Discover all the best Chiang Mai rooftop bars for sunset! Unwind with stunning views, cool drinks, warm vibes and unforgettable moments. Read on to discover my favorite places, hot tips and recommendations for where to catch the best sunset in Chiang Mai…
If you’re lucky enough to find yourself in Chiang Mai, you’ll want to know the best rooftops in Chiang Mai for sunset drinks. Chiang Mai has a whole bunch of great sunset rooftop hangouts offering stunning views, refreshing drinks, and friendly atmospheres. Chiang Mai’s rooftop bars offer a unique blend of urban sophistication and Thai hospitality, making them an absolute must-visit after a long day of sightseeing and shopping. So grab your sunglasses and join me as we explore some of the best rooftop bars in this vibrant city!
1. Myst – Maya Mall
Top of any list would have to be Myst at Maya Mall, Nimmanhaemin. Located atop the iconic Maya Mall, Myst is a trendy rooftop bar that combines modern elegance with a touch of chic – wrapped up in breathtaking panoramic views of the city. Sip on one of their signature cocktails crafted with precision by the highly skilled bartenders while soaking up the vibrant atmosphere. The friendly staff and comfortable seating make Myst my favorite place to unwind and enjoy the city lights. There is live music on the weekends, the bar is open until late, and the bar staff are expert mixologists!
2. Mai the Sky Bar – Melia Hotel
A very close second is Mai the Sky Bar perched high up on the 22nd floor of the prestigious Melia Hotel. This hidden gem boasts exclusivity in a cosy and intimate setting while offering spectacular views over the Ping River. With its warm and welcoming vibes, Melia Hotel is the ideal spot for unwinding after a day of exploring.
3. Xanadu Pub & Restaurant – the Furama Hotel
Hot on any list of the best rooftop bars in Chiang Mai is Xanadu Pub & Restaurant at the Furama Hotel on Huay Kaew Road. So good! There’s a great mix of people – locals and expats alike – and a chilled atmosphere. Stay for dinner and you won’t be disappointed!
4. YaYee Hotel
One of my personal favorites is the rooftop at the YaYee Hotel, Nimman. Serving up some of the best cocktails in all of Chiang Mai with a relaxed vibe, you can’t go wrong finishing your day at YaYee.
5. Thapae Grill
Already very well known in Chiang Mai, Thapae Grill is the place to be as the sun sets over the city! And it’s only going to get better… Thapae Grill’s undergoing a makeover at the moment, but keep an eye on their socials because you won’t want to miss this hot spot! Perched above the popular Thapae Road, this rooftop oasis offers an inviting atmosphere with a menu that caters to all tastes. Indulge in mouthwatering Thai delicacies while enjoying the lively buzz of the surrounding area. With its prime location and scrumptious food, Thapae Grill is a must-visit destination for foodies and rooftop enthusiasts alike.
6. Rise Bar at Akyra Hotel
Rise bar at the Akyra Hotel on Soi 9, Nimman Road. For a touch of sophistication and refined luxury, head over to Rise, situated atop the Akyra Hotel. This stylish rooftop bar offers a haven of tranquility above the bustling streets of Chiang Mai. From the moment you step foot onto the rooftop terrace, you’ll be captivated by the stunning vistas that stretch out before you. Immerse yourself in the elegant ambiance, relish the expertly crafted cocktails, and let the world below fade away as you take in the awe-inspiring views. Rise offers up a cocktail bar, wine bar, and some truly scrumptious pizzas – all while enjoying stunning sunset vistas.
7. Sala Lanna Rooftop Bar
Sala Lanna Rooftop Bar on the east side of the Ping River has 360 degree rooftop views that offer an unparalleled sunset experience. Perched on top of a gorgeous boutique hotel, the Sala Lanna boasts an excellent selection of cocktails and cool drinks to sip as you watch the hustle and bustle of the Night Market crowds below. Escape the chaos and unwind in the serene ambiance of what might be the east side’s coolest venue. Immerse yourself in the intimate atmosphere, savor delicious cocktails, and take in the enchanting views of Chiang Mai’s historic Old City. Whether you’re seeking a quiet evening or a romantic night out, Sala Lanna Hotel’s rooftop bar will provide a memorable experience.
Pro tip: Check out the Wanlamun Rim Nam restaurant on the ground floor for mouthwatering Thai dishes!
8. Upper Deck
The Upper Deck inside the Old Town on Sriphun Soi is truly a hidden gem! Wind your way up the staircase from Sriphun Soi to discover an unparalleled view view of all the Wats in the Old Town! This unpretentious establishment – tucked away in the north-eastern fringes of the Old Town – is an intimate and cozy. Sit and sip a cool drink as you watch the hustle and bustle of the streets below and the fascinating Wat Chedi Luang. On a clear evening you can also see Wat Pratat Doi Suthep on the city’s famed mountain across the city. Wow!! So grab a few friends – or a good book – and enjoy the sunset from Upper Deck.
9. Plunge Pool Bar
Plunge Pool Bar at Le Meridien Hotel on Changklan Road near the Chiang Mai Night Market. Although Plunge is undergoing renovations at the moment, do keep it in mind for next time because the views over Doi Suthep at any time of day – but particularly sunset – are stunning. The rooftop bar offers all the usual selections of cocktails and cool drinks, as well as some seriously scrumptious snacks!
10. Woods Bar
If you’re looking for somewhere hip, happening, casual, and well priced, Woods Bar – opposite Maya Mall in Nimman – is the place to be. Possibly attracted by the well-priced drinks and snacks, Woods Bar is popular with university students. It also offers a great selection of local craft brews, and features local DJs each weekend (and sometimes during the week, too). Open 6pm-midnight daily.
11. NORI Sky Terrace
NORI Sky Terrace in Nimman has become synonymous with superb sushi and sunset drinks at an affordable price. What an awesome spot to unwind after a big day out – fresh, handmade sushi and a long cold drink! Situated on the 5th floor at Nimmanhaemin Soi 5, the NORI Sky Terrace is easy to find – but difficult to leave! 🙂 I’ve spent a lot of time in Nimman, and NORI’s one of my faves. Opens just before 6pm each evening and stays open until midnight.
The best Chiang Mai Rooftop Bars for Sunset – all wrapped up!
There you have it, fellow travelers! Chiang Mai’s best rooftop bars offer an enchanting experience, combining breathtaking views, delectable drinks, and vibrant atmospheres. Whether you’re seeking a romantic evening, a lively night out, or a serene escape, these rooftop venues have something for everyone. So, raise your glasses, embrace the stunning vistas, and make unforgettable memories at these fantastic spots. Cheers to the rooftop bar scene in Chiang Mai, where the sky’s the limit!