Ao Nang Nightlife: live music

in travel •  18 days ago

Ao Nang is a popular beach area in Southern Thailand and much like other parts of Thailand, it is also known for its wide variety of nightlife. In this first section i will focus on the live music portion of it.

One thing to understand about Ao Nang and really anywhere else in this country is that there many many places that claim to have live music but unfortunately a vast majority of it isn't any good. Sometimes it is just a dude with a guitar that doesn't really know how to play the songs and also can't pronounce English very well. There also seems to be a certain songlist that is played by people that don't really know what they are doing. If you hear "Wonderwall" or "Zombie" played you are probably in one of those places.

I'm going to focus on the places that have full bands that tend to be the best in the beach area.

Longhorn Saloon

One of the longest-running establishments. Longhorn Saloon has actually relocated twice. This is because the rent situation in Ao Nang is relatively out of control and if you follow my stuff you will have heard me state that if your business is successful you can expect the rent to get jacked up. This was the case with Longhorn. They are now located in RCA plaza, if you ask any taxi or receptionist where they is, they will know.

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The band here is extremely talented and focuses mostly on classic rock and country music. They have multiple singers so the variety is very good. Beers are also quite inexpensive here. I don't drink cocktails for the most part but they are probably around $7 each, which to me is a bit much.

Full Moon Bar

Located at the other end of the beach, Full Moon Bar is a very open and airy establishment and the band simply sits up at the bar, which serves as their stage at night.

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Now, I am going to be honest here, the band as a whole isn't the best, but the singer / lead guitar player is INCREDIBLE. Anyone that can play anything written by Dire Straits is truly top drawer in my book and in my mind, his presence makes a trip to Full Moon worthwhile.

Roots Rock Reggae

This is argueably the most popular place in town and many times the crowd will expand out to the street where plastic tables and chairs are set up for the extra customers. This is a massive violation of fire code but like most laws in Thailand, nobody cares.

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As the name would suggest the band plays reggae exclusively and they do it very well.

Boogie Bar

I've saved the best for last. Boogie Bar has a very strange setup but it actually works. The bar is in a walking street, so the band is actually on the opposite side of the walkway from the seating area.

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I don't know if you can tell from this picture but trust me, there is a walkway there. The seating is comfortable, there is plenty of staff, and the Finnish owner is a big fan of whiskey so there is a massive selection of them. The draft Leo Beer is always "buy one get one free" so you can get a liter of ice cold draft for 250B which is about $8.

This is, bar none, the best band in Ao Nang. They have multiple singers, and every musician really knows what they are doing - they are all extremely talented. Get there around 11pm and one of the singers will likely be drunk and this makes their performance even better as she tends to wander into the crowd and sing from your table. I don't know how the rest of the band feels about this but I think it is hilarious when she occasionally forgets to bring her microphone back to the stage with her.

If you only had time to visit one of these places I would definitely go for the last one.

Well, there you have it. If you find yourself in Ao Nang now you know what to do. You will have no difficulty finding any of these because there is only one road here. haha

Thanks for reading.

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If you find yourself in Ao Nang now you know what to do. You will have no difficulty finding any of these because there is only one road here. haha

Yeah , smiles .... like you’ve been reading my mind since I started reading this . I’ve added this paradise of fun to my wish list of places of my dreams . Thanks for sharing . Colorful pictures I must confess

Sounds like all you need to do now is start your own tour company..but yours will be different. Your tour company offers local bar/nightlife tours!

We were out last night to one of our local hangouts. They had live music which was mediocre at best. Then all of a sudden this guy plays some Johnny Cash and the patrons go wild. He nailed it and seemed a bit surprised by the reaction he got. The song just before it, an almost unrecognizable version of Coldplay's 'Clocks', produced crickets. Oh well, he found out what was working and went in a different direction.

In your first photo..Little Longhorn..is that horse made out of driftwood? weird and cool. girl looks board. lol.

I don't know how the rest of the band feels about this but I think it is hilarious when she occasionally forgets to bring her microphone back to the stage with her.

This is really funny but cool, guess the customers at the table have to return the mic back to her.
Those bars are good to go, well decorated and most especially the music. Over here in my country, I don't sit in a bar without music to lighten up the soul.

There is so much fun at Ao Nang.

What... They jack up your rent for being successful?
That doesn't make sense. I would want to keep a
successful tenant, because they would be less likely
to have problems paying rent. I wouldn't punish them
for being successful, because I wouldn't want to chase
them off (like Longhorn)

If ever I visit Ao Nang, I will make sure to visit the Full Moon
Bar. I grew up on Dire Straits (thanks to my dad), and if the band
can pull it off, I am already sold.

Hahahah, the last part of the post is just too hilarious.

The draft Leo Beer is always "buy one get one free" so you can get a liter of ice cold draft for 250B which is about $8.

No wonder the price is jacked up, by buying one, you almost pay for two.. Lol

I think it is hilarious when she occasionally forgets to bring her microphone back to the stage with her.

What is more funny than this..... Ahhahahah

How can you forget the mic, she's just too high. She has already market the bar with this attitude. Ahhahahah

Who will not want to crack his rib with her way of behaving under alcohol, everyone would be waiting for that moment when she would step into the crowd...... Lol

I thought drinks would be cheaper in Thailand

Great stuff @gooddream

These places sound rockin. Like I've said before I missed this area even though I landed in Krabi airport we headed straight south.

I would love to go back a try it all out. One day!

Gaz

I've been enjoying travelling a lot. I think Thailand is a very good player for treleling.

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i ve also been to Thailand . Thats a very enjoyable place, you ll just love the humble people and the architecture

Thanks for sharing this beauty with us all. I feel like am travelling down there with my eyes. The world is filled with beautiful places. Thanks to steemit for bringing persons, countries and continents closer.

thanks for sharing with us. it was fun watching it. live musical concert. you must have enjoyed alot and i mean it. keep up the good work

It's nice to know you're also a Live-band fan. Those are really interesting places to go to. Thailand is certainly an unraveling mystery to me now. Every time you post about Thailand, I learn something new. I wish there were such nice Live-band spots in my city. Unfortunately, you only hear of live band when there is an occasion or probably a Jam-fest.

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Thailand is very famous among tourists with its sparkling nightlife, many entertainment venues with the best service. And one of them Ao Nang as you mentioned. It is fun to visit this place to have fun while enjoying your favorite songs.
Thank to share @gooddream, have a nice day

I love live bands, as a musician myself i enjoy raw form of music being played best because you get to analyse and see real talents at work, is quite unfortunate that most of these live bands at really as good as you'd expect them to be but i still appreciate them though, it wouod he nice watching these guys play songs thay not in their native language