Krabi welcomes a mix of travelers, including backpackers and package-holiday guests staying in all-inclusive resorts. However, when it comes to Krabi nightlife, everyone wants to get involved. Ao Nang and Krabi Town certainly have a lot to offer in terms of bars and nightclubs, as do the surrounding areas and islands of Railay Beach, Koh Phi Phi and Koh Lanta. Whether you fancy a chilled drink on the seashore, a craft beer in a quirky new bar or a night of dancing, there is something in Krabi for you! Read on to discover our favorite nightlife spots in Krabi.
Best on the Beach
Bamboo Bar is a relaxed spot located on the beach at the end of Railay Walking Street. The bar welcomes revelers both day and night and allows its guests to move from relaxing beach vibes and sunset chill times to all-night dancing with live music, potent cocktails, and twinkling fairy lights.
Freedom Bar ticks all the boxes when it comes to a decent beach bar: comfy beanbags, rustic wooden tables, delicious drinks and epic sunsets night after night. Most are happy to lounge on the beachside blankets while watching the world go by but there are pool tables, fire dancers and even an on-site tattoo artist to keep you entertained.
Best for Dancing
If you want a heady night of loud music and dancing while in Krabi, look no further than Chang Bar. This is the main nightlife spot in Ao Nang and certainly won’t disappoint. Enjoy cocktails, shots, and shisha before heading upstairs to witness one of the clubs renowned drag shows. With cheap drinks, DJs and a dance floor, what more could you want?
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Krabi Pub Crawl
Right outside your door – if you’re one of the lucky ones staying with us – is all the fun you’ll need. The Krabi Pub Crawl runs every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 8 PM. With at least four bars on the itinerary, it’s a night to remember (or not, depending on what you’ve had to drink). Make sure you ask the staff at the hostel how you can sign up – there’s a t-shirt, free bucket and free shots involved! Now, who could say no?
Best for Cocktails
A relative newcomer on the Krabi scene, Get Rad’s certainly knows how to impress the crowds. The owner has created a hotspot for fine cocktails that stand out from the typical sex on the beach and spirit and mixer drinks we’ve come to expect. Fresh ingredients, smart barmen, different glasses to suit each cocktail and no plastic straws – wahey!
Tew Lay Bar
For a chilled cocktail head to Tew Lay Bar on Railay beach. This rustic bamboo bar plays laid-back reggae tunes and offers simple yet delicious cocktails that you can sip while you relax with your toes in the sand.
Best for Beer
Craft beer is really taking off in Thailand and nowhere is this showcased in Krabi better than Chu-a-pa Studio. This hole-in-the-wall leaks out onto the street with people supping tasty craft brews from Thailand and abroad. The bar staff are knowledgeable and friendly and will happily help you choose the right beer, ale or stout to suit your mood.
Factory Beer Garden
Popular among both locals and tourists alike, Factory Beer Garden is a great open-air joint to enjoy a craft beer or two. You can kick back with a beer in hand listening to live music in the rustic garden before enjoying some snacks or a meal from the adjoined restaurant.
Best for Boxing
This bar used to be aptly named as it was the last bar along the Railay strip but the road has since extended making the name somewhat redundant. Regardless, Last Bar is still a fun place for a night out in Krabi. The bar offers a beachside location, cheap buckets (obligatory in Thailand), fire shows and regular Muay Thai boxing matches. The events can get somewhat lively but once you’ve had a drink or two, you’ll certainly be cheering along!
The Reggae Bar (Koh Phi Phi)
The Reggae Bar in Koh Phi Phi is perhaps one of Thailand’s best-known bars for Muay Thai. This is the main focus of the bar, and as such all seats and tables are set out to make the most of the show. Whether you choose to don some shorts and get in the ring yourself or would prefer to keep yourself firmly coach-side you’re sure to have a fun night.