Guugle Show is located on Walking Street above Champion and with the entrance next door.
The bar has been open some time as a coyote bar but now has a few topless dancers. The bar also seems to have taken a step down in prices with barfines
previously reported as 1500, now 1000. Lady drinks were previously said to be 200, but 150 seems to be the current price. There is also a draft beer at 85 Baht (65 baht before 10pm).
The girls are reported to be attractive, but probably agency
girls, and sometimes not available for bar fines. The bar also has a show.
Sounds like it hasn't been a great success as a high priced coyote bar, and is now trying to open out to a wider customer base. Still top end of gogo prices though.
Pattaya tourist police have rounded up flower sellers and beggars from Pattaya streets.
Six mothers each of them carrying their infants aged, 1-2. Three old women, two handicapped men and 10 flower sellers. The police arrested them on Pattaya
Second road and on the Walking street, South Pattaya.
The operation seems to be in response to recent news about a 7 year-old Cambodian boy who had allegedly been abducted and tortured. They had cut off his tongue, and removed his larynx and
forced him to be a beggar in Pattaya.
The arrested beggars hailed from Cambodia and lived in rented rooms in South Pattaya.
The Pattaya Music Festival will take place at venues throughout Pattaya on 27-29th April. (This is a late date by the Pattaya authorities that previously announced March 30-April 1).
To beautify Beach Road for the occasion Pattaya is planting cape
lilies along the footpath. Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome's goal is to try to show Pattaya is an environmentally conscious city. But will the plant prove to be sustainable?
The city also has allocated funds for toilet and health facilities along the
beach during the festival, which draws hundreds of thousands of people annually.
Baron Club on Soi Diamond has gone dark following a police raid. The bar closed on 15th march. The official reason for the closure is not yet clear, nor is the duration of the closure.
So there are now 75 bars in the Pattaya area with girls
dancing in bikinis or less.
Meanwhile Destiny coyote bar opened on Soi LK Metro. It is an inward looking dancing bar modelled in Sugar Sugar on the same soi. Opening comments are mixed, but bars need a while to find their level, and it is unfair
to read much into early comments.
Unfortunately for the bar, the police decided they would check it out too. The word is that fines may have been levied but that the bar will stay open.
Night entertainment venues will be asked to suspend their businesses from April 8-10 during the funeral of Princess Bejaratana, while other private enterprises will be asked to fly national flags at half-mast on their premises, PM's Office permanent
secretary Thongthong Chandrangsu has said.
Princess Bejaratana was the only daughter of the late King Vajiravudh of Thailand. She was a first cousin of current King Bhumibol Adulyadej. She died aged 85 on 27th July 2011.
Bars in East
Pattaya (The Dark Side) are expected to close on Sunday 18th March due to a local election.
The new Destiny coyote dancing bar is set to open on Friday 16th March. It is located on Soi LK Metro opposite Paradise A-GoGo.
It will be the 3rd coyote bar on the Soi (after Club Blu and Sugar Sugar). And is said to have been modelled on Sugar
Sugar. Presumably this means a mostly enclosed bar with a central stage, rather than the older generation of bars with girls dancing in the windows.
Soi LK Metro is also home to 6 GoGo bars (Champagne, MASH, Office, Submarine, Paradise and Kiss)
Silver Star 3 is the Walking Street GoGo closest to the Beach Road end.
Silver Star 3 has now re-opened after a police 30 day closure.
Despite the banner proclaiming renovation, everything is the same as before, except for the dancers
on the stage near the entrance. Coyotes have made an appearance. There are two coyotes on the stage there. An unwelcome first for the bar.
There are now 76 bars with girls dancing in bikinis or less.
Tiger seems a long term middling sort of venue that most often gets mentioned in conjunction with its senior partners Shark and Fahrenheit.
It usually has 6-8 girls dancing which seems to be about half of the dancing girls available. They are
about an average team, but the Walking Street average is pretty good. The dress codes seems to be the common mix of topless and bikini clad.
The bar is a bit mixed in terms of friendly girls but not too bad. The long dancing stint can put a bit of
a dampener on budding romances though.
It is certainly a bar where I have had good times, but it not really consistent, due mostly to the restricted number of girls. It is worth a try though.
There is a cheap draft beer and other drinks
prices are near the top end of the 'reasonable' range.
OMG Club is located towards the Beach Road end of Soi 6.
The bar still has a minimal number of dancers, about enough for two shifts on stage of 3 or 4 girls at a time.
However the bar has now supplemented these with a few non-dancing
hostesses that offer a bit of company. This extra option for company seems to have increased the audience from one on the previous visit, to a handful this time.
On the negative side, there was no draft beer available. If a bar offers hit and miss
entertainment, then it could do with a cheap drink offering to make it worthwhile to give the bar a try for a quick look see.
But hopefully the hostessing idea will overcome inertia and allow the bar to build up a bit of momentum.
43 lady boys were rounded-up by Pattaya Police in the early hours of Wednesday.
Police and Volunteers began their sweep at the Northern end of Pattaya Beach and went straight through to the Bali Hai Port at the southern-end of Pattaya Beach and
escorted the detainees to Pattaya Police Station where they were profiled and later released after paying a fine of 100 Baht each for loitering in a public place.
Sapphire Lodge is located on Pratamnak Soi 4 (Soi Asia), a few metres from the beach.
The bar has evolved massively since I last visited. Previously it seemed to be set up as a gentlemen's club along the lines of Kinnaree or Exotica but a
previous lack of girls seems to have given the bar owners a chance for a rethink.
The bar has now recruited a very attractive team of girls that betters most bars in town in terms of lookers. The bar has also installed a dancing stage and may of
the girls take their turn as coyote dancers.
The bar now seems to have the feel of Club Blu or Papagayo. If you like this style of bar, then Sapphire Lounge should fit the bill admirably. May even be better, given the possibility of food provided
on several days of the week (to those spending 300+ Baht on drinks), and the very strong line up of girls.
However there is a downside, anyone (probably older guys) who finds that coyote girls are a bit unfriendly, or selective, or whatever, will
probably find the same here. That was my experience anyway.
Far East Rock is located at the Beach Road end of Soi 13/2 (Soi Post Office)
After a period of enthusiasm after being taken into new ownership, the bar seems to have peaked and gone into a bit of a decline.
There were four girls dancing
at a time, being either bikini clad or topless depending on the choice of the girls. Generally a bit below average, but there were two or three that could be beckoned over.
However they didn't seem overly keen on interacting with customers and
seemed to prefer huddling together at the back left of the bar, safely out of range of customer signals. Not a 100% policy though, a couple of girls seemed to find customers to chat to.
Cheap drinks and a general lack of aircon daytime competition
seems to keep the bar going during that period. But once the competition winds up in the evening, there are few that elect to drink at Far East Rock, and hence the early closing policy.
Spanky's has re-opened on central Soi Diamond presumably having got its paper work sorted or whatever.
The police are keeping a very close eye on the venue with frequent visits. So for the moment, bikinis rule the day. The bar will also have
to regain momentum as the bar was down to 3 or 4 dancers at about 10pm last night.
Also Silver Star 3 now has a re-opening date of 8th March.
There are now 76 Pattaya area bars with girls dancing in bikinis or less.
20th February 2012.
According to the bar, the number of girls has increased back up to about 18.
Perhaps somewhat surprisingly Submarine A-GoGo is my current favourite in the Soi Buakhao area.
It is probably a little small to be a totally consistent performer, as there are not really
enough girls in attendance to make up the numbers should there be a run on bar fines.
But on the other hand, the small size has its up side. In particular it means that the girls dance in good close proximity to the customers. And as a definite
improvement over its sister bars, MASH and Office it does not suffer from excess clothes and coyote dancing. There's very few clothes on show here.
The close proximity of the dancers also allows for easy requests for a bit of company from the
girls. And that makes for a friendly interactive sort of bar. A couple of the girls are quite hands on too.
And there are a few decent looking girls too. All is therefore pretty good, provided that there are sufficient girls in the bar.
A bit of rare visit as I have had little success with the girls. However the bar provided a pleasant environment for a beer.
There were about 10 girls on stage and a couple on show
podiums, albeit one of them just on the ledge around the side of the stage. The show girls were more or less naked with just a negligee for decoration. The dancers were bikini clad or topless. The girls were a little above average and several of them
were playing the audience well with a few smiles, and maybe checks for interest in a lady drink later on.
The service was notably good, with the little bonus of the girls bringing around dishes of savoury popcorn.
I reckon this rates as one
of the better 'watching' bars, but when it comes to something more interactive, then there is a knack that I haven't found yet. Some customers had found the secret though, so maybe just me.
A new beer bar area has appeared towards the southern end of Soi Buakhao.
Following the naming convention of Walking Street and Drinking Street, the new styles itself as Action Street.
It is located a couple of hundred metres from the
southern end of Soi Buakhao at Pattaya Tai (South Pattaya Road).
There are quite a few bars, but it is not the most obvious place for passing trade, as there is nothing particularly notable nearby. However a few other new bar areas on Soi
Buakhao may gradually draw people towards the south end.
S Silver Star 3 is Walking Street GoGo closest to the Beach Road end.
A few days after a police raid registering several transgression, the bar was closed with a police notice appearing on the door. The bar has added its own notice suggesting
'closed for renovations'. No doubt these will take more or less 30 days.
In the meantime may of the girls will relocate to the two Silver Star GoGos in Soi 7 and Soi 8. However a couple of hostesses are to be found in front of the GoGo and at the
bar just next to the entrance.
There are now 75 bars with girls dancing in bikinis or less.
Recently opened Spanky's on Soi Diamond has been hit with a police closure.
It is reported that this is a 30 day police closure order. Several rumours are doing the rounds as to the reason for the order, so for the moment this will be recorded
as for unknown reasons.
So now there are 77 bars with dancing bikini girls in the Pattaya area.
This includes a closure I had missed, being the Polo Entertainment striptease bar. I guess the previous Russian girls/crazy prices venue had put
an end to any great numbers of people climbing the stairs. And the return of the Polo format suffered from this past reputation.
U Too was a trend setting outdoor coyote bar located on 2nd Road opposite the Alcazar lady boy show theatre on 2nd Road in north Pattaya.
The bar was born from connections with the Atlantic Bar a couple of blocks further north. The bar was a
big hit and ideas conceived their went into the creation of the trend setting Club Blu on Soi Buakhao.
The bar was terminated when the block was emptied and is currently being redeveloped into shop units.
However the familiar logo is now to
be seen at the bar's new location on Drinking Street, a couple of blocks north of the North Pattaya Big C.
Police were out-in-force in the early hours of Saturday on Walking Street in South Pattaya continue their hard hitting campaign against Pattaya's bars.
The main focus of attention was on Silver Star 3 GoGo Bar on Walking Street where policemen
detained 20 people, 9 workers under the age of 18, 9 workers from Laos who did not possess work permits and two managers.
The policeman in charge warned that further checks on Bars in the South Pattaya area will take place and serious penalties
will be imposed if any illegal activities are found to have taken place.
130 Pattaya Policemen raided the popular Thai venue, Idol Pub on Third Road.
The raid was apparently sparked by reports of late opening. The venue was indeed open after hours and the venue was told to stop the music and turn on the lights
and prepare for individual searches of patrons and staff members. A total of 8 people failed urine tests.
The venue is expected to remain open for now.
Police raiding parties have also visited Soi 17 off the Tepprasit Road and the South
Naklua beer bar area.
Girls IDs were checked for age and nationality. All girls were over 18 and no foreign nationals were found. Despite this, 20 girls were taken to Pattaya Police Station for profiling and each of them were fined for
prostitution and then sent on their way.
Lighthouse A-GoGo is located towards the Beach Road End of Walking Street on the same side as near neighbour Casnovy A-GoGo.
The GoGo opened on 20th January 2012.
It is connected to the Fahrenheit, Shark Tiger chain and the drinks
prices are similar. However it has ratcheted up the draft beer price to 80 Baht (70 in the short Happy Hour). Soft drinks are 100 Baht, bottled beers are 130 Baht and standard lady drinks are 125 Baht. Barfines are normally 1000 Baht but at some offpeak
times they are 600.
The GoGo opened with about 15 dancers of which 6 were dancing at a time. Most were bikini clad, but some were topless.
It seems that the police have been closing all the bars early in Jomtien. There is now a general closure at 1am.
And several bars are spending the peak season month closed by order of the authorities for transgressing their miserable rules.
It seems very unfair to impose early closing in an area where it is so easy to get to the more fun loving Pattaya. Not only are the bars having to close at an hour when there is still plenty of trade, but also a large percentage of customers will decide
to spend the whole evening in Pattaya on the grounds they may want to drink after 1am.
Lighthouse A-GoGo set to open soon on Walking Street
Thanks to Ishi
Lighthouse A-GoGo is a few days behind on its open night and is now looking to open on the 20th January. It has installed an impressive piece of signage though. The bar looks quite narrow and doesn't go back as far as most.
Eazy A-GoGo has
re-opened on Soi 15. Just a small matter of getting enough dancers in to make it worthwhile.
On the other hand Club Relaxxx in Covent garden has been dropped from the GoGo list. It either has coyotes, or no girls at all. Either way it fails to
make the GoGo definition for the moment.
So there are still 78 bars with girls dancing in bikinis or less with No 79 to open in a few days time.
Baby Boom has re-opened. It is located on a small soi just off Soi Buakhao opposite Soi Honey.
I guess the bar is struggling with Pattaya's slight lack of girls at the moment. Maybe this rapid opening/closing will become a bit of
characteristic of the smaller bars. Perhaps even a new definition is required, bars can be open, closed, or open when sufficient staff.
For today at least, Pattaya's GoGo count is standing at a very healthy figure of 78.
Paradise A-GoGo opened just in time for New Year's Eve on Soi Buakhao. It is from the same gogo group as Kiss opposite.
I stopped by quite early during the week after New Year.
The first, middle and last impression is of the very high
centre stage. I haven't see one that high since Babe Watch, long since closed in the Covent Garden Complex. I cannot see the point of elevating the girls into the ceiling shadows. Surely closest is best in a GoGo bar.
Anyway there is a double bank
of tiered bench seating as the main viewing area. The lower tier has an even more neck craning angle than the high tier.
It is clearly early days for the bar and the dancer count was just 6. A couple were attractive enough though. 3 were
dancing at any one time. The basic dress code was gogo skirt and bikini top, but one girl has a string affair that nearly counts as nude.
There was a cheap draft at 55 Baht and the service girls were friendly.
Clearly too soon to
judge...but really that high stage...
Hot & Cold has moved more or less next door, into a venue that was once a restaurant. I am not exactly sure what the purposes of the move was but it certainly wasn't to transform into a brand spanking new state of the art venue. In fact
connoisseurs of the seedy dilapidation will be pleased to know that the new venue is little better than the old. And where the new bar may score a few points for a new stage and Jacuzzi, the bar loses a bucketful of points for poor design.
First of all the new bar is upstairs, not the most welcoming feature for a bar. Potential first timers can be a bit dubious about upstairs venues. And just to add atmosphere the Hot & Cold bar designers have specially imported the dirt and grime from the previous bar to decorate the stairway. Surely they could have spent a little cash on a mop and detergent.
Upstairs the bar is quite large with a reasonably attractive central stage and a large Jacuzzi installation. Maybe the bar ran out of cash after these two features as half the bar seems unfinished and undecorated.
There are comfortable
seats around the edges of the bar but most of these are badly placed and too far away from the stage. And in fact if there was a sudden surge of interest in the bar then there wouldn't be enough seats to cope.
I was a bit gobsmacked at the design
and atmosphere of the new place. Even my pretty drinking partner dancing on my lap commented that I looked a bit unhappy. I was wondering if the bar had much of a future. I've had some great times there and would hate to see it fade away.