27 September 2016

 

5 hottest bars in Phuket

Don't miss these awesome cocktail bars. The hottest places to unwind after dark

Happiness is a beach bar

1. Sabai Corner

Happiness is a beach bar

Our all-time favourite bar

Meaning ‘Happy Corner’, Sabai Bar is the most aptly named in Phuket. The wow factor is one thing it has in spades, having been built on a bluff with some of the best beach views on the island. Sip on a chilled drink and glance to the north to see Kata Noi, Kata Yai, and Karon beaches, along with Pu Island and the back of the iconic Big Buddha, or stare across the sea to the horizon. Set near Kata View Point, you can sit back in serene surroundings and make your way through the classic cocktail list.

On the road leading from the Kata/Karon viewpoint (look for signage)

Tel: 089-8755525

Phuket’s biggest party

2. Tai Pan

Phuket’s biggest party

Packed with character, long-standing Phuket favourite Tai Pan has a reputation for offering the most generous prizes in town for bar contests (scooter, anyone?). When you want to experience the fun side of Thailand and mingle with the locals, this bar/club has it all. Get your groove on to resident and guest DJs, imbibed by happy-hour deals that will keep you coming back for more.

Rat-U-Thit Road, diagonally opposite Soi Bangla   Tel: 66 82 531 4273

World-class cocktails

3. Nine Lounge and Bar

World-class cocktails

Named by Conde Nast Traveller as one of the ‘World’s Best Bars’, Nine Lounge and Bar is simply the most stylish venue in Phuket. This uber-cool bar is the place for the town’s most glamorous to sit back and soak up the sunset with a classic or crafty cocktail, dance the night away under the stars on the terrace or chill out in the sleek, contemporary surroundings. If class is what you’re looking for, this is the place to find it.

26 Phrabaramee Road Soi 7, Kalim Beach, Phuket   Tel: +66 (76) 344 834

Feel the heat of hip-hop

4. Ska Bar

Feel the heat of hip-hop

Run by dreadlocked Rastas, this vibrant bar is packed and pulsing with the sounds of reggae, hip-hop and R&B. But the music’s not the only draw of this intimate venue – sunset hour is the time to come and enjoy a cold Chang beer and chat to the friendly frequenters of this beachside bar set between two huge boulders at the end of Kata Beach. And when the sun goes down, fire dancers will keep up the heat throughout the night.

186/12 Kata Beach, Kata Beach, Phuket   Tel: +66 8 1797 0559

Roll with the rockers

5. Rock City

Roll with the rockers

THE place to be for live heavy metal and hard rock music in Phuket’s Patong Beach. Its central location, in the same area as Tai Pan, makes it unmissable (not least because its main door is guarded by two massive Predator and Alien statues made of recycled engine spare parts). Cold, cheap beer, two-for-one cocktails and real rock n’ roll will keep you coming back night after night.

188/1 Thaweewong Road, Patong Beach, Phuket   Tel: 66 78 855 101

 
 
 
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