Posts Tagged ‘Sukhumvit Road’

Dave Rave Sunday Roast (14/10/18)

Sunday, October 14th, 2018

 

Sukhumvit Soi Nana Review

 

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I was thinking it’s about time I compiled a review of Soi Nana. After all, this Bangkok nightlife area is the one that I know best. I have been a resident of Sukhumvit Soi 4 for 20 years now. How time flies! 

Situated amid the heart of lower Sukhumvit, many of you need no introduction to Sukhumvit Soi 4. Located just a stretch further up Sukhumvit Road from Soi Nana is the neon jungle of Soi Cowboy. Now, while remaining popular, Soi Cowboy is the considerably smaller of the two streets. Soi Cowboy comprises mostly of smaller bars (with a few exceptions), situated on a short and narrow stretch of street.

Although Sukhumvit Soi 23 is located at one end of Soi Cowboy, it has far fewer bars, hotels and restaurants than Sukhumvit Soi 4 does. Sukhumvit Soi 23 is renowned more for its massage shops, especially the deeper down the road you explore.

I sometimes refer to Soi Cowboy as ‘Little Las Vegas’ and in terms of total size, it is little brother compared to its big brother that resides down the road.

Soi Nana is a much larger concentration of beer bars, pubs, restaurants, hotels, shops and of course, it is home to the almighty Nana Entertainment Plaza. Being labelled the ‘Largest Adult Playground In The World’ pretty much sums it up in one sentence!

Nana Plaza is a three-storey atrium that is home to some of the biggest and most popular go-go bars in Thailand. It is simply the Big Daddy out of all the Bangkok go-go bar areas.

If you look at Bunnies, Billboard, Butterflies, Twister and Nana Plaza Beer Garden, these BIG bars are anywhere from at least two to six times bigger than most bars in Patpong and Soi Cowboy. Now, this is not to say that biggest is best, but it is impressive nonetheless.

Located directly on Soi Nana, the longer established bars such as Morning Night, Stumble Inn, Bar 4, Chequers Pub, Hanrahan’s Pub, Bus Stop, and the Hillary Bars, continue to attract the crowds. However, bar trade has been rather inconsistent this low season. This explains the quiet nights but the drop in bar trade is nationwide.

Even the international chain of themed bars Hooters opened a branch on Soi Nana, which was previously part of the Nana Hotel. There were rumours floating around that this particular branch of Hooters was going to close down. However, despite this statement Hooters doors continue to open nightly.

As soon as you enter Soi Nana, you can hear classic rock music coming from Morning Night, Stumble Inn and the Hillary Group Bars.

One of the more recent additions to the Hillary Group is Angels 4 Bar. Angels were recently renovated with an extension into the bar next to it that closed down. It is located next to Bus Stop inside the Rajah Broadway Complex.

Rajah Broadway recently opened a couple of new venues, including a coffee shop and the rather eccentric Celebrity Tattoo Shop. The main showcase venue inside Rajah Broadway is the impressive Hillary 1 Bar that serves freshly cooked pizzas. A number of people say the new Hillary 1 resembles a modern New York style bar. It comprises of a beautiful interior design.  

Adding some nostalgia, the Heidelberg Pub across the street still opens its doors daily, even after all these years. The Heidelberg is the oldest established bar on Soi Nana. As it has a restaurant license, the Heidelberg is open very late into the early hours of the morning. Useful, if you are seeking a late nightcap. 

Just along from the Heidelberg Pub, some of the resident expats gather at The Tavern for their American style Cheeseburgers, Chili Cheese Dogs and a social drink. It’s great to see Scott’s legacy continuing because initially, there was fear The Tavern would have to close. 

Red Zone Soi Nana - Dave Rave Sunday Roast (14/10/18)Just up from The Tavern is a little hole-in-the-wall called Red Zone. Although it has an attractive and modern design, I never see more than a scattering of customers inside. Many people probably do not know it exists and therefore, Red Zone needs to put itself onto the map.    

Similar to Soi Cowboy, there are the street stalls or roadside restaurants, which add extra character and atmosphere. The slight inconvenience that Soi Nana has is it can be a very busy road at times. You need to be alert late at night, with Thai road safety being notoriously bad. With that said, you can always weave your way through, when the traffic is at a standstill.  

There is a lot to see and do before you even enter Nana Plaza, which makes Soi Nana so appealing to visitors. If you are tired of the go-go bar scene, then there are numerous other options. This is what I love about Bangkok, it has endless options. 

Sukhumvit Soi 4 has a long stretch of establishments, leading beyond the Rajah Broadway Complex, and continuing just past the Soi 4/Soi 6 Junction. Here, at this junction area, you will find the Swan Bars and the Country Road Bar. Towards the top end of Soi Nana, the bars and shops fade out and then Soi Nana resembles a normal Thai street. 

Some streets in Bangkok have succumbed to consisting of nothing more than a string of 7 Eleven stores, Indian Tailor shops, condominiums and hotels. This really is becoming extremely boring and does nothing for Bangkok’s image or popularity.  

Regarding Soi Nana, as a whole, it fortunately retains a good quantity of bars and restaurants for us to enjoy. Let’s all hope that Soi Nana’s legendary legacy continues to thrive. 

Watch This Video Below! Guide To Sukhumvit Soi 4 

Sukhumvit Soi 4 guide – Bangkok streets

This video will guide you through Sukhumvit Soi 4 in Bangkok. It will show you the main points of interest in this street adjoining the very long Sukhumvit main road in the heart of Bangkok, Thailand.

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Top Ten Hotels On Soi Nana

Saturday, September 8th, 2018

Today I feature an informative video, which will help you choose the hotel you want to stay at on Sukhumvit Soi Nana.

If you have not visited the Nana area for a while, there are some great accommodation options.

Personally, I can recommend The Dawin Hotel, The Parinda Hotel, Majestic Suites and Dynasty Grande Hotel.

The Top Ten Hotels in this video are based on the number of Agoda ratings which means it is an accurate report.

Top 10 Nana Hotels on Sukhumvit Soi 4 in Bangkok

This is a top 10 list of the hotels you can find on Sukhumvit Soi 4 in Bangkok – home of the infamous Nana Plaza. The list has been compiled based on the user ratings from the Agoda hotel booking site. These user ratings have been weighted according to how many reviews have gone into them.

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Bangkok Nightlife Loses Historic Venues

Thursday, March 1st, 2018
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CLUB ELECTRIC BLUE PATPONG 2001-2018

Two long established venues in Bangkok’s nightlife scene have closed their doors. Club Electric Blue Go-Go Bar in Patpong 2 announced that they were calling last orders for literally the very last time.

Club Electric Blue was one of the go-go bars frequented by resident farangs and tourists alike. But, for the local lads it was the place you visited to have a chat with Big Andy, or one of his managers. The guys would gather at the bar counter and enjoy the company of fellow farang residents. On certain nights it was a very interesting congregation of characters.

Alas, all good things have to come to an end and Big Andy decided to pull the plug. One reason is to concentrate on his other go-go bars, namely Club Electric Blue and Dollhouse down in Soi 15 Walking Street, Pattaya.

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ANNIE’S SOAPY MASSAGE 1972-2018

The second nostalgic venue to close is Annie’s Soapy Massage. Following an incredible run of 46 years, Annie’s Soapy Massage was forced to close. Increasing running costs and especially, the rent increases led to the demise.

However, Annie’s lovely ladies have relocated to Chrome Bar, which is situated approximately half way down Sukhumvit Soi 7/1 on the left side.

Speaking of Soi 7/1 the former Bangkok Beat venue is still up for sale. Any interested buyers can email me (davetheravebangkok@gmail.com), or get the contact details from the sign outside. The old Bangkok Beat was a popular venue, especially when my mate Mike was running it.  It’s a good location, conveniently sitting near the entrance to Soi 7/1 from Sukhumvit Road.

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Bangkok Protests Special Report

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Bangkok Protests – There is much talk and speculation in the Thai and foreign media regarding the political protests going on in Bangkok. But you know Bangkok is a HUGE city and the protest areas are NOT affecting Bangkok’s main nightlife areas. Soi Cowboy, Patpong, lower Sukhumvit Road, Silom, Soi Nana and Nana Plaza are all unaffected by the protests.

Stickman has been keeping a close eye on the situation with an information page. Click on this link –  Stickman’s Bangkok Protests Special Report

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Mens Night At The Game Sports Bar Bangkok

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

Mens Night! For a change here is one for the guys! Every Thursday (7:00 PM – 9:00 PM), the popular Bangkok sports bar The Game hosts Mens Night, with a variety of drinks on offer for just 99 Baht.

The Game Sports Bar & Grill is located on the corner of Sukhumvit Soi 9 beneath the Nana BTS Station.

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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

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The Game Sports Bar & Grill

Tuesday, December 25th, 2012

Game On! Conveniently located next to the BTS Skytrain on Sukhumvit Soi 9 you will find The Game Sports Bar & Grill. New kid on the block The Game has rapidly become (arguably) Bangkok’s most popular theme pub. It boasts all the live sports you can possible watch from American Football, Major League Baseball, World Championship Boxing, International Rugby, to the English Premier League and the UEFA Champions League Football. All this action and more is available on numerous large TV screens.

In addition, there is fantastic food at The Game, which is proudly presented by award winning chef Drew Garrity. Below is a mini gallery to show you some of the sexy servers and a sample of the award winning menu. Dave The Rave has tried a number of the items from The Game’s menu and I highly recommend that you treat yourself to a meal from a highly skilled American chef…

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Grand Opening Party At Christinas Kitchen

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

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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.

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Bangkok Hotel Summer Special

Monday, July 30th, 2012

Summer Special – There is a Super Saver at Town Lodge Hotel, which is exclusively for friends of Dave The Rave. From NOW until the end of August 2012, Standard Rooms are available for ONLY 800 BAHT per night. This limited offer applies to select rooms only, payment is strictly cash and you MUST MENTION Dave The Rave to receive the best boutique hotel deal in Bangkok. (more…)

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American Independence Day In Bangkok

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

Bully For You! On the 4th of July the place to be is Bully’s Pub. Located between Soi 2 and Soi 4 on Sukhumvit Road, Bully’s Pub will provide a feast on American Independence Day. (more…)

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The Game Sports Bar Grand Opening

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

The Game Kicks Off This Friday! The Grand Opening of The Game Sports Bar is this coming Friday, June 8th. Sat snugly inside City Lodge Hotel, The Game is strategically located next to the BTS Station on the corner of Sukhumvit Soi 9. (more…)

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Latest on Bangkok Music Station

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

It appears Tenderloins the long established great steak restaurant on Soi 33 will be moving from its current location and taking over the Music Station.  The manager told me they expect to move in the next month or so as soon as they have fitted out the new place.  We look forward to enjoying their infamous Aussie steaks at the new location.

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Tenderloins Soi 33

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Thailand Tonight – 19-12-09

Saturday, December 19th, 2009

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WISHING YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM BANGKOK

Seasons greetings!  Once again Christmas is just around the corner and so, yet another year has almost ended.  I don’t know about you, but 2009 has raced by for me.  This leads me to think, where has the year gone?  I must be having a mini middle-age crisis!  Nonetheless, I wish you all a very Merry Christmas.  Happy Holidays! (more…)

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Thailand Night Fever

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

CELEBRATING ST. PATRICK’S DAY IN BANGKOK (PART TWO)

NANA PLAZA BANGKOK THAILAND 02 - Thailand Night FeverIn conclusion, Bully’s Pub has a relaxing atmosphere that appeals to many different types of people.  Bully’s attracts singles, couples and even families.  It is an ideal place to meet friends, unwind after a long day, and/or enjoy live sports on a large TV screen.  Bully’s Pub is a bit more upmarket than other pubs in the area.  The prices tend to be higher and you will pay government tax on all food and beverage items.  Just to let you know where you stand.  It was time to leave the cosy comfort of Bully’s Pub…

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Thailand Night Fever

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

CELEBRATING ST. PATRICK’S DAY IN BANGKOK (PART ONE)

Angelwitch Showgirls Nana Plaza Loy Kratong Bangkok 2007 - Thailand Night FeverToday is a special Monday, because it is St. Patrick’s Day.  For the uninitiated, St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland.  St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated worldwide, but it is a particularly HUGE celebration in America… As I walked inside, I surveyed the scene and within a few seconds, I spotted my friend Rob.  We had arranged to meet at Bully’s Pub, which is located next to the JW Marriott Hotel on Sukhumvit Road.  There was a large table available, so we sat down and soaked up the relaxing atmosphere.  Previously, this place was nothing more than a mere shell, but the new owner ET has done a terrific job of improving it.  We can forget those early days, because Bully’s Pub is now established as one of the most popular pubs in Bangkok.  And, I was about to find out why.  Although it was only 6:00pm, already a crowd was starting to build.  Bully’s Pub draws large crowds and even though it is a large pub, it fills up at peak trading hours. (more…)

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Thailand Night Fever

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

SMOKING BAN IN A STATE OF CONFUSION

SOI COWBOY BANGKOK THAILAND 05 - Thailand Night FeverWith some bars allowing smoking and other bars not, it does make the smoking ban look like a farce.  There are establishments where the so-called smoking ban has not been enforced whatsoever.  Once again, go-go bars are at the centre of the controversy.  In the Lumpini area (lower Sukhumvit Road), the Hotels and restaurants have been told they must enforce the smoking ban, but some bars in Nana Plaza are currently exempt.  In stark contrast, further along Sukhumvit Road, the bars in Soi Cowboy have been told to comply to the new law.  Down in Pattaya, a number of the go-go bar owners are allowing smoking, but they have been told to be discrete.  Word from Thai sources is that the smoking ban will be enforced eventually, but currently there is a grace period.  Understand that if you can!  Thailand’s Ministry Of Health (rather than the police) will apparently be checking to see who is complying to the smoking ban.  After May 31st, 2008 all hotels and public establishments must comply to the smoking ban, or face a 20,000 Baht fine.  So far, it looks like the ban has gone up in a cloud of smoke.  Meanwhile folks, it’s just another moment in the Land Of Make-Believe. (more…)

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