Bangkok’s go go bar scene consists of girls in bikinis pole-dancing on stage and bouncing up and down on customers’ laps. Girls are available to go back to your hotel with you and are generally better looking than standard bar girls, though more expensive. Bangkok go go bars are arguably the very best in Thailand with the prettiest girls.
Patpong, Nana Plaza and Soi Cowboy are the main places for Bangkok go go bars and girls. They are in and around the regular beer bars, although are more discreet, with all the action taking place away from passersby; that is, behind a curtain usually.
A typical Bangkok go go bar will have a bar, pole-dancing and a stage, surrounded by chairs for the punters to ogle from. They will usually have up to a dozen or so girls on and around the stage and often in costume, such as bikinis or school girl outfits, or even naked. Go go girls usually dance for about 10 minutes at a time and rotate, after which they’ll sit with you if you buy them a drink (about US$5 a hit).
Some go go bars have a lively, fun atmosphere with many hot girls, such as the renowned Angelwitch in Nana Plaza, while others may be dead with bored females making little effort – so do not feel obliged to hang around at the latter.
Best Bangkok go-go bars
Nana Plaza: This is the best place for go go girls in Bangkok. It resides at the head of Sukhumvit Soi 4 Road, not far from Nana Skytrain, and is an easy to navigate, three-storey arcade. There are loads of go go bars in here along with regular beer bars. The best go gos are Anglewitch and Rainbow (2 & 4).
Soi Cowboy: Farther afield, Cowboy is a little more down Sukhumvit Road (near Asoke BTS Station) and near many hotels. It has a dozen or so go go bars and is slight cheaper than Nana Plaza and Patpong, while also being more fun and laidback. It is just the one street (pedestrianised) with quiet and raucous go go bars with naked girls. Tilac, Long Tom, and Baccara all good.
Patpong: Residing in the Silom area, Patpong is no longer the top spot for go go girls, being overly touristy and a bit of a rip-off. The streets are crowded and the place is loaded with touts, while stories of excessive bar bills for unsuspecting customers are rife here. If you’re into ping pong and sex shows, however, this is the place.
How it works
You simply walk in (free entry) and sit at the bar or facing the stage. Bangkok go go bars are usually dimly lit and loud and a girl will soon have you with a drink in your hand. Either that or a go go girl will plonk herself next to you and insist you buy a drink for yourself and her.
You don’t have to buy her a drink but things won’t go well if you don’t and she won’t sit with you for long. Girlie drinks are more expensive, but you can always keep tabs of the bill as chits are placed in a holder nearby. All girls are available, even the ones that look just too hot to handle, though she may already be earmarked for another guy.
Places with sex acts have more expensive drinks so avoid buying too many if you get dragged into one. You can take the girl home at any time, simply negotiate her price and pay the ‘bar fine’ (500/600 baht). Short time is usually 1,000-2,000 baht, while all night could be as much as 4,000 baht.