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“Excellent music” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Bear Bar

The Bear Bar
68 5 Charoern Prathet Road, Chiang Mai 50100, Thailand
08 27668419
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Ranked #5 of 23 nightlife in Chiang Mai
Type: Bar/ Clubs
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Owner description: The best live music in Chiang Mai! Music lives here.Home-made pizza, Thai and Western food, and a wide selection of cocktails.
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“Excellent music”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2012

This place is probably the best overall for music in Chiang Mai. They have a lot of different stuff on, so it's important to check their web site to find out what's on.
http://thebearbar.com
It's a mixed bag of jazz, blues, latin, folk, acoustic, but it's all good :) And their pizza is better than good, it's awesome!

Boy Blues Bar is down the road, so if you're into music, these two bars are well worth checking out.

Visited August 2012
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TheBearBar, Manager at The Bear Bar, responded to this review, October 17, 2012
Thanks for the great review. We're trying to build a venue with an emphasis on quality music, so it's cool you're getting into it so much. We tell the musicians that we're not too fussed about what they play, as long as it's good :-)
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“Great venue for live music.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2012

Thoroughly enjoyed Bear Bar with a large group of Thai and western friends. Live performers were outstanding, beer was cold, and the pizza was among the best in Chiang Mai. Taka, the owner, is a gracious host and outstanding sax player in his own right. Heartily recommended for a laid-back night out in the wonderfully musical city of Chiang Mai.

Visited August 2012
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TheBearBar, Manager at The Bear Bar, responded to this review, September 1, 2012
Thanks for the kind words. We're trying to build a serious music venue, so it's always good to see people who appreciate and really want to listen to the music. Good food and cold beer come as standard :-)
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“The go-to place for blues in Chiang Mai!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2012

Now that the Brasserie is gone, we have to get our live blues fix somewhere else and that place is the Bear Bar! Fantastic music.

Visited July 2012
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TheBearBar, Manager at The Bear Bar, responded to this review, September 1, 2012
Yes, it's sad that the Brasserie has gone but we're continuing to carry the flag and give the bands a place to play. Blues is an important part of our schedule and there are some great bands in town.
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“Great live music spot in Chiang Mai”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2012

The Bear Bar is a great venue in Chiang Mai, with live music nightly. The music tends toward jazz / folk / blues by local bands, and the owner is a musician himself. Great staff and the Thai food is excellent, featuring a lot of Northern dishes (the sun-dried fried pork dish is fantastic). Overall a nice, more chill alternative to the usual bars and restaurants further down Loi Kroh Road.

Visited June 2012
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TheBearBar, Manager at The Bear Bar, responded to this review, September 1, 2012
Thanks.

We were lucky to get the cook we have - when she "auditioned", I hired her when she brought the dishes out, before I even tasted them! - and her sun-dried pork is a favorite of the regulars. She'll teach you how to make it next time you drop by... :-)
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“Best choice for live music in Chiang Mai”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2012

The music here is great. Wednesday is jam night and there were some great blues musicians playing. Lots of guitarists, as usual, but there was also a mad sax player who walked around the room, screaming his [--] off on his horn!

Great pizza, good cocktail menu, I'll be back!

Visited June 2012
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TheBearBar, Manager at The Bear Bar, responded to this review, September 1, 2012
Thanks. We've put a lot of effort into our cocktails and the staff are starting to become known around town for them :-)
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