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Billboard Bar Babes

Sunday, January 9th, 2022

Here is a photo I took of three super sexy girls from Billboard Bar.

Billboard is located on the Top Floor of Nana Plaza in Bangkok.

Dolly Of The Day – Hot Asian Babe

Tuesday, December 14th, 2021

Certain parts of Asia seem to have an abundance of hot babes. Ever wondered why?

There must be something magical in the water or in the air to produce such immense elegance and natural beauty. Southeast Asia particularly is a treasure trove…

Patpong Opens But More Venues Close

Sunday, December 12th, 2021
Bada Bing Patpong

Bada Bing Patpong During Far Happier Times

Having been able to obtain their SHA approvals, some of Patpong’s nightlife venues have reopened  this week.

These include the Legendary Bada Bing (once voted one of the top 5 Gogo Bars in Bangkok), The Black Pagoda and XXX Lounge (formerly Club Electric Blue), which has been open for a couple of weeks now. Also, open are BarBar Fetish Club, Patpong Museum and the King’s Corner Bar.

 

 

 

 

black pagoda

The New Normal.

Although these bars have got their SHA approvals and been able to open, the new normal is very different from the pre-covid days.  The lights are on, the music is very soft, there is no dancing permitted, the stages are empty or curtained off. So sadly, it’s a bit like being in a GoGo bar at closing time.

With beers prices at a lot of venues still high, around 180 baht in some places; is this a tempting prospect? I leave you to draw your own conclusions. 😉

Goodbye To Old Friends…

On a slightly sadder note, some well know and well-loved Patpong venues have closed permanently. These include the Madrid Bar on Patpong 1 and Le Bouchon French Restaurant on Patpong 2.

madrid bar patpong

Madrid Bars Interior – Been Going Since 1969

The legendary, nostalgic Madrid Bar dates back to 1969, when it catered mostly to US soldiers fighting in the Vietnam War and later gaining a reputation for hosting pilots from the CIA’s Air America and even, as a place where covert operations were planned. Oh yes, it’s all incredibly true! 

Bangkok living legend and acclaimed author Dean Barrett, recalls drinking with Tony Poe at the Madrid Bar. Tony Poe was a CIA officer famed to be who the character of Colonel Kurtz was based on in the movie Apocalypse Now.

Such a shame to see all that rich history disappear. 
Le Bouchon was a similar legend having been on Patpong 2 for over 25 years, seving excellent French cuisine. 

Le Bouchon Patpong

Le Bouchon With Its Legendary Owner Serg

Serge the owner posted this message on his Facebook page…

“Dear Customers, Friends and Associates,

Today, and with great sadness, I have to inform you that, due to the current adverse circumstances, your favorite restaurant Le Bouchon in Patpong, will remain closed. I wish to take this opportunity, together with my entire staff, to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your kind patronage and unwavering support over the past twenty-five years. I have enjoyed and appreciated every minute of it. On a more positive note, be assured that I am actively in search of a new location and I will not fail to communicate with you in due time. We shall meet again in the near future. In the meantime, stay healthy.” Serge

The list of venues that have closed permanently on Patpong is growing with Superstar, the oldest go-go bar in Thailand and Kiss Go-Go Bar added to the list.

More updates soon, cheers! 

 

Special Tourist Visa Requirements

Sunday, September 27th, 2020

Thailand Turns Tourism Into Torturism

 

EVA AIR FLIGHT ATTENDANTS 2020

 

Thailand has announced its Special Tourist Visa requirements which includes extortionate mandatory quarantine accommodation prices. 

Recently a friend of mine paid 80,000 baht which is £2,000 for a 14-day stay in a quarantine hotel room in Bangkok. He was forbidden to leave his room, with horrible stone-cold food left outside his door. He said, “I felt like a prisoner and could not wait for the ordeal to be over.” 

Many people feel it is not only extortionate but an ordeal, due to the lengthy and draconian process. Most of us veteran expats know the Thai Junta take draconian to the extreme. You seriously need to think is this worth it? 

 

Bevy Of Butterflies Babes!

Friday, September 25th, 2020

Butterflies Nana Plaza Bangkok

 

Dolly Of The Day – Holy Hooters!

Thursday, September 24th, 2020

Two Big Reasons We Love Asian Babes!

 

Battle Of The Butterflies Babes!

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020

Dollys Of  The Day

Butterflies Bar, Nana Plaza, Bangkok

 

Soi Nana Bangkok 2020

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020

Recent Photo Of  Soi Nana Bangkok

 

Spankys Go-Go Bar Special Party Night

Friday, August 14th, 2020

During these tough times of the Covid-19 Virus Crisis, it is great to see Bangkok nightspots such as Spanky’s Go-Go Bar being proactive. 

Tomorrow night Spanky’s Bar features special guest DJ KRISZD to spin the trendy tunes, plus stage shows, go-go dancers in mono bikinis and Drinks Deals. 

Daves Raves! For those of you living in a cave in a remote land, Spanky’s Bar is located on the Middle Floor in Nana Plaza in downtown Bangkok. 

 

Dave The Rave Update

Friday, May 22nd, 2020

 

Hello From Sunny Scarborough!

 

 

If you are not aware, I had to leave Bangkok, due to the C-19 pandemic and return to England. Just like so many people, the coronavirus outbreak has caused me to lose my business. I had no choice but to leave Thailand, after living in Bangkok for 22 years and repatriate to England.  

However, I do intend to keep on blogging, but I do not think there will be regular blog posts, as before. I am currently adapting to life near the famous seaside town of Scarborough in North Yorkshire, England. 

Until I get back up to speed, you may want to follow my daily posts on social media. I am active on Facebook HERE and also on Twitter HERE

 


Stickman Bangkok TributeBye Bye Mr Nana


Email Me – davetheravebangkok@gmail.com

*Offensive emails will be deleted immediately*


 

Bye-Bye Mr Nana

Thursday, April 16th, 2020

Covid-19 Emergency Exit

Special Stickman Tribute

 

Bye-Bye, Mr. Nana

Former gogo bar manager, nightlife website operator, Nana Plaza personality and friend to many, Dave The Rave announced this week that he is leaving Thailand for good. After living and working in the heart of Bangkok for more than 20 years, Dave has come to the end of the road.

Thailand Imposes Curfew

Thursday, April 2nd, 2020

Nationwide Curfew Commences Friday

 

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha has announced that a curfew would be imposed from Friday, April 3rd at 22:00 until 04:00 hours.

This is an attempt to prevent the COVID-19 virus spreading, as certain people have not obeyed instructions to stay at home.

Let us all hope this dreaded virus passes sooner than later.

 

Nationwide night curfew starts Friday

Nationwide night curfew starts Friday The area near Nonthaburi market on the first night of the curfew from 11pm to 5am announced by the provincial governor on the same day. (Photo by Pattarapong Chatpattarasill) All people in Thailand are banned from leaving home from 10pm to 4am starting Friday in the government’s latest move to contain the spread of coronavirus.


Dave The Rave is a unique Thailand Nightlife Guru with vast professional experience in Bangkok nightlife since 1999. Dave is still closely connected to Thailand nightlife and his blog remains popular worldwide.

Publishing Schedule  Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays.

My Email davetheravebangkok@gmail.com


 

Bangkok Declares State Of Emergency

Tuesday, March 24th, 2020

 

 

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha has declared a state of emergency due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

It will come into effect from this Thursday. However, an official statement as to what the conditions entail has yet to be announced. 

This will mean the Thai authorities will have unprecedented governmental powers. It is thought to include enforcing a curfew and putting restrictions upon domestic and international travel. 

According to the Thai government, the COVID-19 in Thailand has now claimed four lives. Until recently there was only one death. 

News Source – Khaosod Media

 

Prayut Declares State of Emergency Amid Virus Outbreak

BANGKOK – Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha said an emergency decree, along with a raft of new restrictive measures, will come into effect on Thursday. Speaking in a televised address, Prayut said the enactment of the 2005 Royal Decree of Emergency Situations is necessary to stem the coronavirus epidemic, which claimed four lives in Thailand as of the latest count.


Dave The Rave is a unique Thailand Nightlife Guru with vast professional experience in Bangkok nightlife since 1999. Dave is still closely connected to Thailand’s nightlife and his blog remains popular worldwide. 

Publishing Schedule — Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays. 

My Email — davetheravebangkok@gmail.com


 

Bangkok Covid-19 Virus Update

Monday, March 23rd, 2020

 

 

The Covid-19 outbreak in Bangkok has spiked, forcing the Thai government to seriously consider a lockdown. 

Bangkok is already in shutdown mode with shopping malls, bars, nightclubs and restaurants, all closed until at least April 12th. 

Recently, the Thai Army was deployed to disinfect Chinatown and Thailand was recently praised for their efforts by the World Health Organisation. 

It is the consensus from ground zero that lockdown is not a matter of if but when. With the Covid-19 cases rising it is more inevitable. 

NB. Covid-19 is an acronym for Corona Virus Disease 2019 

 

Gov’t Considering Emergency Decree as New 89 Cases Reported

BANGKOK – Emergency decree may be enacted soon to impose a lockdown of Bangkok in a bid to stem the coronavirus epidemic, government sources said Friday. The measure is being discussed just as health officials on Saturday say 89 new cases of confirmed infection were found, a sharp rise from daily tally in recent days.

 


Dave The Rave is a unique Thailand Nightlife Guru with vast professional experience in Bangkok nightlife since 1999. Dave is still closely connected to Thailand’s nightlife and his blog remains popular worldwide. 

Publishing Schedule — Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays. 

My Email — davetheravebangkok@gmail.com


 

Bangkok Coronavirus Update

Friday, March 20th, 2020

 

 

As you are probably aware, almost all of the bars and nightclubs are closed in Bangkok and Pattaya. This is to prevent the Coronavirus from spreading further. It’s probably wise at this stage but nobody knows how long the bars will stay shut.

However, certain pubs (but not all), can open until midnight. Three of them are The Game Pub (Sukhumvit Soi 9), The Oasis Pub (Soi Cowboy) and The Old English Pub (Sukhumvit Soi 55).

 

 

Last night I had an excellent Cheeseburger at The Game Sports Bar & Grill which is conveniently located next to the BTS Nana Skytrain Station. This is one of the few venues still serving booze. 

 

 


Dave The Rave is a unique Thailand Nightlife Guru with vast professional experience in Bangkok nightlife since 1999. Dave is still closely connected to Thailand’s nightlife and his blog remains popular worldwide. 

Publishing Schedule — Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays. 

My Email — davetheravebangkok@gmail.com


 

Bangkok & Pattaya Bar Closures

Tuesday, March 17th, 2020

 

 

The Thai Prime Minister has made a flip-flop on his statement that the entertainment venues will not have to close. This is in order to prevent the COVID-19 virus from spreading further. 

Just two days later he has now stated that all bars and nightclubs in Bangkok and Pattaya, will have to close from March 18th until March 31st. 

Stickman recently said about the Thai government that left hand does not know what the right hand is doing and this just proves the point.  

 

 

No doubt this is a devastating blow for entertainment venues in Bangkok and Pattaya. It means multitudes of employees, including the barmy army of bargirls, will most probably be laid off with unpaid leave. 

One way around this is entertainment establishments that have restaurant licenses. For example, pubs with restaurant licenses can continue to do trade, which makes a mockery of the whole concept. 

There are two questions that remain in my mind. Will this soon include restaurants, public transportation systems and shopping malls? Also, what about the rest of Thailand? 

 

Pattaya to close all entertainment venues, such as bars, nightclubs and massage shops until the end of the month – The Pattaya News

Breaking: We can confirm that the Provincial Government of Banglamung and Chonburi have ordered, effective tomorrow, March 18th, 2020, that all entertainment venues must close until March 31st, 2020. The Pattaya News spoke with the Banglamung Police Chief over the phone this evening and confirmed the information.

 


Dave The Rave is a unique Thailand Nightlife Guru with vast professional experience in Bangkok nightlife since 1999. Dave is still closely connected to Thailand’s nightlife and his blog remains popular worldwide. 

Publishing Schedule — Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays. 

My Email — davetheravebangkok@gmail.com


 

Robins Nest Pub Tuesday Special

Tuesday, March 10th, 2020

 

 

Robin’s Nest Pub has an awesome super saver from 5:00 PM every Tuesday. Chichen and Chips are accompanied by a FREE San Mig Light Beer.

I suggest you take advantage of this real meal deal before the guys at Robin’s Nest come to their senses!

Robin’s Nest is a popular pub and guest house located on Soi Diana next to LK Metro in Pattaya. They show a variety of live sports and have an excellent range of pub grub.  

Daves Raves – Once again I found you a fantastic baht buster! 

 

 


Dave The Rave is a unique Thailand Nightlife Guru with vast professional experience in Bangkok nightlife since 1999. Dave is still closely connected to Thailand’s nightlife and his blog remains popular worldwide. 

Publishing Schedule — Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays. 

My Email — davetheravebangkok@gmail.com


 

Thailand Tourism Turmoil

Sunday, March 8th, 2020

 

 

Thailand’s tourism industry is in turmoil due to the media hype over the coronavirus outbreak. The levels of panic among certain people worldwide created by the media has caused hysteria.

This is severely damaging tourism and also Thailand’s entertainment sector.  No doubt a number of bars, pubs and clubs will be affected, some have already closed as a result. 

 

 

Stickman’s opening article in his weekly column is a collection of opinions and on the ground reports from foreign residents in Thailand. My opinions are among them and you can read it HERE

I still stick by my guns in my previous article entitled, Thailand Gets Knocked Off Its Pedestal  which you can read RIGHT HERE 

 

 

Thai Airways has announced over 12 billion baht in losses in 2019 and surely it must be as bad, if not worse this year.  

When this scare storm passes, I fear that the damage will be done. The unscrupulous media machine will move on to its next scaremongering campaign. Then Thailand will be left to pick up the pieces of its shattered tourism industry.   

 

 

Mark my words, the media machine will have a lot to answer for regarding the COVID-19 virus scare. Let’s hope this COVID-19 virus soon passes. 

However, will the public become any wiser to their devious trickery? 

 

 


Dave The Rave is a unique Thailand Nightlife Guru with vast professional experience in Bangkok nightlife since 1999. Dave is still closely connected to Thailand’s nightlife and his blog remains popular worldwide. 

Publishing Schedule — Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays. 

My Email — davetheravebangkok@gmail.com


 

Ten Top Tips After Dark

Thursday, March 5th, 2020

 

 

Back in Britain, I was a professional personal protection specialist. I have conducted seminars and presentations with the British Police Force for community safety.

Below are Ten Top Tips for general personal protection after dark. Most of these guidelines are common sense but logical thinking is often ignored when people drink alcohol…  

(1) Do carry enough money for the evening or have a credit card, as a backup. There are plenty of available ATM machines so you have no excuses. Running out of cash is not only embarrassing it can land you in jail.  

(2) Don’t carry valuables after dark or wear flashy jewellery. This includes your passport and extra credit cards. Just take what you will need to use that night. The less you carry the less you can lose. 

(3) Do keep an eye on your bar bill. Check what is going on it and be aware of the total. You do not want to rack up a big bar bill and not be able to pay it. This is why it is a good idea to carry your credit card if you overspend. 

(4) Don’t leave your friend alone if they are very drunk. You won’t forgive yourself if they get mugged or worse. Remember, there is safety in numbers, especially in a strange place.

(5) Do keep an eye on your drinks. It’s easy to slip drugs into unattended drinks. If you need to leave your drink, either finish it or order a new one when you return.

(6) Don’t walk in dark or secluded areas. Stick to well-lit public areas or get a taxi if it is late at night. Muggings do happen in Thailand.   

(7) Do have plenty of small banknotes to prevent being short-changed. You can easily break a few big bills at one of the multitudes of convenience stores. Alternatively, you can get a bundle of small baht bills at a bank.

(8) Don’t carry your wallet or phone in your back pocket. Pickpockets do operate in Thailand so don’t give them the opportunity. Consider wearing a money belt if you do carry lots of cash after dark.

(9) Do enjoy yourself; by all means, be happy and friendly. Just be street smart and remain switched on at all times.

(10)  Don’t ignore your intuition. Trust your instincts if you feel something is not right. Remember your ‘Stranger Danger’ lessons as a kid. Move on to the next entertainment establishment if you don’t like the vibe. It’s better to be safe than sorry and besides, there are many other venues.

 


Dave The Rave is a unique Thailand Nightlife Guru with vast professional experience in Bangkok nightlife since 1999. Dave is still closely connected to Thailand’s nightlife and his blog remains popular worldwide. 

Publishing Schedule — Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays. 

My Email — davetheravebangkok@gmail.com 


 

Wild Wednesday In Bangkok

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020

 

Here are three Bangkok venues you can enjoy a Super Saver every Wednesday. The first super saver is Buy One Get One Free on all regularly priced drinks from 17:00 till close at The Old English Pub.

The location is The Maze Thonglor situated on Sukhumvit Soi 55 

 

 

The second venue also offers Buy One Get One Free on all regularly priced drinks at Shenanigans Irish Pub.

The location is Surawong Road, near the Patpong Night Bazaar.  

 

 

The third venue is Western Wednesday at Stumble Inn Pub where there is a 20% discount on USA food and beverage items. Furthermore, you can save a whopping 30% with a BKK Funcard.

The location is Sukhumvit Soi 4 near the entrance to Nana Plaza.

 

 


Dave The Rave is a unique Thailand Nightlife Guru with vast professional experience in Bangkok nightlife since 1999. Dave is still closely connected to Thailand’s nightlife and his blog remains popular worldwide. 

Publishing Schedule — Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays. 

My Email — davetheravebangkok@gmail.com