Posts Tagged ‘Dave The Rave’

Bye-Bye Mr Nana

Thursday, April 16th, 2020

Covid-19 Emergency Exit

Special Stickman Tribute

 

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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.

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We’re Not A Mom And Pop Store!

Thursday, January 16th, 2020

 

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NANA ENTERTAINMENT PLAZA BANGKOK

 

I remember attending a meeting at the command centre of the Nana Group in Bangkok. Glen, the head honcho of this large go-go bar group said to us, “We’re not a mom and pop store.” Now, being a Brit, this was the first time I heard this expression. It was explained to me that in the backwater towns in America, these were small shops ran by an old couple, or alternatively, it was a similar small family business. It is an expression that ‘feels’ as old as the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia!   

You probably do not consider your business, as a mom and pop store and rightly so, because it’s an insult to your accomplishments. But, it might surprise you to know that some of the most successful businesses in the world, started out that way. Just look at those young punks playing around in a garage. I bet some people thought, while everybody else is partying, boozing and shagging, “What the hell are these losers doing?” Thankfully, this bunch of ‘losers’ stuck at it because it became the catalyst for Microsoft and Apple. Don’t ever forget that from small acorns mighty oak trees grow!

Hey guys, what would most of us be doing right now without Microsoft and Apple? You must be on your computer or mobile phone in order to read this right now.  They have my ultimate respect, as pioneers of such an enormous technological triumph. I take my iHat off to them 🙂

 

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“ANNIE” @ ANGELWITCH GO-GO BAR NANA PLAZA BANGKOK

 

While attending a Monthly Staff Meeting at Angelwitch Go-Go Bar in Nana Plaza, I stood up and said to a sea of Thai faces, “We are ‘kropkrua’ (family) and we should never forget this.” The bar owner Pim immediately jumped in and went on to remind the staff of deep-rooted Thai family values. To make everybody think and feel like a family is essential to the success of many businesses in Thailand. This is why the ‘mom and pop store’ saying has another meaning in terms of the Thai way of running a bar business.

The tradition of the Monthly Staff Meeting in bars is rather old fashioned now, but it was an ideal way to communicate with your ‘family’ or team. The great big carrot on the stick is that they are paid their salary. The bar bosses could relay any important news and even throw a party. I remember at Pretty Lady and Angelwitch, they gave the staff food and drink, even training them in better customer care methods. Pim went so far as to teach dance moves to her Angelwitch go-go dancers and Showgirls. It was an all-in-one multi-purpose meeting. The downside is that many bargirls have the attention span of a goldfish. But, in their defence, some of these meetings went on for hours and they seemed more like conferences.   

I recall Kip, the general manager of the Nana Group saying, “I have called this meeting to tell you there will be no more meetings.” Well, that cracked me up, what a great one-liner!  

The creator of the Angelwitch concept Matt started out in a small bar called Tony’s in Soi Cowboy. The fact is an establishment such as Tony’s Bar was indeed a mom and pop store, compared to the multimillion-baht go-go bars. The likes of Bacarra and the Rainbow Bars were on a very different level. The difference between Tony’s Bar and Angelwitch Bar (besides the obvious) in terms of the bar biz is like comparing a mom and pop store and a large supermarket. However, many of the same principles and operating systems, applied to both bars, even though the scale was so vastly different.

Being an old fashioned and traditional guy myself, I wish some of those mom and pop family values, were still around today. Modernisation in today’s society and business is inevitable but it is not always for the better. 

 


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Date Mate – Let’s get ready to rumble! Le Pub located in Soi Diamond Alleyway, Walking Street, Pattaya is showing the Big Fight Live this Sunday morning, with doors opening at 10:00 AM. Your lovely host at Le Pub  Mister Egg serves the coldest drinks on Walking Street and there is a Full Snack Menu available. Enjoy! 

Quick Click – Check out Le Pub Facebook –> HERE

Daves Raves – BIG thanks go out to all you guys in America (1), Thailand (2), Great Britain (3) and Australia (4). You are my biggest fans according to Google Analytics. Cheers!

 

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Daves Raves — My publishing schedule is Sundays, Tuesdays & Thursdays. 

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. 


   

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Soaring Like An Eagle

Tuesday, January 14th, 2020

New Year Update 2020

 

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Here is my New Year Speech but I have to tell you in advance, it is rather different from when Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II addresses her following. Nevertheless, feel free to make yourself comfortable… 

This New Year 2020 has started well for me. Several people have contacted me regarding Photo Shoots and I can now see bright neon lights, at the end of an ominous dark tunnel. Let me explain it to you…

The past few years have been extremely challenging for me. Due to diabetes (inherited from my dear mother), I had to have three toes amputated from my left foot. In fact, I was lucky not to lose my left leg, according to the Diabetes Specialists at Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital in Bangkok. Looking at the positive side, these Thai doctors saved my leg. The good thing is whenever I go for a Thai foot massage I get a discount. Unashamedly, I have used my chop shop sob story to acquire hugs and kisses from some lovely dolly birds. Yes, I know I am a bad boy!

After having the chop so to speak, my mother passed away following a long battle with heart disease, diabetes and dementia. How she lived into her 80s I will never know, she had more lives than a cat! Due to a long waiting list, we had to have mum’s funeral just before Christmas. In addition to the pain and sorrow of losing my mother, the timing was awful.

Just when I thought things were getting better, my beloved Pedigree Labrador ‘Roy’ died during the Christmas holidays in 2018.  As my dear sister Jane said, “Bless his heart Roy hung on until just after Christmas for you.” Roy loved Ann and me very much; he was a very gentle and loyal dog. My Roy never even growled at me, he was a wonderful companion.  I named him Roy after my father who was a perfect gentleman and a very loving father. They were so similar both gentle and loving. Incidentally, my dearest Roy’s, both daddy and doggy passed away from cancer. I find this a remarkable but obviously tragic coincidence. Talking about dogs, if you are looking for a suitable family dog, then look no further than a Labrador. 

If you are not aware, I was the longest-serving go-go bar manager in Bangkok, completing over 18 years. This included Pretty Girl, Hollywood Carousel, Hollywood Strip, Angelwitch, Spellbound, Black Pagoda and The Strip in Patpong. In addition, it was me that opened Billboard in Nana Plaza for the Nana Group. As far as I know, I’m the only go-go bar boss with his own blog. As Sanook Sean says, “You were an exceptional gladiator in both the martial arts ring and the go-go arena. Most guys are just spectators.” That was a fantastic compliment from a self-made millionaire.  

To a large degree, diabetes forced me to retire from running go-go bars, but I also stopped for personal reasons. Diabetes is a horrible disease and I call it the silent assassin. This nasty bastard will sneak up on you and before you know it, you are deep in the stinky stuff! To be on the safe side make sure you check with your doctor. At least get your heart rate, blood pressure and blood sugar checked. If you can have an annual medical examination to make sure that everything is functioning as it should.     

You deserve an explanation as to why my publishing has been rather erratic for the past couple of years. Hey, now you know! Thanks for your loyalty, especially those who have known me for many years. Some guys have known me since I first arrived in Thailand in 1988 as a Muay Thai fighter.

Regarding my website, I do not know where my sudden motivation and inspiration for better blogging has come from but I like it. I sincerely hope you do as well. To finish on this positive note, I intend to publish frequently and with much more in-depth Thailand nightlife reports. Just like a golden eagle, I am soaring high in the sky and keeping my eyes on the world.

 


Daves Raves — My publishing schedule is Sundays, Tuesdays & Thursdays. 

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. 

For more check out my Facebook Page –> HERE


 

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Spankys Show & GoGo Bar

Tuesday, September 10th, 2019

Middle Floor Nana Plaza Bangkok

 

If you are in need of some fun ‘n’ frolics in a pleasure palace then look no further than Spanky’s Show & GoGo Bar.  

The atmosphere is always high energy and upbeat, which you certainly cannot say about many gogo bars nowadays! 

Spanky’s Bar operates to a traditional formula of gogo girls in solo bikinis combined with sexotic stage shows. 

Daves RavesSpanky’s is Bangkok’s best show ‘n’ gogo bar 

Enjoy some recent photos published by Spanky’s GoGo Bar

 

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Kiwi Pub Cocktail Club

Wednesday, August 28th, 2019

 

Today is Wednesday and that means Bacardi based cocktails are just 99 baht at The Kiwi Pub

This Super Saver Special runs from 7:00 pm till 11:00 pm every Wednesday. Get in there guys! 

Daves Raves – The Kiwi Pub is located on Sukhumvit Soi 8 Bangkok

 

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Dave The Rave’s 12 Year Anniversary

Sunday, December 30th, 2018

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This Thailand nightlife website was launched 12 years ago. How time flies when you are having fun! 

Along with my mate Stickman’s website, Dave The Rave Bangkok is one of the oldest websites, which predominantly features Thailand nightlife.  

As you probably know, most blogs fizzle out and die, especially niche blogs such as mine. However, this blog has stood the test of time. 

As a coincidence, I have now lived in Bangkok for 20 years and it is the 30th anniversary of my first trip to Thailand. 

I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your loyalty and support. Some of you have followed this website since 2006 when my Bangkok Blog was born. What a rollercoaster ride. Cheers!  

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Monks Behaving Badly

Saturday, November 24th, 2018

While alcohol-induced violence is certainly nothing new to Thailand, this particular news report is very different.

Two Thai monks were sent to the hospital following a violent clash with each other. Following a drinking session, tempers exploded over a disagreement, which involved one monk attacking the other with a knife. Knife wounds were incurred by both monks. 

The Royal Thai Police are waiting for both monks to recover from their injuries, before asking the Wat’s Abbot to defrock the pair. The request from the Thai Police is because they may face legal charges.

Below is the news report by The Thaiger…

Monks behaving badly, ending up in hospital | The Thaiger

Two monks have become embroiled in a drunken brawl north of Bangkok last night. The two were injured in a skuffle and knife fight after they drank together at their temple in Ang Thong’s Pa Mok district. Local police were called to Wat Amphawan at 11pm.

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Dolly Of The Day

Friday, November 16th, 2018

Miss ‘Z’ @ Wood Bar

Sukhumvit Soi 7/1 Bangkok

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Kiwi Pub Tasty Tuesday!

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

Kiwi Pub & Grill Bangkok

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The generous guys from Down Under at The Kiwi Pub throw a great Kiwi barbecue. This amazing ‘sizzle twizzle’ means a Free Feed from 7:30 pm until they run out of pub grub. 

For those who think they can scoff the free food without buying a drink, will be dealt with by the buffet bouncers. The Cheap Charlie Clan are not welcome, so don’t even think about it!  

Bangkok Pub Rules – No Food & Drinks From Outside.

Now for all you decent guys, you will be made most welcome. As you can see from the photos, The Kiwi Pub has tasty dolly birds, as well as tasty pub grub. Enjoy! 

Daves RavesThe Kiwi Pub is located on Sukhumvit Soi 8 

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Spanky’s Spectacular Showgirls!

Monday, September 3rd, 2018

Spanky’s Go-Go Bar (Nana Plaza)

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Situated on the Middle Floor of Nana Plaza you will find Spanky’s Go-Go Bar.

Spanky’s Bar is one of Thailand’s last remaining and genuine show ‘n’ gogo venues. Established seven years ago, this fun factory has matured like a fine wine.

While remaining the envy of many rival Bangkok go-go bars, this pleasure palace has certainly ‘spanked’ most of its competition. By sticking to a traditional go-go bar format, Spanky’s Bar has survived the test of time.

Spanky’s swift rise to fame is a remarkable story. Fortunately, I got to see this first hand, as I was based next door in Angelwitch Rock Dancers.

For the sheer longevity of sexotic stage shows, may they continue to excite, enthral and entertain the masses. Long live Spanky Bar!

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Dave Rave Sunday Roast (02/09/18)

Sunday, September 2nd, 2018

Stumble Inn’s Sixth Anniversary Party

Situated near the entrance to Nana Plaza is the popular British-Thai Sports Bar. Frequented by resident expats and tourists alike, it remains popular.

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Named with distinct irony ‘Stumble Inn’ hosted its Sixth Anniversary Party last Friday night. It was time to celebrate six successful years in the Bangkok bar business. 

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The Thai manageress Patty was celebrating her birthday, so it was double trouble and bound to get a bit wild. Yep, it was my kind of party!

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Once again, it was time to get the staff dolled up with war paint and into their glad rags. The cooks are armed and ready to serve up big batches of pub grub. Now we are all ready to party like rock stars! 

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Talented acoustic musicians Earth Collide kicked off the live entertainment with rapturous renditions of timeless classics. Earth belted out the punk rock classic ‘Teenage Kicks’ released in 1978 by The Undertones. Fair to say, as a former punk rocker in my teens, I was in my element. 

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We are a colourful collection of characters – Gav the Gaffer, Dave the Rave, Geordie John and Stickboy. In retrospect, compared to us the rest of the folks looked quite normal.

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Gav the Gaffer was wearing a ruby red long-sleeved shirt. I didn’t know if he was going to pull a bunch of rabbits out of a top hat or do a disco dance routine. All envy aside, our Gav looked the biz.

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The second live music artists were the classic rock band The Nowhere Man. Inspired by The Beatles, these guys can rock your world. Lead guitarist Paulie was giving it some hammer. At one point, I expected to see smoke billowing from his electric guitar.

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Whatever people say about The Nowhere Man Band, these lads play and sing their hearts out. Let’s face it most people can’t even sing rock songs, let alone sing in a foreign language. For a local pub band, The Nowhere Man rank high in my opinion. Yes, they are LOUD but we are not in a library!

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Even the free buffet was rather extraordinary. There was a culinary clash, as Traditional Thai Food sat aside Prawn Crackers, British Bangers, Chips, Potato Wedges, Brown Gravy and Crispy Fried Chicken Wings.   

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The bosses at Stumble Inn generously offered Tiger Pints at just 100 baht all night long. Also, there was a special discount of twenty percent for Bangkok Funcard Members

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To throw a proper party you have to offer something to your customers. It’s a great chance to thank them by offering free food, drinks deals, lucky draws, random giveaways and/or special entertainment. The guys at Stumble Inn know how to throw a party and unlike some bars, they obviously value their customers.  

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As a reminder, you will be pleased to know that Tiger Pints are only 100 baht every Friday at the Stumble Inn. In addition, during all LIVE English Premier League games, Tiger and Chang Pints are only 100 baht. These are great drinks deals for lovers of the amber nectar!  

Join me next week for another Dave Rave Sunday Roast. Cheers!  

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Bangkok Booze Ban

Tuesday, May 29th, 2018

Buddhist Holiday May 29th

Most bars will respect the Thai Buddhist Holiday today and therefore, a mandatory Booze Ban will be enforced by Thai authorities.

It’s just one day and actually, pubs and clubs can sell alcohol from midnight tonight. Cheers!

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Dollhouse Go-Go Bar Birthday Bash

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

Down in Pleasure Playground otherwise known locally as Pattaya, there is a Birthday Bash at The Dollhouse XXX Lounge.

The occasion tomorrow night celebrates Marc’s Birthday. Marc is one of the founders of the Nana Pong Dance Contests and also, the former manager of The Dollhouse in Bangkok. My ole mate Marc is the only Welshman I know, who doesn’t have intimate relationships with sheep! 🙂

Sorry I can’t make it mate, but I have to do a Photo Shoot in Soi Cowboy. We all hope you have a good one… Happy Birthday Boyo!  

Dollhouse XXX Lounge is on Soi 15 Walking Street, Sin City Pattaya.

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Stumble Inn Bar Western Wednesdays

Tuesday, February 6th, 2018

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Howdie Cowboys! Ride on down to Stumble Saloon and enjoy a taste of the good old-fashioned Wild West. There is 20% off all American food and drink items. Also, you can save a whopping 30% with a Bangkok Fun Card.

Enjoy great American specials such as Budweiser, Bourbon ‘n’ Burgers! Oh yeah, don’t you guys forget those wild west cowgirls. Yeeha!

Stumble Inn Bar is located next to Big Dogs Bar at the entrance to Nana Plaza.

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Super Sexy Sapphire Sweeties

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

Kiss The Kreme Competition

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Today we feature the latest in the Sapphire Club Video Series “Kiss The Kreme” starring the absolutely adorable Sapphire Sweetie Ging.

If you are into sexy Thai go-go girls devouring “blowjobs” then this is for you!

Daves RavesSapphire Club is located on Soi 15 Walking Street in Pattaya and is renowned for its mega hot babes. Enjoy this awesome video…

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Sapphire Club has some of the most beautiful and friendly gals in the entertainment business! Who wouldn’t want to watch them devour a frothy cocktail in slo motion?

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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?

Read what the Pattaya Pundits had to say – CLICK HERE 

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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!

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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.

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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.

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STUMBLE INN BAR (SOI NANA BANGKOK) BAHT BUSTER BRITISH BREAKFAST 

 

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