To start with a prize question: How many bars do you think there are all over Pattaya? If you can tell us the exact number, including the names of the bars and their location, you’re welcome to send us an email and enter our lucky draw for a free “short time” on Soi 6.
But seriously, it’s not just difficult to guess but virtually impossible to count how many bars there are in Pattaya. We mean, if you started at one end of Pattaya and eventually reached the other end, the first couple of bars you’ve counted would most likely not be existing anymore, while dozens of new bars have cropped up in the meanwhile. Roughly estimated though, it’s got to be something between 1,000 and 2,000 bars all over Funtown, perhaps even more? Anyway, if you’re looking for a nearby place to have a drink, chat with one of the ladies, or find sexy female companionship for a couple of hours or the rest of the night, you’ll never have to search for very long in Pattaya.
Although beer bars and A-GoGo bars are concentrated most densely in the South Pattaya area, bars can be found virtually anywhere around Pattaya, from Naklua in the North to Jomtien in the South and the “Dark Side” in East Pattaya. Especially Soi 6 (mostly “short time” bars), Soi 7 and Soi 8 in Central Pattaya, and Pattaya’s world-famous Walking Street – the unrivalled epicentre of Pattaya’s nightlife – are literally packed with hundreds of neon-lit bars. Other increasingly popular areas with an ever-increasing number of bars are, e.g., Soi Buakhao, Soi LK Metro, Soi Diana, and Soi New Plaza.
Despite numerous plans in the past to shut down venues providing “lewd entertainment”, restrict the number of bars and ban them to designated entertainment zones, there are new bars and entertainment venues opening up all the time. So no matter where you stay in Pattaya, you should hardly be able to walk 100 metres without bumping into yet another beer bar decorated with fancy lights and with bar girls in sexy dresses shouting “Hello sexy man!” and trying to drag you in.
The official closing hour in Pattaya’s entertainment zones is “around” 1 a.m. In practice, this usually translates to sometime between 1 and 3 a.m., depending on the location and season, how busy a bar is at that time, and whether the “boys in brown” in the area (police) are willing to turn a blind eye or not. On Walking Street, for example, the official closing time is 3 a.m.; but even so, many bars and clubs still remain open until sunrise. Also, depending on how strictly or laxly these vague rules are enforced in some areas, “closing” is often interpreted as only switching off the music and non-essential lighting. While most bars around Pattaya usually stay open until 2 or 3 a.m., some bars are also open round-the clock.
Pattaya Beer Bars – More Than Just Beer, Music & Whisky
The most traditional and Pattaya-typical form of a bar beer (as Thais call them) is an open-air kind of a hut, with a square bar counter and a roof on top. While the punters sit on bar stools around the bar, the service girls, mostly prostitutes who are “for hire”, stand or sit behind the counter and entertain their customers from there. Aside from having a drink or chatting with the girls, beer bar pastimes include a game of pool, connect-four and shut-the-box. Many bars will also show live sports on TV.
Open-air bars are often concentrated in large bar complexes, e.g., on Walking Street. Other bars are located on the ground floors of shophouse units and often provide guest rooms on the upper floors. So-called “short time bars”, typically indoor bars with dark glass fronts and dozens of girls sitting outside advertising their services, can be found abundantly on Soi 6 off Pattaya Beach Road. In addition to the regular bar business on the ground floor, “short time bars” rather resemble small brothels and often provide “short time” rooms with “special maid services” on the upper floors.
In order to draw attention to themselves and their services, Pattaya bar girls usually shout stuff like Hello sexy man, where you go? I go with you, or something even more obvious at passers-by. If you travel as a couple or family, these verbal invitations will usually be more reserved: Hello madame, welcome inside please, or something along those lines. To make this clear: Although bar girls are effectively prostitutes, hostess bars in Pattaya (including GoGo bars) don’t cater exclusively to single male tourists, but female guests, couples and families are welcome nonetheless.
Especially during the long low season, which lasts roughly from April through October, there are usually more service girls than punters in the bars; on average, depending on the size and the location of the venue, between 10 and 20 ladies per bar. (If you multiply this by the estimated total number of bars in Pattaya, you’ll get a basic idea of how many “available” ladies there are in Funtown. According to our own calculations, their number might well exceed 20,000.)
Drinking prices in beer bars are reasonably cheap overall and less expensive than in GoGo bars or nightclubs. Small bottles (0,33l) of locally-brewed (Singha, Chang, Leo) or imported beers (Heineken, San Miguel, Tiger) usually set you back around 50 to 90 Baht. A glass of Sangsom – the dominant brand in the Thai spirits market and a kind of brown rum – sells for 50-70 Baht in most bars, while imported spirits usually shouldn’t cost you more than 130 Baht a glass. Drinks bought for female employees, so-called “lady drinks”, are slightly more expensive than regular drinks, but usually don’t exceed 150 Baht (the actual price is often posted on the wall or in the drinks menu).
Pattaya bar girls, except for the cashier and the so-called mamasan (i.e. a kind of female manager and “pimp” in one person who manages the bar and various activities of the girls) are actually hostesses or, in more obvious words, prostitutes. If there is mutual understanding, bar girls are always ready to accompany their male customers for an hour or two, or the rest of the night, back to their rooms. To take a girl out of her bar, customers have to pay a so-called “bar fine” (money paid to the bar directly so that the lady can leave with a customer) of usually around 300 to 500 Baht. The bar fine, valid for usually the rest of the night or your lady’s shift, will be added to your bill and is generally not refundable.
Bar girls earn moderate commissions on bar fines and “lady drinks”, giving them an opportunity to increase their low base wages of roughly between 3,000 and 5,000 Baht per month. The payment of a bar fine (pay bar?), however entitles you only to take the lady out of the bar for the rest of her shift; you will still have to pay her a kind of compensation fee for additional sexual services, or just for spending her time with you, i.e. even if you shouldn’t have sex with her. Customers will usually be expected to pay around 1,000 Baht, or roughly between 700 and 2,000 Baht, for extra services (rates depend on whether it’s “short time” or “long time”, high/low season, as well as the location of the bar and the individual expectations of your lady.)
Please also note that bar fines in A-Gogo bars, as well as the individual “compensation fee” for extra sexual services requested by GoGo girls, are significantly higher than in regular beer bars. Potential “sex tourists” will find more details on these and related issues on our extra Pattaya bar girls pages.
If you should either not be looking for female company, or travel as a couple or family, a night out in a Pattaya beer bar can still be lots of fun. Although the female staff of a typical bar will usually all be prostitutes, customers without intention of paying a “bar fine” are generally very welcome, too, and usually make up the majority of the clientele. You can always pop in for a couple of drinks and a game of pool, or simply to chat with other punters, just as you would in your local pub back home.
Drink prices are reasonable, i.e. cheap when compared to what a beer may cost you in a pub in your home country. The girls are always happy to entertain their guests with a game or have a chat with you; alternatively you can just listen to the music and enjoy Pattaya’s unique nightlife atmosphere. The only real – yet significant – difference is that the bar maids, when a financial agreement has been settled, are available for extra “out-of-the-office” services in the privacy of your room …
Pattaya “Short Time Bars” – Soi 6 – Gentlemen’s Clubs
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If you’re looking for clear-cut sexual services and female companionship for just an hour or so, or for some reasons, e.g., you’re married or in a relationship, it shouldn’t be convenient for you to take a bar girl back to your room, then so-called “short time” bars offer a convenient alternative.
Short-time bars are typically indoor bars with dark glass fronts, often tell-tale names, and usually a handful of girls in sexy dresses hanging about in front of the venue, trying to drag customers in. As the name says, short-time bars provide short-time sexual services, usually for up to one hour. While the “regular” bar business takes place in the ground floor bar, the upper floors provide basic guest rooms (often without a shower and toilet) where you can enjoy yourself discretely in the company of the girl of your choice. While some bars are more bar fine-oriented than “regular” bars, customers who just want to have a drink or “play” a bit with the (usually very approachable) girls without intention of paying a bar fine, are usually still very welcome.
Short-time bars can be compared with intimate small brothels, and the ladies working in such venues also seem to be less shy and more “tame to the hand” than girls in “conventional” beer bars. Most ladies won’t mind if you “paw” them a bit in the small and usually dark-lit bars, and some might even provide you with some unusual “extras” in one of the discrete sofa corners that are typical for the interior of short-time bars. Most S-T bar girls, as opposed to ladies working in regular bars, also seem to be more open-minded when it comes to slightly “unusual” sex practices like, for example, anal sex.
Bar fines in short-time bars are usually around 300-350 Baht and typically include the room rental fee for up to one hour. Most girls will ask for 1,000 Baht for sexual services so it’s roughly 1,300 Baht all-inclusive. Note: If you want to bar-fine a lady in a short-time bar and take her back to your room instead of using the in-house facilities, or you prefer “long-time” (overnight) services, the bar fine and the remuneration demanded by the girl may be considerably higher.)
Soi 6, between Pattaya Beach Road and Second Road in North Pattaya, features Funtown’s most extensive choice of short-time bars and is the city’s most notorious area for die-hard “sex tourists” and “sexpats” looking for a daytime quickie. Soi 6 is busy especially in the afternoon and has around 50 bars – mostly indoor venues with dark glass fronts and telltale names such as Butterfly, Horny Bar or Quicky Bar. They all get going at around 1 p.m. and close at 1 a.m. The extremely approachable (and sometimes pushy) ladies usually hang about outside their venues trying to drag punters in. Most bars cater to straight customers; but an increasing number of places also employ ladyboys or katoeys. While some bars on Soi 6 feature a mix of “real” girls and ladyboys, some venues are now 100% dedicated to “chicks with dicks”, so better watch out.
A couple of short-time and BJ bars, where the girls provide you with oral satisfaction in separate rooms on the upper floors, can also be found on, e.g., Soi Post Office (although more daring Soi 6 girls are usually also ready to “give you relief” in the dimly-lit sofa corners of their bars.)
So-called gentlemen’s clubs are day bars, typically situated in more discreet locations around town, that get going early in the afternoon and close earlier at night. Popular mainly with male expats sneaking out for an afternoon, gentlemen’s clubs are similar to short-time bars in that respect that the ladies provide mostly short-time sexual services in private rooms on the upper floors. But other than the short-time bars on Soi 6, for example, which are mostly small and slightly shabby, dimly-lit shophouse bars, the ambiance in gentlemen’s clubs is usually a touch “classier” and there’s more emphasis on the regular bar business. Also to keep unwanted visitors like girlfriends and wives off the radar, gentlemen’s clubs are often located in posh detached houses in rather remote locations around Pattaya. Popular venues include, e.g., Kinnaree Place off Soi 4 on Pratamnak hill and Rioja, a Spanish castle-style villa somewhere in the middle of nowhere between Thepprasit Road and Soi Wat Boon at Jomtien.
Links – Pattaya Bars, Clubs & Pubs With Websites
Out of the 2,000 or so bars in Pattaya, unfortunately most don’t have their own websites. Listed below are just a few dozen Pattaya bar links that we’ve come across on the Internet. If you’ve got a bar or pub in Pattaya and/or want to list your favourite boozer on this page, you’re always welcome to add your link here.
|Pattaya Bar Links|
|3Som Bar & Guesthouse||Soi LK Metro, Central Pattaya|
|69ers Beer Bar||Soi 7, Central Pattaya (relocated from Soi 8)|
|Apple Bar||Soi Chaiyapruek, Jomtien Beach|
|Armageddon Bar & Guesthouse||Soi LK Metro, off Soi Buakhao, Central Pattaya|
|Aussie Bar||Soi 7, off Pattaya 2nd Road, Central Pattaya|
|Barracuda Bar||Naklua Road, North Pattaya|
|Billabong Bar & Hotel||Soi LK Metro, Central Pattaya|
|Blues Factory||Soi Lucky Star, off Walking Street|
|Booze Lounge||Soi Khao Talo, East Pattaya (approx. 1.5km from Sukhumvit Road)|
|Brass Monkey Bar||Soi Nern Plub Wan, Soi 26, East Pattaya|
|Britannia Bar & Guesthouse||Soi LK Metro, off Soi Buakhao, Central Pattaya|
|Buffalo Bar||Pattaya 3rd Road, Central Pattaya|
|Butcher's Arms Pub||Pub, restaurant & guesthouse, Soi Buakhao, Central Pattaya|
|Caddyshack||Bar, restaurant & guesthouse, Pattaya 3rd Road, Soi 17|
|The Castle Fetish Club||Pattaya 3rd Road, Central Pattaya (next to Buffalo Bar)|
|Daokai Bar||Made in Thailand bar complex, Pattaya 2nd Road|
|Devil's Den||Soi LK Metro, Central Pattaya (formerly Hell's Club)|
|Elephant Bar & Guesthouse||Soi Buakhao, Central Pattaya|
|Easy R-Con Bar | Easy Corner||Soi Buakhao, Central Pattaya|
|FLB Bar||Walking Street, South Pattaya|
|Golden Inn||Bar & guesthouse, Jomtien Soi 7|
|Gulliver's Tavern||Pattaya Beach Road, North Pattaya; Walking Street|
|Hottie's Coyote Club||Pattaya 2nd Road, near Kiss Food and Soi Diana|
|I-Rovers||Bar, restaurant & guesthouse, Soi LK Metro, Central Pattaya|
|Jameson's Irish Pub||Soi Sukrudee (Soi A.R.), Central Pattaya|
|Joy's Paradise||Bar and guesthouse, Soi Welcome Jomtien|
|Kåres Party Bar||Pattaya 2nd Road|
|LEC Pub & Guesthouse||Pattaya 3rd Road, Soi 17|
|Legends Pool & Sports Bar||Pattaya Klang Soi 5, Central Pattaya|
|Lord Nelson Pub||Pub, restaurant & guesthouse, Soi 6 (Soi Yodsak)|
|Mai Lu Si Bar||Soi LK Metro, Central Pattaya|
|Maxies Bar||Soi 16, off Walking Street, South Pattaya|
|M Club||Gentlemen's club, Pattaya 3rd Road, Soi 14|
|Metro Bar & Apartments||Soi LK Metro, off Soi Buakhao, Central Pattaya|
|Moonshine Place||Bar and guesthouse, Jomtien Soi 4|
|Murphy's Law Pub & Guesthouse||Soi LK Metro, off Soi Buakhao, Central Pattaya|
|O Bar||Soi 6 (Soi Yodsak), Central Pattaya|
|One Bar||Soi Night Out, Pattaya Klang (Central Pattaya Road)|
|Pattaya Beer Garden||Pattaya Beach Road (entrance to Walking Street)|
|The Pig & Whistle Pub||Soi 7, Central Pattaya|
|Pinocchio Bar & Guesthouse||Soi Post Office (Dutch café, bar and guesthouse)|
|PJ DJ Bar & Guesthouse||Soi 7, Central Pattaya (formerly Anna Jet Bar)|
|Pook Bar||Ladyboy bars on Soi Buakhao & Soi 6 (Soi Yodsak)|
|Queen Victoria Inn||Pub, restaurant & hotel, Soi 6 (Soi Yodsak)|
|Quicky Bar||Soi 6 (Soi Yodsak), Central Pattaya|
|The Rock House||Bar & guesthouse, Soi LK Metro, off Soi Diana|
|The Roo Bar||Walking Street, South Pattaya|
|Rum Dum Bar||Rompho bar complex, Jomtien 2nd Road|
|Ryan's Bar||Naklua Road, North Pattaya (near Soi Wongamat)|
|Saigon Girl Bar||Soi 6 (Soi Yodsak), Central Pattaya|
|Sailor Inn||Norwegian restaurant & guesthouse, Soi 13/2 (Soi Post Office)|
|Scandinavia Bar & Restaurant||Pattaya Beach Road, between Soi 13 and Soi Yamato|
|Scandinavia Beach Club||Pattaya Beach Road, between Soi 5 and Soi 6|
|Secrets Bar & Nightclub||Soi 14, just off Walking Street, South Pattaya|
|Shooters||Coyote bar & guesthouse, Soi 7, Central Pattaya|
|Shoot Pool Sports Pub||Pattaya Center Condo, South Pattaya Road|
|Siam Cats||Bar and guesthouse, Jomtien Soi 5|
|Simple Simon||English restaurant, bar & guesthouse, Jomtien Soi 5|
|The Sportsman Pub & Restaurant||Pattaya Soi 13, off Pattaya Beach Road|
|Telephone Bar||Pattaya Tai Soi 2, South Pattaya (Facebook pages here and here)|
|Tim Bar Beer||Bar and A-GoGo, Pattaya 2nd Road, South Pattaya|
|Utopia Rock Club Lounge||Live music & coyote dancing, Soho Square, Walking Street|
|Wombat Bar||Aussie bar, restaurant & guesthouse, Jomtien Beach Road|
|Ziggy's Bar||Drinking Street, Pattaya 2nd Road, North Pattaya|
Please press the “next” button to find more Pattaya bar websites. To learn more about Pattaya’s notorious nightlife, you may also be interested in …
- Pattaya Bar Girls – “No Money, No Honey?”
- Pattaya GoGo Bars – including links, photos & videos
- Bar Girls Explained – The Truth About Pattaya Bar Girls
- Thailand’s ‘Doomsday’ – Pattaya’s Bar Girl Industry in Crisis?
- Pattaya Ladyboy Scene – All You Need to Know About Katoeys