Phuket Town Nightlife
Where to Go at Night in Phuket Town
The nightlife scene in Phuket Town (recently upgraded to city status but old habits die hard) is certainly different from the all-out assault on the senses that is Patong. People like to characterise Phuket Town nightlife as being slow, boring, with locations too far apart. But Phuket Town nightlife has a distinctly Asian flavour that's an acquired taste, yet a delight once you get to know it.
Phuket is a great window into the life of real, everyday, modern Thais. The scene in downtown nightclubs and bars is very indicative of Thai culture: it's fun, slightly corny and no one is taking anything too seriously. Because of the nature of the beast – spread out and slightly quirky – perhaps a read through the following is a good idea to get your nightlife bearings.
- Rafting & Elephant Trekking
- Cruise on the June Bahtra to Phang Nga Bay
- Phi Phi Island by Speedboat
- Phuket Fantasea Show
- 4 in 1 Safari with Junk Cruise
- Phang Nga by Speedboat + Canoe
- Bamboo Rafting or River Canoeing + Elephant Trekking + Elephant Bathing
- Krabi Highlights by Speedboat
- Khaosok Discovery (Canoe)
- Hong by Starlight with John Gray Sea Canoe
Other Nightlife Venues in Phuket Town
Karaoke is extremely popular in Asia and Thailand is no exception. Locals in Phuket usually combine eating, drinking and crooning and this is the place to do it either in private 'VIP' rooms or in the open bar space.
- Opening Hours: For dinner
- Location: Phuket Road, diagonally opposite the Phuket Immigration Office, Phuket Road
Bowling - CS Bowl Centre Entertainment
Bowling enthusiasms can enjoy a few games at the only bowling centre in town, the CS Bowl Centre Entertainment located inside Big C. CS Bowl is usually busy over the weekend therefore they often offer special packages/promotions during weekdays such as ‘play three games pay only 100 baht deal’. The alley has shoes and socks for rent at the price of 30 baht per pair in case you need any. They also have extensive food and drink menus.
- Opening Hours: Mon – Fri from 12:00 – 22:00, Sat and Sun from 11:00 – 22:00.
- Location: On the top floor of Big C, Bypass Road
- Tel: +66(0) 76 249 260
Buddy Café is about as Thai as you can get. Some 40 girls dressed in provocative and revealing costumes sing nightly. Members of the audience (mostly male, of course) purchase garlands of 'flowers' and drape them round the singers' necks. The singers later cash in the garlands with the café's management. There's plenty of plush seating and over-the-top décor and you can also order food. If it all sounds old fashioned, the basic idea behind it all is – but the costumes aren't.
- Opening Hours: 20:00 – 02:00
- Location: Soi Nimit off Chana Charoen Road, near Seahorse traffic circle
Cinemas and Movie Theatres
When in Phuket Town, check out SFX Coliseum at Central Festival Phuket Shopping Mall and the Coliseum Paradise Multiplex next to Ocean Shopping Mall. They both feature Thai, Western and Asian movies but SFX offers more English-language soundtracks than Coliseum. Both cinemas feature the usual drinks' and popcorn outlets plus VIP sections on top of standard seating as well as Game Zones.
- Location: SFX Coliseum is on the 3rd Fl., Central Festival on Bypass Rd Coliseum Paradise Multiplex is next to Ocean Shopping Mall on Tilok-U-Thit 1 Rd -
- Tel: SFX Coliseum’s phone +66 (0) 76 209 000 - Coliseum Paradise Multiplex’s Tel: +66 (0) 76 220 174
Eatzz Bar & Restaurant
Eatzz has live music nightly from 21:00 onward, played by a Filipina/Thai duo singing mostly folk and pop music. The recommended dishes at Eatzz are phad Thai (rice noodles fried with a choice of meat), tonkatsu with garlic rice, banana spring rolls, sirloin steak and Eatzz duck breast. In the same area along Limelight Avenue, there are a few more pubs and bars, mostly spacious and very Thai.
- Opening Hours: Tue – Fri from 11:00 – 14:00 and again from 18:00 – 24:00 Sat – Sun from 11:00 – 24:00. Closed on Mondays
- Location: Limelight Avenue on New Dibuk Road, right behind Sofa Pub
Fever Corner is a typical Thai-style beer garden with quite a few friendly good-looking hostesses around. Some customers hop from one place to another, probably looking for the best-looking companions as there are a few more similar venues along the same road, notably Sure Garden and Seng Tawan. People under 20 are not allowed in. Prices for food and drinks are quite cheap compared to most west-coast tourist bars.
- Opening Hours: 19:00 – late
- Location: Near Talingchan Bridge over the canal on Takuapa Road
Ka Jok See Restaurant & Bar
Ka Jok See (meaning 'stained glass window') is one of the most successful restaurants on the island. Without any advertising at all, the restaurant has been featured in countless top magazines and newspapers around the globe such as UK Glamour, Conde Nast Traveler and the New York Times. The front door is hidden behind a lovely ivy façade and the vintage shophouse features old wooden-beamed ceilings and is decorated with old photos and Thai crafts and objects. It's a great place for a candlelit romantic dinner or a special night out with friends as later into the night Khun Lek, the charming owner and great host, selects top music and completely turns Ka Jok See into a dance joint. Prices are reasonable but some items can be on the expensive side. Reservations are suggested
- Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 18:00 – 24:00
- Location: Near Khanasutra Indian Restaurant on Takua Pa Road, a short walk from the Rassada traffic circle
Kor Tor Mor Club
Kor Tor Mor is a popular pub/club that caters to trendy Thais. Located near the Seahorse Circle (sometimes known as Nimit Circle), it's usually packed every weekend and on some Friday nights it is all but impossible to get in. The house band plays Thai pop and rock nightly plus DJ's fire up the dance floor between the acts and later on. It's the perfect place to go if you want to get away from the mad Patong scene and mingle with locals. As is the norm in most Thai nightclubs there is no cover or corkage charge if you bring your own liquor (there's even a special garbage container outside for disposing opened liquor boxes) but you will need to pay for mixers, ice and beer. Don't wear shorts and sandals here – there's a dress code.
- Opening Hours: 21.00 - 02.00
- Location: Near the Seahorse Circle, Chana-Charoen Road (behind Robinson Department Store)
The Lost Legends of Phuket show at Underwood Art Factory is a total concept in itself: a dinner/show set in a real factory with post-industrial décor is really something new to Phuket, and without doubt one of the most original venues on the island. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 19:30 - late
- Location: On the Bypass Road, north of Phuket Town
- Address: 49/6 Moo. 5, Chalermphrakiat Ror 9 Road, Rassada, Muang, Phuket
- Tel: +66 (0)88 762 4505
Michael's Bar, on Takua Pa Road off Rassada, is basically an expat hangout and features a pool table, sports TV, Internet connections and Western snacks. Regular Happy Hour is from 12:00 – 05:00 (or 16:00 – 19:00 in low season.).
- Location: Near Ka Jok See, Takua Pa Road
For the best Mojitos in town check out Music Matter (sic). Run by a local musician, the open-sided, hole-in-the-wall bar has hopping jazz jams every Wednesday night.
- Location: Not far from Ocean Plaza downtown, on a small soi between Tilok Utis 1 Road and Phuket Road. Music Matter is actually hiding behind a small restaurant that has long ivy at front.
Pink Chamois and Pink Lady
Located in the basement of the Metropole Hotel, Pink Chamois offers live music nightly sung karaoke-style by young and sexy girls as well as some private karaoke rooms. The same company owns two more similar venues in town but these don't feature live bands. These are the Pink Lady Club, behind Sengho Bookstore and Pink Lady 2002, not far from the Royal Phuket City Hotel. Pink Chamois and Pink Lady cater to Thais and other Asian men wanting to meet 'friendly girls'. Drinks are more expensive than in most other night venues in town, as are other 'services'.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 19:00 – 01:30
- Location: Pink Chamois is at the basement of the Metropole Hotel. Pink Lady is behind Sengho Bookstore on Montree Road. Pink Lady 2002 on Phang Nga Road near the junction of Montree Road.
Rockin' Angels is a must for music lovers and artists. The Singaporean owner is a guitarist and singer and an all-round nice guy and so impromptu jam sessions are the norm, with some very lively evenings. Read More...
- Location: From the Rassada traffic circle heading up Yaowarat Road, Rockin’Angels is on the left-hand side before the first traffic lights
Romdee (meaning 'feeling good') is located next door to Sineha Bar on Yaowarat Road. In a vintage shophouse converted it into a simple and friendly bar, it's an atmospheric meeting place.
- Location: Yaowarat Road, next to Sineha Bar
Owned and run by two Turkish brothers from Istanbul, Roxy was opened in 2007. A small but well-liked bar, Roxy offers live sport, darts, an English pub-sized pool table as well as a quiz night every Wednesday. Drinks are reasonably priced and their interesting menu features western, Mexican and Turkish food. In fact, it's the only place in town that serves real Turkish food. If you feel like something different, try the dolma, karniyarik, kebabs and kofte, they're all good. Many dishes come with fresh homemade yoghurt.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 16:00 -01:00
- Location: Near Bangkok Bank on Phang Nga Road, not far from the On On Hotel
A trendy bar with deep-blue doors and walls, Sineha has become a newly popular bar among young and trendy Phuketians and this makes it a good place off the tourist beaten path in which to meet locals. There is a limited menu and prices are a bit higher than normal but are still reasonable.
- Location: Yaowarat Road (formerly Sue-sa-ming pub)
The stylish Sofa Pub is located at the entrance of an up-and-coming nightlight area called Limelight Avenue along New Dibuk Road. It has live bands and some interesting dishes including grilled prawns with lime as well as local-style spicy fish cakes. Sofa Pub is a regular hangout for Phuket yuppies and features a modern yet warm atmosphere with friendly service.
- Location: On New Dibuk Road, not far from Raya Restaurant. Look for the huge Chivas sign out front, you can’t miss it.
T2 Live Music
T2 is one of the main shakers when it comes to nightlife in Phuket Town. Again, it's popular with the Thai whisky & mixer set and it doesn't offer anything wildly original in terms of musical entertainment. The bands usually blast out Thai Indie stuff and the odd Western rock tune. The DJ plays a kind of techno-hip hop hybrid and it's all very, very loud. Not really a place to meet people because of the noise but if you're into dancing that's another story
- Opening Hours: 20:00 – late
- Location: By Surin Traffic Circle and the Metropole Hotel
The Route - Café & Music Bar (formerly Route 68) is the new version at a new location of the hyper-cool Route 68 Bar which used to be located at 68 Thalang Road (hence its name) in Phuket Old Town. As the phoenix, the vintage-style Route 68 has reborn from its own ashes and became The Route, a well-thought contemporary styled lounge bar set right opposite Phuket Trickeye Museum on Phang Nga Road in Phuket Town; with soft live jazz music, modern and comfortable settings and furnishing, views out along Phang Nga Road, hanging out at The Route - Phuket is like getting back home and retrieve old friends. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 16:00 – Midnight
- Location: on Phang Nga Road, opposite Phuket Trickeye Museum
- Tel: 089 647 4942
Timber Hut is an institution on the Phuket Town nightlife scene. First opened way back in 1990, this Thai live music pub has been entertaining Phuket’s hi-so youngsters for years with a décor and ambiance that has barely changed over the years. Located on Yaowarat Road at the northern entrance of Phuket Old Town, Timber Hut is an old two-storey red brick building shaped rather like a chapel. It may sound like a paradox but Timber Hut looks exactly the opposite of its well-heeled and influential patrons as the place can seem like an old and dusty wooden hut. Read More...
- Location: Near the Merlin Hotel junction on Yaowarat Rd
Wonderland Phuket is the latest addition to Phuket Old Town’s bustling nightlife scene. It’s a classy cocktail and champagne lounge setup on Yaowarat Road in one of the vintage shop-houses which make up and give this charming and retro feeling in the Sino-Portuguese district of downtown Phuket. Setting foot in Wonderland Phuket is like stepping back in time or entering down a rabbit hole, with its red walls, Victorian-era chandeliers, stylish antiques and reproduction furniture, comfortable cushioned armchairs, beautifully-shaped mirrors – the décor and design here is well thought out and displays a lot of taste. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 18:00 – 24:00
- Location: 104 Yaowarat Road in Phuket Old Town
- Remarks: Wonderland is a brand-new place still in its ‘soft-opening’ phase (the bar opens only on Saturdays) until the end of October 2013
- Tel: +66 (0)86 024 1907