[Updated on Jan 2023]
After dining at one of the most romantic restaurants in Phuket or tucking into a feast of Thai delicacies, round off your night by sipping cocktails at some of the best bars on the island:
Art Space Gallery and Music Bar
Also known as Mr Pan’s Art Space, this isn’t your typical watering hole; quirky and colourful are words that best describe this unordinary venue. Sculptures, canvasses and ornaments fill up the interiors, lending an eclectic touch to the bar. Stop by for simple Thai fare during the day, and when dusk descends the place comes alive with live music, great vibes and an extensive selection of cocktails made by Mr Pan.
Location: Art Space Gallery and Music Bar, 7 Ketkwan Road, Kata Beach, Karon, p. +66 90 156 0677. Open 11am-1am daily.
Lom Nuea by The Beach Bar
You’ll feel right at home immediately at the unfussy and laidback Lom Nuea by The Beach Bar. As its name suggests, this beachfront abode is set right along the coasts of Cape Panwa, offering views out to Chalong Bay. Service is simple and friendly at this family-run venue, and the menu lists Thai classics and a good selection of cocktails. Come by in the late afternoon; tables are laid out along the beach at 5pm so you’ll be just in time for sundowners and a picture-perfect sunset show.
Lom Nuea by The Beach Bar is located at Ao-Yon Khaokad Road, Cape Panwa, Phuket Town, p. +66 98 263 5269.
Open 12pm-9pm daily.
Wassa Homemade Bar
Wassa Homemade Bar may not be the most accessible of places – the road leading to this hilltop venue is steep and narrow – but you’ll find the journey worthwhile once you arrive. The open-air setting, elevated hilltop location and serene vibes makes this a great hangout for a relaxed evening. Arrive in the early hours of the evening for sundowners and views out to Patong Beach, and stay on late into the night to take in vistas of the glittering city lights. The menu is fairly simple, featuring beers, cocktails, snacks and a selection of Thai mains.
Location: Wassa Homemade Bar, 50 Pee Road, Ban, Patong, p. +66 91 882 9322.
Open 4pm-10pm daily.
Baba Nest Rooftop
Start off your evening on the right note by making a trip to the stylish and exclusive Baba Nest Rooftop. Wooden tables, plump cushions and beautiful lamps adorn the wooden deck of this rooftop bar. The decor and ambience is excellent, but these are not the main attractions here. Instead, guests will find themselves captivated by the bar’s gorgeous surroundings, and it will be a challenge to tear their eyes away from scenic panoramas of the Andaman Sea and coastlines of nearby islands.
A perfect evening is not complete without a scrumptious selection of food and drinks. At Baba Nest, guests can take their pick from a good variety of signature cocktails and light Japanese nibbles. A pretty Baba Daiquiri hits the sweet spot, while those who favour tangy flavours will enjoy the Sake Mojito.
Location: Baba Nest Rooftop, 88/5 Moo.8, Sakdidej Road, Tambon Vichit, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket, p. +66 76 371 008. Open 5pm-8pm daily.
Zimplex Mixology Laboratory
If you are looking for a different bar experience in Phuket, it’s worth popping into this one. The first word that comes into mind when walking into Zimplex is ‘electrifying’, mostly from the retrowave lights and decor. The neon theme is also present in the shooters that the bartenders serve. It is a great show put on by them, from the preparation of the drinks all the way to the finished product. The menu constantly changes, so be sure to come back to this small, yet fascinating “mixology laboratory” every time you visit Phuket.
Location: Zimplex Mixology Laboratory, 156/48 Phang-Nga Rd.,Talad-Yai, Muang, Phuket, p. +66 840 036 664.
Open 7pm-11pm Tuesday-Sunday, last order is at 10:45 pm. Closed on Mondays
Siam Supper Club
The Siam Supper Club’s atmospheric setting makes it a great venue for a night of fine dining. Step inside, and you will be greeted by the sight of dark wood walls and ceilings, black-and-white photographs adorning the walls and discreet lighting. Jazz tunes play softly in the background, creating a relaxed ambience ideal for a night of laidback fun and conversation.
The drinks menu at Siam Supper Club does not disappoint. Browse through the wine list, and you will find an extensive selection of Australian, American, French, Italian and Chilean labels. If you prefer sipping a well-concocted cocktail, have a chat with the mixologist at the bar and he will fix up a unique drink catered to your mood and tastes.
Location: Siam Supper Club: 36,38,40 Lagoon Rd., Cherng Talay, Choeng Thale, p. +66 615 277 060. Open 6pm-1am daily.
Vanilla Sky Bar & Lounge
Interesting cocktails, tasty tapas and a breathtaking view of the sunset awaits at Vanilla Sky Bar & Lounge. Sink down into the pillowy seats of the couch, take in the scenic sights surrounding the bar and let your daily stresses and concerns slowly melt away.
Of course, plenty of delicious food always helps to chase away the blues. Have a taste of the smoked salmon gazpacho, tandoori chicken wings and basket of seafood frito misto. In between bites, refresh your palate with a delightful Ginger and Lemongrass Martini or the exotic Citadelle Coconut and Kaffir Lime Martini.
Location: Vanilla Sky Bar & Lounge, 18/40 Moo 6, Nakalay Road, Kamala, p. +66 76 337 300. Open 5pm-12am daily.
Tongkah Tin Syndicate
Tongkah Tin Syndicate provides a feast for the eyes. You can easily spend ages viewing the multitude of tin mining memorabilia displayed on the walls and ceiling. A tasteful variety of quirky furniture, punkah fans and wood finishings lend a rustic charm to the interiors.
The setting is undeniably charming, but the real draw of the bar is its collection of whiskey. Those who like having their liqueur on the rocks will be spoilt for choice and may take their pick from a selection that includes some of the finest and rarest whiskies from all over the world. Visitors who are not fans of this liqueur can opt from others alternatives such as spirits, cocktails and beers.
Location: Tongkah Tin Syndicate, 116 Moo 1, The Slate Phuket, Nai Yang, p. +66 76 327 006. Open 6pm-12am daily.
As the name suggests, Cue Bar is an establishment that utilises a pool table (and also live music) to bring its customers together. You can also watch the live sports coverage played on TV, while sipping cocktails or cold beer that Cue Bar has on tap. If you want something to eat, this bar serves good and affordable food, too! If you happen to visit Phuket Town, do not hesitate to swing by this bar, especially if you’re keeping up with Football, F1 and/or MotoGP.
Location: Cue Bar, 94 Phangnga Road, Phuket Town, Phuket, p. +66 81 403 3870. Open Tuesday-Sunday 4:30pm–12am. Closed on Mondays.
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