Complete Guide to Bangkok Gogo Bars for First Timers

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Bangkok is world-famous for a variety of adult entertainment venues. 

This vibrant city has plenty on offer for men looking for fun at night, including Gentlemen’s Clubs, massage parlors, beer bars, and adult shows.

But in this article, we’ll provide you with a complete guide to Bangkok’s Go-Go Bars.

Everything you ever wanted to know about a Go-Go Bar is right here.

You’ll find out what is a Go-Go Bar, how Go-Go Bars work, some tips on what to do, and even what not to do when you visit these bars.

Knowing what to expect ahead of time will ensure that you have an enjoyable experience.

What is a Gogo Bar in Bangkok?

Gogo Bar in Bangkok

A-Go-Go bar is very similar to a strip club.
 
They are small clubs that look like a gentleman’s club in the US. 
 
When you enter a Go-Go, the first thing you see is a stage in the center of the room. Jetting up from the stage to the ceiling are several poles.
 
There are usually ten or so girls dancing on the stage to club music using the policies to create erotic movement and mirrors on the walls for reference and inspiration.

Facing the stage on either side are arena-style booth seats, so everybody has a good view of the girls in the middle of the stage.

Most of the girls are wearing lingerie or bikinis, but some are dancing nude or topless.  And if you are lucky, you can get a barstool right next to the stage and lookup.  Wow!  

Every few songs, the dancers on stage will leave, and a new group of dancers will take their place.

Go-go bars have their own charm, and there are many of them in red-light districts so that you can go bar hopping.

The downside can be a little cramped for space, and it’s not easy to talk to friends if you’re in a large group.

If you’re planning a big night out, costs can add up as you move from bar to bar.


What Happens in a Gogo Bar?

1. Meet the Mamasan or Host

Mamasan

When you first walk into the gogo bar, the mamasan or a hostess will lead you to a table.
 
Someone will then take your drink order.

The Mamasan is usually an older woman, who at one time might have been a dancer herself.

She’s in charge of all the dancers, hostesses, and waitresses, and it may be to your benefit to make friends with the mamasan.

During your visit, you might even want to buy her a drink or two.

Making friends with the mamasan can make getting to know the dancers a little easier.

If you want to learn more about the word mamasan and the vocabulary of bar girls and gogo bars, read this post.

2. Talk to the Girls – Getting To Know The Dancers

girls and dancers

Once you’re seated at a table and have a drink, don’t be surprised if one of the dancers waiting to dance has come over to sit with you.

She may have been sent over by the mamasan or come over on her own.

She’ll ask your name, where you are from, and how long you stay in Thailand.

They’re trying to figure out how much money you have to spend and how long you can spend it.

All the dancers have numbers.
 
So If a dancer on stage catches your eye, give the hostess or waitress her number.
 
They will bring her over when she finishes dancing.
 
Once a girl joins you, you need to buy her a drink if you want her to stay.

3. Buy Girls Drinks (Lady Drinks)

Buy Girls Drinks

Bangkok Go-Go bars make most of their money from selling drinks, and the dancers make most of their money from the drinks customers buy them.

These are known as lady drinks.

Lady drinks are more expensive than customer drinks, usually around 200 baht.

The dancers receive a commission on every drink that a customer buys for them, usually about 40%.

Understand that the dancer keeping you company will only stay with you as long as you keep the drinks coming.

Once you stop buying them drinks, they will politely excuse themselves and disappear.
 
Something you need to be careful of when purchasing drinks…
 
If you’re buying drinks for one girl, her friends may try to get in on the action.
 
Especially during the show, waitresses appear with trays of shots for the dancers.
 
Don’t get suckered into buying shots off the tray for several girls.
 
Or else you’ll be in for quite a shock when your bill comes at the end of the night.
 
Remember, this is how the bar and the girls make their money – selling drinks!

4. Bar Fines – Taking Bar Girls Out

Bar Fines

You have hit it off with one of the dancers.

You’ve been having a great time talking and drinking, and you would like to get to know her a little better.

Most of the go-go dancers will leave with customers, but you have to pay the bar a fee so she can go; this fee is called a bar fine.

A bar fine in a Bangkok Go-Go ranges anywhere from 600 baht to 1500 baht depending on the club and how popular the particular girl is.

If she’s popular with customers and sells many drinks, her bar fine will be higher as they don’t want her to leave the bar.

Remember, go-go bars don’t make their money from bar fines; they make it from selling drinks.

Once you’ve paid the bar fine, it’s time to decide how much time you want to spend with the dancer.

You can either go for a short time (about one hour) or a long time (all night).

A short time will cost you anywhere from 1,500 baht to 2,500 baht, and a long time could be 2,500 baht to 5,000 baht.

Nearby to many of the go-go’s are hotel rooms known as short time rooms where for 300 baht, you rent the room for an hour and take care of business.

Most dancers prefer short times because they can go back to the bar and get more drinks.

5. Visit Girl Friendly Hotels

Girl Friendly Hotels

If you’re planning on taking a go-go dancer back to your hotel overnight, make sure your hotel is girl-friendly.
 
That means you can have an overnight visitor at no extra charge.
 
Many hotels in Bangkok are not girl-friendly.
 
They will charge you an extra fee for an overnight guest.
 
Another advantage of the girl-friendly hotels is they require your guest to leave their id at the front desk until they leave.
 
This way, if anything were to happen, it’s easy to identify the girl.
 
Have a look at our guide on girl-friendly hotels and you’ll be guaranteed a sexy night in:

6. Taking Girls on Holidays

Taking Girls on Holidays

After spending the night at your hotel, your new friend wants to spend the rest of your holiday in Thailand with you.

For this to happen, you will have to pay the bar the dancer’s income for the holiday length.

If you’re taking her out of the bar for a month’s holiday, be prepared to pay anywhere from 9,000 baht to 20,000 baht.
 
Of course, the price will depend on whether she’s a regular gogo dancer or a coyote dancer.

Now that’s to take care of getting her out of the bar.

You have to negotiate a price with the girl to spend the holiday with you.

For Bangkok dancers, that’s anywhere from 6,000 baht to 20,000 baht per week.

So if you’re planning on meeting a hot looking dancer to spend your holiday with you, make sure you’ve got plenty of cash.

You’re going to need it!


Are the Gogo Girls Prostitutes or Just Dancers?

Gogo Girls Prostitutes

Not all go-go dancers are prostitutes.

The Coyotes, the costumed showgirls, usually won’t go home with a customer.

They’re usually paid a higher monthly salary and consider themselves models or dancers.

Their job is to attract customers and to get those customers to buy drinks.

Remember, the Go Go’s in Bangkok make their money selling drinks, not through bar fines.

If you ask them to leave with you, they will usually have the mamasan send over another girl, one that’s willing to go with customers.

The nude or topless girls that dance get paid a higher monthly salary than the girls who dance in bikinis.

They usually have a higher bar fine and charge a higher rate for a short time or a long time.
 
But they’re always available to leave with customers.

Lastly, the regular gogo girls who dance in bikinis or lingerie will always go with customers.

They don’t make as much salary as the coyotes or the nude dancers.

So their income is more dependent on spending time with customers.


Where are the Best Gogo Bars in Bangkok?

You’ll find the best go-go’s in Bangkok in three red-light districts: Nana Plaza, Soi Cowboy, and Patpong.

Each of these districts is home to some of the most popular and well-known go-go’s in Bangkok.

Nana Plaza

Nana Plaza

Nana Plaza is Bangkok’s largest red-light district located on Sukhumvit Soi 4.

Nana Plaza is a three-story commercial complex with bars, clubs, and go-go’s on every floor.

Because it’s the largest and most famous red-light district, the prices tend to be higher.

Beer prices are 160 baht to 180 baht, lady drinks run 150 baht to 200 baht, and bar fines average 700 baht.

Located in Nana Plaza are three of the top five go-go’s in Bangkok, Billboard, Angelwitch, and Spanky’s.

Conveniently located on the third floor of Nana Plaza is a short time hotel that charges 300 baht for an hour.
 
So if you want to spend a short time with a dancer, you don’t have far to go.
  • Address3, 1 Sukhumvit Rd, Khlong Tan, Khlong Toei, Bangkok 10110, Thailand

Soi Cowboy

Soi Cowboy

Soi Cowboy is a short 150 meter street with over forty bars, most of them go-go.

The Soi Cowboy prices are lower than those in Nana Plaza, with beers costing 100 to 150 baht and lady drinks averaging 150 baht.

Baccara is the most popular and well-known of the Soi Cowboy go-go, and some nights, it’s hard to get a seat.

Also located in Soi Cowboy is Tilac Bar, which was made famous by the Hangover Movie.

Another well-known go-go in Soi Cowboy is Shark, Dollhouse, Deja-Vu, and Country Road.

  • Address: Khwaeng Khlong Toei Nuea, Khet Watthana, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110, Thailand

Patpong

Patpong

Patpong is Bangkok’s oldest red-light district.

The most popular go-go’s in Patpong are the Pink Panther and Bada Bing.

Because Patpong is the oldest adult entertainment, you are more likely to fall victim to scams here.

Stay on the main streets.
 
Don’t venture into the back alleys where they advertise free shows and cheap drinks.

At the end of the so-called free show, you’re likely to be billed for thousands of baht and won’t be allowed to leave until you pay the bill.

Compared to Nana Plaza and Soi Cowboy, Patpong is rundown and showing it’s age.

If you had to choose, we’d recommend visiting Nana or Soi Cowboy before Patpong.

  • Address: Thanon Patpong 1, Suriya Wong, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500, Thailand

Bangkok Gogo Bars Map


Are Bangkok Red Light Districts Safe?

The bars in Bangkok’s red light districts are mostly friendly and safe.
 
You’re not likely to run into trouble as long as you use common sense.
Don’t make yourself a target.
 
Pay your bills with small denomination baht bills, and don’t flash large amounts of cash.

Leave your valuables and jewelry in your hotel safe.

Stay on the main streets and don’t venture into the back roads with the promise of free shows.

Lastly, always be aware of your surroundings, especially if you’ve had too much to drink.

It will make you less of a target.


Are There Ladyboys Working in Bangkok Gogo Bars?

Ladyboys are working in Go Go Bars; they don’t work in the gogos with girls.

In all three red-light districts, there are Ladyboy Go Go’s.

Four of the top five Ladyboy Go Go’s are in Nana Plaza.

Obsession in Nana Plaza is the best ladyboy bar in Bangkok.

Their dancers are rated 9 out of 10, followed by Casanova, Temptations, and Straps.

Surprisingly, the LadyBoy clubs’ dancers tend to be less aggressive when it comes to lady drinks and bar fines than female dancers.

From what we’ve seen, the LadyBoy clubs are more relaxed and laid back.


Tips Before Visiting Gogo Bars

Gogo Bars girls

  • Girls – If you’re looking for the best looking girls, you might want to check Gentleman’s Clubs in Bangkok first. Places like The PIMP Bangkok have some of the finest young girls in Bangkok (as you can see in the picture above).
  • Money – Bring at least 10,000 baht in cash to cover drinks, barfines, and other Activities. Break it down into small denominations to avoid attracting attention.
  • Condoms – Bring your own condoms. The ones supplied by the girls are of low quality. You can buy western style condoms at any pharmacy.
  • Valuables – Leave your valuables in the hotel safe. Don’t draw attention to how much money you have.
  • Bills – When you’re in the go-go bar, check your bill frequently, especially if you’re entertaining more than one girl. Sometimes you are charged for drinks you didn’t order. Remember GoGo’s make their money by selling drinks, so don’t let your spending get out of hand.
  • Barfine – Always pay the bar fine. When you pay a bar fine, you can be sure your partner isn’t going to double-cross you or steal from you.

Now you know all there is to know about Go-Go bars in Bangkok.

You now know what they are, where they are, and what happens inside.

So the next time you walk through the curtain and see all those lovely ladies dancing on the stage, you’re prepared for whatever comes next.

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