Out & About Bangkok Bars

Beatlemania Hits Bangkok

Friday, September 15th, 2017

Once again, there is a very special event for pop fans on Saturday, September 17th. The Bangkok Beatles are preparing for their “Beatlemania Hits Bangkok” live concert, which is hosted by the Black Pagoda in Patpong Soi 2

This much anticipated concert by the mega talented Bangkok Beatles is predicted to draw a large crowd of fans. And so, with that in mind, it’s best to arrive early.

The doors open at 8:00 PM and the Entrance Fee is 200 baht, which includes your first drink. The Entrance Charge also entitles you to 25% discount off food in the Paddy Field Irish Pub (right next to Foodland).

Black Pagoda is located directly opposite Foodland in Patpong Soi 2

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Khaosan Road Clear The Sidewalks

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

TRENDY TOURIST AREA KHAOSAN ROAD BANGKOK

Street vendors operating in Khao San Road have been instructed to clear the sidewalks down this popular and trendy tourist area.

This is following a recent meeting with the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA). The street vendors were told to move their stalls from the sidewalk onto the road for a period of one week. The trial commences on September 12th.

The concept is proposed to satisfy everybody and BMA District Chef Wutichai Bunyasit said, “We want to return all footpaths to the people.”

Daves Raves – I think this is a sensible solution, so let’s hope it happens.

News SourceBangkok Post 

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Never Hurry A Curry!

Monday, September 4th, 2017

Kiwi Pub Curry & Pint Night

When I lived in England, I have had my fair share of curry nights I call tell you. In fact, Indian Curry is now Britain’s most popular food. It beats Fish & Chips, Roast Dinners and Chinese Takeaway hands down.

I remember an Indian chef explaining to me the art of making a great curry. He said with a wry smile, “Never hurry a curry!” Well that just cracked me up!

The Kiwi Sports Bar & Grill hosts “Monday Curry Night” with a choice of Chicken, or Beef Jalfrezi, Rogan Josh, or Tikka Masala. It comes with Steamed Rice, Garlic Pita Bread, and a choice of a Heineken Pint, or a Tiger Pint. You get all that for just 279฿

KIWI SPORTS BAR & GRILL (SUKHUMVIT SOI 8)

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American Bar & Grill Steak Special

Monday, September 4th, 2017

America’s Raising The Steaks!

Tell me why I do like Monday’s? Well, it’s simple because American Bar & Grill has a Steak Special every Monday. That’s why!

Hey, this is no ordinary “meal deal” such as the usual meager discount. This super saver is a whopping 50% off all Steak Meals. Holy cow has Tom gone nuts?!

American Bar & Grill is located down the small lane off Sukhumvit Soi 8

AMERICAN BAR & GRILL STEAK SPECIAL

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Stickmania (April 13th 2007)

Monday, September 4th, 2017

Written By Dave The Rave

Throughout the infinite realms of time and cyberspace there lurks an extremely powerful amorphous creature that is an almighty force to be reckoned with. This infinite amorphous creature that engulfs many of our lives is the limitless universe of the internet. Although no one person actually owns the internet, Bill Gates has given it a damned good try – bless him! Without any doubt whatsoever the internet has transformed and revolutionized how freely and effectively information is communicated today. Like a giant pouncing tiger the web world leapt into the millennium and multitudes of websites have emerged as a result. Therefore, this transformation has provided us with enormous information resources and that means massive amounts of information about Thailand. In the 1980’s when I first visited Thailand, there was no such online information because of course it did not exist. We simply followed the recommendations of a friend and perhaps read the odd travel guide. How things change hey? Nowadays every budding blogger has jumped on the bandwagon – whether we really want to know about Bill’s fanatical train-spotting, or Mary’s bone-crushing rock cakes! Totally captivating weblogs, or not as the case may be, it is all out there on the internet.

Whether you love or loathe webmaster columnists, there is one Thailand website that stands out predominantly. Crystal clearly Stickman’s website is the most popular of its genre. For many Thailand readers it is an essential information and news source that has its own dedicated cult following. Ever since I first encountered “Stickman’s Guide to Bangkok” I admit that I was hooked. I think that what makes this contagious creature tick is to do with the fact that the enigmatic Stickman is extremely engaging. Some guys have planned their entire Thailand trips and in some cases planned the BIG move from Farangland to Thailand, entirely from Stickman’s website. Without noticing it at first, slowly but surely Stickman draws you into his realm. “Welcome to my lair”, said the spider to the fly. It’s a scary thought isn’t it?

Personally, I for one remain both very pleased and so relieved to see the return of the main sections of Stickman’s website. What I do know is that I speak with great confidence, when I state that I am most certainly not the only person who shares these sentiments. The mighty army of Stickman fans (and a few foes too) were on the edge of their computer seats for four long months, as they were forced to await the outcome of let us say Stickman’s sojourn away from the cyber scene. Did Stickman’s cyberspacecraft come crashing down? No, it did not but the disruption caused by a certain “Stickman Stalker” just goes to prove what a powerful tool or weapon the internet really can be. Time is a great healer though and here we all are again. Although not quite back where we started, nonetheless we continue on our exciting journey through various time zones, and through the infinite realms of cyberspace. We have lift off… “Warp Factor II Captain Stickman!”

THE STRIP GOGO BAR PATPONG SOI 2

If we take a trip back in time a lot of readers would tune in to read Nite Owl, which used to be the ramblings of Bernard Trink. The old Nite Owl penned his weekly column for decades until he was finally axed by the powers that be at the Bangkok Post. Nite Owl had some fans but most people read Trink’s weekly solely in order to seek Thailand nightlife news. As a result of Nite Owl getting the chop there was a dark, void abyss, but then following that exit came the entrance of the modern day Thailand columnist – none other than Stickman. Incidentally, approaching six years ago saw the introduction of the enormously popular “Stickman Weekly” and this new weekly column took off like a cyberspace rocket.

OK, now fast forward to April 2007 and the “cyberspace chameleon” returns, but under another guise – Stick Mark II. Who is this mysterious Stick Mark II? Much speculation surrounds the identity of Stick Mark II, but you can be assured that Stickman will be watching like a hawk. Whether Stickman is editing it, writing it, or not writing it, he has returned and to me that is the main thing.

ANGELWITCH ROCK DANCERS NANA PLAZA

I will let you into a little secret that I persuaded Stickman that the Photo Gallery should be updated. The eagle-eyed among you Stickman fans will notice that a NEW Photo Gallery called “Thailand Characters Photo Gallery 2” has been added. In addition to this latest gallery full of terrific images, the entire Stickman Weekly archived columns for 2006 have returned. This means that avid readers can take a trip back in time to Stickmanland. It would appear that in observing my counterpart, I notice that Stick Mark II (whoever he/she is) has integrated images in with the text in his new weekly column. Stick Mark II’s very first column contained a lovely little travelogue about a sojourn to Isaan, that was complimented by some truly picturesque images. This gives a visual impression of an online magazine – may I say very well done!

On a personal note, as an ambitious newcomer to the web world I want everybody to know that Stickman has been very helpful, offering sound advice. My own website DaveTheRaveBangkok.com was launched in November 2006 and Stickman has been completely unselfish in offering me invaluable advice. Us online columnists/webmasters slave away to update our websites and I can tell you that it takes a HUGE amount of time and effort. As friends of mine have pointed out, we just hope that the masses appreciate this free information service. Take what free information, knowledge, and/or entertainment you can and if you are not satisfied then simply change channel. At times there can be some extremely offensive things written about webmasters, but mostly these “keyboard warriors” are invisible. Who are these people? Of course we like to receive constructive criticism, but “babble from the padded cell” is never useful to anybody whatsoever. It is so easy to “talk the talk” but few dare to “walk the walk” and show us how they think it is supposed to be done. Sometimes there is so much pent up venom in the emails that we cannot possibly comprehend what they are trying to say at all. That is clearly their problem. By all means readers should write constructive criticism to webmasters, but please be clear and specific in the message you are trying to convey.

THE STRIP GOGO BAR PATPONG SOI 2

Running a website about Thailand can often be a mixture of pleasure and pain. However, for the most part we enjoy what we do, because we know that the majority appreciate and welcome our online service. I firmly believe that for all the websites out there, you will not find many very good Thailand websites. In terms of accurate, up-to-date and informative Thailand websites, they remain very few and far between. We should therefore appreciate the likes of Stickman who has diligently churned out a weekly column year after year. Believe somebody in the know, when I say that it is no easy task. This is why I have the utmost respect for Stickman’s dedication and hard work over all these years. Stickman can at times be a controversial columnist, but speaking from experience, as a person Stickman is a real gentleman. As for Stickman’s success, the growth of his readership can only be termed as remarkable. Long live Stickmania!

Stickman’s Thoughts:

Gosh Dave, you have me positively blushing.

But you’re right, maintaining a website is a lot of effort, to say nothing of all of the other parts of our sites. You meet some great people along the journey, and a few ratbags as well. But that is all part of the ride!

PHOTO BY STICKMAN BANGKOK

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The Game Sports Bar Bangkok

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

Nightly Traffic Jam

The popular American themed pub The Game Sports Bar is conveniently located at the steps to the Nana BTS Skytrain Station on the corner of Sukhumvit Soi 9.

Every day, general manager Big Dru runs his Nightly Traffic Jam from 4:00 PM till 8:00 PM, with drinks specials going for just 100฿ 🙂

Now then guys, those are farang-friendly prices. Cheers!

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Bangkok & Pattaya Parties Tonight

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

Calling all party animals! Tonight (31-08-2017) there are no less than three parties to attend in both Bangkok and Pattaya.

First up is the 5th Birthday Bash and Patty’s Birthday Party at Stumble Inn, located conveniently on Sukhumvit Soi Nana, Bangkok.

Next up is two parties in Pattaya City. The first one is a Summer Party at Angelwitch Show Bar, which is situated opposite Sapphire Club on Walking Street Soi 15. The second party is at Baby Dolls A-Go-Go Bar, which is located further down Walking Street Soi 15 past Angelwitch GoGo Bar. Enjoy!

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Floods Start To Hit Thailand

Sunday, August 27th, 2017

It seems my previous blog post Singing The Bangkok Blues aka Thailand Weather Warning, was very accurate. I certainly did not do a rain dance, as I do not like the rainy season. A bit of rain is okay, but I do mean just a bit.

This photo was taken on Saturday night by my friend Erik, who was down at Sukhumvit Soi 22 in Bangkok. We should learn to expect the unexpected.

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Big Birthday Bash At EQ Nightclub

Friday, August 25th, 2017

EQ Late Night Club  are hosting a Big Birthday Bash on Saturday, August 26th. The birthday boy is none other than MC Paul Versace. Paul has been influential in the success of EQ Club and deserves credit for that achievement.

The ever-popular Paul is not only a great ‘master of ceremonies’ but also a good football player (but he’s no Lukaku!), a part-time model, and certainly a ladies man!

For the newcomers (bless ’em), EQ Late Night Club is located next to Hooters Bar on Sukhumvit, Soi Nana. Enjoy EQ Late Night Club!

To our brother from another mother – Happy Birthday buddy! 🙂

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Mayweather VS McGregor (WBC Title)

Friday, August 25th, 2017

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 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.

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?

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…

THIS BARBECUE LADY IS POPULAR ON SOI NANA

IF THE FOLKS WILL EAT IT THE THAIS WILL COOK IT

DELICIOUS FRESH STREET FOOD AT LOW PRICES (BANGKOK 2017)

THAI STYLE CLAY POT CHARCOAL GRILLS ARE VERY PRACTICAL

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 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.

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!

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.

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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.

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.

THE NIGHT WITCH BANGKOK BAR (RAJAH COMPLEX 2017)

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.

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!

HEAVY RAIN EARLIER THIS WEEK ON SUKHUMVIT SOI NANA

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!”

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.

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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