As much as we all love Chang (right…?), sometimes a person requires a bit more hop in their step, and a bit more variety. Microbreweries are still illegal ’round these parts, but as Chiang Mai grows, so does its beer offerings, and today you can find all kinds of imported and craft brews throughout the city. Here are a few places to check out!
1. House of Beers
See and be seen at this hip new drinkery in the heart of Nimman, offering up imported pints (including Leffe and BrewDog) on draught and dozens of others by the bottle, with outdoor and rooftop seating.
44 Soi 12, Nimmanhaemin Road, Kantary Terrace
While the name and location have changed, it’s still beer o’clock at this little shop just south of the old city, where over a hundred kinds of imports can be purchased wholesale.
32 Tippanet Road
3. The Red Lion Pub
This old expat standby, located inside the Night Bazaar, offers a range of local and imported wallops, plus the best selection of cider in town. Live sports on weekends and a full menu of Thai and international food.
123 Loi Kroh Road
4. Beer Republic
With a whopping 16 imports on tap, from Boddington Cream of Manchester, to Erdinger Dark, this friendly corner pub is a great spot for swilling pints and munching on a wide selection of tasty eats.
28 Nimmanhaemin Soi 11
This Nimman standby is always packed with young Thais enjoying live music, live football and a huge selection of brews. There’s Guinness on tap and a beer buffet every Monday though Wednesday night from 5 – 8 p.m., just 139 baht!
Nimmanhaemin Soi 17
Sit on a beanbag by the man-made lake and grill your own meats and veggies while sipping a selection of 60-80 different types of brews at this new Sansai gem.
Chiang Mai-Phrao Road, 7km past Mae Jo, on left hand soi next to Santipap Factory
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