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2008: July

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28th July   

Aircon on Soi 8...

Pattaya Bar Reviews: Golden Time
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Golden Time Bar has become a stylish enclosed bar complete with air con.

The benefits seem many. Firstly the aircon is much appreciated by this particular reviewer. Secondly the enclosure keeps out the competing sound systems, (notably the noisy Family Best Bar opposite). Thirdly the enclosure keeps out the street hawkers who can be very annoying indeed on Soi 8.

The new bar is well designed with an outside entrance area for the smokers. There is bench seating for those that prefer, but of course plenty of traditional stools.

There's dancing poles for the girls but there is not a continuous coyote show.

And of course the bar still has its internal loo which is always a plus.

Perhaps best of all, good bars attract good custom which in turn attracts pretty girls. There were 3 or 4 that would otherwise escape to the better Pattaya gogos. I particular loved the girl that could puff out her chest as if a cartoon version of Marilyn Monroe.

 

27th July   

Pretty Much the Same...

Pattaya GoGo Reviews: Super Baby
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I sat down and ordered a coke and the service girl kindly pointed out that it would be 100 Baht. The service is always spot on at Super Baby with a high ratio of servers to customers.

As always there were mostly pretty girls upon stage although a couple were a bit tubbier than I would have expected. The girls dance a ludicrously long dance stint, but then again, they never have customers who are waiting for them to return.

The girls were all dancing topless with a semi transparent skirt. When they finish their dancing they wear a bra as opposed to a lighter bikini top. The girls dance without expression or smiles or much eye contact. This is under instruction rather than out of unfriendliness.

'Pick a number and go' bars are not really my thing but if that is what you prefer this bar is still number one.

 

26th July   

Well Hot...

Pattaya Bar Reviews: Red Light Bar
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Red Light Bar is a narrow short time bar towards the centre of Soi 6.

The first thing to strike is that the narrow bar has a single bench seat running down the left hand side of the bar. The bar itself runs down the right hand side and it almost seems that the two halves of the bar are watching each other.

Not really a good layout for a short time bar where sofas offer a little better feeling of privacy and intimacy.

Perhaps this bar is a bit more of a drinking bar than the Soi 6 norm. However a short visit was as much as I could take, as my selected girl was overly demure and the aircon was overly ineffective.

Seemed a perfectly good bar otherwise with beer at 75 Baht and lady drinks at 100 Baht. The Room fee (no barfine required is 300 Baht)

I was also entertained by the work of a plastic surgeon, clearly inspired by the surreal exaggeration of Picasso when creating his breast art.

 

25th July   

Angels A-GoGo goes to GoGo Heaven...

Angels A-GoGo goes dark
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Angels A-GoGo is the small Walking Street gogo opposite Living Dolls Showcase.

It has now closed its doors and is up for sale or rent.

It is always difficult to make a small gogo work and even harder to get people to go upstairs when they are not really sure what is on offer.

The bar also tried to mix gogo with bells and whistles shows which does nothing to attract regular customers.

There are now 75 bars with dancing girls in bikinis or less.

 

24th July   

Tender Loving Care...

Pattaya GoGo Reviews: Sexy A-GoGo
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Sexy A-GoGo is located on Soi 7 near 2nd Road (not to be confused with the similarly named gogo on Soi 8)

There has been a significant improvement in Sex A-GoGo. The previously overdressed and over-aged dancing team has been given a makeover and were dancing in sexy nurses outfits. And for the first time in ages in the bar, some of the girls were taking off their tops.

A few younger prettier girls have also been added to the line up but a couple of the cuties seemed a bit anchored to the door rather than sitting with the customers. Presumably they were charged with enticing people in.

In addition the bar has introduced a 50 Baht draft beer which competes well with the 65 Baht norm for the soi.

Hopefully these improvements will gain a bit of momentum for the bar.

 

23rd July   

More on Soi 8...

Nightlife News Shorts
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The Golden Time beer bar has re-opened after a fancy looking redevelopment. It looks to have taken a bit of inspiration from the recent Party Bar re-modelling. Golden Time is located opposite the Soi 8 Silver Star GoGo.

The recently demolished bar complex in front of the old Price Hotel is starting to re-open after extensive rework. It is now known as the Baron Complex.

One notable bar to re-open in the new complex is Cherry Bar. It will re-open on Friday 25th of July with a party.  And parties to follow on 27th and 29th July

 

21st July   

Bullshit...

Pattaya Bar Reviews: The Bullring Bar
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The Bullring Bar is on Soi 6 near 2nd Road

Lured in by a suitably good looking girl, but then things went downhill a bit. The girl was a little demure but was friendly enough.

I ordered a lady drink and then noticed that the bin hadn't yet appeared at my table for my beer. The lady brought back her drink but still no bin. I asked the girl to bring the bin and had a look. The Thai whiskey & coke lady drink was a whopping 140 Baht. No wonder they weren't keen on showing the bill.

I asked the girl and she reckoned that she will only receive 20 Baht of the 140.

Somehow put me off the business in hand and I went in search of another bar more deserving of my trade. A bit of a shame as I didn't find another girl as deserving of my trade.

 

20th July   

Smiling...

Pattaya GoGo Reviews: Silver Star 1
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Silver Star 1 is the original of the 3 Silver Star GoGos. It is situated on Soi towards the beach end.

The bar is not on my favourites list and so it has been a while since the last visit.

I noticed that the shower cubicle had become a Jacuzzi. It is a far more attractive idea to be out in the open rather than hiding away behind closed shower doors.

The girls on stage were actually good at casting their eyes around the room and smiling at customers catching their gaze.

There were some attractive girls around, but once off stage they went in no hassle mode. They left the lonely customers to their vacant stare at the dancing girls.

There wasn't anything drastically wrong, its just that other bars a bit better (and a bit cheaper).

 

19th July   

More Ice...

Nightlife News Shorts
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A new coyote bar, Ice, has opened on Soi LK Metro at the location that was previously Gorkle Club A-GoGo.

It is very much along the lines of Club Blu with very prominent lighting and a 100% window inviting passers by to look in.

I was brought up enjoying a bit of privacy for my drinking, especially when interacting with girls. I really don't fancy providing background entertainment for passers by (nor webcam viewers on the internet for that matter). So I will leave the reviews for younger, trendier drinkers.

 

18th July   

Private Booth...

Pattaya GoGo Reviews: Worldwide
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World Wide A-GoGo is located on Beach Road between Soi 7 & Soi 8

The bar seems to have improved a bit of late with a better crowd than for some time. Perhaps this to do with the introduction of topless dancing and some sexy shows.

I'm not really sure if the management are entirely at ease with this concept, as they have a very watchful man on the door when anything naughty is going on inside.

There were a couple of very attractive show girls on my last visit. But when the had done their stint they would hide away with the Thai DJ in his little booth. Anyone would think that farang customers weren't 'hansum men'. Surely not the case.

There are an awful lot of service staff on hand, far more than necessary. I think their job was to provide a dedicated one on one hassle service for anyone gullible enough to fall for buying excess lady drinks. A polite refusal was enough to keep them at bay though, so not a big problem.

If I could have prised the cuties out of the DJ booth I would happily have stayed for a short time, but as it was, I left after a pleasant couple of beers.

 

17th July   

Great Bar for Daytime Drinking...

Pattaya Bar Reviews: Long Tail Bar
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Long Tail Bar is in Jomtien on Thappraya Road just before the beach.

Great bar for day time drinking. I've spent nearly four years drinking here, many evenings and rarely have I had any trouble holding a conversation.

Spinner the owner when in the bar is always on form and very friendly as is his missus.

The girls are not always stunners granted but it is a bar where you can go meet up with pals have a 'hassle free' beer, play pool or watch football and is great spot for watching the world go by.

 

17th July   

Giving Up Alcohol for Lent...

Alcohol ban for Buddha days
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As always it seems that Asanha Bucha Day on Thursday 17th July is a pretty important Buddha day and the bars will be closed. (No doubt some beer bars will still be discretely serving drinks in a dark and music free setting. The large majority of gogos etc will be closed).

There is better news on the 18th (1st day of Buddhist Lent) as it seems that the bars have been given the nod to open (or maybe just decided to give it a try anyway). So it seems that gogos and the likes will generally be able to open. At least in the evening.

This sort of follows the general pattern for previous years, with the first day being generally closed but many bars opening on the 2nd day

 

15th July   

Party's Over...

Nightlife News Shorts
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The Party Times Bar in the Jomtien Complex was closed on my last walk by.

It was located on the northern soi which perhaps has become too gay to attract much passing trade for a girls bar.

The bar had opened autumn 2006.

 

13th July   

Us and Them...

Utopia A-GoGo, the latest Walking Street gogo
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Utopia is located in the new Soho Square shopping of Walking Street just down from Covent Garden. Utopia first opened the downstairs open bar with coyote dancing. They also have an upstairs bar originally opened as a nightclub with coyote dancing.

They have now decided to try for a bit of early trade by opening as a gogo from 9pm until midnight.

My first visit was a total disaster as the bar was occupied by a party of Japanese who seemed to have occupied the main section of the room. They were having a good time with the girls who were whooping it up and providing a bit of lap dancing entertainment.

As soon as the girls broke away for their turn to dance, then they were dragged back to the fray.

Any farang customers were shooed into a peripheral section of the bar where there was no entertainment beyond watching the Japanese guys have fun.

There were about half a dozen girls, none of whom would get employed in top notch bars. But as always it is never fair to judge in the early days of a bar.

Some of the girls were dancing topless, at least for a few seconds before they were pulled off stage.

There is draft beer at a reasonable 60 Baht but strangely this was not on the welcome girls boards. Probably a good idea to advertise cheap drinks as it is the Walking Street norm that no beer price on the welcome board means that beer is expensive.

I think the Japanese party was a one off as the service girl said that the bar had been very quiet until that night. Maybe a better visit next time.

There are now 76 bars with girls dancing in bikinis or less.

 

10th July   

Two For One at Legs...

Nightlife News Shorts
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Legs Club on Pattayaland 2 has introduced a 2 for 1 happy hour from 5:30 until 8pm.

All customer drinks are on offer including the 65 Baht draft beer. Seems very good value at 32.5 Baht for a glass.

Over on Soi 6 there are rumours that Mandarin Club is going to be refit soon. It surely is in desperate need of something to improve it.

 

9th July   

More Pep at Peppermint...

Nightlife News Shorts
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Peppermint Palace has started doing sexy lesbian shows. They have always done the slow striptease over 3 songs style shows but this is new departure for the bar.

The Golden Time beer bar on Soi 8 is being renovated. It looks like they will become an enclosed air con bar along the lines of the Party Bar further up the soi.

Seems a good idea to me, air con is always good and the enclosed bar means that it easier to keep the street sellers out.

 

8th July   

Lingerie Lounge...

Coyote dancers at Tiger Lounge discard their skirts and tops
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I climbed the stairs on the strength of reports suggesting that the Tiger Club A-GoGo had re-opened. Tiger Club was dark and I somehow got shepherded into Tiger Lounge instead.

At the last visit, the bar was a rather lifeless coyote bar with a side stage at the front of the bar and pool tables at the back.

Nothing had changed in terms of layout  but half of the dancers had given up their coyote shorts & tops in favour of sexy lingerie that reveals all.

There were half a dozen dancers on stage and several were attractive. There were another half dozen girls awaiting their turn.

Not sure how this fits in with the reports of the return of Tiger Club. Perhaps they have already merged the two bars. Hence the mixture of gogo and coyote.

It all seemed a little low key to make much impact but I will have another look to see how it is going.

There are now 75 Pattaya venues featuring girls dancing in bikinis or less.

 

6th July   

Better Than Ever...

Pattaya GoGo Reviews: Baby Dolls
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The bar is very good as outlined in previous reviews. Unfortunately for the high season months it was a bit too good. I gave the bar a miss for a few months simply because it was hard to find a seat, let alone a girl to take care of you.

However the low season has depleted the excess customers and again there is a good chance to take part in some of the almost legendary entertainment.

There are touch feely shows on the play mat, the Jacuzzi and also on part of the main stage. There is also more traditional gogo dancing on the central stage and a few table dancing stages.

The service is friendly but sometimes a little stretched by the amount of customers.

The drinks prices are very reasonable.

There are plenty of pretty girls on hand but maybe not quite the top selection in Pattaya, as maybe the interactivity is a little too much for many girls.

 

5th July   

Never Quite Works...

Pattaya GoGo Reviews: Sisterz
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I have visited Sisterz quite a few times and never really clicked enough to stay for very long. I always wonder why, it seems to have a few things going for it.

There are usually a fair few pretty girls in attendance and most seem to be dancing most of the time. The bar looks good and there are several different stages to entertain.

The happy hour prices are good but this is probably because the bar does not click into gear at these early hours. After the happy hour, the draft is a bit pricey but most other drinks are competitive.

I think the flaw that spoils it for me, is the location of the comfortable seating. It is way too far from the action at the other end of the room. Maybe it gives off an aura of being lonely and sad and then the girls avoid you. The easy answer is to go and sit on the stools at the other end, but then I only have a whinge at uncomfortable seating.

 

4th July   

Same Same...

Pattaya GoGo Reviews: Spicy Girls
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I was rather expecting something to have changed since the bar's re-opening. I thought it simply could not compete with Hot & Cold just up the soi. So I predicted it would either forcibly improve or else fold.

Of course I was wrong, and the bar is pretty much as it has always been.

There were a dozen girls and a couple of them were attractive. They have had a few new recruits since the last visit which has helped somewhat.

There were 3 girls dancing, strictly in bikinis.

The lack of draft beer still makes it expensive for what you get, but at least one of the new girls (ex of Spicy Too) knew me and stopped by for a chat.

The bar still cannot compete with Hot & Cold, but Nevada and Far East Rock make better afternoon bars than evening bars. So perhaps the competition for Spicy is not quite so hot as I thought.

 

4th July   

No Smoking in East Pattaya...

Reports of the police fining dark side bars
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There are reports that 3 bars out on the dark side have been done by the police. 20,000 Baht fines fro the bar and 2000 Baht for customers found smoking.

No details though but it seems that East Pattaya is under the cosh at the moment.

 

2nd July   

Liquid Ice...

New for Old on Soi LK Metro
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Liquid Lounge has opened on Soi LK Metro. It is a renaming for the previous Stereo Bar and hasn't changed hands. The coloured disks have given way to chrome but the bar seems pretty much the same as before. The bars has added a couple of places for girls to dance though.

The old Gorkle Club A-GoGo in the middle of the Soi is being converted to coyote bar. A new sign has been installed proclaiming the bar to be named ICE. The sign also suggests that there will be shows on offer.

Meanwhile on Soi Buakhao at the junction of LK Metro, the Angel Bar has reopened after building work. The girls still couldn't attract me in though.

Just around the corner on Soi Honey, Ka-Dik, a failed try as a coyote bar, is still open for a quiet drink. Not sure they have any staff beyond the bar keep though.


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