This was a night out that had been in the planning for sometime and we finally managed to get our act together and meet up to go for a look in the watering holes down a dark Udom Suk soi Mr Mango described as “fairy light bars”.
A couple of warm up beers in Zinc 101 seen us hail a cab to take us to our destination. A lovely lady that my partner in crime was going full-on flirt with seen us dropped off in what seemed like the middle of nowhere just before midnight.
As we approached the first joint the girls outside said hello and seemed a friendly enough pair so no further thought was needed – we headed in to check it out.
If I said the place was a rundown ramshackle I’d be exaggerating but we were made very welcome despite Mango’s thoughts we would get the cold shoulder.
In typical Thai karaoke bar fashion we shared several big bottles between the three in our party and the three ladies who joined us.
Some snacks landed on the table too and the banter and bs commenced as others in the bar got on with killing the karaoke.
Plenty of laughs and a good time was had by all but after an hour we wanted to move on and see what the other bars were like so we checked bin and after who knowx how many Leo long necks, a few ice buckets, a couple of plates of snacks and the company of three ladies our bill was a very reasonable 1,600 baht.
We said our goodbyes and headed right next door where the reception wasn’t even as good as frosty. Two different worlds but in we went anyway.
At bar #1 Mr Mango was wide of the berth but in bar #2 he was hitting a bullseye as far as us being made welcome or not.
Beers were ordered and two ladies joined us but this place wasn’t for me. My drinking buddies chatted to a couple of chicks with a ladyboy trying to bully me into the company of some horror show. No beer goggles, so I was having none of it.
For me it was time to go after two rounds and when the bill arrived it was no surprise to see it was 1,300 baht. My guess was about 500 baht had been tacked on.
Unfriendly and overpriced. Never again.
Next up was a live music joint across the road. The girls from bar #1 were hanging around outside and asked to join us – why the hell not. They were a fun bunch so off we all went.
Note, there was no mention of any barfines or bullshit. Maybe they had finished for the night and could do as they pleased.
Now we were back on track. This late night live music bar was more like it.
Beers, birds and a live band tick all the boxes for Stick & Co. and there were a few others in too which made for a fun atmosphere and nobody batted an eyelid at the camera.
Everyone just wanted to have a good time and that is how it played out for the next couple of hours.
One thing I recall about this place was it was kinda difficult to work out who was with who and who knew who so when a bit of fluff took my fancy I wasn’t keen on chancing my arm as a bit of grief with some drunk local lads was the last thing any of us needed.
More beers, more dancing, more posing and we were at very late o’clock – time to call it a night.
The bill in bar three was around 1,800 baht which was good considering all the booze six of us had downed.
A few more goodbyes and it was time to find a taxi home which took a bit of walking as the streets were really quiet as it was fast approaching sunrise.
All in all a good, inexpensive night out and one I’d do again…