The Avenue Mall on 2nd Road opposite Soi 13 has proclaimed the construction of the Fabulous Entertainment Complex.
Unfortunately the plans do not include anything along the lines of GoGo bars and beer bars.
Instead there are two new elements to the Fabulous Entertainment. Firstly a new swish looking awning style roof is being built over the courtyard. This will then be used as an open air but covered concert area. No doubt for the traditional live
band style open air bar.
Secondly the floor above where the phone shops are is to become a large open area for pubs, ie bars with no girls. Presumably they will be targeting Russian couples, I don't suppose the idea will have much appeal to many westerners in Pattaya.
Queen Club is a new gogo from the makers of the popular Iron Club on Walking Street. It opened on 26th May 2012.
I stopped by at about 10pm on a weekday evening.
The bar is immediately impressive as a large, stylish bar, designed as per several of the newer Walking Street GoGos. It is as large as a GoGo can be with a fashionable long and narrow central stage.
There is bench seating down the sides. There's also a small stage with over dressed girls and a Jacuzzi with under dressed girls.
The central stage was crammed quite full with dancers. There were two basic teams, one in bikinis (not a single girl dancing topless) and these were switching with a team of over dressed coyotes.
There are also shows which seem to have impressed with pole acrobatics for one show and the girls getting naked in another show.
There were plenty of girls being interactive. I was approached by a knowledgeable girl who I first met years ago in Ark A-Gogo (before it got flooded out). We had a good chat but she was a bit hardened in the lady drink demands department.
Actually this was maybe as you would expect from a Walking Street GoGo like Iron being cloned in LK Metro.
The drinks prices are well set for the bar to muscle in on the existing LK Metro trade. The quality of the shows and generally attractive girls will also shake up the local competition.
On the other hand it was all a bit let down by the excess of clothing and perhaps a feeling that it will attract slightly harder and pricier girls.
The first thing I noticed was the rather confusing drinks price set up on the welcome boards. The bar seems to lack the simplicity of a cheap draft beer price. Not that the bottled beer prices are overly pricey. But somehow if that cheap beer
welcome board is missing then it signals that drinks prices are going to be high. There is a happy hour where beer prices were reduced and house spirits are 2 for 1.
Inside there were 4 girls dancing at time wearing bikinis. But that is not quite the full picture, they were wearing bikinis over the top of solid bras. It looked ridiculous. Presumably there was some sort of compromise where the bar wanted
bikinis and the girls didn't.
However one improvement over my last visit was that the girls were being very pro-active in seeking out a bit of company and no doubt, some lady drinks. It made the bar feel quite GoGo like and quite lively.
Now if only they could persuade the dancers to dispense with their bras.
A new GoGo for the southern stretch of Soi Buakhao?
25th June 2012
Pattaya-at-Night is reporting that there is a new GoGo taking shape on Soi Buakhao. It is said to have a clinic theme.
It is being built in the Blue Rantree Complex which is a new beer bar complex perhaps half way between the Soi LK Metro area and South Pattaya Road.
There are two new beer bar complexes in that area but they don't seem to have drawn many people south from Soi LK Metro yet. Perhaps a GoGo will help.
A previous attempt on the area with an earlier Paradise A-GoGo didn't quite stay the distance. GoGos need to be in a group so that customers can try somewhere else, should there be nothing that catches the eye.
The bar has a banner proclaiming the name Rehab but this doesn't actually mention GoGo. Instead it just says that it will be called Rehab Bar and Lounge.
The Lounge is located on The Square on Pratamnak. The Square is a few metres away from Soi 4 and has a large Harley shop as an obvious landmark.
I stopped by The Square on Pratamnak to check out the state of the Eye Candy coyote bar. However the dodos had replaced the unfriendly girls there, so I thought I would take a peek at the Lounge Bar just a couple of doors away.
Its a smart looking bar and it seemed quite popular with some smart looking people. First impressions were of an expensive hotel bar or perhaps a golf club members bar. I ordered my drink (which was not expensive) and had a closer look.
In fact it was quite a social place where customers come for a chat. Many seemed to know each other so were presumably locals. The customers included a few farang ladies hence adding to the social feel of the venue.
There is a lounge seating area and a pool room. Then there is a VIP lounge that seems modelled on a Victorian London Gentlemen's club where Times reading gents chat about cricket whilst butlers ply them with cigars and port.
Although the bar had quite a social feel, there are still a few bar girls dotted around for the gents in need of a bit of company.
Although a little slow to warm to the place, I noted that guy running the show was doing a great job in ensuring that things were running smoothly. A few friendly words here, and a bit of shepherding of the girls to ensure they were taking care
By going home time I was convinced and had become a regular.
Happiness A-GoGo is located at the centre of Soi 7. The venue was previously Tiger and before that Tattoo.
The bar has a rectangular stage with 6 poles and normally occupied by 6-8 coyote dancers. It also has a small cage/shower show area and usually empty. Customer seating is along the walls and on stools at tables, and stools around the stage.
During the hourly shows which lasted for about 15-20 minutes, dancers were topless and there were also lesbian nudes. The cage also provided a very enthusiastic lesbian show which even had all the staff watching.
As for the promised 50 girls, the bar has maybe 20 dancers. The rest were service staff and freelancers?
Bottled beer was 110 Baht. No draft was available.
The opening was very rushed. It was too busy and very disorganized with no signage inside and TV's not working.
And as a bit of a landmark for Pattaya it is the 80th bar with at least some girls dancing in bikinis or less.
Happiness A-GoGo is taking shape at the centre of Soi 7. It will occupy the venue that was an indoor bar and coyote bar going by the names Tattoo and Tiger.
It is due to open on the 19th June although the workmen suggest later.
Interestingly the bar is announcing an opening with 50+ girls. This is probably well too hopeful for a new bar, but perhaps it indicates that the bar is related to an existing bar so that it can borrow the girls for the opening.
As I entered a show was in progress. It was a nicely put together choreographed show which was entertaining enough. It had a little bit of striptease feel about it though, with several acts featuring just fleeting nudity at the last minute.
After the show, the dancers slid down the poles for a GoGo spot. It was good to see that topless was more or less mandatory. Actually a few of the dancers that were mingling with customers after dancing maintained their topless attire. The stage
was packed with girls and it made for a good intermission spectacle.
I have heard a lot about hassle from the service staff to drink quickly, but none of this occurred during my visit. The service girls were properly attentive but were perfectly relaxed and friendly.
The bar was about a third full and emptied out at the end of show sets but then gradually filled up in anticipation of the next set.
A perfectly pleasant visit and an excellent place to go when in the company of someone who doesn't need to know about the extremes of Pattaya nightlife.
Happiness A-GoGo is taking shape at the centre of Soi 7. It will occupy the venue that was an indoor bar and coyote bar going by the names Tattoo and Tiger. It is due to open on the 19th June.
A new GoGo on Soi LK Metro is imminent. It looks pretty smart and is just a couple of doors north of MASH A-GoGo.
And in the longer term a new, the Fabulous Entertainment Complex is under construction at the courtyard of The Avenue Shopping Center. The venue is for beer bars and GoGos. It is located on 2nd Road opposite Soi 13.
Queen Club has now introduced a draft beer priced at 60 baht all night. The GoGo will surely provide some welcome competition for other GoGos on the soi, particularly those that are more coyote than GoGo.
The Office is located at the bend of Soi LK Metro.
I stopped by around 9pm. It was not an impressive visit.
There were only coyote dancers and they were well covered up with shorts and solid bras and so on. There were just three girls dancing at a time with a rotation of 1 per song.
The dancers were in actually quite attractive though.
There wasn't much in the way of interaction of dancers with customers either.
And as is often the case when a bar employs coyotes, the service girls were the best bet for company. My friendly waitress kindly pointed out the there were a couple of more revealing girls just about to start a Jacuzzi show and that maybe the
coyotes get a bit more friendly as the evening wears on.
For all the hype about Soi LK Metro as the next Walking Street, the soi seems to have a general problem with a high proportion of over-dressed and under-friendly dancers. My advice to flesh seekers is to stick to Kiss, Paradise and Submarine.
Police checked the licenses of each venue and the ID of the girls to ensure that no minors were working in the bars. No irregularities were found and the police turned their attentions to drug tests. Over 100 women and transsexuals were urine
tested with 60 of them failing the test which led to their arrest.
The 50 women and 10 transsexuals were later transferred to Pattaya Police Station and charged with class 1 drug consumption offences. The majority of the arrestees claimed they failed the tests as they were taking prescribed medication.
New York New York is located on Soi Marine Plaza at the venue that was once Coyotee's A-GoGo.
It is part coyote bar, part show bar, part night club surely targeted at tourists rather than expats. It is reported to be the same owners as Moon Club.
Thanks to Ishi:
I have visited twice since Songkran. I saw about 20 dancers in the bar each night. 5 dancers on the main stage. There are 2 big wine glasses (which are half filled with water) right and left of the main stage. Each glass has 1 dancer. All
dancers are coyotes.
They have 2 shows which begin from midnight. One is topless (some use pasties) with 5 Thai ladies, the other is underwear/bikinis by 3 East European ladies. 1 or 2 European dancers dance off the stage (to collect tips).
There is draught beer at 65B, soft drinks are 100B, bottled beer is120B and lady drinks are 160B. Bar Fines are 1500-1800B (1000B after midnight)
Wait staff t-shirts say New York New York A Go Go. But it's difficult to say that this really qualified as a GoGo.
The shows just about squeeze the bar into the GoGo definition, so there are now 79 bars in the Pattaya area with girls dancing in bikinis or less.
But that aside, there have been a few changes since the last update.
Lovejoys has given way to Wet Dream. It was previously an open bar but now the front wall has been restored.
Kiss Kool has had the same idea and have just restored their front wall. I'm not sure if this will change the way the bar operates or not, but it will have to wait until the end of Songkran before I give it a look. The bar is now under new
Ruby Club has re-opened more or less the same as before, except that this inside bar is now signed as something naughty and enticing. Again something to try once the water madness has dried up.
Sky Bar has been dark for a while and is sporting a for rent or sale sign.
One of Pattaya's long running soapy massage parlours in north Pattaya has closed. Sabai Land has closed on the corner of 2nd Road and Soi 3. Two nearby sister parlours, Sabai Rooms and Sabai Dee will no doubt pick up the slack.
Soapy massage parlours don't quite seem to make the same impact in Pattaya as they do in Bangkok. Pattaya reviewers generally report that is something to try once but repeated visits soon get to be a bit mechanistic.
Pattaya at Night reports that the venue is being renovated and will re-open after extensive rework.
There is a royal funeral on Monday 9th of June. The bars have been asked to turn off the lights and music for 3 days from the 8th to the 10th. This seems to mean that the main gogos, coyote bars and discos will be closed for those 3 days.
However it seems that the beer bars will be allowed to remain open in a low key way.
Maybe the 3 days off will spill over into a welcome long break for the girls who like to go home for Songkran (official holidays stretching over 13-17th, and water being thrown from 11th-19th).
So a 12 day break from the GoGos for those who choose to avoid the water madness.
There seems to be a bit of buzz that the GoGos will try for a re-opening on 10th.
There was plenty of music on TV on the 8th so its not a total prohibition. It looks like entertainment programmes will be banished from TV on the day of the funeral itself, on the 9th.