Glamour A-GoGo recently opened in the Bali Hai Complex at the southern end of Walking Street.
The bar was closed on Christmas day with a hand written notice proclaiming that it would be re-opening soon.
It has been closed since.
Hopefully just for a short time, the GoGo count drops to 90.
30th December 2012. Thanks to Ishi
Glamour A-GoGo is now set to re-open on 5th January.
Obviously a bit of a disaster to miss out on the peak season week between Christmas and New Year. There's been no explanation of the closure. A Guess maybe that agency dancer fees have a peak season premium too.
Miami A-GoGo opened on Soi 13/2 (Soi Post Office). The venue was previously that used by Hot & Cold before it moved
I stopped by in the early evening and it was all very disappointing.
The bar is quite traditionally laid out with a smallish central stage. There is comfortable bench seating to the right, a little bench seating to the left, but for the most part there is a long bar counter with a few swivel stools.
The bar looks a little incomplete as there is a large unused space behind the central stage. Perhaps space for a Jacuzzi stage or something later. But in the meantime it leaves a lot of the back right bench seating overlooking exactly nothing.
There were just 2 dancers taking turns and each were dancing for 3 songs. Topless was the dress code. The dancers were below average. There were however 2 other bikini clad girls who were excused dancing for some reason. One was below below average, but
the other was attractive. However she was enjoying a chat with her friend rather than doing anything that may improve customer experience in the bar.
Draft beer was 50 Baht but that has already been reduced from the 60 Baht reported at the opening, a few days ago.
All very dreadful but at least its bound to better next time.
A 23-year-old Thai man was fatally shot outside the Silver Star 2 GoGo bar on soi 7.
The victim may have been accidentally shot by a gunman, who apparently meant to kill his drinking companion. Others opened fire on the gunman as he ran down soi 7, wounding him seriously as he collapsed.
When police reached the scene, they found one victim lying on the ground in a pool of blood, crying out in pain. He had been shot four times: in his right shoulder, stomach, in the middle of his back, and under his right armpit.
The officers checked on two more victims, including one who was fatally shot. The dead victim was shot on his left cheek bone, and also through his left ribs, with the bullet severing an artery in his heart and killing him.
After initial investigation by police, it appeared that the killer had armed himself with a gun to seek revenge on another man over a previous dispute. The man who was killed was drinking with the intended victim.
Then other men with guns shot the killer four times as he was trying to run away and escape down soi 7.
Update: High Noon! +/- 12 hours
29th December 2012. From Thai Visa
with thanks to Dick Farang
Dick Farang noted that local press reports put the time of the shooting at 5pm and 4am.
However an eye witness added his experience to the Thai Visa forum and noted that the shooting occurred at around 3am:
OK as I was there I will put this story straight. We went inside the bar at around 3.00am (approx) We herd about 3 pops outside and I saw the security run inside, one had blood coming out of his neck. It turned out to be a flesh wound. within a min all
the staff were armed and went out.
We left about 5 mins later and outside there were at least 20 Thais arguing. At this point I did not see anyone fatally wounded outside like several stories have suggested. Apparently the fatality was shot in the head. Well I do not think he was shot in
the head with the initial 3 shots anyway otherwise I would have seen him floored outside! We walked away and the police sirens where coming from the top and bottom of the soi. So all this secondary shooting must have erupted in the presence of the police
as the guy lay on the beach road looked very similar to one of the Thais who was arguing outside.
To me it seems a second bout of shooting must have started shortly after we got off. It was like the gun fight at the OK coral, EVERYONE was carrying.
It seems a bit of a race against time but Sugar Baby A-GoGo is looking to open tonight (24th December). It is located on the corner of Walking Street
and Soi 14 and has ownership connections with Windmill on Soi Diamond.
It'll be the 91st GoGo in the Pattaya area when it opens.
Meanwhile a surprise drop in drinks prices just at the start of the peak Christmas season. Lighthouse and Mandarin are now offering all time draft beer at 70B, down in peak time from the previous 80 Baht.
Update: Christmas Opening
25th December 2012. Thanks to Ishi
Sugar Baby failed to make Christmas Eve, but is now set to open on Christmas day at 7pm
Hot and Cold is located at the 2nd Road end of Soi 13/2 (Soi Post Office)
Hot and Cold has moved downstairs since my last visit. Having to climb the stairs in the remote hope of finding an attractive dancer to sit on your lap proved too much for most customers, and the GoGo had dwindled to almost nothing.
The new area is very small, very cheap, and very traditional Hot & Cold. There is probably only enough seating for 8 customers (and their fondle slabs).
At least being downstairs, there were a steady stream of people sticking their heads round the door for a gander. Actually a few stayed for a beer too.
The bar has also invested in a new sign.
And the best surprise of all was that there were 2 attractive dancers out of the 6 in attendance.
The small bar seems cuddlier and friendlier than before, and I was tempted to stay for the odd half dozen beers by one of the attractive girls on hand.
Understandably Hot and Cold has many detractors (probably the vast majority of GoGo goers), but if you are willing to shoo away the oldies, then I usually find there is plenty of good fun to be had.
Utopia A-GoGo is located on the corner of Walking Street and Soho Square.
The venue has now been renamed Upstairs A-GoGo but it is not yet sure if there has been a change of management.
There are now nominally 87 GoGos on the Pattaya list but this figure is need of a re-count as there have been several recent chjanges.
Update: More Fun
20th November 2012. From Upstairs A-GoGo
The new renovated Upstairs Agogo Bar has a big Cacuzzi with shower now where customers can play with the girls and enjoy.
There's a new bar Slogan: We have sexy girls and serve ice cold drinks .
Drink specials include an all night promotion: buy 1 get 1 free on house whiskey, rum, vodka, or gin for just 119 baht. The bar has introduced cocktails and an extended range of mixers and beverages. They also offer a late hour special
from 02-03 am (all bottled beers for 69 baht)
Halo A-GoGo takes over where Lollipop A-GoGo left off
5th November 2012
Thanks to Ishi
Halo A-GoGo is located on Walking Street towards the Beach Road end.
Halo Club changed its name to Halo A-GoGo on 4th November.
I saw 11 dancers in the bar. Dancers are from Lollipop and they have the same number plates when they worked at Lollipop. Two bottomless ladies were in a Jacuzzi and half of the dancers on the stage were topless.
draught beer was 59B(all night).
Barfines: Coyotes (they all dance outside): 1500B (1000B after midnight)
GoGo dancers (they all dance inside): 800B(600B after midnight)
There are now 88 bars in the Pattaya area with girls dancing in bikinis or less.
Club Oasis on Soi Buakhao has changed name and now bears the moniker The Club A-GoGo. However it has retained 'Oasis' in its tagline: An Oasis in Pattaya.
It is not yet clear as to the reason for the change. One suspects that it will be known as Oasis for some time to come. "The Club" is not a very useful name as it is simply not clear in speech or typing as to what is being referred to.
Not good for Google searches either.
The builders at Ginza A-GoGo have completed and the bar opened on 15th October. The bar is located next to Nui's Club 2 on Walking
Street. And for background Ginza is a smart Tokyo shopping area.
On an opening night visit there were 25-30 dancers in the bar and most of them were coyotes.
They have another stage on the upper floor, but it's not opened yet.
No drinks menu, no draught beer, no prices displayed outside.
Soft drinks are 95B, Bottled beer is 125B and bar fines are 600B. There is an early happy hour from 7:45pm to 9:00pm
The bar will take a week or so of soft opening to work out how it will operate.
Assuming that "mostly coyote" implies that some girls were dancing in bikinis then there are now 87 bars in the area with girls dancing in bikinis or less. An all time high and will creep higher in the next few days.
Update: Early Last Orders
23rd October 2012. Thanks to Ishi
Ginza have come up with an original idea. The bar now serves draft beer during the bar's short happy hour until 9pm. The option is then hastily removed from the drinks menu for the rest of the evening.
It all sounds a bit mixed up. What's the point of attracting customers looking for a cheap drink and then totally pulling the rug on them a few minutes later?
Paradise A-GoGo has new owners who are well known in Walking Street where they own Sweethearts A-GoGo.
Johan has now outlined the vision for Paradise and it is to provide traditional GoGo pleasures with plenty of nudity and good value drinks prices. Expensive coyotes and agency models are not going to be found in Paradise.
Connections are hoping that customers will find a girl or two that are attractive enough to barfine, and that expectations for compensation will be reasonable. Drinkers will hopefully find a girl or two that is fun and friendly, and drinks
prices will be reasonable enough to make for an enjoyable visit.
The previous friendly manager Paul is continuing in the job.
Hooty's Showgirls re-opened on 5th October on Walking Street next to Roxy and Insomnia.
However is has now become a pussy tricks show bar targeting tourist couples.
It has an entrance charge covering the first drink and seems to be part of the chain that operates the similar Playgirls and Hot Girls. (The same owners also run GoGos targeting farang guys, such as Airport and Nui's Club 2).
Hooty's was previously a long running GoGo that specialised in sexy shows, but closed in June 2011 after a long decline.
There are now 86 bars in Pattaya that have girls dancing in bikinis or less. However this includes 2 expensive East European dance bars and 4 pussy tricks show bars that are unlikely to appeal to farang guys.
Show Girls on Soi LK Metro also opened on 4th October.
I visited Showgirls A-GoGo on Oct 5, 2012 and stayed there for the massive rain that night for 2-3 hours, before wading through ankle deep water on Soi LK Metro and knee deep water on Soi Diana and Soi Buakhaow.
The downstairs is badly screwed up and agree with Ishi's comments. Go directly to the second floor stairs if you can negotiate those seated or standing around.
The second floor part is much bigger and lots more girls, some coyote in the window visible from Soi LK Metro, as well as various cages, some dancing topless on the second floor glass ceiling of the first floor.
The third floor is for parties and short time.
There is a glass elevator between the second and third floors which moves up and down with a coyote dancer visible from Soi LK Metro.
World Wide A-GoGo on Beach Road has now re-opened after renovations on 4th October.
Show Girls on Soi LK Metro also opened on 4th October. Initial forum comments centred on warm beer and a rather poor layout of the downstairs bar. Seems best to try upstairs. Drinks prices are reported to be higher than the Soi LK norm.
Meanwhile Private Dancer on Soi 15 is set to open its new wing tonight (5th October). This is a new section of the bar added by merging in the old Eazy Room GoGo.
The GoGo count has now incremented to 82 but this does not include Showgirls. Early reports say that there is no nudity and that the girls are fully clothed. Maybe just a coyote bar for the moment.
World Wide A-GoGo on Beach Road is now set to re-open after renovations on 4th October.
But no doubt Show Girls on Soi LK Metro will steal the lime light when it opens on the same day.
One day behind is Teazers. It has had a bit of a renovation and is implementing ideas to try and better use the rather narrow space. It is set to re-open on 5th October.
Meanwhile Ginza A-GoGo on Walking Street next to Nui's 2 is now targeting 17th October as an opening date.
An about a month away there are new plans to bring back Hooty's. It has been closed for quite a while. There was a plan, that got at least as far as remodeling the entrance, for it to become Roxy 2, but this was later shelved. Talk at the time
was for it to become a coyote venue. Anyway the bar is now being renovated, and something new will appear in about a month's time.
Carlsberg, the world's fourth-biggest brewer, is returning to Thailand after a seven-year hiatus, following Heineken's
successful bid to expand in Southeast Asia.
Carlsberg is teaming up with Singha Corp. to distribute, market and sell its brands in the country, it said Sept. 28. Thailand, with a population of about 67 million, is one of the few Southeast Asian countries where the Copenhagen-based brewer
has a negligible footprint. The joint venture with the maker of Leo beer gives Carlsberg a partner that controls almost 60% of Thailand's beer market.
The Danish brewer has stumbled in Thailand before. A joint venture formed in 2000 with Chang Beverages, failed to develop as planned. The story was that Chang were caught relabeling Chang as Carlsberg rather than brewing to the approved