Bangtao Beach Nightlife

Phuket_Outdoor restaurant at the beach during sunset

Bangtao Beach is something of a haven and hidden gem on Phuket’s north west coast for those that want to get away from it all and appreciates peace and tranquility. Bangtao and nearby Cherng Talay are quite small villages, which in the past relied on industries like fishing and tin mining. Today, tourism has increased but Bangtao has largely kept its original unspoiled character intact and has become one of the most desirable locations in Phuket especially for luxury hotels and villas. As a result, there are numerous upmarket and bars and restaurants close by. However, if you are in the mood for a thumping club or a wild bar then Bangtao isn’t for you, but there are some excellent places to drink, eat and socialise in a more relaxed setting.

At night time, most visitors staying in the expensive and exclusive hotels of the Laguna complex tend to use the restaurants and bars at the resorts, or head to the Tinlay area between Layan Gardens and Laguna. This compact spot has a small concentration of restaurants, bars and some nightlife, but there are alternative places especially down on the beach where several less sophisticated bars and restaurants can be found. Bangtao attracts people from all over this part of Phuket to drink and catch up on the local gossip.

The following are some of Bangtao’s most well known and popular nightspots. Restaurants in the area are included in our dining section, and most of them also have bars.

Baan Sanuk
This bar is appropriately named, as in Thai the name means “fun house” and it does sometimes live up to that reputation. The proprietor owns several other nearby businesses including BB’s pub, which are all located at Tinlay Place.

Open: daily, 5pm to late
Where: Tinlay Place, Lagoon Road

BB’s Pub
This is a local style open-air pub near the entrance of the Laguna resort, and attracts many expats with decent pub food, live bands and sports events on the big TV’s.

Open: daily, 11am to 1am
Where: Tinlay Place, Lagoon Road

Bars on the Beach

There are a couple of shack-like bars down on the beach, which consist of not much more than wooden bars with a few stools and some fairy lights for added decoration. The décor might be very simple and rustic, but the atmosphere is great and you can enjoy a cold beer or cocktail whilst admiring the excellent views and sunset.

Just wander along the beach and you’re sure to come across a few cool little places, such as the multicoloured Reggae Bar and restaurant about halfway down the beach which has bamboo furniture, sand between your toes, Bob Marley tunes and gorgeous Andaman sunsets. The banter is always good and you’re sure to meet a few interesting characters!

Nok and Jo’s
This friendly restaurant and bar down on the beach is worth a visit, and they try to provide some nightlife several nights a week. There have been reports of cabaret shows and live music in high season, and there is a games room with pool table. Its one of the most enjoyable places to hangout in Bangtao, and is really just a two level thatched shanty with character in abundance. It even features an endearing story of how Nok and Jo met, printed on the menu. It’s quite a long walk from the Laguna Resort, but worth it.

Open: daily, 11am to 1am
Where: on the Beach Road, near the Andaman Resort
Tel: +66 (0) 81 538 2110

The Orange House
Quite a well known local establishment, the Orange House is a bar, café and a dive centre all rolled into one. The limited menu has satisfying food and it’s a good place to meet people, not only other divers. It’s hard to miss as it’s painted brilliant orange, and located on the beach near to the Palm Beach Resort and Sheraton. The atmosphere here is great, so why not stop in for a cocktail or two?

Where: On the beach, near the Sheraton Hotel
Tel: +66 (0) 76 325 597

Pepper’s English Pub and Sports Bar
The food is rather fine and Pepper’s is a favourite place to meet fellow locals and the odd tourist or two. Noteworthy cuisine includes the decent English pub grub (such as fish and chips) and traditional Sunday roasts with Yorkshire pudding! All the main sports such as football, rugby and tennis are shown daily on massive projection screens and TV’s. Definitely worth stopping in for an hour or two.

Open: daily, 10am to late
Where: Tinlay Place, 16-18 Lagoon Road
Tel: +66 (0) 76 325 164

Siam Supper Club
Despite being more of a classy restaurant than solely a bar, this establishment has gained some notoriety for the exquisite fusion, international and “West Coast” cuisine they serve, as well as the gregarious and lively nature of the host, Sean Power, who has an excellent reputation as a host in Phuket. The décor is cool and sophisticated, and there is an impressive and extensive collection of black and white framed photos, a massive cocktail and wine list, and a stylish atmosphere without being extortionately expensive.

The Supper Club has deservedly become one of the most popular local hangouts and it’s usually busy; booking in advance is definitely recommended. People have even called the food here the best in Asia, high praise indeed! They can even pick up guests from their hotels and provide a ride home. If you only visit one place in Bangtao, this should be it!

Open: daily, 6pm to 1am
Where: Tinlay Place, Lagoon Road
Tel: +66 (0) 76 270 936

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