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On August 15th The Phoenix in Lamai opened its doors for the first time and invited guests to come and enjoy a grand opening party.
The Phoenix bar is owned and run by island residents Nikki and Glenda. Nikki, from Scotland, has recently moved to the island after spending fifteen years running bars in Holland. Popular island resident Glenda, has lived on the island for many years and owned and ran the Bahuaus bar and restaurant around the corner from the Phoenix for eighteen years before she decided it was time for a change.
The Phoenix, previously the Eden Bar, used to be owned by another popular expat Baz, who sadly passed away some eighteen months ago. Glenda was a good friend of his and felt it was fitting to take over his bar and call it the Phoenix as under their management it will rise from the ashes to be a popular watering hole once more.
The Phoenix bar was home to an Indian restaurant for a short while and Nikki and Glenda have inherited some rather impressive ceiling art work from the previous tenants, however they have added some impressive décor of their own and have a very special space age chill out area the rear of the bar have added some red walls to create a chic while cozy atmosphere.
The bar, that will also be serving both Thai and European food, has ample seating indoors for dining, a comfortable sofa for chilling out, outdoor seating for drinking, al fresco dining and people watchign and plenty of very comfortable, adjustable height bar stools around the large curved bar that have foot rests just in the right places! The grand opening party kicked off at 6pm and within minutes the bar was filling up.
Nikki and Glenda put on a superb spread of food for their guests that included chicken sate, prawn mayo, egg mayo and tuna mayo sandwiches, spring rolls with dipping sauce, coleslaw, potato salad, garlic bread and some fabulous Thai dishes.
By 7pm the bar was packed to capacity and with live football, a quality pool table, a packed menu, an impressive cocktail list and regular quiz nights, starting on the 19th of August and obviously amazing food, one can only assume that this is going to be a very popular bar in Lamai that will give a warm welcome to island residents and visitors to Samui alike.
The Samui Times would like to wish Glenda and Nikki all the very best with their new venture.