Thailand is world-famous for a variety of adult entertainment venues, a paradise for naughty nightlife.
In this article, we’ll provide you with a complete guide on the most naughty of all venues in Thailand: The Go Go Bar.
This is one type of venue in Thailand where you need to know how to play the game.
So we’ve listed down everything you ever wanted about the Go Go Bars, what’s inside, what to expect, and how they work.
Knowing what to expect ahead of time will ensure that you have fun.
What is a Go Go Bar?
A Go Go Bar is very similar to the strip clubs you might have been to in your country.
These are small bars, similar to the small strip joints you might see on the corner in a small town in the USA or Australia.
When you enter the go go bar, the first thing you see is a stage in the center of the room. Jetting up from the platform to the ceiling are several poles.
There are usually ten or so girls dancing 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 sexy bodies on stage.
Most of the dancers are wearing lingerie or bikinis, but some are dancing nude or topless.
Every few songs, the dancers will leave the stage, and another group of dancers will start dancing in their place.
What Happens in a Go Go Bar?
1. Meet the Go Go Bar Mamasan (Host)
The Mamasan or a hostess will lead you to a table when you first walk into the go go bar. 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 go go bars, read this post.
2. Take a Seat: Get to Know the Dancers
Once you’re seated at a table and have a drink, don’t be surprised if one of the dancers waiting to perform 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 have stayed 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 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. Have Fun at Go Go Bars: Buy Lots of Drinks
A go go bar makes most of its profit from liquor sales.
And in the same way, the go go dancers earn the majority of their income from the shots that customers order for them.
These shots are known as “lady drinks.” They are usually around 200 baht than cocktails and beers sold in the club.
The dancers receive a commission on every glass 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 ordering them shots.
Once you stop ordering, they will politely excuse themselves and disappear.
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.
4. Taking The Dancers Back Home: About Bar Fines
You’ve been having a great time talking, and you would like to get to know her a little better.
Most go-go bar 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 ranges anywhere from 600 baht to 1500 baht depending on the club.
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.
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6. Taking The Ladies 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 mamasan a certain amount to be negotiated. This compensates the go go bar for the dancer’s income for the time she’s away.
And if you plan to take one of these gals out of the go go bar for a month-long holiday on the beach somewhere, be prepared to pay the bar anywhere from 9,000 baht to 20,000 baht.
And that does not even include what you need to pay the girls for her services as your sexy tour guide, something always up to negotiaton.
So if you’re planning on taking hot model from a go go bar to spend your holiday with you, make sure you’ve got plenty of cash.
Final Tips About Thai Go Go Bars
- Money – Bring at least 10,000 baht in cash to cover the cost of the liquor, barfines, and other activities. Break it down into small denominations to avoid attracting attention.
- Condoms – Bring your own condoms. The ones supplied by the ladies 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 shots you didn’t order. Remember go go bars make their money by selling lady drinks, so don’t let your spending get out of hand.
- Barfine – If you like the girl, always pay the bar fine immeditely. That way you can be sure your partner isn’t going to double-cross you or steal from you.
Are There Ladyboys Working in a Go Go Bar?
Ladyboys are working in bars that specialize in Shemales. They are don’t normally work in the go go bars.
In all three red-light districts, there are Ladyboy Bars.
Four of the top five Ladyboy Bars are in Nana Plaza, in Bangkok.
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 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 bars are more relaxed and laid back.
Here’s a complete guide on where to meet Thai ladyboys if you want to learn more about the world-famous Katoeys.
Are the Go Go Girls Prostitutes or Just Dancers?
Not all go-go dancers are hookers.
The Coyotes, dressed just like you remember from the Coyote Ugly Movie, 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 order more inside the club.
Remember, all Go Go Bars in Thailand make their money selling booze, 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 hotties that dance get paid a higher monthly salary than the staff 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 Thai go go girls who dance in bikinis or lingerie will always go back to the guys.
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 Thailand?
You’ll find the best go go bars in Bangkok, Pattaya, or Phuket.
In Bangkok, you’ll find them in one of the 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 bars in Bangkok. And we have a page on the best gogos in Bangkok.