‘Vintage meets modern’ is how the Bliss Beach Club, the newest hangout right on Bang Tao Beach, has been designed.
Giuseppe ‘Pepe’ Viva, the General Manager at Bliss Beach Club, says the venue was designed by Stem Design in Bangkok. The venue features a wooden bar (complete with backdrop from collected wood around Phuket), vintage lamps, canvas fans, private dining areas, indoor and outdoor areas, garden and lawn only metres from the sand, as well an extensive drinks menu.
“Bang Tao is one of the biggest beaches in Phuket, and it’s very understated and not so many people know about it.”
This means, he says, it is the perfect location for a place like Bliss.
Pepe says the club has 120 different wine labels, with 25 by the glass from Australia, Chile, Spain, South Africa and more.
Heading the bar is chief cocktail maker Rom, a Thai national who has previously worked at highly-rated Q Bar in Bangkok and Samui.
His signature cocktail is the Tom Yum Iced Tea (B220), where vodka is infused with kaffir lime leaves, chilli, lemongrass and ginger. It is one of about 70 cocktail choices.
Pepe says the unique thing about Bliss Beach Club is that Rom can virtually come up with any cocktail you like. Another talent of Rom’s is Irish Coffee, where he entertains customers while creating it, turning the whole procedure into a show.
Chef Alexander Oddy hails from Melbourne, Australia, and has worked extensively on the international food menu, full of salads, seafood, and other lighter food options. Appetisers start at B160 and mains at B240. Fish is around B550, lamb B750 and pasta B300.
The menu is full of interesting adaptations and new creations, such as the fried tofu, taro and pumpkin dish (B200), the grilled eggplant and shrimp salad (B220), soft shell crab sandwich (B280) and the zucchini penne (B320).
But Pepe says the beach club is far from high end, with a real mixture of clients so far, including both Thais and local expats, as well as guests from nearby Andara, Dusit and Amanpuri.
“You can come here and have a bottle of wine for B13,700 (Château Lafite for the record) or you can come for a beer for B100.”
The draft beer – Stella Artois and Hoegaarden – is also proving popular with customers.
Entertainment wise the bar holds Sound Wave Sundays, from 3pm every week. Music is “chillout” by Texas DJ PJ Stanley, as well as a kids playground to make it a family place too.
Bliss Beach Club, 202/88 Moo 2, Cherng Talay, Thalang District. For more information visit blissbeachclub.com