On Soi Diamond there are works at the old Tramps show bar, upstairs at Windmill. It will become an extension to Windmill and should open in early July.
On Soi Khao Noi Casual has become Welcome Inn. This is not to be confused with the former Welcome Inn, also on Soi Khao Noi, which replaced Boom Boom and was replaced by Old Hounds Lounge. The new Welcome Inn (ex-Casual) is well past Soi 9,
opposite Boutique Resort and about 200 metres before The Black Sheep.
On the corner of Walking Street and Soi 16 (Soi Arab) Rolling Live 2 has disappeared. The complete building has been flattened. There are reports that the space will become a nightclub.
Meanwhile at the next corner on Soho Square, Utopia live music lounge has become the Reggae Bar, complete with oil barrels decorated in the colours of Jamaica.
Club Tropicana is set to take over from Viper Bar on Pratamnak Soii 4. The venue is a smart gentlemen's club that was once Sapphire Lounge.
Previous guises haven't proven very successful, possibly because the venue is rather in the shadow of Kinnaree Club, the most successful of its kind in Pattaya. And girls and guys both tend to home in on the place where the most action is.
Thanks to Dick Farang
On Walking Street, right of Sugar Baby A-GoGo, a new gogo (or coyote bar ?) is taking shape: G-Spot Pattaya.
The name appears to be taken from a gogo that existed in the Nana Complex in Bangkok.
The opening is foreseen on Tuesday 5th July 2016.
I saw a banner with a phone number, but on the premises no recruitment was taking place. I surmise that some group is trying to extend its market share . In other words, once again: quantity above quality, a sad evolution.
The closures of two of the better gogos, Super Baby A-GoGo early this year and Casnovy A-GoGo now, only prove the complete oversaturation of the market with also way too many inferior and fake gogos.
I think Pattaya would be much better off with forty to fifty (or perhaps even fewer) real gogos. I hope this summer will bring some natural selection with only the fittest surviving.
Last night Infinity A-GoGo on Walking Street had gone dark.
Diamond A-GoGo on Soi Diamond has indeed reopened.
At first sight the basic layout looks the same as at the previous incarnation: a spacious central stage with chrome poles and black bench seating around.
On the right-hand side is a white fixed table now with black bar stools behind it, which I have never noticed before.
They appear to share a fire exit with Katoeys Are Us in the black hole on Soi 15 between Club Mistys and Club Electric Blue A-GoGo.
Although there is a lot of seating and there were only a fistful of customers, it was difficult to get seated as there were too many girls' bums claiming all the available space.
The ratio girls/customers must have been between ten to one and twenty to one.
The standard outfit of the coyotes were a pink top and a black latex bottom, both with underwear underneath.
There were also some pushy fatties in black lingerie trying to sell shots of tequila . The average quality of the females was substandard.
The music was blaring, louder than before.
I think I saw a former manager of the defunct Gentlemen's Club, also on Soi Diamond.
Nothing has improved compared to the previous incarnation of Diamond A-GoGo. It does not help having large numbers of overdressed sub-average dancers instead of showing some quality and, please, some flesh.
Casnovy A-GoGo on Walking Street closed as a GoGo on 16th June 2016. It is now set to become a live music venue.
The closure of such a well established GoGo rather suggest that there are perhaps a few more GoGos on Walking Street than the market can bear. Casnovy opened in 2007 and has been fairly popular since.
Update: More on Casnovy
20th June 2016. Thanks to Ishi
The venue of Casnovy is likely to become Blue Sky Station 2 (the name is not fixed yet), live band house. It will open at the beginning of August. Blue Sky Station is an open fronted music bar on the Walking Street, but Blue Sky
Station 2 will be a closed fronted venue.
Some of the dancers and staff from Casnovy moved to Taboo .
Meanwhile Diamond A-GoGo on Soi Diamond is set to make a comeback tonight (19th June). It closed about 6 months ago.
So if that goes to plane the GoGo count in Pattaya will stay at 83.
Update: Diamond re-opened
20th June 2016. Thanks to Ishi
Diamond; re-opened as planned on 19th June.
The bar now has a back entrance from Soi15. The right half wall on the photo is the wall of Club Mistys.
Update: Las Vegas III
Thanks to Teigen.
Las Vegas 3 on soi Yamato is not closed as reported earlier, I had a drink there this Saturday but I didn't stay long.
Update: Police visit Walking Street
20th June 2016. Thanks to Dick Farang
On Saturday night around 11.35 p.m. I saw about twenty army people, some policemen and a cameraman enter Living Dolls Showcase on Walking Street.
About an hour later everything seemed back to normal.
On Soi Kopai Soi 10, at the previous location of KIDS VIP and Secret Garden, The Camel Toe has opened.
The premises have been completely refurbished. The inner walls have been removed and also the naked sushi girl table has disappeared. The toilets are inside now, left of the bar counter, which has been extended to the right. The disturbing
fake oak trunk above the bar counter also has disappeared.
Everywhere are high tables with bar stools and coffee tables with bench seating now. The different sections can still be curtained off.
I saw two chaste waitresses in solid denim shorts and white polo shirts. I also saw five or six mostly old, fat and ugly freelancers in thin white cotton shorts and in thin white cotton spaghetti shirts. As they were wearing underwear there was
no camel toe effect.
I saw several men, but a number of them could have been the boss and his mates.
I was told that no barfines were charged, that a ST room nearby was available at 350 baht and that the girls expected 1,000 baht ST.
I was also told that The Camel Toe was owned by the same people as Pandora's on Soi LK Metro.
Left or Right Fantasy and Disco Club in the Rompho beer bar complex in Jomtien has gone dark.
Montana Bar and Lounge on Regional Land Road is closed from 31st May until 30th June and to reopen on 1st July.
Upstairs of Soi 15 and Soi Diamond, at the previous location of Shark Club A-GoGo, Overmind Club has opened.
At first sight the interior has remained unchanged.
Most of the dancers were overdressed in ugly white-and-pink outfits with ridiculous white cups. Some were wearing underwear, but some were, perhaps unknowingly, showing their camel toes.
They went on the central stage in teams of fourteen or fifteen with also one of them on each of the two smaller stages. There were also a number of dancers in turquoise string bikinis, many of them double-bottomed in black.
About six of them did a lousy show on the central stage.
All dancers I have seen were average, say 4 to 6, which is not too bad in Pattaya nowadays.
As often the music was horrible.
Some customers, but not many.
BEWARE: automatic tipping : small change is not returned.
On Walking Street Tiger Tomboys has closed, but I guess this is of little interest to most farangs. There is a comment on the Pattaya forums suggesting that the recently closed Shark , and possibly Tiger too, are set to be
re-developed as a disco.
On Soi Yamato (Soi 13/1) PooYing Bar has reopened, but now Las Vegas III of the same family has closed.
So there are now 81 bars around Pattaya describing themselves as GoGos.
On Soi Pattayaland 1 (Soi 13/3) Pussy Galore has reopened, but on the corner of the same soi and Beach Road, Coconut Bar has closed.
On Soi Khao Talo between Soi 10 and Soi 10/1 at the previous location of Pat's Bar a bar has opened under new ownership: K&K's BAR.
They have hired some younger girls now. One of them is 25-year-old Ann from Nong Khai who is rather chubby, but still in good shape and good company.
Barfine is still 300 baht for ST, room included, the girls expecting 1,000 baht.
At the moment the first floor is in a deplorable state; even the light switches are missing. I was told air conditioning will be installed next week and everything repaired.
Bottled Heineken 85 baht, lady drinks (such as Spy) 100 baht.
Pook Bar on Soi Buakho or to give it's full name Pook Swan House P32 Bistro & Bar, bit of a mouthfull.
I called in during an afternoon. There was a few customers on the outside terrace but I went inside for the aircon. I was the only one inside and the screens scattered around were showing Thai TV programs. I ordered a beer, Singha B65, and a guy
came over and changed the screen in front of me to sports channel.
He introduced himself to me, Graham from Huddersfield in the UK, recently appointed as Manager to bring custom back and rid the reputation of the ladyboys.
It is Thai owned and a lot of money has been spent. All the furniture is new as are the fittings.
The hotel price is B850 a night B&B for walk in customers but if you book it via Agoda it is cheaper. Under Agoda it is listed as the P32 Pattaya Hotel.
I didn't eat eat there but the food I saw being served looked good.
Happy is a long running GoGo a few paces off Walking Street.
I popped into Happy last night, it was terrible. The Stage was full of Coyote dancers wearing large black pants and even larger black tops. To make things worse, the Girls were only leaving the stage one at a time.
I said to a member of staff, Is this an a-gogo? but he did not understand. Another 10 Coyote Dancers were waiting to come on the stage. It took over an hour for the all Coyote dancers to leave the stage. Eventually some topless girls came
on, but 40 mins later the Coyote Dancers were back, so I left.
At the end of my first beer I thought about moving to Baccara but I was in Baccara on Saturday and there were about 12 Coyote Dancers their but it was not as bad because the Girls were moving across the Stage very quickly.
What I don't understand is, who thinks Coyote Dancers are what the public wants?
On Soi Khao Noi Rendezvous has opened at the previous location of Halfway Inn and Mermaid Bar Beer.
You have to ring the door bell now, but they open the sliding doors even before you can find the button.
At first sight the interior has remained unchanged, but there were more girls and punters than I have ever seen at the previous incarnations.That being said there was not a single girl who did catch my fancy.
Bottled Heineken 85 baht, during happy hour (until 6 p.m.) all beers 55 baht.
They also sell English cider at 130 baht per half litre. To be honest I would even prefer Belgian cider, which is a completely different product sold in champagne-style bottles.
Malcolm notes some of the changes over the last 12 months
The Freeze bar is all boarded up. That one didn't last long but it didn't show much promise when I found it last year. Trafalgar is now the Bar Le Poste which has already been mentioned.
Retox . towards 3rd Rd end. Opened last year by the Guy who used to have the Irish Rovers before it was renamed iRovers on LK Metro. Retox is on the same style as iRovers. Enclosed with glass door, air con and many big screen TV's
showing whatever sport your into. Seems to be doing well.
U Turn . Very small beer bar. 3 small tables outside and 3 more inside. The actual bar inside is much bigger than it needs to be, taking up customer space. Has glass door which was wedged open and the air con switched off. Singha B70.
About 6 average looking girls working there
What was the Pook ladyboy bar on Soi Buakho has reopened as Pook Bistro & Bar. It's now a straight Bistro/Bar. No ladyboys in sight. Everything looks new.
Small Soi off Soi Buakho by the Rich Bar and leads through to Soi Xzyte,
Update from Dick Farang
Oud Bar has existed for a long while and was originally right of Baby Boom before Baby Boom moved to its current location opposite Garden Beer Bar. Both places were ladyboy bars and owned by the same Dutchman and his Thai wife:
Josh and Poo. The ladyboys used to walk between the two places.
Note that oud is the Dutch word for old ; it could be part of a surname.
Oud Bar still exists, but it is no longer a ladyboy bar.
At the previous location of Baby Boom a new bar is taking shape: Fairy Club.
A few changes from the last few months down Soi Chayaphun
Mod Bar, Offshore Bar, Samsi Bar, Sportscene and Yellow Fever have all closed or been replaced.
Lucifer's Bar and Karaoke has been shut for 5 years by police/Army for opening till around 7am in the morning and some underage staff were found working there. There will be no tears shed by the surrounding buildings
because of the exceedingly loud karaoke till 7am.
Barbie Bar . The original one next to Whiskers Bar opposite the Triangle Bar is also closed for 5 years. A few rumours going round but most likely because they opened 24 hours. Drugs was also rumoured.
Apparently it's the building that gets the ban so the tenant has rented another bar at Third Road end on the same side and called that Barbie .
New bars are:
New York Club. a glass fronted bar,
Mini Alita Bar and
Orange Bar .
Morning Star (Has a for sale sign up)
Jie Jie Beer Bar . a double unit beer bar with Singha at B60. Called in last night and was jumped on by a not bad looking plumpish girl who decided she was going to maul me for the 20 minutes I was in there. Her:
you like massage . Me: No, no, I'm having a quiet beer But to no avail, still carried on mauling my arm and neck.
After the madness of the Japanese Golden Week had ended, I visited the new Beach Club on Soi Happy.
I find it strange they are directly competing with next-door sister gogo Happy, whereas Happy most of the time does not even use their second stage.
The least you can say is the layout of the new Beach Club is surprising, not to say the worst I have ever seen.
Along the Soi Happy side and along the Walking Street side are U-shaped booths with in the middle rather high round (NOT reflecting !) stages with a chrome pole on each of them.
Along the Happy gogo side are the bar counter, the toilets and the DJ and along the neighbour's side are some narrow stages, each of them with several chrome poles on them.
Wherever you are seated, you will only have a very partial view.
The red plush bench seating in the U-shaped booths is very comfortable, but if and when it ever gets a bit busy you will feel locked up.
About half of the dancers were clad in schoolgirl uniforms consisting of large white blouses and long black or red pleated skirts with matching neckties. In most other gogos the outfits of the waitresses are skimpier.
That being said Beach Club still has male waiters and way too many of them.
The other half of the dancers were wearing bikinis, varying from string bikinis over pants bikinis to huge black sports bikinis
More than 80 % of the dancers were on one of the stages at any time and they moved from pole to pole after each song.
Most of the dancers, especially the bikini dancers, were well over thirty years old. One old silicone fatty went topless.
The lighting was (probably intentionally) too bad to get a good impression of the quality of the females. That being said at least a number of them were certainly sub-average.
The music was the usual crap and way too loud.
The air conditioning was on the fresh side, with even the waiters complaining.
There were not many customers and the Asians left even faster than the farangs.
BEWARE: automatic tipping: small change is not returned spontaneously.
The upstairs Shark Club venue on Soi 15/Soi Diamond has closed and the staff have moved to Spice Club opposite on Soi 15.
There seems to be some experimentation going on as all staff joined to Spice Club from 20th to 30th in April. All staff were back to Shark Club on 1st May. All staff joined to Spice Club again from 9th May.
There are door staff at the old Soi 15 entrance to direct people to the new location.
It is uncomfirmed, but it seems that Spice Club has been taken over by Shark Club and this will be reflected in the signage and paperwork in a month or so.
So the net results is that there are now 83 GoGos around Pattaya.
Update: Censored whilst claiming to be uncensored
26th May 2016. From Dick Farang
The Soi 15 entrance to Shark Club A-GoGo is still illuminated, but there are indeed two greeters who try to convince passers-by to go to Spice Club instead.
I find this a bit weird as people are free to go where they see fit and they have a choice of some 80 (?) gogos in Pattaya.
As the French saying goes: Qui va à la chasse, perd sa place.
Only O was a very small overpriced GoGo on Soi Diamond. It closed for Songkran promising to open afterwards. It never did.
Soi Diamond is now down to 6 farang friendly female GoGos, New Star, Heaven Above, Windmill, Cream Naughty Girls and Super Girl. Shark Club A-GoGo is still running on Soi Diamond but has closed the entrance on that soi in favour of its Soi 15
entrance. Rocket is still going but its pussy tricks format is of little interest to farangs.
On internet fora there has been a lot of speculation about what was actually going on.
website has remained unchanged, but on their
Facebook account the "obscene" pictures have been removed such as this picture of the good old days.
In the meantime Passion appears to have reopened once more.
When I arrived around 3.30 p.m. there were six other cars on the car park.
There was still a guard at the entrance and when you leave you have to ring a bell from inside.
Inside the punters were by far outnumbered by the girls. Most of the females were average or less and in the 35-45 age bracket. All of them were more than overdressed. No bikinis, no lingerie, no special dress code, no action in the swimming
The dim light was perfect for hiding bodily imperfections.
The music was non-obtrusive, the kind you only "hear" when it stops.
The ST barfine is still 400 baht, room included. The going rate for ST is still 1,000 baht, although some will try to get more.
The ST room (or better: one of the ST rooms) is on the ground floor in the corner behind the swimming pool.
This room was clean and clear with a bed, two bedside tables, a sofa and a large mirror which was way too high to watch the action.
The en-suite bathroom was as large as the bedroom, with a washbasin, a toilet, a shower and even a bath and quality plumbing.
Bottled Heineken 89 baht, lady drinks (small liqueur glasses of fake tequila) 125 baht.
Meanwhile on the shutter of Viper Bar , Passion's sister club on Pratamnak Soi 4, is an A4 sheet now with one word only: CLOSED . This also seems linked to the aftermath of a police raid.
I popped into the new Beach Club on Saturday night.
It is a very long thin room with alcove seating and table top dancers. The furnishings were very nice but the overall layout was not too good as you are very limited in what you can see. Waiters were always in your eyeline as they competed for
The girls wearing white blouses and black mini skirts were wearing knickers which was very disappointing. There were a few topless dancers but they did not reach the part of room I was sitting in,
The music was too loud and the aircon too cold. Beer was ok.
On Walking Street Infinity has reopened under new management.
Champion A-GoGo has re-opened on Soi Lucky Star at the venue that was previously The Blues Factory.
A second branch of Champion earlier opened on Soho Square, staff refer to this as Champion 2
The Sea went dark on 4th April 2016. The staff are set to transfer to Champion A-GoGo, so the prognosis for the bar does not look good.
On Walking Street Harem is still closed without any sign of an imminent reopening.
Dick Farang observes that the number of greeters have been steadily dwindling everywhere, and some places, such as Cream on Soi Diamond, apparently cannot afford them any longer. I think that many places are struggling to survive.
Locos Bar replaced Sweet Kiss on Pattaya Soi 6 on 31st March 2016. No sign of any lady boys so far in the new bar.
Venus Love Lounge
Thanks to Ishi
I heard the bar re-opened in January. I saw 4 ladies (one was attractive) and 1 mamasan outside, but nobody was inside the bar at 7:30pm on 1st April. Opens from 1pm to 11pm. All-in 1,400B.
Thanks to Dick Farang
On Thappraya Road Manhattans Steakhouse has closed.
I guess they were not expensive enough.
I have been there once, many years ago, but when I was told that I had to sit and drink a whisky or a cocktail in the lounge before being allowed in the dining room (and not being a yankee) I declined.
The Sea A-GoGo
The Sea A-GoGo was dark on Soi Diamond on 4th April. The reasons are not yet clear.