On Walking Street the Italian restaurant L' Italiano (opposite Alcatraz A-GoGo and, before that, at the current location of Infinity A-GoGo) has closed. The Russian clubs upstairs and the latter's aggressive touts in front will not have helped.
At Club Mistys on Soi 15 off Walking Street not much if anything has improved, but their barfining prices are skyrocketing.
At my latest visit the big majority of the dancers were double-topped and double-bottomed coyotes clad in white doing the Pattaya shuffle. There were also five or six dancers in black bikinis performing a lousy show unveiling their upper departments.
By far most of the females were mediocre, but there were also some cute spinners. One of them was Ae from Buriram (number 44, 25 years, 147 centimetres, 35 kilogrammes, two children by two different fathers), not to be confused with the, also tiny,
waitress Ae (number 205). She appears to live in Siracha (35 kilometres from Pattaya) with her (probably lazy) parents and her children and returns home every night after work at 4 a.m. with the bahtbus on Pattayatai (10 baht) and a minibus on Sukhumvit
Road (40 baht). That is at least one gogo girl who does NOT hit the discos after work to earn an extra barfine-free penny (a popular myth on some internet fora).
I had been told that the funny and wild, string-showing waitress Wa (number 201) had come back, but I did not see her.
The useless hostesses seem to have disappeared.
The mamasans are still the same, boring Jaan and apathetic Ning, and they seem to conspire to keep all girls inside, which results in five to ten girls per punter. I did not see a manager, but the security man was still roaming the place and even begging
for lady drinks.
From time to time there was some (I guess heavily sponsored) toplessness on the bench seating.
After midnight the barfines were still 1,000 baht for coyotes and 2,000 baht for showgirls with them expecting at least 2,000 baht ST.
At Club Mistys girls who are barfined are usually applauded when they leave in plain clothes with their customer, but this time I did not hear or see applause.
Less than two years ago I still could barfine there at 600 + 1,000 baht ST, 600 + 2,000 baht LT or 1,800 baht in-house all-in.
In spite of good memories I am not going back in a hurry. On their still existing website, I found a picture of the good old days.
Bottled Heineken 150 baht now, lady drinks (very small glasses of cola on the rocks) 150 baht.