The Cavern opened on 22nd May on Walking Street opposite Soi Diamond in the venue that was previously Sisterz
It is fascinating to see such a strongly themed bar arrive on Walking Street.
From my corner of Farangland, everything seems totally wrong about the theme bar concept, at least for my particular middle aged demographic.
Theme bars are a plain and clear signal that they don't don't want traditional middle aged drinkers to visit. There's the touristy Camelot Castle type bar that are just for tourists. There's the trendy bars that are clearly pitched at up market
customers with money to burn. Then there's the theme bars targeting the binge drinking ladies, knowing that if they can attract the ladies, then the young lads will soon follow. The only anti-theme that attracts the older drinkers is the traditional
pub. Especially those with reasonably priced beer, proper pub decor and a juke box that has been kicked into touch. (This last theme has become a massive success for the Wetherspoon chain).
Anyway back to The Cavern Theme. The bar is immediately obvious as a show bar where the customer is held at arms length. The stage is enormous and decorated as if for a cabaret rather than GoGo dancers. The dancers in the giant hand are particularly
well 'protected' from the audience. Surely not the most obvious psychology for a Walking Street GoGo Bar.
There are a couple of side stages with two girls in each, but again, the Peppermint cage feel keeps the audience psychologically at bay.
This rather hands off approach sort of fits in with the rest of the chain (apart from upstairs at Baccara where the low down dancers are actually let of the usual pedestal and it feels like they 'invited' to get personal with the customers, which
On my visit there were plenty of girls in the bar but they weren't the top notch quality needed for an arms length show bar. The whole concept of the bar was therefore pointless. No interaction because of the ethos of the bar, and not really worth
staying in terms of a show.
But as always, it is never fair to jump to quick judgments during the early days of a bar. A good bar concept will soon attract the lookers. And of course the Cavern connections have the best track record in town for employing attractive girls.
Returning to the theme of traditional bar, Cavern has adopted the reasonable price drinks of Happy, Peppermint and Baccara. The music was also at about the right volume, which was a welcome relief after a visit to the Sapphire Club.
There are a few comfortable seats along the back wall, rather badly laid out with a long table and no entry exit points. Most of the customers are probably expected to use the stage side stools as per Happy or Peppermint. These are about the only
bars in town where stage side stools are popular, but again this emphasises the need for top notch talent on stage.
I have a feeling that the Happy Peppermint chain may have opened one bar too many, all relying on employing the most attractive girls in town. There simply may not be enough suitable girls to go round. But if there are enough, then this will surely
be another success.