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