A recent ruling that all bars need to close by 1am means the island is quieter at night than it once was. Samui’s biggest party spot is brash and noisy Hat Chaweng. Lamai and Bo Phut come in second and third respectively, while the rest of the island is generally quiet, with drinking usually focused on resort bars. For sunset cocktails, hit the west coast, or parts of the north coast.

Best Lists

Drinking & Nightlife

Best Beach Bars

Best Bars for Views

  • Air Bar The best choice for a cocktail when the sun goes down.
  • Woobar Very good-looking and ultra-hip.
  • Jungle Club Getting up here is half the fun, but take it easy.
  • Coco Tam's Order up a cocktail and stare out on the waves.
  • Beryl Bar Simple, rough and ready, but delicious sunsets.

Best for Beer

Best for Cocktails

  • Air Bar The fabulous setting is matched by a winning cocktail menu.
  • Woobar Superb cocktail list and ravishing looks.
  • Coco Tam's Sink into a beanbag and lift your cocktail high.