The holidays are here, so loosen up and relax. Round up your best pals, because it’s cocktail time in Samui! We know the evening will not be complete without a choice selection of well-made concoctions and addictive nibbles, so here’s a heads up on the best bars to head to on the island when the cocktail cravings hit:
Air Bar Taling Ngam
You know that ubstructed panoramas of the coast are yours to enjoy when a bar is positioned at a prime clifftop spot. An unforgettable sight, made up of a palette of stunning sunset colours greets guests at the west-facing Air Bar each and every evening.
Even better, the dreamy views are accompanied by a choice selection of cocktails, whipped up by the world-class mixologists manning the bar. A stunning evening will not be complete without food, so order a selection of nibbles; there is sashimi for visitors with a refined palate, and decadent desserts for those who prefer a sweet treat. Take a seat along the bar to catch sight of the cocktail magic, or sink down snugly into the pillowy cushions of the daybeds and outdoor sofas for a lazy evening.
‘An iconic bar with an iconic view’ – this desciption certainly fits WOOBAR to a T. You will not be able to tear your gaze away from the sweeping views of Samui’s northern coastline here – unless it is to take a glance down at the table when your drinks and nibbles arrive.
A variety of sweet and savoury bites help keep the hunger pangs at bay, so down your sundowners with mouthwatering delights like the grilled king prawnswith tom yum dip or beef sliders. WOOBAR’s signature mo-hee-toes, available in a variety of zesty flavours, are absolutely not to be missed. Those who cannot get enough of this drink can indulge in a spate of mo-hee-toes madness every Thursday, where free flow drinks and cool tunes keep guests well entertained throughout the night.
Drink Gallery Chaweng
Don’t fancy a posh and stuffy setting? Make your way to Drink Gallery, and its chic, sleek and artistic look will float your boat. Elegant chandeliers, floor-to-ceiling glass panes, industrial-looking grey walls and vibrantly-coloured furniture fill up the cavernous interiors, creating a casual yet sophisticated setting.
Those wtih a hearty appetite will be glad to find a range of sumptuous Thai and western dishes on the menu. Try signature items like the Samui Rangoon, Roasted Garlic Ravioli and Roasted Lamp Chops. Alternatively, satisfy your craving for local fare by having a taste of Phad Thai, and rounding out your meal with a Sticky Rice and Mango.
Of course, the star of the night are the cocktails, so do not leave the place without at least downing a couple of well-made concoctions. Dhasan ‘Golffy’ Prabhanandra, the creative ‘mixultant’ behind the bar, dreams up an exciting selection of wine and coffee-based cocktails, as well as unique beverages made with an exotic variety of herbs and fruits, leaving you truly spoilt for choice during the night.
Samui Wine Oasis Chaweng
Made for wine-lovers, Samui Wine Oasis offers a picturesque spot for a relaxing meal. Settle down for a meal indoors in the cosy interiors of the restaurant, or dine outdoors amidst the emerald vines and tropical foliage. Come evening, soft lighting illuminates the surroundings, creating a romantic ambience perfect for a special date. A well-stocked wine cellar means that you will have a mind-boggling selection of drinks to take your pick from, so the most important decision of the night is likely to be: which wine will pair up best with that amazing Lamb Massaman?
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