Bophut isn't exactly humming with nightlife options; in fact if you want to dance the night away, or send the night at a Gogo bar, you are better off heading for nearby Chaweng. It does however have some fun bars and beachside pubs that make for a pleasant evening out and certainly prove highly popular with local Samui residents. Some spots offer 'happy hour' or a free buffet or barbeque meals to accompany your drinks (and of course encourage you to drink more).
Reputation counts here and visitors will find some excellent spots to relax as the sun descends below the horizon. Be it sipping cocktails, guzzling gallons of beer or enjoying a glass of wine your choice here is good and getting better each year as more and more beverage outlets open up.
At the rate the Bophut is expanding, it won't be long before a nightclub opens its doors however. We'll keep you posted on this when it happens. Please note that bars and clubs close at 2.00am - so try and make the most of your evenings. If you're still not ready for bed and want to party through the night, all is not lost - just head for one of the beach parties, nearby.
Beatles Bar Located in an old teak shop-house, close to the pier, this bar takes one back to the 60's era. Background Beatles or jazz music played at just the right level - so as not to disturb any conversation - helps one relax as you sip cocktails or dine on good snack food. The staff here are friendly and the atmosphere perfect for a little time out from the beach.
A very pleasant beachside setting enhances one of Samui's most musically astute bars. Resident DJ Gary G plays an eclectic range of house and ambient tunes throughout the week and hosts the Gecko's weekly Sunday Session party, which kicks off at 2pm and regularly features big name guest DJ's and live percussionists. There's also a Full Moon Warm Up Party and the resort has its own speedboat to get revellers over to Ko Pha Ngan afterwards. The Gecko has bungalows for rent - but they can get very noisy on party nights. Route 4169, Bophut, Tel. 077 245 554. Open 8 am. - 2 am.
This is located in the heart of the fisherman's village and is set in one of the charming teak houses that line the main strip. The interior has an oriental feel with comfortable Thai-style cushions scattered around and is a great place to relax. In the evening a local DJ spins discs and the party atmosphere oozes out.They offer light meals daily and a free buffet between 20.00 - 22.00pm on Wednesdays.
Happy hour is from 17.00 - 19.00 pm. daily. Fishermen's Village. Open from 14.00 to 02.00 am.
What to drink?
Beer anyone? Local or international, you’ll find plenty of choice in all the bars and clubs you encounter. Most places will also feature a cocktail list as well as all of your
favourite spirits. For the truly adventurous, try a bit of the local Thai Whiskey served in an iced bucket with Red Bull. If this lethal concoction doesn’t get you going, then nothing will. Just don’t expect to be moving too much the next day. Beer is generally cheap in Thailand and a favourite with locals and foreigners who drink both locally brewed and imported brands. The Thais like to sit around and share a bottle of whiskey, wine is far less popular and although widely available in hotels and good restaurants it is hardly good value. Most bars do cocktails, some far cheaper than others.