Phuket is one of the most visited islands in the world and remains one of the most beloved tourist destinations in South East Asia – and oh boy, it knows how to party.
Being the largest island in Thailand, Phuket has over 30 beaches and towns, each with a different vibe and atmosphere. There’s something for everyone. Whether you’re feeling fancy, spending the holidays on a budget, partying it up on a Friday night, or simply looking for some peace and quiet, Phuket has it all.
It might surprise you to learn that Phuket is home to some of the coolest speakeasies in the country, where you can enjoy a couple of drinks and hang out with your friends, 1920s style. Unlike ordinary bars, speakeasies are made to resemble the illicit nightclubs that operated in the Prohibition Era of the 1920s in the United States.
Phuket’s speakeasies have mostly escaped the attention of tourists and are mainly known by the locals and expats that live here full-time. For a different kind of night out, check out one of the four coolest speakeasies in Phuket.
When you see the mysterious sliding bookshelf door that leads to a secret chamber, you’ll realise exactly why you needed to see this speakeasy for yourself. It’s the closest thing you’ll get to stepping out of a time machine into the 1920s. The Prohibition Bar has a wide variety of heavenly cocktails and refreshing craft beers for you to choose from. Food and drinks here come at a reasonable cost and the staff will spoil you with bowls of popcorn (refillable!) while you are deciding what to sample off the intoxicating menu.
The Library Phuket
If you’re getting tired of the touristy bars and seeking a more local vibe, head over to the Library Phuket to enjoy some delightful cocktails served in glass skulls. Sneak inside the cosy little secret room that awaits you behind the entrance as you look around to find that the entire bar looks like the Hogwarts Library in Harry Potter. If you visit at night, you will also be able to enjoy some cool live music by local bands.
Rockin’ Angels Blues Café & Band
Escape the repetitive clubbing music to enjoy some great rock and roll classics including Eric Clapton and Bryan Adams covers at Rockin’ Angels Blues Café & Band. The owner himself plays the tunes along with his rock band. They also welcome travelling musicians to join them on the stage to jam. It may not technically be a speakeasy, but the bar has the old-school vibes you’d expect from a speakeasy along with a terrific menu with a wide variety of delicious cocktails and beers.
Bebop Live Music Bar & Restaurant
Discover this simple and cosy jazz bar where you can bring along your own instruments and jam with the band. Here, you can befriend fellow musicians in a relaxed setting that has become a hit with Phuket locals and expats. The bar has a warm and friendly atmosphere and a menu filled with amazing signature drinks, cocktails, and both Thai and international food. Walls adorned with jazz themed portraits and wooden seating throughout, Bebop is certainly the place to spend those lazy evenings in Phuket. Expect to find a young, hip crowd dancing the night away to some of the best live music on the island. So, pull up a stool, order a drink and get ready to listen to some jazzy tunes.
Speakeasies that look and feel identical to the 1920’s are a rare sight in Thailand, but the list above will be more than enough to turn your holiday into an epic Prohibition Era adventure. So, grab your bow tie, get dolled up, and step back into the 1920s at the coolest speakeasies in Phuket!