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Nightlife

Times Up

Walking around Bangkok's premiere nightlife areas you do bump into all sorts of characters. Some have made their living over the past 10 to 20 years working in the bar industry. Most are good but you do get a small number that are living so far in the past that it beggars belief that they can still get a job. I do think it’s more out of pity than job performance or track record. If you look at their current circumstances which usually resembles a train wreck….. Fail, Fail and why not throw in another failure for good measure.

There is one important lesson that I learnt whilst working as a Private Investigator and that is ‘you’re only as good as your last job’. F..me not here in Bangkok all you need is to have had a bit of success 10-15 years earlier.  Never stop telling people about your triumph and you’ll get a job. These people are just so negative about progress within gogo bars and the only thing that will work is what worked in the past. Nah boring sh.t.

When I think back at what I thought were two of the worst bars within Nana Plaza 18 months ago. Spellbound and Billboard, both had a tired formats bored or tired aging staff with really no drive to make themselves better. I cringe thinking of the couple of nights I went into Spellbound. Billboard was just shock in seeing what to me appeared to be some over 40’s on the dance floor, of coarse there were only a handful of customers inside.

It has taken fresh blood to bring the resurgence of Billboard Agogo and the vision of bringing Bangkok Bunnies to reality putting Nana Plaza back on the map. In the process pushing Soi Cowboy for best Adult Entertainment location in Bangkok. This would have never happened if one of the merry-go-round managers had taken over at any of these bars. I’d say Spellbound would still be alive and kicking unchanged therefore Bangkok Bunnies would never had existed and Billboard would have been closed just like Bubbles.

Even talking about Pattaya their opinions are so out of date. If you listen to these guys no human would ever go to Pattaya as it’s dirty, run down, the beach is a mess, violence is rampant, the gogo bars are sh.t…. Blah… Blah…. Blah.

Pattaya Beach Rd

   Beach Rd footpath heading towards Walking St Pattaya

They could’ve been talking about the moon because they defiantly aren't talking about Pattaya 2016. Most these guys haven't been to Pattaya for 2-4 years yet they have such strong opinions of the place. 4 years  FFS, well obviously a lot has changed.

The future is bleak for most of these guys with no planning or thought for their later years. I’m sure they will drag a few of their mates down borrowing what they can’t pay back especially when their appeal in the bar industry disappears. Times-up for some. It’s an easy fix just move with times and learn from the new guys in the industry. They have brought fresh ideas that actually work. Do us all a favor and stop living in the past.

It’s not just individuals but certain beer bars need to move with times. Something that has irked me for a long time is beer bars that put a quota system on the amount of lady drinks a bargirl has to have in any given month. What for? Owe right, it’s so they can fine the women at the end of the month. The bargirls call these beer bars, BAD!! At one beer bar recently I noticed a couple of bargirls weren't their usually selves, so with a bit of digging they opened up about how bad the bar is. They both hadn't met their quota of drinks. Their normal pay was 6000฿ a month but with failing to meet their quota of lady drinks they only received around 4000฿.

These bars even put quotas on the amount of times they get barfined. Times are a changing this is one practice that I feel should be abolished. The women aren't stupid! They know if they want to make a decent living for themselves and their family's then they will go with customers. If there is no quota system in place they more than likely will be a bit more picky with who they go with, and yes they will still get barfined. At least now they wont have to go with some drunken sloth (this is what freelancers are for) just because they wont get their full pay at the end of the month. Its like any job if you aren’t pulling your weight then you can be let go at anytime.

The practice of quotas works too much in the bars favor, especially during low season. Working girls need job security, this is 2016 and something's need to change. Don’t cut someone's wage who lives in a single room with 2 other bargirls and no air-conditioning just because she couldn’t get over 120 lady drinks a month. I’m sure that the beer bars that continue this practice especially during low season will stumble along year after year with unhappy staff.

Lighthouse Soi Cowboy PromoI hit Patpong first this Friday night and was surprised at how busy the beer bars were with live bands. There was a real party feel to Patpong Soi 1. Superstars had a decent crowd inside more than I have seen in a long time. For those who read last weeks column I mentioned that I had unfinished business at Kings Castle with one of the gogo dancers. Alas she wasn’t present, I’d say some prick had barfined her early. Bummer.

Not to be put off I headed straight over to the Thigh Bar, who didn’t disappoint. I ordered a draught beer at 60฿ and sat back to watched the gogo dancers in action. Before long I had a dancer on a break come over for a chat. This chick is fit, in her early 20’s and after about 5 min's she asked for a drink. I just said ‘yeah if you sit on my lap’. I know the girls here aren't shy so up she popped face to face and grinded away to the music. What a trooper. I don't mind giving anyone a tip when they put in like she did. If you’re planning on having some fun at the Thigh Bar then choose your seat wisely as you don’t want to be the center of attention.

Now to Bada Bing who really do cause some confusion for new tourists with having the Bada Bing signs removed. I noticed a couple of Japanese out front looking confused as there is one sign that says Twilo. I just said Bada Bing and pointed inside and in they went. Bada Bing tonight have a 3 tiered barfine system in place, first up is the dancers in yellow Pikachu skimpy t-shirts who were all impressive in the looks department, but 1800฿ a barfine is too pricey. Next up is the chicks in the blue sailor uniforms, this is more like it as there are some very hot women amongst this group and at 800฿ they defiantly seem good value. The last group a barfine costs 600฿ and out of approximately 10 dancers maybe 2 would be worth it. On a sour note there were 2 or 3 that I couldn’t believe work at Bada Bing.

I don't want to be a prick but they could join the drink staff or move to a down market gogo bar. I wanted to take a picture inside to put in this weeks column but sadly the boss said….No. Smart move as no business wants FREE advertising these days. Do they!!

I arrived at Nana Plaza just after 11 pm and Bangkok Bunnies was the destination. Well blow me sideways they have some stunning women inside and keen. The gogo dancers wanna have some fun here, don't be like a mannequin or you will be missing out big time. Since being grinded stupid at the Thigh Bar I am now seated by the Jacuzzi at Bangkok Bunnies staring at one of the finest examples of the female form. F…me……. mid 20’s hot, hot, hot and she’s not shy… FFS. What to do next?

After dropping a load at Bangkok Bunnies I made my way up to the middle floor and spot a couple of Mandarin Bar dancers having a break out front. I asked if I could take their picture? Talk about keen they both couldn’t strike a pose quick enough and when I showed them the picture (below) they both are saying thank you, thank you …………..mmmm I should be thanking them.

Nana Plaza gogo dancers

Mandarin Agogo Dancers Nana Plaza

Jail Birdz was my next destination and with half the renovations completed they are now operating in the new section whilst the other half is under construction. Head-on up and have a look, you will be impressed with what has been completed so far.

I had a brief look inside Billboard and the Jacuzzi was in full swing with around 10 girls entertaining the crowd. Visually as you enter you really do get the wow factor.

One bar that I haven't been in lately is Erotica but they always open the curtain as I pass and the women inside look good. The only reason I haven't gone in is they hold up a sign that says Chang 90฿…. Well I don't drink Chang therefore I keep on walking. If it was Tiger beer then I’d be in like a shot. At Rainbow 4 their sign-age is a bit strange with Rainbow Four on the wall and then Rainbow 5 above the entrance. Weird.

Lastly I headed to Soi Cowboy slightly pissed which usually isn't a good thing, luckily I stayed away from the Toy Bar and Crazy House as I would have had to hit an ATM. I had a chat with the girls out front Penny Black who wanted me to come upstairs to their disco. I declined as these chicks were just too pissed. Someone has had a big night and must have left a few 1000฿ lighter. For some reason the Penny Black, Rawhide and the Lone Star dancers were all in matching bikinis.

Soi Cowboy Bangkok

   Rawhide & Lone Star Dancers Soi Cowboy

I found Soi Cowboy to be quieter than usual for a Friday night at around midnight. Looks can be deceiving as when I had a quick look inside Jungle Jim’s just before 2 am they were packed. All the bargirls were busy as were the Coyote dancers. The outside bar had no customers making me wonder what the big attraction was inside? You can get your head ripped off for 500฿, maybe that was it. There was no way I was going to the end of the bar to find out.