Our list of the best nightlife in Phuket Town features the most popular of them, from cultural experiences to ladyboy shows, and from live blues and jazz music bars to trendy Thai nightclubs, there’s no shortage of variety when it comes to looking for something to do at night in the island's capital.

    Phuket Town offers a more genuine Thai experience compared to some of the popular beach resorts on the island, and though you won't find the buzzing atmosphere of Patong, there's still an ever-growing choice of lively and cool night-time venues aimed at both tourists and locals.

    Siam Niramit is a large entertainment complex located on the Bypass Road in the northwestern area of Phuket Town. It features a large theatre on which 100 performers play a 3-act cultural show every night at 8.30pm. Thai History, Thai mythology, and Thai traditions are presented in a colorful and lively show using some of the latest effects.

    The gates of the complex open at 5.30pm allowing visitors to look around the reconstituted typical villages of the 4 main regions of Thailand as well as a floating market, some outdoor performances (traditional music and dances), and souvenir shops. Before the show, a Thai/international buffet is available at Siam Niramit’s restaurant. The entire complex is wheelchair-friendly.

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    Location: 55/81 Moo 5, Rassada Road, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand

    Open: Wendesday–Monday from 5 pm with shows starting at 8.30 pm (closed on Tuesdays)

    Phone: +66 (0)7633 5001-2


    Aphrodite is a seductive ladyboy cabaret show performed in an original building featuring a large wooden junk above its main entrance. The show is played in a 900-seater theatre and is similar to the famous Simon Cabaret show in Patong, but on a larger scale. Featuring splendid stage decor, hi-tech sound and light systems, dancers and ‘lip-synch singers’ in brightly colored costumes, this 60-minute show is professionally choreographed and very entertaining.

    Besides the show, Aphrodite has 2 restaurants (Japanese and Chinese) and a brewery at which you can sample different beers. Find Aphrodite located diagonally opposite Tesco Lotus on the Bypass Road in the western area of Phuket Town.

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    Location: 99/100 Moo 1, Chalermprakiat Ror 9 Rd, Kathu, Phuket 83120, Thailand

    Open: Daily at 6 pm, 7.30 pm and 9 pm

    Phone: +66 (0)76 612 888


    Quip Sky Bar, Phuket Town’s first-ever rooftop bar, brings a distinctly artistic touch to the old city, as well as some cool views and a rather unusual line-up of lobster dishes. Located upstairs at Quip Bed & Breakfast, the 5th-floor alfresco space continues the hotel’s quirky and flamboyant style while providing a great spot to enjoy breezy evenings.

    Don’t be put off by the 5 flights of stairs up to Quip Sky Bar; one glance at the grinning pink rhino that greets you, not to mention the impressive views of the old city rooftops below, and you’ll soon realize the extra effort was well worth it.

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    Location: 5th Floor, Quip Bed & Breakfast, 54 Phuket Rd, Talat Yai, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 4 pm to midnight

    Phone: +66 (0)7 635 5052


    Simon Star in Phuket Town is the little sister of Simon Cabaret in Patong. Located near Samkong, in the northern area of the city, this ladyboy show is performed in a modern 600-seater theatre featuring top-of-the-range sound and lighting systems. Professionally choreographed and performed, Simon Star is a fun, colorful and lively cabaret show that can be seen by the whole family. With superb stage design, outstanding costumes and all-time favorites tunes (‘It’s raining men’ and ‘I will survive’ to name just a few), Simon Star Cabaret is a show that has to be seen to be believed.

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    Location: 52/11 Moo 6, Rassada, Muang, Phuket 83100, Thailand

    Open: Daily at 5 pm, 6.30 pm and 8 pm

    Phone: +66 (0)7633 5001-2


    Ka Jok See

    Ka Jok See Restaurant is rather inconspicuous from the outside (there’s no sign whatsoever) and you’ll probably never see any advertizing for it in any newspaper, magazine or tourism-related publication. Nevertheless, it's packed every night and offers certainly one of the most unusual dining options in Phuket. Located on Takua Pa Road, Ka Jok See is set in a Sino-colonial shophouse featuring a beautiful and colorful vintage decor.

    The food served here is Thai and comes in large portions. Be prepared for the owner – Khun Lek, a born entertainer – to get the party started. The cool atmosphere evolves along with the dinner to become a frantic party with dancers on the tables, limbo contest, conga lines and more. It's incredible how contagious the crazy mood can be, with even the shyest of diners eventually joining in with the fun.

    Location: 26 Takua Pa Road, Talat Yai, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand

    Open: Tuesday–Saturday from 6.30 pm to 2 am (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +66 (0)76 217 903


    Timber Hut

    Timber Hut is a long-established venue in Phuket Town. It opened in 1990 and went through the years without changing much of its decor and atmosphere, which may contribute to its constant success. Mostly frequented by Phuket’s hi-so youngsters, it also attracts many foreigners curious to get a glimpse of the local after-dark entertainment scene.

    Set in a 2-storey, red-brick building on Yaowarat Road, at the northern end of Phuket Old Town, Timber Hut hosts a daily live music shows in which international and Thai classics are performed by talented and skilled musicians. Food and drinks are sold at affordable rates, and from time to time, you might be even able to spot Thai and international celebrities on vacation enjoying a drink there.

    Location: 118/1 Yaowarat Rd, Talat Yai, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand

    Open: Tuesday–Sunday from 6 pm to 1 am (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +66 (0)76 211 839


    Kor Tor Mor

    Kor Tor Mor is a fashionable night club located near Nimit Circle (the seahorse circle), 500 meters east from Robinson Department Store in Phuket Town. Kor Tor Mor stands for Krung Thep Mahanakhon, the first 3 words of Bangkok's full name in Thai (Bangkok’s Thai name counts 21 words). This stylish club attracts all the hi-so and hip youngsters of Phuket, and there’s even a formal dress code (no shorts or sandals allowed). Punters can bring their own liquor or spirits and will be just charged for ice and mixers.

    Thai bands and DJs share the musical entertainment role throughout the evening, and a professional security service assures that things run smoothly for all customers. Kor Tor Mor is a great place if you’d like to mingle and have fun with the local wealthy youth of Phuket.

    Location: 41/5 Chanacharoen Road, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 8 pm to 1 am

    Phone: +66 (0)76 232 285


    Rockin’ Angels Blues Café

    Rockin’ Angels Blues Café is a cool bar located on Yaowarat Road in Phuket Old Town. Live music rules here, but not any music – specifically, the Blues.

    Every night, the skilful band entertains punters, revisiting Blues classics. Any musician in the audience is welcome to join the band for a jam; additional guitars and basses hang on the wall for this purpose. With its vintage decor and its laidback yet rocking ambience, Rockin’ Angels Blues Café is a cool place to spend the evening with friends.

    Location: 55 Yaowarat Road, Talad Yai, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand

    Open: Tuesday–Sunday from 6 pm to midnight (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +66 (0)89 654 9654


    Music Matter Jazz Club

    Music Matter is the temple of jazz music in Phuket Town. This long-established, unpretentious bar is the ‘baby’ of a passionate talented musician, Jeffrey Sevilla, who opened it in 2000 as a way to offer Phuket Island its first and only venue entirely dedicated to jazz music. In association with UNESCO, Music Matter has been in charge of organizing the yearly International Jazz Day in Phuket since 2012.

    Location: 119 Chana Charoen Road, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 7.30 pm to 2 am

    Phone: +66 (0)89 588 2347


    Z1MPLEX Mixology Laboratory

    Z1MPLEX Mixology Laboratory Phuket specializes in serving shots, and the owners have elevated this humble tipple to a fine art. You are given an iPad from which you can order your drinks and they are crafted in front of your eyes. The concept behind the bar is to celebrate the art of mixology, or the blending of different drinks to make colorful final results. You'll find a huge amount of thought and technical prowess has gone into the design of each of the shots.

    Location: 48 Phangnga Rd, Talat Yai, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand

    Open: Tuesday–Sunday from 9 pm to midnight (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: + 66 (0)84 003 6664

    Stephan Audiger | Compulsive Traveler

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