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Spending Money For Pattaya

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

How Much Is Enough?

Here’s the scenario… You are planning a trip to Pattaya City, but you don’t know how much spending money you will need.

Help is at hand, as the guys at Pattaya One News came up with the answer.

Some guys tell us that Pattaya is getting expensive, while others say it remains great bang-for-baht (pun intended). What is the truth?

Read what the Pattaya Pundits had to say – CLICK HERE 

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PHOTO COURTESY OF PATTAYA ONE NEWS 

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Mayweather VS McGregor (WBC Title)

Friday, August 25th, 2017

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MAYWEATHER VS McGREGOR

The burning question this weekend is who will win the WBC Super Welterweight Title Fight? Will it be Super Slick Floyd Mayweather, or Mad Irishman Conor McGregor?

Dubbed ‘The Money Fight’ these two fighters are set for an enormous pay day on Sunday, August 27th. In fact, it’s such HUGE money that it’s extremely obscene!

For the multitudes of fight fans around the world, we want to see an action-packed World Title Fight, this is what matters to us.

Chequers Pub Mayweather V McGregory - Mayweather VS McGregor (WBC Title)

CHEQUERS PUB SPECIAL BOXING BREAKFAST

So, where do you watch Mayweather vs McGregor in Bangkok? Well, I suggest Stumble Inn Bar (Sukhumvit Soi 4), Chequers Pub (Sukhumvit Soi 4), The Kiwi Pub (Sukhumvit Soi 8), The Australian (Sukhumvit Soi 11), or last but by no means least The Game (Sukhumvit Soi 9). There’s five good choices, so pick what you prefer. All of these Bangkok bars, are great theme pubs in their own right.

Mayweather vs McGregor Fight - Mayweather VS McGregor (WBC Title)

STUMBLE INN BAR – DOORS OPEN 09:00 FOR HAPPY HOUR & FOOD IS AVAILABLE

They state when their pub doors open, but the Mayweather vs McGregor fight will not start before 10:00 AM. It’s expected to start between 10:00-11:00 AM. Don’t get up at the crack of dawn, unless you are determined to get the best ringside seat!

I am looking forward to the Big Fight and I think this will be an exciting encounter of two great fighters. Will Mayweather box too clever, or will McGregor knock him out?

The Kiwi Mayweather McGregor Fight - Mayweather VS McGregor (WBC Title)

 

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Amazing Thailand Street Food Vendors

Thursday, August 24th, 2017

Street Eat Beat!

It is important what you believe these days, especially with the increasing amount of inaccurate reports and fake news in the various forms of media. It is so often the biggest media companies who are  the worst offenders.

Fairly recently it was reported that all Bangkok street food vendors were to be removed, but this did not happen. Sukhumvit Road street vendors remain out in force and I was out taking some photos this week to show you.

The string of street food vendor photos below are from Soi Nana…

Soi Nana Bangkok 01 1 - Amazing Thailand Street Food Vendors

THIS BARBECUE LADY IS POPULAR ON SOI NANA

Soi Nana Bangkok 02 2 - Amazing Thailand Street Food Vendors

IF THE FOLKS WILL EAT IT THE THAIS WILL COOK IT

Soi Nana Bangkok 04 1 - Amazing Thailand Street Food Vendors

DELICIOUS FRESH STREET FOOD AT LOW PRICES (BANGKOK 2017)

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THAI STYLE CLAY POT CHARCOAL GRILLS ARE VERY PRACTICAL

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AN INIMITABLE THAI STREET SCENARIO ON SOI NANA 2017 

 

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Baht Buster British Breakfast

Thursday, August 24th, 2017

Brief History Of Thailand’s Farang Food

When I first came to Thailand way back in the 1980’s (yes I feel old!), the farang food menu in Pattaya bars, comprised of very little. Some bars served no more than a Ham And Cheese Toastie, which ideally is only a snack. After eating too much native food, my poor stomach got all Thai-ed up. Well, at least the Toasted Sandwich Maker was invented to satisfy some of our needs.

Okay, you could get an American Breakfast in some places, but it was not a real cooked breakfast, especially like us Brits are so accustomed to eating. It was a jazzed up Continental Breakfast at best.

These were served with cheap cooked ham, rubbery hot dogs, sweet scrambled eggs (due too much cream), jam with barely toasted bread and tea that was like nats piss! Some Thai chefs thought it cool to add some Thai food. This sort of made it a Thainglish Breakfast. A few of these added ingredients would be sacrilege to a proper chef. The Michelin Star Award-Winning Master Chef Gordon Ramsey, would blow his top if he saw what they served in those days.

the game bangkok english breakfast - Baht Buster British Breakfast

THE GAME SPORTS BAR (SUKHUMVIT SOI 9 BANGKOK) ENGLISH BREAKFAST

These so called ‘brekkies’ can only be explained as a Thai version of a ‘cooked’ breakfast. It was cheap and cheerful. You ate it, because there were very few choices of Western food in those days. Incidentally, there were suspicious cans of Guinness available that were brewed in Thailand. Naive Americans were the only guys drinking it. Meanwhile, us Brits were giggling, as it tasted like drain cleaner.

Oh boy, how all of this has changed nowadays. With the emergence of theme pubs and a lot of them being British pubs, comes a quantity of quality. Both Bangkok and Pattaya boast some excellent establishments. So much so, you are almost spoiled for choice down Sukhumvit Road in Bangkok.

Due to rising competition over the years, the good pubs try hard to provide the best meals. The food is cooked by qualified chefs who use quality, authentic ingredients. The tide has turned and it’s very much for the better.

This leads me to mention the Baht Buster British Breakfast served daily (09:00-01:00) at Stumble In Bar located on Soi Nana. It’s great bang-for-baht at just 199฿ net and it is made with quality ingredients.

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STUMBLE INN BAR (SOI NANA BANGKOK) BAHT BUSTER BRITISH BREAKFAST 

 

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Western Wednesday At Stumble Inn

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

Howdie folks! Welcome to Stumble Saloon for a Wild West Wednesday! You can save 20% off selected American food and drink items. With a Bangkok Fun Card you can save a whopping 30% making it a Super Saver!

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JUST ONE OF THE SEXY COWGIRLS

Western Wednesday runs weekly from 20:00 at Stumble Inn Bar located close to the entrance to Sukhumvit Soi Nana.

Please post comments below or email me – davetheravebangkok@gmail.com

WESTERN WEDNESDAY - Western Wednesday At Stumble Inn

 

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Don’t Worry We’ve Got You Covered

Sunday, August 20th, 2017

Nana Plaza Beer Garden

As fate has it, just as you approach the neon jungle it hammers down with rain. Well, you don’t have to worry, because the Nana Beer Garden has a large retractable roof. Never fear Nana Beer Garden is here!

Talking of large roofs, you will be completely protected from the rain at the newly opened Rajah Complex. Located further down Soi Nana, the Rajah Complex has a HUGE rooftop. It’s similar to those enormous Petrol Station roofs. While you sit at Hillary 1 Bar getting wet on the inside, you will be dry on the outside.

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NANA BEER GARDEN (NANA PLAZA BANGKOK 2017)

Another One Bites The Dust

I was not at all surprised to see that Night Witch Bangkok Bar has been completely dismantled inside. Let’s face it there was more atmosphere on the moon. It never took off and I heard from Stickboy that Khun Meow has taken it over. It is thought to become a pool bar. Good news for Soi Nana fans, because Hillary Group are good operators. I wish them good luck.

Still at Rajah Complex (for want of a better name), the Hillary Group recently launched Angels 4 Bar. It is located at the entrance, directly opposite the old Jools Bar. It’s a cosy bar with angels sitting pretty with their halos.

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THE NIGHT WITCH BANGKOK BAR (RAJAH COMPLEX 2017)

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My Email – davetheravebangkok@gmail.com 

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Singing The Bangkok Blues

Saturday, August 19th, 2017

Thailand Weather Warning

Being English, I guess I have that stereotypical obsession for the weather. It’s that time of year again, when the heavens open up and down comes the rain. The Thai authorities are telling us not to ignore flood warnings, especially in certain provinces, where flash floods can and do occur.

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MONSOON SEASON IN THAILAND 2017

The rain in Thailand comes down suddenly and within minutes the roads can start to flood. If you ever get caught unprepared in a heavy downpour, you can buy an umbrella and/or a raincoat from the numerous 7 Eleven shops. Also, make sure during the rainy season you have suitable footwear.

Just be prepared, because the worst of the torrential rain is yet to come. The photo below depicts how Thai street vendors protect themselves and their goods against the elements. Rain does not stop play!

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HEAVY RAIN EARLIER THIS WEEK ON SUKHUMVIT SOI NANA

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My Email – davetheravebangkok@gmail.com 

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Cover Your What?

Saturday, May 13th, 2017

Well it’s been one hell of 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, websites need updating technically, as well as regular content being posted. I am not a technical guy I just know the basics. But, me and the old girl have been through so much together since 2006 and I would be mortified if anything happened to my ole bird! 🙂

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THE ALL NEW HILLARY 1 BAR (RAJAH COMPLEX SOI NANA)

Anyway, I remember years ago in England, when I was a nightclub doorman, this massive Bentley rolled up one day. My mate nudged me and said, ‘Here that’s Sheikh Yamani,’  and I replied 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, ‘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 I have to say they are very good. I love The Rolling Stones songs and this promises to be a great night.  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 9:00 PM at the Black Pagoda, Patpong 2 – tickets can be purchased 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 I got totally waylaid at the other event, which was the opening of the new Hillary 1 at Rajah Complex on Soi Nana.

Although I was not there my good mate Toby was about and he said it was a great night at Insanity Nightclub. But, I doubt if he can remember all of it. Toby did  manage to capture this video footage, which looks like he had slightly more interesting evening than me at Hillary’s. However, I have to say I was very impressed with the new venue and the refurbishment job is superb. Mind you, I thoroughly enjoyed the eye candy of several red hot promo dolly birds. There were some interesting guests, including some of the bar owners from Nana Plaza.

More news and tittle tattle soon. Cheers!

WOW! THIS GIRL CAN 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.

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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 🙂

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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!

Big Dogs Birthday Bash - Big Dogs Bar Party

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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!

ST PATRICKS DAY - Saint Patrick's Day Special Offer

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Spanky’s 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. 

READY1 ASS - Spanky's GoGo Bar Party

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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 🙂

 

 

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Wild Full Moon Party In Bangkok

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 🙂

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TEN REASONS TO PARTY IN PATPONG 2

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

For many years Patpong has suffered from the bad reputation of the ripoff bars and to some degree the stigma still remains. However, Patpong nowadays offers so much more than gymnastic tricks performed with a bar girl’s private parts! To a large degree the ‘magic pussy shows’ have been outlawed.

Those in the know head to Patpong Soi 2, where you will find plenty of good places to visit. The list includes Pink Panther, Cosmos Bar, Black Pagoda, Club Electric Blue, The Strip, Bada Bing, BarBar Fetish ClubG’s German-Thai Restaurant and Embassy Of Beers, Le Bouchon French Restaurant, and an excellent 24 hour Foodland Supermarket and Restaurant.

Recently, Stickboy wrote a blog post about where to go and what to do in Patpong. Here is Stickboy’s informative article –  Ten Reasons To Party In Patpong Tonight

The Strip are gearing up for a Beer Bucket Parade on July 1st until July 4th.

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