Chiang Mai residents tend to think that their city beats Bangkok when it comes to bohemian spirit. And the presence of left-field experimental venues such as the North Gate Jazz Co-op does much to strengthen that case. There’s a blissfully uncommercial freedom to the venue. The shophouse interior is crammed with musicians and patrons, while the party busts outdoors to the tables set on the sidewalk. As you might expect from the name, jazz is the order of the day here. Local and visiting musicians come to play sets and to stretch out in jam sessions. The results aren’t always music to everyone’s ears, but the experiments encapsulate the loose, fun ethos of the place.