Posts Tagged ‘bangkok live music’

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.

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!”

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.

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 🙂

Back On The Beat

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

 

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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