New Year Thailand Night Fever

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Rainbow 4 Go-Go Bar - Nana Plaza - Bangkok - ThailandSawatdee Pee Mai Kap!  Alternatively, in English Happy New Year to you all.  Welcome to 2008 and let us wish for a more peaceful, pleasurable and profitable year.  May I wish you two things — health and wealth.  Hey, for some guys it might well be a case of Happy New Mia…  Hold tight riders, here we go!


What lies “behind the bar” in this particular business of pleasure, is a surreal world that never ceases to amaze me.  I am very pleased to say that we had a superb New Year’s Eve at Angelwitch Go-Go Bar in Nana Plaza.  People can say whatever they want about Angelwitch, but the fact remains that it is an extremely effective operation.  The night went very smoothly for what can be a chaotic and crazy night.  Even I was pleasantly surprised to see that we had the best ever night in the history of both Angelwitch Go-Go Bars. Being responsible for the balance sheet, I have first hand knowledge of the nightly bar takings.  Some guys ask me how much money we make, but this is strictly confidential business information.  Although the figures are definitely NOT for public knowledge, you can take my word for it that the takings in both Angelwitch Go-Go Bars are HUGE.  The combined total of both Angelwitch Bars on New Year’s Eve is nothing short of phenomenal.  For the second consecutive year running, Angelwitch celebrated its most successful year.  It was another record breaker…  Hooray!

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The co-owner of Angelwitch Go-Go Bars is normally a fairly quiet and unassuming man.  But, even Matt was excited on New Year’s Eve and so he should be.  Congratulations go out to Matt and Khun Pim, their constant hard work has paid off.  In the same cordial spirit, Matt and Khun Pim would like to thank everybody who helped to make New Year’s Eve such a successful night.  On Matt and Khun Pim’s behalf thank you very much. 


It is a shame in the Whining West that we cannot do what we do in the Erotic East.  By this, I mean trade in your old wife for a new model – just as you do when you upgrade you old car.  What is fantastic about Thailand is that it has the ultimate in swap shops.  You just simply visit one of the huge numbers of entertainment establishments, and simply swap your “mia” (Thai for wife or female partner) for another “mia” that takes your fancy.  Oh, how wonderful it is… The simplicity of the availability!

THAI TALK — pallayar (correct term for wife), samee (correct term for husband), mia luang (senior wife), mia noi (junior wife) and mia chow (hired wife).

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From Thai media sources, they reported that a record number of people departed from Bangkok for a long weekend break.  This New Year’s holiday fell just right to allow city dwellers to escape the hustle and bustle of Bangkok.  This mega metropolis houses an estimated 10+ million people, but as some of you know, many Thai workers originate from remote provinces.  The Thai TV news channels showed multitudes of Thais scrambling for seats on buses.  Bus and train stations were overflowing with Thai people hoping to travel back to their hometowns and villages.  Many of whom headed to Isaan (North-East Thailand).  Among those departing were taxi and tuk tuk drivers, factory workers and construction labourers. In addition, this included a number of nightlife entertainment workers.

Looking at it logically, what would you do?  OK, say you are a Thai from Isaan who works in Bangkok.  Given the chance of a long weekend break, many people would jump at the chance to return home.  They left on Friday evening and returned to Bangkok on Tuesday, or Wednesday.  And incidentally, this is what many people did do.  Last weekend here in Bangkok; I do not think I have seen the roads and streets as quiet all year.

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Furthermore, many people headed to the beach resorts, both natives and foreigners alike.  Currently, Pattaya and Phuket (in particular) are chock-a-block with visitors.  If you do not believe me, just try getting a hotel upon arrival in the heart of the action in Pattaya, or Phuket.  Advanced hotel bookings will be essential right now for Pattaya and Phuket.  You might get hotels in Pattaya, but you will be MUCH further away from the action if you do not book a reservation.  Pattaya and Phuket are full to the brim with folks from all over the globe.  Therefore, if BIG crowds are not your scene, you should avoid the beach resorts for (at least) the first half of January.

The beginning of this month will also see the return of the “expat exodus.”  The expat resident community will be returning to Bangkok as we speak.  Once again, a large number decided to leave Bangkok for their annual Christmas and New Year holidays.  And so, after a visit “home” to the lonely planet of Farangland, I am sure the guys cannot wait to escape the mind numbing boredom.  OK, it is good to see your family and friends, but enough is enough, it is time for escape and evasion tactics.  Time to leave the Faranglands with lukewarm beer and ice-cold women, and return to the surreal world of ice-cold beer and red-hot women.  Escape while you can guys!

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Where are all of the tourists in Bangkok?  They have gone shopping of course!  At peak trading hours, the main shopping malls in the capital are packed solid with high season visitors.  Bangkok is quite simply a shopper’s paradise and some people forget how much of an attraction it is to the masses.  During low season in the Ratchada area, I can visit Fortune shopping mall and not see a single foreigner all afternoon.  Right now, there are foreigners everywhere, no doubt snapping up the bargains that this manic metropolis has to offer. 

When you walk around Siam Paragon Shopping Centre, it is quite some spectacle seeing all of the hi-so types parading around.  To some people (myself included) Siam Paragon might as well be a museum, because the prices make me feel like I am in Dubai.

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Following some changes and delays Jameson’s Irish Pub is now operational.  The largest Irish Pub in the whole of Bangkok has opened in the Silom area.  Jameson’s have established this “Jolly Green Giant” on the ground floor in Holiday Inn Silom Hotel.  Jameson’s offer a lunchtime carvery Monday to Friday for only 195 Baht.  There are live sports shown on no less than 12 LCD television screens, free wi-fi and free parking provided by Holiday Inn.  The Jameson’s Happy Hour consists of a Guinness and Kilkenny promotion.  From 4:00pm until 7:00pm buy two glasses of Guinness or Kilkenny and get one free.  The former manager of Tenderloins, none other than the amiable Aussie John Bell is the general manager.  Worth a look if you are in the area. 


Tiger Beer In ThailandWith a stroll rather than a leap, Nana Plaza has entered into 2008.  Nonetheless, she is certainly up and running.  I have lost count about the amount of times I was told that Nana Plaza would be history.  The introduction of a 20% increase in rent for most of the bars in Nana Plaza is not good news, but it certainly does not mean that it is dead and buried.  I dare say it will upset the killjoys, but Nana Plaza is certainly not finished yet.


Peter who owns Woodstock was told from the very start by killjoys that Woodstock would not last five minutes.  How wrong could they be?  I went along to a party in Woodstock, which in those days was tucked into the corner next to G-Spot.  I went in and joined the party – Woodstock was celebrating its 20th birthday in Nana Plaza.  Unfortunately, even educated Westerners listen to far too much gossip and silly rumours.  20 years is a bloody long five minutes!  Woodstock Bar & Grill was open for all those wonderful years, until Peter sold the location to King Ming, the auspicious owner of the mighty Rainbow 4 Go-Go Bar.

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Remarkably, Mercury Go-Go Bar closed their doors and did not even open on New Year’s Eve.  Mercury is located next to Rainbow 3 Go-Go Bar on the middle level in Nana Plaza.  Mercury Go-Go Bar has been sold.  The new owners have taken over the running of Mercury and they will reopen tomorrow night.  It was rumoured that they were forced to close but this was not the case.  Good news, Mercury Go-Go Bar will be back in action tomorrow night (January 3rd).  Had a scary thought for a minute that they had joined the same fate as Big Mango Bar and farang Connection.  Pleased that this is not the case.  Hooray!


After Dark Asia Magazine ThailandDo not panic!  Let me explain something.  As fortune should have it, the vast majority of the bars in Nana Plaza are under a completely different lease arrangement.  The problem remains with the units at the very front of Nana Plaza and NOT the vast majority inside NEP.  The good news for Nana Plaza is that the vast majority of bars will continue to trade for at least 3-5 more years.  On New Year’s Day all the bars located inside Nana Plaza were open as usual.  The BIG GUNS in Nana Plaza remain unaffected by the three closures.   

Pretty Lady Go-Go Bar on the ground level next to Voodoo Go-Go Bar is still doing a steady trade.  With the advantage of being the only go-go bar with the mirror tabletops, they continue to draw customers in.  The drinks prices in Pretty Lady remain very competitive.


Situated on the top level of Nana Plaza, Hollywood Carousel Go-Go Bar has undisputedly earned the Dave The Rave Shooting Star Award.  The larger of the two Hollywood Go-Go Bars has vastly improved very recently.  There are some familiar faces and some new faces among the line-up in Hollywood these days.

Dynasty Inn Grande - Sukhumvit, Soi 6 - Bangkok - ThailandIt is Hollywood Carousel’s Showtime that has attracted the crowds again.  Hollywood Carousel Showtime starts at 10:00pm and continues until late.  Some of the shows are the “exotic erotic” type, which feature some very attractive showgirls.  One show that utilises an umbrella under a shower head is an innovative use of a stage prop.  A beer will set you back 135 Baht and even though Hollywood Strip, the smaller of the two Hollywood Bars barely ever has any customers, they do have a few very attractive go-go girls.  Check it out!

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In the meantime, if you can’t be good be careful… Safe sex saves lives!  Happy New Year!       

Reporting live from the heart of Thailand…

Dave The Rave — Go-Go Guru.