22 Chaiyaphum Road, Amphur Muang, Chiangmai, Thailand
053 251 531
Roots Rock Reggae is one of the better live music bars in Chiang Mai, located in the backpacker bar area known locally as 'the soi'. A Chiang Mai institution for many years, Roots Rock plays host to a variety of local and international guests. The place has a popular following among both Thais and farang and really gets pumping at around 12pm most nights. The bar has a stable of mostly Thai musicians playing ska, reggae and rock covers. Look out for the occasional gem like Nok La Fiesta, a small Thai singer with a huge voice who, with full ensemble, can be heard belting out everything from Manu Chao to La Bamba. The bar has a great selection of cocktails or you can choose one of its SangSom buckets, popular with the farang crowd. Don't blame me if you end up dancing on the tables though, a common site on the weekends. Live music is from 9pm - 1.15am.