Sound Phuket in Patong
Dec29

Sound Phuket in Patong

Note: Sound Phuket has closed its door after only one year. Ad: Jungceylon mall, Unit 2303, 3rd Floor,193 Rut-U-Thit 200 Pi Road, Kathu, Patong. Tel: 076-366-163. Web: www.soundphuket.com Sound Phuket in Patong is an upscale nightclub run by the same people who brought the world Bed Supperclub in Bangkok. It’s the kind of place where people go to be seen, as well as to party all night. As such, you’re going to want to dress up for this one. Sound looks incredible inside, like some kind of nightclub in a spaceship. It’s all very fashion-oriented, so expect the “it” crowd to be in attendance most nights. The music policy varies between hip hop, house, electro and all else in between. There’s an OK selection of resident DJs at Sound Phuket, including Thai whiz Golfy, as well as a couple of less-impressive expats. Would it have hurt Sound’s image to have delved deeper into the local talent rather than scrape the barrel? Golfy doesn’t live in Phuket, to our knowledge, and there are a large number of quality Thai DJs on the island. In high season, the Bed All Stars come out to play, which means some of Bangkok’s finest, including Octo and Bangkok Invaders. DJ gripes aside, Sound is a fine venue and previous guest DJs have included the likes of Benny Benassi. If you want a real party, though, you might be better off heading to Stereo...

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La Salsa nightspot in Patong
Jul14

La Salsa nightspot in Patong

Ad: On the beach road in Phuket, very close to 3 Spices. Tel: 076-34 0138. This is a wicked little nightspot located on the beach road at Patong Beach. The whole place feels kind of like an oversized train carriage, but it’s totally chic and very cool, with pictures of Fidel Castro and Che Guevara on the wall. Salsa is the order of the night. The house band is great and keeps the music flowing while patrons are encouraged to strut their stuff on the dance floor. If you’re shy, you can just kick back with a cocktail and watch the rabble pass by outside. Even the waitresses get involved with the dancing. Cocktails are about 200 baht each and are well made. La Salsa is a great place for a night out in Patong. They also serve food in the form of tapas. La Salsa is located just up the road from 3 Spices, which is actually run by the same guy behind La...

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Molly Malone's Irish pub in Patong
Jun17

Molly Malone's Irish pub in Patong

Ad: The beach road, Patong, next to McDonalds. Tel: 076-292771. Web: www.mollymalonesphuket.com Yet another Irish bar in Patong. Molly Malone’s is possibly Patong’s most famous Irish bar. It’s been open for close to 10 years and being located on the beach road, it attracts a sizebale crowd of partygoers every night. We really don’t spend too much time in Irish bars in Patong because they feel a bit out of place, but if you must succumb to pints and pub food, you may as well do it here or at Scruffy Murphy’s. Patong nightlife is full of small, tired bars and large behemoths such as Molly Malone’s. The food is decent, but expensive, although the portions are famously enormous. This Patong pub stays open until about 2 am every night. Being right on the beach road, Molly Malone’s is close to a bunch of Patong’s other bars and clubs, such as Rock City and Club Lime, which are just around the...

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Guide to Soi Bangla in Patong
Jun05

Guide to Soi Bangla in Patong

Soi Bangla is one of those places that you will either love or hate. It’s the cornerstone of nightlife in Patong and it’s not likely to change in the near future. There has been some talk of Patong becoming more of a destination for families, but with the bars and clubs at Soi Bangla still touting cheap sex, we’re unsure how true this claim is. There are less go-go bars along Bangla than in places such as Pattaya and Patong. What you’ll find are more beer bars and street walkers. On the up side, if you want the chance to meet random sexy Thai girls, Soi Bangla is an easy place to do it. Just don’t forget that most people around Soi Bangla want your money. A typical example of this are the games the bar girls of Soi Bangla play with customers. Chances are you’ll be hustled at Connect 4 or that weird game of hitting a nail into a tree trunk with the wrong side of a hammer. Bar girls know how to get free drinks, so bear that in mind. If you simply must sample the delight of Patong’s beer bars, you need only stroll around Soi Bangla to find some of them. Soi Bangla has several of its own little sois, each filled with bars and discos. The atmosphere is pretty hectic and the crowd an odd mixture of people. We don’t usually venture up these sois much, but for the benefit of those who might, here’s a run down. Soi Easy is not an open-air soi, but it is one of the most boring areas in all of Patong. This soi isn’t far from the beach road and is where the Aussie Bar is located. There are a bunch of other nightspots here, too. Nothing to write home about. Soi Gonzo is generally considered a step up from Soi Easy, but that isn’t saying much. There are a few bars and some places to nab cheap booze, otherwise, the main draw of the soi is that its less crowded than some of the other areas. Perhaps the most busy part of Soi Bangla is Soi Crocodile, which usually finds itself packed with people every night. In this soi you can experience the delights of having your photo taken with ladyboys, who pretty much have the run of the soi. It’s primitive entertainment at its worst and it’s incredibly popular. Probably the second-busiest soi is the oddly named Soi Eric. We don’t know who Eric is, or was, but his ideas for Patong nightlife haven’t exactly set the world on fire. Lots of bars and...

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Let’s Go Beer Bar in Patong
May29

Let’s Go Beer Bar in Patong

Ad: Soi Eric, Bangla Road, Patong. Web: www.letsgobar.com Cheap drinks, a big TV to watch sports on and, yes, more sexy Thai girls doing their thing. Welcome to yet another of Patong’s charming beer bars. We have to admit that the girls are pretty, but this isn’t the most exciting place to spend an evening clubbing in Phuket. That being said, they are a friendly bunch down at the Let’s Go Beer Bar and they do serve food if you start feeling hungry. Bars in Patong like this one are 10 a penny, so don’t go expecting any life-changing experiences. Pull up a chair, order your beer and drink until the novelty wears off. There are far better places to party in...

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dclub nightclub in Patong
May29

dclub nightclub in Patong

Ad: Soi Crocodile, Bangla Road, Patong. Web: www.dingosbar.com NOTE: Quick note to all Phuket clubbers that dclub is currently closed for renovations and is due to reopen September 2009, so keep a look out for that. In the meantime, the agogo on the third floor of the dclub building is alive and well. The Body Nude Club (www.bodynudeclub.com) is billed as Patong’s only gentleman’s club, so check it out if that sounds like your cup of tea. Anyway, back to dclub… Located up the stairs from Dingo’s Bar, dclub is a reasonable club in Patong where people go to drink cheap beers and dance until the sun comes up. Located on Soi Bangla, this Patong club isn’t exactly family friendly, but if you want to meet bar girls and party with them, this is as good a place any to do it. They have coyote dancing shows, which means that you can watch almost-naked girls gyrating about on a stage to obscure techno music. Every now and then they have live bands at dclub. dclub is far from the mellowest disco in Phuket, but if you want to people watch, this place may warrant your attention. Patong is full of clubs such as this one. If you know that you’re going to be appalled by the sight of naked Thai girls then don’t bother going. It is what it is and has been for a long...

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Dingo’s Bar in Patong
May29

Dingo’s Bar in Patong

Ad: Soi Crocodile, Bangla Road, Patong. Web: www.dingosbar.com Located right in the heart of Patong’s club scene, Dingo’s Bar is one of many Aussie bars in Phuket. As you’d expect with an Aussie bar, especially one in Patong, the fun is loud and raucous and goes on until the early hours of the morning. Beers, cocktails and an abundance of pretty Thai girls, Dingo’s Bar isn’t exactly the classiest establishment around, but it was the first Aussie bar on Soi Crocodile. If you’re a single guy in Patong then you’ll probably have a great time, otherwise you may find yourself a little confused by your surroundings. It’s one of those places where you can get cheap beer and cheap sex and play a game where you hit nails into a large trunk of wood. The Patong club scene is full of bars such as this one. It’s no bad...

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Banana nightclub in Patong
May14

Banana nightclub in Patong

Ad: Patong beach road. Tel: 076-340306. If you want to go clubbing in Patong, chances are you’ll come across Banana disco at some point. It’s one of the most famous clubs in Phuket, but it’s really nothing out of the ordinary. The drinks are priced fairly for a Patong club and the place is a favorite among tourists and local Thai girls out to dance their socks off. You can usually be assured of a good time at Banana if you’re suitably drunk and out with a large group of friends. The place attracts a few undesirable characters and beer louts, so be careful whose toes you stand on. The music at Banana in Patong is standard Phuket party tunes, with heavy doses of hip hop and popular dance music. Located on the beach road, Banana is close to several other Patong clubs, so if you don’t like the place, simply leave and head on to the next club. There is usually a small cover charge that includes a couple of...

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White Box bar and restaurant near Patong
May14

White Box bar and restaurant near Patong

Ad: Coast Road, just before Kamala Hill. Tel: 076-600177. Web: www.whiteboxphuket.com VV-VVV White Box is a hip little restaurant and bar in Phuket, not far from Patong. As the name suggests, the place is predominantly white and, well, in the shape of a large box. In terms of design and ambience, the venue is a cut above all the bars, clubs and restaurants in Patong. The top floor also has a decent view over Patong Bay. Drinks are pretty expensive and the place has something of an upmarket feel about it, but you get what you pay for and the nightspot element of White Box is by no means a slouch among Phuket bars and clubs. The music policy at night varies. At the moment, White Box seems to be going through a hip hop phase, although at other times there have been DJs spinning house and electro. There is a decent-sized dance floor and ample seating if it all gets a bit too much. Definitely one of the trendier nightspots in Phuket and around Patong. Some people seem to think that White Box is only a restaurant. It isn’t, which is why its owners promote it also as a nightclub when it suits. On the restaurant side of things, the food is quite expensive, but suitably decadent, with dishes such as lobster ravioli and tuna tartar on the menu. White Box is a cool place to hang out...

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Scruffy Murphy's Irish pub in Patong
May14

Scruffy Murphy's Irish pub in Patong

Ad: Soi Bangla, Patong. Web: www.scruffymurphysphuket.com There are seemingly hundreds of bars and pubs in Patong, but Scruffy Murphy’s is better than most of them, if only because of the awesome band that plays there every night. Scruffy Murphy’s is an Irish bar in Patong that is busy pretty much every night. A large number of island residents frequent the pub, which is a surefire sign that it’s worth checking out. The drinks aren’t all that cheap, but they serve draught beers, Guiness and even cans of cider. Scruffy Murphy’s is definitely among the more interesting pubs in Patong. The band, fronted by an energetic Filipino lady and a dude with a violin, plays various covers and even the occasional Jewish track. Expect to hear lots of U2 and perhaps the odd Tina Turner hit (that girl can really sing). Scruffy Murphy’s is a great Patong bar for pre-club drinks. The place is open during the day, too, and serves decent pub...

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