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Updated: Hot and Cold and Closed...

News from Soi Post Office and a review from the New Malibu Show Bar

Link Here28th September 2014
Hot & Cold A-GoGo on Soi Post Office (Soi 13/2) seems to have closed, not really a surprise.

There are now 84 bars around Pattaya with Thai girls dancing in bikinis or less

And their neighbour Miami A-GoGo is indeed for sale, be it still in operation.

Beyond (previously Malibu), the transvestite show bar on the corner of Second Road and Soi Post Office (Soi 13/2) opposite Bodega Bar, has been dark last week and some refurbishing is going on.

There is a new sign: The New Malibu Show .

On Sunday evening 21st September 2014 the activities had resumed.

Many Thai girls like their impersonations.

At my last visit a short fatty, who had come with two farangs, was having a good time.

She went on stage to dance with the transvestites, started to get very familiar and finally lifted the dresses of the performers to check the goodies .

Note that it can get hot there because there is no air conditioning and the fans are not much help.

Bottled Heineken 85 baht (show included).

Update: Hot and Cold and Closed and Sad

28th September 2014. A sad photo from Ishi of (Japanese language)

My last visit was at 8:30pm on 9th September. I did not see any dancers nor any customers in the bar.



Open Season on Bar Closures...

A few well known bars move on

Link Here22nd September 2014
The two corner bars on Walking street on the short soi to Happy A-GoGo have closed, Star Beer Bar has been around for as long as I can remember. The Best Bar on the opposite corner has been around since 2006 when it replaced Stoney's Bar.

Meanwhile on Beach Road there is another prominent gap just north of Soi Yamato. The long running Scandinavian Bar has closed, and its neighbou SP Swiss Bar has moved to Soi 7.

Pulse Disco on southern Walking Street has taken down its signs. There are several Russian bars closed, but Russians visitors are very seasonal and they may re-open as the Russian winter approaches. Maybe not Pulse though.

Sexy A-GoGo closed some time ago on Soi 7 but the venue has now re-opened as a massage shop, so has been permanently lost to the GoGo trade.

But never fear, there is a new Walking Street GoGo taking shape next door to Sweethearts A-GoGo, possibly another from the Shark chain.



Easy Open...

The Big Easy! 2 opens off Walking Street

Link Here20th September 2014
Kanta's The Big Easy! 2 opened on 19th September 2014. It is located at the junction of Soi 14 and Soi 15 at the venue that was previously Cats Corner.

Kanta's The Big Easy! is in Simon Beer Bar complex opposite Tony's Disco.



Updated: Coyotes Check Out...

News from Check-in Bar in Soi 15

Link Here15th September 2014
Check in Bar is a small bar on Soi 15 that recently introduced coyote dancing.

However thsi doesn't seem to have been a success and a after a short closure for re-organisation the bar has reverted to being a simple beer bar.

 Drink prices have been reduced accordingly.




Checking Out...

News from Check-in Bar, Coyote Club, MClub

Link Here13th September 2014
Check in Bar is a small bar that recently introduced coyote dancing. However maybe this wasn't a particular success as the bar has now gone dark. No reasons noted yet so it could still be a temporary blip.

The Coyote Club recently took over from Silver Star 3 on Walking Street. As the name suggests, the dress code is coyote. But the bar has now introduced bikinis on Sundays. These are sexy, but the girls still wear underwear underneath. SO not quite a GoGo yet.

MClub on 3rd Road: Soi 14 is a gentlemen's club. It has now introduced regular pool parties on Saturdays (every 2 weeks). Soft drinks are 50B, lady drinks 130B,  bar fines for outside 500B, bar fine inside (including playing room) 250B.



Mai Pet...

Spicy Girls A-GoGo opens on Walking Street

Link Here12th September 2014

Spicy Girls A-GoGo has opened on Walking Street at the previous location of Guugle and Powers Club A-GoGo.

It is upstairs of Champion A-GoGo and the entrance is between the entrance to Champion A-GoGo and the shoe shop where the German restaurant Bier Kutsche used to be.

The interior is predominantly red with a too narrow elliptical stage.

Not much, if anything, has changed since its last incarnation.

The toilets urgently need a lick of paint.

Apart from the main area there is an apparently unused second area with seating only at the street side next to the staircase.

Whereas many recent gogos are too narrow (Infinity, Glasshouse, Ginza, Lighthouse, Mandarin, Sugar Baby, etc.) this one is rather too broad and the extra space has not really been made good use of.

There were eight to ten dancers, about half of them on stage.

The line-up was definitely below average.

Most of them were wearing double tops and double bottoms, but some also showed their naked fat torsos above their double bottoms.

I would not be surprised if some of them came from the previous edition of Nui's.

The mamasan told me she came from Sugar Baby A-GoGo on Walking Street.

Bottled Heineken 130 baht.

There are now 85 bars in the Pattaya area with Thai girls dancing in bikinis or less



Never Ending Supply of New GoGos...

Infinity A-GoGo opens on Walking Street

Link Here9th September 2014
  Infinity A-GoGo opened on Walking Street on 8th September 2014.

The bar is located next to the pussy tricks showbar, Hot Girls.

Infinity is reported to have ownership connections with Oscars and the Booze Lounges.

There are now 84 bars in the Pattaya area with Thai girls dancing in bikinis or less



Another Spicy Girls...

Taking shape on Walking Street

Link Here4th September 2014
The upstairs GoGo on Walking Street that was previously Guugle now has signs saying that it will soon re-open as Spicy Girls A-GoGo.

There was once another long running GoGo with the name Spicy Girls. It was most famously located on Soi Pattayaland 1 but later moved to Soi Post Office.

However it will bear little resemblance to the previous incarnation. The latest signage says that the bar will "Love All Serve All". It is fascinating that in these acutely PC times we can read so much into a few words to know exactly who the new bar is targeting.



Updated: Recycled Glass...

Glass House A-GoGo re-opened

Link Here1st September 2014
The Glass House A-GoGo on Walking Street re-opened on 1st September.

The bar was last named Ginza II and was closed as a result of a police raid. It never re-opened and was sold to new owners. It has now re-opened under its original name Glasshouse. It is under new management and now has ownership connections with Wildcats.

There are now 83 bars around Pattaya featuring Thai girls dancing in bikinis or less.



Climatic Changes...

The Climax Band return for a residency at Utopia on Walking Street

Link Here31st August 2014

The Climax Band featuring that ace guitarist Petit will be returning to a residency at Utopia in Walking Street on Monday 1st September performing nightly from 9pm.

I have been following Peit and his band for seven years now when they started at the now closed Climax Bar in Walking Street, Pattaya. When the Climax Bar closed, Steve Young gave them a new home further along Walking Street at UTOPIA. This continued for some time till Peit and Steve had a disagreement and the band left this lucrative residency to appear at various bars in Pattaya before settling in at the Toy Bar on Second Road.

Richie, the original drummer with the Climax Band, passed away Thursday 28th November 2013. He was a lovely guy and I miss him lots.

Though Steve Young and Peit had their disagreement they kept in touch and now Steve has invited Peit to return to Utopia as resident band starting on 1st September 2014. They have been rehearsing the new line up and I dropped in on one of their rehearsals and have to say it is a pretty exciting band. Jun who has been Peit's Bass Guitarist for the last 15 years has decided to not to join them as he will concentrate on his day job as a teacher but he told me last night he will pop in from time to time to Utopia for guest appearances.



Rounding up the usual suspects...

Pattaya police and officials say they are attempting to shake off the 'sin city' tag

Link Here31st August 2014
The Bangkok Post has published an article claiming that Pattaya officials are racing to clean up the resort's beaches and vice spots to try to shake off the sin city tag and prevent the military stepping in as they have done in Phuket and Hua Hin.

First among the targets of city officials and the new police chief are chair renters on the beach and street-walking prostitutes. Lady boy sex workers claim they have already been targeted in a wave of police crackdowns.

Pol Col Suppatee Boonkrong, deputy commander of Chon Buri Provincial Police, who took over as acting head of Pattaya City Police on June 3 in the wake of the coup, said he was aiming to eradicate all prostitution:

I want to completely change the image of Pattaya from being sin city to a friendly town that everyone can enjoy., Safety is our number one concern and that is what we are trying to bring back to the town.

He conceded that there weren't enough police officers to tackle street prostitution so they were being assisted by police volunteers in night-time sweeps. Typically, they were sending out groups of two to four police accompanied by four to eight volunteers in vans and trucks. The volunteers have no arrest powers, but can help compile evidence by taking videos, Pol Col Suppattee said.

Pattaya City deputy mayor Ronakit Ekasingh said they were trying to keep things under control to prevent the National Council for Peace and Order taking over the situation as they did in Phuket and Hua Hin .



Distant Plans...

Another GoGo takes shape on Walking Street

Link Here30th August 2014
There's another new GoGo taking shape on Walking Street. Infinity A-GoGo , will appear at the previous location of the Italian restaurant L' Italiano (which has now moved opposite AlcatraZ).

It is opposite Sweetheart's A-GoGo and under Hot Girls A-GoGo .

If my memory serves, that restaurant was very cramped, so I expect some kind of reissue of Submarine A-GoGo, be it probably much longer.

There are reports of ownership connections with Oscars on Soi LK Metro.



Updated: A New Moon...

Moonlight A-GoGo re-opens

Link Here29th August 2014
Moonlight A-GoGo has re-opened in the Covent Garden Complex on Soi 16 a few paces off Walking Street.

The GoGo opened on 16th November 2013 but closed on 16th January 2014. The venue had previously been Club Relaxxx, and before that, Club Sin City, Black & White, Taboo and Babewatch.

There are now 82 bars around Pattaya featuring Thai girls dancing in bikinis or less.



Tea Total Dictatorship...

Thailand's military dictators demand midnight closing and ban all drinks promotions including Happy Hours

Link Here26th August 2014
Thailand's military junta has warned that it intends to enforce harsh measures regulating the advertising and promotion of alcohol, in a move that will affect thousands of businesses throughout the country.

Under the newly enforced rules all alcohol products must carry health warnings, sales are banned to anyone under the age of 20, and initiatives promoting alcohol -- such as happy hours, free ice and mixers, and the use of beer girls -- are banned.

No drinking is allowed after midnight in bars or restaurants, even though sales have ended; no alcohol logos are allowed on glasses, ashtrays and other paraphernalia; and bars will not be allowed to display posters or bottles -- even old ones -- featuring such logos.

Bar staff cannot wear T-shirts with alcohol logos, and it is illegal to promote events such as wine and beer tastings. Alcohol logos - or even images accepted as representative of brands, such as a deer head for Benmore or red stars for Heineken - are not allowed to be displayed in sponsorship or any kind of advertising or promotion.

Promoting alcohol through word of mouth is also illegal, so if a waiter is asked to recommend a particular brand of beer he would be breaking the law if he responds. All printed photographs of glasses or bottles in the media must have visible brands and logos blurred.

Fines range between 2,500 for non-cooperation with inspectors and 500,000 baht if beverage companies promote and advertise their alcohol illegally. There are also punishments of up to six months in jail for various offences.

Update: Not yet national

28th August 2014.

The new doesn't seem to have made any national newspapers so maybe this is an action local to Chiang Mai.



Bars from the Dark Side...

Supatta Cafe, Black Angels bar, Michel Happy Bar

Link Here25th August 2014
Supatta Caf é

On the left-hand side of Soi Nern Plab Wahn when coming from Sukhumvit Road, about a hundred metres before Pussy Cat, Supatta Caf é Bar & Guesthouse has opened.

It is owned by Paul from Dendermonde (Belgium) and his Thai wife Supatta (nickname Daeng).

It is rather spacious with a blue pool table and red stools and will also have rooms for rent. On the wall is a big Flemish Lion flag.

At the moment Daeng and her sister are serving and it is not clear if it will evolve into a girlie bar.

Note that Soi Nern Plab Wahn is also known as Sukhumvit Pattaya Soi 53 and Soi Map Yai Lia. Nern Plab Wahn is also spelt in many different ways in English, such as Noneplubwan.

Bottled Heineken 70 baht.

Black Angels Bar

On the left-hand side of Soi Lablae (aka Soi Nern Plab Wahn Soi 31, etc.) when coming from Soi Nern Plab Wahn, halfway between Soi Nern Plab Wahn and Top Cool Retreat, is Black Angels Bar.

It is a very minimalistic single-shophouse bar owned by a Thai lady and her Thai husband.

There were two girls: a 20-year old one who had worked at Joy Joy Bar on Soi Siam Country Club and a 30-year old very shy and probably farm-fresh one. The older one looked better than the younger one but the language barrier and the shyness were insurmountable.

Barfine 300 baht, no ST rooms. I was told a room at the 24 Hr motel next to Ying Bar was 280 baht.

Bottled Heineken 60 baht.

Michel Happy Bar

On the right-hand side of Soi Khao Noi Soi 9, when coming from Soi Khao Noi, some 100-200 metres past New Bar and Golden Gate Bar, is Michel Happy Bar.

It is a small bar with a terrace.

Most girls are fat and the other ones are grannies. The cashier is a 22-year old tomboy.

Bottled Heineken 70 baht.



Halo For Sale...

On Walking Street

Link Here24th August 2014
Halo Club is located towards the Beach Road end of Walking Street

Halo has now put up the sign: SALE - RENT . It's still open as a bar. Just an ordinary beer bar though, there haven't been any coyote dancers last 2 or 3 months.

The venue was previously Snowice coyote bar and then GoGo, Voodoo A-GoGo, and the Nok beer bar complex. None of the ideas seems to have been very successful.



Time Served...

Ginza re-opens on Walking Street

Link Here21st August 2014
Ginza A-GoGo on Walking Street has re-opened after a 6o day police closure.

There are now 81 bars around Pattaya with Thai girls dancing in bikinis or less.



Pattaya Blues...

Blues Factory closes

Link Here19th August 2014
The Blues Factory off Walking Street has closed on Friday 15th August 2014. This long running venue, which has had some of the best bands in Pattaya, closed after the owner decided to move back to the UK.

Mary and the Snowman are now playing at Mood Cafe on Pratamnak Soi 6.

Lam Morrison appears at the Hot Tuna music bar opposite Insomia disco on Walking Street. Also on Fridays and Saturdays at the Heineken Beer Garden outside Big C North Pattaya.

Harem Flatrate Sensation on Soi Diamond was closed on Sunday 17th August 2014. It seems that the bar will install a jacuzzi, raise the single-girl formula from 1,000 to 1,200 baht and give up the multiple-girl formula.

Meanwhile the greeters at sister bar, Harem A Go Go on Walking Street, have been showing a signs Harem 2 Chang beer 75 @ all night and Harem 2 Singha beer 75 @ all night ; probably bottles rather than the draft previously reported.

Fun Seeker Dance Club on Soi 6 seems now to be permanently closed. Also the neighbouring Mandarin is not a gogo anymore, it is now just a beer bar with ladyboys. The only remaining gogo on Soi 6 is Passion Dance Club , albeit with broken neon signs and without nudity.

So now there are 80 bars in the Pattaya area with Thai girls dancing in bikinis or less.



Malibu Red...

A first look at the new Club Malibu

Link Here19th August 2014

On Soi LK Metro the newly opened gogo Malibu shares its facade with Champagne.

It has a modern looking central stage with five chrome poles on it and fixed barstools around it. On the left-hand side is one row of bench seating and on the right-hand side two rows.

Most of the dancers were clad in red bikinis in different shapes and sizes; some of them were topless. The quality of the girls was average at best, in the age bracket of 20 to 40 years.

Sometimes there were five dancers on stage, sometimes two and sometimes nobody at all. I saw a lousy, not even lesbian , show with two body-painted fatties.

It seems one team of dancers works from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. and another one from 8.30 p.m. until closing time between 3 and 4 a.m.

I heard the bikini dancers are paid 12,000 baht a month and the topless ones 15,000 baht.

The music was way too loud.

At a given moment my check-bin had disappeared. I called the waitresses and they concluded that my neighbour had probably, unknowingly, paid my bill. An embarrassing story.

Barfines were 600 baht.

Bottled Heineken 120 baht.



Lights Out...

At Lighthouse and Harem Flatrate

Link Here18th August 2014
Lighthouse A-GoGo on Walking Street closed last night at 11pm because of small fire.

Nobody was injured in Lighthouse but one man in Lobster Pot who breathed much smoke was taken to hospital.

Meanwhile Harem Flatrate on Soi Diamond has closed for one month for renovation. Dancers and staff have moved to Harem A-GoGo on Walking Street.

Assuming that Lighthouse will be re-opening immediately, then there are now 81 bars around Pattaya with Thai girls dancing in bikinis or less.



Seeking Fun in Malibu...

GoGos open, close and get re-named

Link Here17th August 2014
Club Malibu opened on 15th August 2014 on Soi LK Metro. It is next door to sister bar to Champagne.

Meanwhile on Soi 6, The intermittently opening Fun Seeker Dance Club has been closed for 10 days so that case looks pretty terminal.

And on Walking Street news signage now confirms that Nui's Club A-GoGo has been renamed Runway .

And there are still 82 bars in the Pattaya area with Thai girls dancing in bikinis or less.



Break out the champagne...

Club Malibu set to open on Soi LK Metro

Link Here14th August 2014
A new GoGo is set to have a soft opening on Friday 15th August. Club Malibu is the sister bar to Champagne next door.

Champagne is also re-opening on Thursday after a couple of days of building work, presumably related to work on malibu.

Meanwhile Ginza 1 has posted a notice saying that it will re-open on 20th August.

Also on Walking Street, Harem is now doing draft beer at 75 baht.



Checking In...

More coyote dancing on Soi 15

Link Here12th August 2014
Check in Bar is located on Soi 15 next door to Angelwitch show bar.

It opened as a beer bar in the last year, (I think). Bar fines were then 300B. It changed to a coyote bar on the 1st August,  and bar fines are now 800B.

The location was previously Happy Net, an internet cafe (See on Google Streetview )

I saw 4 coyotes on the stage, and other 8 coyotes were in and out of the bar. I was the only customer all the time.

Soft drinks : 85B bottled beer : 125B (Heineken : 145B) lady drinks : 150B



Factory Closure...

Blues Factory set to close

Link Here11th August 2014
The Blues Factory is a long running music bar on Soi Lucky Star just off Walking Street. The closing date will be 20th August.

Owner DaveThailand needs to return to the UK.

The Bar has been around as long as I can remember with some of the best bands in Pattaya. More rock than blues though.

A bar that will be well missed.



Souped Up...

Super Girl re-opens

Link Here6th August 2014
  Super Girl is located on Soi Diamond.

The GoGo  re-opened on 5th August after a month of renovation.

There are now 82 bars around Pattaya with Thai girls dancing in bikinis or less.



Upstairs and Downstairs...

Upstairs GoGo re-opens on Walking Street

Link Here3rd August 2014
Upstairs A-GoGo is located on southern Walking Street on the corner of Soho Square.

The bar has just re-opened after a few days of repairs that were required after a small fire.

Unfortunately X-Zone around the corner on Soi 16 remains closed. Forum chatter suggests that the GoGo will now stay closed.

Meanwhile the closed Funhouse A-GoGo, on the corner of Soi Buakhao and Soi LK Metro, has now posted a For Sale sign.

There are now 81 bars in the Pattaya area with Thai girls dancing in bikinis or less.



Further to Fall...

Upstairs GoGos close on Walking Street

Link Here31st July 2014
Upstairs A-GoGo is located on southern Walking Street on the corner of Soho Square.

The bar has gone dark for a few days as repairs are required after a small fire. The bar is expected to re-open on 4th August 2014.

X-Zone is located on the top floor of the Convent Garden Complex on Soi 16 near Walking Street.

The bar was dark on 30th July 2014 with a notice on the door saying closed but not providing a reason. Staff at nearby bars claim that the closure may be permanent.

For the moment there are now 80 bars around Pattaya with Thai girls dancing in bikinis or less.



Runway Takes Off...

A new name for Nui's Club

Link Here27th July 2014
Nui's Club which recently took on the staff and dancers from Roxy held a party on the 26th July to announce the new name, Runway .

Presumably the name underlines the GoGo's ownership connections with the nearby Airport GoGo.

Nui's Club on Walking Street opposite Soi Diamond was previously named Nui's Club 2.



Shopping Area...

Ginza I and II up for sale

Link Here23rd July 2014
Ginza 1 & II are now up for sale. These are neighbouring GoGos on Walking Street near to Lucifer's disco.

In fact Ginza II should have already re-opened after police closure but didn't. Ginza I is still under police closure orders as it was sentenced to 2 months closure rather than the 1 month of Ginza II.



Now Showing...

Living Dolls Showcase re-opens

Link Here19th July 2014
Living Dolls Showcase is a GoGo located near the Walking Street Tree, a shrine  towards the southern section of Walking Street.

It has re-opened on 18th July after a 60 day police closure.

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



Frozen Out...

Bar news from Walking Street and Soi 6

Link Here7th July 2014
Kawaii Bar on Soi 6 has been acquired by new Japanese owners. The bar will continue to use the name Kawaii for the moment, but the owners intend to change the name to Ninja Joe when the opportunity arises.

The Fun Seeker GoGo located on Soi 6 towards the Beach Road end is only operating intermittently at the moment.

Meanwhile Apple Pub has re-opened above Walking Street with an entrance in the alley heading towards Soi Marine Plaza. The bar was recently acquired by Tony but was closed after a recent police raid.

Police raids are continuing with the V2O Ice Bar on the corner of Soi 15 and Walking Street. The bar has been slapped with a 60 day closure order and won't re-open until 1st September



Not So Super News...

GoGos open and close

Link Here6th July 2014
Super Girl on Soi Diamond is now closed for renovation for two months. Dancers and staff moved to sister bar, Super Baby , from 5th July. There were over 50 dancers in Super Baby and it brought in a lot of customers.

Meanwhile Harem A-GoGo on Walking Street has now re-opened after a 30 day closure by the authorities.

Sexy A-GoGo at the 2nd Road end of Soi 7 re-closed at the beginning of July. A bit of a shame as the bar's connections were promising Windmill style hands on entertainment.

So there are now 82 bars around Pattaya currently with Thai dancers in bikinis or less.



808 Victims...

Continuing police and military raids

Link Here1st July 2014

On Sunday evening at twenty to eleven a group of military, half of them wearing combat fatigues and helmets, and a couple of tourist police marched on Walking Street and went up the moving staircase at 808.

About two minutes later they came down the moving staircase escorting a skinny Asian male clad in black and posed several minutes for the waiting pack of news sharks.

OK, for the case of a raid or inspection I always carry a copy of my passport main page and visa extension and my Thai driving licences.

Also Flexx disco suffered a follow up raid to the raid widely reported a few days ago. It seems that the club was continuing to open when it had been told to close.

The police and military also organised a round up of girls and ladyboys plying their trade on Beach Road.

Meanwhile it is reported that Living Dolls Showcase is set to re-open on 3rd of July after being closed after an earlier police raid.

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