Beach Club is a long running table dancing GoGo just off Walking Street on Soi 15.
The bar is now closed with substantial rework underway. The bar will soon reappear with a new central stage. Beach Club will re-open on 25th June 2013. The dancers have been moved temporality to Happy A-GoGo.
It looks like the concept of table dancing is now consigned to the Pattaya Museum (at Kiss A-GoGo on Soi LK Metro).
For the moment there are 83 bars in the Pattaya area with Thai girls dancing in bikinis or less.
26th June 2013.
Beach Club looks set to re-open tonight with its news new central stage 'traditional' layout.
There will be a re-opening party on Saturday.
27th June 2013.
The bar has now re-opened after rework and now features the central stage from the group's old Cavern A-GoGo. There are 3 small sub-stages featuring coyote dancers.
The cheap drinks are continuing but the barfine has reverted to the standard group price of 700 Baht.
There are now 85 bars around Pattaya with at least some Thai girls dancing in bikinis or less.
I was informed that dancers at Destiny have been wearing a few less clothes of late, and that the bar now qualifies as a GoGo.
And indeed, that is what I found. About half the girls in the bar were dancing in bikinis or were topless. There were about dozen girls in the bar organised into 3 dance teams. There were some pretty girls and the bar is now competitive with
several on the soi.
There's no draft beer per-se but bottled Leo beer is 60 Baht, which is a better deal than most bars. The remainder of the drinks prices were reasonable.
Surely a big improvement on my previous visit, but the new hasn't quite clicked yet as it was quiet at a peak hour. Maybe it still has a coyote bar atmosphere, with the girls not being overly keen on the naughty stuff that goes down in a bar with
a longer GoGo heritage.
So there are now 84 bars around Pattaya with Thai girls dancing in bikinis or less. There are 3 more on Soi Buakhao soon to add to the list.
Dream Club A-GoGo is now recruiting at the Soi Diamond venue that was previously Carousel GoGo Club.
The bar is creating a totally new layout, which is probably a good idea as Carousel used the smallish space very inefficiently with lots of dead spots.
It is the 4th dancing bar to adopt the name Dream. The was once a Dream A-GoGo in the Prince Hotel on Soi 8. Dreams Bar A-GoGo briefly had dancing on the other side of the same soi. PePe A-GoGo in the Covent Garden' Complex was previously
Sugar Baby is newish on Walking Street and has connections with Windmill A-GoGo.
The bar has recently ended its very cheap happy hour from 7 until 10pm. Previously draft beer and unbranded spirits were available at about the 50 Baht mark.
The GoGo has made quite an impact on Walking Street, bringing off-Walking Street hands-on fun to the street itself. Given that it is popular and gets up to speed earlier than most bars, then there is probably little commercial reason to have a
very cheap happy hour.
However, for expats and regulars, the bar is offering a discount card to restore the previous happy hour bargains.
It seems to be a bit of fashion at the moment to try and get the best of both worlds by offering high drinks prices to tourists whilst having a discount card for more price conscious ex-pats. I suspect that they make little difference. The
underlying characteristics of the bar will always dominate, and this includes general price policy and the target audience. Eg there seems little point offering a discount card in a gogo with high barfines, tequila girls and dancers who reserve
themselves for high rollers.
Police from Region 2 Child and Women Protection Unit conducted an undercover operation at a Hot and Cold GoGo Bar in the early hours of Sunday following very unlikely sound reports of underage girls being employed there. A very unlikely
sounding scenario as the bar has a reputation for employing over aged dancers rather than anything else.
Nevertheless, owner Khun Bunatee was arrested after a 500 Baht barfine was handed over for a 16 year old girl. Khun Bunatee was charged at Pattaya Police Station and awaits a Court appearance.
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Police announced on Tuesday the arrest of Panatree, the owner of a bar, Hot Dough A-Go-Go on Soi Post Office in South Pattaya, accused of employing girls under the age of 18 and organizing underage sex on the premises.
FLB is a long established hostess bar on Walking Street, just by the Walking Street Tree.
Owner Martin has just announced that he has thrown in the towel, and will put FLB Bar up for sale.
The bar has been round forever and was originally known as Freelance Bar. Maybe the name was more literally correct once, but has been more of hostess bar with salaried staff for as long as I can remember.
The bar's heyday was when it was the first to have success with its internet forum. This made FLB into a hangout bar where forum members would meet up. There were plenty of customers and the bar's parties were something of a Pattaya social
This hangout aspect was somewhat diluted with the break away set up of the similar, but more modern, Secrets Bar.
FLB has gently declined since. Last month it tried a new angle with coyote dancers, but presumably to no great effect.
Halo is located on Walking Street towards the Beach Road end.
The bar has gone dark. Classy Inn on the floor above Halo has also closed. The venue may yet change to something new.
The venue has had a very poor track record of success. It was previously Snowice coyote bar and then GoGo, Voodoo A-GoGo, and the Nok beer bar complex.
Possibly the space is too narrow and the inner venues have always been set a long way back from Walking Street. First timers don't really like to venture too far from the safety of the crowd, whether it be going upstairs or down a long corridor.
Stickman on Sunday mentioned that Angelwitch look set to open a branch on Soi LK Metro at the Bulldog Bar next to Champagne.
This adds to the current building work at the venue that was previously Lolita's. This will be called Crystal Club. It is reported that it will be a nightclub as opposed to a GoGo. It is reported that there are connections with Alcatraz.
Also up for redevelopment is Flandria Bar just by Lolita's. This is reported to be linked to Queen Club.
We now just need to convince Windmill or Baby Doll connections to make for a more complete range of bars in a mini version of Walking Street.
Bangkok'sMetropolitan Police Bureau has proposed the extension as part of preparations for the Asean Economic Community (AEC) launch in 2015.
Deputy chief Pol Maj Gen Adul Narongsak said last week the bureau is preparing to submit the proposal to the Interior Ministry. The proposal seeks to amend the law controlling entertainment venues so bar and nightclub closing times can be
University student Aitsaya Harakarn, 18, said later closing times could help cut crime.
Changing the closing time to 4am could reduce crime, particularly rape and robbery, because it will be morning by the time would-be burglars and rapists leave the bars, she said.
She believed they would be less likely to commit crimes after 4am because it is the start of a new day and some early-risers would already be up and about.
The Beach Club is a table dancing GoGo located on Soi 15, just a few paces off Walking Street.
The bar has introduced a substantial price reduction. All basic drinks are now 95 Baht with draft beer being reduced to 59 Baht.
Lady drinks are now the lowest in Walking Street at 95 Baht and barfines are just 500 Baht.
It is not that the bar has been forced to take action as it is always reasonably popular. Perhaps it is more to do with identifying the opportunity to corner an upcoming market in those caught up by western economies doing their best to suffocate
their economies to death.
Perhaps it is taking inspiration from the enormously popular Wetherspoons pubs in the UK that have established themselves as a major pub chain on the back of discount prices.
The annual exodus of the ladies has begun in earnest.
Hit a few darkside bars on Wednesday the 10th, only to be disappointed with what was on offer.
You'd think that the ladies who are not travelling (or not yet travelling ?) would be working harder while the competition is away, but that does not generally seem to be the case.
The exception was BLACK SHEEP on Soi Khao Noi. There seemed to be a full complement and they were working hard to please the steady stream of customers. Word must be passing about that this is the place to be in these pre-Songkran days. A tip of
the hat to the ladies there.