Kata is the kind of place to relax with a cocktail or beer in an open-air bar or restaurant, do some shopping, watch the big game on a pub screen, or enjoy a quiet evening.
Most evening venues are excellent choices for families and couples with outdoor cafes and good value local restaurants. Kata’s small roads have resisted fast and furious development and helped retain the small town atmosphere.
Night life is concentrated at the ends of the beach rather than the centre. A must for everyone staying in Kata is watching the sunset from the Reggae Bar overlooking Kata Noi, the view is spectacular.
Over the last year, Kata’s small bar/beer areas at both ends of the beach have expanded, so you don’t have to go far for more action. But for the real party scene head for Patong, just a 10-minute drive north.
South Kata is not known as a nightlife destination; the major exception being the Ska Bar right at the southern end of the beach itself. The Ska Bar is nestled among granite rocks and has a great view along the beach. Here, expect lots of reggae, dreadlocks, Bob Marley look-alikes and a friendly atmosphere. Keep your eyes open for organised events as Ska Bar has been known to throw major parties.
Back on Kata Road towards Kata Centre there are perhaps 20 bars jammed with mini-skirted girls and any single male walking past them is fair game. This strip is known locally as Kata Night Bazaar and it all starts to go off after 20:00 and goes on until late. In the bazaar itself, Flamingo’s Splash Lounge organizes parties, has a swimming pool and live music. Neighbours, Killer Whale and The Beach Club are also a cut above the nearby out-and-out girlie bars.
At the three-way intersection along Thai Na Road up on the left Lek’s Bar has been there for ever – but Lek herself has been long gone. This bar features live music and has two similar hangouts next door and a near neighbour called Café del Mar which has good reputation for cocktails.
This is one of the best places in Phuket to catch a good raunchy live band.
Located opposite Easyriders, this is an open-to-the-street setup that’s good for tuning in to Easyriders’ music without bursting an eardrum.
This is an old favourite bar with locals, divers and lovers of Tex Mex Cuisine. Here you can sit on the elevated terrace to people-watch or cool off in the air-conditioned interior. A few doors down is the Anchor Bar – another old favourite, famous for its all-day breakfasts and pool facilities.
Look out over Kata Noi on Kata Hill because these places are two extremely popular venues with small viewpoint which are perfect after the beach. These restaurant-bars are all about reggae music and have developed from their beginnings to become successful sunset-viewing party locations.
Ratri Jazz Restaurant
This is a fantastic place to enjoy a gourmet meal, live jazz and sensational hillside sunset views out over the Andaman Sea.