Thailand Night Fever

Some people have talked about Bangkok’s nightlife scene being in decline.  But, do these people realise the vast scope of Bangkok’s nightlife?  Many of us humans often tend to be creatures of habit.  Some of us tend to habitually frequent the same venues and rarely wander away from our favourite places.  Quite often, the only time I see my resident farang friends doing a whistle-stop tour of the Bangkok bar scene, is when their friends visit them.  There are thousands of nightlife venues in Bangkok.  The variety of nightlife includes multitudes of beer bars, go-go bars, discos, theme pubs, karaoke bars, coyote bars, live music venues, gentlemen’s clubs and highly sophisticated nightclubs.  The likes of Bed Supperclub, The Tunnel and Q Bar are among the very best in South East Asia.  There is plenty of action packed nightlife in the City Of Angels, but sometimes you just have to be more adventurous.  It comes as little surprise that the most popular venues remain busy all year round.  Perhaps consider going to an area that you rarely go to, or you have never seen before.  Like the old saying goes, “Variety is the spice of life.”  When I joined the recent Stephen Hendry Roadshow in Bangkok, we probably visited more pubs in one week than many people do in a year.  Venture out there and party!   

PUB HUB

The term “pub” is an abbreviation for public house, which originates from Britain.  I have learned from talking to a lot of local guys that some of them prefer to socialise in their favourite pub.  Being British myself, I know for a fact that many Brits feel more comfortable in their local pub.  Again, this is where the “creatures of habit” quote comes into play.  While some are not exactly “Slipper and pipe men,” they do prefer to sip their suds in their local boozer.  Rather than hit the go-go bars and nightclubs, they are happy to chat to their mates in a more familiar environment.  You may have noticed that I am one internet columnist who does talk about the pubs here.  For the purpose of credibility, I previously spent a total of 15 years working in pubs and clubs in England.  I am certainly no newcomer to the pub & club scene, both professionally and socially.

HYPNO-THERAPY IN THAILAND

AFTER DARK ASIA THAILANDPub culture in Bangkok has really taken off over the past few years.  There are some fantastic venues that are far superior to the old “Dog & Duck” back in Farangland.  Due to the amount of competition, some pub owners really work at keeping their customers happy.  The better run pubs like Bully’s Pub will provide English language newspapers and magazines.  Ed, the hands-on owner of Bully’s Pub, ensures that their food and drinks are up to standard.  Ed is also insistent with his staff that the service is satisfactory.  Furthermore, we are waited on by some lovely Thai girls, who take care of our every whim.  Sometimes we tend to take this for granted.  Believe me, behind the scenes, Bully’s Pub has put a lot of time and effort into becoming one of Thailand’s most popular pubs.  I was in Bully’s Pub the other day and I tried the Bully’s burger.  It comes with decent sized fries and it was very tasty.  Testing out all these burgers seems great, but my waistline is expanding rapidly! 

RETURN OF THE BIG MANGO BAR

BIG MANGO BAR BANGKOKThe Big Mango Bar has reopened its doors on Soi Nana.  Following the closure of the Big Mango in Nana Plaza last October, the new venue is bigger and better than before.  The lease landlord of the old Big Mango Bar in Nana Plaza, still sticks stubbornly to an extortionately high price.  Not surprisingly, nobody has been gullible enough to take on an expensive lease that does not have a go-go bar license.  After remaining empty for seven months, the Indian owner still thinks it is a good price.  Yeh right, dream on!

Meanwhile, the new Big Mango Bar got off to a flying start last night.  Michael, one of the co-owners told me that they were busy from the very moment they opened at 4:00pm.  To find the new Big Mango, take a stroll down Soi Nana to the 7 ELEVEN near the Rajah Hotel car park.  Opposite the road, you will see Jools Bar & Restaurant at the entrance to a small soi.  Walk a few yards down the tiny lane and you will see the Big Mango sign on the left-hand side.  Although some final touches need to be completed, the most important thing is that they are operational.  The soft opening went very well and the new Big Mango already shows signs of great potential.  Check it out!

PIT STOP AT THE BUS STOP

Yesterday Stickman contacted me and asked if I wanted to meet him for a bite to eat.  WeBIM - X ZONE GO-GO BAR - PATTAYA arranged to meet at Bus Stop, before I have to start my duties in Angelwitch Go-Go Bar.  For those that are unsure, Bus Stop is located next to Hanrahan’s Irish Pub down in Soi Nana.  I like to visit Bus Stop, but I do miss the days when it was twice the size.  Due to the sale of part of the land, the Bus Stop was forced to rebuild at 50% of its original size.  Nevertheless, I am pleased to report that Bus Stop still offers food and drink at very reasonable prices.  Despite the higher cost of buying food, they have not raised their prices.  Even though I ordered a bacon cheeseburger with fries and a coke, I was surprised to received change from 200 Baht.  I am pleased to tell you that the quality of the food remains the same, along with the price. 

One Thai dish that I enjoy in Bus Stop is chicken with cashew nuts.  You receive a large portion of food that comes with a tangy sauce.  Again, it is tasty and inexpensive.  One thing I find with Bus Stop is to be very clear when ordering.  The girls are polite, but they are NOT trained waitresses.  Because they never carry a pen and paper, so they sometimes forget details.  It is best to give them a KISS.  NO, I don’t mean dive on top and snog them!  By KISS, I mean use the “Keep It Simple Stupid” method.

DOWN UNDER MIGHT BECOME UP AND OVER

SOI COWBOY - BANGKOK - THAILANDTalking about food prices in Bangkok, the Aussie owned Down Under Sports Bistro is located near Soi Cowboy in Sukhumvit Soi 23.  I learned from Stickman Down Under will soon raise their prices for a second time in a row.  I have eaten in Down Under a few times.  I found both the food and the service satisfactory.  I returned again following the first price increase and still enjoyed it.  Recently, I ordered the Aussie beef pie.  The pie and the gravy were very delicious, but they serve those matchstick French fries.  Therefore, if the prices are to go up again, they will have to do better than matchstick fries!  I have to agree with Stickman, the initial price increase was acceptable.  But, a second increase in just a few weeks might not be.  Does this mean Down Under might become up and over?

BIRTHDAY BASH AT JERSEY PUB

Jersey Rich, the amiable owner of Jersey Pub will celebrate his birthday bash this Saturday, June 7th.  Jersey Pub is located on Soi 6 close to the Sukhumvit Soi 4 and Soi 6 junction.  The party kicks off at 7:00pm with FREE FOOD.  The feeding frenzy features Jersey Rich’s succulent roast pig and delicious chicken wings.  Rich said that his chicken wings are a particular favourite of former blogger Bangkok Bad Boy.  There will also be coyote dancers entertaining the guys for the evening.

ATTENTION!  Beer Lao fans can enjoy bottles of their favourite brew for ONLY 60 BAHT ALL NIGHT.  Cheers for the cheap beers!

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SHAKING IT IN A DIFFERENT DIRECTION

Shakerz Coyote Club above Swan Bar on the corner of Sukhumvit Soi 6 has been sold.  Now under new management, it has become a karaoke bar.  The former owner who still retains 50% is pleasantly surprised to see lots of Thai girls turning up to exercise their vocal cords.  Babe hunters might want to visit this new karaoke bar later on in the evening.

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ARE YOU HUNGRY?

The old Farang Connection in Nana Plaza has become a restaurant.  The new owners of “Hungry Food & Drink” are busy putting their final touches to the new establishment.  Although only a small place “Hungry” is tastefully furbished.  The interior design is basic but stylish.  Thai cuisine will dominate the menu, but the owners hint that they will include some Western dishes.  Hungry is located on the middle level next to Cathouse Bar.  Hungry will open on Thursday, June 5th.  Enjoy!

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9 Responses to “Thailand Night Fever”

  1. Bangkok Bad Boy says:

    The feeding frenzy features Jersey Rich’s succulent roast pig and delicious chicken wings. Rich said that his chicken wings are a particular favourite of former blogger Bangkok Bad Boy.

    I don’t think I’ve ever met Jersey Rich, I don’t particularly like chicken wings, and I don’t think I’ve ever eaten at Jersey Pub. How odd. Maybe I was drunk.

  2. Hi Bad Boy, I’m pleased to see you are still alive! You have not met Jersey Rich, but apparently you made a post about them on the net. You didn’t think the girls were up to much, but the chicken wings were great.

  3. Jersey Rich says:

    WoW I got a new nickname tonight Jersey Rich 🙂 ,
    Hi Dave and Bangkok Bad Boy, That was actually meant as a joke when I mentioned that to Dave..The meaning was when I opened a different bar Bad Boy said the bar was not anything to talk about except for the free chicken wings….
    Stop by if you can Saturday night and judge for yourself , I will keep a San Mig Light for you Dave and a drink for Bad Boy on ice..

    Cheers..

  4. Bangkok Bad Boy says:

    Once again, I’ve never eated at Jersey Pub. I’ve never even seen any food there!

    I’ve drunk there a few times, but I believe this review is the only time I’ve ever mentioned it online:

    Not a particularly exciting bar, but there’s a TV and a pool table, Beer Lao, and they’re regularly open until 3am and beyond. Girls are friendly enough, but I’ve yet to see any lookers in there.

    Like I said, I don’t even like chicken wings!

    I’m not too concerned – just confused as to why anyone would bother! Is an endorsement by me actually worth something? Scary…

    Anyway, carry on.

  5. Jersey Rich says:

    Bad Boy, I was referring to when I opened Shakerz last year..( nothing good about the place except for the free chicken I believe was the review)

    Didnt mean to confuse things 🙂

    Cheers

  6. Bangkok Bad Boy says:

    Ah, the penny drops! I had no idea Jersey Rich was also behind Shakerz (his comment appeared after I left mine, above).

    Yes, I wrote a not-very-flattering review of the opening night party, back when Shakerz opened as a coyote club about a year ago. Something along the lines of the fried chicken being the only reason I could see to visit – I never thought anyone would quote me on it!

    Anyway, happy birthday Rich, no hard feelings I hope!

  7. Hi Bad Boy and (the newly named) Jersey Rich, the relevant information from this conversation is that Jersey Pub will hold a Birthday Bash. This is great news because the low season has hit Thailand hard this year. Being positive, any news of a party is great considering how quiet many bars are right now.

    Hey Rich, perhaps you should be called “New Jersey Rich” but that is your decision. I hope you have a fantastic birthday party – I will attend at some time during the evening.

    Hey Bad Boy, I see the Big Mango Bar are off to a good start. There are signs of great potential. Like many of us, we wish the new Big Mango Bar the very best of luck.

  8. Jersey Rich says:

    Dave, If my screen name gets any longer it wont fit on a post :)) But i will try..

    Bad Boy, No hard feelings at all , I thought you might get a laugh out of it..

    Hope to see you both if you are around.

    Cheers.

  9. Jack says:

    Hey Dave, how about linking back to our site, too? We’d appreciate it if you returned the favor……Be a jai dee guy 🙂

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