Thailand Night Fever

NANA PLAZA – NEON JUNGLE NEWS

After Dark AsiaThe most popular go-go bars in the neon jungle of Nana Plaza have recently had a significant surge in trade.  For the past few weeks, MANY bar owners’ right across Thailand have been moaning and groaning about the lack of customers.  Some people think it is getting increasingly worse each year, but there are bars that are holding their own remarkably well.  Rainbow 1 Go-Go Bar, Rainbow 4 Go-Go Bar and Angelwitch Go-Go Bar continue to attract large amounts of customers, maintaining a full house at peak trading times.  Rainbow 1 Go-Go Bar started this month with a staggering 160 dancing dolly birds (go-go girls).  There are some go-go bar owners who have several go-go bars and yet, they still cannot match tiny little Rainbow 1 Go-Go Bar for numbers.  Consistently, the mighty Rainbow 4 Go-Go Bar boasts even more dancing dolly birds with a total that fluctuates between 200 and 250 go-go bargirls. Even though we are in the midst of low season, Angelwitch Go-Go Bar (middle level Nana Plaza) continues to maintain a total staff level of 150 people.  Thankfully, not everybody turns up for work on a nightly basis, or we would be playing a game of Siamese Sardines!

At the start of the Buddhist holiday (Wan Asanha Puja), Morning Nite Bar decided to close and do some renovations.  Conveniently located in prime position just inside Soi Nana, this particular Thai bar biz team obviously value their customers.  The renovation work lasted 5 days and they have reopened.  I noticed a lot of electrical wiring, so I gathered that a thorough rewiring of Morning Nite Bar was completed.  The Thai management team at Morning Nite Bar might have installed new air conditioners and some new lighting.  The basic structure of Morning Nite Bar remains the same – we can safely assume it was a makeover rather than a major renovation.  Incidentally, Thai tycoon Khun Meow owns Hillary 1 Bar (Soi Nana), Hillary 2 Bar (Soi Nana), Hillary 3 Bar (Soi 11), Spice Club (Soi 11), and Morning Nite Bar.

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SOI COWBOY – A WALK ON THE WILD WEST SIDE

Down in Soi Cowboy Country you will be pleased to know that the dolly birds (bargirls) are still at one with nature.  These particular dolly birds like the freedom and feel of natural attire.  I must say that as an avid dolly bird watcher I totally approve!  Fancy a spot of bird watching?  If you want to see the illustrious lovebirds in action, pop into Suzie Wongs Go-Go Bar (nightly), Shebas Go-Go Bar (nightly), or Baccara Go-Go Bar (Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays).   

ALL CHANGE AT THE IRISH XCHANGE

The Bangkok branch of the Irish X-Change Pub situated on Convent Road is currently closed.  The management has decided to give their popular establishment a thorough renovation job.  The Bangkok staff have joined their sister branch Molly Malone’s Irish Bar, which is located on Patong Beach in Phuket.  For reasons that I do not yet know, the Irish Xchange in Bangkok will be renamed Molly Malone’s Irish Bar.  I was informed by Stickman about this breaking bar news.

TOP SHOWGIRL RETURNS TO ANGELWITCH GO-GO BAR

Angelwitch Go-Go and Show Bar located on the middle floor in Nana Plaza, sees the return of one of their very best solo stage stars.  Miss Nan has returned following a VERY long spell away from not only Angelwitch Go-Go Bar, but also Thailand.  Following a spell in England, Nan was keen to return to Angelwitch.  I know how she feels!  The talented entertainer Nan returns to awe the audience in Angelwitch, or “Bangkok Broadway” as Dave The Rave refers to it.  This particular Angelwitch Showgirl can perform some breathtaking acrobatic stage skills that could rival some gymnasts.  If you do not believe us, you can see for yourselves – Nan is once again bringing the house down with her pole performances…

PERSONAL PROFILE OF A GO-GO BAR SHOWGIRL

NAME: Nan  –  RANK: Angelwitch Showgirl  –  NUMBER: 164

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BEER LAO SHOWS ITS DARK SIDE

For a considerable period, Beer Lao has risen to become the single largest export item from Laos.  The Beer Lao team has decided to expand their product range, and they have recently introduced Beer Lao Dark.  I am uncertain what kind of impact Beer Lao Dark will have in Thailand, but it is a welcomed addition to Thailand’s list of available beers.  WARNING!  Beer Lao Dark packs a mighty punch.  It is 6.5% alcohol volume, which makes Beer Lao Dark the strongest beer (available in mainstream bars in Thailand), along with Chang Beer.  Regular Beer Lao is only 5.0% alcohol volume in comparison.  I think that you will find that most popular venues will sell more regular Beer Lao.  In fact, some venues have refused to stock Chang Beer and Beer Lao Dark, because they are deemed as loony juice.  Although it is very strong, Chang Beer is available right across Thailand because there is a demand for it.  However, regarding Beer Lao Dark, these dark beers are a particularly acquired taste.

Beer Lao Dark is available in the Big Mango Bar (situated above Lucky Lukes in Nana Plaza).  The Big Mango’s revised Happy Hour now runs from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM.  During Happy Hour, regular house drinks are available for just 60 Baht.  Beer Lao Dark costs 75 Baht at Happy Hour and 110 Baht after 8:00 PM.  Cheers and beers!

PATTAYA’S PERFECT STORM

Pattaya suffered a bad storm recently, which knocked out power for a whole day.  Pattaya’s perfect storm thrashed its angry tail and high winds, and heavy rain resulted in parts of Pleasure Playground being whipped.  Fortunately, only a limited area of a few blocks was affected by the tail end of a nasty storm – Walking Street and other main bar areas were not hit.  Normal power service resumed at 9:00 PM but luckily, most of Pattaya’s nightlife carried on partying with little, or no knowledge of the power blackout.  This will happen from time to time, especially in a place like Pattaya.  However, the amount of venues that rely on electricity is a scary thought.  Just think how much power the whole of Pattaya needs – yep, a hell of a lot.  Alternatively, as the Thais would say, “Too much power.”

Life seems to have returned to normal in Pattaya, well that is as “normal” as life can be for a Sin-City-On-Sea!

ARE YOU FUNKING RAVING?

This Friday, August 10, Bed Supperclub features UK drum and bass legend LTJ Bukem.  The world famous Bed Supperclub is located on Sukhumvit, Soi 11 and this top class dinner club is on many “must see” lists when referring to Bangkok.  Bed Supperclub is all right, all bright and all white too!  

BACCARA GO-GO BAR IS BACK WITH A BANG

Down in Soi Cowboy, Baccara Go-Go Bar has completed its extension job and now presents itself as three shop houses.  The great thing about Baccara’s renovation means that this includes both floor levels.  In non-technical language, this means that Baccara has just become a medium sized, two storey go-go bar.  With Baccara Go-Go Bar being one of the most popular go-go bars in Soi Cowboy, this can only add to its appeal.  Baccara is back… bigger and better!

PAYING THE PRICE

A man walks into Harrods in London.  He asks the nearest member of staff, “Can you show me something for 5 pounds (350 Baht).”  And just then the Harrods sales assistant snappily replies, “Certainly, there’s the door!”

5 Responses to “Thailand Night Fever”

  1. Khun Leigh says:

    I agree that there has been a slight uptick upturn in trade recently.  I would put the bars into 3 categories.  Consistently popular places (Rainbow Bars, Long Gun, Big Dogs, Gullivers, Angelwitch, etc.).  Moderately busy places that can be quite busy one day and then dead the next (Playschool, Mandarin, Dollhouse, Lucky Lukes, etc.).  And then, places that are rarely busy but usually DEAD quiet (too many to name!!).  As a customer I think it’s nice to visit a variety of places as sometimes the electricity of a busy bar is quite intoxicating, while at other times having a cutie sit on your lap for 2 hours in a quiet place is just the ticket!

  2. Thanks for commenting Leigh. I agree with your viewpoint. However, there is much more than just a slight upturn in bar trade in the most popular bars. Both Angelwitch (Nana Plaza) and Angelwitch (Soi 15 Pattaya) are up (gross sales) on this time last year. Also, Big Dogs are up considerably (gross sales) on July last year. I think that it is absolutely incredible how Rainbow 1 and Rainbow 4 can sustain such a HUGE number of very attractive go go girls, even in the midst of low season. As you often mention yourself Leigh, there is a very significant gap between the levels of the most successful/popular bars, and the least successful/popular bars. Unfortunately, the difference between the top and bottom bars is nothing short of absolutely ENORMOUS! Some people just take it for granted that the top bars constantly remain extremely busy in low season. But, they should be reminded that this does not happen by accident. There are specific reasons why some bars are always full and some are always empty – luck has next to nothing to do with it.

  3. Kan Thip says:

    Gross sales are up, but aren’t beer prices, ladies drinks and bar fines, so number of punters may be the same or even less?

    Do agree that sometimes can’t get a seat in Angelwitch and some Rainbow bars.

    Why are you surprised that some bars can maintain large quantities of staff in the low season… it’s not a surprise to anyone that there are less customers in this season so some of the extreme profits from the high season can be used to subsidize the low season (possibly not a concept some Thai owners can get their head around)

    Not trying to be too critical, good website overall.

  4. Hi Kan Thip, please remember that we are accomplished professionals in the bar business.  Angelwitch and the main Rainbow Bars’ track records speak for themselves.  For well over a year now, Angelwitch in Nana Plaza decided not to raise beer prices, ladies drinks and bar fines.  For your information – the bar fines were raised to 600 baht a few years ago, and have remained at that level ever since. 

    How often do you visit Nana Plaza?  Rainbow 1 and Angelwitch are often packed full at peak trading hours.  I am not suprised that some go go bars maintain large quantities of staff, I was talking about a high level of attractive bargirls.  Rainbow Group deserve credit for achieving this in low season.  In my opinion, I cannot remember when the go go bar business was tougher than right now.  You only have to look around and see the staggering amount of empty bars.  We should not be criticising the popular bars, because they have obviously got the formula right.  As for the Rainbow group having to “subsidize the low season”, you have no idea how much cash Rainbow 1 and Rainbow 4 make.  The Rainbow Group are a license to print money!  Also, Bangkok is less seasonal than Pattaya – subsidizing the low season is something that the less popular bars will have to contend with.

    I am pleased that you like my website.

  5. Bobby Beecher says:

    Dave,
    Great websight mate! Will be in Bangkok around 24 Oct. Go to Udan Thani around 26 Oct then back to Bangkok 29 Oct until 6 Nov. Sorry about your Dad. Best Regards, Bobby Boy.