are a large number of beer bars and go-go clubs tucked discreetly
off of Sukhumvit Road near Soi 13. The theme of some of them
seems to have been adopted from the well known misadventures
of a recent U.S. president, thus the name Clinton Plaza. One
establishment styles itself as the White House Go-Go, and
features a columned portico reminiscent of a famous address
of the go-go bars in Clinton Plaza charge a fee
of about 600 baht, known as a 'bar fine', if patrons
want to take one of the girls to somewhere more
girls make their own arrangements with the customers,
with most charging 1,000 to 1,500 baht for a short
tryst, and 1,500 to 3,000 baht for a longer rendezvous.
go-go bars are much the same, though newer and cleaner, as
those found in Soi Cowboy or Nana Plaza, and offer the same
services at about the same cost. Beers cost 90 to 100 baht.
Fees paid to proprietors for engaging the services of one
of the ladies run from 500 to 1,000 baht, and the charming
hostesses charge about 1,000 to 3,000 baht, depending on demand,
time of night, attractiveness, and the bargaining ability
of the punters.
the best of the go-go bars in Clinton Plaza is Rock Hard Bangkok.
Though the entrance is unobtrusive compared to the blazing
neon marking the other bars, inside it is large and luxurious.
The dancers seem younger (though not underage), fresher and
less bored than at other places. One nice feature is a rear
entrance from the parking lot which is convenient for those
who wish to enter and leave discreetly.
go-go places in Clinton
Plaza are substantially outnumbered by the beer bars. These
open-air bars can be very pleasant places to spend an evening.
Bill's Coffee House, right on Sukhumvit, attracts a mixed
crowd of men and women, Thai and farang. Checkpoint Charlie's,
just inside the Plaza, has a pool table and dart board, and
a proprietor who is dedicated to making it a fun place to
hang out. Both serve an eclectic variety of local and western
from Bill's Coffee House and Checkpoint Charlie, most of the
beer bars are not too crowded, even on a weekend evening.
One suspects that Clinton Plaza is failing to draw much market
share away from the more established red light districts.
But most of the go-go bars have only been open a few months,
and perhaps in time the Plaza will compete successfully with
the nearby Soi Cowboy and Nana Plaza nightlife zones. There
are plans to convert the six floors of the building above
Clinton Plaza into a variety of entertainment venues including
hostess bars, a disco and more go-go bars. Little progress
is apparent, and the one nightspot above street level, Coco
Loco, seems to have folded.
the older and more famous Thermae Coffee House, located underground
between Sois 13 and 15, seems to be maintaining its customer
base at the expense of Clinton Plaza, though it has been described
as being as weird as the bar scene in the first Star Wars
movie. Unlike the beer bars and go-gos, it is populated mainly
by freelancers, and, after the other bars close, by girls
who haven't made a connection, or who are looking for a second
or third engagement for the evening. Either way, there is
no need to pay a fee, known as a 'bar fine', to the management
of the coffee house, as one has to if one wants to escort
one of the ladies away from other establishments.
Clinton Plaza is located right on Sukhumvit Road, between
Sois 13 and 15, perhaps a five minute walk from the Asoke
Skytrain station. See Map.