At Avista Hideaway Phuket Patong, MGallery by Sofitel
Open time: Daily 5-11pm.
Resevation: 0 7668 1681www.avista-hideaway-phuket-patong.com
Sunset served in your glass…
Located within the charming Avista Hideaway Phuket Patong – MGallery Hotel Collection, the alfresco Vida Bar is a sleek venue which serves up creative cocktails and Cuban-inspired tapas accompanied by sensational sunset views.
The setup of Vida Bar is really chic. The open air bar features comfortable seating with small tables and overstuffed chairs, exclusive cabanas and a variety of throw cushions to lounge upon. There is a light soundtrack that plays in the background, and while we choose where to sit, we are taken aback by the stunning views. The views from the alfresco bar truly are stunning, and as we settle into our seats and glance at the menus, we feel really relaxed.
The tapas menu is extensive, and my dining partner and I decide to try them all. At Vida Bar, the selected tapas menu is loaded waith Cuban-inspired favourites such as Croquetas de Jamon, Camarones con Coco and Chorizo con Vino. Taking advantage of local ingredients, the tapas are served with spicy Thai Chili Mango Sauce and Kaffir Lime Salsa.
While all the tapas that we sample are tasty, we decide that our favourites are the Empanadas de Carne, a mini savory pie with minced beef and the Pollo Taquitos, which are mini tacos stuffed with shredded Spanish spiced chicken, rolled in corn tortillas and deep fried. These two tapas choices are extremely authentic in presentation and taste – and are ‘moreish’ snacks that suit the cocktail menu perfectly.
Speaking of cocktails, the handcrafted cocktails at Vida Bar are both creative and strong. Cocktail menu choices include classic favourites such as Mojito, Manhattan and Cosmopolitan – but there are trendy drinks, such as the Espresso Martini, on offer too. Phuket’s Chalong Bay Rum is also prevalent here and the bartenders are happy to mix a fruity cocktail of your choice with this prizewinning local rum.
Non-alcoholic beverages are also available, as are fresh fruit juices, fruit blends, soft drinks and still and sparkling water. If you are in the mood for a refreshing treat, the Apple Smile Mocktail is an excellent choice. Served on the rocks, the drink blends apple juice, ginger, lemongrass, kaffir lime and mint. The Apple Smile is light and refreshing, and goes down a treat on a hot day.
Vida Bar is a lovely gem located in the Patong neighbourhood on the way to Tri Trang Beach. While the bar itself is located inside the Avista Hideaway Phuket Patong - MGallery, outside guests are very welcome and it’s definitely worth checking out when you are in the area. The cocktails and tapas are creative and well-priced, while the views are some of the best you will find in Patong.