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Pattaya GoGo Reviews: Far East Rock

Link Here 30th May 2013

Far East Rock is a GoGo located at the beach end of Soi 13/2 (Soi Post Office)

I stopped by on a weekend evening to take a look at the changes since a refurbishment.

The dynamic of the bar is very much the same as before, but the bar does look smarter for a general rework of the fittings.

The major change is to rework the bar counter at the back. The messy DJ area and boss's cubby hole is now an area reclaimed to the bar. With the bar counter itself looking a lot more attractive. This back right area seems more for the Scandinavian regulars than for customers dropping by. It does not really command a good view of the stage so is probably best used as a hangout area.

There were 9 dancers in the bar when I visited with 3 on stage at any one time. This was a good ratio which left plenty of girls able to work the bar for lady drinks. There were 3 quite attractive girls and it was generally a decent line up for the bars in the Sois 13 area. Topless was the majority favoured dress code for the dancers.

There were a decent smattering of customers, and most had a lady by their side (or on their lap). It is probably the least hands-on bar of the local area but the hostessing was working OK anyway.

So very much as before, but looks a little nicer.




Play Party Club returns

Link Here 28th May 2013

Play Party Club is located on Walking Street with the entrance being a few paces down Soi Lucky Star.

The bar has now re-opened after a period of being closed. Not sure what the reason was.

The bar is luxuriously appointed with prices to match. It is basically a nightclub, but features a few coyote dancers for extra entertainment.



Back Left...

Pattaya GoGo Reviews: The Glass House

Link Here 26th May 2013

I was slow to get round to visit this GoGo. It started off with a negative approach of high drinks prices coupled with coyote only dancing.

However the bar has now evolved a little, with the high drinks prices being watered down by the introduction of generous discount card for expats, along with a draft beer at 75 Baht.

And thankfully the overdressing policy has also been abandoned.

On my visit, at a peak time on a weekday night, the bar was doing a steady trade with a decent amount of customers and a decent amount of girls. This added up to a lively atmosphere.

The bar is quite small but not as small as I was expecting. There is a central stage with comfortable bench seats on either side and enough space to ensure that there are no issues with cramped passageways.

There were 8 girls or so dancing on the stage at any one time, with the repeated pattern that half were overdressed coyotes and half were pleasantly underdressed GoGo dancers. Surely a better policy than a stage of coyotes followed by a stage of GoGo dancers, it ensures that there is always something to look at.

However a rather rigid dancing pattern leads me to advise choosing a seat at the back left of the bar. The coyotes were always dancing on the front of the stage, and the GoGo dancers were always at the back. And for some reason I couldn't work out the large majority of dancers faced the seats on the left throughout their routine. The customers on the right seemed to be getting a second rate show.



End of an Era...

Blues Factory up for sale

Link Here 23rd May 2013

The Blues Factory is a long established live music bar just off Walking Street on the alley to Soi Marine Plaza.

Following from the news that FLB is up for sale, Dave of The Blues Factory has also announced that he intends to sell his bar.

Blues Factory is perhaps best known for its resident rock guitarist Lam Morrison.



New York New York 2...

Plans are afoot for a re-opening

Link Here 20th May 2013

New York New York tucked away on Soi Marine Plaza tried to be a half night club and half coyote bar. It didn't quite pan out and the bar closed.

Now New York New York is aiming to re-open in July.

The information is from former staff so presumably the current owners are returning for another go.

The FOR SALE sign was taken off on 17 May.



End of an Era...

FLB up for sale

Link Here 19th May 2013

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 occasion.

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 Reappears...

Halo Club re-opens on Walking Street

Link Here 18th May 2013

Halo Club is located towards the Beach Road end of Walking Street. The club has had a busy first year or so of openings, closings and changes of style. The bar has tried disco, GoGo and coyote formats  

Halo Club re-opened on 16th May. On the first day there were coyote dancers only.

But by the second day, the bar had become more GoGo like with most of the dancers donning bikinis. In all there were 17 dancers in the bar.

Interestingly there were a couple of East European coyote dancers, reportedly available for a short time at 4000 Baht.

Barfines for all are set at 1000 Baht.

There are now 83 bars in the Pattaya area with Thai girls dancing in bikinis or less.



Bloody Enjoy Yourself...

Boomerang Bar and Wombat Sports Bar at the Shagwell Mansions

Link Here 15th May 2013

Boomerang Bar and Wombat Sports Bar are opposite Nirum Condominiums, Soi 1 Pattaya Klang

Bloody enjoy yourself at Boomerang

The best night out you'll find in Pattaya. Live Music, dancing, cheap drinks, Air-conditioned for comfort, friendly staff. 9pm-2pm every night.

Bring your girlfriend, show her a good time, or come alone and meet new friends.. You want to get up and dance to the music, great, get up and just do it.

Boomerang Bar, home of Live Music, the best in town, just come along and bloody enjoy yourself, you'll come back.

The Pattaya Wombats Rugby League

Watch live sports on 8 TVs, cheap cold beer, great food, come along to meet new friends and have a swim, just enjoy yourself,

Wombat Bar is the Home of Rugby League in Thailand, The Pattaya Wombats Rugby League.

We also have large studio rooms for rent, Come down and visit us.



Smarter and Blacker...

Far East Rock re-opens after renovation

Link Here 14th May 2013

Far East Rock is a GoGo at the Beach Road end of Soi 13/2 (Soi Yamato).

The bar has re-opened after a few weeks of renovation.

It is now a little smarter and blacker but pretty much as before.

There are now 82 GoGos in the Pattaya area with Thai girls dancing in Bikinis or less.



Extra Blu...

Club Blu sold to Pook Bar

Link Here 13th May 2013

Club Blu on the corner of Soi Buakhao and Soi LK Metro has been closed ever since a police enforced closure a couple of months ago.

The bar has now been sold, and perhaps with a little bit of surprise, it has been sold to the Pook Bar team. This has been confirmed with staff at Pook Bar.

The group runs lady boy bars on Soi Buakhao and Soi 6. Pook Bar has flirted with girl coyote dancers upstairs at the Soi 6 venue, but once the boys move in, there is little chance for the girls.

So one has to guess that Soi LK Metro will soon have its first lady boy bar.



Fallen Star...

Jenny Star Bar closes on Walking Street

Link Here 8th May 2013

jenny Star Bar is a well known lady boy bar nestling under the escalator to the Marine Disco.

The bar seems to have been caught up in the redevelopment of the Marine site so joins Doll House as a famous name being closed in the name of progress.



Halo Re-mounting...

Halo advertises for GoGo staff

Link Here 7th May 2013

Halo is located on Walking Street about opposite Soi 14.

It started life as a disco, then tried the coyote club gig, then tried becoming a GoGo but none seemed to work and the bar closed in January of this year.

The bar now looks set for another try and is now advertising for GoGo staff.



A Traditional Kiss...

Pattaya GoGo Reviews: Kiss

Link Here 6th May 2013

Kiss A-GoGo is located on Soi LK Metro near the Soi Buakhao end

Kiss is an old style GoGo perhaps similar to those to be found on Soi Post Office and Soi Yamato.

It tends to attract older locals, and older dancers. Probably predictable from the rock music (with videos) from the 70's and later.

The bar is a table dancing set up with about 3 - 5 girls dancing at any one time. The dancers cover all the the combinations of wearing skirts, knickers and bikini tops. There also seems a time in the evening before items of clothing can be dispensed with.

The bar isn't the most lively place as most customers seem to be nursing a lonely drink, but can be friendly enough if you make an effort. This maybe just a reflection on the number of customers preferring to sit alone. But as always I feel the bar would do better if the girls were more pro-active in searching out lady drinks.

Drinks prices are very reasonable.

I find the bar generally to be worth a look, but I am quick to cut my losses if there is nothing doing.



Doesn't Stand Out...

Pattaya GoGo Reviews: Glass House

Link Here 3rd May 2013

Glass House A-GoGo is a new bar on Walking Street next door to Lucifer Disco and Ginza A-GoGo

The Glasshouse seems to be very popular with Japanese clientele. It's 100% coyote, but the bar fines aren't as pricey as some other coyote venues.

They have introduced a 75 Baht Draft beer which is good news. The lineup is average and the cute girls were on the stage downstairs. Upstairs they had only 3 girls dancing, but it was spacious and the bathrooms were right there.

I thought the service was good, but the girls definitely didn't seem too thrilled to have me in attendance.

I don't have anything great or bad to say about the place. I was the only person there who wasn't Japanese which is worth mentioning, but doesn't really matter much.



Already a Contender...

Pattaya GoGo Reviews: Sensations

Link Here 1st May 2013

Sensations A-GoGo is in a prime location on Walking Street opposite Soi Diamond.

The bar is the talk of the town right now and for good reason. Their lineup is the best I have ever seen! I wouldn't dare toss that compliment out loosely either. I have seen a couple of places that have had just as talented a lineup, but I have never seen such a large roster of girls at this high level. They feature over 100 girls every night, and most of them are very pretty. The service is great and it's easy to get the girls' attention. The place is packed so it's not easy to find a seat. I don't actually think there are enough seats to justify such a huge roster of girls. But this winds up being a very good thing as long as you do find a seat, since the number of gentlemen in attendance is somewhat limited.

Sensations is pricey. The drink prices are about as high as it's going to get and I was quoted 1,500 baht for a bar fine, which goes down to 1,000 baht either at midnight or 1AM (there was some confusion about that). But I get it - they are extremely well staffed (possibly even over-staffed), so they are justified in charging more than other GoGo's.

The atmosphere was downright exciting and there were just so many good looking girls prancing around the place. The way the stages are positioned you can only see about half of the girls at a time, but they rotate. It remains to be seen whether or not they can keep up with the roster, but if they do Sensations is likely to be in everyone's top 3 GoGo's in Pattaya.


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