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The U.N. Irish Pub, The Best Irish Bar In Chiang Mai Thailand

Updated on December 2, 2011
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THE U.N. IRISH PUB

Established in August of 1992, The U.N Irish Pub was originally "The Crusty Loaf Bakery". The original owners were Rosemary O’Connell from County Monaghan in Ireland, and her husband Daeng, from Chiang Mai. In the early days, the bakery became a meeting place for expats to keep in touch with one another. In the early 90s, not everyone owned a mobile phone, so people would meet up at the bakery and often enjoy a few drinks. In order to comply with Thai Law, establishments that serve alcohol are required to advertise as such, this prompted Daeng to post a notice on a chalk board saying "The Irish Pub". Since then the bakery has developed into a restaurant and bar, with a pub upstairs showing live sporting events and hosting live music. The bakery still supplies fresh bread to the public, as well as local restaurants and cafes around the city of Chiang Mai.

Rosemary O'Connell returned to Ireland in 1998. Her husband stayed on as part owner of the Irish Bar until 2001, but has since left, to open a new establishment. The current ownership is made up of Australian, Thai and Kiwi partners. Because the Irish Bar's owners are no longer Irish, it was decided (over a few drinks) to add "The United Nations" to the name of the pub. The bar is now known as "The U.N. Irish Pub."


U.N Irish Pub Sign
U.N Irish Pub Sign
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LOCATION

The U.N. Irish Pub is located on Rajwithie Rd, not far from the three kings monument in the heart of the city. The pub is popular with local expats as well as tourists, one of the advantages of the location is that it is away from the hustle and bustle of the Tha Pae Gate and Night Bazaar areas. There are few touts or vendors to hassle you in this area, so you can feel free to relax and enjoy yourself. From your first glance, it may appear from the street as if the bar is empty, don't let this fool you. There is an outdoor garden area for customers to enjoy food and drink, as well as the pub upstairs with live music and sporting events.


THE FOOD


Breakfast - There are many options on the breakfast menu, surely the favourites are the Big Irish and the English Breakfast. The Big Irish is 2 eggs any style with pork sausage, back bacon, grilled tomato, baked beans, fried mushrooms, fried bread, and shallow fried potatoes all for 160THB. The English Breakfast is 2 eggs any style with pork sausage, back bacon, grilled tomato, toast, butter and jam for only 130THB.

Irish Stew - A traditional Irish stew with a hearty bowl of beef rather than lamb, and vegetables served with a homemade bread roll and butter.

Homemade Pies - They have a variety of freshly baked homemade pies. My favourite is the Guinness beef, also available is, steak and onion, chicken, leek and mushroom as well as spinach and mushroom in cream sauce. The pies are very reasonably priced at only 95THB each.

Fish And Chips - One of the most popular items on the menu, the British style fish and chips are a house favourite.

Pizza - The Pizzas are made with fresh pizza crust from their bakery, with several toppings available, prices range from 150-200THB.

Burgers
- The burgers at the Irish Pub are legendary, of course they are made with fresh homemade burger buns from the bakery. It was once written in a restaurant review, that "The U.N. Irish Pub has the best burgers in Chiang Mai", the writer went on to say that another restaurant in Chiang Mai had better buns, ironically the writer was not aware that the other restaurant he was referring to actually purchased their buns from the bakery at the U.N Irish Pub.



THE DRINKS

Guinness -
It wouldn't really be an Irish Pub if they didn't serve Guinness! The Guinness is just as good as it is in Ireland, as it is brewed in Dublin. The good news is that it won't cost as much as it might in other Irish Pubs in Thailand and around Asia.

Blackthorn Cider & Olde English Cider -
My friends from England or Great Britain are always happy any chance they get to have a cider. I prefer the local beers myself, but the ciders are there for those who enjoy them.

Beers -
Aside from Guinness and cider, there are also a wide variety of local and imported beers available.

Wine -
They have a selection of wines for those people that would like to enjoy wine with dinner, or simply prefer wine to beer and spirits.


LIVE SPORTING EVENTS

The U.N. Irish Pub is my favourite spot in Chiang Mai for viewing live sporting events. With 3 big screen HD TVs, there is not a bad seat in the house. They have all the English Premier League football games broadcast live on UBC satellite in English language. In the mornings they show American sports, live hockey, baseball, basketball and NFL football live on ASN. They also show replays of all the big games throught the day. Motor sports, rugby, cricket and any other sport you can think of are also shown in the bar, Rugby certainly draws the biggest crowds. You can check the U.N Irish Pub's facebook page for a complete list of all upcoming televised events.



LIVE MUSIC

Every Tuesday and Friday night, the U.N. Irish pub is alive with Irish Country music played by Mac & Mel. You can check out their videos on YouTube to see a sample of their great Irish music. There is also an open mic on Wednesday nights hosted by Lindsay.

TRIVIA NIGHT

Every Thursday is trivia night at the U.N. Irish Pub. There is normally a good sized crowd that turns out for the quiz. Expats and tourists turn up from America, Great Britain, Europe and all over the world. The theme of the questions is truly international in order to cater to a multinational crowd. There is no limit to the size of the teams, each team pays an entry fee of 100THB. Normally there are between 15 - 20 teams.



THE "CRUSTY LOAF" BAKERY

Before it became known as the U.N. Irish Pub, it was simply called the "Crusty Loaf Bakery". The times have changed, but the fresh baked bread remains the same. Locals will remember that in the early days, this was one of the only places to get fresh baked bread in Chiang Mai. The bakery still supplies fresh bread, burger buns, and other baked goods to several other restaurants and bars in the city. Many people still stop by the bakery to buy their bread, and visit old friends, just as they did in the days before the bakery became a pub.


THE STAFF


Over the past 18 years, the Irish pub has been lucky to have employed many loyal Thai staff that have stayed with them over the years. The atmosphere amongst the staff and owners is much like that of a family. Many businesses in Thailand have troubles keeping staff, and there is often a high turnover. The U.N, Irish Pub has been fortunate enough not to have had this problem. The owners are very active with the business, and there is always an owner present in the evenings to greet and chat with the customers. Anyone with any experience in Thailand will know that you can not always get accurate information from the Thai staff at most businesses. It is always nice to have somebody there who can give you a straight answer to your questions or perhaps someone just to have a chat with.


RUGBY & CRICKET

The U.N Irish Pub actively sponsors several local sports teams including teams in both the Chiang Mai Rugby Tens as well as the Chiang Mai Cricket Sixes. One of the photos above shows the Australian owner (Sandy) with the "Gang Green".



Map To The U.N. Irish Pub

The Irish Pub Is #7 - Ratchwhithi Rd
The Irish Pub Is #7 - Ratchwhithi Rd

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      Brian Stephens 

      5 years ago from Castelnaudary, France

      I was told about the U.N. Irish Pub by one of its regulars, he is sorting out a property in the area of Chiang Mai. Be funny if he was featured in one of their local quizzes, because he has written a book called 'Jersey's Secret Assassin' and I don't think any of the locals know that. So what sleuths out there can put a name to the title and find out who the pub's local published author is!

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      john valentine 

      6 years ago

      Being along time customer and one who enjoys the food and bakery goods has a complaint on hygiene and your staff.I think you need to have a talk to your staff.I was there for dinner after ordering my dinner the waitress went and sat at the bar as I sat there to watch her play with her Dirty Feet and picking skin off her feet.I was about get up and leave but lucky for me another waitress brought my food.

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      Farangutan 

      6 years ago

      No one can argue that the biggest St. Patrick's Day celebration in Chiang Mai is usually @ The (U.N.) Irish Pub - This year will be interesting as England play IRELAND in the 6 Nations rugby on Saturday 17th. 23:00 (5pm UK) Would be nice to know what plans they have for this - St. Paddy's party downstairs? - Rugby Union upstairs?

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      Patrick Meany 

      6 years ago

      Hi,

      I'l be in Chaing mai for March 13th- 16th Cheltenham horseraces( usually shown on Channel 4 or BBC) and also the Matthew Macklin v Sergio Martinez title fight in the USA ( probably Sky sports/hbo). Can u please advise if you will be showing these events in your pub

      Kind regards

      Patrick

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      TravelinAsia 

      6 years ago from Thailand/Southeast Asia

      Matt, in case you need a good burger, just around the corner there is a place that just opened up .."The Dukes". They have great burgers ... no bullshit! I never did rate the burger at the Irish Pub, although the rest of their food is pretty awsome..

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      matt 

      6 years ago

      UN Irish Pub does not have the best burgers, its a damn lie !

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      Chris Kelly 

      7 years ago

      I have been asked to find some Irish Musicians for a gig in Songhkla. http://bandbidder.com/auction/thairish-paddys-day-...

      Any help would be appreciated...

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      Chris Vogt 

      7 years ago

      I love the food at the Irish Pub! Best damn pub food in Chiang Mai without a doubt!

    • TravelinAsia profile imageAUTHOR

      TravelinAsia 

      8 years ago from Thailand/Southeast Asia

      Shamis,

      The Ashes will be shown at the U.N. Irish Pub, for more details on live sporting events, see their facebook page.

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      Shamis 

      8 years ago

      I will be in Chiang Mai in a few days, and I am looking for a good place to watch England give it to the Aussies in the Ashes.. Is this a good place?

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      jerseys4kids.com 

      8 years ago from Vancouver / Bangkok

      The U.N. Irish Pub really is my favourite Irish Pub in Thailand!

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