This little local bar is tucked away right off the Superhighway, so it probably isn't a consideration for those passing through.
Head down to the Night Bazaar and into Kalare Market for a great blues show.
Coffee Bar is a great cafe to sit, work or relax in and now they've extended their business hours to include an outdoor "After Sunset" bar.
Drunken Flower has a charming vibe of intimacy and friendliness, and often have live music in the evenings.
If you're looking for an intimate hangout within the old city, check out Gossip Gallery & Bar.
A newer addition to the Nimmanheiman scene, Hello Teddy is sandwiched between two other newcomers on Soi 7, Wine Terminal and LVMC
LVMC (Living Machine Bar & Break) is another relative newcomer to the Nimmanheiman bar scene.
PureChiangMai held its first Meet-Up at the recently renovated Magenta, and the general consensus definitely leaned favorably to the bar's new look.
Certainly one of the most well-known of live music locations in Chiang Mai, North Gate Jazz is a small club on the moat (north side, but of course), crammed full of both Thai and foreign jazz music
Small House Kafe is an immensely popular local bar -- local Thais and expats alike love it as their go-to location for one drink or several, almost any day of the week.
Drive down a dark dirt road opposite the Shell Station on Huay Kaew and you'll stumble across another Chiang Mai favorite.
A cozy little bar just steps away from Wat Phra Singh in the Old City, Taku is a quiet spot perfect for pre- and post-dinner drinks, music and even art.
Tawandaeng (ตะวันแดง, sometimes spelled Tawandang) is by far the craziest club in Chiang Mai (it's actually a chain, there are others).
"The Grotto" is the unofficial title for a collection of shacks and bamboo tables on the river that doesn't actually have a name.
Warm Up is undoubtedly a student club, playing dancey beats of all varieties and refreshingly free of sleaze.
An ever-popular night club with the young, party-centric crowd, both Thai and Western, Warm Up offers a wide variety of music options including DJs, house music and rock.
Zoe in Yellow is many things to many people, but above all it is the definitive spot to go nuts.