Last night Overmind Club (both entrances) was dark once more. That seems to become a chronic disease.
On upper Soi Khao Talo Happy Moon's Bar has become The Secret.
Bamboo Bar on Pattayatai near Walking Street appears to be a real gold mine. It is always crowded from early on, with most Thai females arriving between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m.
Live music, mostly hits from the previous century such as My Way
, and a dance floor in front of the singers and orchestra.
A lot of mature birds there (but not all) and many of them heading for the Walking Street discos later at night, often in teams of two or three.
Going fees are 1,000 baht ST and 1,500-2,000 baht LT, no barfine.
It is hit or miss if you will find a girl who fits the bill, but the easy-going atmosphere helps with the vetting and I have never met a starfish there.
The Pattaya Beer Garden formula however does not seem to work well, probably because punters cannot as casually roam there.
No "check bins" at Bamboo Bar, but immediate payment.
I presume they apply dual pricing with Thais paying much less. Some Thai females (probably the more hardened pros) are drinking alcopops or sharing bottles of Thai spirits, but the majority are sparingly nursing their still water, soda water or coca
If you pay with a 1,000-baht note the waiter or waitress will give you a plastic badge as proof of payment until they bring the change.
That being said I have made it a habit of always carrying enough small cash and changing the higher denominations at trusted places such as restaurants, supermarkets and the post office.
Bottled Heineken 140 baht.