Although Koh Samui has seen incredible progress and change over the last twenty years, Nathon has stayed very much the same. The commercial capital of Koh Samui still retains its rustic charm, vibrant and colorful fishing pier and ancient Chinese wooden shop fronts. Despite being a nice place to explore Nathon has never really stood out on the map for being home to smart drinking and dining venues or the kind of place you can enjoy a few cold pints of beer over a game of football, cricket or rugby. That is until now.
Conveniently located on the road that leads from the pier to the back road where you will find the municipal office and Tesco Lotus is Max Murphys, an up-market Irish bar and something of an oasis in this quaint little town.
Max Murphys opened its doors in 2013 and brought draft Guinness, Kilkenny and Hoegarden to the residents and visitors of Nathon as well as every other refreshment you would expect to find in an Irish bar of course and, impressively, a good range of Belgium beers such as Duuel, Kwak and West Malle and if Cider is more your thing, Magners.
As well as a great range of beverages the chef and his team at Max Murphys are turning out some fabulous cuisine.
Max Murphys is a ‘something for everybody’ kind of place. The bar itself is large with plenty of space to enjoy a chat, fun and banter. There is ample seating for those looking for a more intimate experience or a bite to eat and the outdoor terrace is a great place to watch the world go by.
During the day Max Murphys is a great place for a spot of people watching. Nathon is a small but vibrant town and there is nothing better than having a cold beer as you watch the local people go about their business. This bar is also a great place to cool down after exploring the town as it has a great air conditioning system, despite being open fronted, which also means you can still enjoy a cigarette in the cool air. Its close proximity to Tesco also makes it a haven for a man needing a pint and a break from his wife while she does her shopping!
The location is also idea after dark when Nathon all but goes to sleep. There is no hustle and bustle, no loud bars and restaurants with competing sound systems. There are no sorrowful street children harassing you to buy flowers or other hawkers determined to interrupt your peace and sell you something you don’t want and of course it is ultra easy to park.
Upstairs at Max Murphys you will find a balcony that gives you a bird’s eye view of the street below, a superb Brunswick pool table and a darts board. The bathrooms that can be found downstairs would not look out of place in a luxury villa and there is an all singing and all dancing juke box, interactive, customer friendly entertainment centre.
On Mondays you can enjoy 99 baht wine and cocktail specials, on Thursdays you can enjoy live music by Baby Funk and on Saturdays the Premier League Football is shown on five big screen TV’s as well as other sports of course. The bar has free wifi, is child friendly, has attentive and very well trained staff and it is immaculately clean. Hard to imagine what more you could want from a pub really!
Opening hours are 9am till 1am.
If you missed the super Max Murphy’s experience while you were in Koh Samui, or want just a few more Irish moments before you leave then you are in luck, Max Murphy’s can also be found at the beautiful Samui Airport at the end of a lovely row of shops in between check in and the departure lounge. Here you can grab a refreshing draught beer before you flight such as Singha, Guinness, Kilkenny or even Magners Irish Cider. Bottled beers choices include Leo, Chang, Singha, Carlsberg, San Miguel Light, Tiger, Heineken, Corona, Kepplers and Magners, and of course there is a wide range of spirits, wines, soft drinks, fruit juices and shakes, milk shakes, teas and coffees.
If you fancy a quick bite to eat then you can enjoy a Ham and Cheese Croissant or toasty, Panini Ham, cheese, onion and tomato or if you fancy something a little more filling try the chili con carne with rice, tuck into a hearty Shepherd’s pie, a Lasagne, a traditional Irish stew or a chicken pie.
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