Patong Beach is the nightlife capital of Phuket with most of the bars and clubs being centred along around the Bangla Road or Soi Bangla - the word ‘Soi’ just means road in Thailand. On Bangla Road itself you will find numerous bars, clubs and live music venues as well as a few eateries, fast food chain outlets and kebab shops.
The road can be split into roughly three areas - the beach end which is mostly home to various open fronted beer bars, the middle which has the larger beer bar complexes and various night clubs and the entrance where you’ll see the infamous Patong beach sign.
We found the live music bars like Red Hot which is at the entrance end on the corner and Monsoon which is about half way down the Bangla Road towards the middle to be great fun. Red Hot was a personal favourite because it’s a great spot to people watch!
The middle section of the Bangla Road is dominated by a number of large beer bar complexes like Soi Tiger 1 and Soi Tiger 2 which house countless open beer bars like Pussy's Penitentiary Bar, Sin City and the Bar Funk chain which is made up of Bar Funk 1, 2, and 3. In Soi Tiger 1 they also have some impressive coyote style dancers performing complimentary shows most evenings.
Just past the Tiger complex (in Soi Tiger 2) on the right hand side is Soi Seadragon which is home to Patong’s limited choice of agogo bars. Here you can find Diablo Wild Girls Agogo, Exotica, Suzy Wong’s Devils Playground to name but a few.
You could also grab a drink at the outside bars in Soi Sea Dragon and watch the sport on their plasma TVs, just watch the world going by or maybe try and win a silly bar game or two against the girls who work there. Patong Beach did have one bar game that we haven’t seen in Thailand before which involved trying to hit a nail into a piece of wood! As odd as that might sound, it was actually quite difficult!
As you continue towards the beach end of the Bangla Road, you’ll find various other smaller Soi’s like Soi Freedom, Soi Vegas, Soi Hollywood, Soi Lion and Soi Gonzo. At the end of Soi Gonzo is The White Room Night Club - if you’re planning on being out late!
There are also numerous smaller open fronted bars at the beach end of Bangla Road all of which offer keenly priced drinks and are usually running competing offers, promotions and happy hours.
The Bangla road doesn’t start getting busy until between eight and nine each evening so we found it quite good fun to just wonder around and watch the street performers, grabbing a beer here and there but be wary of the numerous touts who’ll undoubtedly approach you with their promotional cards to offer you a ping pong show! Not unlike their counterparts in Patpong, Bangkok, these touts work on commission and there is usually either an entrance fee or a ridiculously over priced drink included in their offer somewhere that they won’t mention during their pitch!
Other than Bangla Road, Patong Beach also houses many other interesting night spots along its two main strips - Rat U Thit Road and Thaweewong Road which runs along the beach. Rat U Thit Road hosts Paradise Complex, the centre of gay nightlife scene in Phuket, as well as international brand venues such as Hard Rock Café and Hooters, while Thaweewong Road features some cool live music pubs and restaurants as well as the first ever dance club in Patong which opened in 1993 - Banana Disco.
For a more detailed listing of the bars and clubs in Phuket, be sure to check out our Phuket Nightlife Directory too.
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