You will find Best Gay Bars in Phuket are a big part of what makes Thailand generally one of the most welcoming holiday spots in the world for gay travellers. When it comes to nightlife, Patong may be best known for Bangla Road’s hostess bars and go-gos, but there is also a mirror-opposite part of the city, where the bar girls are bar boys: the Paradise Complex. Connected to the Royal Paradise Hotel & Spa, the complex consists of a couple of streets of gay-centric guesthouses, restaurants, shops, clubs and bars. Among the places listed below – and the many which didn’t make the top 10 – you will find host bars (similar to beer bars or hostess bars, but the friendly bar girls are boys), go-go bars (featuring male dancers, often with a ladyboy cabaret show, too) and clubs (just like a standard nightclub, but attracting a gay crowd).
The Boat Bar has been the cornerstone of the gay community in Phuket for decades, staying fresh and exciting with a recent refurbishment to install brand new light and sound systems and funky new furnishings. It features a professional twice-nightly cabaret show as well as a live DJ who keeps the dance floor busy with cool and funky sounds. The quality of the club is so high that it attracts men and women, straight and gay – particularly younger, sophisticated international visitors.
Opening Hours: 21:00 – 04:00 Location: Paradise Complex, 125/20 Rat-U-Thit Road, Patong Tel: +66 (0)7 634 1237
My Way Cabaret
One of the oldest establishments in the Paradise Complex, My Way brought the cabaret entertainment of Bangkok’s gay scene to Phuket with three great shows every night. It is also a high-quality go-go bar. The outside terrace is a good place to enjoy a few drinks and cool down between shows, as well as helping to make it one of the more popular venues in the area, attracting a mixed crowd.
Opening Hours: 20:00 – late
Location: Paradise Complex, 125/15-17 Rat-U-Thit Road, Patong
Tel: +66 (0)81 978 4172