Nightlife in Krabi: A Guide to the Best Places To Party
By day, Krabi’s white-sand beaches are the perfect spot to relax on a sun lounger, paddle in the sea and laze away the day staring out at the turquoise sea. When the sun sets, it’s time to grab a cocktail, admire the views, and sample some of the buzzing bars and clubs on the main drag at Ao Nang.
We’ve rounded up the best spots to party in Krabi.
1. Best For A Laid-Back Night: Arty Mama Rasta Bar
Oozing that mai pen rai (no worries) vibe that hippie travellers in Thailand usually embrace, Arty Mama Rasta Bar is the perfect place to wind down with a cold beer. Reggae cranks away on the speakers and if you feel like getting up off the squishy floor cushions, you can grab any of the ukuleles or guitars lying around for an impromptu jam.
2. Best For Dancing: Chang Bar
If you want to dance up a storm and throw yourself into the frenzy of a thumping nightclub, then Chang Bar at Ao Nang is where you need to be. At the weekend, this place fills up and you’re sure to have a crazy night. DJ sets blast out rocking tunes and drinks flow until 2am.
3. Best For Craft Beer: Hobby Hops Craft Beer Bar
Promoting Krabi’s blossoming craft beer scene is a surprisingly easy job for the folk at Hobby Hops. Flavoursome IPAs and refreshing indie lagers are on offer here. This hole-in-the-wall-style bar has an extensive menu of international and imported beer, as well as local craft numbers. If you’re overwhelmed with choice, the friendly and knowledgeable staff are always on hand for recommendations.
4. Best For Meeting Fellow Travellers: Balcony Hostel Pub Crawl
Throw away your inhibitions and bond with fellow backpackers on the Balcony Hostel Pub Crawl. Visit five of Ao Nang’s best bars and make new friends over karaoke, shots and drinking games. Finish the night in a buzzing club and end with memories to last a lifetime. The hostel donates THB10 to the Krabi Pitak Pracha Foundation for every person that signs up for the pub crawl.
5. Best For Live Music: Boogie Bar
In the heart of Ao Nang, there’s always something going on at the Boogie Bar. You might catch the lilting rhythms of a live reggae band, dance the night away to a ska-folk duo, or just sit back with a beer and tap your toes to country music. Vintage music memorabilia covers the walls, so music lovers will feel right at home here.
6. Best For Cocktails: 79 Bar & Grill
Sample art in a glass with a cocktail made by expert mixologists at 79 Bar & Grill. If you’re looking for a classy, laid-back night out, look no further. Staff are friendly, happy hour is cheap, and cocktails keep flowing late into the night.
7. Best For A Wild Night: The Krabi Pub Crawl
Running on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, the Krabi Pub Crawl takes in the liveliest spots in Krabi. Meet fellow travellers over buckets of cocktails, shots and drinking games. End the night dancing until your feet hurt in a thumping club.