Laidback and sophisticated Bophut houses countless awesome bars and pubs where you can enjoy the relaxed atmosphere, people watch, sip a cold beer or a signature cocktail and, of course, witness the stunning sunsets Koh Samui is famous for. Here are the top ten bars in Bophut, which should be on your bucket list.
1. Coco Tam’s
Coco Tam’s is one of the most popular and sought-after hangouts in Bophut, serving cool vibes, an awesome setting and great chilled out tunes. Located on the charming Bophut Beach, this open-air bar has only a few palm-thatch cabanas, while most visitors prefer to laze around on the oversized beanbags, smoke shisha, and watch an incredible sunset over the ocean.
2. Billabong Surf Club
Billabong Surf Club is an official meeting point of Samui’s rugby club and one of the most vibrant spots in the area. Serving lots of local beers, savoury snacks, live sports and a friendly atmosphere, the venue throws occasional live music parties and on those nights, it’s definitely one of the coolest bars in Bophut.
3. Son F Beach Club
Trendy and fun, Son F Beach Club is a hipster-style lounge and bar, which stays relaxed and quiet on most nights. When they host a party, though, the club turns into one of the most vibrant bars in Bophut. Frequented by expats and the jetset, you can be sure you will have an unforgettable evening out at Son F Beach Club.
4. Like Volk Cocktail
You cannot pass by this VW minivan, which has been refurbished into a quaint roadside bar selling incredibly delicious cocktails, and playing awesome music. Featuring a couple of tables set right on the street, you can indulge in some inexpensive but fabulous signature cocktails and swap stories with Frank, the friendly owner and a talented mixologist.
5. The Frog and Gecko
The Frog and Gecko is a long-established beachfront bar with a cool atmosphere and amazing entertainment program available most nights. Wednesday pub quiz, live sports on Saturday and Sunday and regular theme parties attract crowds, which means the bar is always packed. If you are looking for a fun outing, The Frog and Gecko could be an ideal choice.
6. Karma Sutra
Karma Sutra stands out with its romantic ambiance and elegant decor. The venue offers an intimate setting with muted lights and a wide selection of fine wines, beers and craft cocktails, which you can pick out from the newspaper-like menu.
7. Wine Not
Centrally located on Bophut Beach Road, Wine Not is a French-owned and operated tiny bar and cafe, specialising in mouth-watering tapas, ice-creams and crepes. Naturally, the place also offers a wide selection of wines from all around the world. This open-plan venue is a great spot to chill out and people watch while indulging in some French delicacies.
8. The Emerald Irish Pub
Arguably the best Irish pub in the region, The Emerald Irish Pub channels the look and feel of a traditional pub in Dublin. With its muted lights, wooden furnishing and a relaxed and laidback atmosphere, only a turquoise belt of the sea visible in the background brings you back to reality – you are actually on a tropical island. Measuring Irish beer in pints and playing great live music in the evenings, The Emerald Irish Pub is a must-visit spot once you are in Bophut.
9. Sirocco Bar
If you had only one evening to spend in Bophut, then you should definitely head to Sirocco Bar. Atmospheric and relaxed, the interior of the bar resembles 1960s, with muffled Beatles or jazz tunes playing in the background, and an attractive cocktail and wine menu completing your sophisticated evening out.
10. The Pub
The Pub is a simple English bar serving delicious pub food to die for! Relaxed during the day, The Pub light up in the evening, serving a perfect mixture of chilled out music and cool vibes reigning in the venue. Friendly and helpful, the bartenders are always happy to engage in some friendly conversation, so whether you are travelling alone or with friends, you will have a fun night at The Pub.
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