Some readers may recall the top photograph, it appeared in a post I wrote whilst in Pattaya in May this year, Pattaya – A Stranger Comes to Town. I’m publishing the picture once again because it really is an appropriate one for this post which highlights a small triangle of bar/restaurants on Soi Buakhao, Pattaya. I refer to them as Pattaya’s Golden Triangle.
Lucky Bar and Nicky’s Bar & Restaurant form the base of the triangle on one side of Soi Buakhao, and Sweethearts Bar the top point on the opposite side of the road. The trio are all very well-run establishments, but not necessarily ones on everyone’s radar, which is a shame, because all three offer friendly service at very decent prices, and that’s something to hold dear considering the current strength of Thailand’s baht.
Lucky Bar (Suma Court), pictured above and top, is a very popular meeting place for some of the city’s expats and regular visitors to Pattaya. The bar’s owner, Lucky, is a lady with a vast know-how and expertise about Pattaya and Thai culture and law.
Lucky Bar has to be one of the lowest priced bars in Pattaya, a big brand spirit and mixer sells for roughly US$2 a glass. That’s cheap, and Lucky’s usually pretty cheerful too. The bar doesn’t sell food, but Lucky sometimes lays on a party night with a spit roasted pig and music played at a neighbourly level. Lucky’s parties are very popular and well-attended do’s.
Aside from the bar, Lucky also deals in flight tickets, travel and hotel bookings, visa arrangements, marriage services and translation. Lucky’s plugged in to most things Thai, and her glass-front office is next to the bar. There are also rooms for rent at Suma Court at daily and monthly rates.
Nicky’s Bar & Restaurant is whispered by many westerners to be the best place in Soi Buakhao to eat, and who am I to argue after enjoying a splendid full English breakfast there.
The restaurant serves western and Thai food, with the menu’s accent heavy on many favourite British dishes which include – Beef, pork or lamb Sunday roast dinner, cottage pie, pork or lamb chops with mashed potatoes and peas, and giant Yorkshire puddings piled high with a filling of your choice.
The bar’s appearance is swish and sweet, very chichi. A pool table, three wide-screen TV’s and a well-stocked bar with bottled and draught beer complete the bar and restaurant’s well-heeled look. The bar and its furnishings may echo an English country pub, but that illusion is unfortunately shattered by bare-headed motorcyclists racing past the windows. That’s Thailand, you can’t have it all ways..
Nicky’s Bar & Restaurant has 11 rooms for rent, and each have an en-suite bathroom, satellite TV, in-room safe, refrigerator and mini bar. More information and pictures can be viewed on Nicky’s Bar & Restaurant website.
Sweethearts Bar is the pride and joy of London born brothers Robbie and Colin, and the pair have been at the helm of their ‘Battle Cruiser’ (boozer) since April 2007. The bar is another that’s very popular with Pattaya expats and its interior would fit all the way on British TV’s Eastenders.
The air-conditioned bar has a wide range of drinks in stock, including local bottled beers and imported ones too - Heineken, San Miguel Light and Frosty Jacks Cider are some of their imported drinks. Sweethearts also has a menu you can sink your ‘Hampstead Heath’ (teeth) into. A variety of western and Thai dishes are served, as well as light bar snacks and Sweethearts full English breakfast with ‘Steve McQueen’s’ (beans). There’s no excuse to leave Sweethearts Bar ‘Hank Marvin’ (starving).
The bar is roomy, and has a pool table, a satellite TV for live sports, and you can even enjoy a game of ‘arrers’ (darts) on a good quality matchboard. There’s Wi-Fi access for customers and golf trips arranged each week. At Sweethearts Bar, you can enjoy a few beers, eat a well-cooked meal and check your emails for less than an Ayrton Senna (I won’t help you with that one). That’s great value.
Sweethearts Bar has eight large air-con rooms with an off season rate of 500 baht a night, and a peak season rate (1 Nov – 28 Feb) of 600 baht. Rooms are cleaned daily and an airport pick up service is available. Click on the link for more details and contact information - Sweethearts Bar.
Now you know all about Pattaya’s Golden Triangle and three of the best bars in Soi Buakhao.
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