As you drive south from Thong Sala on the main road you’ll notice about 10 red-lit bars roughly adjacent to each other with sexily-clad girls waving at passersby. This is Koh Phangan’s modest equivalent of Patong or Patpong. These bars haven’t (yet) coordinated their music selections so you’ll hear everything from Earth Wind & Fire to silly love songs as you coast past. Very friendly girls and wannabe girls, the area has not (yet) the heady, steamy atmosphere that you’ll find in Bangkok or Phuket. A word of caution, however: always pay individually for each drink as word has it that bar bills in these establishments can be ‘imaginative’.
- Opening Hours: 18:00 – late
- Location: South of Thong Sala, Baan Tai Road
Ku Club is an open-air discotheque right on the powdery sand of Baan Tai Beach, a mere 10-minute drive south from Thong Sala. Part of The Beach Village – Hostel, it hosts a good list of international resident DJs who bring a different music style every night. The small size of the venue itself gives it an excellent vibe. Food and drinks, ping pong tables, very friendly staff and affordable prices make Ku Club one of the favourite venues to party in Koh Phangan.
- Opening Hours: 18:00 – 01:00
- Location: Part of The Beach Village – Hostel on Baan Tai Beach, just south of Thong Sala
- Tel: +66 (0)77 238 855
Loi Lay Floating Bar
If you like house music and quirky venues, you should head to Loi Lay Floating Bar in Baan Tai Pier on Sundays. Floating on the sea by Baan Tai Pier, Loi Lay is a cool place to relax while listening to modern beats and enjoying a drink. Local and international DJs come and go one week to the next, creating a unique musical vibe every week. Even though it can get pretty crowded in high season, the atmosphere of the place is really cool and unique as the dancefloor moves along with the dancers. Prices are pretty reasonable.
- Opening Hours: Every Sunday night from 21:00 into the morning
- Location: Along the jetty of Baan Tai Pier
- Address: +66 (0)84 454 7240
The Harp Bar
Overlooking the pier at Thong Sala, The Harp Bar is a cheerful place to head to for draft beer and pub grub. A large professional pool table dominates half of the Harp Bar and, and what with its barrel tables and chunky furniture, sports on the TVs, free jukebox and Irish atmosphere, Harp Bar is worth a visit.
- Opening Hours: Mid-morning – late
- Location: Opposite Thong Sala Pier, beachfront
The Jam Bar
The Jam Bar offers the dream destination in Koh Phangan for musician from all around the world. It is located right on the beach of Hin Kong, just after the bridge when you come from Thong Sala. Mostly made of wood, bamboo and thatch, this cool venue has musical instruments at hand for exciting jamming sessions. A meeting point of all the most talented musicians in Koh Phangan, The Jam is also a great sundowner spot, at which you can eat and drink for decent prices.
- Opening Hours: 18:00 - late
- Location: Hin Kong, 10 minutes’ drive north of Thong Sala
The Masons Arms
A Tudor-style pub set in an expansive beer garden, The Masons Arms is big, air conditioned and atmospheric. With several beers on tap including Guinness, Kilkenny, Kronenbourg and Singha, all-day breakfasts and hearty pub grub along with a free jukebox and free Wifi, The Masons Arms is one of the best watering holes in the area.
- Opening Hours: 10:00 – midnight
- Location: On the road heading north out of town