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We’re Not A Mom And Pop Store!

Thursday, January 16th, 2020



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, Were 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 its 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. Dont 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 🙂




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 Tonys in Soi Cowboy. The fact is an establishment such as Tonys 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 Tonys 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.



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!



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

Dave The Raveis a uniqueThailand Nightlife Guruwith vast professional experience in Bangkok nightlife since 1999. Dave is still closely connected to Thailands nightlife and his blog remains popular worldwide.

Darwinism For Dummies

Thursday, December 19th, 2019

Darwinism For Dummies


The gogo bar business in Bangkok and Pattaya is certainly not rocket science, but the poor performing pleasure palaces might make you believe otherwise. Without sounding too simplistic in my analysis, the strong remain strong and the weak remain weak. To be blatantly blunt, this is Darwinism for dummies!

You cannot just say the gogo bars are DEAD because some venues remain very popular. Certain factors will determine the survival of Thailands pleasure palaces. Recently, I have been reflecting upon the situation in the gogo bars…

Amid the animal kingdom, it is survival of the fittest, as Charles Darwin so aptly outlined in his theory of evolution. In the modern world of the neon jungle, the same theory applies. If you are not strong, healthy and equipped with the spirit of a warrior, you will be eaten alive in the neon jungle.

The gogo bar industry has become considerably more mercenary nowadays and to a large degree, it is a dog-eat-dog environment. Part of the mercenary attitudes of the bargirls is due to fighting for survival, but in other cases, it boils down to pure greed.

However, for various reasons the gogo bar business faces an uphill battle. Higher running costs lead to higher prices, pressure leads to mercenary attitudes, which then leads to less profit. This business chemistry causes a chain reaction and we are certainly seeing more empty seats in numerous gogo bars these days. The golden era of gogo bars is long gone but a few pleasure palaces still do a roaring trade.



The two most popular gogo bars in Pattaya are Sapphire Club and Pin-Up GoGo Bar. These two are the elite gogo bars of Pattaya and definitely in a different league to most of their competitors. One major factor I have noticed is a big drop in attractive gogo dancers, especially those in their birthday suits. It is just too easy to meet Fat Pat or Plain Jane!

Modern technology has played a major part in making recruitment very challenging because so many attractive Thai women are available online. Hot Thai girls are available on various platforms such as escort agencies, dating websites and social media. Thailand has among the most Facebook profiles (per population) in the world.

Daves Raves – When I ran gogo bars in Nana Plaza Bangkok, I always stood by quality rather than quantity and that would be my advice to gogo bar bosses. Just like Zen Minimalism less is indeed more!

Super Saver Pandoras GoGo Bar located in Soi LK Metro has a great bang-for-baht Happy Hour. Bottled Beers are just 55 baht from 7:30 pm until 9:00 pm. The selection consists of nicely chilled bottles of Chang, Leo, Singha and Tiger. Thailand is not expensive if you know where to go. Do not listen to the killjoys, listen to the GoGo Guru!



Happy Holidays! Best Wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Many thanks for visiting this year and a BIG thank you to the guys who followed me since 2006 when I launched this website. 2020 will be the 14th year of this website and I am very proud of this achievement. Cheers!



Visit Sapphire’s Facebook here –> Sapphire Club Pattaya

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

Dave The Raveis a uniqueThailand Nightlife Guruwith vast professional experience in Bangkok nightlife since 1999. Dave is still closely connected to Thailands nightlife and his blog remains popular worldwide.

Daves Raves – 12/12/2019

Thursday, December 12th, 2019


Daves Raves – Really, I should have done this a long time ago. The purpose of publishing Daves Raves every week is to prepare you for any parties, promotions, events, updates and any other relevant information.I decided upon Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, so you know the days I will post.

I considered publishing on a Friday but this is often a manic day. It’s only natural to be eager to hit the town, following the end of the working week. By the time Friday comes around, you may well have already made your plans for the weekend.

Super Saver – (TTIF) Thank Tiger It’s Friday! Stumble Inn located on Soi Nana offer Tiger Pints for just 100 baht every Friday. The offer runs from 09:00 till closing time. Believe me, by Bangkok standards this is a great drinks deal. In addition, there are two great live bands Earth Collide and Nowhere Man to rock your Friday night. Enjoy!



Date Mate – I am your mate with that important date! This week there is a Playmates Party at both Billboard GoGo Bar and Butterflies GoGo Bar. They are both located on the Top Floor of Nana Plaza, Bangkok. I write this just in case you have been hiding in a remote destination all these years!

There will be a generous offering of Free Food including Pizza, Chicken Wings and Potato Wedges. In addition, the American owners promise an impressive lineup consisting of a quantity of quality. The doors open at 20:00 and the event is this Saturday, December 14th. Make sure you go early to get a good seat close to the action. Prepare yourself for at least 250 hot babes spread across five stages.

Currently, both Billboard and Butterflies are among the most popular gogo bars in Thailand. The owners ensure the stages are packed with gogo dancers and let’s not forget those bubble bath babes!



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

Dave The Raveis a uniqueThailand Nightlife Guruwith vast professional experience in Bangkok nightlife since 1999. Dave is still closely connected to Thailands nightlife and his blog remains popular worldwide.


Brexit – in or out?

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

Tomorrow is the big day for the UK to decide on whether it wants to stay in the EU or say goodbye.

It seems to me very few people I talk toare in favor of remaining in EU, despite the fact that many celebrities like David Beckham and Daniel Craig have come out in support of remain. The common reasons people give for wanting to leave the EU:

Bonkers Brussels- 170,000 people now work for EU institutions, that’s double the British Army. No wonder we have to contribute 350 million quid a week. It’s bureaucracy gone mad!

You wouldn’t mind but we have no choice over who these people are and we cannot remove them if they mess up. Plus they now create about half the new laws in the UK. In the beginning it was supposed to be all about trade but now Brussels is telling everyone what to do – time to leave.

Migration – Over 1 million migrants came into Europe last year, but according to UNHCR there are 60,000,000 more displaced people who are seeking refuge. That’s mind boggling and tops the numbers at the end of the last world war. It’s not racist to be worried about what this means for cities, towns and villages across europe. At the moment they are calling it a crisis but as the numbers increase will the ’socialist’ EU and its army of bureaucrats be able to handle it? Unlikely

Despite these obvious drawbacks the bookmakers seem to think it’s a done deal for the Remain camp – we’ll have to wait and see.

Win or loseyou can let off some steam at theStrip Bar on Patpong 2, which is having a Brexit party on Friday night with all beers just 99 THB all night.

If only David Cameron could have got a deal like that from the EU!

party at the strip patpong








Chang Beer Special At Club Electric Blue In Patpong

Friday, July 5th, 2013

Beers & Cheers! Due to the popularity of the Chang Beer Special the guys at Club Electric Blue are continuing it for the whole of July.

Here is a photo I took in Patpong Soi 2 just the other night…

The Game Sports Bar Hosts First Anniversary Party

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

Game On! On Thursday, June 20th, The Game Sports Bar & Grill are hosting their 1st Anniversary Party. Enjoy Free Food (7:00-9:00 PM) and a super saver drinks deal that runs all night.

Where Is It?The Game is conveniently situated next to the Nana BTS Skytrain Station on the corner of Sukhumvit Soi 9


New Happy Hour At The Game Sports Bar & Grill

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

the-game-logoWhat has emerged quickly as one of Bangkok’s most popular Sports Bars, namelyThe Gameis very conveniently located on the corner of Sukhumvit Soi 9 next to the steps of the BTS Nana Skytrain Station. As well as all the live sports you can handle, The Game serves excellent food fromaward-winningmaster chef Andrew Garrity.

Fairly recently The Game Sports Bar & Grill has launched a new Happy Hour and there are some great drinks deals if you are on a booze cruise.

The details are listed on the poster below…


Fetish Festival At BarBar In Patpong

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013


Wishing You A Happy New Year

Tuesday, January 1st, 2013

Happy New Year! Best wishes for health and wealth in 2013


Thai Penthouse Models At Nana Liquid

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

Tonight is Thai Penthouse Models Night at Nana Liquid Disco. This is for the sexperts of RED HOT Thai babes! (more…)

Sexy Thai Go-Go Girls From Destiny Bar

Sunday, October 14th, 2012

Babe Watch! Today I have a photo I took in Destiny Bar, which is located in Soi LK Metro down in Pattaya. I was lucky to find a bunch of sexy Thai go-go girls. I guess you could say it was Destiny!


Patpong Goes Gangnam Style

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Gangnam Style! Down in Patpongthey are going Gangnam Style at The Strip this Saturday, October 6th. Also, there will be FREE sexy shower shows! (more…)

After Dark Asia Magazine Volume 22

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

The latest After Dark Asia Catalogue Magazine is due out soon. We are now up to Volume 22 for those who are counting. (more…)

Wet Tee Shirt Contest At Nana Liquid Disco

Monday, September 24th, 2012

Wet & Wild! This Wednesday, September 26th it is going to be Wet & Wild over in Nana Liquid Disco, with a Wet Tee Shirt Contest. (more…)

The Sexy Go-Go Girls Of Black Pagoda

Sunday, September 16th, 2012

Photo Of The Day! Here is a photo I took of the sexy go-go girls of Black Pagoda in Patpong Soi 2. (more…)

Nana Liquid Latex Body Painting Night

Monday, September 10th, 2012

Liquid Latex Ladies! This Wednesday, September 12th at Nana Liquid Disco it is Body Painting Night with a twist. This time it will be luminous paint on latex. You have got to hand it to them, the Nana Liquid guys keep coming up with some great ideas. Mention latex and that gets me going! (more…)

The Strip Go-Go Bar Proudly Presents ‘White Night’

Monday, August 27th, 2012

White Night! Down in Patpong 2 there is a ‘White Night’ at The Strip Go-Go Bar. This special event will be held on Friday, August 31st and Saturday, September 1st. Throughout the evening there will be shower shows every hour and sexy Thai girls in wet T shirts. (more…)

Bangkok Beer Bars Celebrate

Friday, August 24th, 2012

SOI NANA PARTY TIME! Here we go! There are two parties in Soi Nana for all you weekend warriors. The first party is Friday, August 24th and it is the 10th Anniversary Party for Morning-2-Night Bar. Another decade passes, time flies! (more…)

Grand Opening Party At Christinas Kitchen

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

Cooking From The Heart! This Friday, August 17th there is a Grand Opening Party at Christina’s Kitchen. This relatively new restaurant serves American home style cooking from the heart.

The party starts at 7:00pm, there will be FREE FOOD and also,Christina’s Kitchen will serve drinks at HAPPY HOUR PRICE ALL NIGHT.

Where Is It? Christina’s Kitchen is located in Sukhumvit Soi 20.

BarBar Fetish Club Medical Play

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

Let’s Play Doctors & Nurses! Medical Play at BarBar Fetish Club in Patpong 2 on August 16th and 17th. Come play with me! (more…)