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Soi Freedom Or Soi Eric Phuket Nightlife  : A very narrow, beer bar-lined soi, it has – like several of Bangla Road’s side streets – undergone a name change in recent years and may still be known by its old moniker: Soi Eric.

Each of the bars follows effectively the same design: plasma TV showing a football match, chrome pole with lightly-clothed dancer, neon sign with bar’s name, Connect 4 games on the bar and friendly girls keeping the patrons company.

The girls here are generally older, more experienced and less pushy than those elsewhere.

Soi Freedom Or Soi Eric Phuket Nightlife 

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Notable bars include the well-established Smiley, the eponymous Freedom Bar.

Soi Freedom is one of the busiest streets to split off Phuket’s main nightlife hub – Bangla Road.

The next street closer to the beach from Soi Seadragon, it is found roughly opposite Soi Lao and is lined with beer bars on either side, creating a gauntlet of bright neon lights, loud music and hostesses keen to drag you onto a bar stool – sometimes physically.

Soi Freedom Or Soi Eric Phuket Nightlife 

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Up until the end of 2013, the street was known as Soi Eric and may still occasionally be known by that name.

It used to be notably different from the likes of Soi Tiger because the music for the whole street was set by a single DJ, making it less of a chaotic mess of conflicting beats.

It was perhaps the decision to give each bar the freedom to play their own selection of music which led to the new name of the soi.

Soi Freedom Or Soi Eric Phuket Nightlife 

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Each bar along Soi Freedom follows the well-established pattern of beer bars throughout Thailand.

Each has the roughly the same price for the same selection of cheap beers and spirits, particularly local stuff like Chang and Singha beer (about 100 baht, so a little bit cheaper than Soi Tiger).

Each one has a plasma TV screen showing one sport or another; a few chrome poles; a choice of bar games like Connect 4, Jenga and Jackpot; and a selection of young ladies to play against.

Pretty much the only thing which separates one bar from the next is the choice of bar girls.

Each place has a staff of about 10 – 15, rotating between the various duties of sitting and chatting with patrons, dancing on the poles (sometimes at least vaguely in time with the music),

Their ranks noticeably swell during the high season as the seasonal workforce of pretty young ladies arrives, generally from Thailand’s northeastern provinces.

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Sources: phuketbars.info, thaivisa.com, phuket.com, Hotels.com,

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