Bangla Road is the notorious heart of all Phuket Nightlife, and the battle for night supremacy is raging between Beer Bars, Live Music, Night Clubs and of course: Go Go Bars!
Over the years, the center of interest has been moving up and down Bangla road depending on seasons and popularity but the ever changing face of Patong nightlife is definitely worth a look. Of course, wherever you go in Bangla, friendly girls will call you with a big smile and encourage you to have a drink and play few silly bar games, everyone is welcome.
Bangla road is that street that stretches all the way from the beach to Rat-U-Thit Road, near Jungceylon Shopping Mall. On each side you will find a huge amount of open-air bars with girls demonstrating amazing pole dancing skills (they are wearing cloth so don’t go imagining something), a few nightclubs, several live music scenes and a bunch of old fashioned bars where all you do is drink and watch the passing crowd (it’s more entertaining than you think). Live music venues like Rock City and Red Hot are very popular in Phuket. At the beach end of Bangla are the old iconic bars such as ‘Aussie Bar’, ‘Sunset Bar’, ‘Shipwreck’ and ‘U2 Bar’.
There are quite a few clubs on Bangla. They come and go and no matter how popular they are even the most famous ones can vanish overnight! Best known cases are the Shark Club and most recently Seduction Club that used to be very, very popular.
Most are found at the top of Bangla Road where you can spend a good part of the night at Illuzion, White Room, Tiger Disco and that good old Tai Pan. Closer to the beach is the good old Hollywood club that used to be a very popular spot but lost a bit of its fame to the competition. Less known are The Shark, The Roy under Illuzion and Dark Room.
In between are the ‘Sois’, which is the Thai word everyone use for ‘lanes’ or ‘alleys’ where you will find all the famous Go Go Bars which we describe below.
Bangla Road in Patong is not known for scams or rip off as it often happens in Patpong Bangkok. If someone offer you to see a Ping Pong show, there is in most cases no extra charge to enter. All you need is to order a drink which costs between 100 – 130 Baht depending on the bar. Only known exception is ‘Moulin Rouge’ a Russian Go Go (yes) which is more expensive than usual and not too friendly. In any case, a menu will be presented to you prior to ordering. Your bill will be placed in front of you or your drink will have to be paid when brought to you. So unlike Bangkok, there should be no surprise.
Important Note about Touts: Touts are not working for bars! Never follow a tout in the street with his little card of whatever he says you will see in the show! It’s often no real and you will be charged extra, just walk away! The bars are easy to find (they are actually difficult to miss!)
Soi Seadragon has always been the popular street, probably because this is where most of the Go Go Bars are located. After been entirely rebuilt it has become one of the brightest lanes in Patong Beach and this is where you will find the most popular bars Suzy Wong’s, Harem a Go Go and Devil’s Playground. (read more)
The Tiger entertainment complex in the famous Bangla Road in Patong Beach took a serious bite at the nightlife scene in Phuket. With three floors dominated by three massive tigers, much higher ceilings and a lot more room to walk around than the old Tiger Disco, this is a party monster. A blast of lights and colors are taking this gigantic Flintstones cave looking venue to a much higher level of party zone. (read more)
Rebuilt after the 2013 fire, Soi Tiger was for long time the favorite bar area in town. The spotlight was shortly stolen by Soi Lion next door which has been recently replaced by… another shopping mall. Fame and crowd has now moved to the Tiger Entertainment, just across the street on Bangla main street: bigger, bolder and brighter and definitely more colorful. (read more)
Soi Freedom is a neat and relatively large alley lined with dozen colorful bars and a good live band at he end of it. Located in the middle of Bangla Road in Patong Beach Soi Freedom was long ago better known as the iconic Soi Eric. Soi Eric was once popular because it was the only street in Soi Bangla playing one single music from each bar, while other streets around sounded like the battle of the bands. Note that there is a pretty good band paying at the end of the soi. (read more)
Soi Easy is the last lane in Bangla Road or the closest to the beach depending where you start. Despite appearing very quiet before midnight, Soi Easy is home to the Hollywood Disco that was once the most popular club in Patong beach. (read more)
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