SUGAR REEF SPORTS BAR & RESTAURANT IS NOW PERMENANTLY CLOSED.
Sugar Reef Sports Bar & Restaurant is a modern-looking pub located directly opposite Surin Tesco Park on the road between Cherng Talay and Surin Beach. Open since January 2012, it is extremely popular among Phuket’s expat community and very well ranked in TripAdvisor. This British-run venue (Jamie T., the owner, is from Essex) serves quality homemade-style pub food as well as most well-known Thai dishes.
Sugar Reef Sports Bar streams in HD all major sport events whether it be football (soccer), rugby, Formula 1, golf, cage fighting or tennis on four screens - two LCD TVs and two large 1.5mx1.5m screens displayed around the place.
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The venue is open-fronted with a covered terrace while inside, ceiling fans keep the place fresh. 48 seats plus a dozen bar stools are available. The ambience is cool and breezy with customers chatting over beer and commenting on sports action taking place on the screens. Sugar Reef’s décor is modern, clean and neat with wooden tables and durable ersatz water hyacinth chairs. On the amber walls, between the screens, there are several well-executed paintings.
At the back of the bar stands a pool table; Sugar Reef Sports Bar was champion of Phuket’s Northwestern Pool League 2012, a friendly competition between sports bars located in Thalang area such as Sea Breeze Bar & Restaurant on Surin Beach and Pepper's English Pub and Sports Bar at Bangtao’s Tinlay Place.
As already mentioned, Sugar Reef is a British pub, therefore the food here is a veritable roll call of old favourites: fish & chips, shepherd’s pie, sausage mash & gravy, you name it… Thai delicacies are also an important part of the menu with, again, lots of favourites from chicken green curry (keng kiao waan kai) to Thai pineapple fried rice (khao phad sapparot) and stir fried noodles with shrimps (pad Thai kung).
Daily and weekly specials are on offer at Sugar Reef, for prices between 180 and 200 baht (prices April 2013). I sampled a daily special’s homemade shepherd pie which was tasty and full of flavour. Sugar Reef also has a kids’ menu with a choice of burgers, pizzas, jacket potatoes and salads. The drinks list features the usual pub beverages, Thai beers by the bottle and Heineken and Tiger draught beers plus a real English touch with a draught bitter. Sugar Reef also sells Original Thai cider, a smooth and refreshing drink.
It’s easy to understand why Sugar Reef Sports Bar is so popular: there’s no pretending here, things are clear and simple as the venue delivers what customers expect without fanfare. Private parties (weddings or birthdays) are welcome, and there’s a Pub Quiz on the second Thursday of every month.
Live music evenings are also set up from time to time and you can enjoy daily happy hour from 16:00 to 20:00. With free Wi-Fi available, Sugar Reef is without any doubt a home away from home for people who want to stay up to date sports-wise while enjoying a drink and a meal in good company.