Where to party and what to do in Patong at night?
Patong Nightlife is famous worldwide for being colourful and carefree. the night scene has evolved a lot to reach every traveller type and is not as rowdy as Pattaya or Bangkok. During the high season (November to May), the nightlife is vibrant in most beach towns. Patong Beach is lively and colourful until 2 am (officially), but often past 4 am.
Nightlife in Phuket features great nightclubs hosting international DJs, a few rooftop bars, more live bands than you need, and ladyboy shows that defy your imagination. You might even be tempted to look inside those notorious go-go bars at least once.
Bangla Walking Street, also called Soi Bangla or Bangla Road, is the heart of all Phuket Nightlife, and the battle for night supremacy is raging between Soi Seadragon and the new Tiger complex. Over the years, the centre of interest has been moving up and down Bangla road depending on seasons and popularity, but the ever-changing face of Patong nightlife is worth a look. Of course, wherever you go in Bangla, friendly ladies will call you with a big smile and encourage you to have a drink and play a few silly bar games; everyone is welcome. Read more
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Location: Patong Beach Address: 90, 2 Nanai Rd, Patong Beach, Kathu District, Phuket 83150 Phone: 096 103 4981
The Kee Sky Lounge is a fun rooftop bar on the 6th and 7th floor of The Kee Resort, in the heart of Patong Beach, steps away from the famous Bangla Walking Street. The rooftop is designed like a cruise ship deck, and while it is not very high, it has a good atmosphere, and guests can enjoy fun cocktails with sunset views over the Andaman Sea.
Address: The Kee Resort, 152/1 Thaveewong Rd., Patong Beach
Open: 5 pm – 12 am
Phone: 076 335 888
Floor: 6th and 7th
Price: A little high – Happy Hour available
Andaman Sky Lounge is a hidden gem on the 19th floor of the Andaman Beach Suite, one of the only three towers in Patong, so quite easy to spot. The rooftop is small and can only accommodate 30 to 50 people, but since it is not well known, it’s never full. The view of Patong Bay from the terrace is great, especially if you get one of those famous tropical sunsets to go with your drinks and your tapas.
Location: Patong Beach
Address: 60/12 Rat-U-Thit 200 Pee Rd Patong, Phuket 83150
Open: 5 pm – 11 pm
Phone: 076 341 879
Altitude: 19th floor
Wassa Homemade Bar is a modest little spot high on the hill in the back of Patong Beach. You can go there from 4 pm to watch a sunset with a 180-panoramic view of Patong. Wassa is just a few little huts with terraces made of wood and thatched roofs, surrounded by trees and greenery. This popular viewpoint is a nice place to treat yourself to a cold drink, snacks or Thai food at the end of a hot day in Phuket.
Where to party in Patong?
Past sunset, Patong Beach turns itself into a gigantic party town. And since not everyone enjoys the same type of party, there are many ways to enjoy the night, from rooftop bars to international nightclubs. Below are some of the best-known places, but walk around, and you will find an incredible array of bars and clubs.
Illuzion is one of the most successful nightclubs on Bangla Road in Patong, accommodating up to 5,000 standing people plus hundreds of VIP tables. The stage, sound system and DJs are of international level.
Location: Bangla Walking Street, Patong Beach
Address: 31 Thanon Bangla, Patong, Amphoe Kathu, Phuket 83150
Open: 9 pm – 4 am
Phone: 076 683 030
KUDO is a popular beach club in Patong, with a strategic location on the beach, not far from Bangla Walking Street. Kudo opens at 10 am, so guests can enjoy the beach pool, large sofas and food all day, but the real party starts after dinner!
Location: Patong Beach
Address: 33/1 Patong Beach Road, Patong beach, Phuket 83150
Open: 10 am – Midnight
Phone: 098 024 6369
Shows and live bands
Live bands are everywhere in Patong; thankfully, the sound and skills have improved greatly in recent years. It’s fierce competition, but not everyone can afford a great band, and some venues would do better concentrating on their food. The best live bars are, without a doubt, New York Music Bar and the famous Hard Rock Cafe.
Live bands are getting increasingly popular around the island, and there is intense competition to catch the attention of the thousands of visitors walking up and down the famous Bangla Road. New York Live Music combines great bands, excellent sound and a catch light system. You can stand for a moment in front of each bar and decide which one you like best, and once you pick one, you can enjoy the concert for the price of one drink!
Hard Rock Cafe Phuket doesn’t need to be introduced anymore, but it was a big deal when it arrived in Patong Beach a few years back. If you came here, you already know that Phuket doesn’t lack live bands.
Hooters in Phuket is a vibrant restaurant known for its casual atmosphere and American-style cuisine. Situated next to Hard Rock Cafe in Patong Beach, it offers a menu featuring popular dishes like burgers, wings, and salads.
Shopping and night markets
Jungceylon Shopping Center is a massive complex in the very centre of Patong Beach and the largest on Phuket Island. Covering 200,000 square meters, it’s so vast it feels like a city within a city. Expect to find many souvenir shops, dozens of restaurants, a department store, cinemas, electronic shops, massage, a two-storey supermarket and many attractions on the upper levels.
Malin Plaza is a trendy night market at the southern end of Patong Beach, and it succeeded because it kept in mind that food is the magnet that makes people come in the first place. Offering a good balance of fun shopping, good cheap food and drinks, and a casual tropical atmosphere are what many travellers want to experience in Thailand.
OTOP Market’s official name is OTOP Shopping Paradise and was initially designed as a local market to promote the handicrafts and original products of each province of Thailand. The location of this market is convenient, on the second road of Patong beach, just 750 metres from the famous Jungceylon shopping mall.
The concept of Go-Go Bars in Soi Bangla doesn’t vary much between places. It always rotates around a few standard features. So what happens in there? At the centre of the room is an elevated stage with stainless poles, surrounded by stools. Sofas and small tables are lined up around the room, sometimes on two levels, and they play loud music with flashing colourful lights. Read more
Suzy Wong’s is already an icon of Soi Bangla nightlife, and you can’t visit Patong without visiting them. They gave great effort to the new bar facade with its bright red Chinese decoration and massive door. Despite being the last bar in the Soi Seadragon, you won’t walk by without being intrigued. But go-go bars are not only about beautiful facades, so you’ll ask what makes this one different from any other go-go bar.
Harem Lounge is the most luxurious bar in Phuket, with plush red velvet sofas and curtains all around, two main stages with four smaller platforms on each side. The place feels cosy and intimate, and the staffs are beautiful. Just like this wasn’t enough to make you want to visit, Harem is also the most extensive bar since it occupies the space that used to be Playschool and Candy Club.
Other nightlife stories
Paradise Complex Gay Street
For almost twenty years, the Phuket Gay party zone’s heart has been beating in the Paradise complex in Patong Beach. I don’t know if the fancy name influenced the choice of location, but it’s effortless to find, right at the foot of the ‘Paradise Hotel’, a 24-floor tower standing in the centre of Patong like a lighthouse, well you get the picture. There used to be an impressive gay festival, but it stopped in 2017. Read more
Did you know that in Bangla Walking Street, those tall, slim, pretty and sexy ladies dancing with colourful outfits and feathers are what is locally called ladyboys? A ladyboy is a transvestite that is considered here a woman. They look very feminine and get a lot of attention. On Bangla road, they perform their little act of “look at me! I’m more feminine than your wife”. Remember that while they encourage you to take their photos, payment is always requested once the photo is taken.
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FAQs about Patong Nightlife
✳️ Where is it best to party in Patong Beach?
✳️ Are there any rooftop bars and beach clubs?
✳️ Are there any live bands and shows?
✳️ Can I go shopping at night in Patong?
✳️ How late can I party in Patong?
a. Patong bars and clubs open until 2 am (officially), but most of the time past 4 am.