The shutters went up at the central Walking Street bar earlier this month.
But now the bar has made an interesting return to the variety of Walking Street.
There were half a dozen dancing boys lined up in front of the bar. They were
kitted out along the lines of a gay bar. But perhaps they were targeting the many lady visitors wandering by. I didn't stop to ask.
Byblos Club is located on the corner of Soi Diamond and Pratamnak Road
ByBlos has re-opened its downstairs bar as a coyote bar. The windows have become clear, albeit darkened, and the girls have donned the usual coyote shorts, bra and top.
As per the norm for a coyote bar, the non dancing girls weren't the slightest bit interested in hostessing for the customers. They either fled outside to assist with welcome duties or else found a quiet spot at the opposite side of the bar to preen
There were 3 girls dancing at anyone time, nice enough looking, but no competition for girls with less clothes in other bars
The draft beer was very cheap at 45 Baht but it was still a waste of money. I think the only way coyote
bars seem to work well is when customers generally arrive in groups and keep their own company. Then the dancing girls just make for nice bar decoration.
The upstairs bar was quite well attended with couples watching the pussy tricks show mixed in
with gogo dancing.
Thursday Night was the first night that new bar zoning regulations around Pattaya came into force which permits bars in some unspecified areas to legally open until 3am.
Provincial Police from Chonburi headquarters along with Pattaya Police
conducted extensive spot checks on bars in the South Pattaya area including Walking Street just after 3am to ensure that the venues were complying with the new regulations.
Outside of the main zone, bars are permitted to open until 2am.
Passion Dance Club is located towards the Beach Road end of Pattaya Soi 6.
My visits to this club were enjoyable, and the place rates a return on my next trip to Pattaya........First, Heineken is cold, cheap 60B..... Second, I found the
dancers attractive and eager on all of my visits.........Third, showers within the rooms upstairs, versus shared.....
One girl in particular, remembered me from a visit when I just had beer.......told her I'd return, and sure enough, was ready and
waiting for me when I came back........gave me quite a experience upstairs....possibly the best on my whole vacation........
I do believe the better looking girls will go for the guys who are not fat, old, and balding........being trim and fit, I
had 3 dancers going for me at one time on one visit.......maybe the word got around that I tipped well.
At a meeting between the Pattaya City administration and entertainment business owners, plans were discussed to apply to the Thai Police for a 24 hour entertainment zone during the coming high season.
Also under discussion were three rules to be
implemented throughout the city's entertainment areas - no admission to those under age 18, a stricter control on the use of drugs, and a ban on the possession of weapons. These issues needed to be addressed prior to the possible implementation of a Zoning Pattaya Model
allowing entertainment venues to stay open for 24 hours, as opposed to the present arrangement – a Hot Spot or Red zone with 3:00 am closing, and the remaining areas with 2:00 am.
In the very near future, officials will cooperate
with entertainment business owners to apply for licenses from the Royal Thai Police to allow the Pattaya entertainment zone to open 24 hours during the high season.
Fahrenheit A-GoGo has just opened on the landward side of Walking Street, a couple of doors away from Soi 15.
I visited on a very busy Friday night and the bar seemed pretty packed with customers.
The bar is smaller on the inside than
perhaps you would expect from the outside. There is comfortable bench seating around the sides of the bar and stools at stage side. And for future expansion there is an upstairs area not in use on my visit.
There is a narrowish central stage
running the length of the bar and it had plenty of decent looking dancers amongst the 15 on stage. 12 out of the 15 were bikini clad but 3 girls at the front were baring all, perhaps they were show girls.
At a change of shift all of the dancers
departed the stage and were replaced by another team. So plenty of girls on hand.
Several girls were entertaining customers so it looks quite a friendly place too.
I found it a rather manic atmosphere lots of girls milling round being
shooed out of seats as customers were piling in.
Actually at a toilet break I realised that the bar was not as crowded as it first appeared as the bank end of the bar was deserted. There were a couple of reasons for this, all of the naked girls
were strictly pinned to the front end of the stage, no doubt to give a good impressions as customers stepped through the door. Views from the back end of the bar were strictly bikini clad.
Also the stage side seating seems to block the passage
ways a bit (like Iron) so it is a little bothersome to push past everyone to the seats at the back.
The drinks prices are in the reasonable range for a lively bar and there is the traditional cheap draft.
Anyway the bar has worked up quite
a lively atmosphere in a relatively short space of time so all bodes well.
Mondays are apparently fun days at the go-go and coyote bars around the Soi Buakhao / Soi LK Metro area. A tour of the area's three go-gos and Club Blu found a surprising number of people out — and also a hint that the Bangkok-based police
crackdown is being felt at Oasis, Champagne and The Office.
Ready for Inspection
I It's just another manic Monday
I wish it was Sunday 'Cause that's my funday My I don't have to runday It's just another manic Monday
Oasis around 9:30 p.m. was rammed, with nearly every seat occupied. The bar seemed a touch lighter than usual on talent, but a number of girls seemed to have their hands full.
As per the norm, the crowd appeared to be the older, expat variety,
but there were a few groups of younger lads, looking as if they were on a break from Afghanistan security jobs. They, of course, were swarmed by the high-so-wannabe showgirls.
While the pretties still wriggled their assets nude or partially so,
the amount of clothing worn by the regular dancers was notable. Every single dancer was fully covered in bra and bikini, leading to suspicions there was a heavier police presence in the neighborhood than usual.
Got to be to work by
nine And if I had an air-o-plane I still couldn't make it on time 'Cause it takes me so long Just to figure out what I'm gonna wear
That was confirmed by the next stop at The Office, LK Metro's newest bar. About 10 minutes into a visit, the white lights flashed, the music stopped and the half-dozen, half-dressed dancers sprinted for the dressing room.
No police plodded
through the door and the clothes came back off as the music went up, but the long arm of the law is obviously reaching past Walking Street.
For the record, The Office is still largely dreadful. Why the bar was about two-thirds full on a Monday
night leads one to speculate that its clientele must prefer old, fat single mothers. Diligent fun seekers, however, can still find one or two needles in the haystack.
Dreaming of a Hunk
I was just in the middle of a dream I
was kissin' Valentino
The selection was immensely better several doors down at Champagne, which was positively rammed with both punters and lookers. Unfortunately as increasingly the case at Champagne, the best-looking girls huddled in the back or only feigned interest at
the few hunky guys around, all around age 25. The bar's core constituency of older residents have to make due with second-tier dancers or watching the goings-on alone.
Admittedly, however, there was a lot to watch. Nudity seemed less of a problem
here, but the fully-clothed coyotes do seem to be getting more central-stage time than in the past, which is not a positive sign. The big-baht, small-reward coyotes are better relegated to the side tables.
By a crystal
blu Italian stream
Coyotes, of course, are the stock in trade at Club Blu, but, sadly, the quality of that stock continues to decline. Once a magnet for some of Pattaya's hottest girls, Blu's change in ownership and a revamped dancer salary system sparked an exodus of
talent management still hasn't reversed. Instead of paying salaries, the bar switched to a system where it only pays dancers a cut on drinks and barfines.
As a result, many of the girls departed for the likes of Iron Club on Walking Street. While
they have to bare all, the Insomnia disco-like atmosphere and music, not to mention its huge fat salaries and huge base of potential barfines, make it the biggest draw around for Pattaya's top talent.
Perhaps that's why on what was an obviously
big night for neighboring go-gos, Club Blu was less than half full with just 7 dancers working the rotation.
Walking Out on Soi Buakhao
Time it goes so fast When you're having fun
In the end, the tour was interesting, but not especially fun as only one drink in each venue was had — except at Champagne — and no lady drinks were purchased. A quick ride in a baht bus, however, found much more enjoyable options on
Walking Street was jam packed on Friday night so one can confidently say that high season is with us.
And to take advantage of the seasonal crowds we have a few new bars set to open and re-open.
First A-GoGo on Soi 8 has now announced a
re-opening on 27th November. It tried briefly as a sports bar in September but presumably that didn't pan out.
Another ex GoGo making a come back is Betty Boum on Soi Pattayaland 1 (Soi 13/3). This time it will open as a bar and club.
Redlite Club is taking shape on Walking Street opposite Soho Sqaure. Only the entrance is on show so hard to see what it will be as yet but the banners proclaim a Private Club. Back where I come from, a Private club is a tag for a brothel where customers don't get to see or meet other customers. They make the choice from a private parade of girls rather than from a communal bar area. Anyway it sounds interesting.
There's also some sort of what looks like an Insomnia clone club taking shape a few doors away.
There is also a new club opening on the first floor above the Nok beer bar complex towards the Beach Road end of Walking Street. Maybe a coyote
There is still Alcatraz A-GoGo that won't be too long opening on Walking Street by Soi 15.
And Paris A-GoGo on Soi Diamond has now changed name and neon to Atlantis A-GoGo. They have also introduced stage shows, but perhaps early days,
as reports have been somewhat underwhelming.
Champagne A-GoGo is the latest victim of police raids
An after-midnight set up. caught a number of sex workers engaged in sexual acts or soliciting in Champagne A go-go bar.
The raid was organised with the co-operation of a staff member. Several sex workers at the bar were caught in flagrante dilecto
in a four-person swing session.
A taskforce of 30 officers was organised by the Immigration Police. A collaborating female staff member took one of the undercover officers up to the second floor while the rest waited outside.
After a short
time, police moved in and apprehended the two 18-year-old women tasked with attracting customers into the bar. Going inside, police found a solitary pole dancer wearing a bikini. On the first floor, in Room 1, the undercover officer was found with Miss
Suthanee Buksunthia who was wearing only a towel. In Room 4, however, a party of four were found to be engaged in sexual activities, three naked women and a foreign man. The entire staff of the establishment were then taken down to the Immigration Office
for interrogation, included the bar manager Miss Suriya Ngimkhunthod.
Later, Miss Ngimkhunthod was charged with managing an establishment providing prostitution. Miss Buksunthia was charged with prostitution, and another 13 women staff were
charged with soliciting. All suspects were then transferred to Pattaya Police Station for further judicial procedure.
It is not clear why Immigration police were involved as all the women were Thai nationals.
There's more to last week's one-day shutdown at the Carousel go-go than merely police flexing their muscles at a newly reopened venue. There was a specific purpose behind the visit and a devastating result for the fledgling operation.
many girls weren't legit. Perhaps underage, perhaps from Laos or Cambodia. For whatever reason, the girls were sent packing, leaving management scrambling for talent.
Carousel is now on life support. A visit prime-time visit this week found just
three girls on stage and none in the tub. The mamasan, previously from Sapphire Club tried to pin the low turnaround on stage on a high number of barfines. But a more-reliable source inside the bar said otherwise.
Lowering the price of its tiny
spirits from 130 to something more realistic might be a good start at restoring bums to seats whilst new talent is located.
The ongoing 2 a.m. crackdown by Crime Suppression Division police at the national Royal Thai Police based in Bangkok is not expected to be ongoing for much longer. All reports indicate the crackdown — one Walking Street suffers pretty much every
year at this time — is supposed to last only a week. Already some places such as Peppermint are making it to 3 a.m.
That doesn't mean people are content to ride it out, however.
The Walking Street mamasan union -- the informal
club of witches and bitches that forever cycle around The Street's chrome pole palaces — has gotten a bit more organized, with the headmistresses at Iron Club starting a petition to submit to Pattaya Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome demanding the
city develop a backbone and put an end to the Bangkok Cops' nonsense.
It's not your typical petition, however, as the girls under the mamasans employ don't actually sign it themselves. The old battleaxes are simply generating a roster of all the
girls who work them, then pass on the list to the next bar, where the mama there lists her girls.
It should be a considerable list once complete. Imagine the value such a roster of Walking Steet go-go girls would have on eBay. Add some photos and
phone numbers and the mamasans could make more selling copies than they're supposedly losing during the crackdown.
On a more-serious, note, however, the biggest loser in the late-night shut down is undoubtedly Insomnia, which will lose more than a
million baht in revenue for every week the shutdown continues. Fortunately for the disco's owners, they're new Bangkok location has reportedly taken over the after-hours scene in the capital.
It boggles the mind how the Bangkok-based cops can come
down to Pattaya to enforce closing times while ignoring the same offenses right in their backyard.
Pattaya at Night has reported that Motoroom on Walking Street failed as a coyote bar not long after opening. It was located above King's Cafe.
Also reported closed was Performance Bar, a beer bar on central Walking Street.
First's Lounge failed to get any customer interest for its rather daunting location at the back of a beer bar complex on Soi 8.
Also out on a limb was the Venus Lounge near the junction of 3rd Road and Pattaya Klang. It was a nicely done out short
time bar but charged a little over the odds for a little over the hill female company.
There have been a couple of bar closures on Soi Post Office. The long running DeStar bar was dark at my last walk past as was the rather newer Charming Bar next
Meanwhile the police are continuing to ensure the closure of many more bars albeit just for an early night at 2am. Actually the 2am lights on closure means that bars start to wind down quite a bit ahead of the official closing time. Also it
causes a bit of scrum for all bars to close at the same time and taxi users etc will drift away significantly earlier to avoid the rush. Customers generally seem reluctant to start drinking earlier so I guess that the early closing significantly cuts
into bar related incomes.
Gentlemen's Club is located towards the middle of Soi Diamond.
The bar seems to have scaled down a bit over the last few months. On this particular occasion there were 10 dancers on duty, and this a few more than previous visits.
The bar has also scaled down the drinks prices too with a good sized glass of draft beer dropping from 85 Baht to 65 Baht.
The dancers were split into 2 teams. A slightly strange split, in that one team didn't take any clothes off between them. Given that they wear more than usual with slinky dresses, I thought this was a little out of order. The 2nd team were a
little more daring though, and revealed a few suay assets.
The girls were a reasonable looking crew, perhaps slightly above average, but certainly not at the high levels a year or so ago.
There was not really much doing in terms of customer
interaction, although one dancer was doing a good job and getting a few lady drinks for her efforts.
To be successful bars have to have either top notch girls for watching, or else have interactive girls to entertain the customers with chat or
Gentlemen's Club wasn't really achieving much in either direction, so I suspect that the steady decline will continue.
Police raided Lucifer's Disco on Wednesday night. The venue was cleared but no Pattaya news reporters on hand to explain why. Seems to be a short term hiccup though.
Police also decided to review the newly opened Carousel A-GoGo on Soi Diamond.
They closed the venue after visiting on Thursday night. No information about why, but again hopefully a short term nuisance.
Update: Friday Night
continued their nightly hassle on Friday night by doing a general early closing time sweep of Walking Street. The arbitrarily enforced early closing was designated as 2am
The police continued their nightly hassle on Saturday night with another 2am early closing
Carousel A-GoGo re-opened on Soi Diamond on 1st November 2010.
I popped in at around midnight and the bar was doing a very good trade. There were very few seats available, and those that were left, were crammed in small uncomfortable stools. So I
gave it a miss and tried the next night at an earlier hour.
The outside of the bar now features lots of red, nicely highlighting the Carousel logo. A few brownie points for the designers are in order.
I found a more comfortable bench seat
to survey the bar and sat down with a 59 baht draft, politely served by a guy. Male service never seems a good idea for the bar as it takes away an opportunity for lady drinks and tips. And from the customers point of view, service girls can be a good
stand in for dancers, should there be too few dancers in the bar.
Anyway, the overall atmosphere of the bar was lively and the girls seemed to be having fun swarming around a generous newbie. Actually there weren't many other girls sitting with
customers, so perhaps a negative point there.
The bar is pretty similar to what it was before the change of ownership. There were about 8 girls on stage plus of course the Carousel wooden horse. They were all slowly rotating, whilst dancing in
bikinis or less (and just body paint for the horse). A pretty good selection of girls for the early days of a bar.
There was also a newly installed Jacuzzi with just one naked soaped up naked bather. Its not really well placed to be much of a
spectacle for the majority of the bar though, but there are few stools with a poolside view.
For the moment the bar is lively and buoyed up with early days enthusiasm. There wasn't quite the sense of fun and boisterousness that suggests the bar
will complete with the likes of Airport and Iron, but it made a good early impression.
The two new Walking Street GoGos seem to be making good progress. Fahrenheit is targeting Friday 12th November whilst Alcatraz looks set for a little bit later.
Meanwhile on Walking Street the Galaxy window has re-opened for East European dancers
and for customers with cash to burn. So that puts the count of dancing bars up to 74, albeit including 3 with East European dancers that will never get a visit from this particular reviewer.
There's also coyote dancing in a street window for
Motoroom, next door to Moulin Rouge, but again it looks like a bar for someone else to investigate. Who knows, it may even be number 75.
Club Relaxxx has taken over at the ground floor venue in the Covent Garden Complex, Soi 16, that was previously Club Sin City.
The bar has undergone a rapid refit from Club Sin City A-GoGo to Middle Eastern night club and now back to A-GoGo.
There has been some refurbishment, notably to make better use of the previously unused space to the right when entering. Table dancing stages have been added in front of the new simple bench seating around the sides of the room. The bar now looks much
bigger and the tables improve on the concrete cavern impression that existed before.
The bar had managed to secure a rather large cast of dancers for the opening few days. Perhaps down to the familiar faces in the manager and mamasang roles.
The girls were of a good Walking Street average but it was very disappointing to see that the table dancers were dressed closer to coyote than GoGo. They were wearing light shorts and a top.
There is still a traditional central GoGo stage
though with most of the girls in bikinis and one token dancer in her birthday suit.
There is also a badly placed Jacuzzi with naked girls but no stage side seating.
There was a cheap draft beer.
The overall impression was a much more
lively affair than the previous incarnation.
I'm not sure why the management have picked up on the idea of half coyote half gogo. It has proved a failure several times, including in this very same venue when Club Taboo failed with the same
Sin City is located on the ground floor of the Covent Garden Complex on Soi 16, a few paces off Walking Street.
Sin City is set to reappear as an A-GoGo on 6th November 2010. The mamasang on recruitment duty at the door said that it would be named
Sin City A-GoGo, but a big new sign has appeared suggesting Club Relaxxx A-GoGo.
And in fact it has been confirmed that the new venue will be called
Some renovations have taken place since it was last an A-GoGo.
Club Relaxxx duly opened raising Pattaya's GoGo count to 73
Another look at the newly re-opened Carousel A-GoGo
Carousel A-GoGo re-opened on Soi Diamond on 1st November 2010.
Checked out carousel last night. Vodka was 130 Baht, not 120 as previously noted.
Owner is not the Happy/Peppermint group, as previously reported, but actually owned Super
Models way back when. The main mamasan (there are 4!) worked for that owner, who has been out of the gogo biz since Supermodels fell off the runway.
Another mamasan most recently of Misty's was there with about 4 girls brought from there.
They did a nice spruce up. Looks more modern. They need more girls, but the mamas know, and are working at it.
Club Oasis is loacated on the corner of Soi Buakhao and Soi Chayaphun
The Soi Buakhao GoGos seem to be doing very well indeed. Probably doing better than many Walking Street bars in many ways.
Club Oasis generally seems to be operating
a pretty full house and yet at the same time it doesn't employ that many ladies. The secret of the success seems to be that they attract a lot of people who are there for a drink with their mates and are not necessarily hunting for a stand-in friend for
the night. They are content to enjoy the gogo bar as an attractive backlot whilst keeping their own company.
There are still a few girls to personally entertain customers who so desire though. All in all the bar must have one of the highest ratios
of customers to girls in Pattaya GoGos.
As for the basics, there's usually a couple of dozen girls on duty with half dancing at any one time. Most are on the central stage and then there's usually a couple dancing on tables. About an average bunch
of girls with the usual mixture of dress codes between bikinis and less.
In terms of competition with local bars, Oasis is now lagging behind Champagne in terms of range of entertainment and range of girls. But as there are more than enough
customers to go around both bars, then the bar has no need to be slave to the competition game.