especially digital nomads plan their travel itinerary when visiting Thailand.

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