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.
It always 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
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.
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
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.
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 before.
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.
It is 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).
It 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
And unsurprisingly the high prices have been the talking point on Pattaya's forums. First impressions and all that!
The mamasang of Paradise A-GoGo on Soi LK Metro has been arrested after a police sting.
Police claimed to have received a report that Paradise was a front for prostitution and set a trap by sending an undercover foreigner snitch to visit the bar.
After a deal was struck with the mamasang, the man was directed to an apartment complex opposite the bar in the company of a 16 year old girl. Police then raided the apartment and found 16 other women in the apartment, including three similarly
She said some of the girls failed to provide their identity cards when she asked, but insisted that they were above 18.
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 pleasant visit.
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.