Sports Bars in Chiang Rai – The 5 Best Bars to Watch a Match in 2024

Chiang Rai used to have two huge sports bars, unfortunately, both of them closed because of COVID-19, but don’t worry, there are still some pubs in town where you can watch the match. Here are the five best sports bars in Chiang Rai.

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Your quick guide to the best sports bars in Chiang Rai

If you can’t be bothered to read everything and just want to know which sports bar in Chiang Rai is the best, get yourself to Steve’s Bar. If you want to know why it’s the best place to watch live sport in Chiang Rai you’ll have to read on.

The Two Best Bars to Watch Sport in Chiang Rai

There are quite a few small bars with TVs that occasionally show sport, but if you take your sport watching seriously you need to get yourself to one of these two sports bars.

Steve’s Bar – My favourite sports bar in Chiang Rai

Also known as Hangover Corner, Steve’s Bar is the best place in town to watch live sport. 

It’s only a small bar, but it always has a great atmosphere. Even though it’s small, there are loads of TVs and they can put on anything you want! English Football, Aussie Rules, NRL, F1, rugby and anything else you can think of is available at this sports bar in Chiang Rai.

If you’re looking for the best sports bar in Chiang Rai to watch the Rugby Six Nations, this is my recommendation. 

It’s a biker bar for the local club, but don’t let that put you off, it still has a fun and friendly atmosphere. And who knows, if your confidence has grown on two wheels after renting a scooter in town, maybe you can become the newest member of the gang.

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Ready to join the MC?

Steve’s Bar is open from 13:00 to 01:00 every day of the week. 

Here’s where you’ll find this sports bar in Chiang Rai.

O’Kane’s Irish Pub – The best Guinness in town 

Next up on my list of the best places in Chiang Rai to watch sport is O’Kane’s Irish Pub.

This is one of the most popular bars in the city, and that’s not only because it serves the best Guinness for miles

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The best Guinness in town

If you’re feeling homesick and need some comfort food, O’Kane’s is the place to go. The food menu has classics like fish & chips and pie & mash. But if that feels like the last thing you want to eat while watching the match fear not, they have a great selection of Thai food too. 

While O’Kane’s is primarily an Irish Pub, it can still be classed as a sports bar in Chiang Rai. That’s because there are two screens inside which show pretty much any sport you want. That seems to be the way of things in Chiang Rai, and most of Thailand, the bars have access to every sport channel in the world

If you fancy playing some sport too, you can, because they have a pool table inside that’s free to play.

It’s open from 09:30 to 00:30 seven days a week. Making it the best sports bar in Chiang Rai for breakfast. 

Here’s a link to the exact location on Google Maps.

Three Back-up Sports Bars in Chiang Rai

In case you don’t want to go to one of the most popular sports bars in Chiang Rai, here are three smaller bars that also show live sport.

Swansong Bar – A great atmosphere

Next up on the list of the best sports bars in Chiang Rai is Swansong Bar. A great little back-street bar, just around the corner from O’Kanes. 

The owners, Jason and Nim, are great hosts, make you feel very welcome and accommodate your sports-watching needs when possible. There is only one big screen so if there’s a clash it’s a scrap to see who gets to watch what they want.

If your chosen game isn’t on, you can play on the free pool table or just walk around the corner to O’Kanes as they have loads of screens.

Address: Thanon Baanpa Pragarn Road, Tambon Wiang, Chiang Rai, Thailand

Cat Bar – A simple bar with a couple of TVs

Cat Bar is a classic Thai bar in the heart of Chiang Rai. 

It’s a simple bar with a couple of TVs inside, showing whatever the customers ask for. There’s a pool table inside too, which is of course free to play as long as you’re having a drink.

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Beer and sport. What a combo!

There’s no food available at this sports bar in Chiang Rai, it is all about the booze and the sport.

Here’s where you’ll find Cat Bar.

Rosebar – A girlie bar that shows live sport

If you want to be accompanied by a hareem of local ladies while watching the match, Rosebar is the sports bar in Chiang Rai for you.

There’s also a basic food menu, a pool table along with two TVs showing every kind of live sport that’s available.

Here’s a link to the location of Rosebar on Google Maps.

Need to rent a scooter on your travels?

So now that you know where to find the best sports bars in Chiang Rai, how are you going to get there? Along with sports bars around the world, my other speciality to scooter and motorbike rental. Here’s my post about where to rent a scooter from in Chiang Rai.

The best activities in Chiang Rai right now

If you’re looking for other things to do now that you’ve sorted your scooter rental in Chiang Rai, I recommend you take a quick look at Get Your Guide’s list of the best things to do in Chiang Rai today

They offer the biggest choice of trips, tours and tickets in Chiang Rai and any other global destination you’re off to. So give them a little look.

Have you checked out Hostelword yet?

If you haven’t booked your hostel yet check out this gem on Hostelworld – Mercy Hostel. It’s one of the best hostels I’ve ever stayed in.

If your Chiang Rai accommodation is already sorted you should have a look at Hostelworld for your next stop. It is the best online platform for hostel booking anywhere online. Well, I reckon it is anyway.

The best sports bars all over Thailand.

I’m a bit of a sports bar addict. So if you’re looking for some more tips on where to go to watch the match all over Thailand, check out these links:

Sports Bars in Koh Lanta – The Best Places To Watch The Match

Sports Bars in Bangkok – Top 6 For Serious Sports Fans

Pattaya Sports Bars – The Best For Serious Sports Fans

Sports Bars In Phi Phi – The Best 3 On The Island

The 4 Best Sports Bars in Koh Phangan – 2024 Update

Sports Bars In Kamala – The 3 Best Bars To Watch Sport

Sports Bars In Phuket Town – The Only 3 You Need

Patong Sports Bars– The Only 4 You Need

Sports Bars in Chiang Rai – The 4 Best Bars to Watch Sport

Heading elsewhere in Thailand?

If you haven’t been there already I’m sure Chiang Mai and the wonderful Pai are on your travel list too. Click on them to see my posts about things to do or be aware of in those destinations.


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