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Lost Hut

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Located in the back alleys of Chiang Mai’s old city in what once was the popular backpacker area, the Lost Hut bar sets itself apart from the rest of the city’s nightlife. For one thing, it has been open for eight years, which is practically an eon in the northern Thai city. In a place where boring tourist-catered bars pop up spontaneously and close down just as fast, Lost Hut’s run means something.

Owned by Canadian expat Blake Gratton and his wife Sai, this bar tells a travel story that is not uncommon. Blake was passing through Southeast Asia, intending to eventually find work in Australia, but instead fell in love with the city and eventually his future wife.

Since then, Lost Hut has grown into somewhat of a haven for like-minded westerners who have put down their roots or are just passing through. Most of those talking loudly at the bamboo bar seem to be on a first name basis with the bartender and eager to start up a conversation.

While things have changed ever so slightly here—they now mix popular and delicious cocktails, some with fresh mint from their garden— one of the points of this bar is that it is a constant in a completely foreign place. The Grattons have set a scene where customers can recognize a familiar face and, whether it’s on a regular Friday night, at one of their BBQs or a party thrown for someone’s birthday, they’ll feel welcome.