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Craft Beer in Chiang Mai City Guide

A guide to the best craft beer in Chiang Mai, Thailand. From local craft beer taprooms to restaurants serving craft beer, discover Chiang Mai’s beer scene.

COVID-19 Update (25 October 2021): As the pandemic continues to affect daily life in Thailand, please call or message each of these venues in our Chiang Mai craft beer guide to ensure they remain open/serving.

Chiang Mai, one of Thailand’s most picturesque and unspoilt cities, is firmly on its way to becoming a craft beer tourism destination.

Due to Thailand’s restrictive brewing laws, most craft beer sold in Chiang Mai is brewed in its neighbouring countries such as Vietnam and Cambodia. One has even started its first craft brew in Japan.

Despite the distance from brewery to draft taps, the beer still tastes fantastic. The tap systems are in excellent shape, and beer servers are knowledgable. All of this is a testament to the skill and passion amongst the local craft beer community.

Photo of Chiang Mai by Adli Wahid on Unsplash for Craft Beer in Chiang Mai Guide

After a recent trip there by the Beer Asia team to Chiang Mai to explore what the city had to offer in terms, we discovered it is also the home of some of the friendliest craft beer personalities we’ve met in the region.

From Sommart, one of the co-owners of My BEER Friend and a true gentleman, to Cheewasat Polpisit, the owner of the fantastically named Parallel Universe Of Lunar 2 On The Hidden Moon, whose passion for beer and brewing was contagious, we constantly met amazing people simply by showing up in bars and having a chat.

If you are asking ‘where can I find craft beer in Chiang Mai?’, then you have landed on the right guide!

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The Grumpy Old Men: My Beer Friend Taproom  

This is a must-visit bar for craft beer fans passing through Chiang Mai. Understated from the outside and located in a car park, the moment you walk inside you’ll feel the magic.

Besides My Beer Friend, the Grumpy Old Men was serving draft beer from a few other breweries: Liberty (New Zealand), Heart of Darkness (Vietnam – the ‘Moral Shock’ NE Pilsner they had on was excellent), and Three Weavers (United States).

From the eclectic decor and one of the largest CD collections you will find these days to an eye-catching beer menu & tap system, The Grumpy Old Men is much more unique than your typical taproom.

The beer is excellent too: My BEER Friend had four draft taps and the beer is of a high standard. It was also a pleasant surprise to see a taproom also acting as a craft beer outpost for Kiwi, American and Vietnamese brewers.

My BEER Friend Market 

  • ถนน ช้างม่อย Chang Moi Rd, Tambon Si Phum, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50300, Thailand 
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  • +66 97 972 7718 
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My Beer Friend Nimman

  • Nimmana Haeminda Rd Lane 9, Tambon Su Thep, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand
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Parallel Universe Of Lunar 2 On The Hidden Moon 

Yes, that is the real name of one of the most legit craft beer bars in Chiang Mai.

The bar’s proprietor, Cheewasat Polpisit, was an absolute legend. Warm and friendly, he was an excellent host including sharing a beer with us.

The stunning variety of craft beer on offer – from Hong Kong’s Young Master to China’s Bravo and Chiang Mai’s My BEER Friend – blew us away.

The bar mostly serves imported craft beer, but the range and selection is excellent. This was also the first time we had the chance to try craft beer from China! 

Namton’s House Bar  

Monmek Nimman Soi5 food & craft beer  

Archers Restaurant & Bar  

Renegade Craft Beer & Billiards  

Ugo Restaurant & Thai Craft Beer Bar  

The Beer Chiangmai 

Beer Lab   

Mind Cafe    

A fantastic, friendly venue serving a variety of local craft beer.

หมอดูทักฯ Larb & Craftbeer    

  • 3/4 ห้อง1 ซอยป่าห้า ถนนห้วยแก้ว ตำบลสุเทพ 50200 Chiang Mai, Thailand
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  • +66 91 071 6246 
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No.9 Hostel & Cafe     

Q – Bar & Selected Store      

Beer Terminals

  • Star Avenue lifestyle mall 10 ถนน ซุปเปอร์ไฮเวย์ เชียงใหม่-ลำปาง Tambon Wat Ket, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50000, Thailand
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  • +66 89 191 9909
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The Riverside Bar & Restaurant

  • 9, 11 ถนน เจริญราษฎร์ Tambon Chang Moi, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50000, Thailand
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  • +66 53 243 239
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Just Beer Warehouse

Beer Walk In

Number 1 Cafe Bistro

  • Loi Kroh Soi 1, Thesaban Nakhon Chiang Mai,
    Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50100, Thailand
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  • +66 53 206 724

My Place Lounge Chiang Mai

Self-Guided Chiang Mai Local Craft Beer Tour

To explore craft beer in Chiang Mai, click on the star next to the map name above. You can access our self-guided Chiang Mai beer tour anytime from your computer or smartphone. 

12 AWESOME Craft Beer Bars In Chiang Mai, Digital Tourist (2020)

The 7 Best Craft Beer Bars In Chiang Mai, Big 7 Travel (Oct 2019)

Cocktails and craft beer: the coolest bars in Chiang Mai, Lonely Planet (June 2019)

The Best Bars to Drink Craft Beer in Chiang Mai: A Handy Guide, Bodega Hostels (Mar 2019)

Cafe culture and craft beer in Chiang Mai, South China Morning Post (Mar 2019)

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By Su Ann Tan

Su Ann Tan is an experienced food writer, digital marketer and all-round foodie. Su Ann is Digital Project Manager at Beer Asia, leading digital strategy and content creation across a wide range of topics. Su Ann has been a critical contributor to Beer Asia's craft beer guides and managing our social media presence.

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