Kamala Beach Nightlife
Where to Go at Night in Kamala
Although Kamala has recently grown rapidly, you can still enjoy the seaside village atmosphere that first attracted visitors all those years ago. The beachside bars are a good spot for a sundowner and to catch a glimpse of local fisherman coming in for the night.
When the sun goes down, most visitors enjoy strolling through the village to one of the small local restaurants – basic but tasty. During the high season months, local vendors set up stalls along the beach, so you can pick up some beachwear bargains and souvenirs at leisure.
Aussie Pub is a rather large two-storey venue located along Kamala main road (on the right hand side before Rim Hat Road intersection when coming from the south). It is a very lively and popular and this for some good reasons: featuring six television screens, punters can watch all major sport events broadcasted live; the pool table at the second-floor offers good time with friends; the menu hosts a great selection of international dishes and pub grub; and the charming waitresses are very friendly yet unobtrusive.
With its casual and friendly atmosphere, Aussie Pub is the right place to spend an agreeable evening chatting with expats and visitors alike. Do not miss the free sausage sizzle from 18:30 onwards every Fridays.
- Opening Hours: daily from 11:00 – 02:00
- Location: Next to Apple’s Bar on Kamala main road
- Tel: 084-8179950
Though it is less active than the Main Road bar scene, the Beach Road has a few good bars to offer. The well-known Bob’s Bar next to Papa Crab's Guesthouse is open from 14:00 – 02:00 and features reggae music, a good list of drinks/cocktails, and friendly people, especially Bob. It's a good place to get local inside information & gossip.
- Opening Hours: 14:00 – 02:00
Diavolo is Paresa Resort’s signature restaurant. Located toward the southern end of Phuket’s Millionaire Mile, Paresa is a stylish resort built on the side of a cliff featuring an elegant modern design. Diavolo is the perfect place for an opulent romantic evening; its terrace overlooking the sea is a perfect sundowner spot before to become, as the evening progresses, a great place to chill out with your loved one.
Diavolo’s décor blends contemporary straight lines with natural materials, giving a timeless feeling; from the outdoor terrace, Diavolo’s perched position on the cliff with the Andaman Sea some 50m below gives somehow the impression to be in the over elaborated décor of a sci-fi movie. In addition to this opulent settings, the quality of the signature cocktails and of the wine labels available at Diavolo make this place a top-of-the-range venue for a memorable evening.
- Location: In Paresa Resort, Nakalay Road (Millionaires’ Mile)
- Tel: 076-302000
Elvis Rock & Roll Bar
Elvis Rock & Roll Bar is a family friendly venue located diagonally opposed Aussie Pub along Kamala main road. Set in a two-storey modern building, this colourful neat and clean bar is totally opened on its front and features a small terrace. Elvis memorabilia (mostly posters and photos) cover the walls, and a small stage situated at the back is used for the twice-a-week band’s performances (Friday and Wednesday) as well as for punters who’d like to show their talent on the karaoke.
The ambience is relaxed and festive, and the Elvis impersonator and the band play pretty well. Elvis Rock & Roll Bar serves a good choice of international dishes and throw BBQ grill parties once a week. This is the place to go in Kamala if you like rock ‘n’ roll.
- Opening Hours: daily from 18:00 – 02:00 in high season (Nov-Apr)
- Location: Between the two traffic lights on Kamala main road
- Tel: 085-1587638 or 083-6345772
Kamala Beach - Second Road
Off the beach are a few restaurant/bars including The Club, Kamala Mountain View and Baan Mai – all good spots to enjoy a casual and relaxed evening. The Apple Tree is cool and has pool tables. Other bars that have pool tables include Traveler Bar (next to Apple Tree), Meaw Bar (near Bank of Ayudhya), Paradise Bar (near the 7-Eleven junction.)
Take advantage of the Black Cat's long happy hours (opposite Kamala Beer Garden) from 15:00-20:00. Then there is the Cobra Bar near the Argentina Steakhouse which gets quite busy even in early afternoon. Don’t forget to check out the Pub located near the new Bangkok Bank.
Bars in Kamala or indeed in Thailand in general are made out of just about anything. The Bamboo Bar has a corrugated iron roof with bamboo walls and is located near the Club... Charlie’s Bar located next to the Club Hotel looks very hippyish and is little more than a small and friendly looking shack. In the same vein Sure Sure Bar is not exactly Raffles with its Liverpool FC and beer posters while the Rooftop Bar & Grill on the top floor of the Club Hotel is a good place to enjoy the evening Andaman Sea breezes.
Kamala Beer Garden
Opened in 2011, Kamala Beer Garden is a popular venue located at the first intersection after Big C Supermarket on Kamala main road. This friendly and unpretentious establishment combines Thai style with modern settings in the different areas available within its compounds: indoor and outdoor lounge areas, garden/swimming pool area, and games room (with three pool tables amongst other indoor games). Television screens are displayed all around the different areas, allowing guests to follow live sports broadcasting.
Kamala Beer Garden menu features a great choice of international and Thai favourites, all served at reasonable prices. The drink-list contains all the usual suspects, including a good selection of cocktails priced between 170 and 190 baht; with a daily ‘happy hour’ from 16:00 – 20:00, Kamala Beer Garden is indeed a cool place to hang around.
- Opening Hours: daily from 16:00 – 02:00
- Location: Along the main road in the central part of Kamala
- Tel: 087-6297258
Long Ma Doo
Long Ma Doo is a long-established bar in Kamala. Located at the back of a tiny soi off Rim Hat Road in the centre of Kamala Village (approximately 200m from the beach), this old-fashioned cool place has all the assets for everyone to spend an entertaining and fun evening.
The lounge area is cosy and features a large collection of disparate objects making it looks like some sort of Ali Baba’s cavern. Pool table, dart board and live sports broadcasted on televisions are part of the entertainment here. Friendly barwomen also add some spice to the ambience of the venue.
- Opening Hours: daily from 17:00 – 00:00
- Location: off Rim Hat Road in Kamala centre
- Tel: 076-385989 or 081-5370143
Kamala is also home to one of the island's biggest night time attractions - Phuket FantaSea. A USD$100 million Thai cultural extravaganza covering an area of over 140 acres with a live show featuring elephants, tigers and other animals, traditional Thai dancing, pyrotechnics, light and sound, acrobatics and more. Two shows are performed nightly, with an optional dinner.
There's an opportunity to stroll around the grounds and find some more unusual souvenirs at some of the market stalls and shops after the show. You can also meet with the "celebrity" animals for a photo or two. Great for all ages. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 17:00 - 23:30 every day except Thursday - Show starts at 20.30
- Location: Kamala Beach
Sunshine Bar is behind the Pavilion Beach Restaurant on the waterfront. It may be small but it has charm.
Vanilla Sky Bar & Lounge
Vanilla Sky Bar & Lounge is a stylish cocktail lounge set on the rooftop of Cape Sienna Phuket Hotel & Villas, a five-star resort set along Phuket’s Millionaire Mile in the southern area of Kamala Beach. Featuring four sections: indoor cosy lounge, outdoor terrace overlooking Kamala Bay and the Andaman Sea, snooker room and, at the top-floor, a large room designed for private parties (birthdays, weddings), Vanilla Sky Bar is a sumptuous venue indeed.
As in all luxurious venues, devil is in the details, and Vanilla Sky has been cleverly thought out to offer an incomparable atmosphere to its well-heeled guests. The menu hosts an impressive list of cocktails perfectly mixed by experienced bartenders, and delicious tapas assortment to accompany them. Please note that cocktails are 30% off during happy hour from 17:00 – 19:00.
- Location: On Cape Sienna Phuket grounds