Pattaya Travel Guide - Drink
Pattaya is internationally known for its nightlife. Although
it's infamous as a sex tourist destination, there are ample opportunities
to dance, drink, and observe humanity even if paid sex is not
of interest. Steer clear of the staid hotel bars and head into
the warrens of central Pattaya, where discotheques, transvestite
cabarets, nightclubs, coffee shop, karaoke bars, open-air bars
and restaurants with live music and entertainment compete for
attention. Most of these establishments are located along the
Pattaya Beach Road., Pattaya 2 Road., and in South Pattaya, which
is also the resort’s major shopping area.
prices - a very rough guide: small Heineken (330ml) /
Bacardi Breezer (275ml)
- 7-11 (open 24/7 but alcohol only sold 11:00-14:00 + 17:00-00:00):
38 baht / 55 baht
- small restaurants: ~50~55 baht / ~120 baht
- beer bars: ~70~75 baht / ~120~130 baht
- go-go bars: ~90~99 baht / ~150 baht
- discos: ~150 baht / ~200 baht
In beer bars and go-go bars, drinks bought for employees - "lady
drinks" - are (very roughly 50%) more expensive; the actual price
is often posted on the wall and/or in the drinks menu.
Open-air beer bars on Beach Road
Pattaya is especially famous for its beer bars (also called
bar-beer), staffed by "bar girls" who are "for hire"
to the tourists and ex-pats who drink there. Popular beer bar
pastimes include pool, connect-four and shut-the-box.
Open-air beer bars can be found all over Pattaya, with
the biggest and best known concentrations being along and around
Soi 7 / Soi 8 and Walking Street, at numerous points on Second
Road, Beach Road, Soi Buakhao, and in smaller numbers just about
everywhere else, including along the southern end of Naklua Road
and at Jomtien. Although the staff of a typical beer bar will
usually all be prostitutes, customers who have no intention of
paying a "bar fine" (money paid to the bar so that the girl can
leave with the customer) are generally very welcome and indeed
make up the majority of the clientele.
Indoor beer bars can also be found all over Pattaya, the
most notorious areas being Soi Yodsak (Soi 6) and parts of Soi
Post Office (Soi 13/2). While some of these bars are much more
"bar fine" oriented, in most cases customers who simply want to
buy drinks are still welcome.
The official closing time in "entertainment zones" is 1AM (in
practice usually somewhere between 1AM and 3AM, depending on the
location) and 12AM elsewhere - however "closing" is defined as
switching off the music and non-essential lighting, and numerous
beer bars remain open 24/7.
Also called a-go-go bars, the main concentrations
are along Walking Street and the three Pattayaland streets, with
more dotted around the most popular beer bar areas; most come
to life at around 20:00 and close between 01:00 and 02:00.
Sight-seeing tourists are welcome in go-go bars, however cameras
are not. Signs prohibiting photography are widespread, and a minority
of venues require patrons to deposit their cameras with security
staff as they enter. This rule is enforced: if caught snapping
shots, you'll be lucky if you're only thrown out and not beaten
Popular bar venues
So, you're passing through Pattaya and you've set aside a few
hours to check out the bar scene - but where to go? The most popular
(and generally the most densely concentrated) beer bar and go-go
bar locations (listed south to north) are:
Should have been named "Walking, Shopping, Eating, Drinking,
Dancing and Ogling Street" as there's plenty of almost everything
here - including around 100 beer bars and at least 30 go-go bars,
plus many more in the side-sois that lead east towards Pratamnak
Road. Worth a look in the daytime, but best visited in the evening,
and has loads of restaurants if you're bridging the gap between
the two. Gets really packed in places when the discos empty, so
watch your pockets.
Soi Pattayaland 2 (Soi 13/4) features on many a Pattaya postcard
- when lit up at night, the go-go bar signs are a memorable and
photogenic sight, although there are only eight go-go bars here
(two of which feature guys, not girls), plus a half-dozen bars
and the Penthouse Hotel. Worth a look in the evening (it's almost
a ghost town the rest of the time), but get there before 01:00
as that's when the lights go out.
Soi Pattayaland 3 ("Boyz Town" - no direct access from Beach
Road, runs from the middle of Soi 13/4 to Second Road) features
only male dancers and bars that cater for the gay crowd; Soi Pattayaland
1 (Soi 13/3) has even more all-male go-gos (eight), but does have
a couple of girlie-go-gos too. There is also a small lesbian scene
in Pattaya, with local butch girls called "tom" girls and femme
girls called "dee".
Between Second Road and Soi Buakhao lies this relatively new
complex. Connecting Soi Diana with Soi Buakhao, Soi L.K., as it
is called (not to be confused with Soi Leng Kee) is a pedestrianised
street for the most part. Cars are parked willy nilly, but that
actually serves as a traffic calming system so it is safe to walk
down. There are lots of outdoor bars and cafes spilling out onto
the street, giving it a "bit" of a European feel. The Metropole
Hotel and the Areca Lodge are here.
- Champagne , Soi L.K. (towards Soi Diana ). Go-go bar run by a friendly Aussie called Jason. Newly
redecorated in Jan.'09, features racy shows even by Pattaya
Golf Club , Soi
L.K. . Lively and loyal
sports bar and grill, the place to go for hassle free food and
drink on this soi. edit
- Club Blu ,
(on the corner of Soi Buakhao ). One of the busiest coyote (bartop dancing) bars in town,
but the setup is like a goldfish bowl. edit
There's always something going on here - in the evening and early
hours, there are about 120 well-staffed beer bars to choose from,
plus a handful of go-go bars; in the morning there are several
places that serve breakfast; in the afternoon it's a popular place
for those who like to get started early; and at Songkran
(New Year) it's unmitigated mayhem. There are several large hotels
(light sleepers beware), and Soi 8 also has a few travel agencies,
convenience stores, etc.
Imagine a kerb-crawlers paradise - and then pedestrianise it.
Arguably Pattaya's most colourful street (as well as most notorious),
Soi 6 has about 50 bars (mostly "short time" bars, with names
such as "Butterfly", "Love Club", "Route 69" and "The Eager Beaver")
which all get going at 13:00 and close pretty much on the dot
at 01:00. It's not really a pedestrian-only street (but it is
one-way), however walking - preferably in broad daylight - is
undoubtedly the best and most popular way to experience it. Go
in the middle of the afternoon and just wander from one end to
the other (if coming from the south, walk from the Second Road
end down to the Beach Road end if you want to get there and back
by songthaew). It's much, much more "sex-tourist" than "tourism"
oriented, but anyone and everyone is welcome everywhere provided
they're buying a drink or three. The curiously named "Hi Boss!
2002 Pub" is where the ladyboys hang out, there's one go-go -
"Mandarin" (dancing from 5PM-1AM), plus a couple of "pub" food
possibilities; and neighbouring Soi 6/1 has a handful of "ordinary"
outdoor beer bars.
- Second Road - around the Soi 2 & Soi 3 junctions
On the west side of Second Road opposite the Central Festival
Centre is a collection of about 35 very popular beer bars, which
start to fill up from about 16:00, and several of which remain
open long after the lights go out around 1AM-2AM. "Atlantic Bar",
at the far end of the five-bar strip to the south of Soi 2, always
draws a substantial crowd. The only go-go ("Classroom 2", 7:30PM-2AM)
is a lively one, and while there's not much in the way of food
in amongst the bars themselves, there are numerous eating options
extremely close nearby (including outlets for most of the major
fast-food chains directly opposite on the other side of Second
10 assorted "same-same but different" bar styles
- Casino Club at the Pratamnak Road end of Soi Diamond
is an a-go-go with a difference - not only do the girls dance
with their clothes on, but there are no chrome poles! - whatever
will they think of next? Despite the name, it's not a casino;
maybe it's a disc-o-go-go? The atmosphere is lively, the music
is techno, the dancing is energetic, the hours are 9PM-4AM (apparently
able to close later than most due to the non-conformist format).
- Boyz Town (the whole of Soi Pattayaland 3) is the place
to head for to see the male go-go dancers, likewise Soi Pattayaland
1 (Soi 13/3). Same applies for girls who want to ogle (exactly
the same) guys. Pattayaland 1 is relatively dead in the daytime,
but Pattayaland 3 has a handful of places to eat and drink that
keep it ticking over in the afternoon.
- Jenny Star Bar in Walking Street (below Peppermint
Palace) is wall-to-wall transvestites - seeing is believing,
especially late in the evening and in the small hours. It's
an open-air bar that spills out onto the pavement, and there's
often quite a crowd gawking intently from a safe distance -
so mind your pockets.
- Peppermint Palace on Walking Steet (go up the escalator
next to Jenny Star Bar) is probably the largest go-go in Pattaya.
Several stages with young women in various different states
of attire. Always full of energy, and always packed (you may
be turned away if it's full). Good value drinks-wise.
- Club Boesché in Soi 16 (connects Walking Street to
Pratamnak Road) is a brand new split-level lesbian go-go with
a large Jacuzzi-style tub sunk into the floor in front of the
bar, occupied in shifts by pairs of uninhibited young ladies
non-stop from 10PM until 1AM (or later). "Normal" (for a go-go)
priced drinks and no cover charge.
- Tim Bar Beer on Second Road (opposite Soi 12) is an
otherwise relatively run-off-the-mill go-go that plays nothing
but DVDs, with a very strong bias towards live performances
of rock'n'roll classics. Requests welcome - if in doubt, ask
for Meatloaf's "Paradise By The Dashboard Light". Stage and
screen come to life at 6PM and keep going until at least 2AM
(closing hours not so strictly enforced here as it's not in
amongst a bunch of other bars), but get there early as it's
a popular place and their army of dancers thins out with prodigious
- Beach Inn Beer Garden on Walking Street (opposite the
FLB Bar) can usually be found blindfold. Head through to the
back and out into the bars that target visitors from the Middle-East,
and feel the sound - some of the speaker systems here are bigger
than a budget hotel room, and it's not difficult to position
yourself so that you're being deafened by three or four of them
(each one playing something different) all at the same time.
(At the other extreme, there used to be a "Quiet Bar" on Second
Road - but it closed not long after it opened, apparently due
to lack of demand...)
- Carousel Beer Bar is a pair of circular outdoor bars
in the centre of Soi Diamond (directly off Walking Street) which
spin from 5PM until 3AM. A couple of drinks here and the world
really will start to revolve around you.
- Siren Bar Complex (Beach Road, just before the Walking
Street entrance archway) is a crush of about 25 ancient open-air
beer bars (open 4PM-3AM) surrounding a boxing ring (exhibition
matches at various intervals between 10PM and 1AM). Get there
early in the evening and it looks like there must be a prize
on offer for whoever is able to squeeze the greatest number
of bar girls into the smallest beer bar. If you sit down here,
don't forget to shake the cockroaches out of your clothes as
- Beach Club (towards the Walking Street end of Soi 15)
is not the only "table dance" format a-go-go in Pattaya, but
it's probably the most popular. Patrons are seated around industrial-strength
tables which have mirror tops, upward facing spotlights, and
of course the obligatory chrome pole; the girls dance on each
table in turn, wearing short skirts and... - well if
you can't guess the rest then you should probably steer well
clear of any Pattaya establishment that mentions the words "table
dancing" alongside its name.
Famous Alkazar show in Pattaya, Bangkok
Pattaya is well known for its katoey cabaret (aka ladyboy
or transvestite) shows. Two of the best known (expect busloads
of Asian tourists) are:
- Alcazar, on Second Road (78/14 Moo 9 - across from
Soi 5); tel. +66-38428746 / +66-38429212 fax.
- Tiffany's Show  on Second Road near signless
Soi Srinakhom (one soi north of Soi 1) has performances
at 7PM, 10:30AM and 10PM (plus 5:30PM high season) and in May
hosts the annual Miss Tiffany's Universe Pageant  beauty queen competition,
for contestants born as men. If you've got testosterone left
over, visit the Shooting Range in the basement! Contact Tiffany
directly for a complimentary pick-up from your hotel.
Pattaya has various clubs, of which the "Pattaya City Expat Club"
is the oldest ex-pat club in town. They meet 9:30AM-12PM on Sunday
mornings at the Henry J. Beans pub at the beginning of Beach Road.
Their motto is "Expats helping Expats" and that is what they do.
There are various breakfasts to chose from ranging from 65 baht
for coffee and toast and up 185 baht for a combination Western/Thai
breakfast. All are welcome.
Pattaya has two types of disco - those that are on or near Walking
Street, and those that are not.
Those on Walking Street are more popular with Westerners accompanied
by bar girls, and with bar girls looking for customers. The best
- Hammer (on Walking Street - same owner and similar
style as Lucifer) - more an open air bar with lots of live music.
You can't miss it, it's very loud. It's also pretty expensive.
- Club Insomnia - Now on Walking Street - House music,
cheap drinks, late licence, European DJ's, as of mid 2007 "the
place to go" after 2AM.
- Lucifer - popular with young Thai people, although
this is not a typical Thai discotheque. Only R'n'B, sometimes
with special guest DJ's. A good place to go at about 2AM-3PM;
extremely crowded after midnight. Free entry, expensive drinks.
- Marine Disco (on Walking Street) - large dance floor
and plays house music (it's the house music counterpart of Lucifer).
Free entry, but drinks are expensive.
- Marine 2 (just off Walking street) - the same music
as Marine Disco; this was "the place to go" before Insomnia
- MIXX (at the end of Walking Street) - opened in late
2007 - has R'n'B and house rooms (two rooms in one disco). Drinks
- Tony's Entertainment Complex  (on Walking Street) has an
attractive and stylish interior, great live music and service.
Free entry, but incredibly expensive drinks - and a 5000 baht
fine if you're caught bringing your own in!
- Tony 2 - not as well known as Tony's Entertainment
Complex, but also very pricey.
The ones further away from Walking Street are generally more
typical Thai discotheques: no special area for dancing, but lots
of shows and great atmosphere. Admission is usually around 300
baht and includes one free drink.
- Chivas Palace (formerly Palladium, on Second
- Hollywood Disco (recently moved to a new location in
- Star Dice Entertainment on Naklua Road (not Star
Dice Beach on Beach Road) - one of the few discos in Pattaya
that doesn't dual-price foreigners.
- Xzyte Entertainment, Third Road.
Live music - especially popular rock oldies - can be heard at
several open-air venues along Walking Street, and at various bars
- Blues Factory on Soi Lucky Star (just off Walking Street)
features the Lam Morrison Band.
- Hard Rock Cafe  (in the
grounds of the Hard Rock Hotel resort on Beach Road) has great
live music and dancing in the evenings.