The lovely Surin Beach is definitely a place to go to escape the crowds and avoid the heady excesses that typify Patong Beach and the other crowded resorts around Phuket. Anybody that wants to party hard might be advised to give Surin a miss at night, as it has just a couple of low key but rather classy venues clustered along the beach road known as Hat Surin 8. There are certainly no sleazy girly bars or similar bawdy entertainment to be found at Surin Beach.
Surin’s clubs do occasionally attract a sizeable crowd, especially in the high season (around December to May), so it’s worth keeping an eye out for any special events or parties. In the low season there are much fewer visitors at night, which is probably part of its appeal. The perfect evening here is just to stroll along the beach, dip your toes in the water and enjoy some sundowner cocktails at the Catch Beach Club, followed by a few hours spent listening to the chilled out tunes at the wonderful Stereo Lab lounge club, or drinking leisurely at nearby Liquid Lounge.
Besides the few venues listed below, the only alternative is to take your own drinks down to the beach and hold an impromptu party, or drive south to the more lively Patong. Here is a selection of the nightspots located at Surin Beach.
Catch Beach Club
Perhaps the most stylish and hip venue near the beach, the Catch Beach Club has a fantastic location, trendy modern décor and service to match. The outside dining area is all wooden boards, white sofas, palm trees and parasols, and seems to be the best place to hang out and drink cocktails during the day time. The club also has a fine restaurant, and frequently organises well-attended parties with decent international and Thai DJ’s spinning the discs and various live entertainment. Despite Surin Beach’s relaxed atmosphere, Catch Club becomes very busy when an event is held. You can’t really go wrong here and it’s popular place to watch the setting sun sink below the horizon. They also have impressive but expensive BBQ’s on the beach every week.
This small, intimate and fully air-conditioned lounge bar has a great atmosphere, and is popular with tourists and local expats alike. There is good music and regular entertaining DJ’s, and they also serve Thai and international cuisine. It’s quite an easy place to miss, but it’s certainly worth seeking out occasionally when visiting Surin Beach. The atmosphere is always friendly and it’s a great spot to meet new people.
Open: daily, 4pm to 1am
Where: Soi Hat Surin 8
Tel: +66 (0) 81 537 2018
Stereo Lab Club
A fairly new arrival on the Phuket club and bar scene, the Stereo Lab club has made quite a splash especially amongst those that appreciate the excellent music and laid back atmosphere that it has in abundance. It’s a cool place to be seen especially in the high season when it can be quite busy. Stereo Lab is essentially a beach bar and trendy lounge club, which has some superb music and a very pleasant ambience; some well known and respected international DJ’s such as HedKandi have even made past appearances. The small dance floor and music is in the indoor section, while outdoors is more relaxed and is a fine spot to enjoy some cocktails. The drinks are quite pricey, but it’s definitely worth it.