There are dozens of Go Go bars around Bangkok - from shiny, bright and lively places where everyone is welcome to dark pits you definitely should avoid. We have listed here some friendly clubs for a first time experience, nothing too adventurous; more of a guide to satisfy your natural curiosity. Since there are three famous red-light districts in Bangkok (Soi Cowboy, Nana Plaza and Patpong) we picked some in each area. All these bars are safe, won't rip you off with an unexpected bill, the girls are friendly and buying a lady drink is a good way to have a bit of company. Don't expect to have much conversation though as English is only spoken to a certain level. We obviously know that we can't please everyone but these bars are a good place to start.
Bada Bing is a fun-loving and friendly bar on Patpong Soi 2 where every night over 25 girls dance provocatively on stage dressed in sexy denim micro-shorts, army uniforms, nurses outfits and many other costumes. The bar design is modern, the service prompt, and best of all, Bada Bing is one of the only bars in the Patpong area where you can totally relax and enjoy yourself. Read More...
- Location: Patpong
Baccara is the last bar at the end of Soi Cowboy. This modern and spotless club is much talked about and if you ask any Bangkok night owl where is the best place in town to have fun, Baccara would probably be mentioned. Multiple levels of comfortable sofas surround a central stage on which many dancers move and shake to the music. Girls are very friendly and, of course, will encourage you to buy them a drink. The place can get packed in the late hours, often with a majority of Japanese customers, so if the room is too crowded for you, just walk upstairs where a second, quieter room is available.
- Location: Soi Cowboy
Forever immortalised in the Hollywood movie Hangover 2, Tilac Go Go Bar is one of the biggest in the city and it’s obvious a great deal of effort and money was invested in the layout, room design and lighting, even featuring large TV screens tuned on sports channels in case you get bored with the onstage action. Everything inside is ultra modern, with mirrors everywhere and a metal and neon futuristic vibe. A bar counter surrounds the large central stage where 15 to 20 girls dance at any given time, plus six smaller platforms scattered around the room with, of course, even more dancing girls! Drink prices are about 120 baht for a beer, which is fairly average on this street. Tilac is very popular and gets seriously busy in the later hours.
- Location: Soi Cowboy
Angelwitch is a renowned a go go in Nana Plaza that has the best live performances in town. For 15 minutes every hour, the girls dress up and act out a series of short skits to entertain the crowd. Among the tried and tested acts are a high tempo Thai dance – complete with headdress and long fake nails - a cat burglar sneaking around to the sound of Pink Panther, and, for one customer, a playful striptease. Angelwitch also commands a loyal following due to its music policy of rock classics and dancers dressed in black leather.
It is located on the second floor of Nana Plaza, take the left hand escalator.
- Location: Nana Plaza
Billboard a Go Go
Billboard is on the top floor of Nana Plaza, and is among the biggest go-go bars in the area. Once you enter you will have to decide if you prefer to sit next to the foam bath or by the dance stage. The place is casual with good music, less of a 'sit & stare' kind of Go Go, with groups that come here just to have a drink with their buddies. In reality, chances are your eyes will inevitably be attracted by the action happening on the stages. There are intermittent shows involving basic scenarios and nothing too offensive - you probably could bring your girlfriend here. Prices start at the usual 120 baht and bill is brought to you with your drink.
- Location: Nana Plaza - Third Floor