Just before 1.30am on Thursday, police and local authorities conducted a raid of the Mixx Discotheque at the Bali Hai Plaza in South Pattaya.
Both Thais and Foreign Patrons were targeted. Passports and Visa checks were made on the foreign patrons and urine tests were conducted on the Thai Patrons, of which 8 failed the test and were arrested by Pattaya Police.
At the time over 300 patrons were inside the disco. The District Officials also checked licenses and the age of patrons to ensure they were over 20. No irregularities were found.
This raid is expected to be the first of many which will take place over the coming days and weeks as ordered by the Ministry of the Interior. Similar raids have occurred in Phuket
Meeting to warn bar owners of raids and 2am closing
In what is seen as a pre-cursor to a crackdown on late-opening entertainment venues in Pattaya, the Pattaya Police Chief called together a selection of Bar Owners and Managers on Wednesday to warn them to comply with their licenses or be
Police Colonel Suwan led the meeting and started by explaining that tough new guidelines from the Ministry of the Interior require all venues to strictly comply with the conditions of their licenses. Within the Pattaya entertainment zone this
would mean that all venues must shut by 2am. Outside of the zone they must shut at midnight.
Venues must also comply with laws relating to the minimum age for customers and employees. Employees must be aged over 18 and customers must be no younger than 20.
Drugs is a known problem within the entertainment industry and Pattaya Police are now telling bar owners and managers that they will be held responsible for anyone found with drugs inside their respective venues.
CCTV inside the venues must be checked on a regular basis and the Police Chief asked for cooperation should images need to be obtained from them at any time.
Classroom A-GoGo is a long running bar on Soi 13/4 (Soi Pattayaland 2)
There are reports on the Pattaya forums that Classroom has given up on dancers. The bar now sports a few hostesses, but barfines are maintained at GoGo level.
Even before this latest news, Classroom A-GoGo has long been banished from the Thai-Anxiety GoGo listings for wearing way too many clothes. There hasn't been anything, even as revealing as a bikini top, for years.
I don't know what they will be studying at Classroom in the coming months, maybe economics and finance . Perhaps later on, a course in alternative sexuality.
Glamour A-GoGo at Bali Hai at the south end of Walking Street has abandoned the GoGo game.
The bar has now re-branded itself as Glamour Club and describes itself as a discotheque and coyote club.
This rather adds to the list of bars failures where the intention is to be half GoGo, half nightclub. Presumably the idea is to maximise operating time by being a GoGo until a midnight and then a club thereafter. However the two types of
entertainment are very difficult and it is difficult to find staff and dancers who can adapt to both types.
Other recent examples are New York New York, which is now closed and up for sale, and Halo, which has given up the GoGo half of its operations.
There are now 87 bars in Pattaya with Thai girls dancing in bikinis or less.
Night Lovers: The Club is a new bar on Soi 13/3 (Soi Pattayaland 1).
There is a sign outside promising that it will be a GoGo and the boss has promised that the dancers will be ladies.
And indeed the bar opened as planned on 18th March 2013.
A first look revealed mostly coyote dancers, but at least they were ladies. Perhaps coyotes are now inevitable for the early days of a bar. Another check in a few days is required to see if it will count towards the GoGo tally.
Police have raided Nui's Club 2 on Walking Street.
They found three underage girls and arrested the bar manager as result. She was charged with human trafficking by receiving benefit through prostitution of a person over the age of consent 15 but under 18 years old.
The police arrested the 16 year old dancer in the bar after an undercover man was sent to entrap her by pretending to offer to buy sex.
After the arrest, police checked further and found 2 more girls aged 17.
Update: Naughty Girls Too
Thanks to Henry
The Police also visited Naughty Girls on Soi Diamond.
Again the police had issues with under 18's, and a dancer from Laos. Things seem to have got sorted and the bar is still open.
Sugar Sugar and Club Blu were closed early a couple of nights ago as the result of police raids. Both clubs were hit at about 10:45pm. Sugar Sugar immediately re-opened later but Club Blu didn't. There was talk of a 30 day closure at Club Blu,
but in fact the bar re-opened after being dark for just one night.
Another recent report was that Papa GoGo had closed on Soi Diana. And thankfully this turned out to be another short term problem. The bar has now re-opened.
So now the Pattaya's GoGo count as returned to 88 bars with Thai girls dancing in bikinis or less.
Meanwhile on Soi 6 police had been raiding bars for a few days on the pretext of bar licences stipulating opening hours only after 6pm. The licences have been this way since time memorial so its nothing new. Resulting negotiations seem to
have been successful as most of the soi has now resumed normal afternoon services, including drinking.
Sugar Sugar and Club Blu were closed early last night as the result of police raids. Both clubs were hit at about 10:45pm.
Sugar Sugar re-opened later but Club Blu didn't. There's talk of a 30 day closure.
Meanwhile on Soi 6 police have been raiding bars for the last 3 days on the pretext of bar licences stipulating opening hours only after 6pm. The licences have been this way since time memorial so its nothing new. Negotiations are underway, and
it is expected that afternoon drinks sales will soon return to normal.
The Happy group bars are Baccara, Happy, Peppermint and Beach Club.
The bars have now increased the all night price of draft beer from 59 to 65 Baht.
Happy Hour drinks have risen from 65 to 70 Baht.
Perhaps most notably, barfines have increased from 600 to 700 Baht.
There is much talk on the Pattaya forums, understandably suggesting that the 100 Baht increase will be soon be followed by other Walking Street GoGos. The Happy group is very dominant as it attracts more or less the best dancers in town yet it
sets drinks and barfine prices that are the most reasonable in town. And very noticeably the group keeps the barfine system very simple with a single price at all times except for festivities.
Irish themed restaurant and bar closes in the Avenue Mall
24th February 2013
It has been reported that the Irish themed restaurant and bar, Shenanigans has closed on the first floor of the Avenue Mall. There is a Jomtien branch by the Jomtien Complex that is continuing.
The recent first floor revamp of the Avenue Mall looks to have been something of a failure. A few Thai style bars gave it a try, but don't seem to have lasted long.
The venue hasn't been in the news since moving across the road to the Avenue Mall. But the original location in the Marriott hotel grounds (now Dicey Riley), was once very well known. It was the bar of choice for many of the socialites that
attended Rotarian events and the like, that got covered in the local press.
Movida Pattaya nightclub is nearing completion on Soi 14.
The buzz is that it isn't connected with clubs of the same name in London and Dubai.
The venue was once a pussy tricks GoGo called Top Girls. It then tried a more swanky white club like layout as Illusion Club. It wasn't a hit and the bar returned to its pussy tricks roots. This wasn't a success either, and the venue was left
vacant for quite a while.
The opening ceremony for the internatio0nal Military exercise Cobra Gold 2013 was held in Chiang Mai on 11th February. Service members from 15 nations attended the ceremony. The military representatives are participating in Cobra Gold to develop
greater interoperability among forces, improve relationships and further develop the ability to solve regional challenges.
The exercise, which ends Feb. 21, will improve the capability to plan and conduct combined-joint operations and will provide an opportunity for partner nations to build relationships and improve interoperability across the range of military
The Exercises kicked off in the vicinity of Pattaya on Thursday so no doubt those taking part will soon get the chance for some rest and relaxation in Pattaya's bars.
The intermittent Glamour A-GoGo at Bali Hai has again gone dark. This time for the last 3 nights. The staff at the next unit said: It will re-open on 19 January.
Whilst on Walking Street Halo has already been reported as having closed its GoGo section. However the club has been trying to get its act together, so it is not quite a permanent closure yet. The dancers however have moved on. Some have been
spotted in Sugar Baby and some in Private Dancer.
The St George & Dragon, once on Soi Chayapoon is now on Soi Xzite about 100 yards up from the Triangle Bar on the left hand side. Its a modern purpose built bar, not very big with a patio. Air con, pool table. It has a British Army
theme, one display cabinet for the Para Reg and one for the Marines. Two statues of St George outside. The girl there said it had been open for about seven years. At 7-30 pm I was the only customer. Singha 55B. Good toilets.
Last time I was hear the Armageddon Bar was having a refit. That's all finished now, the wall has gone. The bar itself has been extended back and all new furniture inside. Good new toilets. Johnny Depp is back. I got close up to him and he
must be over 8 feet tall. Singha 55B happy hour and 70B in the evening.
Called in Showgirls , Soi LK Metro this afternoon about 3-00 pm. Around 12 customers. Dancers were in shorts and tops, not much flesh on display. Draught Chang 60B. Interesting toilets, the urinals are in the shape of open mouths. I was
tempted to take a photo of them but decided it might not be a good idea.
New bar opening on Soi Buakhao, called Happy Bar Soi 1. Its opposite the Butchers Arms. Small open bar. Looks set to open in next couple of days. Not sure where the Soi 1 fits in unless its the short bit of road at the side of it leading
to the waste ground at the rear. I'll look back in a couple of days.
New bars and GoGos: Glass House, Pussy Club and Paradise on the dark side
2nd January 2013
Walking Street's latest GoGo, Glass House is now set to open. It is located next door to Ginza A-GoGo, itself next door to Nui's Club 2.
Over on the Dark Side, Paradise Bar is set to open with a party today. The bar is re-opening under new management and promises to have many girls on hand. It is located on Soi Khao Noi.
There's also a notable new bar set to open on Soi 6 on Saturday 5th January. The guys behind Pattaya Addicts forum have done well with the recently acquired Night Wish Bar, and it has become a popular open drinking/chatting bar. The old
Amsterdamaged bar has now being bought by the guys, and it will be renamed as Pussy Club. However this will be a traditional indoor Soi 6 bar with dim lights, privacy, and more emphasis on chatting to girls rather than mates.