Phuket’s nightlife is plentiful with a reputation as a party hotspot, which is well-deserved. From go-go bars, ladyboy cabaret shows, nightclubs, to live bands, beach clubs and international DJ’s. Phuket nightlife has something for everyone’s tastes and budget. While most parts of the island have their own small party scene, Bangla Road in Patong is without doubt the centre of Phuket’s nightlife. With its bright neon lights, loud music and crowds of party-lovers it is worth checking out at least once while you are here. Bars in Phuket are not quite the same as those back home. In this part of Thailand, it’s not uncommon to see your favourite cocktail being served out of a converted VW wagon on the beach.
Bangla Road becomes a walking street from 6pm till 6am every evening. It becomes Phuket’s nightlife central with a festival of neon lights, loud music and cheap drinks. It is quite a friendly and lively place to walk around as bars and clubs compete with each other for customers. While it is Phuket’s main party area, you can often see parents traveling with kids checking out Bangla Road between 6-9pm. After 9pm it starts to get a little crazier so best to have the kids home.
Bangla Road should be your first (and, often, only) stop. Most of the bars are outdoors or open-fronted, so walking down the street you witness battle of the loud music as each bar tries to entice you in. Street performers can also be found on Bangla Road most nights.
The best Phuket nightlife and drinking venues are not just on Bangla Road however. Take a wonder down any of the many Soi’s off Bangal Road (the name given to the little lane ways off a main road) and you will find many more bars. Dodging around the tailor shop salesmen, leaflet distributors, street vendors and ping pong show touts can be difficult, but it is all part of the fun.
On an island, you would expect to find beach clubs and Phuket is no exception. From very high end and well known beach clubs like Café Del Mar to little local run clubs. They all form part of Phuket’s vibrant and exciting nightlife.
Phuket town is slowly becoming a welcome addition to the Phuket nightlife. Giving an inside look at how modern Thai people like to party. With little bars popping up everywhere, they are fast becoming part of the must do’s while in Phuket.