Michael’s Bar in Takuapa Road, now renamed Michelangelo’s Bar, had something of a pre-COVID reputation for being moribund. All that has now changed under the new and dynamic management of Hawaiian Don Mangiameli and his Thai partner Alice. Don is now always busy booking acts to try to get live music of a good standard every night of the week.
The intimate Bebop Jazz Bar just a few meters away is run by Boy Navio, a gifted virtuoso jazz guitarist. He set it up a few years ago and it has somehow managed to survive Covid. Happily, it is now buzzing again with some stunningly good music played by class acts such as the Impromptu and Bebop bands. It’s perfect for a romantic night out, but make sure to book a table at the weekends when it’s busy.
Head North into Yaowarat Road and you will find the famous Rockin’ Angels Blues Bar run by Singaporean Patrick Chua, the oldest surviving live music venue on the island. It is open every day except Mondays for live music with a three-piece band usually on Fridays and Saturdays.
Just up the road you’ll find the Good Vibes Bar (photo above) opposite Harmonics Music Shop. It could easily be missed, for it has no front….or roof for that matter! This is because the bar is in an empty 5 meter-wide space between two existing buildings. With furniture made out of driftwood and decorations from things found on the beach, this bar is Bohemian with a capital ‘B’! It has live music on Sunday nights.
To end your musical trip around the Old Town, take a five minute walk along Thalang Road to find the upmarket Thai bars Dibuka and Night and Day opposite each other in Dibuk Road which host a lot of live Thai music of high quality and low volume. Not far away in Phuket Road is Papazula which has a live band most nights.
March 2022 Phuket Music Scene