Birthday time in the wilds of Naklua:This coming Tuesday night, November 13, will see the Pussycat ogling den (Naklua Road) celebrating the birthday of Lanky Bob, the popular long-serving (or should that be ‘long-suffering’) whip wielder and ring-master at the somewhat isolated chrome pole palace. The den opens at 7:00 p.m. and no doubt the birthday boy will be in attendance from the kick-off.
Welcome to the Wild, Wild West: The old Fowlers Pub, located at the top of Soi Skaw Beach (off Second Road), is being refurbished and will soon re-open as a Wild West-style theme boozer and noshery with hamburgers being a specialty. The tentative name is the OK Corral. Watch this space for more details.
Not quite so free: A couple of weeks ago I mentioned the Cupido Bar Complex at the top end of Soi Skaw Beach, stating that the pool tables were free. In actual fact, although most of the tables are free for customers, an alert reader informs me that there are those which charge 20 baht per game.
Stringing me along: The Prince sleeping palace located right in the heart of Soi 8 has for a long time been much like a dyspeptic maiden aunt over-indulging in bottles of cheap sherry. Its attendant nightclub also proved to be about as popular as sharing an Afghan cave with a Taliban government minister. However, in recent times the place has been the scene of feverish activity as builders, plumbers, carpenters and sundry other workmen began the massive task of refurbishing the joint.
A new nightclub-sports bar called Stringfella’s has been opened and plans are underway to develop a series of beer boozers in the Soi 9 section of the hostelry. An underground car park has also been opened and a restaurant is also on the drawing board.
Any hope of a Spotted Dick? The GJ’s munching den and sleeping palace (located right next door to the Spicy Girls Too chrome pole palace) is another outlet serving up the pear and apple Kopparbergs Swedish cider and included among its specials in the nosh department is English Black Pudding at just 25 baht a portion. Scientists are yet to determine the gastro-intestinal effects of quaffing a bottle of Swedish cider with a portion of English Black Pudding, but it is advised not to stand down wind of those who have so indulged.
Sharp notes in Sharky’s: The very first late night boogie barn people encounter when they enter the top end of Walking Street is Sharky’s. Spread over two floors it’s all wood and tiled floors, very much in the style of Thai country pubs. The band is a tight outfit with a wide and great-sounding repertoire. Unfortunately, the Eagle’s classic Hotel California is de rigueur, but by the time they come to play it most people are already too sauced to notice. Worth a visit.
Warmer than the name suggests: Sometimes you wonder what kind of medication people have been taking, or maybe not taking, to come up with the names for their watering holes, be they ogling dens, beer boozers or Sierra Tango outlets. Anyway, the Frozen ogling den (Soi Diamond), formerly operating under such cognomens as Blue Hawaii, Champion II and Rock N Roll, has a name that seems more suited to attracting fairy penguins and baby harp seals rather than red-blooded homo sapien booze artists. However, once inside the Frozen den, things do warm up quite quickly with the chrome pole palace playing a good variety of music and the damsels doing their best. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, the girls are kitted out in red, black and blue mini-skirts (respectively); makes a change from the usual g-strings.
How many coins in the fountain? The 13 Coins munching den (opposite the Royal Garden Plaza on Second Road) has been serving average-priced fare to the public of Pattaya for some 13 years now and yet it continues to hide its light under a bushell. The hole-in-the-wall-style noshery has live entertainment, of the laid-back, semi-somnolent variety between 7:00 p.m. and 1:00 a.m. and is quite popular with the local Thai community.
Ringing the changes: Up in the wilds of Soi Chaiyapoon the former garishly-painted Sierra Tango boozer the Red House has had a change of ownership and has been re-badged as The Dubliner. Just around the corner in Soi Buakhow a beer boozer and noshery called The Lobby has opened its doors next to the New Buffalo Grill. Down in Soi Skaw Beach the popular Toi of Toi’s Place (Soi 13) has opened a boozer called Toi’s Tavern.
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