One of the most attractive things about Phuket from an expat perspective is the balanced lifestyle that is possible. You can be snorkeling on a tropical reef in the morning, have an equally incredible lunch at a neighbouring Thai joint or nearby Michelin star restaurant, then browse a Gucci shop on the way to catch a movie at a state-of-the-art cinema. The point is, that deciding to become an expat in Phuket invariably comes with some sacrifice, but not much. When it comes to sports lovers, it might be tough to go catch a live game of your favorite sport, but chances are there are plenty of options to watch it live on television.
Whether you're into football, rugby, cricket, boxing, or any other sport, you'll find a bar or pub that suits your taste and budget. Here are some of the top spots to watch televised sporting events in Phuket.
If it’s not clear from the name, this is an Australian-owned and themed bar. Located on the infamous Bangla Road in Patong, one can simply not get any closer to Phuket’s nightlife. This two-story bar can accommodate up to 250 people and has four bars, three pool tables, and more than 60 TVs showing live sports matches. You can watch Australian Rules Football, rugby, soccer, motorsports, golf, tennis, boxing, American Football, basketball, and ice hockey. Of course, you’ll find a standard selection of cold beers, ciders, wines, cocktails, and Australian food such as pies, burgers, and steaks.
Peppers Sports Bar is a great place to watch sports in a relaxed and casual setting. Conveniently located near Laguna in Cherngtalay, this bar has one giant screen and five smaller TVs showing live sports action. The focus is mainly on NRL, AFL, football, rugby, and boxing, with the occasional motorsport race. This quaint neighborhood bar also has a pool table, dart board, and live music. You’ll find a familiar selection of beers, wines, and spirits. Additionally, Peppers offers up some pub food like burgers and wings as well as British comfort food like English breakfast, fish and chips, and popular Sunday roasts. Stop by on Wednesdays to participate in quiz night.
Located in the heart of the Rawai/Nai Harn Beach area, The Clubhouse is a newer addition to the wide selection of bars in the south of Phuket. In addition to an inviting open-air atmosphere and attentive staff, it’s hard to look anywhere in this place without seeing a screen. If there’s a prominent sporting event happening, they’re almost certainly showing it whether it’s Premier League, MotoGP, Formula One, or boxing.
Heading further south, the Walkabout Sports Bar is a fun and lively sports bar in Karon Beach. They boast nearly a dozen screens including a 75-inch main screen for your viewing pleasure. They air many live sporting events including football, rugby, cricket, boxing, UFC, and more. In true pub fashion, you’ll find a pool table, dart board, and lively banter. Sip (or chug) cold beers, cocktails, and shots, and enjoy their menu with a good selection of Thai food and Western options like burgers, steaks, and European favorites.
This is only a small selection of great spots to watch televised sporting events in Phuket. There are many more to choose from, depending on your location, preference, and budget. No matter what sport you're into, you'll find a place that will make you feel at home and turn on your favorite game.