Phuket is famous for its nightlife that attracts many tourists from all over the world.
It is found mostly in and around the busiest beaches of Phuket – Patong, Kata, Karon and Rawai. The choices are vast for a night out after an active day at the beach – Western-style discos with dance floors, Thai-style nightclubs with live music, tranquil pubs, small bars dotting the beaches and go-go clubs that offer good ‘company’.
Nightlife in Patong
Bangla Road in Patong Beach is the hub of Phuket’s nightlife. This area has closely packed mini bars as well as sprawling western-style nightclubs. The entrance fee at the discos here is around 400 baht, which includes two drinks. Go-go bars are mostly located in Soi Seadragon. The popular strip clubs are Soi Tiger, Soi Eric and Soi Crocodile. Safari Bar on the city outskirts is a popular nightspot. The highlights here are food stands, dance floors and a rock-climbing facility.
Nightlife in Kara-Karon area
This area is much smaller compared to Patong and the atmosphere here is calmer.
It is frequented by Scandinavian tourists. A few bars located here, cater to the night customers, but there are no discos. The nearby Rawai looks sleepy during the day, but becomes active at night. There are around ten medium-sized bars here that flout closing time rules every now and then.
There are activities for families as well. Latest English movies can be seen at the theaters in Jung Ceylon and Central Festival Walk. Other attractions are facilities for go-karting, shooting, bowling and mini golf. Music Matter, a small jazz spot, hosts Live Jazz Jams every Wednesday night. A quiz show is conducted by The Green Man British Pub on Thursday nights.
Nightlife in Phuket Town
Thai-style nightclubs are the major attraction of Phuket Town. Locals and expats are regulars at these places.
The live bands play a mix of Thai and western music. Though you are expected to pay corkage fees for bringing in liquor bottles from outside, it is normally overlooked. There are no separate dance floors in most of these places.
Karaoke is a popular feature in many of Thailand’s bars. The facilities at different places depend on the standard of the bar. The high-end restaurants even have private booths or hotel rooms with a hostess taking care of your needs. Hostess expenses are extra and they charge per hour. There is no guarantee that the hostess will come with you later.
Thailand has an open approach towards Girlie Bars, where you can find girls and gay boys to spend the evening with. Some bars in specific localities specialize in this field. Many tourists come to Thailand to enjoy this feature. Even if you are not interested in the affairs there, there is no harm in visiting the place to see how it operates. The atmosphere is friendly and approachable. The girls in these bars will come with you outside, if you are willing to pay a ‘fine’ of around 400 baht.
Some are even willing to overlook this, if there is a possibility for a long-term arrangement.
Most villas allow you to bring girls to your room from outside. Some villas even charge extra for this. However, some luxury villas in Phuket
do not allow this. So to save any awkward situation, check their rules before trying.
Discos in Phuket Island
Phuket City and Patong are the major hubs of discos in the island. However, other beach areas
also have joints with bars and sometimes dance floors. The atmosphere at these places are normally relaxed and the music played here are good, but cannot be called disco music. These kinds of places are found at crowded areas frequented by tourists.
Discos in Phuket City
This is a new Thai-style nightclub, with a dance floor and posh décor. Located off Ratsada Road, Phuket Town, it is open from 7.00pm to 1.00am. Address: 34 Phang-Nga Rd, A Muang, Phuket 83000 Telephone: +66 76 256 588 Email: [email protected]
It is a popular nightclub with live band and good food. Address: 118/1 Yaowarat Rd., A. Muang, Phuket 83000, Telephone: +66 76 211 839
Live music and great atmosphere are the highlights of this nightclub. It is usually jam-packed with tourists by 10.00-11.00. It is attached to Blue Marlin Hotel in Phuket Town and occupies the basement. Address: 158/1 Yaowaraj Rd., T. Taladayai, A. Muang, Phuket 83000, Telephone: 076 212866-70
Discos in Patong
Patong discos are livelier, blaring out music till 2.00am. They usually charge 400 baht as admission fee, in which two drinks are also included.
This is a highly popular bar with friendly staff. The place is located at one end of the Bangla Road and entry is free here.
Excellent music, friendly crowd and great drinks are the attractions of Banana. Like elsewhere, they charge 400 baht for admission, which includes two drinks. Address: 124 Thaweewong Rd., Patong, A. Kathu, Phuket 83150, Telephone: +66 76 340 306
Located at the heart of Bangla Road, it comes alive after midnight. Address: 49 Bangla Rd., Patong, A. Kathu, Phuket 83150, Telephone: +66 76 345 112, Email: [email protected]
Spacious dance floor and weekly beach parties on Wednesdays are the highlights. Admission is free before 12.00. Drinks are expensive at 200 baht. Address: 39/1 Bangla Rd., Patong Beach, Kathu, Phuket 83150, Telephone: +66 76 340 215, Email: [email protected]
Located at the end of Bangla Road, adjacent to FBI, it comes to life after 2.00am. It is well known as a good pick-up spot in Phuket.
This is an open-air nightclub with facilities for games like rock-climbing. Located on the road to Karon, it opens at midnight and stays open till morning hours. Address: 28 Sirirat Rd., Patong, A. Kathu, Phuket 83150
This fairly new joint is more patronized by locals and is said to be a clean place. Located on the road to Patong Beach, close to Rock City, it opens at 9.00pm and closes late at night. Address: Thaweewong Rd., Telephone: 076 341613, 085 7871195, Email: [email protected]