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Lucky Lukes to become Lucky Lukes Tiki Joint

Tuesday, September 13th, 2022

Lucky Lukes, a bar I know well, on the ground floor of Nana Plaza (on the left as you walk in) will change to become Lucky Lukes Tiki Joint.  It will keep the tiki bar theme but will now also serve cannabis.

The thought of having a maiden hand you a ready-rolled joint as you  sip a nice cold beer in Nana plaza sounds like the stuff dreams are made of – but no, this is actually happening  this coming weekend.  The new, aptly named Tiki joint, will reopen. (The Bar is still apparently under construction)

I can imagine this new style bar doing a great trade given its location and the fact that it was always a popular chill-out bar.  The new Lucky Lukes Tiki Joint team is backed by OG canna company, a group of industry enthusiasts that includes growers, producers, and other experts.

The speed and pace of change in cannabis in Thailand is really staggering and it makes you wonder if the authorities might suddenly slam the brakes on.  Even in the UK anything to do with THC is still completely illegal and only CBD is available.  However, with tourism set to get a much-needed lift, the whole flower power, summer of love thing probably has a way to go… Time to enjoy!

The New Living Dolls A-Go-Go

Friday, September 2nd, 2022

Did you know this? Living Dolls A-Go-Go is the longest-running go-go bar on Walking Street in Pattaya City. Although it is the grandad of Walking Street gogo bars, it is a brand spanking new venue with a complete interior renovation job.

Living Dolls is located at the far end of Walking Street from the Beach Road entrance. Believe me, it is well worth the trek up there. 

There is a new tantalizing troop of gogo dancers along with new management. In addition, the dolly birds are eager to tease ‘n’ please you.  

The girls aren’t farm fresh, but there’s no substitute for sexperience!

 

 

Tiger Beers Only 99 Baht

Wednesday, August 31st, 2022

Tiger Beers are only 99 baht at Whiskey & Go Go Bar in Nana Plaza. By any standards, this is a fantastic Drinks Deal. It is located on the Middle Level of Nana Plaza near Spanky’s Go-Go Bar. 

Even the go-go bars are not expensive if you know where to look. Let Dave The Rave guide you and advise you. I can indeed find you the hottest babes and the coldest beers! 

Tiger Beer is my favourite choice when drinking in Bangkok. I have drank so many Tigers I should have shares in the brewery! 

Juicy Buds Bangkok

Sunday, August 14th, 2022

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Hard to imagine that not that long ago if you were busted with even a small about of marijuana in Thailand you could be facing a year in jail and a 10,000 THB fine.

Fast forward to today  and you can walk into a café and smoke a joint (which some sexy girl may even roll up for you) sit back, relax and have your coffee and Thai Stick

Cannabis stores are popping up like mushrooms all over Bangkok and there are even now several Cannabis trucks selling their wares on the move. They have been spotted in nightlife areas like Silom.

The speed of the change in Thailand would blow away even Cheech & Chong.

By the way, looking at the prices I see Legalizing cannabis has not made it cheaper as you might have expected. I remember when a big bag of ‘Thai Stick’ was about 500 Baht, now it seems you pay up to 1,000 Baht per gram at some of these establishments.

Juicy Buds inside Juicy on Sukhumvit Soi 11

One of the best cannabis stores in Bangkok I have heard is Juicy Buds Thailand in the Sugar complex on Sukhumvit Soi 11 and they even have an online cannabis store. They have been so successful that they are opening a new Cannabis Shop in Phuket at the Sugar Complex on Bangla Road, Patong on the 20th of August

They seem to it have it well organized there with a full dispensary in a nice relaxing setting.

From what I have heard some of this stuff will literally blow your head off so it’s a lot stronger than that bag of ‘sensimilla’ we used to get.

Is it a good thing? Hard to say at this stage but it definitely won’t do tourism any harm with Thailand being the only SE Asian country to offer Sand, Sea, Sex and now Splif.  Tourism could well hit a new high 🙂 Let the good times roll!

Nightclubs finally reopening again in Thailand

Saturday, June 4th, 2022

 

Phuket Sugar Club Re-opens today

After all clubs were forced to close down during the Coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak because it was difficult to keep up with all the changing restrictions during this period, Thailand’s nightlife has finally reopened, much like the rest of the world. “When will nightclubs reopen?” has been a question since March 2020. Sugar Club Bangkok (Thailand’s #1 Hip Hop club) reopened last week, and Sugar Club Phuket which reopened Friday 3rd June

If you happen to be in Phuket at the moment, it is well worth a visit.

Bangkok’s go-go bars are also making a comeback. In comparison to Patpong this week, which seemed to have a lot of girls for some reason, Soi Cowboy seemed a little quiet. Its early days…

 

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One of many ‘Heart Stoppers’ At Billboard – Top floor Nana Plaza

 

With Billboard and now Butterflies, open Nana Plaza is also picking up.

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? 

 

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

 


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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


 

Happy Saint Patricks Day!

Thursday, March 12th, 2020

 

It’s that time of year when the Emerald Isle celebrates Saint Patrick’s Day.

Even during this coronavirus crisis, there are plenty of parties for you Bangkokians to enjoy. Don’t be green with envy enjoy Saint Paddy’s Day! 

(1) Shenanigan’s Pub (Suriwong Road) – (2) Scruffy Murphy’s Pub (Sukhumvit Soi 23) – (3) The Game Pub (Sukhumvit Soi 9) – (4) Old English Pub (Sukhumvit Soi 55) – (5) O’Shea’s Pub (Sukhumvit Soi 33/1).  

Daves Raves – Check out the posters below… 

 

 


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 


 

Friday Night Fever!

Friday, February 28th, 2020

 

 

Tonight there are a couple of parties in Soi Cowboy and Nana Plaza. In addition, there are a few Drinks Deals too. 

Lollipop GoGo Bar located in Nana Plaza celebrates its 20 Year Anniversary and for further details CLICK HERE 

Lighthouse GoGo Bar located in Soi Cowboy is hosting a surprise Birthday Bash and are serving a Free Roasted Pig. In addition, liquor lovers can enjoy Bacardi at just 100 baht all night.  

TTIF – Thank Tiger It’s Friday! Tiger Pints are just 100 baht all night at Stumble Inn Bar situated on Soi Nana. In addition, there is LIVE music until late. TTIF runs every Friday 9:00 AM till closing time.  

It’s Black Friday at Mandarin Table Dance located on the Middle Floor in Nana Plaza. Johnnie Walker Black Label is only 99 baht all night. Cheers!

 

 


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 Gets Knocked Off Its Pedestal

Thursday, February 27th, 2020

 

Bangkok has remained king, as the most visited city in the world for the past four years. But it definitely will not be this year. 

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, I wonder how this will alter the city visitor rankings worldwide. Asian cities such as Bangkok, Tokyo, Seoul and certainly Beijing, will undoubtedly drop down the list. 

The problem with travelling to Asia right now, apart from the fear of infection, is the chance of being forced to go into quarantine. Being left isolated from families and businesses, seems more of a concern to certain people. No doubt numerous people have postponed or cancelled their travel plans and you can’t blame them for playing it safe.  

Although the actual risk of infection is relatively minimal in relation to population, the media are having a field day! Those who are sitting on the fence may just be persuaded by media reports to stay at home. It’s just another excuse for the killjoys to say, “The end is nigh!” 

 

 

Unless I am very much mistaken, the coronavirus will blow over like a passing storm and we will wonder what all the fuss was about. Do you remember the fears over SARS and bird flu?  

While we should monitor this virus closely, let’s listen to the experts and not the press or politicians.  On one hand, we should not underestimate the threat of the coronavirus, but on the other hand, it’s not a pandemic yet. We are not facing a zombie apocalypse!

However, I do think that Thailand’s tourism industry, will be damaged considerably this year. This looks like an inevitable outcome. It does not help the situation when the Thai baht remains too strong. 

Meanwhile, the Barmy Army keep marching into Bangkok’s naughty nightlife areas. It obviously takes more this to stop the mongers! Here is a YouTube filmed recently showing the scene on Soi Nana… 

 

Bangkok Night walk – Soi 4 Nana [Feb 2020]

Bangkok Night walk – Soi 4 Nana [Feb 2020] At just after 9pm in February 2020 I did a ‘super smooth’ walk around the Soi 4 Nana street. Stopping a few times …

 

YouTube – Top Ten Most Visited Cities Around The World… 

 

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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