Thailand Night Fever

CELEBRATING ST. PATRICK’S DAY IN BANGKOK (PART ONE)

ANGELWITCH SHOWGIRLS IN NANA PLAZA - BANGKOK - THAILANDToday is a special Monday, because it is St. Patrick’s Day.  For the uninitiated, St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland.  St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated worldwide, but it is a particularly HUGE celebration in America… As I walked inside, I surveyed the scene and within a few seconds, I spotted my friend Rob.  We had arranged to meet at Bully’s Pub, which is located next to the JW Marriott Hotel on Sukhumvit Road.  There was a large table available, so we sat down and soaked up the relaxing atmosphere.  Previously, this place was nothing more than a mere shell, but the new owner ET has done a terrific job of improving it.  We can forget those early days, because Bully’s Pub is now established as one of the most popular pubs in Bangkok.  And, I was about to find out why.  Although it was only 6:00pm, already a crowd was starting to build.  Bully’s Pub draws large crowds and even though it is a large pub, it fills up at peak trading hours.

Rob does not mess around and he soon ordered Bangkok’s latest arrival.  Being a beer drinker, I was in for a real treat, because Kronenbourg draught lager has just become available.  Upon inspection, my initial thoughts were that it looked very promising.  Having a conversation about beer might seem unusual to some people, but Thailand has waited a long long time to import some world-class beers.  Back in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, us beer drinkers could not even find a handful of bottled beers, and that was your lot!  Furthermore, this also applies to spirits and other alcoholic beverages.  Thank the Lord that Thailand got with the times!  When I was in Pattaya back in the late 1980’s, Heineken Beer, Singha Beer and Kloster Beer were all the rage.  A Thai company based in Bangkok even tried to produce Guinness in cans.  Yuk!  It tasted like drain cleaner, but without the strength.  A lot of this horrendous Guinness was sold to American Servicemen who were clueless as to what Guinness really tasted like.  I’m sure that some of you Thailand veterans remember those days.  Nowadays, Irish imbibers would be horrified to see this imposter being sold in Thailand.  Thankfully, it did not last long and we now have real Guinness.

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Two glasses of Kronenbourg arrived at the table.  They were served by a lovely beer promo girl who had a smile that could melt the heart of the devil.  My glass of Kronenbourg had a thick, creamy head and it was chilled to perfection.  After just one sip I knew that I was about to fall for both the Kronenbourg Beer and the promo girl.  Like an excited schoolboy, I said to Rob, “Ooh, she’s a cracker!”  We both joked about what a “terrible” place Bangkok is for a night out on the town.  For us both, it sure was another world away from the “Dog & Duck” in England.  As I drew the comparison between Bangkok and England, Rob rolled his eyes upwards and said, “Don’t remind me Dave, I have to go back to England soon.”  Well guys, it is always a good reality check, especially when you look at the state of the farang women! 

AFTER DARK ASIA MAGAZINE THAILANDI must say that the Kronenbourg was very smooth and it was going down like real amber nectar.  It is not excessively gassy like a lot of lagers, and it tasted great to me.  Thank you Mr. Kronenbourg because I have found a new friend.  Within no time at all Kronenbourg will firmly establish itself in the beer market in Thailand.  You can mark my words on that too!  In only two weeks, Kronenbourg is already outselling a few rival draught lagers.  OK, enough about Kronenbourg, it’s a bloody good beer and you get the picture!

There is a distinctive look and feel about Bully’s, it really is a proper pub.  It’s no wonder Bully’s is one of Rob’s favourite pubs in the whole of Thailand.  The music mix is eclectic and you will certainly here some classic tunes.  Seeing as it was St. Patrick’s Day, Bully’s Pub laid on a special buffet for 290+ Baht.  I did not participate on this occasion, but the pub grub looked scrumptious upon a visual inspection.

Part Two of “Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day In Bangkok” continues next week.  Stay tuned folks!

BANGKOK COUNSELING THAILAND

THAILAND’S NIGHTLIFE HIT BY EARLY CLOSING

Suddenly, this week early closing has been enforced upon the nightspots across Bangkok.  Nana Plaza, Soi Cowboy and Patpong are being closed at 1:00am by the authorities.  Few bars are unaffected as confusion spreads throughout Bangkok’s nightlife scene.  Some  bars are being ordered to close at midnight.  Down in Pattaya, Walking Street is being closed at 2:00am.  Apparently, the word on the street is that this order comes from high up in the Thai government.  If you can understand Thai politics, then you are a better man than I am!  We have been told that this will continue for the rest of this month.  Let us hope that the early closing eases off next month.

ANGELWITCH GO-GO BAR – THAI TWINS UPDATE

SAN MIG LITE BEER IN BANGKOK THAILANDDue to me hanging out a lot in Angelwitch Go-Go Bar in Nana Plaza, I do get asked what is happening with the Angelwitch showgirls.  Well guys, I am pleased to report that Miss Bee, who is one of the twins, still performs on (almost) a nightly basis.  This leads me to class Bee, as one of our resident showgirls.  And believe me that is some achievement when you see the inconsistent attendance records of go-go girls.  There has been quite a bit said about Bee in the past, but if you get to know her, she is quite a character.  Bee is not a sultry showgirl, those of us that know Bee can see that.  If you have a chat with Bee sometime, you might well discover her fun and friendly side.  Bee’s twin sister Ae is currently not working at Angelwitch.  Ae has acquired a farang boyfriend and has already visited Europe with the lucky guy.  We do miss Ae on the stage, but the main thing is that her boyfriend is good to her.  I am pleased to report that the relationship is going well and Ae is happy.  As Sanook Shaun always reminds me, “I am so pleased when I hear that a bargirl is leading a happy life.”  Sanook Shaun went on to say, “It makes me feel much better knowing that.”  By the way, a belated Happy St. Patrick’s Day to Sanook Shaun!

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SOI COWBOY SUPER SAVER

Down in Soi Cowboy, I have discovered yet another great drinks deal.  Both Suzie Wong and Sheba’s Go-Go Bars offer Beer Lao at only 60 Baht during their Happy Hour.  This is very farang friendly and could well have Beer Lao fans frothing at the mouth.   Cheers for the cheap beers!

PATTAYA – PLEASURE PLAYGROUND

Down in Pattaya there is currently a large police presence in and around Walking Street at closing time.  Unfortunately, I have to report that most of the bars in the Walking Street vicinity are being closed by the authorities at 2:00am.  Reports state that this will probably continue for the rest of March.  This is a BIG blow to Pleasure Playground, which is usually classed as the late night party capital of Asia.  Another sign of the times for Pattaya is that two go-go bars have been forced to close their doors.  Magic Palace Go-Go Bar has closed after only being open for less than three months.  Following the same fate is Taboo Go-Go Bar, which at one point was starting to improve.

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Due to the inconsistency of the supposedly enforced early closing, a meeting has been called to talk about this sensitive issue.  Some bar owners are upset that their bars are forced to close at 2:00am, but some other bars are not.  Being the most high profile area in Pattaya, the Walking Street vicinity is being hit hard.  Tomorrow bar owners will meet with officials at Pattaya Town Hall.

Sisterz Go-Go Bar on Walking Street have acquired the services of a new mamasan.  Mamasan Nang has decided to become one of the Sisterz, which is much to Ricky’s liking.  Mamasan Nang who previously worked at Club Boesche, is an established and respected mamasan.  Sisterz did take a drop in the number of go-go dancers, but the line-up has recently been replenished.  I was chatting away to Ricky, when he suddenly said, “I’ve got to go to show practise.”  I think that’s ridiculous, Ricky will never get into that lingerie! 

SHAKERZ COYOTE CLUB - SOI NANA - BANGKOK - THAILAND

COYOTEES GO-GO DANCE CONTEST WINNERS

COYOTEES GO-GO BAR - SOI MARINE PLAZA - PATTAYA - THAILANDWell guys, better late than never as they say, here are the Dance Contest winners from the competition held at Coyotees Go-Go Bar… In reverse order; 3rd place was awarded to Boom from Champagne Go-Go Bar, the runner up was Nok from What’s Up Go-Go Bar, and the winner was Koy from Coyotees Go-Go Bar.  In what was a closely fought final, some people did not think that there was much between Koy and Nok at all.  Yet again, it was a very successful Dance Contest.  Hopefully, it will not be too long before there is another Dance Contest in Pattaya.  As always, I will keep you informed.

BAR MANAGER VACANCY IN CAMBODIA

A European bar owner has developed an entertainment complex in Sihanoukville in Cambodia.   Last week they had a soft opening.  Currently there is a vacancy for a manager and a Westerner is the preferred choice.  There is a good salary on offer (by Cambodian standards), plus FREE living quarters.  The owners are looking for a hands-on manager with the financial acumen to develop the business.  The manager will run an entertainment complex with a very long lease on 1,000 M2.  It features a restaurant, a beer garden and a nightclub.  The focus is on live music.

Job application and additional information is available via – clubcambodia@yahoo.com

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PHUKET – PEARL OF THE SOUTH

In the all action area of Patong, there is an ambitious new project to build an entertainment complex called Nana Plaza Patong.  A former go-go bar owner from the original Nana Entertainment Plaza in Bangkok is the leader of the business venture.  Those interested in owning a beer bar, go-go bar, or restaurant in Phuket can call these Thai mobile phone numbers:-

Anton in Phuket – 0817730317 or James in Bangkok – 0813987346

Alternatively, you can visit the Nana Plaza Patong website on this LINK 

By the way, down Patong in Phuket, the old VIP has been demolished.  I learn that Rock City is building a new venue on this spot.  Sadly, a bit of Phuket history is gone.   

BANGKOK FCCT HOST ACCLAIMED AUTHORS

PRIVATE DANCER BY STEPHEN LEATHER - BANGKOK - THAILANDThe Foreign Correspondence Club in Bangkok will host four acclaimed authors’ on March 26th.  The “Fantastic Four” comprises of Dean Barrett, Christopher Moore, Colin Cotterill and Stephen Leather.  This special event features a writers’ panel, which commences at 8:00pm.  Entrance is free for FCCT members and 300 Baht for non-members.  The topic under discussion will be; “Fiction on Asia:  Niche Market or Entering the Mainstream.”  This writers’ event promises to be a fascinating evening.  I can understand that Colin Cotterill, Chris Moore and Steve Leather are on the writers’ panel, but Dean Barrett?  Please excuse me, but some folks think Dean is just an eccentric womaniser, HOT BLOOD BY STEPHEN LEATHERwho writes when he gets the time!  (That was a joke and Dean knows that!).  However, you can discover the real Dean Barrett at the FCCT next Wednesday at 8:00pm or in a go-go bar in Bangkok any night.  Enjoy!

GETTING THERE – Take the BTS Skytrain to Chitlom, which connects to the Maneeya Building.  The FCCT is located inside the Maneeya Building.

DEAN BARRETT BANGKOK THAILAND

TALES OF THAILAND

JADE FROM DEAN BARRETT - BANGKOK - THAILANDDuring his recent trip to Thailand, Geoff from Thai Oasis decided to venture into a beer bar.  Upon entering the bar, the first bargirl he met said, “Hello Papa.”  Oh dear Geoff, that sure must hurt your pride!  I think Geoff is a healthy guy who looks in good shape for his age.  Oh well Geoff, I guess you can’t win them all, but keep battling on with the hearts and minds campaign!  

NOTE THE QUOTE – INFLATION

“Americans are getting stronger.  Twenty years ago, it took two people to carry ten dollars’ worth of groceries.  Today, a five-year-old can do it.”  (Henny Youngman).

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These self-service buffets are similar to a night out in the go-go bars. You pick what you fancy… Then, when you see what one of your mates has, you want some of that too!  (Dave The Rave 2008).
 
EMAIL DAVE THE RAVE –
davetheravebangkok@gmail.com

Thanks for visiting.  Reporting live from the heart of Thailand…

Dave The Rave – Go-Go Guru.

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13 Responses to “Thailand Night Fever”

  1. A reader says that I am wrong about the length of time Mamasan Nang worked at Club Boesche.  I do like my information to be accurate, so I  have altered the text – “Mamasan Nang who previously worked at Club Boesche.”

    I hope that you like the new photos and thank you all for visiting my website.  Cheers! 

  2. Yngve says:

    Hi Dave,
    But we had Carlsberg Beer back on those days. I like it and I miss it.

  3. Hi Yngve, yes, I agree that Carlsberg is missed by some beer drinkers.  Some of my friends talk about Carlsberg like it is a long lost friend.  However, Kronenbourg Lager is an excellent beer and it is the bestselling beer in France.  It will sell very well in Bangkok.  After only two weeks in Bully’s Pub, Kronenbourg is outselling Paulaner Lager and that is very impressive.

    I sometimes find it hard to recollect accurately back to the 1980’s, but are you sure Carlsberg was available then?  Even considering that Carlsberg was available, the selection of beers available nowadays is such a vast improvement.  Cheers for the lovely beers!

  4. Star says:

    Might have it wrong, but I thought Carlsberg turned up when one of the Thai beers (Kloster?) went AWOL and then somewhere along the line they lost their brewery to the locals… you are right, putting things in context from twenty-odd years ago IS difficult! I used to like Singha and Mekong-Coke back in the early eighties but I would not touch either of them, these days. To get really obscure if anyone want to turn a buck, the Belgians make a really neat beer called De Konnick which they serve in a sort of large brandy glass and which I enjoyed when I was working in Antwerp for a year where I actually saw my first live Thai gal who inspired me to come to Thailand.

  5. Sam says:

    Dave, You may be a Go Go Guru but in failing to accord Dean Barrett the respect he deserves as a brilliant and versatile writer of great distinction you are a poor literary critic. (Actually ‘versatile’ is a double edged sword – Dean would probably be better known if he stuck to one consistent writing style but he has chosen variety over consistency.

    Memoirs of a Bangkok Warrior is the funniest book I’ve ever read on military goof offs in a foreign land. ‘Don Quixote in China’ is superb exploration of Chinese travel and culture based around a highly an original device. ‘Skytrain to Murder’ is a deft thriller with fine portraits of Bangkok life and ‘The Go Go Dancer Who Stole My Viagra’ is such a witty book of rhymes and poems that I insisted in reading to my wife as soon as I’d opened it for the first time. Dean is a master of so many varied styles that he could be a sufficient panel by himself.

    I urge all Night Fever readers to plunge into the books of Dean Barrett. You’ll be glad you did!

  6. Hi Star, thanks for the insight about beer in Thailand back in the 1980’s.  Reflecting back over the years, I recall that Carlsberg did arrive later on.  In conclusion, the point that I was making is that there were very few beers available in those days.  Nowadays in modern Bangkok, beer drinkers can enjoy a wide range of brands.  Cheers!

    DRAGON SLAYER BY DEAN BARRETTHi Sam, please excuse me if my humour did not hit the mark.  I do respect Dean Barrett as an acclaimed author, I attend his book signings, as well as mention them on my website.  I think my tongue-in-cheek comments were lost somewhere along the way.  No harm meant at all, just a bit of banter among friends.  I agree with your comments, Dean is a very talented and versatile writer.  In addition, don’t forget to read “Dragon Slayer” which Dean recently published.  Cheers!

     

  7. I am pleased to hear Kronenburg is available. I used to drink this back at home and enjoyed it immensely. I think I might trundle down for a tipple this evening.

    Keep up the good work, Dave.

  8. Manny says:

    Re: “when you see the inconsistent attendance records of go-go girls”.
    My understanding is that the bar girls get 1 day off in month and must pay the equivalent of a bar fine for every other day they don’t turn up for work.
    How can they afford frequent ‘no shows’ ? Please explain.

  9. Hi Dirty Keith, thanks for those kind words.  Actually, I was just enjoying a few glasses of Kronenbourg earlier this evening.  Two good pubs to get a cold Kronenbourg Draught Lager are Bully’s Pub (next to JW Marriott Hotel), and Soi 8 Bar & Restaurant (Sukhumvit, Soi 8 just inside on the left).  Soi 8 Bar are serving half pints for only 100 Baht, which is a very reasonable price for a world-class imported beer.  Kronenbourg 1664 is France’s bestselling beer and it is the second bestselling beer in England. The name “Kronenbourg” is rather misleading, but it is indeed French. Cheers!

    Hi Manny, different go-go bars operate to different salary structures, but what is more common (in my experience) is 3 paid days off per month.  Then, the girls are cut a days money for every extra day they do not work.  There are higher cuts for Fridays and Saturdays, which are obviously the most important nights.  Basically, if these “farang sponsors” keep sending bargirls too much money, it’s not surprising that they hardly ever turn up!  Some bargirls are so spoilt that they stroll into the go-go bar like superstars.  Therefore, the elite earners just don’t care if they do not get much, or any salary.  In this instance, I was specifically referring to the superstar showgirls.    

  10. Special K says:

    Hi Dave,

    I do appreciate your attempts to be accurate as it says a lot about your character. However in retrospect I don’t think it will be the end of civilization as we know it of your information is a little off.

  11. art says:

    Henny Youngman lived from 1906 until 1998.

    If he developed it on his deathbed 10 years ago – he would have been talking about 1978.

    I would suspect he did it earlier so that surely is an old joke.

    Suggesting that such price increases have been going on for a long time.

  12. Daniel says:

    “Some bargirls are so spoilt that they stroll into the go-go bar like superstars. Therefore, the elite earners just don’t care if they do not get much, or any salary.”

    On our 1st AngelWitch visit 3 years ago, my friend and I were approached by a very attractive young lady. We talked briefly but when a lady drink wasn’t ordered, she turned her back and started to charm some other guys. We called her two face (not to her face) because she could be so sweet but if she didn’t get a drink right away, she didn’t know you existed.

    We enjoyed the show so much we planned to go back the next night with two girls we met later. I was there waiting for my friend and the girls when she walked up to me and said hi. I said she was beautiful but I wasn’t available (I was new to Thailand) because I was meeting a girl who I liked there later. She seemed to warm up to me after I told her this. We got to talking and I was really curious how things worked and how her job was.

    I then told her the nicname we gave her and why. She thought it was funny and didn’t take offense. She seemed to enjoy talking to a nice guy who was interested in her as a person but not in sleeping with her. She opened up and we talked for nearly an hour before my friends showed up. No lady drinks were purchased. She said she had 6 sponsors from around the world, went on vacations with them just about every other month and that she ONLY would talk to relatively young guys who she was attracted to, were professionals AND she thought were sponsor material. Sometimes sponsors found out she had others and dump her but the next number 6 was always in the waiting. She was saving her money and would probably marry one of them some day down the line, if she wanted.

    She was definitely a Super Star.

  13. Neil says:

    Hi Dave, Happy birthday sorry i missed it got on your site to late but come on 45 you took 10 years off surely think you have been servicing your girls to much. Think next year might be your 40th! Stay happy mate age is only a number.

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