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.
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
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 Dream A-GoGo.
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.
Rehab A-GoGo is a coyote bar on Soi Buakhao. It is located a couple of blocks south of the Soi Diana/Soi Lengkee junction.
The bar recently erected a sign proclaiming itself to be an A-GoGo. But Thai-Anxiety definitions require girls to be dancing
in bikinis or less before qualifying as an A-GoGo. But Rehab has found an interesting way of getting at least close to the rules.
Thanks to Sedrik who reports:
At 11pm on a Friday night the bar was fully coyote.
There were 19 ladies, with a dress code from 1960's style unrevealing bikinis to shorts + tee shirt.
My bill was noted as No 18, and we were the only 3 customers in the place.
A nice try but the judges have
turned down the GoGo application.
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.
Update: Vacancy for a Proof Reader at Pattaya People magazine
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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 extended.
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 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.
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.