Rawai Nightlife Guide

Where to Go at Night in Rawai

Rawai is a relatively tight-knit community where a lot of people frequent their 'local' rather than go bar hopping. This doesn't mean there isn't much choice of nightlife however, and the logistics of getting around in Rawai are much easier than most places.


Rawai Beach

Coconut Bar & Restaurant

A sports bar at the end of Rawai Beach with good food (both Thai and international) and a relaxed expat scene that’s easy to fit into. Take in the sea views of this working beach from the upper floor during the day and the sports by night. Coconut serves breakfast.

Opening Hours: 08:00 – late
Location: Western end of Rawai Beach, diagonally opposite Baan Haad Rawai Seafood


 

Freedom Bar

On the right-hand side of the road is a large, orange fronted indoor/outdoor watering hole. This is Freedom Bar – a sometimes raucous sports bar with two pool tables, occasional live music, live televised football and more tattooes than Hamburg. The owner is a real card who loves to keep the place animated with his earthy humour. Big, loud and basic, 'urbane and sophisticated’ Freedom is most definitely not.

Opening Hours: Daily from 14:00 – 02:00
Location: Opposite Nikita’s on the Beach Road

Nikita's

If you follow Viset Road round the bend to the right at the sea, immediately to the left of the road is Rawai Beach. Rounding the corner at the bottom of the drag, you'll notice two bars diagonally opposite each other, but each with a diametrically different clientele. On the left (the only bar smack on the beach at Rawai) is Nikita's. Yachties, professionals, and people of a certain vintage make up this atmospheric joint's clientele. Nikita's is somewhat of a Rawai establishment and it's not for nothing that it's usually busy. It features discreet lighting and a delicious right-on-the-water feel.  Read More...

Opening Hours: Daily from 14:00 – 02:00
Location: On the Beach Road opposite Freedom Bar

Rainbow Bar

The erstwhile Normandie Bar, Rainbow is now in the hands of a savvy young Thai lady who makes sure that customers (mostly expats) keep on coming back by means of buffets, polite staff members, a pool table, TVs and reasonable prices.

Opening Hours: 14:00 – late
Location: Central Rawai Beach

Sunshine Bar

The most consistently packed bar in Rawai is the Sunshine Bar – also on the Beach Road. The owners are a great laugh and they're always encouraging patrons to join them behind the bar for their impromptu cabarets. The stiff shots they pour ensure that a few people are usually willing to take them up on that offer.

Opening Hours: Daily from 14:00 – 02:00
Location: On the Beach Road

North of Rawai Beach

Corner Bar and Jasmin Bar

These are, not to put a fine point on it, cathouses. With happy hour lasting all afternoon it’s cheap enough to drink there and Corner Bar has a pool table, curry nights and occasional live music but the main function of these neighbouring bars is to encourage farang-Thai, male-female corporeal and financial interaction.

Opening Hours: 12:00 – late
Location: Corner of Vichit Road with Soi Saiyuan 1

Friendship Beach Waterfront Resort

Rawai officially begins at Chalong circle and halfway between Rawai and the circle, on a soileading down to the sea, is Friendship Beach. A long-established location for live music, Friendship underwent a radical transformation some years back when it morphed from a rundown hippy gathering place to a pleasant bungalow complex with a more-than-competent restaurant, a swimming pool and a snug and friendly open-sided bar with a view out across Chalong Bay.  Read More...

Opening Hours: Daily from 08:00 – 23:00
Location: Soi Mittrapap, about five km south from the Chalong Traffic Circle. Look for the large blue sign on your left.

Laguna

The biggest, noisiest, most rocking and labyrinth-like night venue in the south of the island, Laguna consists of a warren of girly bars with a common sound system and one nightclub that everyone heads to after the bars close at 02:00. The collection of bars – Laguna Plaza – is a poorly disguised meat market but friendly enough for those who enjoy a little dance, pretty good snacks and socialising. Loud enough to drive the neighbours crazy, the place is surrounded by satellite businesses such as a kebab stand and snack outlets.

Opening Hours: Bars open 17:00 – 02:00 Nightclub 01:00 – 05:30
Location: Vichit Road 800 metres going north out of Rawai towards the Shell Museum

The Honey Lounge

The Honey Lounge serves breakfast, specialty coffee, and cocktails. Here, you can enjoy smoking a shisha pipe (hookah), while connected with free Wi-Fi. A pool tournament is organized every Wednesday night at 20:00 with a 250 baht entry fee. The winner takes the pot.

Opening Hours: Daily 09:00 - 02:00
Location: 50/8 B2 Sai Yuan Rd, Rawai, Phuket, Thailand

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