This is my 3rd week in Chiang Mai, Thailand and mostly I’ve been eating out at Western/American places along with a bit of Thai food since I cannot have spicy Thai food everyday.
One of my new favorite places to go at Nimmanhaemin district in Chiang Mai, Thailand is the Beer Lab. This place has a great selection of your favorite beer from all over the world including America, Europe, Asia, and much more. They do have some nice selection of draft beer on tap and I got to try out some nice German unfiltered beer.
Now since I have my family here with me on my trip, I usually like to go to places that also serve food and boy am I glad I found the Beer Lab. They don’t have a big selection of food but they serve some great steaks to go along with your beer.
Price is definitely one of the highest you will find but the atmosphere is definitely worth it and this is a place for those of you who want to have a good time, not those of you backpackers on a budget.
This is the page with all the current draft beer.
On my first day, I tried one of the steaks, I think this is the Prime Rib. Now, I ordered medium rare and I do recommend ordering medium if you actually want medium rare as it was a bit too rare on the sides. But overall very good steaks!
In my last trip to Barcelona, Spain, I drank a lot of Voll Damm, which is Spanish beer and I was so glad they had it here so I can try it without a trip back to Spain.
Beer Lab is huge with lots of seats. They get busy starting around 8PM and if you are coming with a family, just come early around 6-7PM and there’s plenty of seats including a few air-conditioned seats inside.
They’ve got literally beers from all over the world. They don’t have my favorite American beer like Blue Moon, Sierra Nevada, or Anchor Steam but the selection is great along with plenty of draft beer to enjoy.
They’ve got some excellent cocktails also, this one is “Lady Lychee” served with dry ice to keep it cool so you can enjoy it surely and slowly.
My daughter had a blast playing with the dry ice from the cocktail (obviously).
My daughter Peony ordered the burger, which she rated 7 out of 10, which is really good score since she is a tough food critic and has pretty high tastes for an 8-year old (mostly because her father spoiled her with good food).
On my second trip, I ordered the other steak (I forget what it’s called) but I loved it. This time I ordered it “medium” and came out a perfect American “medium rare”. So juicy and yummy. not quite up to the standards of America but for Thailand, very very good and delicious.
I also got to try some of the special cocktail of the month, the Ghost Rider which has fireball coming out of some fruit.
Overall, I would highly recommend the Beer Lab for anyone who wants to enjoy some young vibes/atmosphere in Nimmanhaemin, great beer selection, and bar food to go along with it. Oh yeah, they also do accept American Express which is great for me since I hate using cash in Thailand as my U.S. banks charge me $8 surcharge every time I take money out of the ATM.
Note: These reviews are purely my own opinions, I find reviews on Trip Advisor are sometimes not very accurate and filled with fake reviews. But I do agree review of Beer Lab on Trip Advisor seems pretty accurate on this one, which is how I found this place. I will try to keep updating my blog often with my own experiences so you can find more good places to eat in Chiang Mai.
I used my Nexus 6P for all the photos in this blog post, I love my 6P!