Warm Up Café, Best Nightlife and Bars in Chiang Mai

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.

Warm Up Café, Best Nightlife and Bars in Chiang Mai

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.

Warm Up Café, Best Nightlife and Bars in Chiang MaiLounge 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.

Warm Up Café, Best Nightlife and Bars in Chiang MaiSmall 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

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