Brian previously from Glass House on Walking Street has spoken of a radical new concept for a GoGo that is being planned for Soi LK Metro. He writes:
I will open a new GoGo on LK Metro soon that will roll back the prices 7-10 years. It will be a small go go with hot girls but no mamason between you ,my customer, and the ladies.
I will have a expat member card with the following prices. All bar fines 700 all the time. The ladies prices will be between you and her but my ladies will know what price range we expect.
All drinks for expats 100 THB and all lady drinks 100 THB We will have music by request no DJ.
The name of the go go will be Chaos located next to the Office A-GoGo. To summarize:
music by request
Comment: On Chaos
31st December 2014. From Dick Farang
I was a bit confused by your story about the planned Chaos gogo on Soi LK Metro.
The single shophouse between The Office A-GoGo and the previous location of Mai Lu Si bar (where a Russian gambling den has been flourishing for exactly two days) used to be a hairdresser/beauty salon and is now a Christmas decorations shop.
I presume you were talking about the same Brian who is now a manager at Club Mistys.
Although I find many mamasans a pain in the arse I doubt if you can hire girls and keep them performing on stage without a mamasan.
As most DJs are only producing as many decibels as possible I doubt if many punters will miss a DJ.
Bottled beers and other drinks (for expats only?) at 100 baht are not really expensive, but probably too steep for draught drinkers and for the buy-one-get-one-free Soi LK Metro and Soi Buakhaow crowds.
Lady drinks at 100 baht seem reasonable as long as the girls get their share of 50 baht.
Barfines at 700 baht are not really cheap, higher than say bikini dancers at Club Malibu on Soi LK Metro (600 baht).
The round prices will not make the waitresses feel happy I fear because they will be losing on tips.
A little story about agogo bar owner: with my partner Alain from France we owned the Baron Club Agogo Soi diamond, we had to close because we used to loose a lot of money every month and the rent contract was going to stop, so we paid what had
to be paid and left without selling the business because the owner of the walls didn't want to renew the rent even for a new buyer, so we left and lost everything.
Fortunately I got married with my best dancing lady and still with her in France, my partner Alain, 57 years old, with a Thai girl friend for four years wasn't married with her so couldn't take her to France. So he went back to France because a
friend proposed him a job but the job he was supposed to have over there didn't work out, so he had no money to live, he committed a suicide in July,
Just to say that if you sell everything to buy a bear bar or agogo bar or any business, don't think you are more smart than the others, one day you will loose everything, I just wish to have enough money to pay the ticket to go back to your
Now I stay in France, I was lucky to have my old mam to help us to start a new life in France, I found a temporary job and very happy with my Thai wife."
26th December 2014. Thanks to Dave and Dick Farang
Leo's Blues Bar has announced a final farewell party for 27th December 2014. The Naklua Soi 18 bar has been entertaining with some notable live bands since 2007.
Happy group GoGo owners have given themselves a Christmas present and increased the barfines for Happy, Peppermint, Beach Club and Baccara to 800 Baht.
The new gogo Skyfall on Walking Street did not open as planned on 20th December 2014 and still a lot of work remains to be done. The mamasan who is recruiting staff in front of it said they hope to open this month, this year .
Tony's Club Abyzz on Walking Street has become Discotheque Endorphin and is apparently still catering for the Russian and subcontinental crowds.
Check In Bar on Soi 15 has become a beauty shop.
Update: Seasonal price hikes
27th December 2014. From Dick Farang
You complain about the barfines at the Happy Group becoming 800 baht.
Well at the same time Club Malibu on Soi LK Metro has increased during the Christmas-New Year period their barfines for ordinary bikini dancers from 600 to 2,000 baht with the girls expecting not less than 5,000 baht ST.
Update: Montana Bar
28th December 2014.
A new bar has opened on Soi 17 after the crossroads with 3rd when heading in the direction of Theprassit. Early reports suggest that there is a little fun in the bar along the lines of Telephone Bar, Carre Blanc and Club 4.
Le Cap Bretton & 69 Bar on Soi Chayaphun has changed hands and names. It's Now called L'adresse . The new guy there is Erwan also French. He told me he took over about week ago and that Angie and her husband have gone back to
France. Same layout as before.
It's been there quite a while but now the well known blow-job bar, Golden Girl , on Soi 13/2 (Soi Post Office) has gone. The sign's been taken down and it looks like its a snack bar now with an ice cream freezer by the door and ice cream
bunting on the canopy. The end of bar stacked up with condiments.
Lolita's on Soi Chayaphun is still going strong though. Still B600. Still same Plaid skirts and white blouses. Singha B85
News from Walking Street, Soi LK Metro and the Dark Side
11th December 2014
Thanks to Dick Farang
Anna's Angels Bar on Soi Khao Talo has been closed for about one week now.
The location at some 200 metres from Sukhumvit Road will not have helped. During the day there are often traffic jams on that stretch (and also across the railway). Also, people living on the Dark Side will not readily stop there with
Sukhumvit Road in sight, but rather proceed to the Bright Side.
The new gogo Skyfall on Walking Street will open on "number 20" I was told.
At the previous location of Submarine A-GoGo on Soi LK Metro is now The Cave, a rather dark open bar with a very noisy live band in the back.
I can be wrong but I have a very strong suspicion that those selling points of "Turkish ice cream" on Walking Street belong to the same venture as Harem A Go Go (Harem 2) on Walking Street and the still closed Harem Flatrate Sensation
on Soi Diamond.
Tiger Club A-GoGo upstairs from Walking Street has indeed reopened.
A proposal by the director of the Office of the Alcoholic Beverages Committee Dr Samarn Futrakul to ban all alcohol beverages sales during the New Year holiday and Songkran festival is stiring up outcry with many business operators voicing strong
opposition saying that it will severely affect their business and affect tourism.
But Public Health Minister Dr Ratchata Ratchata-nawin assured that the ban is still a tentative proposal which can be changed when it is to be debated by the Alcoholic Beverages Committee which he is chairman on December 19.
However Samarn proposed only banning of sales but did not prohibit drinking. Customers still can buy before the banned time goes into effect, and then take them out for drinking during the festive time, he spouted.
But operators of entertainment venues located on Khao Sarn road are entirely against the proposed banning of alcohol sales from December 31 to January 1 as it will directly affect their businesses. An entertainment venue operator at Khao Sarn
It will seriously affect us because foreign tourists drink a lot of beer. This proposal will mean that we won't be able to sell beer at all! A lot of businesses here are against it and we will certainly be protesting it,
However military Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha stepped in and said that he disagreed with the proposal of the Public Health Ministry to ban alcohol sale during the long New Year holidays.
He said the sale can proceed normally but the people must be responsible for their own welfare.
Sweethearts A-GoGo is located at the centre of Walking Street.
The entrance to Sweetheart's is now curtained off by a black piece of cloth now and there is a good reason for it: after years of prudishness there is some nudity on display.
Not much has changed, but apart from the traditional team of bikini dancers clad in white with matching stay-up stockings and stilettos, there is also a team of topless dancers now in black strings and ditto stilettos.
Among the (probably newly hired) topless dancers I saw two extreme fatties.
Bottled Heineken 130 baht.
Meanwhile the newly opened Rhino Club has been closed for a couple of days after a police raid.
And on the more positive front, Tiger Club A-GoGo looks set to re-open just in time for high season. It is located on the first floor on Soi Diamond but has steps up from Walking Street.
Across on Soi LK Metro, The Cave has opened at the venue that was previously Submarine A-GoGo. It is a beer bar rather than a GoGo and looks set to entertain with a live band.
WannaDo Pub and Restaurant on the same soi is taking over from the old 3 Som Bar.
A map of the
Soi LK Metro area has been spotted on Google Maps, maybe it will keep track of the changes.
This seems most likely to be a police closure following on from the closure of the upstairs bar Spicy Girls in the same ownership. A thuggish bouncer assaulted a customer who had enough clout for the police to take action. This ended up with
Champion being raided as it shared a manager with Spicy Girls.
There are now 82 bars around Pattaya with Thai girls dancing in bikinis or less
Spanky's was the victim of a police raid on 23rd October
Spicy Girls is now dark and will be closed for 60 days on police orders
A Kuwaiti army officer was assaulted by a bouncer. After the altercation in front of the Spicy Girls bar on Pattaya's Walking Street, police arrested Daenthai Paksachat, 29, for assaulting Major Badan Nazan Alsubai-i
Licensing authorities ordered the venue closed for 60 days, claiming the incident had tarnished the country's image.
Officers decided to check Champion Agogo, located underneath Spicy Girls Agogo, knowing it has the same owner. Khun Somshart aged, the Manager of both venues was detained after alcohol licensing irregularities were found.
Palace A-GoGo is set to open on Walking Street on 17th October 2014. It is next to Sweethearts A-GoGo and is part of the Shark/Mandarin/Fahrenheit/Lighthouse/Crazy House chain.
There's something new appearing on the recently cleared corner of Soi Happy and Walking Street. A smart eyed poster on a Pattaya forum noticed similar signs to those outside Palace A-GoGo and speculated that perhaps it will be another GoGo from
the same chain.
Also from the forums is the news that Blues Factory will reopen under new ownership/management, and noted rock guitarist Lam Morrison could be returning there.
Halo was also dark on 6th October 2014. The bar has tried several formats, GoGo and coyote and none seemed to work.
8th October 2014. From Pattaya forums
It has been reported on Pattaya forums that Shark Club A-GoGo upstairs on Soi Diamond/Soi 15 is the latest to go dark.
The chain runs several GoGos all with more or less the same layout. SO presumably when customers and or dancers are in short supply it makes sense to concentrate on the most successful. And Shark, being an upstairs bar, is the lowest priority for
There are now 82 bars around Pattaya with Thai girls dancing in sexy bikinis or less (thrumpy coyote bikinis are excluded).
Hardly customer friendly pricing structures at Heaven Above A-GoGo
8th October 2014
From Pattaya forums
There was a recent todo in Heaven Above A-GoGo with a customer feeling that barfines were arbitrary and unfair. In response the bar has generated a barfine menu so that customers know where they stand.
However the resulting ludicrous complexity rather says something about the way that customers are bamboozled by insanely complex pricing.