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My Favourite Go-Go Bar Is…

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This has to be one of the top three questions readers ask me and it’s far more difficult to answer than you may think.

“Favourite bar for what?” is my normal response.

For example, I don’t go to Lighthouse to look at the dancing dollybirds, I go there to meet my mates and shoot the breeze over a drink or six.

I don’t care for naked or topless dancing which is what many blokes out there have top of their list of what makes a good go-go bar. I’d rather sit and watch a stage full of cute coyotes.

So already the majority aren’t going to appreciate my selection because there are no topless dancers and there are certainly no cute coyotes.

My Favourite Go-Go Bar Is

Some will say that my choice would be bias to an advertiser which is just silly. Anyone can email me for a party plug, invite me to a photoshoot or whatever else. Spending money on ads makes no difference. In fact, one of the websites biggest advertisers is a bar I rarely drink in despite being good friends with the owners. As for my favourite go-go bar… they don’t spend a penny on advertising.

Do they give me freebies? The barman, who I believe is the owners nephew, on occasion gives me and my mates a beer but he has no clue what Stickboy is other than the name on my lighter.

So why the free beers? He is a decent guy and I’m a good customer. I spend money and I don’t cause any trouble. A little rowdy now and again but that isn’t out of place in Sexy Night.

Yup, Nana Plaza’s last old school bar Sexy Night is my favourite go-go bar in Bangkok.

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Great staff, great service, great fun, great music – just don’t let Budget Bobby near the request slips.

Where the wheels will fall off the wagon for many in my choice is the talent pool.

The dancers range in age from 22-42. Some of the women on the small stage behind the bar have been working the pole for a decade too long but they add to the charm of the place. It really is like stepping back in time.

So they don’t have the hottest dancers on the books but what they do have is a great wee bar. Cold beers every time. Top tunes of the classic rock variety are only a request away. There’s no funny business with bills, girls hassling you or any of the other 10 Things I HATE About Go-Go Bars.

I go to Sexy Night to drink, smoke, relax and enjoy the music.

Sometimes I sit all on my own if I’m just looking for some time out or on other nights with mates for a catch up or as is often the case, sat with the dancers and staff having our own impromptu party,

To be honest, Sexy Night isn’t the place where you go to pull a hottie, it’s somewhere to go and have a good time. I’d still drink there even without the women.

And just like everyone else, now you know where to find me at midnight on X night of the week…

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Khaosan Is Killing It

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A stroll down Khaosan Road at 10PM on Friday night would have anyone thinking that everything in Bangkok is back to normal post-Covid.

And it was. At least after 9 at night.

busy khaosan road bangkok july 2022

Street full, bars bouncing, drinks flowing, music pumping, hawkers galore, elephant pants aplenty.

The customers were 50% Thai, and 50% foreigners, most of whom were tourists but not what you’d see on Sukhumvit right now.

The overwhelming majority of visitors were farangs.

Lots of families, young couples, groups of guys and gals in their 20s enjoying all this backpacker paradise has to offer.

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But here’s the kicker – there weren’t very many “real” backpackers about.

Everyone was well-dressed (ignore the elephant pants fad), showered, looking good and not skrimping on the abundance of cheap drink deals on offer.

busy khaosan road bangkok july 2022

Large bottles of beer ranged from 80b to 150b with 120b the most popular price pick for bars and even then many do buy 3 get 1 free making that 360b for four big bottles.

Who can complain about that? It’s a steal.

busy khaosan road bangkok july 2022

Gas and grass are also big business with locals and tourists sucking it up and in until sunrise in some places as there is a different approach from police and authorities in this part of town when it comes to getting things back on track after two years of nothing.

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Not everywhere is open all night but plenty of places are on both Khaosan Road itself and round the corner on Soi Rambuttri with the party still going in some at 4AM.

Even at this late hour, the crowd is still a mix of locals and tourists.

gas and grass khaosan road july 2022

When you do realise all is not as it was before Thailand closed down is during the day.

Pre-covid Khaosan was fairly busy in daylight hours with stragglers wandering around and tourists looking lost not knowing what to do or where to go but that right now is missing.

Lots of the shops on surrounding streets are still closed making the place look far from normal – that is, until after dark.

Everything will take time but for now, Khaosan Road is killing it at least at night and long may it continue on the road to recovery.

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All Quiet On The Bangkok Front

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After a 5-day long weekend work was a killer yesterday and things have been slow around here as there really isn’t much going on right now in Bangkok to talk about.

There are definitely more tourists about but not vast numbers that some silly news outlets would lead you to believe there are. And about half are from India.

All Quiet On The Bangkok Front

Expats just seem to be going through the motions doing what they do week in, week out.

If you have something to share with us that we’re missing out on shoot us an email at stickboybangkok@gmail.com so we can check it out.

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