The following reviews are those that I come across on the web, in guide books, from contributors and of course from my own visits. Reviewers may be unreasonably harsh and bar owners may present a rosy picture of their bars...so don't take everything
at face value...go and see for yourself.
If anyone would like to add a review or information please email Dave at firstname.lastname@example.org
Review by Malcolm, January 2013: Always a good selection of girls
I stayed at the Barracuda Bar, Naklua Road for my last 8 days. The rooms are good. Only downside is the music from the bar which can go on till 3am some nights. No good if you retire early.
A standard room is 700B. They do have a VIP room at 850B which has all new furniture and personal gold package True cable box.
The bar is always busy later in the afternoon and in the evening. Tony the UK owner and his Thai wife host parties regularly. Happy hour Singha 55B and 70B in the evening. Lady drinks are a very reasonable 95B. Always a good selection of girls there,
most of them very pretty. I counted 16 girls on the Friday when there was a party on. They have stopped serving food but you can order from nearby restaurants.
Review by Swanks, Sept 2006: Well done that man
Considering the latest owner of this long standing Brit and Aussie enclave has never had a bar before he's certainly getting something right! He seems to be showing the "I've been in this game for 20 years and know everything there is to
know" type of Publicans that come here to start a bar, just how it should be done!
The staff are very welcoming and there are some really stunning lookers. They all seem 'at ease' with the management and there is every variation from chubby (MMM, says swanks) to one that easily could be on TV here, she's really that pretty!
The food menu offers both Farang and Thai food and I must admit, it seemed a bit on the expensive side!
One of the lads ordered a sandwich, cleared his plate, and had to go home early that night as he was too full to drink! The portions were just HUGE and he said it was that good he had to eat it all. We tried to help but he managed to keep us at bay
with a fork, so serves him right in my opinion!
If I lived a bit nearer I would welcome this pub as my "Local" but there seemed enough people to fill the bar even though other bars on the road were empty!
Long running restaurant/bar, Crazy Dave's, closed in 2015 and became Boars Head. Listing checked in September 2017.
Review from Malcolm, September 2015: Friendly
Crazy Daves is now called Boars Head on Soi Chayaphun. Dave left after around 13 years there. Now owned by Andy and his Thai wife who used to be the Chef of the old Stags Head before it became Oscars on LK Metro. Very friendly couple.
Has good rooms upstairs from B7500 per month. Food available at reasonable prices.
Singha B65. No girls at the moment. Average toilet.
Bob's BBQ & Grill
Soi LK Metro
Restaurant moved from South Pattaya Road and reopened in LK Metro in October 2007. MAde way for Bachelor A-GoGo in 2013
(Beach Road end)
Irish themed pub, previously Bennigan's and before that, Oliver Twist
News September 2009: Gutted
The workmen seem to beneficiaries of this bar as it is currently being redeveloped again.
The Bar seems to have taken a break and been re-modelled as a Schnitzel Haus. Previously the Butterfly Pub
Their food is excellent and is freshly cooked.
Has been closed for a 3 weeks due to a holiday but has now re-opened.
Heiner and Lee run a clean and pleasant bar with low booze prices and about ten more or less appealing take-away girls. Beer, soft drinks and Thai whisky are reasonably priced with a 20 Baht supplement if bought as lady drinks. Thai and mainly German
food is available (the Frikadellen are very tasty) They had to change their venue as some of the shops north of the 711 on the corner of Soi Casa, Jomtien will be demolished soon to make way for yet another 4 rai, 32 storey mega-hotel.
The restaurant was founded by former Minister of Health, Mechai Viravaidya, as a way to raise funds for his personally-funded birth control programs and AIDS education and awareness efforts in Thailand.
It really is very easy to write this restaurant review and not say a thing about the food. I could start with the resort instead: The lush tropical jungle, the manicured gardens, the whimsical and tongue-in-cheek anti-government signs posted around
the grounds ("Don't steal, the government doesn't like competition"), the ponds and streams and fountains and pools, the private villas, oceanside bungalows, and wonderfuly decorated rooms (ranging from $75 to $180 per night for rooms, and
up to $360 per night for suites)... it's simply fantastic.
The restaurant, which is reached by a long walk through the jungle grounds, is a monstrous, sprawling teakwood structure perched on — and continuing down — the hill overlooking the resort's private beach. It has 5 levels of covered and
uncovered decking which in size makes this one of Pattaya's largest restaurants. However, with the decks built around the trees (so that it seems that not a single tree was cut down in the restaurant's construction). Not a single opportunity to
impress, not a single detail has been missed in this restaurant. It is simply beautiful.
The food? It is fine. Quite good even. The menu is primarily mainstream Thai dishes, although there are most of the standby Western favorites for the less adventurous. The best part is that it's quite inexpensive: Most of the Thai entre้s are in
the 200 baht ($6) range, with the larger and more top-shelf dishes (filet mignon, grilled seabass) in the 300-400 baht ($9-12) range. Soups, appetizers, sandwiches, and other light fare are in the 75-150 baht ($2-4) range.
It's really quite simple to sum up Cabbages & Condoms restaurant: If you have people visiting from out of town, if you want a quiet romantic dinner, or if you have a large party, then you should go to Cabbages & Condoms. It should be at the
very top of every person's list for restaurants... for places... that every person should visit while in Pattaya.
News Jan 2007: Fine Dining and an Inflated Bill
I decided to dine in one of those upmarket restaurants where they scam their customers by printing prices less VAT and not including the mandatory 10% service tip.
Cabbages and Condoms at the bottom of Pratamnak Hill (on Soi Asia) is a fine example. It looks great in a jungle setting complete with water vapour jets. The beach views make for a fine setting too.
I ordered my meal only to be politely told 5 minutes later that the kitchen had run out of my choice. No problems, I selected another dish. The alternative option was good and much enjoyed.
The falang food selection is a little limited, particularly when some of the combinations are somewhat unappealing. I quite fancied a lamb steak but didn't really want mashed potato with it.
Everything was fine until the inevitable check bin. The expensive bill had predictably been inflated by adding in both the unavailable dish and the replacement.
The mistake was quickly rectified and the cashier was also happy to waive the service charge in atonement.
To say the Dining Out Team was impressed would be an understatement. The ambience is wonderful, with a French provincial feel to it. There is even an old black and white photograph of a Caf้ des Amis either in Vientiane or Hanoi, as well as some
old Parisian scenes.
The bar area is comfortable, you do not feel rushed, and you can even eat there if you wish. Inside the dining area it is more classical Thai, but the table settings are classical European.
The food was of a high standard, and certainly not overpriced. It was a most enjoyable evening, and Caf้ des Amis definitely does get a very high recommendation from both Madame and myself. Do try it, you will not be disappointed.
Review from Jil in Pattaya, Aug 2007: Pattaya's Best Gourmet Restaurant
Located across Second Road from the old Shenanigans in the same back-from-the-street area as Ruen Thai restaurant, Casa Pascal is quite simply the best restaurant in Pattaya (price notwithstanding) in my opinion.
The decor is handsome, the wait staff is perfect, and every dish is a learning experience. Not a single opportunity for service is missed: You can even call 038-723-660 for Pascal's personal limousine service to come pick you up from wherever you are,
and drop you off after your meal.
We chose to have the 2,900 baht ($87) "Gourmet Set Menu", which was a 7-plate meal, with unlimited beverages. (If you find the price a bit much, you can have the same meal for 1,450 baht ($44) without the all-you-can-drink option.) In London
or New York, a meal like this would run into the hundreds-of-dollars range.
Restaurant. Note the restaurant has moved a few doors further north in summer 2008.
Review by Jay, Oct 2006: Better Values
Cherry is owned and run by a Thai who worked and was well trained as a chef at Bruno's.
Prices much less than Bruno's; with an extensive menu of Italian, Western & Thai entrees. Ex. - Sirloin steak w/ baked potato, veggies, free (basic) salad bar and appetizers was 180-Bt..tender and quite good.
Cloth table covers and napkins, attentive but not obtrusive service. Nice food presentation. I hope more farangs learn of this place!! Aussie steaks 275-Bt/up. One of the better values in Pattaya!
On Thappraya Road Soi 13 I discovered a Swiss restaurant: Edelweiss.
Everything is a bit basic, but the food is good, reasonably priced and plenty and the place appears to be popular with Swiss people.
They have two daily specials: menu 1 at 225 baht and menu 2 at 315 baht.
Both daily specials and all main dishes include soup and salad buffet.
Pratamnak Road: Soi 4
Restaurant & bar. Closed and now a Family Mart.
Thappraya Soi 6 Enjoy André
Restaurant and bar
Review from Dick Farang, September 2014:
Recently I have visited Enjoy Andre' restaurant several times.
It is located on Thappraya Road Soi 6 (on the way to Jomtien), a bit off the beaten track.
As it is partly open air, it is possible you have to move further inside when it starts raining.
The owners are André from Limburg province in Belgium, who lives in Thailand for 22 years, and Mai from Buriram, his wife of 18 years.
Apart from an ample a la carte choice, they also have a daily special, such as tomato soup-chicken-ice cream at 240 baht.
On Fridays they serve fresh sea fish.
On occasion they offer original Belgian witloof (chicory in good old English, endive in American) or Dutch maatjes (young immature raw herring; the Wikipedia definition soused herring is rather misleading).
All dishes are home-made to the best Belgian standards.
Their mashed potatoes (and hence their potato croquettes) for instance are made from boiled potatoes, milk, butter and egg yolks (very important) and spiced with nutmeg, pepper and salt.
In order to ensure continuity, André and Mai train their cooks themselves instead of hiring chefs .
Of course, they also offer typical Belgian desserts such as pancakes, Brussels waffles and dark or white chocolate mousse.
Since Mai Lu Si bar at their new location seem to have given up selling Belgian beers, Enjoy Andre' without a doubt has the broadest choice of Belgian beers in Pattaya nowadays.
The venue is well known in the Belgian, Dutch, German and Swiss communities of Pattaya.
Prices are very moderate for the quality offered.
Bottled Heineken 75 baht, most soups 80 baht, steaks from 285 baht, beef tenderloin ( filet pur ) from 350 baht, pancakes from 85 baht, waffles from 95 baht.
Comment from Dick Farang, August 2014: Belgian Beer
On Thappraya Road Soi 6 (which is opposite Soi 5) I discovered a Belgian owned bar-restaurant Enjoy André with a broad selection of Belgian beers.
A stylish, classy renovation. The ebullient proprietor, Guido Vietri has totally re-vamped the previous premises of Habitu and created a snazzy, modern Italian restaurant with a most pleasing ambiance and sophisticated designer touches.
The new Gian’s hits the spot in so many ways and is sure to please Pattaya’s foodies. It combines traditional, healthy Italian cuisine with an agreeable modern approach in an elegant and contemporary interior but with a laid-back vibe.
Good well priced food at this bar and very well positioned for checking out the talent at other bars as well as getting recon from the expats and regulars that drink there.
Also a good bar to go to if you want to see any sporting events.
Good place to chill out if you aren't in the mood for a bar girl.
Review from Swanks, August 2006: Tarred with a New Brush
The lightning struck tower of change has hit the Jack Tar big time! The place is still inhabited by the same bawdy and good natured ex-pat crowd with the odd tourist who thinks he has slipped in unnoticed, but gone are the poisonous grim meanies and
especially the chief viper from the kitchen.
Not only was my visit well worth it for the food, but I got a beaming smile , very friendly, very welcoming and attentive service from some quite charming waiting and bar staff. Nothing seemed too much trouble for them!
I thought I'd gone in the wrong bar by mistake! Well worth a visit now! Don't forget its not a late night place though, more for an afternoon of spirited debate , if you take my drift!
Review from Swanks, April 2006: Service with a Scowl
This always was a "Beer n Sport" bar and was previously very welcoming.
Since the ousting of Scrumpy George by the bar girl mafia there, it really has been the tail wagging the dog! George's management style might have been a bit "Faulty Towers" ,but he managed to keep a lid on what started as a bad attitude in
the kitchen,and then spread to the rest of the staff like clap at Loy Krathong. Now it really has took hold and even the new Thai manager seem to have mastered the lip curl (as used on social inferiors by Thais) . This is issued on every possible
occasion now and usually is accompanied by "Knowing looks" between staff members. This attitude problem has been mentioned to me by several of the former customers without my saying anything first so it cant be just my imagination.
Beer still cheep and the food is possibly the best, for the price, in Pattaya. Just don't expect service with a smile.
The first time I went there was reserved signs on the bar and tables beside the bar where no one was sitting. I bought a drink and was told by the bar staff I would need to leave the bar area as the seats were all reserved. I said I would sit at the bar
and move when the people who reserved the seats arrived. I was told this was not allowed and had to sit myself away from the bar area. Drank my drink and said I would not be back.
Went again last night about a year after the first time to see if things have changed.
What do you think? Exactly the same. Again the staff informed me I could not sit at the reserved seats even though no one was sitting at them.
Will not be back again.
Review from Pattaya Chat, March 2005: Good Track Record
Very nicely fitted out but like has already been said it is in the middle of nowhere but that can be a good thing if you want a quiet drink with a few friends away from the madness and there is plenty of space for parking in the pub car park. The couple
of times I've been in the place it was pretty empty which is a shame really as it could be a good boozer if it can get enough custom.
The manager used to own Jools in Bkk about 10 years ago and also the TQ2 as well as managing Delaneys/Shenanigans and is a nice guy.
Great weekend carvery and wonderful staff. 50 Baht for a coke, 30 Baht for water
Review from Pattaya Chat, March 2005: Pea and Sham Soup!
Was one of the Manager's first customers when he had Jools in Bangkok where portions were super-size, especially the Pea and Ham soup. Therefore when I tried Jamesons a while back for lunch and saw the aforementioned soup on the menu I decided that past
experience would prevail. Ordered Pea and Ham Soup and Roast Beef sandwich.
Soup arrived, a smattering of green sludge was deposited on the bottom of the bowl. indeed not enough liquid to drown the proverbial fly! The sandwich arrived, two miniscule pieces of bread buried under a mass of rabbit fodder, specifically requested
NOT to be supplied! Somewhere there were two tiny slivers of meat, and I do mean tiny!
The manager was called for who just laughed in my face as I explained politely my dissatisfaction. Needless to say never been back.
Review from Dick Farang, June 2016: A big soup amongst German restaurants
Klein Heidelberg is a German restaurant on the right-hand side of Naklua Soi 18, not far from Naklua Road.
Before it was invaded by McDonald's et al. some decades ago, Heidelberg was a very picturesque city in Western Germany. It is home to the oldest university in Germany and the previous Thai king Ananda Mahidol (Rama XIII) was born there.
It is praised by the song Ich hab' mein Herz in Heidelberg verloren (I Lost My Heart in Heidelberg) and Elvis Presley's Wooden Heart was based on the traditional student song Muß i' denn .
In Mannheim, a stone's throw from Heidelberg, Karl (or Carl) Benz built the first motor car and his more marketing-minded wife Bertha and their sons undertook the first ever long-distance motor car trip, from Mannheim via Heidelberg to Pforzheim.
Note that in many languages the word for petrol is derived from the surname Benz ("Benzin" in German, "benzine" in Dutch and even เบนซิน = "bensin" in Thai), but in those days they had to
rely on solvents for cleaning sold in pharmacies. Even today in petrol stations in Thailand if you want pure petrol, not gasohol, ask for "bensin".
Do not confuse Klein (Little) Heidelberg in Naklua with Alt (Old) Heidelberg on Beach Road near Walking Street, which is a disaster.
Klein Heidelberg is very spacious and open fronted with nice wooden tables and (a bit strange) wooden swivel chairs.
The only inconvenience are the countless passing buses with budget Chinese who are shipped to and from a tourist trap somewhere towards the end of Soi 18.
The "small" Flädlesuppe (beef consommé with pancake stripes) with a slice of German quality bread at 75 baht and the Kaßler (slightly smoked, slightly brined, steamed pork loin) with Sauerkraut (fermented white cabbage) and mashed potatoes at
245 baht were excellent.
As usual in German restaurants the portions were very generous. The "small" soup was bigger than what you get at many places. I wonder what their "big" soup looks like.
They sell Chang and (BEWARE: cloudy) Weihenstephaner Hefeweißbier on draught. They also sell bottled Warsteiner (a bit too sweet to my taste) and German spirits.
Klein Heidelberg appears to be popular within the German community.
It is one of the scarce remaining German restaurants in Greater Pattaya that still offer original quality food.
Had a really fantastic meal at this French restaurant, superb food at reasonable price.
Review from Lindsay, Sept 2008: Top Notch Grub
They have a special three course menu every night for 260 baht and it is top notch grub.
Le Cap Bretton Restaurant and 69 Bar became L'Adresse in December 2014. Closed by June 2016.
Soi Day Night
(Off Pattaya South Road near TukCom)
French bar and restaurant
Update from Dick Farang, October 2016: Up, up and away
Prices at Le Bordeaux on Soi Day Night 2 have gone up once more. The cheapest set menu is now 590 baht. Last time I walked past I saw one (ONE) couple inside.
Review from Dick Farang, June 2016: Very well cooked
On the soi right of the TukCom building (Soi Day Night 2) I tried a French-style restaurant: Le Bordeaux. When coming from Pattayatai it is on a corner on the left-hand side of this soi towards the end of the soi. It is more or less opposite the Pattaya
branch of the Swiss-owned Grottino bakery. It is also on the same soi as La Cuisine au Beurre.
In this same soi are several other restaurants that often get good comments on internet fora, but in my opinion are not so good. One, I will not name, is even really bad.
Le Bordeaux is very spacious and consists of an open bar/lounge section on the corner and a fully air-conditioned restaurant section. It is nicely laid out with comfortable seating.
They have a set menu at 390 baht with a choice between three starters, four main dishes and three desserts. It is also possible to take two courses only at 350 baht.
The bread consists of some crispy slices of bâtard with fresh salted butter.
Everything was very well cooked and their profiteroles were outstanding.
At the beginning of the meal guests get a complimentary amuse-bouche and at the end a chocolate.
Their most expensive à la carte item is Dover sole meunière at 980 baht.
In their wine cellar fridges I saw bottles of Sauternes, but I did not enquire about the price.
Update from Dick Farang, July 2016: Price increase
The price of a set menu at Le Bordeaux on Soi Day Night 2 has gone up from 390 to 490 baht. The existing price gap with the competitors on the same street (320-350 baht for a set menu of three courses) has increased.
I suppose they want to concentrate their efforts on à la carte diners, but nowadays in Pattaya (and certainly in this lowest of low seasons) big spenders are few and far between. I also doubt if they can survive on the local gay community as on my latest
visit I only saw straight couples and singles.
On certain internet fora there is a member gtruch who behaves as if he is one of the owners of Le Bordeaux or at least connected to them and who is trying to discredit other places on the same street. That uncongenial behaviour gives me a very
unpleasant feeling and, although I am not a big fan of the restaurant concerned, I feel now like avoiding Le Bordeaux
Le Cap Bretton Restaurant and 69 Bar
Restaurant and bar became L'Adresse in December 2014
Review from Jil in Pattaya, Aug 2007: High Quality British Food
Prices for food were reasonable, and the dining room was clean and bright with new furniture and pleasant-enough decor. The staff seemed generally competent and the service was error-free. Everything was more than acceptable for an establishment that
isn't focused exclusively on food.
Overall, Ricky's on Soi Buakhow is a nice little restaurant serving reasonably-priced, high quality British food. Definitely worth a visit for a middle-of-the-road budget combined with a good appetite.
Nordic Garden Restaurant
Pratamnak Road: Soi 4, from Jil in Pattaya
, Dec 2007:
A lovely little courtyard open-air restaurant with pools, waterfalls, trees, plants, live music, and a Friday-night, all-you-can-eat steak plus food buffet for 300 baht. On nights other than Friday, they serve a regular menu. The steak was simply
great... nice and tender.
There really isn't more to the restaurant or the meal than that; but what else do you need? For 300 baht, you can gorge yourself on steak which at other restaurants would cost you 2 or 3 times as much, if not more.
If you're not a fan of steak, you have a very nice buffet served in a very nice setting. It's nothing overly special, but then again when you think about it: It is.
Pattaya Klang (Beach Road end) Oliver Twist Old English Pub
Themed English pub with food but no hostesses. From the same team as the Ali Baba restaurant located above the restaurant. However word of mouth advertising did not pan out for the restaurant so it was rebranded as Bennigans in October 2007, see entry
Beer bar with food and a good quiz league team. Moved in 2015 as the whole building had been put up for sale. Moved across the same soi from its original location and later closed in January 2018.
News from Dick Farang, January 2018: Closed
The long running Palmer's is set to closed in January 2018.
News from Dick Farang, April 2015: Moved
On Soi 13/4 (Pattayaland 2) Palmer's Bar has reopened in a single-unit shophouse across the street.
Review from materialsman, July 2009: Hassle Free?
Palmer's is reasonably hassle free, at least from the ladies, but it is a sign of the economic times that the watch vendors et al, are getting pretty consistent in their sales pitches, and they do not appear to be discouraged by the simple 'miaow khrap'
anymore, more difficult to shake off than a bogey stuck to your middle finger!
Review from Thaigers
, Jan 2009: Reasonable English Food
Long lasting bar run by an English guy who used to be a cook in the armed forces.
A few girls, some of whom go as they say, and some reasonable English food and decent drinks prices. Draught is 55 baht a glass. A lot of older guys hang out there and he gets a lot of repeat business.
Patrick's Belgian Restaurant occupies a double unit in the old arcade, which is off Second Road, opposite Mike's Shopping Mall and parallel to Soi Diana Inn (Pattayasaisong 13).
I am surprised that some people seem to find this a good restaurant.
I always follow my own nose and I always only pass judgement on what I find on my dish. IMNSHO several restaurants in this arcade are tourist traps, just like the ones on Walking Street.
I have been to Patrick's Belgian Restaurant twice and in my experience it was each time bad and too expensive. The table cloths were not clean and the staff not too friendly. The soups tasted stale as if they had been warming up for hours.
The main dishes were less than average too: once Flemish rabbit and once sole .
I have to admit that I have never found real sole (Dover sole in English) in a restaurant in Thailand. In fact usually some kind of farmed freshwater fish, probably frozen pangasius fillets (often marketed as pacific dory ) or tilapia fillets or
something similar, is served. Foodland Supermarket occasionally sells fresh whole slip soles (small soles). Real soles are (saltwater) flatfish and hence have both eyes on the same side and are easily recognizable.
The only good things about Patrick's Belgian Restaurant were the desserts: once profiteroles and once chocolate mousse. I doubt however if those desserts are home made.
Review from Materialsman, Nov 2008: Heavenly Profiteroles
On to last evening’s entertainment, we kicked off with another splendid meal at Patrick’s Belgian Restaurant opposite the back of Mike’s Mall, consistently had good meals there over the years, and last night was no exception,
steak in a Roquefort blue cheese sauce, followed by a plate of heavenly profiteroles.
One of Pattaya's fanciest, prettiest, and oldest restaurants (founded 1984)
The restaurant compound is built out of a gorgeous old teakwood Thai house. The decor was great, the music was great.
There are 2 dining rooms: one where you sit in chairs; and one where you sit on the floor.
Predictably high prices of course, about 2.5 times those in more straightforward restaurants.
So would I recommend the place? Sure... just as long as you know what the price is going to be, and that what is defined as the best Thai food in Pattaya is, to my palate at least, not too much different from restaurants that cost half as much. But, it
is a nice place to spend an evening with friends or as a couple, and the Thai girls love it. (Just don't let them see the bill at the end of the night.)
I like it a lot but it is 50/50 sometimes good, sometimes not, by good I mean the fish and chips cooked nicely, more fish than batter, not too greasy, the tartar sauce is always lovely. I would settle for the Pig but am annoyed about how unpredictable
The best falang food in Pattaya. Fish, chips and mushy pea's being my number 1. Enough said.
Review April 2007: Unwelcoming
The restaurant was busy, not full. The welcome girl suggested a crappy table by the door and I suggested that I would prefer somewhere else. She decided the restaurant was full and showed me to the door. Never again.
I love to start the day here where I can be assured of a nice refreshing pint.
The pub is very comfortable, and I like to sit by the window, and do a spot of people-watching, or sit near a TV screen and watch a few music videos or read the sport in the Bangkok Post.
The food in my experience, is always good . Full English breakfast , highly recommended. While most Farangs seem to order Fish and Chips, steak and so on, I've enjoyed many great Thai meals here , Green Chicken Curry, Stir fry Thai noodle with Pork, all
good stuff, fresh, tasty, and cheap.
Girls (staff) wear cute little blue dresses too, nice and short!
A pint of Guinness is 160 Baht
November 2005: Comfortable
Pig N Whistle is good, they have comfortable seats and a nice decor.
Noted for week in week out reliability. Around Bt189 for beef or pork and another Bt100 or so for lamb. Note that it's not carvery
I did pop by once before when I thought it would be good to watch the last England vs Australia test match in an 'a traditional English pub'. I popped out quick quick when they were showing American tennis! This leads me to doubt that there is any actual
English connection to this bar.
Anyway I eventually visited again (TVs were off this time).
The bar is pleasantly decorated and features rows of tankards and glasses suspended from the ceiling.
The tables overlooking the short time bars are popular, presumably people like to feed one type of hunger whilst considering their options over the other type of hunger.
The range of farang beers was good but I stuck with draft tiger at 60 Baht (the bottled option was 70 Baht).
Newspapers are available for the short while it takes to knock up the food. The menu was extensive and the food was good but not exceptional. They probably take similar high quality boil in the bag/microwave catering supplies as other fine farang food
restaurants in Pattaya.
Not many customers were lingering after eating though, there are better things to do in Soi 6
From Queen Victoria Inn
A traditional English pub in the heart of Soi 6 where you can have a drink or traditional English cooking with no hassle. Live sport on large screen TV on Saturday and Sunday.
Note that this is not a short time bar as per the majority of those in Soi 6
Seating is comfortable and cosy in the forefront with a dining room to the left and a huge bar at the rear where drinkers can sit and watch the big-screen TV.
The Red Lion has a leisurely opening at 11.00 am when the full range of the pub’s breakfasts and morning snack foods can be enjoyed. The big breakfast comes with unlimited tea or coffee and doubles up on everything, i.e sausages, bacon, eggs,
toast, masses of baked beans, all the works. It costs B.150 for a Fred Flintstone start to the day with a smaller one for Wilma at B.110.
Lots of traditional English options on the menu including: sausages & mash, fish ‘n chips, scampi, and home-made fish cakes, chicken tikka masala. There’s a special kid’s menu evoking childhood memories with offerings of fish
fingers, chicken nuggets or sausages with chips and beans to please the juniors. The Thai menu is huge presenting 86 dishes.
Review from jj, May 2006: Restaurant & Pub
Not long after opening, I asked the owner (Adrian) if it was a bar that served food or a restaurant that served alcohol.
He said he had aimed for the former but seemed to have achieved the latter.
Food was quite good for a while then a change of cooks and an increase in prices ran him off my list of restaurants, ie portions and taste not up to the price.
About 200 yards after Pattaya Hill Village, on left hand side. large English type bar. inside and outside dinner areas. Pool table. No girlies. popular with Brits who live in the Moobans around it. Food quite expensive for the location.
Soi Leng Kee
Beer bar and restaurant
Review from Malcolm, September 2015: Screening Success
Retox is a new bar on Soi Lengkee, right hand side towards 3rd Road.
Opened by the previous owner of he Irish Rovers on LK Metro. Very much the same as Irish Rovers but a lot smaller. All new with some tables outside and then through the doors into aircon lounge. Many big screen TV's.
When I walked up there Saturday around 7pm all the bars on the street were either empty or very few customers. When I got to Retox it was wall to wall customers probably due to Chelsea and Arsenal on the TV's.
I didn't see a menu but food is available and I've been told he does a very cheap breakfast.
Bottle of Singha was B60.
When I walked back down some of the other bars were showing the same football match and still quiet. Maybe some of his old customers have followed him but then again the new I-Rovers is busy so maybe it's the big screens and aircon that attracts
We went there for lunch last year 2007. The waitress was rude to my wife, the pork roast I could have repaired my shoes with the rubbish and we were the only customers there at the time and I’m not surprised if what we were served up with is the
Maybe it was our turn to have their bad experience or it was an off day but the place isn’t cheap. I’m in the industry and I don’t bother to complain, I just don’t go back however after having great meals at Secrets and the French
restaurant towards the end of Walking Street Le Notte, and Sailors Bar in Soi 8 what a disappointment.
Rosie’s promotes themselves as a traditional English, Continental and Thai food establishment so maybe they are not training their staff to cover such a range of fare. Or as I said maybe it was an off day.
I had the fish & chips special and it was very good, at least for us American guys.
A highly regarded restaurant next door to the Pig & Whistle. Has received several nominations for best roast dinner in Pattaya
Beer bar and restaurant. Norwegian owned with Norwegian Food. It is presented more as a restaurant than a beer bar.
Listing confirmed in August 2018.
Reader review March 2007: Good Grub
I ate breakfast in the Sailor Inn twice in March 2007. It was the best breakfast I've ever had anywhere in Thailand in more than 20 years of coming back to The Land of Smiles. The meals were enormous and delicious as well as great value.
Bottled beer is 115 Baht and draft beer is 70 Baht.
Review by Materialsman, October 2009: Cheers Style Bar
I quite like Secrets as a concept, and I am a regular contributor to their website Forum, though I do consider they charge like a wounded rhinoceros for my favoured bottled Heineken, thus forcing me to drink the draft beer Tiger on my visits here, I
don't have a problem paying outrageous prices for a bottled beer in a Go-Go, where there is acres of naked flesh on display, but I feel that in a Coyote style Bar, the pricing in Club Blu or the Honeypot is more to my liking.
Secrets is what it is, a sort of Cheers style Bar where everyone knows your name and was busy as always, a very successful business concept, perhaps partly, but not singularly due to the ubiquitous and gregarious Manager Larry ,
though last night I felt the Mamasan was a bit hasty in trying to thrust a girl at me for company , actually before I had even got my first beer, that may be fine for a shy newbie , but I like to take my time and actually select a cutie to
sit with me, it's a minor irritation, but I guess it worked, as I felt obliged to buy a lady drink and swap idle where you come from ,' 'what's your name' style crap until I could beat a retreat.
Info Dec 2008: Prices
Barfines for hostesses are 450 Baht. 1000 Baht for dancers before midnight (including afternoons until 3pm) and 600 Baht after midnight. Draft Tiger is 60 Baht
Service was good, there were a shit load of girlies and a good load of them hot, the pizza we ordered was spanking, and the ale was cold.
Review April 2007: Lonely (but Good Food)
The general Pattaya rule is that bars employ hostesses but restaurants generally avoid them.
I thought it would be nice to have meal with company rather than the usual eating alone so I stopped by Secrets as one of the few bars that combine girls with food (and aircon)
Unfortunately the way that Secrets hook up the girls with customers is pretty naff and it wasn't to be. The girls were lined up just inside the door and they were a pretty mixed bunch. A couple of oldies were the first to catch my eye in the short time
that you to make a choice. My body language sent out distress signals to alert the two oldies that they shouldn't bother trying their luck. Unfortunately the whole pack of girls caught the same distress signals and the whole lot ignored me for the entire
Once inside and having time to survey the scene it seems that many customers were sitting there lonely and that the girls would either ignore them all or else flock around a few big spending, big character types that were probably regulars. They clearly
were enjoying the attention so there are surely a few good reviews deserved by the bar.
Still I pressed on with the food order and the service was prompt and efficient.
The meal was very good and the chef had made a fine effort to put a little style and originality into basic pub food.
Just a shame that no hostesses so much as glanced in my direction.
Info Dec 2006: Prices
Barfines for hostesses are 400 Baht. 1000 Baht for dancers before midnight and 600 Baht after midnight.
Review by jj, Dec 2006: Keep it a SECRET
The only ones likely to be spread a word of mouth ad for Secrets are the investors. This place is best kept a secret from seasoned punters.
We found ourselves on Walking Street a bit before the angel-hour of 8PM. The first group of hello-girls we encountered south of Pattaya Tai were touting Secrets . They promised "sexy girls". Being easily swayed, we fell for the ploy.
Secrets is one of those beautifully appointed bars that cost the investors a large fortune to outfit. It's attraction stops there. At that early hour, there were perhaps 20-25 ladies in residence. For the most part they were completely ignoring the 3-5
punters present. They were arranged in gaggles of 4-6, deeply engaged in conversation among themselves; one group surrounding a video game machine near the side door. Everything the previous reviewers said about this place: seating, music, oldies and
fatties is completely true. Three large flat-screen TVs were showing a concert video -- with the sound off. The DJ was playing the standard CD that the Thai government seemingly issues with every liquor license. Drink prices were going rate except for
something called "Secrets Cocktails" of unspecified ingredients for 280 baht!
Likely the investors will pepper sites like this with rave reviews in hopes of recouping their funds. With the competition on Walking Street alone, I give this place a year at most before they pull the plug.
Review Sept 2006: Suay
The bar is immediately attractive. It features a central bar with comfortable chairs at the bar. There are bays of couch seating around the back. Lighting and decoration is spot on.
There are dancing poles with girls in disco wear.
Bottled Tiger Beer was very reasonable at 50 Baht. San Miguel, spirits and lady drinks are 95 Baht
I didn't stay long though as the hostess who attached herself to me was an oldie. In fact the girls on the prowl in my vicinity weren't a very attractive bunch but I did spot a couple of pretty girls around the other side of the bar.
Caused a bit of stir on the Pattaya forums when a free beer coupon was not honoured even when agreed with the staff before the order. The coupon had apparently expired but this was not printed on the coupon.
The consensus of opinion is that the food is relatively expensive but that the real English chips are very good.
The restaurant Suggestions on Pattanakan Road near Soi 4 seems to open intermittently.
Review from Dick Farang, December 2015: A Suggestion
On Soi Pattanakan (the extension of Soi Nern Plab Wahn Soi 28; stress on the last syllable), just behind the corner from Jungo Bar, is a Belgian-owned restaurant: Suggestions.
To be honest, I was all but impressed.
The good thing was that I could park in the shade of some trees as there were no other cars on the car park. You have to walk around the building to find the entrance.
The first thing that struck me when I entered were the clumsy violet chairs with high backs.
The only other customers were an elderly, probably British, couple.
The waitresses were not too friendly and the tablecloth not too clean, but I always care the most about what I find on my dish.
The lobster bisque (170 baht) was the worst one I have eaten in my whole life, even compared to those at the tourist traps of Walking Street.
The salmon steak (395 baht) was nouvelle cuisine style: a very big dish with a very small piece of salmon on top of some strange mashed potato mix and some morsels right and left.
(Forty years ago nouvelle cuisine was fashionable , say snob. I thought it had died a silent death, but I must be wrong. I would not be surprised if it were still served in Michelin-star restaurants. I have known people who saved a month or
longer to go and dine at a posh restaurant, whereas me I always have preferred to eat decently each day of the month and that three times a day.)
I did not see the owner.
I do not know what kind of ingredients they used at Suggestions, but the next day I still had a dirty taste in my mouth.
They also have a budget weekly special at 295 baht, but I am not going back.
There seems to be a link with restaurant Aroi on Soi Toongklom-Tanman.
(When following the southbound carriageway along the railway the first crossing past Soi Khao Talo is Soi Nongkraborg and the next one is Soi Toongklom-Tanman.)
It is sad that AFAIK there are no decent restaurants left on the Dark Side since the disappearance of Manneken Pis and (the original) Due Café, both on Soi Siam Country Club.
And one final piece of advice: never ever trust TripAdvisor reviews.
A great place to watch the Premiership football at the weekend They have six different screens each showing a different game so your likely to catch your team. The food wasn’t great though.
Review August 2007: Your Typical Pub
Strange for a themed pub but the restaurant appeared a little formulaic. There are several 'English' pubs in Pattaya, none of them offer hostesses for a chat with your meal, all expect you to be interested in the sport on TV and all seem to buy their
meals from the same microwave/Boil in the bag catering suppliers.
Still the service was good, the meals were inexpensive, they were perfectly good quality and had good sized portions.
Now if only I could find an 'English' pub that would supply a pretty dinner companion.
Pattaya bars most likely to be listed are those that occupy a permanent looking standalone building. Beer bars in complexes will not be listed unless mentioned in dispatches. Gay/Thai/Karaoke bars are not listed due to a lack of expertise in those areas.
Gogo bars are listed on a separate page. I have added food reviews but this is not a comprehensive service. I will only list eateries where people have submitted comments
The following reviews are those that I come across on the web, in guide books, from contributors and of course from my own visits. Reviewers may be unreasonably harsh and bar owners may present a rosy picture of their bars...so don't take everything at
face value...go and see for yourself. Click on the street name to obtain a map of the bar area.
And a couple of words of warning:
In short time rooms...keep an eye on your wallet to ensure that it stays with you long time.
To those with Thai wives, be aware of the motor cycle taxi network used to keep tabs on errant husbands.