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28th February   

Bar Find...

5m snake in roof of Soi Buakhao bar
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Rescue Workers were called to the Kevin Beer Bar located in Soi Boekeow following the discovery of a snake.

After 1 hour, the brave workers managed to grab the 20kg, 5 meter long python which was shown off to the local media who arrived to cover the story.

Khun Jaruan is the manager of the Beer Bar and told us that she heard something on the roof which partially collapsed revealing the snake which rescue workers tell us most likely originated from a construction site behind the bar. The snake was taken to a local zoo. 

 

27th February   

Lucky...

Pattaya GoGo Reviews: Legs Club
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Legs Club is located on Soi Pattayaland 2 (Pattaya Soi 13/4)

The bar is running at a somewhat smaller scale than when it was Mistys with maybe a dozen dancers starting the evening.

The girls dance a nice short stint on the central stage with topless being the standard dress code.

I seem to have been lucky nearly every time I have visited the bar. There always seems to be a girl I know from another bar, or else a good looking native of Legs Club.  And they always seem keen to get re-acquainted.

But on the other hand luck is generally made by a good attitude from the girls and management.

Anyway it works for me at the moment.

 

26th February   

Half a Dozen Girls...

Pattaya GoGo Reviews: Paradise
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Paradise is located towards the southern end of Soi Buakhao

I paid an early evening visit and found half a dozen girls in attendance of which a couple were pretty. Three were dancing on the central stage for a 3 song stint. The dress code was topless.

The drinks prices were reasonable enough but when there is not much doing in the bar then it is important that girls go and entertainment the customers at close quarters.  Unfortunately it seemed that the older girls were doing the carousing and the younger girls were reserved to give the mamasang a massage. Really not much to stay for then.

 

25th February   

Cheaper BJ...

More reduced prices on draft beer
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BJ A-GoGo are doing a very cheap draft beer at 39 Baht (in a decent size glass)

The bar had about a dozen girls and several were well good looking

And the atmosphere was happy. The mamasang was doing a great job fixing up the customers with girls.

Strange German music though, heavy style but somehow was quite bouncy.

Very enjoyable bar.

Meanwhile Ice A-GoGo on Soi LK Metro have a introduced 55 Baht draft beer as have Betty Boum GoGo in the old Spicy Girls venue on Soi Pattayaland 1.

And as if to buck the trend Nui's Club 2 A-GoGo on Walking Street have increased their draft beer from 55 to 65 Baht. They found themselves at a prime location for the US military guys and quickly upped the price to take advantage.

 

23rd February   

Bronze Star...

Pattaya GoGo Reviews: Silver Star 2
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Silver Star is the Soi 7 bar in the chain of three.

The bar always seems quite lively with about half the girls dancing on stage or in the Jacuzzi.

The dress code for the dancers is bikini clad or topless depending on the wishes of the dancer. They seem to attract a few above average girls too.

There's also a traditionally naughty Jacuzzi show perhaps entertaining the customers set back against the wall rather than poolside.

Every seems fine but not a bar where I have been tempted to stay very long. I am not quite sure why, just never seem to get the luck of the draw. Perhaps they still remember the time when I refused to tip the toilet boy.

 

22nd February   

Counter Intuitive...

Pattaya's latest GoGo in Soho Square
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A new gogo bars has opened on Soho Square at the south end of Walking Street

Counter Soho is a traditional gogo laid out as a square with a central stage. The seating is nearly all comfortable stools with backs. One row surrounds the stage ad the other is around the walls of the bar.

There are also a couple of sofa affairs surround an unused side stage.

There were a dozen girls in the bars split into 2 shifts for dancing. The girls were average and some were dancing topless.

The driinks are reasonable with Thai spirits at 60 Baht and bottled beers at 80 Baht (no draft)

The dancing girls seemed to be totally ignoring the few customers.

Early days yet but there was very little entertainment value in watching average girls who seemed to be doing their best to avoid having to interact with customers.

Perhaps they were shy. No doubt they will have to change their ways or their job very quickly.

There are now 79 bars with girls dancing ini bikinis or less

 

21st February   

More Dilapidated More Expensive...

Pattaya GoGo Reviews: Hot and Cold
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Hot & Cold is situated on Soi Post Office.

The bar struggled to maintain momentum over the peak season as there simply weren't enough girls to round. (But no doubt the finances were healthy).

However things seem back to normal and there are enough girls on the bar that 2 or 3 will soon jump on your lap.

However a couple of less welcoming features have started to emerge. The first is that perennial lady drink upgrade without asking first. This is clearly a new policy as it has not happened for years of regular visits. I put a stop to it as far as I was concerned, but I notice that an awful lot of girls are now drinking 150 Baht Breezers. The standard lady drink went up not so long ago from 80 to 90 Baht.

The other misguided policy change, is for the girls to dance for 5 songs rather than the previous 4. To be slightly blunt, not so many of the girls are employed for their on stage grace. They are for more gainfully employed as literal lap dancers. The extra song just makes customers wait longer and the girls get even more tired after their 9 or 12 hour shift.

Still plenty of fun to be had but keep an eye on what your girls are drinking.

 

19th February   

Deflation...

A bar crawl of some of the new gogos
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I watch tales of recession daily on news channels throughout the world but there seems a bit of contradiction when it comes to Pattaya night life. To me there seems plenty of customers in the bars and the gogos with Soi 6 and the gogos doing particularly well.

But then there is a second contradiction, numbers seem good but clearly things aren't quite as rosy as pure numbers suggest. There is a significant move towards good promotions and cheaper drinks prices.

I would summise, without having a jot of real evidence, that although numbers are being maintained, many are looking to reducing their spending.

Anyway I thought I would focus last nights drinking on seeing how Pattaya's newest gogos are faring.

I started at First A-GoGo in the middle of Soi 8. Since opening, the bar has reduced its previously top end prices down to more realistic levels and there is also a very good 60 Baht happy hour which runs to 10pm. The bar has recruited a few more girls and they now have half a dozen that are well attractive. Unfortunately they don't seem to be very interested in circulating amongst the earlybird 9pm customers so I wasn't tempted to stay long. The dancing at the early hour was strictly bikini clad.

I then made my way down to Soi Yamato to see how Las Vegas A-GoGo is faring. And they too have reduced their drinks prices with a very reasonable 50 Baht draft (from 75 Baht). Almost opposite to First A-GoGo, Las Vegas have somewhat less than top notch bikini clad dancers but they are very friendly. Hands on and hands in as I like to say. But somehow I was being a bit picky and surely the grass would be greener in my next port of call.

Betty Boum on Soi Pattayaland was the venue. And guess what, the bar has reduced their drinks prices too. But not by quite enough to tempt me. There is no draft beer but bottled beer has been reduced by 10 Baht to 100. There is a 2 for 1 offer on Thai spirits too. There were also a few more dancers in the mid range between First and Las Vegas. The dancers were again bikini clad and seemed generally demure. The bar looks very smart but 100 Baht bottled beer is not really good value for the entertainment.

Next was the newly re-opened Popcorn on Soi Pattayaland 2. Again drinks prices have been reduced with a good priced draft beer. Now this was the first bar of my mini crawl where there has been an improvement in dress code, ie dress not encouraged at all. There was a range of girls so I selected the prettiest and was easily persuaded to stay for a fair few drinks. Amazing what a difference having Cheap drinks AND few clothes AND a pretty girl AND a friendly girl makes. A good improvement for Popcorn then. But the bar is still a little too small scale and I can imagine that if they were a lacking a pretty girl or two then it would warrant only a brief stay.

My last port of call was Utopia A-GoGo at the south end of Walking Street. I was a little worried by a blog report that one of my favourite gogos had closed. The bar was thankfully still running but clearly something is up as they have dispensed with their welcome staff. The bar was pretty much unchanged from before. It is very much modelled on the way Windmill Club works but is not quite so busy (and not quite so consistent). Surely a good place to end an evening.

 

17th February   

Bells and Whistles...

Pattaya GoGo Reviews: Illusion Pattaya Club
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Illusion is located at the meeting of Soi 14 & 15 just off Walking Street.

I have a feeling that the bar never really got up to speed in attracting farang customers. After all competition from Baby Dolls and What's Up is pretty much the best raunch in town.

So Illusion seems to have scaled down a little and reverted to the bells and whistles format of its previous guise as Top Girls.

There were just 6 or 7 dancers all bikini clad. A couple were putting an effort into dancing but really it was not up to much. There are no poles for the girls to lean on.

After a few songs of gogo the dancers clear the stage and find a dark corner to hide in while the show girls do their unsexy bells and whistles turns. The show girls then circulate for a tip and the cycle continues with the dancers.

The beer is still cheap at 50 Baht but the bar is no longer really an option for those seeking sexy entertainment.

 

16th February   

Good Times?...

More Drinks promotions
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Las Vegas GoGo on Soi 13/1 (Soi Yamato) has reduced its all day price for draft Heineken to 50 Baht.

Meanwhile the 45 Baht price for draft at Club Mirage is an offer every day. The bar needs a bit of strong management. at the moment though. It has loads of girls all running wild enjoying themselves in their own ways, Most seem to be totally ignoring any customers that may be interested in putting a bit of trade their way.

Illusions Club on Soi 14 & 15 is now alternating bikini clad gogo dancing with bells and whistles shows. Not a very impressive spectacle for farangs who are used to the more raunchy options available on Soi 15.

 

15th February   

Good Times?...

Drinks promotions
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Sometimes bad times can become good times especially for customers.

There seems to be a few promotional drinks offers on at the moment.

The very expensive show bar, Living Dolls Showcase has started a 2 for 1 happy hour until 10pm

On Soi Diamond, Club Mirage were still offering 45 Baht draft beer way past happy hour. Maybe the offer is one of Beer Day specials for Friday.

On Monday Catz will start a policy of all drinks at 85 Baht (large glass of draft beer still 65 Baht)

 

15th February   

Just an Illusion...

Club Illusion still alive
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Reports that Club Illusion was dark have proven short lived as the bar was back alive last night.

Now there are 78 bars with girls dancing in bikinis or less.

 

14th February   

Dark Days...

Walking Street bar closures
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From regular strolls on Walking Street I would that the amount of people wandering around and in the bars seems to be holding up pretty well considering the global recession.

Perhaps numbers are not the complete picture though, as I for one have cut my spending down drastically for a typical night on the town.

Anyone it seems a little sad to report that 3 bars were closed as of last night.

Sakura Club 69 is closed on Soi 15 with a prominent for sale sign on the door. This seems to have been on the cards for a few weeks so looks permanent until a sale can be negotiated.

Opposite Club Illusion was reported to be dark. This also has been for sale for a while.

And over on Soi Diamond the B4 Coyote Bar and Disco has also gone dark. Judging by the few customers there on my last visit, few people were aware that the bar had even opened, let alone closed.

Down to 77 bars with girls dancing in bikinis or less.

 

13th February   

Still Rocking...

Pattaya GoGo Reviews: Baby Dolls
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Baby Dolls is situated on Soi 15 off Walking Street.

The bar is still maintaining its reputation for being one of the naughtier bars in Walking Street.

Given the popularity of the ethos of the bar perhaps it is surprising that a few more do not follow suit and offer lap dancing in it literal meaning.

The bar still runs two dancing/show teams with 4 songs on stage and 4 songs off stage.

Sometimes there can be a bit of a lack of girls, but on the whole the bar seems to have the right amount. Perhaps if there are more customers than girls, them the excess customers depart for What's Up over the way.

I tend to find the girls a little more mercenary about finding customers than most bars. You just have to tip sufficiently for the attention given, but that is not always a bad thing, more like fair play.

Definitely one of those bars that should stick with the way they do things, its doing great.

 

12th February   

Bucketfuls of Fun?...

Pattaya GoGo Reviews: Sisterz
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I am still struggling to enjoy myself at this bar. I am often tempted in by the cheap beer and potential of the bar but somehow it never happens. I always end up supping alone, half watching a stage overly full of dancing girls that don't really inspire my jaded interest.

For my tastes they don't really need a stage full of average girls. They should be getting some of them to circulate and look after the customers a bit more personally.

Or perhaps they are just targeting a different sort of customer. Their big thing as the moment is ping pong balls. There are posters all around the bar showing ludicrously large quantities that you can buy if you are so foolishly inclined. And if you would prefer a smaller quantity, then that is ok too. There is a convenient bucket of balls on every table should the ping pong moment grab you. Should you be wavering in your decision to buy a few balls, then there are friendly service girls on hand to periodically rattle the buckets for your encouragement.

Thinking about it, it may be my disinclination to partake in the fleeting pleasure of a bucket full of balls, that may be the cause of my ongoing loneliness in this bar.

But at least the drinks are reasonably priced.

 

11th February   

Serene...

Pattaya Massage Reviews: Serenity Massage
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Serenity Massage is located on Soi LK Pavilion at the junction of Pattaya Tai (Pattaya South Road) & 3rd Road

Looked clean and slightly unusual design on the window. I was staying across the street at the LK Pavilion, so I looked at the place everyday as I walked by. Seemed quite dead in the early afternoon but fairly busy at night. After a week I found myself with nothing to do and went in. The girls were busy upstairs but the cashier - Om - said she could give me a foot massage. This girl looked very young and said she was 18. The foot massage was surprisingly good but she was too strong on my neck. Still better than I expected,

About halfway through a very attractive girl with an amaz9ing smile even by Thai standards came down with her client and I watched as they sat outside for a bit. Two more girls came down stairs before I was finished with my massage. After paying, I was offered water, tea of coffee. I took a coffee and sat down next to the girl outside - Ooy. I made a joke that they should deliver to the hotel, and she said that it was no extra cost for massage in your room in buildings on this block. I setup an appoint for her for the next night at 10pm for two hour oil. As they close at midnight, I was hoping I could turn this into a long time. We sat and talked for a bit, she seemed to understand the US version of English better than most.

As I left I notuiced the website address on the door: samaimassage.com - I guess Serenity.com was taken - and checked it out back at the hotel. The page only shows two massage girls, neither of which I saw while I was there. Om was listed as cashier.

Ooy showed up exactly on time - a first in Thailand I think - and proceeded to give me an excellent oil massage. I was unable to coax - or buy - her into a long time as she explained her boyfriend was in town. No happy ending seemed forthcoming either, but I am not skilled at asking for this if it is not hinted at or expressly offered.

All in all though I was very happy with my treatment both within and without the establishment. No happy ending, but plenty of places everywhere else for that. I enjoyed my massage and joking with the girls. I look forward to partonizing them again when I return in April.

 

10th February   

A Palace Indeed...

Pattaya GoGo Reviews: Peppermint
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Peppermint Palace is located on Walking Street next door to the Marine Disco and above the boxing ring.

Surely a fun palace with lots going. The bar is consistently busy.

There's the main stage with topless girls, a side stage with nearly nude girls and a cage with fully nude girls. And if that isn't enough there's a few table dance podiums and a topless bar. There are always plenty of attractive girls to select from.

The bar is in the mould of Happy, Super Baby and Super Girls in that most customers sit watching, rather than playing, presumably readying themselves to pick a number and go. But of the quality quartet this bar is the most likely for the girls to try their luck for a lady drink.

Drinks prices are reasonable and this must surely generate some of the return trade. Also the bar does not mess around with a complex barfine structure. It is just a single standard rate.

It is probably the fact that you are not messed around by drinks prices or barfines rather than the actual level that appeals. If you are on a budget you may find the premium rates asked for by the girls is on the high end of the scale, and rather counteracts the advantage of the cheapish drinks.

There's a couple of gripes though, the bar employs toilet jockeys and the majority of the comfortable seating does not command a very good view of the best dance positions. So stool seating is the norm.

 

9th February   

Quiet and Loud...

Pattaya Bar Reviews: B4 Bar
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B4 Bar is located upstairs in Soi Diamond on the corner of Pratamnak Road

I made one of my occasional visits to a coyote bar. B4 Bar seems to have made little impact on the Pattaya forums so I thought I would venture in and have a look.

There were 3 floors that I had a wander around. The first is up a single flight of steps and is a lounge bar. But it was empty of customers or else not in use. I was guided up to the next floor that contains a stage and coyote girls.

There were about a dozen girls with just a couple that were worth watching. There were 4 girls dancing on the central stage which is surrounded by comfortable seating.

Beer was reasonable at 95 Baht for a bottle. There were half a dozen customers and the ones that were enjoying themselves were doing their own thing dancing around and toting beer bottles. The music is dance but similar to most gogos. Not much was going down so I was just about to depart when an old friend from another bar joined me. She is incredibly good looking and good company so I stayed for a while. The lady drinks are easy on the pocket too at 95 Baht.

After 11pm the coyote bar closed and everybody climbed the stairs to the next floor. Here is another central stage for 4 coyote dancerd but the bar is appreciable bigger. The volume is also ramped up to disco levels.

When my girl went to dance for 4 long tracks, I was a bit bored and the volume started to get to me, so I made for the exit.

Still, if you would like a disco that isn't packed and has reasonable drinks prices, and at least one extraordinarily beautiful girl, then it is worth a try.

 

8th February   

Husband Hunters and ST Specialists...

Pattaya Bar Reviews: Office Girls and Wanky Tankies
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Office Girls and Wanky Tankies are located towards the Beach Road end of Soi 13/1 (Soi Yamato)

If you're interested in a good chin-wag and drink you can't go wrong at Wanky Tankies . The owner, Carlton, is a right laugh and consequently attracts a few good regulars. His girls ain't bad either!

I have been staying regularly at Office Girls over the last year when in Pattaya.

The new Mamasan/Owner is Noi, and she gets most of her girls direct from the villages by word of mouth.

They are a good mix of husband-hunters and ST specialists, very friendly and sexy too. Room rates are good at 400Bt.

 

6th February   

Bounce Back...

Pattaya GoGo Reviews: Sakura Club 69
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Sakura Club 69 is located on Soi 15 off Walking Street

There are some fun and naughty girls working at Club 69, but for some months the management of the bar seemed to make it impossible to enjoy the company of the girls. The girls were set to dancing nearly 100% of their time and had hardly any time to jump on the laps of the customers and persuade them to stay.

On my last couple of visits things seem to have improved, and coincidently the previous mamasang has shipped out to Champagne (another bar where the dancing takes preference over the canoodling).

So now the bar is back on my rounds. But of course the bar will have to perform well, it only takes an overly long dance roster and I am tempted next door to Baby Dolls where the maximum wait for your girl is 4 songs.

Most things are fine about the bar, its comfortable, attractive and the drinks prices are competitive.

But they have got to know that this particular reviewer prefers lap dancing to table dancing.

 

5th February   

Few Changes...

Popcorn A-GoGo returns to life
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Popcorn on Pattayaland 2 returns back to life with few obvious changes from the previous incarnation.

It is a small gogo with a side stage. Rather bizarrely the bench seating has the worst positions in the bar for viewing the stage.

There were about 8 girls in the bar and 3 were dancing at any one time clad in bikinis. A couple were good looking.

The difficulties of running a small gogo were apparent when there were suddenly 6 customers. There were not really enough girls to go around, the group stayed not so long, and the next minute the bar was empty.

Unfortunately I was one of the ignored ones whilst the staff were trying to cope with the group.

I wasn't going to stay long any way, particularly with no draft beer and bottled beer at 90 Baht. Not overly expensive, but there wasn't really much entertainment value in staying.

It always seems a harsh reality but there are gogos with prettier, nuder girls and cheaper beer just 5 minutes walk away.

There are now 79 bars with girls dancing in bikinis or less.

 

4th February   

Coyote Not So Ugly...

More Bangkok models visit Coyotee's
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Once again 10 Bangkok 'Suoer-models' will be descending on Coyotee's A-GoGo on Soi LuckyStar.

These will be a different bunch from last time - and apparently dirtier!

Dance Competitions and lots of fun to be had for sure over the 10 day party from 5th to 15th Februry.

 

3rd February   

Warm Welcome...

Pattaya GoGo Reviews: Sweethearts
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Sweethearts is located towards the centre of Walking Street.

Sweethearts still seems to be doing well. The open door policy coupled with reasonable drinks prices seems to attract a wider range of customers than most gogos.

The owner makes an effort to welcome customers which came as something of a shock as I am not used to being sought out. I usually try and hide away from farangs behind a lap full of girls.

The girls are strictly bikini clad and I guess this is coupled with the open door policy. The girls are not quite top notch but there are plenty who I would entertain on my lap. In fact I stayed single on my last visit. I was coveting my neighbour's hostess, she was lovely.

Of the bars without shows or naughty stuff, this is one of the more successful. Probably down to the cheap drinks and warm welcome.

 

2nd February   

Updated: Golden Times...

Cobra Gold naval exercise sees good trade for Pattaya
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Cobra Gold is an annual naval exercise involving several nations including Thailand and USA. Cobra Gold this year takes place between 4th and 17th February and will be the 28th time the exercise has taken place.

Thousands of military personal are expected to converge on Fun City starting from about now.

Update: False Gold

Thanks to the Pattaya Ghost

About 5500 US personnel are participating, but all but a few hundred will this year be staged in Korat, not Sattahip. Very few will see Pattaya.

Also, the exercise does not even begin until the 4th, with the first shore leave not expected until a week after.

There have been some pre-positioning ships in, but do not expect to see Pattaya get a bounce nor more than a handful of servicemen in any one place in Pattaya.

Basically, this year will be a non-event.

 

1st February   

GoGo Gone...

Spicy Girls closed
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Spicy Girls A-GoGo had a bit of a wake on Saturday to celebrate 10 years in Pattaya only to be shuttered on Sunday.

There are now 78 local bars with girls dancing in bikinis or less.

Popcorn A-GoGo on Soi Pattayaland maybe returning to the land of the living. It has re-illuminated its sign and there were a couple of people hanging round the door. There was no dancing going on and no-one was being invited in. I will investigate next time I pass.


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