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When the sun goes down, an entirely different side of the city is revealed. ShermansTravel experts sort through the dives and overpriced cocktails to show you the best bars and nightspots that really give a taste of the local vibe, while also pointing out the jazz clubs, theater performances, and dancehalls that travelers might not find on their own.

Phuket Nightlife

360 Degrees Bar

This very adult bar lures the rich and the beautiful with breathtaking views over jungle-clad hills and the Andaman Sea. Beautiful rattan lounge chairs, posh cushions and lots of wood accents evoke an African safari resort and make up for the off-the-path location. Sunday’s BBQ Buffet is famous for free beer and sangria.

Bandon-Cherngtalay Rd, Choeng Thale, +66 76 317 600
Tags: nightlife | smart splurge | bar


Though bordering on kitsch, this cultural theme park gets thumbs up from most visitors – shopping at the Festival Village, sampling local specialties, and catching a Vegas-style elephant show are good time wasters, especially when kids are in tow.

, 011-66-76-385-000,
Tags: family | nightlife | culture


Thanks to streets filled with go-go bars and tourist traps, Phuket's main beach gets compared to seedy Pattaya. But it’s recently moved upmarket and toward family tourism, and the long, sandy beach – Phuket's most developed – is quite scenic. Plus, this is the place to come when you need a serious nightlife fix.

Tags: beach | family | nightlife | things to do

Phuja Nirvana

The island's most stylish lounge is the perfect spot to throw back a couple martinis. Expect dressed-down local fashionistas, low-key lounge music and prices even lower than in Bangkok.

Central Festival, 74-75 Wichitsonkran Rd., 011-66-76-291-010,
Tags: nightlife | great value | trendy | lounge | bar menu


Massive club with styled-up locals and visiting jeunesse dorée who cut loose on the disco's packed dance floor and in the sexy purple and green bar. Expect good drinks, low prices and a mainstream mix of house music and ’80s classics.

39/1 Bangla Rd.,
Tags: nightlife | trendy | nightclub | dj


Sexy brasserie where global yachters and local residents mingle in elegant, high-ceilinged surrounds. Enjoy strong cocktails, good wines and fat cigars.

10 miles northeast of Phuket Town; The Boat Lagoon Marina, 22/1 Moo 2 Thepkasattri Rd., 011-66-76-239-730,
Tags: nightlife | expensive | lounge | waterfront

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