Perhaps the second biggest party destination after Bangkok, the Phuket nightlife scene has become notorious for catering to tourists from all over the world looking to let loose, have fun and possibly meet girls or the love of their life.
Phuket is an island on the west coast of Thailand and has several attractions besides nightlife, including the stunning Phang Nga Bay and access to the Phi Phi Islands. The island is also full of stunning beaches, national parks, cultural experiences, and of course – nightlife!
Prices in Phuket are similar to Bangkok thanks to the massive influx of tourists.There’s something for everyone looking to party in Phuket, from chilled sky bars, lounges, dive bars, go-go bars and late-night clubs. We’ll cover all of these here in our ultimate guide to Phuket nightlife.
Where to Party in Phuket
Phuket is a large island (the largest in Thailand) so there are many different regions to stay. When most people refer to Phuket nightlife, they are talking about the west coast along Patong Beach. You can find parties in other areas of the island, but this is the main hotspot and we’re going to mainly focus on this area.
This area of Phuket is quite small and walkable, so finding out where to party isn’t that hard. There is of course the notoriously popular Bangla Road which is basically Phuket’s busy walking street. Along here you’ll find the largest concentration of bars and nightclubs anywhere in Phuket, and possibly even Thailand.
If you find yourself in Old Phuket Town further to the southeast of the island, don’t worry, there are still many nightlife options for you, a few of which we’ll discuss further down in this post.
Other than that you will find bars and clubs dotted all over the area, to the south, to the north and along the beach. If you’re looking for beach clubs you can find them all the way up and down the west coast of Phuket overlooking the Andaman Sea, most of which are within a 45 minute drive away.
Phuket Nightlife and Safety Tips
– Thailand is a notoriously safe country, for the most part you will be perfectly fine. However, beach towns known for their sex tourism can be unsafe late at night, so be aware at all times. If a group of Ladyboys approaches you, be wary that they may be trying to pickpocket you or steal your things. It helps to not be drunk as well.
– This is a no brainer but stay away from strangers selling you drugs, which are illegal in Thailand, and it could be a setup. Also stay away from promoters trying to get you into their clubs or “girl bars”
– Drinking is allowed on the street, so don’t be afraid to walk around the vibrant town and slam a few drinks before you head to the bars and clubs.
– STDs are a big problem here, so please practice safe sex when hooking up.
How Expensive is it to Party in Phuket
When it comes to the cost of going out in Phuket, it’s a bit similar to Bangkok when compared to some of the smaller beach towns such as Krabi. Because of rich tourists coming from Europe to party for only a weekend, they are able to spend more, so prices generally go up.
That isn’t to say you can’t party on a budget here, as long as you pre-drink (at 7-Eleven is our favourite) and stay away from Bangla Walking Street you will be fine. Lots of cheaper bars dot the town that are popular with expats and backpackers.
Here is a basic overview of what you can expect to pay to enjoy the Phuket nightlife scene:
Bottle of beer: 50-120 baht
Big beer: 90-150 baht
Bucket: 150-300 baht
Cocktail: 100-300 baht
Best Bars in Phuket
Wassa Homemade Bar
Thanks to being perched high up in the hills, Wassa Homemade Bar is one of the best sunset bars to watch the relaxing event over the Andaman Sea. The atmosphere and the view is stunning and so are the drinks.
The venue is mostly made of wood and thatched roofs, with a beautiful wooden terrace stretching out over the balcony where you can see the lights of Patong below come to life at night. Getting here is quite easy if you have a bike, if not a Taxi will know where to go.
A popular hangout spot for tourists, expats and locals alike, Ska Bar is one of the best beach bars in all of Phuket with amazing views and delicious food that doesn’t break the bank. Located at the southern end of Kata beach (south of Patong), it’s a chill two story seafood restaurant and bar that has been popular for years.
Typically playing reggae music, the place becomes crowded after the fire throwers are finished as people start dancing to the DJ spinning tunes in to the night.
Perhaps the most popular pub on the whole island, what would Phuket nightlife be without the loud and rowdy Aussies? Only 60 baht for an ice cold beer, it’s a great spot to gather with friends, or mingle with strangers.
Located right in the heart of Bangla walking street, the place gets incredibly busy at times which is a good thing if you’re looking to party. Come here for cheap drinks, food, watch football, or to play some pool!
After Beach Bar
If you’re looking for another venue with incredible sunsets (not that there isn’t enough), we highly recommend After Beach Bar located just off of Kata Noi Beach. Located in the hills, it has an incredible view of the sea, and you can even see hundreds of squid boats fishing at night later one.
The place is pricey, but you get what you pay for – amazing food and incredible views. While it’s more of a restaurant, many people do come here to chill and pre-drink before a big night.
Kee Sky Lounge
Kee Sky Lounge is one of the nicest rooftop bars in Phuket, located in Patong just off of Bangla Street, it has amazing views of the town and ocean below. They have a cocktail buffet for only 499 baht between 5:30-7:30 pm, letting you drink as much as you can! Come here for the amazing vibe, music and let the sea breeze take you away.
Bebop Live Music Bar
This live music bar in Old Phuket Town is quite small, but that doesn’t take away from the fantastic cozy atmosphere it creates, with the red glow of the lights, stylish cocktails and wonderful jazz music.
Zimplex Mixology Laboratory
Located in Old Phuket Town this “Mixology Laboratory” specializes in exactly what you’d expect – amazing cocktails and shots, each one being almost a work of art. It’s a high tech but small venue, where you select your drink on an iPad. You’ll find a huge selection of styles and recipes – we bet you can’t try them all!
Best Nightclubs in Phuket
If your idea of Phuket nightlife is to party all night at a nightclub, then Illuzion has you covered. One of the most popular nightclubs in Phuket, this is by far the best club on the entire island. With famous DJs from all over the world occasionally playing here, and the spectacular light show and decor of the place, it’s truly something to experience.
This nightclub is instantly recognizable with its impressive decor with lions decorating the walls and immersive rainforest vibes. It’s quite a large club with a main dance floor in the middle that gets awfully crowded. If you’re looking to experience quintessential Phuket nightlife, be sure to come here for at least one night.
Just it’s big brother in Bangkok of the same name, Sugar Club will definitely not disappoint if you’re looking for one of the best night clubs on the island.
With a lavish bar serving fancy cocktails, ice-cold beers, and international DJs playing until the early morning, you’re bound to have an amazing time dancing the night away with friends and strangers. The music is a mix of EDM and Hip Hop, depending on the night.
Best Beach Clubs in Phuket
Catch Beach Club
Located 25 minutes north of Patong you’ll find the busy and fancy Catch Beach Club, which as it’s name suggests, is right on the beach. The vibe and atmosphere is great, like a traditional beach club.
The place really comes alive at night, with fire throwers putting on a show and world-class DJ’s playing late into the night as people dance and party. Be warned though, prices can be steep, with minimum deposit at 2000 baht per person.
Xana Beach Club
Xana is one of the best beach clubs Phuket, located up in the northwest of the island on the beautiful Bang Tao Beach, the place offers day beds, wonderful cocktails and dished for a good price, and of course splendid views of the sunset.
Phuket Nightlife Summary
This stunning island is a diverse mix of beautiful white sand beaches, religious landmarks and temples, vast jungles, and epic parties and nightlife. The Phuket nightlife scene remains one of the best in Thailand, depending on what you’re looking for – you’re bound to find it here.