Las Vegas III has just opened up at the centre of Soi Yamato (Soi 13/1).
I visited the new Las Vegas III a few nights before Las Vegas I was closed for renovation.
The bar is styled as a traditional Soi 13 area gogo. It has a central
stage probably big enough for up to 5 dancers. One side of the bar has bench seating. The other side of the bar is designed to cater for more of a hangout crowd. The seats are high stools round small tables making it a little easier for groups of mates
to have a chat.
I usually describe bench seating as 'comfortable seating' but in this case it isn't. It looks like there are cushions, but in the fact the seats are uncomfortably hard.
There were quite a few girls in the bar and they were
well above the Soi 13 standard. Perhaps the bar is making a special efforts in the early days of opening.
The girls were dancing 3 at a time and were adopting all the dress options between bikinis and nothing.
I'm not sure that the girls
were hands on friendly though, certainly none of the half dozen customers had started the ball rolling on that score.
It is probably not worth making any judgements as yet especially the bar has now temporarily been joined by the girls of Las
Vegas 1. However the bar has started with some attractive girls so that should make a good basis for a new bar.
It was a gentlemen's club which was pleasant enough but never really built up the required momentum.
It has been reported that the bar will be sold and will revert to housing.
strikes me that the main failing of gentlemen's clubs is that they lack a convenient way for customers to select the girls. Soi 6 works because customers select the girl on entry, and GoGos work because the girls circulate via dancing, and make
themselves available for selection. In gentlemen's clubs, it is far more random and it is left to the girls to either hide away in the background or select the customers according to their wishes and pecking order. This makes it very hit or miss for
customers, and I suspect mostly miss. This in turn seems to reduce the customer base to those guys coming along mostly for a chat with their mates.
Only Kinnaree has been able to build up enough momentum to provide the quantity of girls and the
circulation required to make such a venture work for short time pursuits. Perhaps it is a natural monopoly where both customers and girls are attracted to the venue with the most momentum and it is hard for others to break into the market.
The Winchester Gun Club is one of the original daytime bars pre-dating gentlemen's clubs. It has been continuing in South Jomtien on Soi Wat Boon. However it has become a little shabby and is now closed for renovation.
The bar will re-open in
November and it is promising that it will be a new club.
Private Dancer is already running in the Soi 15 venue that was previously ToyZ.
From Private Dancer:
We bought the old Toyz bar from Robert and also bought the small bar next door called Easy Room. Builders are on site to
renovate easy room that will include more seating, a Jacuzzi and play mat area. The two bars will be knocked into one hopefully by next week.
The new format will be standard gogo bar with bar fines at Bt6/7/800 and all bar fines
300 after 1.30pm. There will be no agency girls in the bar.
Manager and co-owner Ricky used to work in Babydolls next door is on hand every night.
Happy hour draft bt45 from 8-10pm and most bottled beers
are bt70 to 115
2 new gogos on Walking Street and the return of an oldie
2nd September 2012
Thanks to Ishi
Two new GoGos are taking shape on Walking Street.
There is an unnamed GoGo at the north corner of Walking Street and Soi 14. The bar is now advertising for dancers to start work in October.
The second new GoGo is on Walking Street next door to Nui's Club 2. It is now displaying a recruitment banner with the name Ginza A-GoGo. Mr Google reveals that this is an upmarket shopping area in Tokyo, so presumably this gives a clue to the target
And news from the downmarket end of the scale, Smile Rock Girls A-GoGo re-opened on Soi 15 after a short renovation.
So whilst we are waiting for the newcomers to get going, there are 81 existing bars in Pattaya featuring girls
dancing in bikinis or less.
X-Zone is located upstairs in the Covent Garden Complex on Soi 16.
I stopped by at prime time to check on the bar now that Phil has moved onto Baby Dolls.
The bar seemed to be doing quite nicely with: a
fair spattering of customers; a particularly lively group in one of the bays; and most of the dancing points being occupied. The area with the large stage was pretty much deserted by customers though.
There was some decent looking
girls. And the dress code averages just one piece.
For some reason the naughty table was lacking in custom. There were a few props at hand suggesting that the naughtiness continues when the demand arises.
New manager John stopped by with a friendly greeting.
There were some friendly service girls on hand too.
All seemed well except for just one thing. The dancers were spread a bit thinly and there weren't enough girls left on hostess duty to share a drink with.
Actually this is more or less a permanent characteristic of X-Zone so I have rarely stayed for more than a quick look.
So I moved rapidly downstairs to the rather Good Club Relaxxx, where there were enough girls on hand to tempt
to stay for the rest of the evening.
Nui's 2 is located on Walking Street nearly opposite Soi Diamond
I stopped by and the bar was totally bereft of customers. I ordered a beer anyway and was soon double teamed by a pretty girl and her mom (well old enough to be
her mom anyway).
The bar is a little bit hasslesome but not in a nasty way. I have occasionally had a good time there, but the odds of this are not great. I have met some interesting girls there and it is sometimes worth a draft
beer to take a look see.
The Nui's group has wide range of styles, from the mega success and attractive girls at Airport to some of the most notables dives on Walking Street, not to mention the ping pong show bar at Playgirls.
Sometimes it is this disparity of bars that spawns some of the hasslesome characteristics. The girls in Nui's are well aware of what the girls at Airport can get away with, and maybe set their sights, expectations, (and prices)
On a previous visit I had a fascinating chat with a girl who also preys on Asian coach party tourists at Playgirls. On this occasion, I couldn't shake the mom, so made a rapid departure. I'll give it another
Shark is located upstairs on Soi Diamond also with an entrance in Soi 15.
As I entered I let myself be guided to a seat by the obliging service staff and sat down to enjoy a beer.
After observing the
bar for a while I noted that the bar seems to have a two tier customer service scheme going on. Or maybe just coincidence. All customers guided to seating on the Soi 15 side of the bar were immediately greeted with a pretty girl offering her services.
Customers guided to the Soi Diamond side of the bar seemed to be left to sit alone, mostly undisturbed by the girls. The criteria seemed to be based on age, and/or perceived cash resources.
So there I was
sitting on the lonely side, but it gave me a chance to survey the bar in peace.
There were two shifts of girls working with about a dozen in each shift. The girls were wearing from bikinis to nothing. A good show on the nudity
front. There were several very pretty girls too. So good standards on the dancing front.
I spotted one girl who looked familiar and she obligingly came across to the darkside for a chat. I recognised her from the old table dancing
incarnation of Shark Club, and we had a good time reminiscing about the old version of the bar. It had a lot more character then, and was quite hands on. But saying that the current version seemed to be doing quite well in terms of customers, and is
probably more popular then before. So one has got to move with the times.
Anyway I enjoyed a couple of drinks before it was time for her to dance. She let me know that she would be gone some time, 30 minutes in fact, so I
made my excuses and departed.
Surely I will make a rapid return to the bar, and I will be experimenting to see if the ushers try to shunt me to the darkside again.
Beer Bar at the 2nd Road end of Soi 6 is undergoing a short and well needed refurbishment.
The bar has new owners as per the Soi 6 Corner Bar on the opposite corner. The Corner Bar is very popular so the Bee Bar should be in good hands.
Another bar changing hands is Nightwish Bar. This bar was recently refurbished and is now owned by the owners of Pattaya Addicts forum. Another bar that should be in good hands. The bar is located in quite a 'hardcore' section of the street, being next to Lisa Bar and Red Point.
Taxes for liquor and cigarettes were increased yesterday, with government officials projecting the tax hikes will generate an additional 12 billion baht in revenue for the state each year.
The boost in excise taxes for liquor and cigarettes is
also expected to reduce consumption by increasing consumer prices.
Cabinet members approved an increase in taxes for white spirits to 150 baht per litre of 100% alcohol content, up from 120 baht previously. For blended spirits, the tax was
increased to 350 baht per litre of 100% alcohol content, up from 300 baht previously.
Cigarette excise taxes, meanwhile, were increased to 87%, up from 85% previously.
Officials estimate that store prices for Marlboro cigarettes should
increase by eight baht per pack, six baht for Mild Seven cigarettes and six baht for Krong Thip cigarettes.
Benja Louichareon, director-general of the Excise Department said that the tax hikes were relatively limited as many rates already were at
or near the ceiling permitted under the law. Sharp increases could result in more smuggling or tax evasion, she said, adding the Excise Department favoured an overhaul of the entire excise tax structure to allow current rate ceilings to be increased.
Club Nevada is located at the Beach Road end of Soi 13/2 (Soi Post Office)
The bar is still ticking over in its minimalist sort of way. Its probably the weakest of the clutch of GoGos in this soi and next. Far East Rock scores as a hangout bar
while Hot & Cold and Las Vegas offer the best hands on fun.
Las Vegas generally has 3 or 4 dancers at a time and 3 or 4 more waiting their turn. The dress code is nude, topless or bikini depending on the girl. The music is oldie rock and it
doesn't inspire the dancers very much.
The girls are friendly enough, but sometimes they seem to prefer to vanish off upstairs or outside rather than looking after customers.
Drinks are cheap though, and overall the bar provides a pleasant rather
than enthralling experience.
Airport A-GoGo is located on Walking Street opposite Soi Diamond.
I have rarely had a worthwhile visit to Airport in peak time. Mainly because the bar is too popular, and I tend to avoid the crowds.
On an unexpected afternoon visit,
inspired by being caught in a downpour, the 'crowd' was limited to just 2 customers.
There were 8 ladies on duty, none of whom would likely make the grade for the night time shift. They were dancing 3 at a time in way too many clothes.
for some reason, that I cynically put down to well schooled hassle, I was approached by a double team of girls. These were well experienced girls and there was absolutely no reason why they should need to hold hands with someone else.
rain had cleared by the time I had finished my drink and I rapidly moved on.
Airport may score highly in the nighttime league, but its flounders in the relegation zone in the afternoon league.
ToyZ A-GoGo has been open on Soi 15 since December of last year. However the bar has now become Private Dancer A-GoGo .
It is not yet clear what is behind the change but for the moment everything seems pretty much the same as
The Private Dancer name has been used once before on Walking Street. In the dim distant past, the venue that is now Guugle used the name.
Meanwhile on Soi LK Metro the new and smart looking multi level dance bar is now sporting a
sign proclaiming the bar to be called Showgirls. The last I heard, the bar will open as a coyote bar just as soon as it can recruit enough staff.
Update: Eazy Private
16th August 2012.
The builders are
in at Eazy bar next door to Private Dancer/ToyZ. The reports are that the two bars will be merged to make for a more viably sized bar than the two constituents.
Update: Who's In Charge?
17th August 2012.
reported on the Pattaya Forums that Robert the previous ToyZ owner has sold his stake in the bar.
Also Ricky, previously the long running manager at Baby Dolls is now at Private Dancer.
Alcatraz A-GoGo is located on Walking Street between Soi 14 and Soi 15.
The bar is making a few changes. First of all the 2000 Baht agency models have been given the push and barfines are now in the 600-800 Baht range.
Secondly the bar
is emphasising its shows. The welcome staff now have boards advertising the next shows in 10 minutes or whatever. The bar is adopting the acrobatic pole show as introduced by Iron Club (and also seen in sister bar Queen Club on Soi LK Metro).
does seem a wise move as there are many more passers by these days more into shows than barfines. Also one has to notice that the existing show bars of Amgelwitch and What's Up are the bars that can get away with the highest drinks prices.
And all passed on to the customer at the new Rehab coyote bar
11th August 2012
A new coyote bar has opened on Soi Buakhao in front of the Blue Rahtree Beer Bar Complex. This is located at about a third of the way along Soi Buakhao starting from the south end at Pattaya Tai.
The bar is very nicely presented with a good view
of the central stage from comfortable seating.
The dancers are strictly coyote, and are decent looking agency dancers that come with an expensive bar fine of 1500 Baht. There are reports that the agency girls and high barfines may be a temporary
measure whilst the bar employs its own dancers. The music is loud.
The drinks are priced at high end Walking Street levels with no draft, 120-130 bottled beer and 130 Baht lady drinks. And of course these will be just about the highest in the
area, as the Soi Buakhao area is typically cheaper then Walking Street.
And unsurprisingly the high prices have been the talking point on Pattaya's forums. First impressions and all that!
Clinic A-GoGo is located on Soi 7 near Beach Road.
I stopped by in Happy Hour when draft beer was 59 Baht. This is perhaps a little too early for a full review, and the bar may be better at peak time.
The bar had some pretty girls on stage and is above average on that front. There were about 5 girls on stage at a time, and there were enough girls in the bar for 2 shifts. There was one topless dancer and the rest were bikini clad.
There was also a less clothed lady soaping herself down in a Jacuzzi.
The girls were ignoring the customers though. After dancing some of the girls would get dressed and go and join the welcome crew out
The attractive girls on stage made for a pleasant drink, but the lack of interaction soon had me moving on.
Club Oasis is located on Soi Buakao just down from the junction with Soi Leng Kee and Soi Diana.
I have neglected the long running Club Oasis for a while due to the distractions of seeing how the proliferation of new bars is
getting on. But on a recent visit Oasis is still doing fine.
It offers more or less the same mix as it has done for a while. Certainly less customers than in the past, but from my slightly selfish view, this was a good thing.
There was a better chance of a little company.
The bar still had a stage full of dancers organised in two teams. The dress code is bikini or less, with no signs of coyotes. There were several attractive girls on the stage in both
The Tina Turner look alike mamasang was back in charge. And from my observations she generally brings a bit of life to a bar.
I'm not sure whether the decline in customers is seasonal, or a
reflection of the western world going bankrupt; or else an upsurge in nearby competing gogos. However, I don't think any of the new bars have brought anything particularly new that will dominate the area. So I think Oasis, keeping to its long running way
of doing things, will continue doing just fine.
I visited quite early in the evening a day or two before a police raid, so things may have changed.
Everything seemed to be ticking along quite nicely. the
bar had fair amount of girls and customers, but was not really what you would call busy.
There were 5 dancers on the central stage at anyone time. They were wearing various amounts of clothes but typically less clothes than the
average for Soi LK Metro, where coyote dancers abound.
There were several girls that were well attractive and the rest were probably average. Surely not a bad line up.
The were several girls doing the
rounds looking for customers to entertain, and there were several that seemed to prefer hiding away in the dressing rooms. Most customers seemed to have been given an offer of company so good marks on the hostessing front.
prices were reasonable.
It Would be a shame if the venue has been messed up by the police visit.
The Lounge Bar is located on the square with the Harley Shop on Pratamnak, a few metres from Soi 4.
The bar has now been extended with a large new area appearing to the right of the bar (as pictured). It has plenty of new comfortable seating, a
pool table and an extended bar counter.
From my perspective the new extension has been a big mistake. My previous visit at the unextended bar was a success possibly because of the small size. The management wandering around the bar seemed well in
control of tight ship. There was nowhere or the girls to hide, and the manager was aware of how the customers were faring.
In the bigger bar, customers in search of girls were left totally ignored as the 4 pretty girls of the bar were enjoying
themselves playing on the new pool table. Not once did they cast their eyes around the bar to see if there was any work to do. Older girls didn't seem invited to this pool party and were still being customer friendly though.
But maybe this little
criticism is not a major issue for the bar. It does seem to be a popular bar with those not necessarily seeking girly company. And in fact the newly extended bar counter was a big hit. Plenty of customers enjoying a chinwag there.
The bar is very
much worth a look, and I am sure that the management will have broken up the exclusive pool party by now, so adding four pretty girls into the mix.
It is a very narrow bar with a bar counter down one side. The seating is mostly comfortable swivel bar stools facing the bar counter. There are a few
more similar seats down the other side of the bar.
The bar has three or four podiums behind the bar of which 2 were occupied by topless dancers. They were more or less at opposite ends of the bar and this limited customers view to watching just
one dancing girl. And for the moment the dancers were nothing to write home about.
There is a draft beer at 69 Baht and bottled beers are around 110 Baht.
As a GoGo it pretty much a write-off, but thankfully this is not the whole story. The
bar is perhaps better thought of as a hostess bar.
As I entered a girl was attached to me via some unseen protocol and acted as my escort for the visit. She was an attractive girl, well talented in the art of small talk, and she made for a
There seemed to be quite a few girls sitting around that didn't look like dancers, so presumably the hostess thing will be a key part of the Papa GoGo experience.