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Are Bar Fines out of control?

I understand inflation, and I know that it’s not as easy to make money in the game anymore due to exploding property prices and higher rent prices, everything seems to be going up. But the extortionate fees some Go Go bars are asking for makes me wonder how much further can they go?

If you’re a punter coming to Thailand better pack some dosh because it’s not as cheap as you think. Standard Nana Go Go bar these days on an average night is 600 baht with most bars anticipating a medium price of 700 baht bar fine across all bars this year. You’ll find the same prices on Walking street in Pattaya about the same prices with some show girls costing a minimum 1000 baht fine just to get her out!

The startling thing about this trend is it’s getting even harder to convince these girls to go with you. Can you imagine, there are many guys begging to take these girls out. With the advent of Facebook idolising bar girls is making it easier for the big spenders to seek out the best goods leaving normal guys the dregs. Add that to the fact that many bar owners these days hire good looking coyote girls that don’t even want to go out in the first place since they make 20k dancing on the pole.

sex lies and bar girls

The game used to be much simpler, I have money you look good lets go. These days it’s more like I have a lot of money let’s have a good time or I have a little money so please pretty please can we go so you can lay there like a star fish. It’s getting more complicated to find a good looking Thai whore these days. Many times it’s simply cheaper and easier to find a nice Uni girl off a dating site like Thai Love Web than it is to dodge the skyrocketing bar fines and under performing Go Go girls.

It’s not IF the average Bar fine will be 1,000 baht it’s simply a matter of WHEN. Will it stop there? How much are people really happy to pay for a bar fine. I still know of a quite a few beer bars in Pattaya that still have 200 baht bar fines but they are of a different class and clientele. Personally If i’m going to go out of my way to get a shag then i’m paying for the best I can find and if that means 1000 baht bar fine then so be it. But that’s gotta be the end of it. More than that is simply not worth the money.

To take a girl out of the Gentlemen’s clubs in Bangkok it’s typically 10 drinks (if the girl agrees to go and this is before her fee). On weekends and public holidays the clubs usually ask for 15 drinks. This is standard practice at the Pent or Pimp this would typically cost a minimum of minimum 3500 baht.

What is the difference in paying 3500 baht for a Coyote or 1000 baht for a Go Go girl? Not much! Except the Coyote from the Pimp is going to shit all over the Go Go girl in terms of looks and more likely in action. G Club girls are wild party animals and are less country than their Country Go Go girl counterparts.

What prices have you paid lately? Do you think Bar Fine prices are monopolized? Are prices getting to high or are they still reasonable?

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Chris founded Living Thai and author of the books Learn the The Thai Alphabet and How to make money in Thailand also the Blueprint for Living in Thailand. Chris started this blog with the aim of educating westerners on how to have the best time in Thailand, to make new friends and to vent his frustrations Chris is also fluent in both written and spoken Thai.

17 Responses to Are Bar Fines out of control?

  1. Bren January 19, 2014 at 9:20 am #

    Gentlemens Club in Pattaya which is a middle tier gogo not a GC wanted 1500฿ at 2:30 in the morning. And that’s just the BF. The girl was nice looking but not one of their best. No wonder so many guys head to the discos.

  2. jack January 19, 2014 at 7:30 pm #

    True that Bren, go to a normal bar the choice of freelancer or civilian. An inexperienced freelancer might only ask for 300baht or civi free. Much cheaper, no harrasssment from staff or extortion for drinks.

  3. ST January 19, 2014 at 8:39 pm #

    700b? That’s expensive? Really? snort snort……they havn’t caught up with Billboard NEP in Bangkok.

    2000b. No, not ST price. I verified. Just the BF. Stay away.

    • ST January 19, 2014 at 8:52 pm #

      OK, I need to add that it was 600b the night before. When they saw me crawl back the next night for that fetching thing, it became 2000b.

      Stay away all the same.

    • Chris January 20, 2014 at 7:10 am #

      I’ve seen places in Pattaya like that also, worth it? I’m undecided.

  4. mguy January 20, 2014 at 1:09 am #

    Makes more sense at these prices to put some real effort into meeting relatively normal Thai women outside the bars.

    Thailand ain’t cheap anymore (not comparing it to price of hookers in the west either because that sure as hell isn’t worth it).

  5. JIm January 27, 2014 at 3:16 pm #

    Hi Chris,

    You have an interesting, relative site. I’ve moved here 5 months ago but I’ve been a regular for
    about 8 years and I’ve seen a lot of change. On a couple of occasions in these past 5 months I’ve bought drinks and partied only to find the bf was 4000thb. At Dundee’s soi Cowbiy that’s flat rate unless it’s a coyote. It’s bullshit and I’m not paying. Too many other options.

    1000 Thb bf? No way! Unless she’s hot and I’m drunk “must have” of course;)


    • Chris January 27, 2014 at 4:33 pm #

      Thanks for reading and your update will be read by many help make them decide. The prices is getting a bit of a joke.

  6. santa January 29, 2014 at 11:42 am #

    Have just returned home from patong beach and they have got in on the act. Beer bar in quite soi, bf 500 and the girl cannot leave bar before 2am. Some beer bars in Bangla lady drinks 200 and 2000 bf. when asked why prices are so high ( in both bars) I was told that they put up prices because they weren’t making enough money.

    • Chris January 29, 2014 at 10:59 pm #

      Thanks for the report, not making enough money? I don’t know whether to believe that or not.

  7. Stefan February 16, 2014 at 12:50 pm #

    Bar Fines have reached 1,000 THB now.

    I just came back from a weekend trip to Pattaya and as I had a drink in “Show Girls” in LK Metro Alley I asked for the bar fine more because I was curious and she said it’s 1,000 THB. I was like are you serious normally it’s about 700, she said yes, from during the first two hours its 1,000 THB then at 10pm it drops to 800 THB and then at midnight it drops again to 600 THB. Interesting new way to charge more for the beautiful girls as they are obviously taken out first.

    The bar fine at most go gos on Walking Street is still at 700 THB including Baccara, however the girls have steeper rates, standard is 2,500 THB for short time and 5,000 THB for long time.

    • Chris February 16, 2014 at 12:53 pm #

      Thanks for the update Stefan!

      • mike February 25, 2014 at 3:57 am #

        the boss of the gentlemens club told me the bf range is 800 to 2000!,
        a cola light and a lady drink cost me 300 the girl wanted 2000st I left.
        after lots of vodka found a well rounded cute 19yo in Tims of all places
        on second road,1000bf,2000st,1000drinks,500 for pool and drinks,
        spent at least a 1000 drinking before ,add in 2000 a night hotel then
        eating bits andbobs laundry etc its getting on for 10,000 a day
        half is for a short time with a gogo girl,might tey a soapy.

  8. git July 28, 2014 at 1:31 am #

    only fools and the inexperienced will pay such prices, ok the gogo’s will still get hi rollers who have money to burn but in what numbers? That hi roller will take a girl or two yes, but what about the rest, they and Pattaya will price themselves out of the market, as

    experienced punters who want value for money will avoid such places, instead like me they will go hunting out attractive girls in massage parlours and ‘ordinary’ beer bars who will be very grateful to come back to your room later for 1000 st and 1000 to 2000 LT, also the many freelancers at discos and generally just walking about,

    2500 for ST FFS, ridiculous, the same girl will go 1000 ST in a disco
    is it any wonder its low season all year now?

    • Chris July 28, 2014 at 2:52 am #

      Attractive girls in beer bars and massage parlors? the showgirls, the ones worth 2500 for ST are rarely, rarely dude found in beer bars and rub and tug shops. If you have a great body and attractive why the hell would you work in a beer bar? So guys can come and have their way for 1000 baht. Thanks for the comment mate but please think about it!

  9. git July 31, 2014 at 1:33 am #

    ive done more than think about it, ive been there and done it, for the last 10 years.

    many tourists wont put a bit of shoe leather on the ground to look around. on my last visit i had 3 mparlor girls that would have made very decent gogo girls, fantastic value for money, there’s any number of bars that will harbour hidden gems, not to mention freelancers, on my last visit dec 2013, there was a girl walking about 30 yards in front of me on soi diana, i noticed guys were gawping at her, i quickly walked up beside her and kaboom, stunning, voluptuous girl who could have been worthy of any gogo,
    i smiled said how are you, got her number and the next night, had LT 1500

    Then there’s the Kinerre club in Pratmanuck, some stunning girls, ST 1000 + 300 Room +drink, the lady i had there was the equal of any of the showgirls i have had.

    i had some lovely girls on soi 6 to, = to 6-7 standard gogos, in fact when i did a couple of gogo tours on my last trip, the standard was disappointing.

    ive had my share of top gogo showgirls in the past, but most of them are simply not worth the trouble, to much attitude.
    the way to go is do some research and get out there, plenty of beauties to be found.

  10. Steve August 25, 2014 at 6:16 pm #


    I’m in Pattaya right now, and I’m really disappointed, I was here later november and it was easy to get girls everywhere, they seemed to outnumber guys 10 to 1, now I think all the decent giels have gone home to isaan.

    Several times I have gone out looking to get LT with money and come back empty handed, as the girl werent interested in leaving the bars.

    The normal thai girls wont give me a second look, like they are too good for me, I came to pattaya as a single guy looking to get a bit of company from women but its been the opposite.

    I am so disappointed I feel like giving up staying in my apartment and using porn and my hand, cheaper and less stressful.

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