Chiang Mai still has local pubs that make a difference
If you spend a bit more time in Chiang Mai nightlife, you are soon to find out that this is still a small city. Not comparable to Bangkok or any other popular tourist destination in the south. Depending on the time of year or season, once past 1.30 AM most bars are closed in the city center and if you don’t know where the light is still burning, you most likely are about to end your night in the room. But there are few places that close the door a bit later, and sure this place is one of them. Sax Music Pub is conveniently located near the Thapae Gate, but just before everyone gets stuck upon the traffic light from the weekly Sunday market.
Not only the interior is originally decorated, this bar is widely known and recognized for it’s good taste in music. Not only an attractive meeting point for expats, Sax Music Pub is the place for everyone who wants to meet up with other global travelers, but also get a real impression of how expat life in Chiang Mai is beyond the other tourist bars. Staff is very friendly and knows how to serve well while handling a bit of conversation in English. Come early and enjoy some “happy hour” discount on selected drinks.
Some bars just make the difference because of the relaxed style were everyone can feel comfortable. Many bars have a pool table to entertain the customers, but in here it’s part of the furniture without being “abused” as an extra income. The whole intention is to make you feel at home without ignoring the local Thai visitors by keeping prices normally. We have to say that this approach works as the Sax Music Pub can be packed with a nice Thai/Western mixture.