Pattaya has gained an international reputation as the naughty nightlife capital of the world, and it is not undeserving. While it is nowhere near as seedy and sordid as the media likes to make it out to be, it is a place that has thousands of bars filled with beautiful women.
Once you experience Pattaya Nightlife, you’ll realize there is no other place like it in the world.
People live their lives in Pattaya free from the judgments you’d find in the West. Visitors are here to have fun and enjoy themselves and live the life they could never have back home. The place is a fantasy cloaked in a faint veil of reality that makes it all seem normal.
The people that do finally make the trip to Pattaya and experience the nightlife are often changed forever. Spending their time back home just dreaming of the next chance they can get on a plane and return.
If you are ready to have the same experience, have a look through our Pattaya Nightlife Guide and see what awaits.
While some people might claim Pattaya itself is one big nightlife area, there are a few places around the city with the major concentration of nightlife establishments. Beer Bars, live music, dance clubs, and gogo bars are all part of the fun you can have in Pattaya at night.
Below we’ll cover the six main nightlife areas in Pattaya and give you an idea of what you can expect.
Pattaya is notorious for its nightlife scene and at its center is Walking Street. It is a small stretch of Beach Road that closes to cars at 6 pm till the wee hours of the morning allowing people to roam freely checking out the Go Go bars, beer bars, restaurants, and discos. Of course, there are the sexy Thai girls promoting their bars trying to get you to come inside for a drink or two.
Walking Street is bathed in a Neon glow from the signs of the hundreds of bars located there. Combined with the loud thumping music coming out the bars, it makes Walking Street a surreal experience.
There are dozens of Go Go bars on Walking Street and the surrounding Sois like Soi Diamond and Soi Happy. The beer bars are mainly situated in large beer bar complexes that house dozens of bars under one roof. You won’t have any trouble finding a place to stop and drink on Walking Street.
The bar scene doesn’t really get going till after 10 PM and the nightclubs even later. The nightclubs on Walking Street are a popular after-hours venue to go to when the rest of the bars shut down. You may find the sun is up when you finally leave the disco and decide to back to your hotel.
Avoid the touts coming up to you trying to get you into their bar with a list of drinks or a ping-pong show. None of the reputable venues employ these guys and you’ll more than likely be led to a clip joint where you’ll be overcharged for drinks at exorbitant rates.
You’ll also find various types of people coming up trying to sell you all sorts of stuff you don’t want or need, just ignore them or say ‘no thanks’ and keep walking.
While Walking Street is the focus of the action and home to some of Pattaya’s best Go Go bars, it has also become a bit of a tourist attraction. There are some really good restaurants, including some great seafood spots, live music venues, and of course people watching. It is not uncommon to see tour groups wandering up and down Walking Street just checking things out.
If you are here to experience some of the naughty nightlife and want some privacy while you enjoy yourself, Walking Street may not be the best option. There are countless numbers of tourists taking photos and making videos of Walking Street action, most likely destined for Youtube.
However, once inside one of the Walking Street Go Go Bars, your privacy is protected as photos are rarely allowed.
Soi LK Metro used to be a sleepy little street filled with guest houses, beer bars, and restaurants. Over the last few years the old store fronts have been taken over and now it is one of the main Go Go bar areas in Pattaya, aside from Walking Street. Many have speculated that Walking Street may eventually be torn down or severely changed and LK Metro will take its place.
There are a still a few of the old guest houses on the street, iRovers, Kilkenny Bar, and Billabong bar. They also have a good food and a lively nightlife scene themselves.
There are about a dozen Go Gos on LK Metro, with some opening and closing every year. While some claim you’ll find a better quality of staff at the bars on Walking Street, you can judge for yourself. But the large crowds packing the bars every night.
LK Metro is closed to traffic in the evening and is overtaken by the wandering party goers looking to check out the Go Go’s and beer bars. There are a few stands to get some food, Kabobs, Thai food, and the like to soak up some of the alcohol no doubt being consumed in large quantities.
LK Metro is in a good location just off of Soi Buakhao and Soi Diana in the heart of Central Pattaya. It is easy to get to from most hotels and makes for a great meeting point to start your evening.
Pattaya’s Soi 6 has played a big role in giving Pattaya it’s seedy reputation. Even more so than Walking Street. While Walking Street is known as the home of Pattaya Go Go bars, Soi 6 is home to Pattaya short time bars and daytime fun.
Soi 6, aka Soi Yodsak, is a small road that connects Beach Road to Second Road in North Pattaya. The fun times begin about 1 PM and continue on into the night. There are dozens of bars lining the street with a group of Thai Girls out front sitting and waiting for customers to come down the street.
With the bar girls cat calling and grabbing the passersby into their bar, Soi 6 can shock a first timer or unsuspecting tourist who thought it would be fun to go and have a look. Soi 6 is not for the faint-hearted and can be overwhelming at first. But it is a wild and fun time if you relax and enjoy yourself.
If you find yourself overwhelmed by all the attention and choice, just find a bar where you can sit down for a drink while looking out over the street. You can relax for a bit and get your bearings. Buy a bar girl a drink and have a chat while surveying the other bars and where you want to go next. Then do the same thing at the next bar as you work your way down the street, that is if you can make it that far along before you make a new friend or find your new favorite bar on Soi 6.
Soi 6/1 is on the backside of Soi 6 and has the more discreet entrance to some of the bars on that side. It is also known to be where mainly ladyboys sit looking to find customers for their bars. You may want to give Soi 6/1 a pass if you are not interested in ladyboys.
Soi 7 is a fun and lively street to visit that has a lot of beer bars, massage shops, restaurants, and hotels. During the day it is quiet and subdued, but at night the bars open and things start to get fun. Towards the middle of Soi 7 are a couple of large Pattaya beer bar complexes that have dozens of small bars each. Soi 7 runs from Beach Road to Second. And is right next to our next nightlife area, Soi 8.
This is another street that likes to sleep during the day and awake at night for the party. Soi 8 has the usual establishments you’d expect to find on any road in Pattaya – places to eat, hotels and guesthouses, massage parlors, and of course plenty of beer bars. The length of Soi 8 runs from Beach Road To Second Road.
Soi Buakhao has become an increasingly popular nightlife area in Pattaya as more and more venues move away from Beach Road and Walking Street. Since Soi Buakhao is a very long road that stretches from South Pattaya Road all the way to Central Pattaya Road, trying to categorize the whole thing as one giant nightlife area is probably too broad.
While there is a selection of great bars and restaurants along the entire stretch of road, we’ll be focusing primarily on the area from around Soi Diana to about Soi 21. This is a prime spot for nightlife in Pattaya. Not only on Soi Buakhao but also on the number of streets coming off of it like, Soi Lengkee, Soi Diana, Soi Honey, and more.
If you are in this area of Pattaya it is alive with people and the bars and restaurants are jumping. Staying in this part of Pattaya puts you in party central.
There are a few new outdoor bars that have opened right on Soi Buakhao. One plays music at a reasonable level while you relax outside on some comfy chairs chatting with friends. Right next door is one of the Cocktail Buses with outdoor seating. They make a stiff drink.
If ladyboys are your thing, there are 3 or for ladyboy bars on the corner of Soi Honey and Soi Buakhao, as well as a few others in the area.
Night Clubs, Discos, and Dance Clubs
Whether you are looking to meet Pattaya girls, bust out your best moves on the dance floor, or enjoy the pulsating vibe of the earsplitting music, then one of the Pattaya nightclubs maybe for you. They give you a good chance to meet a girl in Pattaya that isn’t a working girl, but there are plenty of those at the discos in Pattaya as well.
The best nightclubs in Pattaya are all on Walking Street. You’ll find Mixx, Lucifer, Insomnia, Marine, and a few more. Usually, there is no cover to get in and the dance clubs don’t usually get going until midnight but they go into the early hours of the morning.
Some of the night clubs are very popular with the Russia tourists who just want to go out dancing, drinking, and having a good time. Mixx is one of those clubs.
Rooftop Bars (Skybars)
While nowhere close to the number and quality of rooftop bars you’d find in Bangkok, there are a couple of sky bars in Pattaya that might be worth checking out. These are good places to relax with a cocktail while the sunsets in the distance.
The Horizon Bar at the Hilton Hotel is the best rooftop bar in Pattaya. It gives you great views of the ocean and has plenty of seating to allow you to take in those views. You need to dress nice, but pants are not required. Though looking like a scruffy backpacker may raise some eyebrows or get you turned away as it’s a nice place.
The Roof Skybar at the [email protected] hotel offers panoramic views of Pattaya. It’s a chill place to relax and enjoy some music and great views.
There are a number of bars to hear live music in Pattaya. Once again, you’ll find many of the popular live music bars on Walking Street, however, there are lots of small bars all over Pattaya that have a band playing on some nights.
Live music in Pattaya can be hit or miss. Most of the bands are locals and do their best to sing songs in English, but it’s just not the same. Which is also part of the charm of going to see a band in Pattaya. On occasion, you’ll find a good western band who is touring or in Thailand for a break and playing a few sets here and there.
You can find live music on Walking Street at Hot Tuna, Rolling Live 2, and the Stones House as well as some other venues.
If you can find a venue where Lam Morrison is playing he is worth checking out. He used to play at the Pattaya Blues Factory before it closed down and can really rock the guitar.
Pattaya Bars By Type
There are a few types of bars in Pattaya and we’ll cover the major ones here. Of course, there are more than the three that we cover here, but these are the important ones for guys checking out the Pattaya nightlife. We’ll check some other types of venues like sports bars in a different article.
Pattaya Beer Bars
There are some sources that claim there are over 1,000 bars in Pattaya. It’s hard to disagree with that figure after a visit to Pattaya. A larger majority of Pattaya bars are what’s called a beer bar (or bar beer as the locals call them). These types of bars come in a variety of designs and can literally be found all over Pattaya.
The beer bars usually have a fun staff that is laid back easy to talk to and don’t pester you for lady drinks like the Go Go bars. While that is often the case, if you run into one where you are being bothered, pay your check bin and move on.
While you don’t find it as often these days, bar girls will often challenge you to a game of Connect 4 or Jackpot, both to pass the time and be social – and to win a drink or two off you.
Beer bars are a good place to have a drink, shoot a few games of pool, and chat with the Thai girls. Some guys have a few regular bars they like to visit and become known to the staff. It makes for a warm welcome whenever you return.
The open-air beer bar is the most common type you’ll find. They’ll usually have one or two sides with no wall. Often the wall is replaced with a bar rail to place your drink and a row of stools to sit and watch the action outside or inside the bar.
Some of these bars are in a lager beer bar complex and have no walls whatsoever. There are usually several to a dozen bars all located under one roof. These beer bars usually share facilities such as pool tables and bathrooms with the other bars in the complex.
Pretty much any type of girlie bar in Pattaya that doesn’t fall into the GoGo or Coyote bar category is called a beer bar in Pattaya.
Pattaya GoGo Bars
If you are in the mood to watch beautiful Thai girls dance on stage in skimpy clothing, then you want to check out the Pattaya GoGo bars.
The largest concentration of GoGo bars can be found on Walking Street and LK Metro. There are a few other clubs scattered throughout Pattaya, but not very common to come across. One of the oldest Go Go bars in Pattaya, The Tahitian Queen, can be found right on Beach Road.
All the Go Go bars are enclosed and air-conditioned with a similar layout. The large majority are small clubs with a stage in the middle with some stools, and a row of seating around the outside, sometimes two or three rows deep. The larger Go Go bars on Walking Street like Alcatraz are much bigger and have some lounge seating as well as an upstairs.
While a lot of your smaller clubs feature your standard pole dancing some of the bigger venues put on some amazing choreographed shows that are performed several times throughout the night. The athletic ability of displayed by some of the Pattaya Go Go girls is very impressive.
Drink prices and bar fines are much higher at these establishments than at beer bars. The go go dancers can also be pushy for drinks. It is part of their income and most places have a quota of the number of drinks a girl must acquire before commissions kick in or worse – lose their jobs. So their pushiness is understandable but still frustrating.
That being said, visiting a Pattaya a-gogo is a lot of fun and some guys spend most of their time (and money) at these bars while in Pattaya.
GoGo bars typically hire a staff of beautiful Thai girls to stand out front with signs promoting the bar and trying to bring customers inside for a drink. Most of these girls are just there for promotion and will return back out front after you’ve gone inside. Don’t expect to see them up on stage.
Pattaya Coyote Bars
Coyote Bars in Pattaya are an interesting mix of coyote dancers and gogo girls. Customers are often confused by the concept of a coyote Bar.
The coyote dancers are usually beautiful Thai girls that can dance, not just move around the stage to music, but actually, have dance skills. They are paid for their beauty and dance skills and are there to entertain the customers and draw in customers passing by.
Coyote dancers in Pattaya often don’t leave the bar with customers and if they do require a very steep bar fine to be paid to the bar to compensate for the time she is not working. It often proves frustrating to customers who can’t tell who’s available and who isn’t. More so if they have both coyote dancers and gogo girls working at the same venue.
Pattaya Ladyboy Scene
The ladyboy scene in Pattaya has boomed over the last 10 years. What was once only a handful of ladyboy bars in Pattaya has grown to dozens of dedicated ladyboy establishments. There are ladyboy bars from Walking Street to Soi 6. And if you look closely you can often spot one or two ladyboys working in a girlie bar.
If you want to meet ladyboys in Pattaya there is certainly no shortage of places to visit for a beer and a talk. There are a few ladyboy gogo bars in Pattaya, one on Walking Street and another off Soi Buakhao. While there are a few ladyboy bars that are very much in the public view, like those on Soi Buakhao, most ladyboy bar owners realize the need for privacy and discretion and have closed door venues away from any onlookers.
While ladyboys often get a bad rap in the press, most are friendly, fun loving, and welcoming if you visit their bars. There are likely to be more bars opening in the future as acceptance of the transgender community continues to grow.
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Gay Nightlife In Pattaya
Thailand in general and Pattaya, in particular, is very open and accepting of the gay community and has a thriving nightlife scene around it. Gay nightlife is out in the open in Pattaya accepted by most of the visitors even if they don’t approve.
There are several main areas catering to the gay community. Sunee Plaza and Soi Day night are two large bar areas. There is a similar setup as you find in the straight scene with beer bars and gogo bars, as well as some dedicated gay dance clubs. Another large collection of gay bars and gogos can be found on Pattayaland Soi 3.