Once a popular hangout among sailors, Chalong has since evolved into one of the most sought-after destinations in Phuket – and for a good reason. Housing numerous seafront dining venues and cool bars, this Thai gem attracts travellers of all ages and nations and offers a cosmopolitan nightlife to match. Here are Team Ministry’s picks for the bars in Chalong.
1. Tamarind Bar
Tamarind Bar is a chilled out waterfront establishment attracting visitors to while away the evening while indulging in a scenic sunset, sipping ice cold beers and exotic cocktails, and enjoying small talk with the friendly barmen and other customers.
2. Anchor Inn
Frequented by Thai expats and occasional passers by, Anchor Inn is a simple Thai-style bar and restaurant with a casual setting and a menu of stellar Thai food. Serving an ample variety of bargain-priced cocktails and beers, Anchor Inn caters to travellers of all ages and nation, making it great place for people watching.
3. Chalong Pier Beer Garden
Chalong Pier Beer Garden boasts huge screens to watch live sports, flanked by an attractive drink list to select a crafted cocktail from. The bar’s has an amazing setting, surrounded by a tropical garden. Friendly staff and occasional parties will keep you entertained until the wee hours of the night.
4. Chalong Reggae Bar
The quaint interior of Chalong Reggae bar features colourful tables, bright stools and cool vibes, making the venue eye-catching and attractive to passers by. Hosting live music on the weekends and offering regular live sports broadcasts, the venue is a fantastic social spot to make new friends and enjoy each others’ company with a generous glass of wine or beer.
5. Coconut Bar
Coconut Bar is a typical Thai-style establishment where you can grab a beer (or three!) and watch some live sports before heading to a more sophisticated venue. Coconut Bar also serves a full menu of western and Thai food, including fish and chips and spicy panang curry. The bar stays open until 2 am during the high season, but in a low season the doors might be closing a bit earlier.
6. Massi Sports Bar
Massi Sports Bar is a popular hangout for expats and locals looking to grab a few cold ones while watching some live sports. Casual and unpretentious, Massi is known for having some of the friendliest staff out of any bars in Chalong. If you’re travelling alone or simply want to rub shoulders with other travellers and expats, Massi Sports Bar is a great choice.
7. The Green Man Pub
Hosted in ta grand Colonial building, the Green Man Pub is a traditional Irish pub serving a wide range of beers and mouth-watering British snacks and finger foods. Featuring a stylish interior and a scenic setting, the bar is a win-win option if you are looking for a laid-back and cosy venue with stellar service and a friendly atmosphere.