Dave the Rave is now working for Peter, the founder and owner of Pretty Lady Bar, and Matt, the founder of Angelwitch.
This dynamic duo now own and operate Spellbound. The
self-styled gogo guru has parted ways with the Nana Group and will be keeping an eye on things
at Spellbound. I thought Spellbound was excellent when I was in there
a month or so back and I am sure with Dave in charge it will be one of the
most fun bars of its type in Bangkok. Spellbound is located in Nana Plaza where Pretty Lady use to be on the ground floor.
There are two very
different types of police checks taking place in the Sukhumvit area of Bangkok. From time to time
you might walk by, or more likely, be a passenger in a vehicle stopped at an
intersection where a police checkpoint has been set up. These
checkpoints may take place deep in some sois (between soi 23 and 33, on soi
16 and on soi 39 seem to be the main spots) but are usually carried out at
the Asoke intersection itself, where traffic coming up from Rama 4 Road
turning left on to Sukhumvit is stopped. It's a favourite late-night
checkpoint spot. Officers target motorbikes, pickup trucks, taxis, any
vehicle with foreign passengers and private vehicles with passengers in
their teens and early 20s. The officers shine torches in to the
vehicle and in some cases may ask occupants to get out.
The cops at these organized checkpoints are professional and
The other checks carried out in the area are made by
two coppers riding around on a motorbike who ride right up to and stop foreign males. They usually
ask where you're going, where you've been and then make a decision whether
they are going to search you or not. My experience has been that responding
in polite Thai ends it with no mention of a search at all.
The Silom Road end of Patpong soi 2 is where
you find all of the best bars in the Patpong area. There is in addition to The Strip is Bada Bing, and Club Electric Blue. Along with Pink Panther
and Black Pagoda, most locals agree these 5 bars are the best of Patpong.
If you think it's bad here in Pattaya.....
A pal's just got back from the P.I. and he says 7 bars in Angeles were
raided in the 2 weeks he was there. The raids are not police driven for
kick-backs but driven by American 'do-gooders' trying to put an end to
trafficking. When the bars are raided staff and CUSTOMERS are locked up.
My pal said it's really hurting Angeles.
At least here we only lose a bar-keep or two when bars are raided and let's face it, there's plenty of them to go around.......
A new BJ bar will open next Sunday, March 9th, between Sukhumvit sois 6 and
8. To be called Kasalong - the sign has yet to go up - it is the brainchild of an
ex-Lolita's employee. Kasalong is just around the corner from Lolita's
and less than 10 metres from the entrance to S6 Hotel - which until recently
was known as Crown Hotel. There will be a pool table on the ground
floor, but the real action will take place
upstairs. The decor is said to be nice but if it doesn't blow you
away, the girls certainly will. Standard service will run 700 baht
with full service also available.
Another one worth noting has been open for a little over a year is Som's Haven. If you walk on the side of Sukhumvit Road with the even numbers, there
will come a street named Sukhumvit Soi 14. You turn into that street and
in about 20 meter there will be a small alley on
the right side. Walk inside and about 50 meters in front you will
see the Som`s Haven bar on the left side. The girls are friendly and the atmosphere is relaxed, not pushy and very open.
The old Big Mango Bar in Bangkok just off of Soi 4 (Soi Nana) will reopen in the next week as the M Bar, a sister bar to The M Pub at the Ascott Hotel in Sathorn Road. It will be operated by the same owner of The Pintsman in Silom, formerly the Duke of Wellington.
Major renovations have taken place and upstairs is now open with windows and natural light. It's not a girlie bar so there will be no hookers - at least none working or based on the premises and no drink quotas.
The new owners promise good food, live sport on TV and free pool.