13 Best Bars in Phuket and the Andaman Coast, Thailand


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Designed to look like a science laboratory and serving cocktails with names like Parallel Universe and Nebula Jellyfish that look like gorgeous science experiments and taste out of this world, Z1mplex is surely one of Thailand’s coolest cocktail bars. It's located on the quiet end of Phang Nga Road in Phuket Town, and is open from 8 pm to midnight. 

Bob Bar

Is this spot named after the owner, or Bob Marley? We might never know but the music is great, the beer is cold, and the atmosphere is friendly.  

Klong Dao, Thailand

Funky Monkey

Designed to look like the inside of a jungle, this roadside bar-club is the venue for live gigs that get locals, expats, and tourists dancing together until the late hours. Outside, benches offer respite from blaring music and a place to snack from nearby street food stalls. It's not as lively on nights when there isn't a live performance.

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If you're looking for a large-scale party, this massive club has it all, including international DJs and live music, with a capacity to hold a crowd of over 5,000. A state-of-the-art sound system and lively atmosphere ensure a great night out in Patong. 

Reggae Bar

There are several bars dotted around this complex but it's the boxing ring that tends to draw the crowds, eager for some Muay Thai action. 

Tonsai Bay, Koh Phi Phi, Thailand

Simon Cabaret

This is Patong's most sensational drag show, with beautiful costumes and fabulous choreography. There are two shows nightly, at 7:30 and 9:30.

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Slinky Beach Bar

If you're young, restless, and like to party all night, Slinky is the place for you. They regularly host theme parties and fire shows, and it does tend to get pretty rowdy.

Sunflower Bar

On the eastern end of Loh Dalam Beach, the Sunflower Bar is a laid-back beach bar next to the Tsunami Memorial Park. It's built almost entirely out of driftwood and old wooden bungalows, with scenic sea views and local reggae bands jamming beneath the stars.

Koh Phi Phi, Thailand

Thaweewong Road

Patong has a reputation for its happening nightlife, and the seedy side of it is easily avoidable. Some of the more tasteful nightlife venues are found along Thaweewong Road, including live music bars, expat pubs, and folks picking up a to-go drink from 7-Eleven and sitting on the beach.

The Boat Bar Disco & Cabaret

With numerous male staff, two dance performances every night, and live DJ sessions, this gay-friendly bar attracts huge crowds for fun, late-night parties.

The Frog Wine Cellar and Restaurant

In Saladan port town, near the pier, this wine bar with an atmospheric garden setting is a nice change of scene for those interested in sampling wines and accompanying appetizers. They have labels from 12 countries.

The Last Fisherman

At the end of Ao Nang Beach, this is the perfect spot for a sundowner beverage, though it's open for lunch and dinner, too, serving surf-and-turf, salads, and good desserts.

266 Moo 2, Ao Nang, Thailand

Whitebox Restaurant & Bar

Let's face it, in Patong it can be difficult to come by a sophisticated spot to enjoy a drink. Whitebox, designed in a white, contemporary, minimalist style, is a restaurant serving fusion Thai-European food that generally looks better than it tastes, but its rooftop bar, offering creative cocktails and tapas paired with open sea views, fits the bill. The rooftop bar opens from August to May.