The best things to do after dinner in Pattaya illustrate why the city has its international reputation. This is a carefree party town where people seek endless evening fun. There are other aspects of its reputation which it perhaps deserves less, but it cannot be denied that it is the place to go for a rollicking good time. Almost every part of the entire region has some form of nightlife, including live rock bands, international DJs, cabaret shows, pool parties, rooftop bars or just a quiet pint at your local away from home.

    Some of these Pattaya nightlife spots are family-friendly, though most are not. There is a lot of variety to be found in and around the city, with radically-different kinds of venues found within a very short distance of each other – sometimes side-by-side on the same street! Start planning your big night out in Pattaya with our guide.


    Pattaya Walking Street

    South Pattaya

    If you’ve heard of Pattaya, you’ve probably heard of Walking Street. This half-kilometre beachside street takes its name from the fact that it is closed to motorized traffic from 6 pm every night, at which point it immediately becomes thronged with party-going pedestrians. Almost every building on both sides of the road is a nightclub or bar of some description, with many of the surrounding small sois being much the same.

    Great nights out can be found right from the giant screen over the Walking Street sign at one end of the street to Mixx Discotheque at the other. Among the best in between are 808, Club Insomnia, Candy Shop, Marine Disco, and Lucifer 2.0.


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    Cabaret Show

    North Pattaya

    There are several cabaret shows dotted around Pattaya, with the most notable being Tiffany's Show. Others include Kaan Show and Colosseum Show. Each has a cast of hundreds of glamorous dancers, hilarious comedians and other performers, guaranteeing a fun, lively and varied night out. While most shows are generally family-friendly, they do skirt the line of adult humor.


    Horizon Rooftop Restaurant and Bar

    Hilton Pattaya

    The Hilton Pattaya building dominates the city’s skyline, being easily the tallest building on Pattaya Beach Road, if not the tallest in the whole area. Right at the top – on the 34th floor – is the Horizon Bar. It's presumably so named because it’s so far up that you can see the curvature of the Earth from the balcony. The very best place to enjoy a drink with a view, the buy-1-get-1-free offer on selected cocktails (including old favorites and house specials) from 5 pm to 7 pm makes it a fantastic place to enjoy the marvelous sunsets. While there are comfortable sofas available, it's the high bar stools and the tables by the railings that you’ll see most people rushing to claim. Get there early or book ahead if you want to claim yours.

    Location: Hilton Pattaya, 333/101 Moo 9, Floor 34, Bang Lamung District, Chon Buri 20260, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 4 pm to 11 pm


    Hard Rock Café Pattaya

    Hard Rock Hotel, 429 Beach Road, North Pattaya

    The Hard Rock franchise is well-known the world over for its quirky style and great music. From the iconic giant guitar head and “no drugs or nuclear weapons allowed inside” neon sign over the door to the collection of music and movie memorabilia inside, it certainly has the style. The music starts at 6 pm on the Sun & Moon deck, which looks out over Beach Road. The house band starts up at 9.30 pm and plays into the early hours. The excellent rock groups are frequently rotated, with special guest bands also making regular appearances. The attached Hard Rock Hotel also hosts some of the best foam parties in the region, the Miss Hard Rock beauty contest and the annual guitar festival.

    Location: 429 Beach Rd, Pattaya City, Chon Buri 20150, Thailand

    Open: Friday–Saturday from 5 pm to 12 am


    Muay Thai Boxing


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    Thai kickboxing is world-famous and Pattaya has more ways to enjoy the sport than most. You can see the professionals at work in shows or championship matches at Max Muay Thai and Pattaya Boxing World on Sukhumvit Road, see rising stars in the amateur leagues at the Thepprasit Boxing Stadium or watch a bout over a beer on Walking Street, with a ring or 2 along the famous road surrounded by beer bars. In the last of these options, brave punters can even get in the ring themselves and try their luck against the house fighters. It’s a fast-paced and aggressive sport, which is probably best enjoyed as a spectator.


    Siam@Siam Design Hotel Pattaya

    North Pattaya

    The Siam@Siam Design Hotel Pattaya has an impressive assortment of bars and lounges with different vibes for different parts of the night. Watch the sunset by the infinity pool on the 25th floor – which has also hosted some of the city’s best pool parties – before dropping down a floor to The Roof Sky Bar & Restaurant, which has a seaside garden feel and down-tempo beats as the night draws in. If you prefer an indie-electro vibe, go down to the quirky Automobile Bar on the first floor, with its street-chic style, bike chains for coasters and an impressive selection of unique cocktails.

    Location: 390 Moo 9, Pattayasaisong Rd, Muang Pattaya, Bang Lamung District, Chon Buri 20150, Thailand


    Beach Road Soi 7

    South Pattaya

    Pattaya’s pink-neon-lit beer bars are renowned for being a little on the seedy side, but it does depend a lot on the area you go to. While not exactly family-friendly, Soi 7 (between Pattaya Beach Road and Second Road) is more about having a good time and a few beverages. The beverages here are far cheaper than they are around Walking Street. Because of this, the street is particularly popular with budget travelers, locals and young expatriates, particularly as a place to get a few beverages in before you head for the clubs.


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