Rock City Patong or Margarita Live Band?

Rock City Patong or Margarita Live Band?
Rock City Patong or Margarita Live Band?
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Rock City Phuket

Rock City Phuket

Live bands are everywhere in Patong and I usually steer far from them, but that was before I decided to have a look inside Rock City. So what changed my mind?

It’s a tough competition, there are more live bands in Phuket than tailors (some will know what that mean) and everyone wants one because some did well with it. But not everyone can afford a great band and some venues would do better concentrating on their food.

The main Patong intersection of Bangla Road and Rat U Thit Road is home of two popular venues: Rock City and Margarita Bar. So which one is best?

Margarita looks busier and attracts more by-passers with a more strategic location and neater design. They have been successful for more almost two decades and play more recent tunes than Rock City. Bands are good, choice of music too, but I found singers lacking of ‘voice’.

Rock City is clearly more rock oriented with these alien metal sculptures and a huge screen showing rock concert images, but the narrow entrance somehow reminds more of a go go bar.

It won’t take you more than five minutes to make your choice: Rock City singers and musicians are above average and no band I heard in Phuket before come close to this. It’s like going to a rock concert for the price of a beer (150 Baht).

Rock city opened in 2005 on the beach front of Patong beach and was quite a success. Then in 2008 moved to the intersection of the two hottest streets of Patong, just next to Jungceylon Mega Mall. Impossible to cross to Patong and miss it. The place is aging and would certainly need a good refurbishment, but sound, lights and play will take you away. From 8.00 m to 3 or 4 am, bands will rotate and play extremely well all the classic rocks songs from the seventies to nineties, you’ll know them all and you’ll be surprised how close it sounds when tribute bands play AC/DC, Metallica and Bon Jovi. A blast!

Rock City Phuket

Rock City Patong
Rock City…
Margarita Bar Patong
… or Margarita Bar

Rock City is #7 on the Map, Margarita is #9 – View Phuket101 in a larger map

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