Posts Tagged ‘Dave The Rave’

Birthday Bash At Lucky Lukes Tiki Bar

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

The oldest beer bar in Nana Plaza is celebrating its 2nd Birthday Bash on Thursday, September 28th. The party will celebrate Lucky Luke’s being reinvented and renamed as Tiki Bar.

The party features Special Offers All Night Long, with Standard Drinks at just 100 baht. There is an exotic, tropical tiki theme, so you can enjoy being entertained by the Cheeky Tiki Girls!


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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 baht.

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


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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?

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PHOTO COURTESY OF PATTAYA ONE NEWS

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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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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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Stickman Bids Us Farewell

Sunday, August 20th, 2017

The big Bangkok nightlife news of the week is that Stickman has decided to bow out from penning his weekly column. Thailand’s most famous nightlife columnist has decided to start a new chapter in his life. The news has come as a shock to many people, but while close friends are obviously saddened by the news, they are not really surprised. It’s sad to see my old mate and supporter, Stickman, hang up his journalistic boots. We have been good friends for many years.

The Stickman Weekly column rose in popularity very quickly and became an institution for a multitude of followers across the globe. This most popular online column of its genre started back in April 2001. Coincidentally, we both moved to live in Bangkok that same year, which was almost 20 years ago. Ironically, we both met at Hollywood Carousel Bar on the top floor of Nana Plaza, when I was the manager.

ENTRANCE TO NANA PLAZA BANGKOK 2017

While it is true that some people did not like the way he reported certain aspects of the goings-on in Bangkok, they kept on reading Stickman Weekly. I would say to them, ‘If you dislike Stickman so much, why do you read his column?’ I think I made a fair point, don’t you?

I know some bar and nightclub owners had issues with what he wrote from time to time. But, let’s be honest, so many of us religiously read his weekly column for years and years. Even the Stickman detractors wouldn’t miss it, and that’s because he writes very well and often came up with great articles.

It struck some guys that Stick appeared to be like a fish out of water amid the naughty nightlife scene. I can tell you, Stick is a very health-conscious guy, who never smoked, never took drugs, rarely stayed out late, and rarely ever got drunk. In terms of being a good boy, he is a model farang, if there ever was one. But, Stick is such a talented, articulate writer, and has such a smooth flow of words that he captivates his audience. As Toby said, ‘Many are called to such a path, but few are chosen.’ Just like an addiction, Stick’s cult followers kept coming back for more.

SUKHUMVIT SOI 4 BANGKOK 2017

Stick was a professional schoolteacher and as the saying goes, ‘They teach because they cannot do.’ However, in this case, Stick did do it very well. Perhaps like me, you would like to read his story. Hey Stick, when are you going to write your book?!

Despite his online fame, he has always been polite and showed patience with people. This is particularly true when an extremely excited Dave the Rave would almost talk him to sleep. It was like trying to go the wrong way up a busy one-way street! Joking aside, Stickman always supported and encouraged me throughout my Bangkok nightlife career and also in my efforts to become a photographer and blogger.

Not only could Stickman Bangkok engage his readers, grabbing us with a firm hand, but Sticks always gave the right advice and guidance for anybody visiting Thailand. I remember guys telling me they used his website as a guide book and threw their copies of Lonely Planet into the rubbish bin.

MONSOON SEASON THAILAND 2017

Stick is also a very accomplished photographer. His photographs are exceptional, especially Stick’s special skill at capturing street scenes. I told Stick that his photos are so good he must include them in Stickman Weekly. I felt his photography was underused and underrated, even by Stick himself. This is how all the photos started to appear in his weekly column. I felt the photographs gave it a more interesting magazine look and, of course, we all love some eye candy.

For me, the Thailand online scene will be less interesting without Stickman. In my book, he bows out a legend. I wish you all the very best Stick!


As for the Dave The Rave Barmy Army we keep marching on 🙂

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A Tale Of Two Citys

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.

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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

BANGKOK BUNNIES AT NANA PLAZA

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

Check out the hot babes of Nana Plaza at Bangkok Bunnies!

This HUGE gogo bar is located next to Suckers as you enter Nana Plaza.

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New name new deal at EQ

Friday, January 15th, 2016

Equality hasn’t changed it’s name, it’s just shortened it to EQ and now calls itself a Late Night Club – which does sound a bit better than ’embracing sexuality’.  Although I am all for embracing sexuality myself, especially after a few pints!

Now that brings me to subject of this post which is the new deal at the new enhanced EQ.  The Hot new deal, which starts tonight,  is you pay a 200 THB entry charge and you get an OPEN BAR, yes that’s right an open bar, all you can drink, from 11pm to 1am.

Now obviously if you can only drink one beer in two hours, well apart from dragging the chain, you probably didn’t win or lose much but if you knock back a few (don’t look at me!) well then this has to be the best deal in town by a Bangkok mile!

eq late night club

                 Apparently the open bar is limited to standard (house pour) and singha,  if you grab one of these flyers from the girls on the street you get an EXTRA shot after 1am

  A top gun marketing team means the qual at EQ in terms of girls should definitely improve. We will be watching with interest as I have always believed in the right hands this club has great potential.

 

The Best of Dave the Rave is yet to come.

Saturday, December 12th, 2015

I apologise for the lack of posting recently but I have been held up in hospital with some health ‘issues’.

The doctor keeps telling me I have got to exercise more.  “Exercise, ex..er..cise, ex…ar..cise” he says,  but all I hear is “eggs are sides”…for BACON!”

The good news is I should be back on my feet again by crimbo – just in time for a nice Turkey dinner.

this is how christmas should look!

lets face it this is how Christmas should look

 

Talk of the town around bar owners this month I hear has been how quiet it is this first half of December, however I do remind people that there is always a lull in early December and you can’t write December off until the fat lady sings at the end of the month.

I am predicting a very busy New Year in Nana especially with the opening of new venues  such as the Equality Nightclub, which I have heard has an open bar every Thursday night!? Readers please confirm..

Looking forward to seeing everyone around Nana Plaza as soon as I am on my feet again.

 

NANA PLAZA CELEBRATES HALLOWEEN

Saturday, October 31st, 2015

Don’t miss Halloween in Nana Plaza tonight, as it’s always a fun night.

Nana Plaza makes that special effort, especially at Angelwitch GoGo Bar.

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HALLOWEEN FETISH BALL AT DEMONIA

Friday, October 30th, 2015

Demonia Fetish Club are hosting a Halloween Fetish Ball on November 30-31

The special two-day event will feature costumed mistresses and slaves.

Demonia Fetish Club is located on Sukhumvit Soi 33 Bangkok.

Demonia-Halloween-Party

BYE BYE SUMMER PARTY IN PATPONG

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

The Strip GoGo Bar is hosting a Bye Bye Summer Bikini Party.

The Strip is located in Patpong Soi 2 Silom (BTS Sala Daeng).

bye-bye-summer-the-strip

SEXY SCHOOLGIRLS PARTY IN PATPONG

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

There is a bunch of naughty schoolgirls in Patpong who need discipline!

Go along to The Strip GoGo Bar and join in the fun and frolics.

The Strip is located in Patpong Soi 2 at the Silom Road End.

Dates and further details are on the cool poster below…

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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.

beer-bucket-parade-the-strip

AMAZING BEACH BABES IN PATPONG

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

This week you can visit the Amazing Thailand Trade Fare by day, then from 7:00 PM until 3:00 AM you can enjoy the Amazing Beach Babes in The Strip GoGo Bar located on Patpong 2 just 30 yards off Silom Road.

The party theme runs from June 10th until June 14th. Bargain Beer Buckets are available throughout this promotion. You can buy 4 beers and get 5 beers, or buy 5 beers and get 7 beers of your choice. Cheers!

amazing-beach-babes-the-strip

MODELING CONTEST AT SAPPHIRE CLUB

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

The popular Sapphire Club are hosting a Modeling Competition, this coming Monday, May 25th. This promises to be a fantastic party night, featuring some of Thailand’s top models. Don’t miss this one!

Sapphire Club is located on Walking Street (Soi 15) in downtown Pattaya.

The Modeling Competition starts at 10:00 PM and the Mega After Party is from 1:00 AM till late. Believe me, Sapphire GoGo Bar will have some real gems!

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