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The Pub Chiang Mai – History

The Pub – A piece of Chiang Mai History

Since the first landlord, Mike Tinker, there has been a succession of international Mine Hosts, from South Africa to Argentina and currently from UK in the shape of Grahame Quinn and his wife Tong (below). Both have been running The Pub since 2004 during which time it has gone from strength to strength

In 1969 the building which is now The Pub was initially intended to be a library, but ended up as a popular watering hole for the local tobacco dealers, many of South African origin. Although not quite the first expat bar in Chiang Mai, Gymkhana Club has that distinction, it is certainly the first pub, hence the name, ‘The Pub’. As there was only one it didn’t need any other name.

This description remains as valid now as it did then, the old creaking timbers are witness to fascinating tales of business ventures, intrigue, and local gossip supplied by expatriates, travelling people and in days gone-by, the world’s tobacco buyers who used to converge and converse around the intimate dark wood bar.

A traditional hostlery in a modern world

Rincome crossroads and NimmanArea around 1969

Rincome crossroads and NimmanArea around 1970. Large building is the Amari Rincome Hotel

Back when it first opened in 1969 the area surrounding The Pub was fields and the roads not much more than tracks. It is now un-recognisable with the Maya Mall, Tan Eastin Hotel and the many condominiums that have sprung up in the surroundings.

Yet despite being on the doorstep of Chiang Mai’s most modern neighbourhood, The Pub has stuck to tradition and remains an oasis of tranquility in the modern city. For visitors interested in the modern chic center of town The Pub’s Bungalows are now the perfect place to stay.

Newsweek: One of the World’s best bars

In 1986 The Pub was visited by the writer Eric Goodman who was writing an article for the Newsweek magazine on the world’s best bars. In the Article he wrote: “If the comfort of an English Pub appeals to you, then when visiting northern Thailand you must lounge around The Pub, an elegant British drinking room with a very Thai touch.”

The Pub Chiang Mai in newsweek - Worlds Best Bars

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Contact The Pub

Click here to send us an email or call us on: +66 (0)53 211 550

The Pub, 189 Huay Kaew Road, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand.

Latest news from The Pub

  • May Newsletter

    May starts off with Mayweather v Pacquiao fight and concert in the Garden, live music on 3 May. Usual events include quiz nights and gentlemen’s club on 4th. Should get busier as many regulars return from their smog/Songkran exile

  • Newsletter April

    The Pub Chiang Mai – April Newsletter: Easter events, Concert in the garden, Quiz Night, Gentlemen’s Club, Sports including the Grand National, St Georges day and much more.

  • March Newsletter

    March starts with St David’s day and a concert in the garden. We will also celebrate St Patricks day and there is plenty of sports on TV including World Cup Cricket, Six Nations Rugby and the start of Formula 1.

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