Both Gaun and I enjoy music with a couple of Sang Soms, Thai whisky – it is actually a rum, and Chang beer thrown in. We have started on a mission to find some decent live music and I thought I would report back on a couple a venues we have visited recently.
If you want to get a feel for the live music available in Chiang Mai then this is a decent article HERE.
I have written previously about Boy Blues Bar HERE and the Thai Cowboy Bar HERE, the former always worth a visit and the latter maybe not. Close to the Moo Baan where we live is a Thai karaoke bar, which sounds awful and actually can be just that.
The first time we went there was with my friends Gaz and Saskia who were visiting us from Perth and the evening was fun. They were playing good Isaan dancing music and invited Gaun, who loves to dance, onto the stage. At curfew time midnight, they stopped playing music and when the police came round to check the bars they just pulled down a couple of shutters and we continued drinking.
The next time we went the bar was playing agonizingly slow Thai love songs and even Gaun suggested after a while we went somewhere else! On both occasions we were the only people in the bar. With six staff members I don’t know how they get paid.
The second place we tried is called The Brasserie and is situated close to Thapae Gate on the outside of the Old Town moat. The reason we chose here was that this is the home of a guy called Tuk, who is supposed to be an amazing guitar player.
Once again we were caught out by the curfew, which has really put a lid on the night-life here. Midnight is when things get going in Thailand so to have to be off the streets by then isn’t helpful. Pattaya, Phuket and Koh Samui have had the curfew lifted entirely. Hopefully Chiang Mai will join them soon.
Once again we were the only customers at 10.00 pm and although the band was playing Tuk wasn’t and it was a bit like watching a group jamming at home. By 11.00 pm they had enough and packed it in.
So worth a return visit on a weekend when Tuk might be playing or post curfew. I will report back.
If you want to see both Boy and Tuk playing together at Boy Blues Bar go HERE.
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