The Algonquin

Chiang Mai Thailand
Welcome

OUR MISSION

To create an inspirational private social club experience
for discerning members from around Thailand

OUR VALUES

Kinship

We foster an environment of conviviality, shared ideals and the art of conversation. We build meaningful connections in an atmosphere of appreciative inquiry, without the noise of social media.

Inspiration

Our membership of creative thinkers ignite stimulating conversations in an environment of immersive, delightful design. We are a room of tastemakers who contribute our art and style to the evolving Chiang Mai designscape.

Privacy

The club is an analog, intimate space without screens. By not allowing cameras, phones or recording anywhere on the premises, the club is a place for personal refuge and an antedote to digital burnout.

WHO WE ARE

An invite-only social club of 300 members, who can enjoy an intimate community
of like-minded people in a private, exclusive setting.

Founded by two friends as a stylish escape from the crowd, the Algonquin is a social club that offers a diverse group of like-minded members an exclusive room for inspiring conversations and invite-only events. The club is housed in a quiet hidden venue with an elegant, bespoke design and serves as a hub for cultured, curious tastemakers who seek a private place to reflect their style.
The Algonquin is an in-town refuge for a privileged community of friends. We convene in the spirit of The Algonquin Round Table, where tastemakers spent leisurely lunches in conversations defined by a wit that stood against dullness, conformity and mediocrity.
It is our sensibility of gaiety and optimism that rejects the superficiality of social and broadcast media. We believe that authentic human connection is incomparable to a text, and a genuine laugh is ultimately more satisfying than a "like." The Algonquin is where important introductions are made and inspiring ideas are shared.

WHAT WE OFFER

The Algonquin is your in-town refuge

Members of the Algonquin come to drink, dine and relax in a beautiful analog space, free from screens and the noise of social media. With menu items offered at special member prices, it is an affordable escape for those who seek a curated experience. The Algonquin is where important introductions are made and inspiring ideas are shared. Unlike impersonal, crowded restaurants or coffee shops, the club offers an intimate setting, with a comfort and privacy that fosters authentic human connection. Algonquin members and guests leave behind the demanding world of measurement and enter the world of possibility.

The Club Features

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  • The best wine selection in Chiang Mai

    Drawing from a diverse group of importers, the Algonquin is proud to offer members access to an outstanding selection of wines from around the world at prices well below other restaurants.

  • Private events for members

    Members are welcome to make use of the Algonquin for private events and meetings, including art exhibitions and catered lunches or dinners.

  • Inspiring dinner guests

    At least once each month the Algonquin invites a well-known person to join select members for a special dinner and single-topic discussion.

  • Cold Chain Craft Beer

    Enjoy founding member Rene Federson's exclusive craft brews from New Zealand, served on tap at the Algonquin.

  • Order-in meals from the best restaurants in Nimman

    Enjoy meals from Why Not, Tengoku, Aacha, Yangze Jiang and Cafe de Nimman among others without delivery fees.

  • Bespoke cocktails

    The Algonquin has created signature cocktails that can only be found at our Burma Bar. Affordable luxury!

  • Small plate menu

    A charcuterie board, bagels & lox, quiche, soups, pasta and salads.

OUR PHILOSOPHY

We convene as "The Virtuous Circle", expanding conviviality and community

Today’s age is one where the great dream is to trade up from money to meaning. In it we find an unshakable and discomfiting sense that, in our obsession with optimizing our creative routines and maximizing our productivity, we have forgotten how to be truly present in the delightful mystery of life. This is a new age of fulfillment, where one can’t maintain a great work ethic without having a great rest ethic.... We believe that the leisurely life is an artful life, one that expresses the curiosity, humor and waywardness of our essential humanity. Leisure is enjoyed for its own sake, without the intention of utility. In these activities, we’re our best creative and authentic selves, where our attention is on creating for creating’s sake, rather than consideration for results and how they are measured. The Algonquin is defined by a spirit of infinite and cheerful uselessness, born from a desire to avoid the evils of work. One of the underlying reasons for the Algonquin's existence is to cultivate appreciative inquiry among its members, by staking our ground against the tyranny of urgency and addiction to social media. This represents a fundamental shift in the overall perspective taken throughout the entire change process to ‘see’ the wholeness of the human system and to inquire into that system’s strengths, possibilities, and successes.


UPCOMING EVENTS

A guide to what's happening at the Algonquin

Loafing toward Salvation

Rene Federson | December 05 2020 |

The Algonquin ethos is perfectly content is its pointlessness. It’s not a formula for any kind of traditional measure of success, nor intended to achieve any specific purpose. It’s defined by a spirit of infinite and cheerful uselessness that is found in all forms of play, and born from a desire to avoid the evils of work. When we embrace our laziness, we feel less guilty about the pursuit of leisure. We allow ourselves the time to dream and create versus being consumed by daily practical concerns. The leisurely life is an artful life, one that expresses the curiosity, humor and waywardness of our essential humanity.

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The Good Life

Pim Kemasingki | November 05 2020 |

I was in line at the grocery check-out and noticed that all the lifestyle magazines featured bucket lists. You know, the 20 places in the world you must visit before you die, the restaurants you have to try, the ultimate experiences that define a well-lived life. And I thought, really? I must? And if I don’t, I’m somehow less of a person, living a pale rendition of ‘the good life’? Bucket lists are for suckers, here’s why…

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The Five Faces of Shiva

Aaron Sipper | October 05, 2015 |

What do you do in your free time? We ask this harmless question to better know a person by their interests or when we want to steer the conversation away from work. I pose it when I sense that people aren’t inspired in their career, because of the way they say things like, “It’s just a job”, with the same tone of resignation one might use in the phrase, “But I can control it with medication”. Free time is a strange concept, because it implies that the rest of our time is not free; we pay for it with our labor. It is only the small remainder of spare time that we can call our own; the leftovers from the banquet of life.

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Membership by invitation only | Smart dress required

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