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The Inter Bar


I am an ex-pat and have lived in Chiangmai, Thailand’s second largest and vibrant city, for over three years now. Initially when I first arrived in this beautiful city I did what most tourists do and visited the various bars and clubs, restaurants and other establishments.

I like nothing better than listening to live music therefore I decided to search around for a venue which would suit my taste. I had passed a bar called the Inter Bar which is conveniently situated near the end of Thapae Road, around the corner from Thapae Gate, many times in my car but had not paid a visit. I decided one night to venture inside and am so glad that I did.

The Inter is not only well located but offers its customers a large, spacious bar area with plenty of seating. It is well decorated throughout and on the walls are interesting pictures and posters of music celebrities from the past. After finding a table near the stage, a member of staff promptly brought over the drinks and cocktails menu which offered a variety of beers such as Tiger, Chang, Leo and Singha. Wonderfully named cocktails for instance Sex on the Beach, Blue Lagoon, Black Russian and Mojitos are also available to enjoy. The prices are a tad expensive, compared to some other bars in the area; however, it is well worth paying the extra to listen to the fine music being brilliantly played.



The music tends to begin at around 7.30 p.m. each night usually with a one man performance playing soft melodies and then livens up about 9.00 p.m. with good old fashioned heavy rock, with tunes belted out from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. This continues with a couple of bands until the early hours of the morning and they certainly encourage audience participation. Requests are regularly played and indeed any members of the audience, who may wish to join in with the band on the stage, either singing or playing a musical instrument, are encouraged to do so.

On the many occasions I have visited this wonderful bar, the bands performing always build up a great rapport with customers, who are usually a variety of ex-pats, tourists and Thai people themselves. It is lovely to see an audience enjoying themselves so much with ages differing from younger to older, no-one minds, everyone just has good fun. There is no food on offer; however there is a pool table where local tournaments take place and a TV for sports fans, (no sound while the bands play). The service is excellent from friendly and efficient bar staff and the more you visit, the more they will recognise you, bringing your favourite drink over before you even sit down.

At special times of the year, for example, the Western New Year, Sonkran Festival and Loy Krathong, the Inter Bar does a roaring trade with the extra customers that arrive to enjoy such festivities. I have been there myself on these occasions and they truly are evenings not to be missed.

The Inter Bar has become my favourite music venue in Chiang Mai and I strongly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good rocking night out! Word of mouth has quickly spread about this fantastic place, so I would encourage anyone wishing to go to arrive early to find a good spot beside the stage.





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