I had my first visit at Baron Club ago go in Sio Diamond at 10.00 pm.
Ordered a Heineken, only one other customer there, went to pay my bill , Heineken 140 baht,
Very overpriced for what's inside.
But early days yet.
Meanwhile Paradise A-GoGo is set to open on Soi LK Metro today. It is another GoGo from the makers of Kiss A-GoGo, nearly opposite on
the same soi. Kiss has always been well reasonable for drinks prices, so Paradise is unlikely to see any of that 140 Baht beer nonsense.
The banners are out for another new GoGo on Walking Street. The new Lighthouse A-GoGo is being built towards the Beach Road end.
I am not sure that Pattaya's Lighthouse Club will be too impressed by a GoGo bearing the same name. Lighthouse Club is
a business networking charity organisation. There could be a few crossed wires there.
There is (or was) a church in Pattaya called Lighthouse too. Even more potential for people getting either offended or evangelised.
Unhappier news for
Eazy Room A-GoGo which was closed last night after only being open a few days. lack of girls was cited as the reason, so hopefully a temporary glitch.
So as of last night there were 77 bars with dancing girls in bikinis or less.
on Soi 6 a new lady boy has opened. Not an event usually covered on Thai-Anxiety but this one deserves a mention for its name, A Bar. You hardly need ask where the bar is located, its next door to Z Bar of course. Strangely though, A Bar and Z Bar don't
surround either B Bar or O Bar.
A further 58 people were arrested on Pattaya Beach in the early hours of Friday. On this occasion only women and lady boys were arrested and taken to Pattaya
Police Station. Once again they were told to pay small fines and were then released with a warning.
The large plot on the corner of Soi 2 and 2nd Road in north Pattaya opposite Big C is now cleared ready for a new hotel development, or whatever.
The loss of the complex that used to have Toy, Classroom beer bar etc has ripped the heart out of
the area, and is having a knock on effect to the surrounding bars. The area seems to have lost the momentum required to make for a good bar crawl and so many customers have departed elsewhere.
One notable casualty is the recently renamed Dancehall
Club, previously known as Maximum Club. This has closed after after just a couple of months in its new guise.
It has also been reported, but not confirmed, that Lek's Classroom has also given up the battle. The last time I dropped by in October it
seemed pretty near to the end, so things don't look hopeful. Update: An incorrect report, Lek's Classoom is still going fine.
If so, then the GoGo count temporarily drops to 74. However it is due to pick up again
Not quite a new bar, but has just recently changed format to a coyote dancing bar organised very much like a GoGo.
It is located just a few paces of Paratamanak Road a few metres from the corner of Soi 4. It is in a square with a large Harley
shop. The bar has no welcome staff, nor open sign, but if the neon sign is on and it is between 6pm and 2am then it is open.
It is a small single unit bar with a central stage. Either side of the stage are 3 sofas to seat 3. This probably means
that the comfortable maximum is 12 customers. There are a few stools at the bar at the back though.
There were 12 girls on duty of which 3 were dancing at a time. Not a bad ratio for the size of the bar. The girls were a surprising attractive crew
for an off beat location. The girls were all dressed in coyote attire of shorts, top and bra. There was a theme which I think was probably meant to be naval.
I am not usually a fan of coyote dancing bars but I found this more like a GoGo bar where
the girls were wearing a little too much. These were not agency girls, nor girls likely to be sponsored, or not interested in barfines etc. they were regular girls making a good effort for lady drinks and barfines.
The mamasang was friendly and
helpful. In fact I found the bar to be well run and a very pleasant place for a drink and a chat with the friendly girls.
And just as the night was drawing to a close the girls were getting a little merry and a couple dressed down from coyote to
Bottled beer was 70 Baht, lady drinks 120 Baht, early barfines 700, and late barfines 500.
Bada Bing A-GoGo has opened on Soi BJ, just a few paces off central Walking Street. It is at the location that was previously TQ2. The bar opened on 9th December.
The dancers were divided into 3 teams. Each team having 8-10 dancers. The
1st team was made up of 8 bikini gogo dancers, and 2 of them were topless. The 2nd and 3rd teams were disappointingly all coyote, presumably agency dancers used until the bar can attract some less shy dancers of its own.
The bar will also feature
Draught Beer : 55B Soft Drink : 99B Lady Drink : 115B Bar Fine : 600B (Show Girl : 800B) Happy hour is from 8pm till 10 pm.
So there are now 75 bars around Pattaya featuring girls in bikinis or less. With several more
opening very soon.
ToyZ A-GoGo was a well respected GoGo in Covent Garden that declined probably as a result of change in demographics as the area became something of an Arab quarter. ToyZ sold up in summer of this year.6
But now the GoGo will re-appear in Soi 15 in
the venue that was previously Climax A-GoGo (and before that, Sakura Club 69). The bar is aiming to re-open on the 15th December.
Hot & Cold Getting Hotter?
Hot & Cold, the even longer running GoGo on Soi Post Office is also on the move. Although not much of a move. It has taken over premises
just a couple of units closer to 2nd Road. The workmen are in whilst Hot & Cold stays open in the existing and rapidly disintegrating venue. Saying that, there doesn't appear to much going on there in the afternoons these days.
Surely a brand
spanking new venue will change the character of the bar. The current rundown venue is almost part of the charm.
Sexy A-GoGo Not So Sexy
Sexy A-GoGo on Soi 7 near 2nd Road was dark last night. I'm not yet sure whether this
is temporary or permanent. The bar seems to be the lowest priority of the group and gives way when necessary to Far East Rock, Kiss, and the soon to open Paradise on Soi LK Metro.
Fahrenheit is a Gogo on Walking Street between Soi 14 and Soi 15.
Until November, the dancers were split into 2 teams, and each team danced for 20 minutes. Whilst dancing the girls did not rotate around the stage.
From December, the
pattern changed a little. The teams still dance for 20 minutes, but half way through their set, the girls at the front and back switch their position to the opposite end of the stage.
I enjoyed this change because I was able to get a look at more
of the dancers.
Another old bar has re-opened just in time for high season.
Club B4 is located on the corner of Soi Diamond and Pratamnak, next door to Baron Club.
In the past it has basically been a disco with coyote dancers. But it has tried a bit of
everything, even gogo. It has a sign for cheap lady drinks so presumably there are some sort of dancing girls on offer.
The original Silver Star on soi 8 is due to re-open on Thursday 1 December, with a soft re-opening at the strange time of 23.49.
This will be followed by a full-on opening night party on Friday 2 December from 8pm, with free food. Many
of the girls from Silver Star 3 on Walking Street will be re-deployed for the party.
It will be interesting to see if Silver Star continues beyond high season. With sister bar Silver Star 2 so nearby, it may be a permanent move to
keep the Original Silver Star as a high season only venue.
Meanwhile Sapphire Club re-opened as expected last night and successfully packed out the newly expanded bar.
Sapphire Club is set to re-open tonight. It has expanded into 2 next doors units and is to be found at the centre of Soi 15. There has been lots of late night work going on at the bar, so the owners must be pretty keen to stick to their dates.
If all goes to plan then pattaya's GoGo count will increase to 73. Actually this increase is also due to Baby Boom, just off Soi Buakhao, confirmed to have a handful of dancers in GoGo style wear. Review to follow.
Climax A-GoGo on Soi 15 was suddenly closed earlier this month.
It now appears that in fact it was sold, and the new management have closed the bar for a short renovation.
Walking Street rumours suggest that the new bar will be re-born
bearing the proud Catz/Toyz pedigree.
And thinking about Cliamx reminded me of another news snippet. It was obviously not a path to prosperity for the old Climax a-Go-Go, but I noticed that HALO nightclub on Walking Street is now doing a similar
29-baht draft beer for Happy Hour --- which runs 8 pm to 1 am!
Of course, there's not a lot to look at there at that time a night, but one needs to cheap imbibement, then it might be worth considering.
The most opened and closed GoGo venue in pattaya has provided the day's news yet again.
Climax A-GoGo on Soi 15 has once again gone dark. It was dark from the 17th November.
Perhaps all is not lost, as there are rumours that the bar may
just be closed for renovation. But on the other hand, the rapid approach of high season means that now is the time to be re-opening, not closing.
It always seems expensive to refit a bar. It struck me that the main cause of the bar's lack of
popularity was that cardinal sin of the girls not being very interactive. Only the top end bars can mesmorise customers into rapt attention with their dancers beauty alone. All the other bars have to supplement the girls visual charms with either great
chat or great hands, depending on the style of the bar.
Pattaya's GoGo count is at the low water mark of 71. There are 4 more soon to be added so hopefully the numbers will increase.
It's arguable that the financial malaise affecting a lot, but certainly not all, of the nightlife entertainment businesses of Fun Town, is more and more specifically related to places relying a shrinking demographic.
One of the partners in a
long-established beer boozer in south Pattaya was telling me a large number of their regulars are simply not coming back to Thailand, for a variety of reasons. The bar, which has been a fixture for more than two decades, has built up a large and varied
following although most of its regulars come from either Britain or the United States. And it's these people who are not returning in either the same numbers, or as often as in previous years.
Sapphire Lodge has just opened on Pratamnak Soi 4 opposite the Asia Hotel and near the beach end of the soi.
There's nothing like opening with a splash, and Sapphire Lodge have done exactly that. Most bars struggle to get girls for the opening
days but Sapphire just happens to have a GoGo worth of resources currently waiting for a sister bar to re-open after renovations.
And really have GoGo quality girls available in a hostess bar setting makes it the best set up I've seen in daytime
for a long time. Actually I was there as afternoon turned towards evening, and there were say 30 girls in attendance even in the early evening. I hope that they can maintain the option for an evening visit. Other similar bars tend to die a death after
6pm. A downward spiral sets in where the girls (mostly freelance) depart because there are few customers, and any customers that give it a try do a U turn when there are no girls, never to try again in an evening. I don't see why there shouldn't be a
reasonable pool of customers in the evening. It's just that everyone knows (or thinks) that the bars are not properly open in the evening and don't even give it a try.
The bar itself is a large rather square shape but it has been nice broken up by
having a balcony floor as a walkway for upstairs rooms.
A few days ago I commented on the similarly sized indoor bar at nearby Exotica which I found a bit open plan. Sapphire Lodge is a definite improvement. It has bays that split up the seating
running along the long sides of the bar. Having the option to sit against the wall and having the occasional barrier just adds that little gesture towards privacy that a girly bar really should have.
In general the bar looks the biz.
is a swimming pool and outside bar but I did not take a look.
Bottled beer was 85 Baht and lady drinks were 120 Baht. There are various food options with specials on several days of the week.
I predict that this bar's natural pairing with a
GoGo is going to provide very tough competition for the 3 nearby gentlemen's clubs. Just like in Walking Street, the most popular bars are easily the one's with the best girls. And this bar is winning hands down so far.
The new bar that is taking shape in Soi BJ has now revealed it self as Bada Bing A-GoGo . This is the venue that was previously TQ2.
The Bada Bing name has previously made an appearance in Soi 8. The venue really wanted to be a coyote bar
cum disco. But when the idea didn't pan out too well, it tried something different and became a GoGo. This didn't seem to work out either and it soon gave up trying.
Another bar that has revealed a new identity is the old Goodfellas above Soi
Lucky Star. It is next to be named as Play . And from the adverts for the opening night on 25th November, then it looks like it will be a night club/disco.
Baby Boom re-opened as promised with the clear description, Baby Boom A-GoGo,
proudly displayed by a welcome girl on Soi Buakhao. However on a 10:30pm visit on Saturday night there were no dancing girls whatsoever, so for the moment the GoGo count remains unchanged whilst they employ a few girls.
It looks like Sapphire
Club in Soi 15 won't be adding to the GoGo count for another week or two. Maybe they can blame the delay on the floods.
Having already upped prices to gouge high-season tourists, Walking Street go-go bars are now using Thailand's flooding crisis as another excuse to lay on more disproportional drink-price increases.
Iron Club - already one of the city's
most-expensive bars - has added another 7% (10 baht) to prices of house spirits (read Thairot-gut vodka, whiskey and rum) and 7.5% to the cost of a tiny shot of tequila lady-drinks, making them a whopping 145 baht.
The mixed-drink pricing mirrors
reported changes to draft beer prices which are going up as much as 10 baht in some bars.
Queried on the price increases, two different Iron Club managers said the prices were raised due to wholesale price increases and/or shortages from the
Bangkok floods. But when asked if the prices would drop again after the floodwaters recede, staffers acted non-committal.
While some exceptions - such as X-Zone's recent price rollback - can be noted, generally once prices go up, they rarely come
back down, especially with the Christmas-Holiday gouging season nearing.
The increases are especially irking in the light of 5-10 baht price hikes for the high-season from the Peppermint/Happy group of bars, the Shark/Tiger duopoly and others.
With the likes of What's Up charging a stupid 160 baht for rotgut shorts and up to 250 baht for lady drinks, some Pattaya venues now match or exceed Bangkok pricing.
Perhaps the Russians and U.S. Navy guys actually have it right: Buy your drinks
at 7-Eleven and take the party back to your hotel.
Baby Boom A-GoGo is set to be the first in an upward turn in Pattaya's GoGo count. If all goes well it will re-open on Friday 11th November at 8pm. Bottled beer will be 95 Baht and house spirits will start from 95 baht for a double.
draft beer for the moment but it is planned for, at least when supplies get back to normal.
Baby Boom is located a few metres off Soi Buakhao, nearly opposite Soi Honey.
Sapphire Club is also set to re-open on Soi 15. It is scheduled to
open on 12th November but the staff outside reckon on the 13th November.
And being busy people, the management have just opened Sapphire Lounge on Pratamnak Soi 4, opposite the Asia hotel and near the beach. It is another in the mould of luxurious
daytimes bars that are not actually as expensive as they look. By all accounts the opening day was a big hit.
There's plenty of builders and bar fitters being hard at work on Walking Street.
There is something new taking shape at the old TQ2 bar, although only whispers about what.
Spanky's on Soi Diamond will be with us in about a month and
Sapphire Club will reopen in its new doubled sized format within days.
I'm not sure what the progress is at Goodfellows though, hard to tell being upstairs out of sight. It is set to become a GoGo.
There are also 2 GoGo units in the
refurbished Soho Square that are said to be ready to go should their be any takers. But with recently failed venues available nearby at Hooties, Boesche, Dream and Relaxxx, one can't help but think that these will be a difficult sell. It's as if there's
an international border fence at the Walking Street tree.
Club Relaxxx is located on the bottom floor of the Covent Garden Complex on Soi 16 just off Walking Street.
Relaxxxx is on its last legs. The Turkish owner has been MIA for weeks. Some girls have remained, but are getting paid nightly by the
cashier. They're staying in hopes the boss returns and pays them what he owes.
But ever since the owner refit the bar (again, for like the 4th time), business has gone down the tubes. Where once Relaxxx was very dark and there was quite a bit of
fun to be had in the corners, the new design is all-white and very bright. Not only has all the hanky-panky stopped --- backed by a policy that if a girl is caught doing something naughty she is fined 2,000 baht --- the lights show every stretch
mark and every wrinkle. Dim lights and neon are often the best friend for many of Pattaya's working girls. Without those, the customers have stayed away in droves.
6th November 2011.
mentioned, than it came to pass. Club Relaxxx has completed the complete downstairs closure of the Covent Garden Complex.
That leaves only X-Zone in operation upstairs. They will have to really pull up their rubber gloves and get to work on
providing a venue that will pull the punters in. Still, they have a few unique ideas that have done them well so far.
Meanwhile there are now just 72 bars in the Pattaya area with girls dancing in bikinis or less.
Dream A-GoGo on the ground floor at the Covent Garden Complex on Soi 16 has closed with a for rent sign on the door.
The bar had recently had only open for a few months since it was bought in the summer.
Perhaps this highlights the
remarkable work by the previous owner Robert, who kept it open for several years. He managed to keep it going by having a bit of a social flair, and a good circle of friends who would drop by for a few beers.
Catz, as it was known then had its hey
day for a couple of years after it opened. It had plenty of girls, a good show, and even managed to be the first on Walking Street to dream up the air hostess theme.
There are now 73 bars in the Pattaya area that have girls dancing in bikinis or
less. A pretty low tally, but there are 3 more on the way. On the other hand there are 4 or 5 that look to be on the way out.
Here's a new bar soon to open that I hadn't come across before. But then again I have never been down Pratamnak Soi 1/11. Turn off Pratamnak at the Ratchawarun Road the main junction towards the highest point of Pratamnak. Then head towards Cozy Beach
and look for Soi 11, the last soi as you head towards the sea.
Anyway Ed of Pattaya Rag reckons it looks good and it will be open this Friday, 4th November. The opening hours are 1pm until 10pm.
Club Mirage on Soi Diamond had a short lived opening a couple of weeks ago and went dark a few days later.
It now seems set to be returning with a new name. The bar is now bearing a new look and a new name, Baron Club A-GoGo.
opened for business on 28th October 2011. It has started without draft beer but is selling cheap end bottled beer at 79 baht.
There are now 74 bars in the Pattaya area with girls dancing in bikinis or less.
31st October 2011. Thanks to Ishi
Baron Club opens at 9pm and has a happy hour running until 11pm.
There is no draft beer but bottled Chang is a cheap option at 59 Baht during happy hour and 790 Baht afterwards.
drinks are 130 Baht and barfines are 700 Baht.
Mamasang Miki is on a lightening tour of Walking Street, taking in X-Zone, Relaxxx, Dollhouse, Windmill and now she is playing at Baron Club. She seems to have dropped her team of groupies along the
way though at Windmill.
There's an old adage saying that one's experience of a bar can change from day to day and hour to hour.
I find that this description aptly fits The Office. It is basically a well run bar that
ticks most of the boxes that it should to make a good GoGo.
It has a good team of attractive dancers, perhaps second only to Champagne. On my latest visit, there were about 8 girls on stage of which half were topless. Actually this was better than
on previous visits, The Office/MASH/Submarine group of GoGos often seem a little nudity challenged and sometimes seem more coyote than gogo.
The girls are generally friendly and most seek out a customer for a chat, but sometimes I have been in
early and the girls don't seem very interested. Perhaps the bar needs to build up a bit of momentum before the girls are spurred into action.
But sometimes the bar can get very crowded. I tend to do a quick U turn when I see the bar is full. There
are then far too many guys for the number of girls available and there is little chance of any interaction with the girls. A bit like Champagne just down the soi. However spectator mode seems to keep plenty of customers entertained, so they must be doing
Passion Dance Club is located on Soi 6 towards the Beach Road end.
Being a creature of habit I always start a stroll down Soi 6 starting from the 2nd Road end. And more often than I would expect, no girl stood out as a potential drinking
partner for the entire length of the Soi.
So now as I get to the end of the So I like to find a bar with half an hours worth of aircon and a couple of cold beers whilst I consider my options. Maybe to try another cruise of the soi or else hop on a
baht bus down to Walking Street.
Anyway there are 3 bars that fit the bill where you pop in without selecting a girl first and chill whilst being entertained by dancers. OMG is a bit of a write off at the moment, it hasn't really gelled as a dance
bar. My favourite is Mandarin where there can be good hands on fun, but unfortunately it is often lacking enough girls and is therefore unreliable. So Passion becomes the default choice as it is very reliable for having pretty girls on the stage and
enough atmosphere to let the time fly by.
Passion is also the closest in style to a traditional Walking Street GoGo. It usually has 3 or 4 girls dancing, a couple sitting around and the rest sitting outside. This sitting outside seems to be the
main difference to a traditional GoGo and is presumably a nod to the Soi 6 ethic of being able to pick up a girl on the way into a bar.
The beer is cheap and cold, as is the aircon. Excellently fitting the chill out criteria, exactly as required.
Lek's Classroom is located on Soi 2 a few paces off 2nd Road.
The bar is now divided in two with a big black curtain. The front section is a coyote bar with girls dancing in the windows and a live band.
The back half of the bar is a
GoGo. The GoGo section hasn't really changed in layout and is essentially even worse than before. The comfortable seating along the back wall is simply an impossible distance from the stage.
The GoGo operation has been well squeezed by a poor
layout, coupled with the surrounding area declining as a nightlife centre as it makes way for new hotels.
There were just two girls dancing, and there was a 3rd girl doing her rather tame stuff in a Jacuzzi.
There was another two or three
guys who were being well looked after by the girls awaiting their turn to dance.
The mamasang was doing her bit to ensure that the smattering of customers were happy enough.
But really the GoGo was operating below critical mass and things
don't look good.
The Cavern is located on Walking Street nearly opposite Soi Diamond.
This was my first visit since the introduction of the centre stage. And it is immediately clear that it is a big improvement. There is now a lot more comfortable seating, and
it all comes with a good and closer view of the central stage. A win-win improvement that also looks good and seems to generate a far better atmosphere for interaction with the girls. Presumably the dancers are now better aware of customers that are
Perhaps a little ironically, the bar is now a similar layout to when it was Honey A-GoGo many years ago. Since then Sisterz had 2 major refits and after that Cavern has now had its second. The bar fitters have done really well
at this location and perhaps are also smiling at its reversion to the original design.
There was still the long slow march of girls through the 9 or so dancing points on the central stage. There were some good looking girls, and most (but not all)
The side stage dancers were a little disappointing though, as most were also topless. They were all nude on previous visits.
Sex A-GoGo is located at the 2nd Road end of Soi 7 and is not to be confused with Sexy Girls A-GoGo located at the 2nd Road end of Soi 8.
Since I last stopped by, the bar had a period of closure, with a sign proclaiming renovation. But
in fact I didn't spot anything that had been renovated, not even the girls. Presumably it was put on ice for a while. The bar is probably the most minor of the ownership trio that includes Kiss and Far East Rock, and is probably the most likely to give
way when the girls are needed elsewhere.
There were only half a dozen girls in the bar, with two dancing at a time. And a below average team at that. It doesn't appear that the bar will be setting Soi 7 alight any time soon.
But, as always,
I found some pleasant company for a couple of cheap drinks, and I enjoyed my stay anyway.
I was on Walking Street on Saturday night when I saw a group of seven Thai paramilitaries in new uniforms, walking down the street.
By then I'd also seen the Tourist Police Volunteers, Foreign Tourist Police Volunteers, and some dodgy-looking city
officials trying their best to look like police, sitting at a table in the middle of Walking Street. I often wonder what the last lot are supposed to be.
Multiple police departments initiated a mass raid of Lucifer Discotheque on Walking Street in South Pattaya in the early hours of Friday morning. Over 150 Officers took part and descended on the 500 revelers inside the club.
Everyone was searched,
including foreign patrons, Thai girls were tested for drugs along with a few farangs which resulted in the arrest of 14 women and 2 male employees of the club.
Drug taking paraphernalia was found in the Men's Toilet and a large quantity of pain
relief tablets were seized. Also some anti-histamine Chlorphenamine Tablets. No illegal narcotics were found and all licenses were found to be in order.
Lucifer's is expected to be open as usual over the weekend.
Nui's Club 2 is located on Walking Street a few metres south of Soi Diamond.
The bar has a good location and gets a good throughput of customers. However the bar does not really have enough girls or enough space to capitalise on this.
Sitting in the bar for an hour reveals how it rapidly fills up and equally quickly empties again. There simply isn't enough good seating to provide for many customers at a time. There's just a single bench seat for 5 or 6 people. After that, there are a few seats around the front stage that has no view of the main stage and a lack lustre dancer rarely doing her best to entertain customers on the 'lonely benches'.
The girls are a mixed bunch, with usually a couple that attract attention. And if the situation allows then they can be quite hands on and fun.
It is a bar that is worth a look, but one must always be ready to make a quick getaway if the
best seats are taken.
In a rather grand headline Pattayaone has announced that Pattaya has its first authentic Dancehall.
The Dancehall features international and Thai DJ's along with live bands, seven nights a week and includes a variety of musical styles, including
Reggae, Ragga, Soca, Rocksteady, Dub, R&B, Funksoul, Neosoul, Hiphop, Salsa and Ska.
The club also has the almost inevitable coyote dancers and drinks are said to be reasonably priced.
In fact Dancehall is replacing maximum Club on the
corner of Soi 3 and 2nd Road. Maximum also had DJ's, live bands and coyote dancers.
Club Mirage on Soi Diamond. was dark last night. It was pretty dead when I passed a week ago too so maybe the prognosis is not good.
So there are now 74 GoGo bars in the Pattaya area.
The count looks set to rise shortly though.
Goodfella's, the upstairs bar over Soi Lucky Star is closed with s sign promising something else very shortly. And the word on the street is that a GoGo is expected.
A sign for Spanky's has appeared on the old Lady boy bar between Gentlemen's Club and Diamond A-GoGo. Spanky's is a GoGo in Bangkok's Nana Plaza specialising in shows, so presumably they have something similar in mind for Pattaya.
the corner of Soi Diamond and Pratamnak has edged its draft beer price up from 45 Baht to 49 Baht. Still cheaper than most.
new Living Dolls One is set back a few paces off Walking Street opposite Happy A-GoGo
The bar is a long running and successful GoGo, that in style and popularity, sits a notch just below the Happy group GoGos.
It is farang run and is
therefore aware that the best customers are repeat customers. The drinks & barfine prices are reasonable and the bar is well run ensuring that there are no worries about hassles and other silly tricks that some other bars get up to.
enough girls in the bar to have about 10 girls on stage at any one time. The slow procession of GoGo dancing is punctuated by frequent shows. The shows aren't choreographed, just girls making a bit more of an effort than the usual dancers, with a few
variations such as body painting.
In terms of interaction with the girls, the bar is similar to the Happy group. Customers won't get asked unless they signal their interest to a girl. Then the girls are more than willing to oblige in partaking in
a lady drink or more.
The bar was doing a good trade without being particularly full. Perhaps better than most given the low season visit.
Rhino GoGo Club is located on Walking Street towards the south end and opposite Tony's or Abyzz as it is now.
The bar features the currently fashionable centre stage layout. In fact there is a small variation, in that the centre stage is split
in two. There is comfortable bench seating down one side and stools down the other.
There is also a Jacuzzi feature towards the back of the bar featuring a naked lady trying to entice a few customers to her bathside.
The dancing stages were
filled with half a dozen girls in traditional gogo wear. They were probably a little below walking Street average, but there were a couple who would turn a few eyes.
There was quite a busy mamasang working hard to conjure up a bit of life from the
dancers, and also trying to hook up customers with girls.
It seems that the bar is trying hard, but really the sprinkling of customers didn't give the impression that the efforts were succeeding. For my own little contribution I stayed, just for a
one drink look, as I heard that the lady drinks are on the high side at 150 Baht. But the offerings on show weren't worth paying the premium pricing for.
The bar seems modelled on Airport or Iron, but hasn't built up the necessary momentum yet to
make it work. Possibly the location is working against them. But at least they seemed to be trying hard to make it a lively venue.
Byblos is located on the corner of Soi Diamond and Pratamnak Road. The GoGo bar is upstairs and there is a coyote bar on the ground floor.
Having heard that the pussy tricks shows had been given the push, I thought it was time to take a look.
And indeed the upstairs bar now operates as a standard GoGo. There were about 10 girls in the bar, enough for 2 shifts of dancers. 4 girls were dancing on the centre stage and one girl was soaping herself down in the Jacuzzi. The two teams would
swap every 4 or 5 songs. For 1 or 2 of these songs two of the main stage girls stripped off their bikinis for a bit of a lesbian show.
The girls were about average for Walking Street, which is pretty good, and two of the girls would surely get
plenty of barfines. At least if a few more customers were to turn up. A few customers turned up whilst I was there and they all got a pretty girl turn up to politely ask if they would like company.
I spotted an old friend from Shark who would have
told me a bit more about the bar, had she been working there a bit longer. I may have stayed a bit longer but for her request for another tequila the moment she downed the previous one. Perhaps a temporary hang over from the pussy show incarnation of the
bar, but the service staff were a bit pushy for tips, and there was a tip box on hand for the rather lame lesbian show. It was nothing that couldn't be handled by a stern 'no', and will probably subside if the bar gets popular with the farangs.
There were reports that the bar may be targetting a hands on sort of Jacuzzi show etc, but it was hard to tell on this visit as there wasn't really enough customer momentum to get that sort of thing going.
I suspect the bar bar will struggle to get people up the stairs. It has been a pussy tricks bar way too long, and will be out of consideration for a large portion of the target audience. Also any assertive attempts by the welcome staff to get
people upstairs will probably just end up convincing people that it is still a bells and whistles place. At least they are trying to entice customers in with a 45 Baht draft beer.
TQ 2, or more formally Tahitian Queen 2, has closed on Soi BJ, a few paces of central Walking Street.
The owners have sold up and there are reports that the new owners will convert it to a coyote bar.
The long running TQ2 was an
American targeting hangout bar that had a gogo dancers as a bit of sideline. It has been languishing somewhat in recent times, but it used to feature a very popular calendar of parties and special events.
There are now 75 Pattaya bars with girls
dancing in bikinis or less.
Perhaps taking inspiration from the popularity of Kinnaree Place, two more gentlemen's clubs look to opening up in the Pratamnak area.
The first is to be called Exotica. It will be very large and will open around the end of September.
second will have a swimming pool and is targeted at a mid-November opening.
Update: More Details
10th September 2011.
Exotica is located at the old Mountain View Hotel on Pratamnak itself, between Soi 4 and Soi
The venue is set to open on the 1st of October and it will feature a large swimming pool and plenty of girls looking for fun.
Update: Sapphire Lodge
13th September 2011.
The second gentlemen's club
mentioned above has now been revealed as Sapphire Lodge. It is located on Pratamnak SOi 4 (Soi Asia) nearly opposite the Asia Hotel. It is the location that was previously Freedrop.
The bar is associated with the Sapphire Club GoGo in Pattaya Soi
15 and the 15% discount card will be accepted in both venues.
Sapphire Lodge is scheduled to open in Mid October
1st October 2011.
Exotica didn't make the 1st of October opening due to
the inevitable slow building work. The reschuled opening date is now 15th October 2011.