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.
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Review from connections of Two Donnas, March 2008: Very Welcoming
The two partners are Joy and Dow who are at the bar every day and night, they will sit down and introduce themselves to all new customers and are not shy about buying a drink (or accepting one!!). Both are pretty well known in Jomtien and seem to
know everyone that comes in or passes the bar.
No pool table but all the live English Premier League games are shown.
Prices are lower than most bars, (except next door where drinks are almost given away) beer 50-70 baht, shorts pretty cheap and lady drinks are the standard 90 baht.
Loads of girls, 15 at the moment, nothing too stunning, but a few are pretty cute all can talk English, some young some not so young and one Katoey, all the girls are pretty good crack and up for a laugh, especially if you go inside the bar and
close the doors.....
The younger cute ones disappear most night before 10.00 so get there early for a better choice
Barfines are the standard 300 baht, no ST rooms but the girls will take you round the corner if you want,
Verdict, nice atmosphere good reasonable priced drinks and a good bunch of girls with two owners who will make you very welcome.
I've just got back from Jomtien and stayed in Soi 4. My local become Aeuws bar Soi 4.
It's a small friendly bar, no food but a Thai takeaway kitchen next door will bring you food at next to nothing prices.
The drinks are very reasonable Finlandia vodka and mixer 90 baht.
The punters are mainly Norwegian expats and very friendly after a few drinks especially if your a Brit.
The lady boss Aeuw is a lovely lady and makes you very welcome. As the evening wears on drinks appear for every one on your table and the girl points to some other table which bought them. Nice custom reminded me of Greek tavernas.
Takeaway bar girls in the evenings not young but very accommodating.
The Bristol Music Bar is situated in a quiet Soi on Jomtien Beach Road, It’s main attraction is hosting a Jamming Session each and every Sunday from 7:00pm where anybody can bring an instrument and have a Jam with like minded musicians. The Bar
supports the Camillian Society based in Rayong who care for children with HIV and Aids and so far since September 2006 have raised over 120,000 Baht.
The Bar, during the week is where a visitor or Expat can come and relax without the Hassle associated with other bars as they do not employ “Ladies” to take care of you. Come and have a game of chess / backgammon and listen to some of their
200 music DVD’s and or watch major sports events with their in house satellite system supported by 4 TV’s around the bar.
Beer Chang is sold at 45 Baht. This bar is a great place to go to if you would just like to chat and not be hassled by the usual interruptions, not to mention listening to great live music on a Sunday night.
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.
Review from Ian, May 2009: An Excellent little bar
I called in two weeks ago and although there aren't too many ladies there I was made most welcome. Very refreshing to go into a bar and be welcomed by a lady with a wet towel and a massage, especially when its this hot.
Beer prices are very reasonable with all major beers at 65 baht. Music was excellent with a vast range of songs from the 60's, 70's and 80's.
The bar seems to be under new management with a fair few girls on welcome duty dressed attractively in pleated skirts and blouses.
I was enticed inside but it was a bit of a waste of time, the girl was simply not into anything that naughty uniform may suggest
Review Oct 2007: Same Same
I first ran into one of Kevin's places when it was the Fresh Orange in Pattaya. Found a lovely lady there that I kept the rest of the trip and then ran into several times later. I got some insight and found out he had a hard time keeping ladies. Hard
boss to work for at cost to the running of a good bar.
I paid a visit to the Jomtien bar on my last trip. Same Same.
March 2006: Frayed
Tempers seemed pretty frayed and it was not a pleasant environment to drink in. Maybe just a bad evening.
Review from jj, March 2006: Cosy Corner
The Cosy Bar is on the outside of Jomtien Plaza across from the Hanuman Statue circle, is an interesting and variable place.
It is a bit odd how the personality of some bars depends solely on the gals who work there while others have dominant managers who keep things on a more even keel. Cosy Bar is the former.
When the website was constructed a few months ago, the crop of girls pictured there were cute and extremely friendly. Somehow they have all wandered off. The current crop of 4-6 are considerably less fun.
Owner Kevin's livelihood seems to be predicated on his pool nights and Brit pool-playing pals. Everyone else who finds the bar is 'profit'. He also has never figured out how to open the email on his website, so don't bother asking a question.
One unique element of Cosy Bar is the 'cosy curtained corners'. Just past the pool table and inside the bar are two bench-seat areas with curtains. Inviting a couple of gals into the 'cosy curtained corner' can be an interesting experience, just short of
an short time room visit. They tend to be very un-inhibited behind the curtain.
Cosy Bar can be a fun evening or a total bust depending on who is working or still available.
A very large bar near with about 10 pool tables inside. My kind of bar except 80B for a small Tiger.
Comment by Paul, May 2009: Take Care
This is the second time that they have short changed me. I will not go back again.
Review by Steve, Feb 2006: Moderately Cool
A busy place with loud music, it can get quite crowded. Lots of ladies working here, far too many it sometimes seems. Very variable quality too.
They seem to have a problem keeping their beer cold enough for my tastes. ‘Heineken yen yen’ often results in a modestly cool bottle of beer. But given the number of ladies, as long as you will buy them a drink you will never be short of
someone to talk to here (or at least practise sign language with).
Too many mangy dogs around the bar for my liking, but you get a lot of traders passing through and this is a good place to buy pirated DVD’s. Or Rolexes. Or just about anything else. You only get bar stools to sit on at the tables, or even less
comfortable stools if you sit by the roadside (too much noise and too many exhaust fumes).
Compared with the comfy cushioned seats available in many other bars in this area of Jomtien, I am always surprised how busy the place is.
Beer bar, replacing Palace Bar, opened in May 2006
Review May 2009: Recessionary Blues
The bar seems to have suffered a bit from the recession and seems to have lost the girls who had any interest in looking after customers. Presumably any with enthusiasm for tips and extras have rapidly moved on to Pattaya which has done a better job in
retaining a few customers.
They now have a bunch who are more like restaurant waitresses who prefer to stay at arms length rather than get friendly with the customers. I think they would prefer it if you would drink alone and let them get on with their chat with the other girls in
front of the bar. Best bet is probably a game of pool as they can enjoy that without too much effort.
Bottled beer is 75 Baht
Review Dec 2008: Consistent
The bar is proving to be one of the most consistent places in Jomtien to find a friendly girl who also knows how to make customers feel in a good mood for a little upstairs entertainment.
Review Nov 2008: Expensive Room
A very friendly girl made for a pleasant stay but they charge a barfine of 200 Baht in addition to the 1 hour short time room charge of 300 Baht. Seems excessive to charge a barfine for just an hour away. Most similar bars don't do this.
Review April 2008: Geared for Pool
I have popped in a couple of times of late and found a pretty girl or two for a chat.
The bar suffers a from a lack of comfortable seating as it seems geared up mostly for pool players.
There is a convenient short time room but be aware that the staff bang on the door punctually when your time is up.
Nice big double unit with all-marble floors and very nice (hotel-type) black marbled toilets. A real clincher (for me) was the great sofas inside with matching leather footstools....extremely comfortable. I'm not a big beer drinker personally-but at
40Baht for all beer (even Heineken), it's hard to beat!
The Cognac/Brandy selection was something to behold...I don't know of a better selection in Pattaya! Some horrendously expensive stuff, but if you pick through the pricelist, the Hennessy VSOP at 100/baht a shot is, in my opinion, not bad value at all.
All cocktails, (Singapore Sling/Mai Tai etc..) are only 100 baht.
Single Malt Whiskey/"Good" Blends, is my drink and they had a few nice choices. It wouldn't be up to the standard of choices that are at the "Whiskey,Whisky Bar/soi 6"....but not too bad nonetheless! Some great deals caught my
eye.......... MacAllan(12 yr)-150 baht Glenmorangie(10 yr)-130 baht Johnnie Gold-150 baht
Definitely a place for cheap drinks (Gin only 60 baht, and bottled Heineken only 40 baht!) but sadly, the girls didn't really catch our eye.
Review Aug 2007: Plush Sofas
There were about 8 hostesses available in the bar, of which a couple were good looking. Unfortunately the lady that attached herself to me was not to taste so this was definitely a one drink visit.
I had to try one of the big plush leather sofas but in the end maybe these are not such a good for a hostess bar. My hostess sat opposite and the seats are so big that the distance triggered body language of being standoffish.
Looking around at a couple of guys who were enjoying the company of the hostesses, they were seated at the bar stools. Maybe a lesson for next time.
But the bar is very attractive and the drinks prices are very reasonable at 40 Baht for bottled beers.
Large Irish themed pub opened 6th October 2007. Closed and became Shenanigan's in August 2008
A welcome air conditioned bar at the end of Soi Whitehouse. The bar has a small bar area and a few sofas. The sofas were press ganged into a sleeping area for the girls on duty rather than for customer seating.
The girls were welcoming enough but after a while preferred to chat amongst themselves. Late offers of short time seemed a little unconvincing after being ignored from proceedings for the last half hour.
Now a massage shop
Alley off Thappraya
(Just before the corner when Thappraya becomes Jomtien Beach Road)
Gentlemen's club/lounge opened on 7th September 2016. Ownership connections with Infinity A-GoGo. Early reports have beer at 90 Baht, lady drinks at 125 Baht and STs at GoGo prices.
Review from Dick Farang, November 2017: Double KitCat
In Jomtien KitCat on a narrow pedestrian alley off Dongtan Beach was nearly deserted on my latest visit.
Two fatties who said they had come from the Naklua bar area tried to double team me.
They did not seem to understand smoke/suck/kin ham (oral), boomboom hoy (vaginal) or boomboom toot (anal), but one of them said a young boy had paid her 3,000 baht, not sure what for.
The cashier and the waitress looked better.
Bottled Heineken 95 baht now, lady drinks still 125 baht.
Review from Dick Farang, September 2016: Kit Inspection
In Jomtien, towards the end of a narrow pedestrian alley off Dongtan Beach and left of Country Road bar, KitCat Lounge-Bar has opened on 1st September 2016 (grand opening on 7th September 2016).
This soi, more or less opposite the police station, has been home for many years to small worn beer bars and snack bars (such as Dutch-owned Ons Moeder ), many of them closed by now.
KitCat Lounge-Bar looks rather posh for this neighbourhood.
The layout consists of booths with bench seating with very high backs, perhaps meant for privacy. The lighting was rather bright.
In front of KitCat Lounge-Bar a bunch of available girls in black dresses were sitting around a table, waiting for customers.
One of them followed me inside and took my order. She told me she was thirty years old, had no children, had had a farang boyfriend and had been selling (expensive) shoes on the second floor of Central Festival.
Just before starting in the P4P business she had invested in big silicone bolt-ons. The pussy in her white string was neatly shaven and, surprisingly, instead of a bra she was wearing white round pasties on her nipples. To be honest her hard plastic
boobs turned me off, but that is me.
I was told the takeaway barfine was 700 baht, but that they also had in-house ST rooms at 500 baht, no barfine due.
The girls' asking prices appeared to be 1,000-1,500 baht ST and 1,500-2,500 baht LT, depending on self-perceived quality.
This is the bar on the main road to the beach, its sister KR (or whatever, typical Thai lack of imagination in naming places) is in the off-road soi at the back. There are comfortable cushioned seats right alongside the road. Look right and you are just
30 or 40 yards from the beach. A nice spot to relax, though the traffic fumes can be a pain.
Very friendly ladies and cold beer. Cheaper than some places, too, though at New Year they put the price of a bottle of Heineken up to 70 Baht.
Decent toilets. Free pool from 7:00 until midnight. They make a real effort here, the way they decorate the place for Halloween, Loy Krathong and various parties is a pleasure to behold.
The ladies live on-site upstairs so they have a genuine sense of community. There’s also relatively little staff turnover, so you can get to know the ladies and they probably won’t be gone tomorrow. As with all beer bars, the ladies are
mostly not stunners, but at present there are certainly two hot girls here who love to make some money outside the bar confines.
KR Pool Bar
(small soi connecting Thappraya road to the beach police station)
Aircon bar associated with KR Bar. Closed in August 2007 and is now Sugar Sweet, see below
Review by Rich, February 2010: Can't wait to get back
Fantastic little bar.
I've been going there for the last 3 years and will back in March with Long Tail Bar being my first port of call for a drink, the girls aren't lookers but really friendly and the owner is a great fella.
Always made to feel welcome a great place to go during the day for a beer and good conversation.
Can't wait to get back.
Review by Rob, July 2008: Great bar for daytime drinking
Great bar for day time drinking. I've spent nearly four years drinking here, many evenings and rarely have I had any trouble holding a conversation.
Spinner the owner when in the bar is always on form and very friendly as is his missus.
The girls are not always stunners granted but it is a bar where you can go meet up with pals have a 'hassle free' beer, play pool or watch football and is great spot for watching the world go by.
Review by jj, April 2008: Non-Descript
This is a completely non-descript bar with a stable of long-in-the-tooth ladies.
Its biggest drawback is the noise. This is generated by the adjacent bar playing something vaguely resembling music at maximum volume. This made normal conversation at Long Tail nearly impossible. Not sure what the neighbors can do when one decides to be
the big bully on the block.
Fortunately, the mamassan at Long Tail has not entered into a Soi-7-style battle of the bands. Rather she has just allowed her stereo to gather dust.
All boils down to a place I will not likely be seen in again!
A rather unexciting bar that could do with a few lessons in body language and customer service. Most customers seemed to be only staying for a quick drink as the girls were either too new to partake in the basics, too stand offish, or else too
beautiful..."what you looking at?" came my way a couple of times.
Beers were reasonable around the 55 Baht mark but a lady drink cost 105 Baht.
If any bar owner is struggling for ideas to attract people to a bar then my first tip must always be to get aircon. My itinerary of Jomtien bars is based on staying cool and I also prefer the level of privacy afforded by an inside bar.
My first visit to the bar was indeed in search of cool...and I found it here. I have walked past the bar several times but it always looked quiet. But once inside it turns out to be a popular hideaway. The usual, drinks, girls, pool and bar games is the
order of the day. But it felt pretty much like a local in the UK...except for the drinks, girls and bar games.
I was diverted by a pretty girl inviting me in. She duly followed me in and took my order only to scoot off as soon as she had handed it over.
I really don't know why bars operate this stupid trick, it does nothing to ensure that customers enjoy their stay or indeed return another day. Presumably the owners don't care, as long as you have bought one drink, they are quids in.
75 Baht for a lonely bottle of beer.
Review from jj, May 2006: Offish
I spent a pleasant half-hour sitting on the couch talking to a lady in jeans and a t-shirt, who never once so much as touched my hand!
Don't know why they bother opening the doors.
Review May 2006: Bar for a Rainy Day
As I was walking past, I felt a few spots of rain, so considering it an omen I popped in whilst the ensuing storm passed.
It is a small English run aircon bar with about half a dozen girls, most of which were presentable.
Had a pleasant enough drink with a friendly girl. Coke was 35 Baht, bottled Tiger 65 Baht and lady drinks 90 Baht. The barfine is 300 Baht, an amount considered too high by a half tempted customer.
On internet fora there has been a lot of speculation about what was actually going on.
website has remained unchanged, but on their
Facebook account the "obscene" pictures have been removed such as this picture of the good old days.
In the meantime Passion appears to have reopened once more.
When I arrived around 3.30 p.m. there were six other cars on the car park.
There was still a guard at the entrance and when you leave you have to ring a bell from inside.
Inside the punters were by far outnumbered by the girls. Most of the females were average or less and in the 35-45 age bracket. All of them were more than overdressed. No bikinis, no lingerie, no special dress code, no action in the swimming pool.
The dim light was perfect for hiding bodily imperfections.
The music was non-obtrusive, the kind you only "hear" when it stops.
The ST barfine is still 400 baht, room included. The going rate for ST is still 1,000 baht, although some will try to get more.
The ST room (or better: one of the ST rooms) is on the ground floor in the corner behind the swimming pool.
This room was clean and clear with a bed, two bedside tables, a sofa and a large mirror which was way too high to watch the action.
The en-suite bathroom was as large as the bedroom, with a washbasin, a toilet, a shower and even a bath and quality plumbing.
Bottled Heineken 89 baht, lady drinks (small liqueur glasses of fake tequila) 125 baht.
Review from Dick Farang, March 2016: Up Up Up
At Passion Gentlemen's Club in Jomtien some changes have been taking place and not for the better.
The only remaining theme days are bikini on Thursday and lingerie on Saturday.
The price of the ST rooms has become 400 baht, from 350 baht before.
They again have started hiring coyotes at 10,000 baht per ten days.
Those coyotes are extremely pushy for lady drinks, to the displeasure of both punters and freelancers. Several freelancers have already moved to Kinnaree Place.
Bottled Heineken 89 baht, up from 80 baht
Review from Dick Farang, October 2015: Theme days
Personally I find Passion Gentlemen's Club in Jomtien as boring as most other gentlemen's clubs in Pattaya, but they appear to be popular with English, Australian and Canadian retirees.
That seems to be the same crowd that will want to go angling and playing golf and go to bed early.
The local fauna mainly consists of 30-to-50-year-old MILFs with a good command of English. The scarce twenty-somethings stay far away from the old farts. Passion is not the place to be for young boys.
Each day of the week appears to have a theme :
Monday: commando (no underwear) + BBQ;
Tuesday: fantasy outfits (air hostesses, angels, secretaries, nurses, school girls, etc.);
Friday: cowgirls + BBQ;
Sunday: once again fantasy outfits (air hostesses, angels, secretaries, nurses, school girls, etc.).
The notion lingerie is very loosely interpreted; I saw a thirty-something, Da, in a large opaque satin nightdress.
Unless you drive a 4x4 you better avoid the large muddy car park, which is also often flooded.
Rooms available at 350 baht for VST (very short time), i.e. 45 minutes.
Several threeholers are available from 1,000 baht, ST and LT.
Bottled Heineken 80 baht, lady drinks 125 baht.
Review from Dick Farang, April 2015: Pattaya 'i'
Some weeks ago a new gentlemen's club has opened in Jomtien: Passion.
When heading from Pattaya to Jomtien via Thappraya Road, turn left at the golden Hanuman (Hindu monkey god) statue instead of proceeding to Jomtien Second Road or turning right towards Jomtien Beach Road.
Follow this worn-out soi deep into Jomtien Palace Village (some huge houses, but strange enough no security guards) and, near the end, turn right into Soi i (9th character of the alphabet). Do not mind the sign at the entrance of Jomtien Palace
Village. Passion is located towards the end on the right-hand side of this Soi i with a big car park across the soi.
At the entrance of Passion was a bouncer. In the courtyard of the compound is a small, apparently unused swimming pool, with the toilets on the left-hand side and at the rear a rather spacious lounge with some flat screen televisions.
This lounge is very dark and it takes a while for your eyes to adjust. Around 2 p.m. it was already very busy with more than 10 punters and more than 20 working girls.
A 30-year-old shy girl with a loose black dress until halfway her calves, probably hiding her bodily imperfections, had worked at Endorphin on Walking Street (previously Club Abyzz), did not like boom-boom , but fancied she was worth 2,000
The 41-year-old mamasan, Lek, who was the partner of an Englishman and had worked at The (defunct) Lounge behind the car park on the corner of Phratamnak Road and Soi 3, looked sexier than most of the girls.
That being said, I have never realised that gentlemen's clubs hired mamasans and I also do not see what their added value can be as all working girls are unpaid freelancers on (small) commissions and doing business directly with the punters.
There seem to be swimming pool parties on Saturdays.
Barfine, room included, 350 baht.
Bottled Heineken was 60 baht during happy hour.
Jomtien Soi 5
Beer bar, restaurant & guest house. Became Siam Cats in 2008
Pig & Whistle Jomtien
Jomtien branch of the Pattaya Soi 7 Restaurant. There was an upstairs sports bar associated with the British snooker player Jimmy White, but it did not last long.
Once passing by when the heavens opened. Befriended by a rather large but pretty girl who was just a little too eager for a barfine. I soon found a more suitable companion but the rain stopped and I was on my way.
The bar was marginally notable for catering to both farangs and Thais.
Run by a ladyboy and her British husband, this beer bar has between 7 and 10 ladyboys and 5 or 6 ladies working in there on a regular basis.
Nice place, the owners play good music, and they have a friendly attitude.
Review January 2006:
Dropped into this bar at 4pm recently. Left at 4:35pm after a 50 Baht small Chang beer.
Nothing of interest. A gay cashier, a midget, some gender benders with large chests and baritone voices, the ubiquitous pool table, very uncomfortable furnishings and no chit-chat whatsoever.
Thankfully, my one and only visit.
Review Summer 2005:
Stopped there after visiting the immigration office. Sally has HUGE knockers and was very friendly. Sat with another cutie who showed me a few racy pics of herself on her cellphone. I guess those cellphones aren't all bad. I did eat something, but I
don't remember what it was. Too many distractions.
Great vantage point for being a nosey twat, plenty of ladies and lots of ale...It was all good.
Review Aug 2007: Taking More Care
The bar has gradually been employing a few more attractive girls to sit outside and entice people in so it was about time to see if this was reflecting a more positive attitude to customer care.
And indeed things have improved a little. An attractive and responsive girl took me into her bosom and made for a pleasant few drinks.
There are a few other entertainments, firstly there is pool on the large tables or secondly, one could sit for half an hour watching a couple of pretty young things preening themselves in front of the mirror. I have a feeling that some hansum men were
expected...not that I saw any though.
Review Jan 2006: No Idea of Customer Care
There were a few cute girls playing pool with young guys and few more pretty enough girls outside. However the bar could only rustle up the bar oldie to take of me so I shooed her away and was left to drink a lonely beer. This bar definitely needs a
mamasang to remind the girls that they should be taking care of customers rather than sending them to Coventry. Bottled beer was 55 Baht.
The previously open bar has now been enclosed. Not so sure about the aircon though, fans were well needed. Also the girls haven't worked out how customer assignment works and they got it very wrong for me.
Review by Swanks, April 2006: Kwai Falangs
I enjoyed a visit as the "Invisible man". I don't know what the bar girls do there except talk to each other and eat. They would find it interesting to talk to customers I am sure. They might find out that a lot of long term residents
understand some "Lao" as well as Thai now and can understand there constant catty comments about customers... Still, just another Kwai Falang [translation: fat old stupid rich westerner] who wont be bothering them again.
Large beer bar with a dozen girls. I had a lonely pint as I turned up at meal time and the girls were more intent on the scran than the customers. Perhaps it would be more friendly at another time, but then again, it is always meal time in Thailand.
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.