In anticipation of a busy high season, the Blue Lagoon A-GoGo has replace a significant amount of bench seating with stools. The benches along the long walls have now gone but rather counter to usual practise there are still stage side benches.
Perhaps the Norwegian owned bar is expecting a few more customers now that Norway have banned paying for sex. Surely this will force their guys to look further a field to places like Pattaya.
Just around the cornet in Soi Pattayaland 1, Betty Boum has sprung into life with a new dancing bar. But as I was reliably informed that this would not be of the girlie kind, I will let somebody else investigate. Betty Boum is located at the old Spicy
Girls A-GoGo venue.
The notable Buffalo Bar on 3rd Road is nearing the end of phased improvements and is now refitting its short time rooms. Previously they had been condemned by customers if not Pattaya council hotel inspectors.
Shark Club and Shark A-GoGo have now been merged into one with the name Shark Club A-GoGo. There are still separate teams of girls with mamasang at each end of the enormous bar area, but the dividing walls have been removed.
The Shark A-GoGo end of the bar now seems to have taken on the procedures of Shark Club.
This include the girls being hands on friendly. I surely enjoyed my stay in the bar. Seems a big improvement on the old Shark A-GoGo.
There is now an additional entrance on Soi 15 that should capture a bit of the foot traffic on the way to other popular gogos.
As a related rebranding advertising for Tiger Lounge now emphasises the change from coyote to gogo by referring to the venue as Tiger Lounge A-GoGo.
Counting the two Shark venues as one now drops Pattaya's gogo count to 78.
The popular U Too Bar on 2nd Road opposite Alcazar is said to have its eye on relocating to the recently vacated Easyriders venue a
couple of blocks north. This is due to the existing U Too Bar being in a block marked for redevelopment in the new year
Meanwhile on Walking Street the new development between Air Port Club and Hammer Disco is said to be a another disco.
A new gogo has opened in Naklua just off Naklua Road on Soi 33, not far from Dolphin Island. It is called Loma A-GoGo which is the
Thai word for a dolphin.
Its been a couple of years since there was a gogo in Naklua. (19-69 Club closed its doors in summer of 2006).
The new gogo is a square basic looking venue with a central stage and bench seating around the sides.
There were a dozen dancers on duty of which half were dancing. They were dancing in the full range of undress from nude to bikinis. There were a few attractive girls amongst them. The bar was operating two shifts of dancing, each for 6 song stints.
The music is oldie farang friendly rock.
The happy hours draft beer was well cheap at 39 Baht. The lady drinks are cheap but they have the standard/tequila/cocktail scheme at 80/100/120 Baht that is so prone to abuse.
The girls ignored me but the mamasang helpfully pointed out that all the girls were new to Pattaya and did not know what expected of them. No doubt they will have to learn quickly otherwise customers wont stay long.
I'll give them another chance though, the bar seemed a pleasant enough place.
There are now 79 bars with girls dancing in bikinis or less in the Pattaya area
The Pattaya International Mardi Gras is set to take place on 23rd January 2009.
This will be the first ever Mardi Gras Festival here in Pattaya and will be based on Mardi Gras celebrations around the world.
The highlight of the festival will be an Electric Parade which will take place in the evening. It will start at Pattaya City Hall and finish on Pattaya Beach close to the Central Pattaya Road intersection.
Local Schools and Private Companies will be taking part in the parade which will be colorful and full of energy according to the organizers who are Pattaya City Hall and the Tourism Authority of Thailand.
Ice is located on Soi LK Metro in the venue that used to be Gorkle and before that, Memories .
On the 1st December the coyote dancers will take off a few excess clothes and the bar will become a GoGo.
I visited on the last night as a coyote bar and was very impressed. The mamasang was doing a great job in assigning spare dancers to having a chat with customers. In fact it was the friendliest coyote bar I have been to for a while.
Presumably the bar is not doing a total switch of staff so hopefully this bodes well for the re-launch. Maybe the bar could do with a bit of comfy seating though.
Ice will be the 79th bar in town with girls dancing in a bikini or less.
Meanwhile Maximum Club has opened at the corner of 2nd Road and Soi 3. It is a nightclub featuring coyote dancing.
I stopped by early and the welcome staff were inviting people in, but there was absolutely no entertainment on offer, not even a hostess, let alone a dancer. Presumably it will become a later venue than the rest of the bars in the area.