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Soi Cowboy Bangkok Nightlife Menu

Lights Out

Last Saturday and Sunday it was lights out for Bangkok’s Nightlife as Thais pre-paired to vote on Sunday. I just happened to be at Tesco shopping just before 6 pm on Saturday when an announcement came over the intercom that no alcohol could be sold after 6 pm. Everyone would have to wait until Monday if they were after a night out on the booze at their favorite bar.

Saturday night I headed over to Asok just to see how Bangkok looked without the bright lights of Soi Cowboy. Hopefully I will get a general feel for the area when it’s lights out so early. Sukhumvit Soi 23 looked dire as I walked past. In the distance I could see the lights to Crazy House were out. All the bars and eatery's leading up to Soi Cowboy were in darkness, at least 7/11 was open. Whilst in darkness Sukhumvit Soi 23 didn't look very inviting for any tourists that were wondering around.

I continued walking along the footpath of Sukhumvit Rd and found one restaurant open with a handful dinners inside, sipping on soft drinks. Very subdued stuff. The whole atmosphere of the area had gone.

Street Bar Bangkok

Heading towards Soi Cowboy

I turned into Asok Rd walking towards the Country Road Bar side to Soi Cowboy. What did I see? Just an empty footpath. The picture above I took around 3 am one night shows that there are usually street bars and food stalls located all along the footpath. Although so late the area is still alive!!

Arriving at Soi Cowboy was an uncomfortable experience for anyone wondering down for a peak. Taxi drivers were there in their droves. Ignore, ignore, ignore that's all I could do to all of their advances. They're worse than any ladyboy when you tell them you are straight. At least some ladyboys back-off. Soi Cowboy was in complete darkness with just a few lost souls walking through.

I noticed a few guys looking a bit edgy when they noticed that Soi Cowboy was closed. I think it would of been a real downer for any tourist here on a short holiday who was after some adult entertainment this weekend. Several freelancers were hanging around on the skywalk to the Asok BTS trying to keep a low profile. Anyone who was after a bit of company for the night would have or should have known what was going on.

Imagine if the the whole nightlife (gogo dancers/bargirls) scene was closed down in Thailand, just like last weekend. I’d guess the tourist numbers would drop dramatically. The regular tourists/backpackers would still come but the 3 week cashed up then broke tourists who are after some fun would more than likely look elsewhere. As I walked around it got me thinking, would I stay here if like this? The answer is No!! I would be back in Melbourne hanging out at Crown Casino playing poker most weekends.

Every city needs an edge and that's what the whole Nightlife Scene gives Bangkok.

Monday night I hit Soi Cowboy and it was business as usual. I spent a bit of time in the outside bar at the Lighthouse gogo bar. Normally I just glance at the dancers but there were more than I few that I thought, WOW!!! Talk about firm butts. The Lighthouse is a cool bar to hangout as you can sit back and watch all the dancers out front Cowboy 2, which can be entertaining.

The Five Star bar was busy on Monday night with the band in good form. I still think that the ladyboys that they have out front are the best within Soi Cowboy. At the Cockatoo Bar they also have some good looking ladyboys but there are a couple that do look a bit rough around the edges. By good looking I mean, look like a woman!! Were you think is she a ladyboy or a woman? Especially since they’re working with or hanging out with ladyboys.

Dundee GoGo Bar Soi Cowboy

Dundee Bar - Soi Cowboy

This time of year is a good time to checkout Jungle Jim’s and the Moonshine Joint. Being less busy the bargirls/regular dancers will be up for a bit more fun, don't be shy as you might be missing out. The Dollhouse looked good as I walked past, the chick out front dancing looked impressive. I don't know if it was having the bars closed over the weekend but to me every woman looks good tonight.

Baccara was busy on Monday night and no wonder with what I experienced last week. I just happened to stop out front The Midnite gogo bar to have a chat with one of the bargirls from Jungle Jim's when one of the Midnite GoGo Dancers got a bit touchy with here long nails on my back. She did send a shiver up my spine especially when I saw how fnnn hot she was. All I could say was, ‘thanks’.

The Dundee gogo bar although I haven’t been in for a while does seem to get a steady stream of customers in/out. The women do look okay that are are hanging out front. The only reason I stopped going was that most the bargirls smoked like chimneys. This may have changed. I will go in and see what the attraction is, only if there isn’t a bunch of dancers out front having a smoke.

I was at Nana Plaza on Thursday night. The beer bars along Soi 4 were doing ok with one exception, the K&S Bar which was near empty. Up near where Strikers Pub was located doesn't look the best just now. The area is now fenced off, even the carpark. Instead of Soi 4 having an open feel as you walked past, it now feels boxed in.

The first thing I noticed when I entered Nana Plaza was that Bangkok Bunnies outside bar was busy, which is always a good sign. Inside the gogo area Bangkok Bunnies does have several dancers that really are above average.

The Spankys placard holders downstairs where fired up giving most people a good hit with some foam tubing as they went to take the stairs up to the middle floor. This technique seems to be working as Spankys GoGo Bar was full when I passed by.

I found the middle level of Nana Plaza packed with ladyboys as I walked around. They were happy as usual, there just seemed to be more of them. I haven't mentioned Sexy Night for a while as the bargirls are a bit rough. I got stopped by a hot dancer out front and was very surprised that she was from Sexy Night, not a cesarean scar in sight. A trip inside in the near future looks to be on the cards.

Billboards was it’s usual self, busy. I did notice a couple of full back tattoos in the Jacuzzi, if that's your thing then head on in. Jail Birdz has been a bit quiet of late. There are plenty of dancers inside making Jail Birdz worth a look. I think the biggest problem for Jail Birdz is that once you’re on the top floor of Nana Plaza then you just have to go to Billboard Agogo Bar.

At Patpong this week and an hour inside the Pink Panther GoGo Bar confirmed to me that these chicks can dance!!! If you just want to sit back and relax then the Pink Panther is a cool spot to have a few drinks. I bypassed Kings Castle 2 this week (sh.t hot bar) opting for Kings Castle 1 and was amazed at the number of dancers inside. These two bars are so tourist friendly, just sit back and enjoy yourself.

The Thigh Bar dancers know how to have some fun, just buy them a few drinks and you wont be disappointed. If you’re on a budget well they do sell cheap draught beer as does Club Electric Blue which is another bar that has some very good dancers on display.