Duke’s Sports Bar has closed.
Some years back, your typical sports bar was a dimly lit smokey place with drinkers of dubious reputation and temperament glaring at a tiny screen above the bar. Duke’s Sports Bar in Kata couldn’t be further removed from this dismal scenario and is the total opposite: Open sided and fan cooled, Duke’s is a super-friendly bar where sporty punters are spoilt for choice by the five flat-screen TVs showing sports as varied as Super 15 rugby union to ping pong.
Of course all the favourites are broadcast here such as Premier League football, F1 motor racing, tennis and golf. You can also catch Bundesliga matches and other European football; coverage includes broadcasts from ESPN Asia, Australia Network, Astro SuperSport, Golf Channel, ASN, and Star Sports.
Now here’s the clever bit: Duke’s has anticipated the inevitable time delays and inconveniences that come with being in a different time zone as the actual matches are played and, instead of fans staying up all hours to catch that all-important final or race, Dukes has organised an easy-to-read and well-organised schedule so people can catch the match at more suitable times.
On a normal day Duke’s is an oasis of calm as the TVs are generally turned down low but come larger events such as the Superbowl the bar is a hive of activity with up to 75 people cheering on their teams in a festive atmosphere worthy of New Orleans. All five TVs show the same match on such special occasions.
The compact bar itself is lined with sports posters and seats only around 15 people. The design wouldn’t win awards but the welcome is warm. There’s a different cocktail for happy hour on each day of the week and beer lovers are well catered for with nine choices of bottled ales. Fruit shakes go for 70 baht and a decent Italian house wine is available.
Another nice touch is that Duke’s serves up free popcorn from their machine by the bar. In case you’re hungry, feel free to order from neighbouring restaurants as Duke’s has an easy-going policy of allowing punters to dine onsite.
In short, Duke’s is pretty unique and a one-off Kata experience. If you arrive by car, turn into the alley between Rico’s Pizzeria and the Little Star restaurant and at the end of the gravel path you’ll find ample parking space.
Duke's Sports Bar
- Opening Hours: 12:00 – late
- Location: 89/6 Taina Road, Kata Centre
- Tel: 087-2641155