Daves Raves

A TALE OF TWO CITIES

Sunday, June 25th, 2017

Although I don’t like sounding negative, it has been yet another quiet month for many bar bosses around Bangkok and from what I have seen myself and heard from my “ravers” things haven’t been much better in Pattaya either. To add fuel to the fire, there is more heat on the gogo bars from the MIB (Men In Brown), this is especially the case down in Sin City.

Where did all the big spenders go? This seems to be a question many bar owners are asking themselves. Do we sing Simply Red’s “Money’s Too Tight To Mention” as an appropriate phrase?! The clot plot thickens, as a number of folks find themselves with less and less disposable income.

When I ran Angelwitch GoGo Bar several years ago, we regularly had customers running up chunky bills, without even batting a eyelid. These days it seems people are much more careful about spending their money and are also looking for better bang-for-baht. Which begs the question; are gogo bars still offering good value for money? The dreaded coyote curse (agency dancers) has upset many a sexpat, with a number of bars and especially, bar girls pricing themselves out of the market. In fact, as an example of this, the Stumble Inn Group have already steered themselves in the direction of the more profitable beer bars.

However, as a former bar manager, I have witnessed a considerable drop in the “spender gender” with the cash-constipated clan, trying to make you believe they are down to  their last dollar. I say this in defense of the bars. The times I have seen a major debate (as though it’s a life, or death decision), whether they should order a drink, or not. These frugal folks need to be reminded that these are bars and not museums. There are a number of time-wasters out there. Another point is you can’t blame the bars for everything, which includes certain piss poor foreign currencies that struggle against a strong Thai baht.

My mate Toby was at a Bangkok gogo bar the other night and it was very quiet. There was just a few girls doing the skytrain shuffle on stage, staring into oblivion. Toby had a couple of Johnnie Walker Black’s and bought one gogo girl a lady drink – the bill was already 1,000 baht. I would advise you to ask what the drink prices are before you get stung!

Besides Thailand, is this becoming a universal problem? Back in Britain, the pubs and clubs are closing at an alarming rate, because people just can’t afford to drink in pubs and clubs anymore. If they want to sink some amber nectar, they often buy cheap booze from Supermarkets and drink at home. All of the nightclubs in my home town are closed down and people are forced to travel miles to enjoy clubland.

Meanwhile, back in Bangkok! There’s another part of this vast, sprawling metropolis that is booming. Welcome to clubland! I mention this, because this week the mega popular Insanity Nightclub is moving to Sukhumvit, Soi 11, which has become clubbers central. This “Insanity Gravity” will only strengthen Soi 11 as the main club hub in this inimitable city.

I have not seen the inside of Insanity Nightclub yet (located next to the former Q Bar), but I do know a ton of money has been spent on making it state of the art. Before I forget, the Opening Night this Thursday, June 29th. 

It seems money is definitely rolling into the clubs and this seems to be a BIG shift from many moons ago, when clubs were very limited in Bangkok. I remember Thailand in the 1980’s with two of the most famous being Marine Disco in Pattaya and Angels Disco (Nana Hotel), which is now EQ Late Night Club. Things have really come a long way and this is indeed a very positive aspect of Bangkok’s nightlife.

The Castle Fetish Club in Pattaya opens a men only fetish club on July 1st. It is located next door and it is called Sodom.   When you go there just make sure you go through the right door, or you might be in for a bit of surprise. Sounds like a good prank for a stag night to me  🙂

Mercury GoGo Bar (Middle Floor Nana Plaza) is undergoing renovations. It turns a shade of pink on July 1st, as it reopens as Mercury Ladyboy Bar.

strip bar bangkok

SHORT TIME FUN

Friday, June 16th, 2017

Here’s the scenario… You had a great time enjoying the Bangkok nightlife and you met a Thai woman you would like to spend some private time with. But, you do not want to take her back to your place. Well, you are in luck, because Short Time Hotels were invented for just this reason. Check out Short Time Fun for some detailed information about what’s hot and what’s not!

Short Time Fun is your trusted adviser on this specific subject. The concept comprises of an organized listing of Short Time Hotels in the main cities and provinces of Thailand. What is your preference? Is it clean ‘n’ pristine or flirty ‘n’ dirty? Maybe you like lots of mirrors, special lighting, a circular bed, or a Jacuzzi, among other special gadgets. These guys have it listed to help your short time always be a good time. Maps are provided to assist you amid Bangkok’s maze of streets and prices are mentioned, so there will be no unpleasant surprises.

This special website was created by short timers for short timers and if you want you can even contribute to the fellow short time community by submitting your own photos and reports. This will be anonymous of course.

Beside the Website you can visit their Facebook Page

Short Time Fun Motto – “Women need a reason, men just need a place!”

Cover your what?

Saturday, May 13th, 2017

Well it’s been a week!  Which culminated with my entire website going on the Fritz on Friday night.

Some frantic calls to the hosting provider and a few other people and we managed to get the old girl back up again.

In this day an age of slick mobilized, fullscreen,  posh themes, I do realize my site is a bit of a tug boat. But me and the old girl have been through so much together I would be mortified if anything happened to her 🙂

hillary 1

the all new HIllary 1 – Stickboy Bangkok

Anyway I remember years ago in Stamford when I was the bouncer at Keyhole Kates this massive Bentley rolled up one day and my mate nudged me and said “here that’s Sheikh Yamani”  and I said out a bit too loud “Shake your what?”

Well it happened it again the other day when Joe was telling me about the new event he has planned for the end of May at the Black Pagoda which is called “Cover your stones”  and I blurted out a bit too loud “Cover your what?”

The event Joe was telling me about should be good  because it’s two of Bangkok’s most famous cover bands;  the Bangkok Beatles and Sticky Fingers, going head to head at the Black Pagoda.

I am looking forward to this as I have seen the Sticky Fingers at Clubhouse Sports Bar and Grill and I have to say they are very good. I love the Stones music and this should be a good crack.  The video of the last live music event they did at the Black Pagoda looks like it went very well.

For anyone interested in this event it’s on Saturday 27th March from 9pm at the Black Pagoda, Patpong and tickets can be had on the day or in advance on Oneplace
you can also join the Facebook event

There were a couple of big events over the past week, one was the 4 year anniversary at Insanity nightclub.  That was on Thursday and I had every intention of going but got totally waylaid at the other event which was the opening of the new Hillary 1 at Nana.

Although I was not there my mate Toby was about and he said it was a great night at Insanity, even if he can’t remember any of it 🙂  he did  manage to get this video which looks like he had slightly more interesting evening than me at Hillary’s, although I have to say I was very impressed with the new venue and the refurbishment job is superb.
All there were also very impressed with it including some of the bar owners from Nana Plaza.

More news and tittle tattle soon…

Wow can this girl dance 😀 #insanity #bangkok

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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 & Sour Pork, Chicken Chow Mein, and Egg Fried Rice. The price was an exorbitant one pound and that included  prawn crackers and a coke!

Since then I have always loved Western Style Chinese Food.  That includes things like Crispy Duck, Pancakes & Hoi Sin Sauce, plus Beef & Black Bean Sauce. The sort of food you would never find in all of 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 Lizard’s Entrails, but  a nice plate of Crispy Duck and Pancakes… Gotta be dreaming! 🙁

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

wombat at dragons head patpong

The Regulators Live @ Dragon’s Head Patpong 2 (next to Foodland)

Well, I got there on Friday night, with my mate Toby and we ordered the Beef with Chilli in Black Bean Sauce, Chicken Chow Mein and the Crispy Duck, Pancakes and Hoi Sin Sauce. I know you might be thinking… Dave The Rave Chicken Chow Mein really?!  But, I always say, “Don’t be shy give it a try!”

hot thai girls at dragon's head patpong

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

The food was excellent and  the atmosphere at the Dragon’s Head was great with live music from The Regulators. This tiny bar now seems to be making waves, as a real live music venue and is busy most nights. It certainly was on Friday.

After polishing off the delicious Chinese, I did pop into the recently opened Glamour Bar, right opposite Foodland. I have to say I was impressed.  They had over 30 girls in total and they all looked good.  The air conditioning 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.

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 at the 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, March 31st should be a good night to hit Patpong as there is the 10 Year Anniversary Party of The Strip Bar, the 11 Year Anniversary Party of BarBar Fetish Club and it is Dan’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 Golden Bowl, which is well known and has all the classic Western Style Chinese dishes.   Craft cocktails and special imported beers are on offer, with Singha Draft Beer at just 69฿ before 9:00 PM.  This is a great place for guys who want to relax and not get hassled for lady drinks.

BarBar Fetish Club, next to 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 among 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฿ 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… It’s 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 🙂