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Phuket Nightlife

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Just a short drive up the steep hill out of south Kata by Boathouse, you’ll see a group of parked cars and three, what appear to be, rather ad hoc restaurant/bars precariously clinging to the hill. These are After Beach Bar (aka Afterbeach), Small Viewpoint and Baan Chom View.

Afterbeach itself is the establishment in the middle of these three and it could be said that it's in the middle when it comes to food and service as well. Baan Chom View is classier and certainly neater while Small Viewpoint is a little frayed around the edges, to put it kindly. Read More...

  • Location: On the hill road between Kata and Rawai, directly above Kata Noi Beach
  • Type: Reggae bars (with a view!)
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Bluefin Tavern

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Once boasting the island’s biggest collection of CDs, Bluefin has gone from hosting the area’s expats to catering more for visitors. It features both a breezy terrace from which you can watch the street happenings and an air-conditioned interior. Bluefin also serves burgers and Mexican food.

  • Location: Thai Na Road, Kata
  • Type: Tex-Mex bar
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One of Kata's most famous attractions, Dino Park is a mini golf course with a difference. The course and accompanying bar and restaurant feature a manmade exploding mini-volcano that erupts on cue every hour. Various pyrotechnics and strange Dino-noises surround the course, which naturally involves a (cement) dinosaur or two. Open during the day from 10:00 onwards, Dino Park is actually better in the evening when you can see all the visual effects in their full glory which means that you can get a few drinks in, have a decent meal (the burgers are good here) and play mini golf until midnight. Read More...

  • Location: Karon Road, just north from Kata’s three-way intersection by Marina Phuket Resort
  • Type: Mini golf/restaurant/bar
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Easyriders

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Kata used to have only one rocking music venue and this was it. With all the paraphernalia that goes along with Thai heavy rock – huge choppers, lots of wood and Confederate flags, Easyriders isn’t exactly original but it is loud, friendly, has good live music and is open daily. Not a large place, it gets going past 23:00 and doesn’t even open until 22:00.

  • Location: Small soi (on the left if heading to the beach) off Thai Na Road, Kata Centre
  • Type: Hard, raunchy rock – loud
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Beer Bars near Kata Conner

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The beer bars scene in Kata is not at all a big business, especially comparing to Patong, but there are some in Kata. The most obvious collection is near the Kata Conner. All are simply set up and fan-cooled.

  • Opening Hours: Late morning until late at night
  • Location: Kata Road near Kata Conner
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Hollywood Bar

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This is probably the only alive bar in the Ket Kwaan Road area and it caters for people staying at the Sawasdee Village and Alpina Resort as well as Centara Kata Resort. Wood-and-terracotta designed, it keeps its lights down low (in fact the brightest light in the place is the aquarium) and the music consists of evergreens.

  • Location: Ket Kwaan Road, opposite Sawasdee Village
  • Type: Scandinavian beer bar
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Kata Night Bazaar

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The Bazaar is a collection of more than 15 beer bars of various sizes, styles and noisiness. It is somewhat reminiscent of Patong's nightlife, making it not a family-friendly choice.

  • Location: Kata Road, north end past the Club Med
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Number One Bar

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A quieter alternative to Easyriders, Number One Bar is open to the street and a great people-watching spot. This is Kata at its most informal.

  • Location: Opposite Easyriders
  • Type: Laid back, street-side cocktails
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Palm Square is a beautiful dining and relaxing hub located in Kata Beach, right next to Wonderful Pool House at Kata. The design of this cool plaza is simply impressive as it revisits the Sino-Portuguese colonial style of the great tin mining era of Phuket Island, at the end of the 19th century, but with buffed concrete and stunning lighting arrangements giving the whole place an undeniable futuristic touch.

With eight restaurants and bars, one yoga and fitness studio, two spas, and a few boutiques (art gallery, clothes, and Thai natural products), the three floors of the Kata Palm Square building offer a cool and modern place to spend Read More...

  • Opening Hours: daily from 08:00 – 00:00
  • Location: on Kata Road, 150m before Club Med entrance when coming from the south
  • Tel: +66 (0)88 765 3515
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RE KÁ TA is a trendy Beach-Club-cum restaurant on Kata Beach with an accent on healthy living. The base for the annual King’s Cup Regatta, it’s easy to see how the place got its clever name. Fresh, preservative-free products are the order of the day at RE KÁ TA and it prides itself on sourcing only the best.

With a modern outlook and a definite accent on all that is trendy, RE KÁ TA is popular with visitors who want to spend time on the beach but who appreciate top-range amenities, bold décor and great food from 09:00 to 24:00, seven days a week. Read More...

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The Ska Bar is built on huge granite boulders at the south end of Kata Beach and has a great view along the strand and out to sea. You can reach it by going down the little alley near Mom Tri's Boathouse, following the sign saying 'To the Beach'. Alternatively, take the steps down to the beach by Kata Beach Resort and head south. Here, expect lots of reggae, dreadlocks, Bob Marley look-alikes and a friendly atmosphere. Keep your eyes open for organised events as Ska Bar has been known to throw major parties with good live music. Read More...

  • Location: Very south end of Kata Beach
  • Type: Reggae beach bar
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Zugar Bar & Kitchen

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An easy-going open-air bar located on one of the side-roads off Kata Road (which doubles as the access road for the Malisa Villa Suites), the staff at Zugar Bar & Kitchen are very friendly and laid-back. They are perfectly happy for customers to change the music selection between puffs on a good range of very cheap shishas. Fruity flavours include apple, strawberry, lemon and cherry, with prices starting at 350 baht for a small fill. Having a largely Russian clientele, a lot of the prices written around the dark and cosy bar are in Cyrillic, but the staff speak English well and the small beds and low seats are welcoming for all nationalities.

  • Location: Off Kata Road, Kata Beach
  • Tel: +66 (0)81 956 0157
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