I have to confess to being a big fan of AngelWitch . It's formula is different from other bars and clubs in town. There is, or at least a while back there was a high standard of performance, choreographed scenes in beautiful costumes that
were as creative and artistic as they were erotic.
Those standards seem to have slipped a little in the last year. It's still a great venue, one of the few venues in town where you can take a date and she's going to enjoy the show.
My last visit a month ago left me disappointed, with it's reliance on formula bawdy sketches that you could imagine seeing in any part of town, or even participate in at some of the raunchier clubs in town like Windmill and Babydolls
. My date was bored. She sat through the sketches unimpressed and spent half the time checking her watch.
On my visit this week, the show seems to have been revitalised somewhat. We have some new comedy scenes, Tina Turner impersonations, acts with a live Python, and of course the statuesque Oi is on stage in many of the scenes, to impress us with
her sensuality. Unfortunately, the lady with the acrobatic talents, who could swing between the steel poles with the skill of a trapeze artist, appears to be missing. Still lots of entertainment, and a show well worth watching.
My date this night loved the show, she smiled and laughed throughout the comedy acts and appreciated the beauty of the costumes and the talents of the show girls and actors . She watched in awe as the girls descended from the overhead gantry,
sliding down the chrome poles.
We decided to stay for the next show and watched as the go-go girls descended onto the stage. The go-go dancers at AngelWitch are amongst the hottest on Walking Street. I guess I was staring at one of the go-go dancers longer than I should have
been. My date put her hand on my python. She leaned towards me and said I can see you like that girl! . I just smiled, but omitted to tell her that cuddling up to a '9' was already having a significant impact on my libido.
Great entertainment, well worth a visit.
Beers are Bt 150, soft drinks Bt 125.
Eye Candy at Candy Shop
We stopped at Candy Shop for a drink, and to listen to some live music. Thai girls love to hang out at this venue. I spotted a few young girls from Soi 6 bars, who had stopped by for an after work drink. This is the place they come to hook
up with their friends and drink the Thai girls favourite beer, San Miguel Light.
The beers here are also Bt 150, and the selection of beers is very limited. Soft drinks Bt 120
Fine Diners on Soi 15
We decided to head home and made our way along Soi 15, one of my favourite streets in Pattaya. I often stop here for a late night snack, Soi 15 is packed with street food stands and restaurants. It's a great place to be if you want to be in the
thick of the action. You can sit next to a welcome girl from Iron Club or Airport Go-Go , or maybe a go-go dancer wearing a satin robe, from Shark or Beach Club or one of the other clubs in the area, out for some
sustenance between rotations.
I smiled, or maybe I was grinning, I'm not sure, as we wandered past Shark Club , Beach Club , AngelWitch , BabyDolls, Mistys , What's Up and all the other great clubs on Soi 15. Many good memories of
evenings spent on this street. I had other pleasures in mind, as we made our way home. Another fun filled day in paradise was drawing to a close.
Of the four dancing bars at the end of Soi 6, Kiss Kool is the least satisfactory for those that pop in for the dancing.
As a typical Soi 6 short time bar where a girl is chosen at the door it can work fine. Except that the girls I have spoken to have been those that ask for a lady drink in the first breath and to 'go up' in the second. Probably just bad luck.
But the bar seems to have no flexibility to cater for customers who want to do the typical GoGo thing of entering, ordering a drink, relaxing for a while whilst watching the dancing, and surveying the ladies for a likely drinking partner. Any
attempt along these lines will surely result in a lonely drink. If one declines the option of a girl on the door then you will then be ignored for the rest of the visit.
The strange thing is that by employing this mode of operation then there is absolutely no point to the dancing. The customers who have picked a hostess at the door will be busy with them. And because the bar doesn't seem to cater for dance
watchers, then there are no customers to take an interest in the dancers. So then the dancing becomes little more than a perfunctory shuffle.
The bar is, however, noteworthy for the pleasant decor and good layout of seating with lots of curves and bays.
After twelve years, Amari's Henri J. Beans Pub and Restaurant at the northern end of Beach Road is closing in its present form, and will re-open as a new modernized venue, known as The Tavern.
The managing directors of the big Amari Hotel Resort have decided that it was time to give the original building a facelift, and alter the setting from the original 1950's American theme to the style of an Old English Pub.
Re-modeling will entail replacing a lot of the wooden structures with glass panels, the addition of a pool table and the fitting of some of the latest TV / Video entertainment equipment. This will include more LCD / TV screens that will be bigger
and better, plus video projectors for large screen viewing of mainly world sports events.
The long running Tex / Mex food dishes will give way to good old traditional English Pub fare, and the kitchen is being re-designed to speed up both cooking and food delivery. As well as these improvements, a pizza oven is to be installed.
Amari's Filipino band and its singers will return again after renovations have been completed, late in April. As will, no doubt, the high beer prices.
Baccara recently opened on Walking Street at about Soi BJ
The bar must be doing something right as it has rapidly become one of Pattaya's favourites.
So surely time to pay another visit.
There was a generally lively atmosphere and plenty of girls on stage and off. They were a well above average set of dancers, both in terms of attractive girls and in putting an effort into dancing.
There were a dozen girls on stage changing 2 at a time. This means a dancing roster of a longish, but typical 6 songs. The girls were mostly topless but a few were more coy.
It seemed to be a fun place to drink.
I would have stayed longer but I got pissed off by some uncalled for heavy pressure from ping pong ball sellers. I can easily ignore such nonsense but the 2 girls then moved on to a newbie sitting next to me. They were way too aggressive and I
didn't really want to stay in a bar that allows their customers to be treated like that.
Note to newbies, don't waste your money on ping pong balls. The moment the whooping and laughter has died down, your contribution will have been forgotten. The same amount of money will be more appreciated as individual tips to the girls that
provide you with personal company. They will usually remember you on your next visit and will be keen to hook up again.
Powers Club is a new GoGo located above Champion on central Walking Street
The first thing that struck me about this bar is that it has something of an image/pricing/psychology problem...and that was before I had even set foot in the door.
I really was a bit concerned that it would prove to be a rip off bar where tips are demanded with menaces. The totally misplaced concern is down to the coyote dancers in an upstairs window catching the eye of passing gawpers on Walking Street.
All 3 of the other bars that offer such windows are extortionately expensive, so it surely sets the alarm bells ringing.
The bar rather compounds this issue by having a high end draft beer price of 90 Baht. Now it is a rather useful Pattaya convention that the bars with the high beer prices don't advertise it on their welcome signs (eg Showcase, Dolls House, What's
Up and Silver Star 3). And indeed Powers Club is suitably embarrassed into not putting the beer price on their welcome signs.
So an upstairs coyote window with no re-assuring beer prices certainly make the bar a risky proposition to enter. It could turn out to have expensive drinks and/or feature over dressed coyote dancers.
But actually once inside the bar, it is a perfectly typical GoGo with most things in line with the usual things you would expect in a GoGo. The only other price I came across was a lady drink at a very typical 120 Baht.
The bar is actually very large, perhaps a bit too large, it seemed a little decoratively empty. There are several stages with one being the main stage with several girls dancing and the small stages with one girl dancing, plenty of room for more.
The girls were quite an attractive crew, especially for the notoriously difficult opening days. They were dancing in the full range of attire, from very little to bikinis. They still manage a uniform of sorts though, with black and white checked
The music is of the rather loud dance variety.
I recognised a few faces previously from Club Boesche, and one such girl proved to be a friendly drinking partner. So it made for a good first visit.
But really, an upstairs bar with coyotes in the window really needs a reassuring friendly beer price to get people upstairs to take a look.
In the early hours of Wednesday morning, police from the Immigration office based in Jomtien entered the Roxy go-go bar on Walking Street and arrested Jason Hill, a British national on a charge of working without the correct documentation.
He was brought to Pattaya Police Station where he was interviewed and allegedly accepted the charge.
What's Up Imagine is the upstairs bar of What's Up on Soi 15 50m off Walking Street.
I would have reviewed the bar a month ago but on my previous visit the bar was packed, and the only remaining seats were reserved for sardines. So I did a U turn and vowed to try again another day. I did note that the there seemed to be lots of
interaction with plenty of customers were enjoying themselves.
Perhaps there was a party or something on, but on my latest visit, the bar was totally lacking in customers or fun.
There were 8 average girls (one very good looking) spread over 3 stages with half in full coyote gear and the other half in shorts but no top. The bar has a couple of placidly bucking broncos on the central stage which seemed a totally un-erotic
idea to me. There was a girl doing her own soapy thing in a Jacuzzi but the remainder were just dancing. The girls were quite energetic in their dancing though. There was no sexy show on the play mat stage.
But worst of all there was no attempt by the girls to get the slightest bit interactive with any of the handful of customers. The girls were working in two shifts and the off shift quickly vanished to various loos, changing rooms and welcome duty
on the stairs. Most of the time there were absolutely no girls available to chat with customers.
Given the expensive drinks, this must rank as one of the biggest waste of money bars in Pattaya. But maybe it will be heaving again on my next visit.
Rick G gives the new Powers Cub a try, but quickly falls back to an old favourite, Beavers
by Rick G
No Staying Powers
I decided to check out Powers , the new go-go bar above Champion A Go-Go on Walking Street. There's an upper window where a couple of coyote dancers provide some entertainment. There's a long stair case to the upper floor
and there's a pool table at the top of the stairs. The main bar area is a large room that has several small stages. There is comfortable white leather seating, some bar stools and a collection of girls that looked a little disappointing.
Surprisingly, there's nowhere to put your drink next to the sofas.
My request for a draught beer seemed to cause some confusion. The first girl didn't understand what I had asked for, so a second girl came over and took my order. She returned a moment later, to tell me they had run out of draught beer.
This didn't seem like a good way to start the evening and as there was nothing else to keep me there, I decided to leave and take may thirst elsewhere.
I will return in a week or two. Hopefully, the staff are more organised by that stage.
Dammed Good at Beavers
I negotiated the various impromptu entertainments that make Walking Street so enjoyable at night and headed for the nearest go-go bar for some refreshment. This happened to be Beavers, so I stepped inside.
Beavers is one of the few table dancing clubs that seems to work in my experience. I usually have some fun there, so I thought this might be a good place to refuel before continuing my evenings exploration.
There were about a dozen girls, two or three good looking girls, and about 7 or 8 customers. The uniform is an attractive red satin outfit, with a short pleated skirt and a bikini top, rather clumsy platform boots and knee length white stockings.
The girls wore no panties but none were topless.
Then I saw there was one girl who was really hot. She had just started her rotation. I watched as she danced at each table, a couple of other girls approached me to chat, but I was so distracted by this beauty, that they soon realised their
efforts were in vain.
I wanted to talk to this girl. I tried to make eye contact with her. I waited my turn, she stepped onto my table. The guy on the other side of the table, got her attention and was having fun interacting with her, he gave her money three times in
the space of one song! I didn't get much chance to interact with her. The song ended, and I held out a hand to help her switch tables.
I switched tables and moved to her table, to sit closer. I was being watched, one guy gave me a thumbs up. I decided to try a different approach. Instead of reaching out to her, I would try to get her to come to me. I looked up at her, and talked
to her. She couldn't hear what I was saying, so she bent down, to hear what I was saying.
She stopped dancing, we chatted for a few minutes, I soon realised there was a connection here. This girl could hold a conversation! I was fascinated.
I offered to buy her a drink. When it came she downed it in one gulp (tequila) then asked if she could join me (YEESSSS !!). At this point the other guys looked on, with interest. She turned to one of them and rebuked him. You forgot me! ,
she said. He smiled and shrugged his shoulders.
She came and sat next to me. We chatted and chatted, she told me how she used to work in a beer bar, and was very shy. Now she felt quite uninhibited and was proud of her magnificent body. She lifted up her skirt and proudly revealed her shaven
pleasure passage, a bald beaver!
I was suddenly aware that the other men in the room were watching our little t?e-?t?e. Suddenly one of the guys got up and walked over towards us. He smiled and shook my hand, as if to say, I wanted this girl but I see you have her attention. He
turned and walked out of the bar.
I was really interested in this girl. I asked if I could bar fine her. She said it was too late tonight (it was after 1:30 am). She explained that her 16 month old son lived with her and she had to be back by 3 am, so her sister could go
Wow, I was disappointed and impressed at the same time. Here's a Thai girl go-go dancer who hasn't taken the easy route and dumped her child on her parents. I know it's not easy for these girls when they're separated from their kids, but it seems
to be a standard procedure for most of them. This girl had decided her child was important enough to arrange for a child minder to baby-sit her son every day, when she went to work, so she could always be with him. This was turning out to be one
very interesting girl.
She promised to arrange for her sister to stay over the next night, so I could bar fine her. I await this evening's events with great anticipation!
Draft Beer Bt 55, Lady drinks Bt 120, Bar Fine Bt 600.
Silver Star 3 is located towards the Beach Road end of Walking Street
I have never really found much to attract me to Silver Star, so it has been year since my last visit.
The 'good' news was that high end drinks prices have been frozen for a year, and the draft beer is still 'just' 95 Baht.
I didn't get far into the bar though, as I was recognised by several girls dancing on the tables in the corridor area. It seems that half a dozen of the Blue Lagoon girls have made this their new home.
Strangely the sofas in this section of the bar are already dilapidated and it has only been open for a little over a year. It didn't seem to be due to over-use, as I was about the only customer sitting in the corridor section.
The inner section of the bar seemed to be doing good business though, with plenty of girls and customers.
Anyway I didn't stay long as the girls dance for too many songs with too short a break to make it worthwhile buying then a drink. Pretty much the same as a year ago.
Club Mirage seems to have turned out to be just a Mirage after all.
The Soi Diamond GoGo was dark and padlocked on 11th March 2010. It had opened up under the present management in October 2009, but never really got up to speed.
By way of balance, Powers Club A-GoGo is set to open today. It is located above Champion A-GoGo and has stairs directly up from Walking Street.
So if all things go to plan, there are still 81 dancing bars in Pattaya where girls wear bikinis or less.
Just up the road from Powers, Goodfella's has entered the dancing market and now boasts Mafia Girl coyote dancers. I'm not sure that this is particularly clever marketing, as it rather associates with extortion rackets and the likes. And the
prices are indeed at the top end of the Walking Street scale.
The old Blue Lagoon A-GoGo at the back of the Beach Road beer bar complex near Royal Garden is also set to enter the coyote trade. It has erected signs accordingly. The lights were on when I passed, but nobody was at home.
Pattaya Irish bar closes as fears grow for Guinness supply
From the Forums
There is a talk on the Pattaya forums that Pattaya's supply of draught Guinness seems set to dry up.
It seems that an arrangement to import Guinness from Malaysia at an artificially low price is set to end.
So the Thai distributors will cease to handle Guinness. There has been a but of stockpiling going on so the effects may be forestalled at least until after St Patrick's Day.
Alternative supplies are likely to be significantly more expensive.
Already the effects on Pattaya's Irish bars is being felt as Gamebird 2 on Soi 15 has dropped it's Irish theme and has been reborn as Sapphire Club. (But maybe more to do with a total lack of customers rather than the price of a pint of Guinness)
Champion A-GoGo is located on central Walking Street
First, the good news. There was a very pretty girl showing her all in a Jacuzzi, recently installed in the centre of the main stage.
Secondly, the bad news. The rest. To be fair though, this is the same as always and regular customers will have gotten used to it by now.
The girls are generally below average but that doesn't mean that it's bad, the Walking Street average is pretty high. Most of the girls dance naked in Champion, but somehow this is not the highlight of the bar.
But being a regular, then I can be quite forgiving, particularly as the beer is cheap and the girls are friendly.
The toilet has needed an upgrade for as long as I can remember and now the aircon seems to be added to the knackered list.
But I still enjoyed the visit though, the downsides don't really matter much if one has enjoyable company.
Diamond has never done much for me so maybe the review would be best left to someone who appreciates the bar. But for some reason Diamond rarely crops up in conversation except to say how expensive it is to barfine Bangkok showgirls.
I always think of Diamond as small version of Happy A-GoGo. It generally has a good selection of girls, the drinks are reasonably priced, and most of the customers are here to watch pretty girls rather than do much in the way of interaction.
That's not to say the girls are unfriendly, they seem approachable enough. But they do not pro-actively seek out customers.
Only my last visit there was a team of about 8 dancers who were a bit coy with their dress sense. After a while they gave way to another team, presumably the showgirls, who weren't so coy. But it was hardly a riveting performance.
The music is on the loud side but maybe not quite so extreme as days of old.
Scientists are to study whether loud music makes people drink more alcohol. Dr Lorenzo Stafford, of the University of Portsmouth psychology department, is to carry out the research, which follows a previous study that showed people drank at a
faster rate when loud music was playing.
That study involved observing drinkers in bars, but Dr Stafford's research will be carried out in more controlled laboratory conditions, with the results due in the summer.
He said: Anyone who tunes into classical music stations while stuck in traffic knows music can alter mood, but not much is known about music's ability to change our judgment of alcoholic beverages, which is particularly important in young
drinkers regularly exposed to high-volume music.
Bar raids are getting much more serious as police evoke Human Trafficking statutes.
This gives the Immigration Bureau the authority to conduct raids which were previously conducted by Pattaya Police from Soi 9 who were looking for charging people with the much lesser offense of prostitution in the same situation.
So far, two go go bars on Walking Street, several karaoke bars and massage parlors and even a restaurant have all been closed and the owners and managers arrested for staff offering sexual services to customers. The charges are Human Trafficking
and they were arrested by Chonburi Immigration.
Tourist Police have proceeded to conduct a sweep of Pattaya's Walking Street early on Tuesday morning, the target was to arrest any street sellers that where operating in the area.
A team of 30 police officers descended on Walking Street with the intent on purging the area of illegal street sellers.
After several hours of investigation, officers managed to detain a total of 32 suspects, including 14 flower sellers, 2 illegal animal sellers, 1 seller without any form of identification and 9 Burmese ladies soliciting prostitution.
Suspects were arrested and taken to the Pattaya Police Station where most were fined 500 baht and released.
Police also raided Illusion Club on Soi 14. No word as yet on the outcome.
The new Powers Club is now set for opening on Tuesday 9th March. This is a new Walking Street GoGo above Champion. Previously the bar was Maya Karaoke and before that, it was last seen as a back up venue for Champion when the main
location was closed by the police.
The much discussed shift of Peppermint from upstairs to downstairs may have begun a slow process. The idea is that Marine Disco want to expand into the current space used by Peppermint. Space will be cleared for a new Peppermint amongst the beer
bars below. So when building work starts at the closed Top 10 bar then one assumes that this is part of the grand relocation plan.
Meanwhile there is discussion on Pattaya forums that the re-development of Sisterz A-GoGo (now owned by the Happy Peppermint group) will complete ready for reopening in April. The resultant bar will be named The Cave.
Friendships are fleeting at SuperBaby. Windmill is raunchier than ever
by Rick G
Super Busy at Super Girl
I am in the process of reviewing the go-go bars which make up my top ten list. It is almost a year since I drew up my list, and with so many great new clubs like Baccara and Iron Club , and some clubs changing hands, it seemed like
it was time to decide which clubs will stay and which ones will get bumped by some of the newer clubs.
I had decided to visit SuperGirl on Soi Diamond, one of my old favourites even if the girls are not so friendly. As I was approaching SuperGirl, a tour group of about 30 Asian men was being herded into the club. I decided this was not a
good time to check it out, and thought I would go visit SuperBaby as its surrogate, just across the street. Same owners, same style, haven't been there for a while, it's time I stopped by for another visit.
Super Excuses at Super Baby
I got there about 11:30 pm, and the club was not very busy. About 10 or 11 girls on the centre stage and the shower / bath area at the back was populated by four attractive girls, but no one seemed to notice. There were some very cute girls
on stage, some of the hottest on the street, hardly a bad egg amongst them. A couple of 9's a bunch of 8's and the rest better looking than the girls at an average go-go bar. As I sat down, I looked into the eyes of one of the hottest girls in
the club, I smiled at her. To my astonishment, she smiled back. I picked myself up off the floor and smiled at her again. She gave me another one of her captivating smiles. I offered to buy her a drink, she didn't respond at first. I repeated my
request and she agreed.
This girl was not only hot, she was sweet and friendly too. I had just established that she was a local girl from Chonburi, pale skinned and exquisite, she had worked at SuperBaby for four months and had a 3 year old son. I was just about to
enquire whether her magnificent breasts were completely real, when she started to clutch her stomach and say she was hungry. I thought maybe she was going to suggest I bar fine her and we go get something to eat. But no, she indicated she had her
own food, and she disappeared to go fill up, leaving her drink almost untouched.
She reappeared just in time to start her dance cycle on stage. I counted the songs, .. 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. Ten songs! this is ridiculous! I am not a patient man, but this girl seemed worth waiting for. She had been on stage for over 30 mins. Finally
she collected her bikini top, and headed off stage. But she disappeared in the crowd. I was surprised to see she was sitting with some other guys. I waited for a few more minutes, I waved to her to come join me, but she ignored me. I called over
the mamasang, and explained the story. She spoke to her and got some story about thinking I didn't want her to sit with me. I protested that I was not going to pay for a lady drink for less than 5 mins of companionship, even with a hot girl, then
kept waiting for 40 mins just to be dumped. Without a moments hesitation she pulled the second slip from the bin and told me I didn't have to pay for the lady drink. I paid up and made a hasty exit.
This behaviour is very unusual. There is a kind of agreement that the girl will sit with you till she has finished her drink. To walk away without finishing a drink is a broken promise, that gets go-go dancers and the club a bad name.
Beer is Bt 120 a bottle, no cheap draught beer at SuperBaby. Lady drinks are also Bt 120.
Super Fun at Windmill Club
I walked out into the street, wondering if I should check out SuperGirl on the opposite side of the street, when a very cute girl caught my eye. She had gorgeous long black hair, she was wearing a tight black dress and had the most
beautiful long shapely legs. She was striding down Soi Diamond in a determined fashion. I followed behind wondering where she worked. She stopped outside Windmill to talk to one of the welcome staff. As I approached, I realised she was one
of the hostesses. I said hello to her. She turned and as she recognised me, threw her arms around me and gave me a big hug. Welcome to Windmill !
I stepped inside, and felt like I was intruding on someone else's orgy. Windmill re-defined raunchy and interactive some years ago, and most other clubs have been trying to catch up ever since. Well tonight Windmill was clearly way out in front
again. This was friendly, raunchy and interactive like you have never seen before. Girls were running around in various stages of undress offering various parts of their anatomy to anyone who was in the mood to interact. And tonight everyone was
interacting. For most of the time I was there, there were only a few girls on stage. Meanwhile, there were more than 20 girls creating their own kind of fun with guys in various parts of the club. At one point some of the hostesses stripped off
and got up on stage to make up the numbers. By the way, the dance cycle at Windmill is only 4 songs.
Windmill doesn't have the hottest girls on the street, but it does have the friendliest, most fun girls you will find just about anywhere. At most other clubs, girls will introduce themselves by holding out their hand. At Windmill, the girls will
approach you, pull aside their bra and offer one or both breasts for you to fondle, or else will approach butt first, skirt raised to engage in some rhythmic gyration.
At around 2 am, several western couples wandered in, and sat down. After a few minutes in Windmill, even the stern looking elderly matrons were smiling from ear to ear. Once inside Windmill, all this debauchery seems like the most natural thing
in the world. If you're feeling inhibited or a little stressed step inside Windmill for an instant cure!
Windmill has draught beer at Bt 75. The best value for money in town, considering the entertainment! Lady drinks are Bt 120.