The Entertainment in Samui Island
Samui’s nightlife now has a world-wide reputation, and deservedly so. From chilled-out beach bars to dinner cabaret shows, rocking clubs, happening pubs and, of course, the legendary beach parties, there’s pretty much something for everyone on the island. So get out there and have some fun. Just remember that all the bars and clubs now have to close at 2am – so try and make the most of your evenings. If you’re still not ready for bed and want to carry on clubbing, all is not lost – just head for one of the beach parties.
Koh Samui has a wide variety of night life to cater for all tastes, relaxing beach bars, dance clubs, live music venues, girly bars full of friendly Thai bar girls, the ever present English and Irish pubs showing the latest sports on the big screen and even a transvestite cabaret show. It’s a never ending fun in Koh Samui!
The ambience in Samui’s nighttime entertainment areas is as relaxed and freewheeling as you will experience anywhere. The ease with which one gets intoxicated by the excitement, is partly due the island being an exceptionally safe place to let loose and have fun. If you are looking for a quieter scene without the bar girls head for Fishermans Village at Bophut, where you may wander the uncrowded but still busy main street that is full of restaurants aInd bars offering good food and live music in some.
However be aware that like any tourist destination, we do have our petty criminals.These individuals are most often present late at night in some of the entertainment areas. Simply exercise the same caution you would at home, and it is very unlikely you will be victimized.
Chaweng Beach Nightlife & Bars
Chaweng is the highlight of Koh Samui’s night life, with the best, biggest and most happening bars and clubs. Everything is played here from chilled out reggae at the famous reggae bar to thumping techno at the Green Mango, one of Samui’s liveliest hot spots. Live music from foreign and local bands knock out the old classics as well as the new hits at atmospheric venues, and DJs are flown in from around the world to provide the latest dance tunes in the modern discos.
Chaweng is also home to the most girly bars on the island so if your in need of some company, or just want to be called a “handsome man” every time you pass a bar then Chaweng is the place to be. Beers at these bars are in the 100 baht price range, and to take some a bar girl out of the bar for a night then you need to pay the bar a bar fine. Make sure you practice your connect four game before you get there it’s the bar girls game of choice. If you prefer to sit on the beach for enjoy sunset, all of the beachfront restaurants will happily serve drinks without dinner but as the night moves in,most of the action takes place in the bars and clubs along the main road.
For a fantastic Koh Samui nightlife, visit some of these nightspots:
Green Mango Club
So well established they’ve named the entire street after it, continues to attract the masses most nights. Expect radio friendly catchy tunes and the odd classic and you won’t be disappointed. After midnight, the dance floor’s the busiest in town. (Central Chaweng) Opening Hours: 6:00pm – 2:00 am
Location: at the end of Soi Green Mango, Central Chaweng.
Leading the way in establishing Samui as a serious venue for international DJ’s, The Mint Bar has managed to attract the likes of Brandon Block, Lisa Loud, Kenny Hawkes and BT but still manages to keep admission costs down to around 200 baht and regularly offers two-for-one drink deals.
In terms of decor and design, it stands head and shoulders above the competition on Soi Green Mango and is split over two fully air-conditioned levels – the floor to ceiling windows and lots comfortable seating make it a great spot for people watching, when there isn’t a big name playing.
Opening Hours: 6:00 pm– 2:00am
Location: Soi Green Mango, opposite Sweet Soul Cafe
A reputation for mellow early evening parties with funky house from resident ‘Simon Solo’ and quest DJs. Unbeatable prices for all its irresistible cocktails from 8pm.-12am. Twice monthly special events: ‘Playboy Mansion’ – unmissable, and ‘Evolution’ – a huge outdoor party with top international Thai and western DJs. Every Friday night ‘Passion’ party. Tucked away in its own tropical garden…miss it and your missing out. Opening Hours: 2:00pm – 2:00am
Location: Central Chaweng Beach Road, next to Starbucks
The Reggae Pub is a large, barn-like institution by Chaweng Lake and has been catering for party people en masse for years now. Here, a large dance floor is surrounded by benches and tables while international DJ’s and live bands handle the entertainment through enormous sound systems.
Opening Hours: 6:00pm – 2:00am
Overlooking Chaweng from its northern end, Q Bar stands regal on a hillside. Along the same lines of its Bangkok counterpart (though less snobby), you simply can’t miss the huge neon ‘Q’ up the road from Bar Ice and this place is bopping later on in the evening and in the early hours. International DJ’s spin into the night and punters can choose between the music-filled interior or the ultra-cool exterior with those groovy views. Q Bar also holds special parties and fashion events. This is truly a place to see and be seen in. Be careful heading back down the hill, though.
Location: On the hillside above northern Chaweng.
Good-value Irish pub with a great atmosphere and packed every night. If you’re hungry, then this is the spot for blinding pub grub. Between 2pm and 5pm every day, you can pick up a pint of Carlsberg and there’s also draught Guinness and Kilkenny, of course. The bustling atmosphere gives the place a genuine pub feeling and the 10 (yes, 10) TVs give you every angle on all the sports that are happening as they happen. For sport fans, this bar is hard to beat. Also check out the bar upstairs with its darts, pool tables and Monday karaoke. Murphy’s has live music through the week.
Location: Opposite McDonald’s Central Chaweng
Dream Girls offers two floors of Go-Go action, with a glass ceiling in between and two VIP rooms for private shows. Admission is free, drinks are reasonably priced and couples are especially welcome.
Opening Hours: 6:00 – 2:00am
Location: Soi Green Mango, Chaweng
With a big screen and a nightly live band you’d think that Red Snapper wouldn’t exactly be totally be focused in on its food but you’d be wrong. Part of Chaweng Regent Beach Resort, Red Snapper fronts onto the Beach Road and is great for that laid-back meal, while watching the passing throngs. Modern fusion and healthy dishes prevail with more of a leaning towards cocktails than wine on the drinks list, the décor is pleasant and this is definitely a happening place to be.
Location: North Chaweng
Open: 17:00 – 01:00
Christies is the place to go if you’ve got a taste for show tunes, power ballads, big hair, sequins and ladies which aren’t quite what they seem to be. With 25 performers putting on a one-hour show, Christies brings a slice of Vegas to Samui every night. Central Chaweng, near The Islander. No admission charge, showtime 11pm. Opening Hours: 6:00pm – 2:00am
Location: Central Chaweng, near Soi Green Mango.
Sweet Soul Cafe is an institution on Samui and located in the epicentre of Soi Green Mango. Popular with both locals and tourists alike and probably the liveliest place in town. Full range of cocktails, shooters and beers available and very friendly staff. Music tends to be mostly a mixture of top 40 dance, r ‘n’ b, and hip hop tunes played at maximum volume. Great place to go if you want a rowdy, leery night out on the town and not somewhere to go if you want to chill. Check the Jagermiester machine at the back of the bar that dispenses ice cold shots to liven you up. Good place to meet as it is close to everything and good for people watching. Opening Hours:6:00pm – 2:00am
Location: Soi Green Mango, Central Chaweng.
One of the coolest places in town – in more ways than one: The walls, bar, sculptures and seats are made from Canadian ice and are permanent fixtures. And no, it’s not the usual tiny, fridge-like arrangement that many ice bars go for; Bar Ice is big enough to hold elephant and tuk tuk sculptures and has separate rooms.
The chilliest is kept at -7 degrees, lit by an atmospheric LED lighting system with a full colour spectrum. You can chill in the pub-like part and even sit outside in a beer garden if you wish to smoke. A unique and worthwhile experience. Open: 16:00 – 21:30 Happy Hour with two-for-one cocktails. Location: On the road heading out of northern Chaweng to the Ring Road. A ten-minute walk from Central Chaweng
Sound is a great outdoor venue, the front bar plays hip-hop and R n’B to a packed house, while the dance floor at the back has DJ’s spinning harder house and there’s a big swimming pool separating the two dance floors, which sets the scene for some late-night water fights. This is a really popular venue for the late-night crowd, and doesn’t really get going until after 01:00 when it becomes crammed with high-energy revellers.
Opening Hours: 12midnight – 5:00am
Location: Soi Green Mango
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