Samui Wining & Dining
Drinking Done Right

Q Bar Samui is a stylish hot spot with a fantastic view to boot.


10-11Is anyone wondering where you can go to get an experience that’s a little bit different to what you get all along the main Chaweng strip? Perhaps something with a slick, city vibe and drinks to match? Well that’s what’s on offer at Q Bar – the late night venue that brings the best of holiday life and city luxury together in one place.

    The Q Bar brand started off in Bangkok, and the success of this first venue sparked the idea for another – but this time on the paradise island of Samui. Raised up on the hillside, Q Bar Samui is only a few minutes from the often chaotic Chaweng. Renowned on the island for being a swanky hot spot, this bar brings you class and sophistication, right in the heart of sunny Samui.

      The bar looks directly over Chaweng Lake and, to the left, the whole of Chaweng. It boasts a lovely sunset view too. It’s here that holidaymakers and locals alike can indulge in some high-end night-life. It has recently undergone a total revamp, too, which has made it the perfect venue to enjoy tapas, cocktails and fine wine.

       The general music concept of the bar is to have musicians from Bangkok playing every night – Franck on the sax and Mr. Art on the guitar. The drinks list features all manner of delicious wines and classy cocktails. From an award-winning ‘06 Château Moulin de la Salle Bordeaux, to a fresh and fruity ‘10 Cote de Provence rosé, called Pétale de Rose. And they have plenty of champagnes too – of course – like Cristal Roederer or Dom Pérignon. Or, for those who want a medley, the ‘around the world’ cocktail conjures up a luscious mélange of vodka, gin, light rum, whiskey and Crème de Menthe. And the strawberry daiquiri blends together light rum, strawberries, liqueurs, strawberry syrup and sour mix for a real ‘holiday’ feeling.

       Nights at Q Bar kick off at 5:00 pm, when you can chill out on the balcony with a couple of cocktails and some fine finger food, while admiring that fantastic sunset view over Chaweng – the perfect way to finish off another day in paradise. And as the evening draws in, DJ Nubin, will hit the decks with some chill out, electro, jazz and lounge tracks, accompanied by the musicians. Then as it gets later, watch the vibe pick up and the party really begin, with pumping music that goes on till late.

       New décor has been implemented in recent months to keep the bar in tip-top shape. Slick table settings are complemented by designer chairs, complete with life-size famous faces printed on the fabric – there’s Barack Obama, Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley and Che Guevara. To one side there are stylish white couches around low tables and dining tables in the rest of the space.

      A new food menu has been put into place as well. Tapas, comprised predominantly of Thai food, features heavily. But there is also international fare. The Thai dishes include finger foods like fried spicy pork, fried chicken wings and fried prawns. And there are healthy options too, such as zingy seafood salad and grilled Thai beef salad. But for those who are craving for some Western food, there are pizzas and potato wedges on offer as well. If, however, you really can’t make your mind up on one dish, then the Q Special is perfect – it’s a three-tiered, mixed Thai platter to share. It’s a very popular order.

      Under the bar is a nightclub space, which is open every Saturday. It’s free to get in, and they have Brazilian parties and even a Full Moon Party. So for those who want something a little more sophisticated than the offering on the Koh Pha-Ngan, there’s now an answer. Plus, you don’t have to travel on a boat to get there.

       Q Bar manages to nail that exclusive vibe while still being – and feeling – accessible to everyone. There are no pesky bouncers or selective door staff. And it doesn’t feel pretentious at all. Instead, it’s stylish but comfortable at the same time – the perfect combination. Q Bar has everything you need for a sophisticated night out on the town, any night of the week.



Christina Wylie


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