After Beach Bar
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 Read More...
- Location: On the hill road between Kata and Rawai, directly above Kata Noi Beach
- Type: Reggae bars (with a view!)
Ape Pub & Restaurant
Ape is live music bar which is particularly popular with local Thais. Found right at the end of The Walk @ Kata, it has quite a dark but trendy look both inside and specialises in rock music by local bands. The exterior is pretty eclectic, like a black shipping container landed on a bamboo hut and spilt its cargo of comic book character statues.
Artspace Café Gallery & Music Bar
Artspace is a fascinating mix of eatery, attraction and live music bar on Ketkwan Road. Standing out thanks to its astounding levels of potted plants (making it resemble a small patch of rainforest), it is a cultural highlight with a friendly atmosphere, established by owner Mr Pan. They also specialise in excellent burgers and pancakes, with vegetarian and Thai cuisine also available.
Back Cat’s Bar
Back Cats Bar is actually three separate bars within a short distance of each other along The Walk, including one of the little beach hut-style bars along the middle of the street. Logically separated into Back Cats Bar 1, 2, and 3, the main one has an impressively sophisticated look, with a couple of pool tables, comfortable seating and happy hour cocktails at 99 baht while bottled beer starts from 70 baht.
- Location: The Walk @ Kata
- Tel: +66 (0)86 983 9989
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
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 Read More...
- Location: Karon Road, just north from Kata’s three-way intersection by Marina Phuket Resort
- Type: Mini golf/restaurant/bar
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
Beer Bars near Kata Conner
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
The Extra Mile Bar
The Extra Mile has a friendly and boisterous atmosphere and a chaotic look, with vibrant colours and flags all over. It has a pool table, free Wi-Fi and a buy-one-get-one-free offer on cocktails, making it quite easy to see where the great atmosphere comes from. You do have to walk an extra mile to get there, though, as it is located close to the very end of The Walk, on the right if youre coming from Kata Road.
- Location: The Walk @ Kata
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
Kata Road Beer Bars
This is a pretty standard selection of beer bars (in so far as Thailand's beer bars can ever be called standard), with the usual pink neon lights, cheap beers, loud music and friendly hostesses. A few also have pool tables.
- Location: Near The Walk @ Kata
Kata Night Bazaar
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
Located at the entrance to the road leading to the Malisa Villa Suites, Lana Bar has a very distinctive orange and black colour scheme, even down to the orange chairs around black tables in front. The place has a fun and lively atmosphere, with good music and particularly good mojitos (180 baht, as are all cocktails). It is perhaps best known for its large jugs of cocktails (200 baht), which come with a bunch of extra-long straws to make sharing easy.
Number One Bar
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
Palm Square Phuket
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 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
Pig & Whistle
With a name like Pig & Whistle this place naturally has a British pub feel to it, and welcomes a mostly western crowd of older visitors. As you would expect of such a place, there is a pool table and a small food menu, featuring home favourites, such as roast pork with crackling, stuffing, Yorkshire pudding and vegetables for 190 baht.
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 Read More...
- Location: Very south end of Kata Beach
- Type: Reggae beach bar
The Walk @ Kata
There is a line of beer bars, each pretty similar to the next, along the centre of The Walk @ Kata. The whole street itself is something of a nightlife hub, with various different styles of bar along both sides. Those bars along the middle all have a similar beach hut look, low-cost cocktails (around 99 baht each) and quite friendly staff.
The Wild East Saloon
As the name suggests, there is a distinctly western theme to this place, which stops just short of having a set of swing doors and a hitching post. It is home to a pool table, regular live music – about four nights a week – and a friendly atmosphere, with the owners having quite a keen sense of humour. Buy 99 beers, says the sign, and youll get one free!