Cherry Bar Too is a beer bar on Beach Road between Soi 13 and Soi Yamato. It is owned by the well known Pattaya forum contributor, Hammer
Due to the current economic climate in town, the bar has been up for sale for while. And today it has been sold. The new American owners are looking to convert my old bar and the empty bar next door and make them into one coyote bar, similar to
The new bar will be called the Daiquiri House and they are hoping to be open on the 1st October.
I would like to thank everybody who supported Cherry Bar Too, and remember it's still business as normal at Cherry Bar on Soi 8.
In the early hours of Wednesday Morning, we joined a group of Civil Defense Volunteers who were assisting Banglamung District Licensing Officials to enforce the closure of bars open after 3am.
A number of Bars located in Soi's 7 and 8 were checked and were found not to be in possession of valid trading licenses. The managers of 12 beer bars were arrested and taken to Pattaya Police Station for processing and are likely to face further
action from the licensing unit in due course.
We strongly urge all bar owners to check the licenses for your venue thoroughly to ensure they are up-to-date and you have the correct license for your particular venue as the officials have promised to close down all late night venues that do
not possess the correct licenses.
On Tuesday Morning, local bar owners were given their wish and were granted an audience with Saenee, the Governor of Chonburi Province at Banglmaung City Hall.
However, he was only able to repeat what had been said by previous officials who have received official complaints from the bar owners who are being forced to close at 3am. Although this is already later than similar venues in Bangkok who are
forced to close at 1am and 2am depending on their location, the Pattaya Bar owners would like a change in the law to allow them to open later especially at this time when the economy and tourism is in a poor state and they are finding it hard to
remain in business.
The Provincial Governor promised consultations with the Interior Ministry where he will explore the possibility of a change in legislation with the Interior Minister.
Tony's Disco has set section they call a Cool Spot targeting expats with 90 Baht beer. I heard mention of the addition of short time rooms too.
The closed Republika night club (surely a name that foretold disaster) is set to become an erotic cabaret.
And to confirm some sort of shift away from disco nightclubs (fears of a permanent early closing maybe), the old Hammer Disco is being reborn as a swanky show bar going by the name of Pleasure Dome. Hopefully something a little bit more ambitious
than the Soi Post Office bar that was the last Pleasure Dome in Pattaya.
Elsewhere the Drum and Monkey in Naklua has sprung back to life under new management.
Nightspot operators have lodged a petition with Pattaya mayor Itthipol Khunpluem seeking longer operating hours to help ease economic hardship.
Led by former MP Charnyut Hengtrakul, the operators claimed strict enforcement of operating hours was making it harder for them to make ends meet. The industry had already been hit by the economic downturn.
The petition was accepted by deputy mayor Ronnakij Ekasingh who promised to forward it to Bang Lamung district and to the Chon Buri governor.
Charnyut, an adviser to night entertainment business operators, said that extending operating hours was a short-term measure. He said the law governing opening hours should be amended to allow longer operating hours for nightspots in the
entertainment zone. He also said authorities lacked understanding about the tourism industry, especially tourist towns such as Pattaya, Phuket and Chiang Mai.
It was a shame that efforts to loosen up operating hours which started under the Thaksin administration stalled following the 2006 coup.
Ronnakij said Pattaya city administration would call a meeting with business operators to discuss the problem. Under the law, nightspots in entertainment zones have to shut at 2am while those outside the zone must close at 1am. Night
entertainment venues used to close at 4am.
[Strange that nobody has a clear idea what time venues actually close or indeed what time venues should close, every press story I read seems to vary]
In the early hours of Saturday Morning, Immigration Police conducted a raid of the Coyotees Go-Go Bar located in the Marine Plaza area behind Walking Street.
Officers entered the bar and identified the Australian owner and detained him while a search took place.
Two employees under the age of 18 were found and a Cambodian employee who did not possess a Work Permit was also working at the venue and was subsequently arrested.
Officers also found rooms located above the Bar which they claimed were being used for customers to engage in sexual acts with employees in exchange for cash.
An allegation which was vehemently denied by the Australian owner but confirmed by the Mamasan of the venue. Pictorial evidence of the rooms and the bar were presented to senior officers at Pattaya Police Station who will take over the case.
For as-yet-unknown reasons, the Office of Local Administration, the Interior Ministry department that oversees the operations of all of Thailand's provinces, has ordered Banglamung authorities to shut down all Walking Street bars and clubs at 3
The 10-day crackdown started last night with police in uniforms and camouflaged fatigues looking very serious as photographers from Thai Rath and other Thai-language news outlets chronicled the spectacle of hundreds of confused and pissed-off
tourists filing out of discos, beer bars and go-gos.
The clampdown was signaled well in advance, however. Police took up positions around Walking Street before 9 p.m. scaring go-go bars such as Peppermint and Happy into keeping its dancers strictly covered up the entire night.
The timing is baffling given the amount of money, hot air and effort city officials have been putting into reviving tourism, including a 17 million baht advertising campaign currently blanketing Thai TV and radio.
Also the police closed the major Thai bars and pubs located on 3rd road. They visited between 3am and 4am.
In the early hours of Saturday Morning, a police team from the Banglamung Distirct Licensing Unit conducted a raid on two Karaoke Bars suspected of opening after their permitted licensed opening hours.
The first venue to be checked was the JJ Karaoke Bar in Soi Day Night Hotel, off the South Pattaya Road. The venue was open and alcohol was being sold in the premise. A number of patrons and staff members were urine tested and 3 people failed the
test and were sent to Pattaya Police Station and later charged with consuming a class 1 drug.
The DA Karaoke Bar was the next on their hit list and was also open for business and selling alcoholic beverages to customers despite the late hour. Two staff members failed urine tests and 1 female customer was found to be under the aged of 20.
In addition, three staff members were found to be under the age of 18. They were detained along with the manager of the venue and also sent to the Police Station.
Club Mirage A-GoGo on Soi Diamond has closed with a for sale sign on the door.
Surely a sad day as the bar showed signs of being a good GoGo. However half the times I visited the girls seemed a bit undisciplined and showed little interest in the customers. Other times when they were prompted by a bit of management
supervision they could be good fun.
There are now 76 bars around Pattaya offering girls dancing in bikinis or less.
Meanwhile the Nok Beer Bar Complex on Walking Street near Casnovy and Beavers has had the builders in for a rapid refurbishment, as has the Black & White Bar near the Walking Street advert TV screen.
Shark Club and Tiger Lounge have put their draft beer up 5 Baht to 85 Baht.