Samui Wining & Dining
Luck O' The Irish

For some great comfort food, you can’t beat Mulligan’s Irish Bar in Lamai.

 

21It’s rare on a paradise island like Samui to get your hands on a wide selection of imported draft beers, and all manner of sports channels, but that’s part of the very fabric of Mulligan’s Irish Bar, situated in the Buddy complex in Lamai. When there’s a game on there’s a fantastic atmosphere, but if you don’t want to watch the same thing as the guy on the next table, you can watch a different channel one of the many other TV sets in the bar.

    The beer selection is impressive: On draught there’s Guinness, Kilkenny, Hoegaarden, Chang, Singha, Tiger and Heineken, and they’ve also got bottled ciders, like Magners. House red and white wine are available by the glass, and there are also a number of bottles, that span a wide range of countries including Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Italy, Chile and Argentina. Daily cocktail specials and a decent Happy Hour make the deal that much sweeter.

      Three nights a week the live band, K2, performs at the bar, playing popular Western classics. They are well known for being very interactive and taking requests. And being a four-piece band, they really know how to get the crowd going. Most of the time they perform in the bar itself, but for special occasions they take to the open-air courtyard for a festival-like experience.

       Every couple of months the bar hosts a function or themed party. Recently they held a ‘hotelier night’, which involved fun activities and a lucky draw. It’s popular for staff parties too, as it’s comfortable and well catered – a great place for colleagues to let their hair down. The venue has both indoor air-conditioned seating and alfresco tables in the courtyard. Altogether they can accomodate 150 people, 40 of those inside.

       Comfy private boots are a real plus-point of Mulligan’s. The semi-circular leather couches are perfect for slouching back into with a pint, ready to watch the TV or have a chat with some friends. There are also bar stools, which offer a more sociable experience. The layout is very homely, and echoes a traditional Irish pub perfectly.

      The food served is a mix of hearty pub classics, Thai dishes and International fare. Most popular orders tend to be Irish dishes, like Beef Pie, which has chunky pieces of meat in it and is served with chips and peas. There’s also Traditional Irish Stew. Every dish that incorporates bread uses freshly baked bread that’s made on-site. The Traditional Irish Stew, for example, is accompanied by oven-fresh sour-dough with oregano.

      Snacks and starters include fried comfort foods, like Golden Fried Calamari and Bacon & Cheese Potato Skins, as well as healthy options, such as Greek and Caesar Salads. On offer also are sandwiches and burgers, Asian and Thai dishes, International main courses, and a great “from the grill” section. If you’re only a little peckish though and don’t fancy a full meal, there’s always freshly made popcorn from the traditional movie theatre-style popcorn machine for you to nibble on.

      The opening hours are from 10:00 am until 2:00 am the following morning, and the all-day breakfast they serve is always popular. It caters for the early birds who come down for a bite to eat on their way to the beach, for those who wake up late but are still craving that brekkie goodness, and for those who like pancakes and eggs for dinner – just because. There’s an Irish/English-style breakfast, which features fried eggs, Wiltshire bacon, Cumberland sausage, baked beans, potato hash and toast, with a choice of coffee or tea. Or you could try the Breakfast Sandwich, which is consists of either a Cumberland sausage and egg, or Wiltshire bacon and egg sandwich, also served with coffee or tea.

      Mulligan’s has a loyal following of local expats who come again and again. It’s the perfect hangout for people who are looking for some home comforts. Many of the regulars use the bar as a meeting point because it’s so well known and easy to access from the main road. There’s also ample off-road parking in the Buddy complex, so you don’t have to worry about finding a spot. The pool and foosball tables and the dartboard are also very popular.

      One other great thing about Mulligan’s Irish Bar is the great prices. It may be fully stocked with imported beers and food, but you won’t pay through the nose to get your hands on them. And really, there’s nothing quite like it on the island – it stands out from the crowd for its great pub feeling, and the kind of ultra-comfortable environment you can only find at a ‘proper’ Irish bar.

 

Christina Wylie

 

 


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