Reggae Pub Koh Samui is among the top-rated nightlife destinations in Chaweng Beach, second only to the Green Mango Club in terms of international fame and sheer size. The large nightclub is the focal point of the street it gives its name to – Soi Reggae – and attracts a huge tourist crowd for its easy-going style and rhythms.
As the name suggests, the main choice of music is reggae, with some rock ballads thrown in for good measure. The house band and live DJs sometimes throw in a few funky dance tunes and hip-hop as the place fills up. Despite being the second-largest establishment on the island, it really does fill up, particularly from 23:00 onwards.
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When the Reggae Pub Koh Samui first opened in 1988, it was little more than a rough wooden bar counter and a couple of cheap chairs. It is now a huge two-storey building with a cross between reggae, tiki and Thai styling and images of Bob Marley on practically every wall. You won’t find him on the back wall, however, as there is no wall there, leaving only a view across Chaweng Lake and a cooling breeze.
As well as a large sound system and even larger dance floor, you’ll find tables, benches, pool tables, a snack bar and big screens showing live sports. The bars serve a good selection of classic and signature cocktails, mostly of a tropical style. There is also the usual array of beers, spirits and buckets of booze, with prices being pretty reasonable, for a popular club. Directly over the road, next to the giant electric guitar, the associated Reggae Restaurant serves Thai and international seafood.
Reggae Pub Koh Samui attracts big crowds of tourists and quite a lot of locals (particularly friendly young ladies). Its popularity has decreased since ARK Bar opened, not least because it is about an extra 400m further to walk than Soi Green Mango is, but the room is still routinely packed and the atmosphere is great. As you’d expect from such a laid-back place, there is no dress code.
- Opening Hours: 18:00 – 02:00
- Address: 3/3 Moo 2, Soi Reggae, Chaweng
- Tel: +66 (0)7 742 2331
- Website: https://www.facebook.com/ReggaePubKohSamui