Guests can make the most of the Chiang Mai winter experience
while sipping craft beers on beanbags in a sublime waterfront location
CHIANG MAI, THAILAND sala lanna Chiang Mai recently launched River Bar overlooking the gentle waters of the Ping River and offering a chilled-out vibe with an extended local craft beer selection – including Chiang Mai Beer, Red Truck, Chalawan, Chatri, Bussaba, and Phuket Beer – as well as a wide selection of imported craft beers and fine wines.
Every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at River Bar, soothing live music fills the night air from 7 to 10 p.m. encouraging relaxed, sophisticated evenings by the river. Four bands take to the stage on these three evenings playing everything from acoustic numbers and bossa to pop jazz and country rock. A DJ spins chilled tunes from 9 – 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
Guests at River Bar can perch on stools at the counter, or keep things casual while reclining on beanbags in front of the live band, whose performances can also be enjoyed from the adjacent restaurant and rooftop. The bar’s varied beverages are paired with a new menu, including a selection of tapas created by Chef Aswin (Jack) Intraphanich and traditional Italian homemade pizzas.
Chef Jack recently joined the sala lanna culinary team, bringing with him extensive experience from previous stints in successful restaurants in Bangkok, Pattaya, Phuket, Chiang Mai as well as Muscat, Oman, with major hotel brands such as The Chedi, The Peninsula, and The Sukhothai.
The live music lineup at River Bar includes:
• Thursdays: Acoustic and Bossa by Smile Band (7-8 p.m,); pop jazz by On the Ping Band (8-10 p.m.)
• Fridays: Pop jazz by On the Ping Band (7-8 p.m.); country rock by MoSo Band (8-9 p.m.); chill out by DJ Tik (9-10 p.m.)
• Saturdays: Acoustic pop by The Postman (7-8 p.m.); acoustic and bossa by Smile Band (8-9 p.m.); chill out by DJ Tik (9-10 p.m.)
On the Ping is the all-day dining restaurant at sala lanna Chiang Mai, also located along the river and serving Thai, Western, and Italian dishes. Located right next to the restaurant, River Bar is open daily from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.