the riverside bar & restaurant

The Riverside Restaurant

Location: 9-11 Charoenrat Road, Wat Kate, Chiangmai

Visit to Northern Thailand is not complete without experiencing the Riverside. The Riverside Restaurant sits on a quiet pretty stretch of the Ping River providing a courteous and first-class service since 1984. This extraordinary dreamy setting for a romantic dinner and can also transform into a great party venue with live music from the areas hottest bands to dance to until the early hours. The Riverside is a spacious venue that is well lit by a selection of lamps and lights. With simple wooden furniture, there is little to distract from the great views and atmosphere. This restaurant is a good choice for large groups as the menu is a massive collection of Thai favorites, seafood, grilled meats, and even a large children’s section. They even have the special option of dining aboard a river cruise for an additional fee. The 75 minute journey leaves at 20:00 every day and is very popular so must be booked in advance.

The Riverside Bar & Restaurant is nothing less than a Chiang Mai dining and entertainment institution popular with a hip local crowd as well as Thai and foreign visitors to the City and the occasional Thai celebrity. One night in this place a few years back I saw the current Miss Thailand accompanied by several well-known Thai Models.

There are lots of things which make a visit to The Riverside Bar a great night out. Firstly, as the name suggests, this bar and restaurant has a fantastic riverside location on the Charoenrat Road. To get there from the Old Town it’s about a 1.4 km journey down the Tha Pae Road, then over the Nawarat Bridge, and then left 280 meters along the Charoenrat Road. If you’re staying in the Night Bazaar area (where most of the better hotels are located) then it’s an easy 13 minute stroll away.

the riverside bar & restaurant

The music starts around 19.00 with the house band, which consists of two very cool old Thai rockers on guitars, and from around 21.00 other Thai bands come and play sets. There is a very vibrant local music scene with lots of bands playing contemporary music – Thai and English language. Some of the bands are better than others but they are all great fun to watch. Some bands have a large following and on certain nights the bar becomes very lively with a large crowd from the local university.

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