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
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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!
English expats bar featuring the inevitable football on large screen TV. Where there's football, there is usually pool and girls too, and of course that is the case here.
Review from Andrew January 2012: Monkeying Around
I'm in the oil game, 4 on, 4 off, guess where I spend my 4 off? What can I say, UK is pants, full stop.
At the start of my little trips to Pattaya, I usual stay 3 day in soi 7/8. Anyway the soi 7/8 debauchery that follows usually gets my hormone build up out the way, I can then settle down to the quiet life in Naklua. Armchair, flat cap and pipe, NOT...
The Drum and Monkey is my drinking hole of choice. Niall has taken over the bar for a couple of years now, and all I can say what a great job he's done. He's got the balance just right on both sides of the bar...
Ohh he also has fine Harem of lovely ladies, who will always welcome you with a friendly smile. If you've come for a bit of female Thai company, you could do worse...
I try not to fiddle about with the ladies from this bar, as I don't like to be seen as a complete wretch, mixing business with pleasure and all that stuff. But to be honest, the wall has been known to crumble occasionally...
I like to use the Monkey Bar for a good bevy, the beer is as cheap as you will get anywhere. There is the Irish bar next door, Ryan's bar, which I may add is excellent, the same as Eor's, I am always made to feel very welcome in both establishments.
But I'm like a homing pigeon, always return to the Monkey bar The Drum and monkey do a fine breakfast at a very agreeable price, the full monty has always been too much for me, as I am a usually a bitty delicate in the mornings, well that's rubbish,
Has Niall filled Badgers boots? yip I think so...... Niall's turned out to be a good friend, he always organizes a little away days over to the darkside which is always good for beaver spotting, this usually entails a 1 PM start. Visiting 4 or 5
establishments, including the Black peril, and my personal Favorite, the Pussy Cat Club. Finishing of back at the Monkey bar, a bitty worse for wear.
Did Badger return, yip seen him a couple of trips ago.... He's doing just fine.....
News from August 2009: The Monkey Returns
The bar has now re-opened under a new management team Now run by a team of Mick fro England, Laong from Thailand and Niall from Ireland.
News from Andrew, July 2009: The old classic story
Every time I visit Pattaya I always go to this bar and always have a top night.
Badger would always be there, the life and sole of the place. He seemed to have the balance just right between running the bar in the back ground, whilst being a gent with the customers. Sure old Badger would take a drink off a Falang, but he was not
slow in returning it.
But last week he told me that he had been stiffed by his girlfriend and has just had to return to England.
So he's sold the bar to an English fella who's redeveloping the place. It will take 3 weeks before re-opening.
So all I can say is that Badger will be sorely missed in Naklua road, Pattaya.
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.
Its like a large (semi-permanant) stall but with seating area overlooking the roundabout. Not great but actually quite tranquil.
He mixed me two fantastic cocktails - one that wasn't on his list but was still perfect. Most have 3 liquor shots so at 99 baht they are good value. They are also much larger than you would expect in my previous experiences with cocktails.
You get the works - shaking at your table etc.
It takes a lot to impress me here but this really did.
Came across as a nice friendly 'local' type place. Couldn't complain at the freezing cold 60 Baht Tiger, and although there was no lookers among the 20 odd girls in the place , they were friendly and good fun.
A pleasant and German run aircon bar which has established a goodly amount of regulars. The decor and seating etc are good, there's even a nice painting depicting the housewife stripping game show: Tutti Frutti. The good decor extends to the toilets
which are clean and well kept.
There were some very pleasant girls on hand during my visit. One even a good grasp of English and was well read enough to make for a very enjoyable evening of conversation... and more.
Bar fine 200 Baht, bottled beer around 60 Baht and lady drinks at 95 Baht.
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.