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29th June

  Bad news...

Bad Girls A-GoGo takes shape on Walking Street
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badgirls sign A new GoGo is taking shape in June 2016. It is located on Walking Street next door to Insomnia disco.

So there are now Annabelle's, G-Spot and Bad Girls all waiting to try their luck on Walking Street.

 

28th June

  Windmill on the Up...

Rising from the ashes of old bars...new bars
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Windmill frontage 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.

 

25th June

  Hard to find new bars...

Club Tropicana and G-Spot
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club tropicana Thanks to Teigen

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.

 

22nd June

  Same as before but more clothes...

Pattaya GoGo Reviews: Diamond
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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 sign 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.

No nudity.

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.

Bottled Heineken 150 baht.

 

20th June

 Updated: New for Old...

Casnovy closed whilst Diamond returns
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casnovy opem casnovy closed

  Open one day...

...closed the next

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 .

Diamond sign 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

diamon back entrance 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.

 

18th June

  Toe Poke...

The Camel Toe Gentlemen's Club opens off Soi Kopai
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camel toe 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.

Bottled Heineken 80 baht.

 

14th June

  Black holes around town...

Bar openings and closings around Pattaya
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passion gentlements club Once again, Passion Gentlemen's Club in Jomtien has been closed by police order. Their website only mentions:

Due to unforseen (sic) circumstances Passion Club will be CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE .... WE apologize for any inconvenience.

and

It is with much pleasure we can announce that Passion Club WILL REOPEN ON JULY 7 Keep an eye on our page for further information.

I think this place is doomed.

On Soi Pattanakan, the extension of Soi Nern Plab Wahn Soi 28, Kayak Bar and Black Hole have closed.

The road works, far from ready, will not have helped. A street to stay away from for the years to come.

On Soi Khao Noi Casual has become Welcome Inn.

 

11th June

  Fairy Club...

New GoGo/Gentlemen's Club off Soi Buakhao
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fairy club A new club has opened just of Soi Buakhao on the small soi connecting with Soi Chayaphun.

The club describes itself as a GoGo/Gentlemen's Club. Prices are compared with Telephone Bar, 007, Pirate Bar Excite Club, so perhaps that is the best idea of what to expect.me

The venue was once the ladyboy GoGo Baby Boom so the 'Fairy Club' is a little offputting. But the owners assure that there will be only real girls.

 

6th June

  Not Overkind...

News and Pattaya GoGo Reviews: Overmind
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overmind 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.

No nudity.

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.

Male waiters.

Some customers, but not many.

BEWARE: automatic tipping : small change is not returned.

Bottled Heineken 140 baht.

 

2nd June

  Madness!...

Overmind opens on Soi Diamond
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overmind Overmind Club has opened in the venue that was previously Shark Club with entrances on Soi 15 and Soi Diamond. The new gogo proclaims the strapline: House of Madness and opened on 1st June.

The sign seems to reference a disco in Milan and indeed the owner is reported to be Italian.

Meanwhile Las Vegas III on Soi Yamato has re-opened after a brief break. So there are now 83 bars around Pattaya proclaiming themselves as GoGos.

 

30th May

  Pussy Galore...

Pattaya bar news
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las vegas iii 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.

 

23rd May

  Meeting More Girls...

Pattaya Bar Reviews: Rendezvous
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rendezvous soi khao noi 2016 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.

 

21st May

  Retoxicated...

A bar update for Soi Lengkee and Soi Buakhao
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retox sign Soi Lengkee

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.

New bars:

  • 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

Soi Buakhao

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.

 

18th May

  It's a Barbie World...

An update from Soi Chayaphun
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  barbie sign 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 jier 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.

Lolita's is now B700 for BJ.

 

10th May

 Commented: Sharks and Spice...

Shark Club closes at the upstairs Soi 15 venue
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Shark Club steps 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 la chasse, perd sa place.

 

8th May

  No O...

Only O closes on Soi Diamond
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only o 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.

There are now 84 GoGos operating around Pattaya.

 

7th May

  Passion Police...

Passion Gentlemen's Club comes under police scrutiny
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Recently Passion Gentlemen's Club in Jomtien has been raided and closed repeatedly by army and police, the last time on Saturday 16th April 2016:

On internet fora there has been a lot of speculation about what was actually going on.

passion 98 Their 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 pool.

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.

small liqueur glass 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.

 

28th April

  Shifting Sands...

Beach Club re-opens on Soi Happy
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beach club soi happy Beach Club has re-opened on Soi Happy, the small Walking Street soi leading up to its sister bar, Happy A-GoGo. The bar was previously located on Soi 15.

There are now 85 bars around Pattaya defining themselves as GoGo bars.

 

24th April

  Champion still up to its old tricks...

Bar news from around town
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champion 1 Champion A-GoGo

Champion A-GoGo, which reopened on Soi Lucky Star, is still a pussy tricks bar.

I had a quick look and made a U-turn.

Halfway Inn

On Soi Khao Noi Halfway Inn, previously Mermaid Bar Beer, has closed.

It is for sale for more than three million baht.

The Place 2 Bee

On Soi Leng Kee The Place 2 Bee has closed ( SALE - RENT ).

Since the departure of Belgian manager Roger and the clumsy refurbishment last summer it had been struggling.

 

6th April

  Re-championed...

Champion A-GoGo and Infinity re-open
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champion 1 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.

 

5th April

  New for Old...

Openings and closings around town
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locos Locos Bar

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.

Manhattans Steakhouse

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.

 

4th April

  Girly Bar...

There are now 3 Las Vegas GoGos in Soi Yamato
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pying Las Vegas II on Soi Yamato returned to life on 2nd and 3rd April.

And in fact a third bar on the same soi owned by the group converted from bar to GoGo on the 24th March.

Ishi reported  seeing 4 dancers in PYing Bar, one of them was a naked old dancer.

So now there are 83 bars calling themselves GoGos.

 

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