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The After Beach Bar

Up on the hillside a few minutes drive from Kata Beach is what can be described as a Phuket Legend. I have meant to add this place to the blog for ages. The "After Beach Bar" has been open since ... well, since before I got to Phuket. I realised recently that I had not been for ages, and currently have a desire to get out and take photos and do some blogging (rather than being lazy), so last Friday I dashed out of work (Sunrise Divers at Karon Beach) just before 6pm.. with sunset due not long after 6:30pm. Only about 10 minutes to drive there from Karon, through Kata and up the steep hill past the Andaman Cannacia Resort, round a couple of corners and there you are. Easy to get to, easy to park a moped... not so much space for a car.. anyway I don't suppose a tuk tuk will charge too much from Kata or Karon.. er, yes they will - rent a scooter for a day instead, it's cheaper than a single ride in a tuk tuk.

After Beach Bar

Actually, there are now 3 bar/restaurants right next to each other, all built by the roadside hanging over the side of the hill. The After Beach Bar was the first, then another called the Small Viewpoint was built next door... and just a couple of years ago a new place called Baan Chom View opened on the other side, so the original After Beach Bar is sandwiched, BUT responded by extending the deck out further into space so the view is unimpeded by the other places. I have to say the Baan Chom looked like a good place for a meal, menu was not too expensive and it looks more like a restaurant than a bar. But I could already hear the reggae coming from the After Beach Bar. It's always been a reggae place. A bar to chill, hang, skank.. and I did catch a whiff of Bob Marleys favourite herb too. Actually I had forgotten how nice this place is. I took a cold Chang (70 Baht) and found a seat - it was not crowded, this is low season now (May), though this is also due to "lazy tourist syndrome". A 10 minute drive? Forget it! You're missing out. Phuket is there to be explored. The After Beach Bar is well known, but you have to get there. You have to get there.

After Beach Bar Phuket

Sunset was not too far away. My beer disappeared rather fast, so another was called for. The staff were very friendly, I do recall them being a bit more dreadlocked a few years ago.. but the music and decor is the same. People do like to joke about bars all over the world playing Bob Marley. I love it, never mind that we are in Thailand. I did stay in the Caribbean for a while and learned from some people there that there's more to Bob than "Legend"!

After Beach Bar Staff

The Small Viewpoint Bar

(above) The "Small Viewpoint" bar as seen from the After Beach Bar. I guess they enjoy a friendly competition. On the road when you arrive, touts from the 3 establishments are outside trying to lure you in. I was really only interested in the "original". Lots of copies in Phuket. Bags, DVDs, Hello Kitty. Must be a little annoying if you have a good business. Someone opens up an almost exact copy next door. I'm going to be back for another cold beer at the After Beach Bar sometime soon!

Sunset at the After Beach Bar, Phuket

It's open all day, but surely sunset is the time to be here. I mean, at any time of day you get an ocean view and fresh air, but a bar facing west on the west coast of Phuket is best experienced on a sunny day in the late afternoon, as the sky turns orange, cold beer within easy reach. Excuse me while I light my spliff. The After Beach Bar is a great spot.

Sunset at After Beach Bar, Kata, Phuket

A few places near the After Beach Bar

Kata Beach Hotels
Karon Beach Hotels
The Phuket Viewpoint
Phromthep Cape

After Beach Bar - Location Map

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Blogger Chella Augusta :

hi Jamie! how long it takes from Patong? because I stay near Patong :)

July 12, 2011  

Blogger Jamie Monk in Phuket :

I guess about 20 minute drive from Patong, have to drove over to Karon, past Karon, past Kata... there's a map at the bottom of the page :)

July 12, 2011  

Blogger LMB :

Yes we had a great time at the After beach Bar the views are stunning when the weather is good.Can definately recommend a drive or exhausting walk up there.

July 21, 2011  

Blogger BecTaylor :

One of our favorites! Had the best crab yellow curry here!!

November 24, 2011  

Blogger Derek Comer :

Hi Jamie, i stumbled across your blog on my FB account, i know i read it loads. we are coming to Karon Beach in November "Hilton Hotel", and we want to do as much as possible and the after bar is one of the things we have to do, BUT we are NOT moped riders "age me 48, wife 42 and friends 48 & 56", so we will be doing things by taxi, whats a ruff price for getting to this bar. The bill for all our taxis will be split between 2 couples, so to you it might seem an expensive way of getting around, but when halved its not to bad. LOVE THE BLOG by the way.
Any info would be appreciated Thanks again Derek

August 14, 2012  

Blogger Jamie Monk in Phuket :

Hilton to the After Beach Bar ... 300 Baht maybe? Taxis aren't that cheap, they might even ask 400. To get back you can ask the staff to get you a taxi. Cheers!

August 14, 2012  

Blogger Gaven :

hi Jamie, does they serve pork in this restaurant?? i plan to go here next year in Jan.. but my frens are muslim.. ><

November 19, 2012  

Blogger Jamie Monk in Phuket :

Yes I am sure pork is on the menu. Can they not eat at any restaurant that serves pork? Anyway, this is more of a bar than a restaurant, I guess your friends also avoid alcohol?

November 19, 2012  

Anonymous Anonymous :

Jamie, is this just another Reggae bar run by police in Patong; who if they dislike what they see - have the ability to set you up for another pay off or worse fall off a balcony???

March 06, 2013  

Blogger Jamie Monk in Phuket :

What a bizarre comment! It's nothing to do with Patong police, it's located south of Kata beach about 15km from Patong and is a very nice place to enjoy a sundowner.

March 06, 2013  

Blogger Fireblade954 :

Hi Jamie.
Coming out in Oct and the after beach bar is just our thing and has just gone top of the must do list,thanks for sharing and keep up those blogs.

May 09, 2013