One hotel general manager told me during my recent reporting trip that nightlife spots in Pai generally “live as long as a fruit fly.” But while watering holes may come and go, spots for live music seem to endure. Two standouts are Mojo Café (61/2 Moo 2;, where crowds pour out into the street as local Thai bands play everything from jazz to Western covers, and The Jazz House (24/1 Moo 3;, a chilled-out spot known for good food, good vibes, and good cocktails. The latter has a popular open-mic night and happily singing along to “Wonderwall” at full volume with strangers-turned-friends is a rite of passage in this town. Jikko Beer (65/1 Moo 3; tel. 081938-8244) is a small street side bar that is leading the craft beer movement in Pai. Jikko mostly serves imported bottles with a particular focus on European and American IPAs with standard local lagers are on tap. The affable guys who run the bar are legends in Pai, and they’ve been here since 1982. 

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