I wrote a trip report on the North Gate last week and promised another one for a new bar somebody told me about. I thought I'd start a new thread for it, maybe we can use it for reviews of other music bars in Chiang Mai.
The new bar I went to is called the Bear Bar and they have a neat web site here: http://www.thebearbar.com
The person who told me about it said there was a party on, but there weren't many people there. Maybe they forgot to tell anyone? But even though there weren't many people, the music was fantastic. The first set was a girl who sang and played latin music on a guitar and she was great. I saw her at the Smile party not long ago and she was awesome then as well! After her was a big latin combo, 6 or 7 people, and the music was crazy wild, very danceable.
The bar also sells food. I had some Thai food, which was some of the best I've ever had. They also do home-made pizza which looked and smelled good coming out of the oven. The service was a bit slow, they didn't have enough staff, but given the number of customers, they probably don't need too many. The owner told me they've only been open a few months, but people are starting to find out about the place and business is picking up.
She also said they're trying to be a serious music venue, so for me that's great! There was a board outside with who's playing and it looks like they have acoustic music in the first half of the week, then jazz and latin bands in the second half.