The Beach Bar Phuket is a local restaurant half hidden on Panwa beach, away from most the tourist crowds. Once a modest wooden shack, the restaurant grew in popularity and now displays a long row of tables and plastic chairs. Set on the east coast of Phuket, this fun restaurant is still mostly made of wood pillars with a thatched roof set on the beach. You will easily spot it between Panwa Boutique Beach Resort and Dream Sea Pool Villa.
What makes The Beach Bar unique is its location. It’s right on the beach with the water so close that some tables and stools are standing in the water at high tide. As the Beach Bar is on the east coast, the sun also sets just opposite of the restaurant, making it a good place for your sunset photos. Once the sun has set, don’t leave yet! Stay a little longer enjoy the blue hour under light bulbs on wooden perches above the tables.
To make things even better, drinks are really cheap! A Singha beer costs 55 baht, a Heineken 60 baht and a Leo or a Chang Beer is only 50 Baht. Soft drinks are 20 baht and one of those delicious local coconuts 45 baht.
The food is good without being really exceptional but who cares, it’s all about the setting. Nothing beats a drink with your bare feet in the sand and a sun setting in front of you and no office to go to tomorrow.
It’s really cheap! A fried rice or some fried noodles with beef or chicken cost no more than 50 baht. The popular ‘fried rice in a pineapple’ is 100 baht. (Always a popular choice for travelers (not so much with locals actually 😀 )
Of course the classic Thai dishes are available too and you should try these: Tom Yum Koong, Tom Ka Gai… and your all time favourite: Pad Thai Koong… about 70 Baht
The Beach Bar also serves a good seafood selection: squid, king prawns, Phuket lobster, crab and many way to prepare local fish the way people love it: barbecued, sweet and sour, deep fried or steamed. The cost is per weight depending on the market price, which makes it quite difficult to estimate the final total price but once again, it remains affordable.
The Beach Bar has an ample parking space but the way down and up is a little steep. Most important, remember to be there way before 6 pm as it is crowded past 5:30 pm!
Location: Panwa Beach
19, 5/16-19 Soi Ao-Yon Khaokhad, Wichit, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83000
Open: Daily 10 am – 10 pm
Only open during high season (from October)
Phone: 088 260 2588