Phuket's Rawai Beach is a relatively tight-knit community where a lot of people frequent their 'local' favorites rather than go bar-hopping. This doesn't mean there isn't much choice of nightlife though. Being such a small town, getting around in Rawai is much easier than most places, so bar-hopping isn't too hard if you decide to buck the trend.

    Here, we've gathered some of the most popular haunts and watering holes around this coastal village on the southeast coast of Phuket.


    Friendship Beach Waterfront Resort

    Rawai officially begins at Chalong Circle and halfway between Rawai and the circle, on a soi leading down to the sea, is Friendship Beach. A long-established location for live music, Friendship underwent a radical transformation some years back when it morphed from a rundown hippy gathering place to a pleasant bungalow complex with a more-than-competent restaurant, a swimming pool and a snug and friendly open-sided bar with a view out across Chalong Bay.

    Location: 27/1 Soi Mittrapap, Friendship Beach, Muang, Phuket 83100, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 8am to 11pm

    Phone: +66 (0)76 613 580


    Jasmin Bar

    Jasmin Bar is one of the best bars in Rawai because it has happy hours lasting all afternoon. It’s cheap enough to drink there for quite a while and has a pool table to keep things entertaining. Curry nights and occasional live music are regularly held.

    Location: Rawai, Muang, Phuket 83100, Thailand

    Open: Daily from midday to 1am


    Coconut Bar & Restaurant

    Coconut is a sports bar that you can find at the end of Rawai Beach that serves good food (both Thai and international) with a relaxed expat scene that’s easy to fit into. Take in the sea views of this working beach from the upper floor during the day and the sports by night. Coconut is also a great go-to in the morning thanks to its breakfast offerings.

    Location: 57/13, Moo 6, Wiset Road, Rawai, Phuket 83130, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 8am to 10pm

    Phone: +66 (0)87 893 1180



    Nikita's is the only bar that's right on Rawai Beach. Yachties, professionals, and people of a certain vintage make up this atmospheric joint's clientele. Nikita's is somewhat of a Rawai establishment and it's not for nothing that it's usually busy. It features discreet lighting and a delicious right-on-the-water feel.

    Location: 44 Wiset Rd, Rawai, Phuket, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 9.30am to 11.30pm

    Phone: +66 (0)95 827 5608


    Freedom Bar

    Freedom Bar is a large, orange fronted indoor/outdoor watering hole in Rawai. It's a sometimes raucous sports bar with 2 pool tables, occasional live music and soccer on the TVs.

    The owner is a real card who loves to keep the place animated with his earthy humor. If big, loud and basic is what you're after, Freedom is the place to go.

    Location: Highway 4233, Muang, Phuket 83100, Thailand

    Open: 24 hours


    Sunshine Bar

    Sunshine Bar is among the most consistently packed bars in Rawai. The owners are a great laugh and they're always encouraging patrons to join them behind the bar for their impromptu cabarets. The stiff shots they pour insure that a few people are usually willing to take them up on that offer.

    Location: Highway 4233, Rawai, Muang, Phuket 83100, Thailand

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 7pm to 1am (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +66 (0)81 187 6782


    The Laguna Night Club

    The biggest, noisiest, most rocking and labyrinth-like night venue in the south of the island, The Laguna Night Club consists of a warren of beer bars with a common sound system and one nightclub that everyone heads to after the bars close at around 2am.

    The collection of bars – Laguna Plaza – are friendly enough for those who enjoy a little dance, pretty good snacks and socializing. Loud enough to drive the neighbours crazy, the place is surrounded by satellite businesses such as a kebab stand and snack outlets.

    Location: 178/15 Wiset Rd, Rawai, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 2am to 5am

    Phone: +66 (0)81 956 6813

    Stephan Audiger | Compulsive Traveler

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