Champion A-GoGo has closed at its Walking Street venue but has reopened in a new location. It has moved to the Soho Square venue that was previously home to Cedar Club. The venue has changed slight from 'Champion' to 'The
The venue has been operating on Walking Street for many years but recently it has slipped into obscurity as far as farangs are concerned as it opted for pussy tricks shows.
Soho Square has not had a good record for nightlife venues but perhaps a venue where customers are dragged by touts might be able to work round the lack of passing trade.
Last night Las Vegas II GoGo on Soi Yamato (Soi 13/1) was closed, but their sister Las Vegas III GoGo also on Soi Yamato was open for business.
In recent times they did not even have enough talent to fill one gogo, let alone two.
The reason for the closure is not yet clear. But whilst it stays dark, there are 81 GoGos open around Pattaya.
On Soi Khao Noi, about 100 metres before Goldflower Bar when coming from Sukhumvit Road, a brand new bar has opened: Patty Bar Beer.
At my visit the bar stools were still wrapped in cling film.
The cashier and the mamasan looked much better than the two 'girls' .
One of them was a 45-year-old fatty from Chang Mai who had worked a very short stint as a 42-year-old (growing old very fast) sumo at Saxo (now Le Rouge) and the other one was a short fatty who was as least as old.
The tall and slim mamasan said she was going to pick up a new girl, but I could not be arsed to wait.
I wonder if she is going to find much talent at 4,000-5,000 baht a month.
Believe it or not: one more 'gogo' has opened: Bliss, but it remains to be seen if it is really a blessing.
Its location near the Beach Road end of Walking Street opposite Skyfall used to be an Indian restaurant.
The building is separated from the previous location of Beavers (now a pharmacy: Infinity) by a narrow alley.
To be honest: Bliss is not a gogo, but a coyote bar with a couple of naked performers. (In my not so humble opinion there are not 80 plus gogos in Pattaya, but rather 50 minus.)
The layout is traditional with a cheapo central stage with ten chrome poles of about 1.8 metres high, double-tier bench seating on the left-hand side and single-tier bench seating on the right-hand side.
(It seems to have become a new and probably cheaper fashion not to fix the (shorter) chrome poles to the ceiling.)
At Bliss I saw two dancing teams consisting each of fifteen more than overdressed coyotes in white outfits and two naked dancers. After their stint on stage the naked dancers put a black string and a black transparent negligee and started
selling shots. (Note that the French word for such a thing is 'un déshabillé')
By far most of the coyotes were comfortably over the thirty-year mark and, to use an understatement, all but beauty queens. You will not want to wake up next to most of their worn-out bodies. It looks as if somebody has been scratching the bottom
to find the most worthless available females.
On internet there has been a rumour of 1,500 baht barfines, but I could not be arsed to ask.
The waitresses were friendly enough and the music was the usual crap.
Three days after the opening there were way more girls' bums on the bench seating than customers' bums and nobody stayed long.
The drink menus were similar to those at Shark, Fahrenheit, Lighthouse, Mandarin Walking Street, Crazy House and Palace.
Draught beer (not promoted by the greeters) 80 baht, bottled Heineken 140 baht, lady drinks 150 baht.
Gentlemen's Club on Soi Diamond closed on the 22nd March. The Japanese owner has returned to his home country and has no plans to re-open the bar. The venue is for sale but no offers have been received yet.
So there are now 82 bars around Pattaya claiming to be GoGos.
Barfine in Sweethearts on Walking Street are now 1000 Baht. Ladydrinks are the same same 130 though.
Now the walls are up in the new beach club it looks a lot bigger,
Last night Upstairs A-GoGo was open and, as usual, the huge ladyboy was patrolling in front of it. That being said, I am surprised they are not closed for a long time. I guess they make their money from scamming one-off customers.
I wonder if there is a link between the closure of Infinity A-GoGo and the opening of Bliss A-GoGo. To be honest I expect more closures. The fact that the Thai-Chinese owner of Super Baby and Super Girl has quit the market is a bad omen.
On the Dark Side:
Clover Bar has become Dusk till Dawn;
Som Bar has reopened as Som The Diner;
Route 69 has become Flintstone.
Also on the Dark Side following places seem to have vanished, closed or been renamed:
On Walking Street opposite Skyfall a new gogo is taking shape: Bliss . The Thai text on the banner mentions the word “
อะโกโก ("agogo"). (Note that my dictionary defines the word "agogo" as "a musical instrument used in Latin and African music consisting of two or more joined metal cones
that are played by hitting them with a piece of wood"). The building is separated from the previous location of Beavers (now a pharmacy: Infinity) by a narrow alley.
In Pattaya the breath tests are still going on. Some nights ago I was stopped at the crossing of Soi Khao Talo and the railway. Police appear to have small black breathalysers now, about the size of a remote control of a camera.
I seriously doubt if the closure of Harem A Go Go (Harem 2) on Walking Street is temporary as even the electronic sign has been removed.
On Soi Xzyte (Third Road Soi 23) Love'sis Bar & Lounge appears to have closed. I guess there were not enough punters who could (or wanted to) afford their prices.
Some news from the Dark Side:
Jungo Bar on Soi Pattanakan Soi 4 has become The Green Bar.
Black Angels Bar on Soi Lablae has become a Thai kind of bar.
The Dive on Soi Khao Noi has become a Thai kind of restaurant.
S aint-George and Dragon (previously UMIM Bar, USABAR and AUSA Bar) on Soi Khao Talo Soi 9 has gone dark.
The Thirsty Beaver on Soi Khao Noi seems to have closed.
Beach Club previously on Soi 15 is moving to a new location on Soi Happy next to Happy A-GoGo. Building work is in progress and is scheduled to take about 6 weeks. The new bar will be pretty small as it uses the space previously occupied by four
open beer bars.
The original Soi 15 venue has now become Spice Club.
Meanwhile the Happy Group, of which Beach Club is part, has increased its lady drink prices to 145 Baht. However the barfine is still 800 Baht.
Club Nevada is located at the Beach Road end of Soi 13/2 (Soi Post Office).
I visited on early evening of a Saturday night and found the venue to more lively than expected. There were about 10 girls serving about the same number of customers.
Surely not Walking Street standard, but there were a couple of attractive dancers. The dress code varied from bikini to nude. There were just 3 dancers on stage at a time dancing for a nice short stint of 3 dances.
The beer was cheap, as were the lady drinks. I am pretty sure they were only 100 Baht, but surely an excess of beer wharped my memory, they can't possibly be that cheap, can they?
I stayed a while simply because 2 dancers proved to be very good company.
Nevada may be a standard old school GoGo with few of the thrills you would expect on Walking Street. But if you hit it off with a pretty girl, it is just as good as any in town.
Pattaya Bar Reviews: Left or Right Fantasy and Disco Club
20th February 2016
Thanks to Dick Farang
Left or Right Fantasy and Disco Club in the Rompho beer bar complex in Jomtien still exists.
There are only two stages with chrome poles left, each with two to four dancers on them at any time.
Around midnight there were about twenty mostly sub-average double-topped and double-bottomed coyotes clad in white, many of them covering their midriff and also many of them wearing tights.
There were also two or three chubby to fat girls in white string bikinis who tried to sell shots. No nudity.
There was no ladyboy any longer, but there were some effeminate waiters.
During my visit (but it may have been a mere coincidence) by far most of the customers were Hells Angels from various countries (according to their jackets from Sweden, Switzerland and even Thailand ), who arrived and left in groups of
five or six.
Loud monotonous music and tons of cigarette smoke.
I saw nobody buy lady drinks, let alone barfine.
I wonder what their business model is, but that applies to many bars and gogos.
They do have check-bins now and bottled Heineken was still 100 baht.
I returned after a bit of break and was welcomed back with open arms, (and more). I was well looked after and hence found the bar to be deserving of fives stars for hospitality and intimacy. Ca
tching up on stories did rather bring it home to me that there are some very loyal staff members at the bar, who have been there for an awfully long time. I took this as an indication of staff satisfaction (and a decent amount of customers).
When distractions allowed, I cast my eye around the bar and found it was working pretty much the same as it has always done. Maybe a little easier to get a seat than on previous visits at about this time of year.
There were interchanging teams of dancers on the central stage with a little nudity, and more nudity at the special show tables.
I think other customers who wanted company were being looked after with similar hospitality to myself, so can easily recommend the bar. Perhaps those that prefer top notch girls should try another bar, but I am sure most would find a few girls
here worth cuddling.
Although a bit of a fan of Windmill on Soi Diamond, I haven't been for quite a while, partially due to it being full (or way too crowded) on my last few look ins. So this time I tried the early slot.
The bar was still two thirds full, making me think there must have been a queue at the door for opening time. Anyway, I got a main stage side at the end with the showgirls.
And there was plenty of activity of to keep ones mind occupied (as well as well as ones roving hand).
The main stage was pretty near full of dancing girls showing plenty of nudity. Maybe not quite top notch lookers, but plenty were well attractive.
The shows on the play tables were a bit staid at the time, being more an opportunity to apply make up than anything else. However there was an atmosphere of anticipation whereby one would expect more penetrating performances once the drinks
started to flow.
But even at that early hour, one customer was locked together with his drinks partner doing things not often seen in polite company.
It is clearly a very popular bar with plenty going on to entertain all sorts of customers, from those there to enjoy the spectacle, to those that want to get a little more involved.
I was surprised to read that Super Baby and Smile Rock girls had closed. Pussy Galore has been closed for months.
On Soi LK Metro White Room has closed once again.
Dolls coyote bar on Soi 6 is still closed.
The roadworks on Thepprasit Road Soi 7 are over now, but Rioja gentlemen's club is still a disaster.
When I arrived there were three other punters, but they soon left.
I saw seven or eight sub-average females who looked very bored.
I was approached by a 34-year-old shapeless fatty from Ayudhya with two sons. She said she had been working at Johannesburg in South Africa for over a year and had been fucking eight locals a day at 500 rand a pop and she wanted to go to
Singapore where she thought she could handle thirteen small dicks a day. Not my cup of tea.
Just like at Le Rouge (previously Saxo) the clumsy swivel stools are all but comfortable.
Bottled Heineken still 80 baht.
On Thappraya Road Soi 13 I discovered a Swiss restaurant: Edelweiss.
Everything is a bit basic, but the food is good, reasonably priced and plenty and the place appears to be popular with Swiss people.
They have two daily specials: menu 1 at 225 baht and menu 2 at 315 baht.
Both daily specials and all main dishes include soup and salad buffet.
Yesterday shortly before 9 p.m. I visited the gentlemen's club Montana Bar & Lounge.
I was the only customer and apart from the fatties there was an older tall lady who took my fancy. We agreed on ST upstairs, went to room 6 on the second floor, showered and started cuddling on the bed.
Suddenly the girl reached for her mobile and said: Police come. At first I did not grasp what she was talking about because of her limited English. Then she insisted on putting our clothes again and going downstairs.
For me, at that point, the momentum was completely lost anyway. At the bar I finished my drink at my ease, awaiting what was going to happen. She asked me lukewarmly if I wanted to come back the next day. No police showed up, only a bunch of
drunken frogs, one of them stripping naked.
I am still puzzled: did she suddenly change her mind for some reason? Anyway, she will have got her share of the lady drink (130 baht) and the barfine (400 baht).
FLB Bar on Walking Street has been running for about 18 years on Walking Street but is now set to close at the end of the month when the lease expires.
In fact the main indoor section closed 2 years ago but the entrance space had been home to a small open beer bar since that time.
FLB will surely remembered by the internet savvy of Pattaya because it was an early innovator of internet forums, which for several years provided an excellent feeder for the bar. The original forum is still continuing at
Pattaya Talk and maintains a sizeable following.
Pattaya bar owners were warned violence against customers would lead to immediate five-year closures. The warning came following an attack by Walking Street bar bouncers on a foreign tourist, which was caught on video and shared on social media.
The commander of Chonburi Police issued the warning at a Jan. 13 meeting after video clips of the incident earlier that day spread on the Internet.
Pol. Maj. Gen. Aumpon Buarubporn and Pattaya chief Pol Col. Sukthat Pumpunmuang also instructed owners to register all their bar staffers, waiters and security agents. Each must have a background check, photo and current address on file. For
those lacking cameras, CCTV systems were ordered installed inside and outside venues.
The clampdown came after one tourist was attacked by five Thai men and kicked relentlessly after he fell to the ground. Knocked unconscious, the man only survived further injury after numerous bystanders intervened to pull the Thais off the
Representatives from Walking Street bars were brought in and told that violence against tourists will not be tolerated, no matter who starts it, referring to the video from the violent fracas revealing that the victim's friend had launched the
Thailand and the United States will co-host the annual multilateral Exercise Cobra Gold in various areas of Thailand from February 9 to 19.
This year's exercise will consist of three primary events: a command post exercise, which includes a senior leader seminar; humanitarian civic assistance projects in Thai communities; and a field training exercise that will build regional
And of course the 4th unspoken primary event is that members of the US military get to enjoy the fun of Pattaya.
What's Up Imagine is a show bar on the 2nd floor of What's Up. Its use is a bit sporadic but seems to follow the pattern of opening in high season only. this year it has closed early citing audio and power outages, but more likely to be down to
Meanwhile I have heard unconfirmed rumours that another high season bar, Silver Star on Soi 8, has also closed early.
Another bar has opened on Walking Street featuring East European dancers. No doubt it will follow the usual pattern of being outrageously expensive. Saying that though, this was not always the case. Many years ago Las Vegas City bar on Soi BJ
featured Russian dancers whilst maintaining ordinary GoGo prices.
The bar opened on 8th January and is next door to Moulin Rouge.
Update: What's Up re-opens
18th January 2016. Thanks to Ishi
What's Up Imagine has e-opened on Soi 15. Presumably the power outage was temporary after all
Meanwhile Rhino coyote bar is now dark towards the southern end of Walking Street.