The Warm Up Café is a Nimmanhaemin institution and arguably the most famous name in the Chiang Mai nightlife scene. You will not have a problem finding it as every tuk driver knows where it is and every local has probably been there, often dozens of times. It is a huge multi-tiered venue which consists of 5 separate areas.
The majority of the patrons are young, chic university students from the nearby Chiang Mai University. It can sometimes be difficult to get a table, especially on the weekends but it is possible to book in advance and entrance is free unless it is a special occasion.
Warm Up offers a large selection of beverages, signature cocktails, a broad selection of spirits plus draft beer, bottled beer and beer towers. They also offer a fairly extensive Thai and Chinese menu plus all your sushi favorites.
The Outdoor Area – This area has a few beer tables and benches where patrons come to smoke cigarettes or hang out under the night sky.
Alfresco Dining Area – This area is a great place to celebrate a special occasion with friends, chill out, eat delicious food while downing some cool beverages. Enjoy the live bands playing Indie Pop/Rock & Ska. Remember to tip the lovely waitresses and you will be guaranteed great service.
Lounge Area – If the music gets too loud or you prefer somewhere a little quieter, then you can hang out in the Lounge area in some comfy seats and you can even shoot some pool.
Club Area – This section is not for the claustrophobic as it gets jammed packed every night after 10:00 p.m. Most evenings they have Thai pop bands with a DJ belting out some EDM in between sets. The locals go bananas and the vibe is pretty cool.
Small Dance Room – You can often find a few Westerners in this section where the DJ pumps out some deep base.
Warm Up Café is a beautiful complex with moderate prices. It’s a great place to eat good food, party with friends or dance the night away.
Tip 1: Bring ID (Passport or Driver’s License) – no matter how old you are. Minimum age is 20 and the doorman checks everyone’s ID.
Tip 2: Book a table in advance if you wish to have dinner or wish to be seated.
Tip 3: Bring a bottle of your favorite liquor and just pay the corkage fee (surcharge).
Tip 4: Warm Up Café celebrates its annual birthday with a massive party on the 26th February every year. Free drinks and food, including spirits from 6:00 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.
Open hours: 6:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.
Address: 40 Nimmanhaemin Road, Chiang Mai
Tel: 053 400 677