Daves Raves

It’s not real Chinese food…it’s better!

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

Growing up in the 1970’s I have very happy memories of nipping down the local Chinese restaurant and ordering a C3 or an M4 off  the set menu.  Sweet and sour pork, chicken chow mein, egg fried rice. The price… an exorbitant one pound and that included  prawn crackers and a coke!

Since then I have always loved the English version of Chinese food.  That includes things like crispy duck with pancakes and shredded beef with chili. The sort of food you’d never find in China.

Apparently Chinatown here in Bangkok is one of the largest and oldest in the world but can you get a decent egg fried rice or chicken chow mein?  Not a chance,  pig’s innards….no problem,  bird’s nest soup or lizards entrails oh yeah by the kilo,  but  a nice bit crispy duck and pancakes…..dreamin!

That is why I got quite excited when I ran into Joe (now managing the Dragon’s Head) at Pickled Liver the other night and he told me all about the Golden Bowl (which i have heard of as a great takeaway, but never tried) and how they are now serving out of the Dragon’s Head on Patpong 2 and I thought, ok I better get down there and give it a try.

wombat at dragons head patpong

Wombat Live at the Dragon’s Head Patpong 2 (next to foodland)

Well I got there on friday night with my mate Toby and I ordered the Beef with chilli in black bean sauce, chicken chow mein and the duck with pancakes (I did think the duck in pancakes was chancing it a bit). I know you might be thinking…Dave chicken chow mein really?  But I always say;

She don’t lie, she don’t lie, she don’t lie….CHOW MEIN!

hot thai girls at dragon's head patpong

Dragon’s head was busy on Friday with a few good sorts about 🙂

The food was all excellent and  the atmosphere at the Dragon’s head was also great with live music from Wombat.  This tiny little bar now seems to be making waves as a real live music venue and is packed most nights. It certainly was on Friday.

After pigging out at the Dragon’s Head I did pop into the recently opened Glamour Bar, right opposite foodland,  and I have to say I was impressed.  They had over 30 girls in total and they all looked good.  The airconditioning was good, the drinks were nice, the service was polite and I liked the comfy sofas.  Could I have just caught it on a good night?  Well maybe,  but the experience did leave me thinking I wouldn’t mind going back for another look and at the end of the day if you’re running a bar that’s the result you want.

Glamour bar patpong 2

Girls look nice in white stockings and tight white shorts

The Strip was a bit quiet as was the Black Pagoda but these venues have been going so long now you have to ask yourself the question,  does it matter?  It’s a bit like going to a well know pub in your home town.  It’s a place people know and will always go to because it’s familiar.  If you go there and it’s a bit quiet one night, it won’t stop you going there again.  You’ll be back  when you’re next in that part of town because, as I’ve always said,  people do like to go places  that they know and where people know them.  The job of a good bar owner is often just to look after these customers and then they’ll keep coming back.

This friday there is a big underground live music event Joe was telling me on Patpong called Gong of the Pong, which will have several live bands playing at the Black Pagoda and Dragon’s Head, this event is expected to pull a couple of hundred people or more so I shall probably pop down again with my camera and yeah I might well have another Chow Mein while I’m down there 🙂

Big night on Patpong this Friday

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

This Friday 31st of March should be a good night to hit Patpong as there is the 10 year anniversary of the Strip Bar, the 11 year anniversary of BarBar Fetish club and it’s Dan the manager’s birthday bash at Electric Blue.

I have also been hearing good things about the Dragon’s Head next to foodland. The small venue, formally G’s German restaurant, is now a live music venue hosting some really good bands.  They recently started doing Chinese food from the Bowl Bangkok which is well known and has all the classic Chinese dishes.   Craft cocktails and special imported beers are on offer with Singha draft beer at just 69 THB before 9pm.  This is a great place for guys who want to relax and not get hassled for lady drinks.

BarBar Fetish club, right above the Strip, will be putting on some special shows and there will be a free glass of bubbly  for patrons.  Bangkok legends like Dean Barrett will probably be around as this club is well know amongst the old hands.
Apparently new carpet has been fitted and one or two of the girls there at the moment are hotter than mustard. Check out Mai.. What a cracker!!!

mai at barbar fetish club

 

The Strip of course will be pumping it for their 10 year anniversary and my old mate and former co-owner Toby will  also be around.  There is a glass of bubbly on offer there  for well wishers and it will be a chance to catch up with some old faces and patpong regulars.

the strip patpong

 

Dan’s birthday bash at Electric Blue has its own facebook event so well wishers can check in and let them know you are coming. They are offering 10 THB tequila shots, which is a real bargain in this day and age and  they will likely be pushing the boat out, so there should be a good lineup of talent at all the venues this Friday.

If you see a bald bloke with a camera  having a good time… its probably me 🙂

BIG DOGS BAR PARTY

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

It’s party time at Big Dogs Bar, located smack bang on the corner of the entrance to Nana Entertainment Plaza.

Big Dogs Bar celebrates with a Birthday Bash, as it is the 2nd Anniversary under the management of the Stumble Inn Group. The party is this Thursday, March 30th and it promises to be a good one.

Free Food will be available, but more importantly it is Happy Hour Prices All Night Until Closing Time. Enjoy!

Super Saver – Pints of Chang Draught Beer are only 100฿ every day at Big Dogs Bar from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM. Don’t get a Changover!

SAINT PATRICK’S DAY SPECIAL OFFER

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

Celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day in style at Stumble Inn Bar located near Nana Plaza on Sukhumvit Soi Nana.

For Bangkok Funcard Members, there is a whopping 25% off Guinness Pints on Saint Patrick’s Day (Friday, March 17th).

Funcards can be purchased at Stumble Inn Bar for just 200฿ and they are valid for life. Furthermore, there are a number of great pubs and gogo bars, where your Bangkok Funcard will be accepted.

To visit the Bangkok Funcard website CLICK HERE 

Buy a pint of Guinness, otherwise known as “Irish Holy Water” and receive a FREE bowl of delicious Irish Stew.

The good guys at Stumble Inn certainly make sure you are fed and watered!

DO YOU NEED A NIGHT NURSE?

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

Like many others, I have been a regular visitor to Spanky’s GoGo Bar for several years now. You may know that I ran Angelwitch Rock Dancers next door for 10 years. I watched Spanky’s develop into one of Thailand’s most popular gogo bars that is has become today. It is simply an iconic gogo bar.

In the early years the shows were very slapstick and corny, but nowadays there is more sophistication in the stage shows. However, the fun ‘n’ frolics still remains, as a major aspect of the appeal. It is an escape from the real world.

Spanky’s GoGo Bar is located on the Middle Level of Nana Plaza.

SOI NANA CLOSING TIMES

Monday, March 13th, 2017

Welcome to Bangkok nightlife! The bar scene on Soi Nana has settled back into the “Bangkok buzz” with later closing times.

Most beer bars and pubs in the Nana vicinity close at 2:00 AM sharp, with the exception of a few beer bars. But, there are some other late night options, with the popular gogo bars in Nana Plaza closing at 3:00 AM.

There is also EQ Late Night Club, which usually stays open until at least 4:00 AM. It’s great to see Soi Nana buzzing again!

SOI NANA BANGKOK MARCH 2017

DEMONIA FETISH CLUB PARTY

Saturday, February 18th, 2017

Demonia Fetish & Fantasy Club located on Sukhumvit Soi 33 are hosting their 14 Years Anniversary Party. It is a two-day event on Saturday, February 18th and Sunday, February 19th.

DRINKS DEAL – Note that your second drink is FREE

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SPANKYS GOGO BAR PARTY

Thursday, February 9th, 2017

The popular fun ‘n’ frolics gogo bar Spanky’s celebrates a remarkable 8 Year Anniversary, tomorrow night in the neon jungle of Nana Plaza. Believe me, this is a great achievement for any gogo bar in Thailand, especially nowadays.

On Friday, February 10th, there will be not one, but two BBQ Roasted Pigs and a ton of fun awaits you. Doors open at 18:00 and there is a possibility that Nana Plaza will have to close at midnight, due to the Buddhist Holiday on February 11th.

Spanky’s GoGo Bar is located on the Middle Floor next to Angelwitch GoGo Bar. 

NANAPONG GOGO DANCE CONTEST

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

Dollhouse located in Soi Cowboy will host another infamous NanaPong GoGo Dance Contest on Saturday, February 4th.

Arrive early to ensure you get a good seat at this mega popular event!!!

FRIDAY THE 13TH

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

My apologies to readers for such a long delay in posting and updating my website, this has been due to some personal issues including the passing of my dear old mother before Christmas. In addition, five of my friends passed away in 2016 making it my worst year on record.

Thankfully the dreadful 2016 is now behind us all and many people are feeling more optimistic about this New Year.  I shall be posting a lot more regularly and updating the site, starting now!

FRIDAY 13th.

friday the 13th in bangkok

Considered by many in Western countries to be an unlucky day, this is not true for Thais who see nothing wrong with the number 13 at all.  In fact, since it’s a Friday and we’re still in high season, it’s just another reason to have a party and many bars and clubs seem to be doing just that tomorrow.

 

First on the list in the Nana area is EQ Late Night Club,which is holding a killer Hip Hop Night with DJ Remi and MC Boakye, giving you a blood curdling night full of HIP HOP from the past three decades 🙂
Doors open at 10:00 PM, with 99 baht Singha, Singha Light and standard mix drinks until midnight. There is also 50% off select bottles before midnight.

 

There are also a couple of interesting events on Patpong.

BarBar is holding a Fetish Playground Party and I am told there will be snacks served on a naked girl (sounds interesting), as well as masks and special shows.  Couples are welcome. BarBar is located on Patpong soi 2.

Right next door at the Strip they are holding a Back In Black Party featuring the girl dressed in black skirts.  They have a very generous 70 baht on all beers until 9:00 PM and  I was at the last one they did, which was a  great night, so I might drop down myself for a beer or two 🙂   Check out the lovelies in the video below…

Please do share and check in for lots more updates coming soon….

HAPPY NEW YEAR

Sunday, January 1st, 2017

Welcome to 2017 with DaveTheRaveBangkok following a break I was forced to take due to personal reasons. Anyway, I am back and keen to get blogging again. For many of us 2016 seemed a cursed year and I am looking forward to what adventures 2017 brings us.

Here is a lovely little lady from Playskool Bar in Nana Plaza…

BACK ON THE BEAT

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

bangkok beat live music and hot girls

 

Bangkok Beat, long time favorite of many, as one of the top live music venues in Bangkok, seems to be making a comeback.

The bar (located on Sukhumvit soi 7/1 just off the BTS nana and a few yards past the subway sandwich shop), has two live Filipino bands on every night.  I do like a good live band as I have always said it adds atmosphere to a venue.  The current crew are tight and bash out all the classics. Bangkok Beat has always been popular with locals, tourists and long term visitors in the Sukhumvit area.

Of course the Bangkok Beat  has always been famous as a place to pick up freelance girls in Bangkok and I did notice the venue seemed to lose is popularity for a while but that now seems to have returned.  The other night I went and was surprised to see how busy it was.  There is a new Western manager and that always seems to help, but I  did also notice the pool table area was busy.

I have to admit after a few beers around midnight the place was rocking, with a good vibe.

The Bangkok Beat also seems to run some pretty good drink promotions with Jack Daniels on at just 99 baht all night every Thursday.  To get that kind of price and still enjoy  a good live band with some hot freelancers to boot, seems a good deal.

Some mates have mentioned to me that the door security were asking for ID on entry when they went. I believe this is because Bangkok Beat is classed as a nightclub and they are therefore required to check IDs .  I always tell everyone it’s  a good idea to carry a drivers licence, or a copy of your passport, when out and about at night, especially with ‘daft and barmy’ around.

You don’t want to get held up, as some people have done recently, at clubs if the boys in green suddenly show up. Better to be safe and carry some form of ID with you. It might just get you out of a tight spot.

Bangkok Beat is a good place to check out, try the Jack Daniels Thirsty Thursdays 🙂

 

 

HONEY G AT BLACK PAGODA

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

It’s not often you will catch me shouting out about a DJ,  but Honey G is an exception. Not only a great DJ guaranteed to create a great vibe, but Honey G is certainly one hot little babe!

Regular readers will know I have taken many pictures of her, while a regular at EQ.  She is not only a great DJ who can get any crowd going but she is  always so friendly  to everyone she meets,  her and MC Sasha are a great team.

These days she is so popular she is often jetting off to Europe for gigs and is a regular at Bangkok’s top clubs like Club Insanity.

What’s great is this week (Friday 26th August) she will be playing at the Black Pagoda on Patpong.  This is one I might venture down to Patpong  for as it will be great to see Honey G playing in a venue I used to manage.

All the reports I am getting from people  is that the Black Pagoda has much improved over the last few months under a new manager who has brought upwards of 40 new girls in.  It does seem to be drawing the punters in with weekday nights seemingly better that usual. Many now reporting  this is  one of  the best venues on Patpong , as I understand the ladies do like to play.

Stay tuned for my weekly updates on Bangkok Nightlife.

 

 

 

FULL MOON THIS WEEK

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

It’s a full moon  today, so it’s supposed to  be a good time to party, have sex, visit a psychiatric ward, or turn into a Werewolf depending on which urban legend you believe in.  Of course, there is no scientific evidence to show the full moon has any effect on our behaviour, but we know the moon does affect the tides and with our bodies being 75% water I suppose it’s possible?

That’s funny, because I can definitely feel gravity pulling me towards a pint tonight!

If you believe that your sex life is energised by a full moon you might want to take your chances at the full moon party at Bangkok Beat tonight (Thursday). The party includes a very tempting 99 baht Sang Som Whisky, (something for the ladies – thoughtful) and prizes for those who turn up in the best fancy dress. Somehow don’t think I’ll be winning that one!

I have always liked the live music at Bangkok Beat and it might worth checking out… cheaper than going to Koh Phangan 🙂

live music bangkok beat

BIG FRIDAY (NO DRINKING SATURDAY)

Friday, August 5th, 2016

Tonight should be a big night around Bangkok as it’s now clear there will be a nationwide alcohol ban from 6:00 PM on Saturday, August 6th through until midnight on Sunday.  Some bars will open, but will not be allowed to serve alcoholic beverages and I have heard that this will be strictly enforced even in areas like Patpong, where it is normally more lenient.

Consequently, bars will be going hell for leather to make up for the loss of trade on what is normally the biggest night of the week.

On Patpong, Club Electric Blue is celebrating its 14 years on Patpong 2. Is it that long?  I remember when it was the old Rififi Bar. It will probably be absolutely packed with girls from their clubs in Pattaya,  the bosses and new manager should all be there. Also, there are 10 baht tequila shots and a roast pig.  Who would want to miss that?  Next to them The Strip bar should catch some of the overflow, as it has a  2-4-1 all night. With girls knowing Saturday and Sunday is closed, I would expect a good attendance of talent across town.

Riffi Patpong by Stickman

Rififi Patpong by Stickman Bangkok. 

Not only  bars but clubs also  will be looking to go big guns tonight with parties planned at all the major clubs including Club Insanity and EQ on Soi Nana.

It should be a good night to be out and about in Bangkok and let’s face it, if you over do it at least you will have two days to recover!