Soi Buakhao looks very different from how it did a couple of years ago. Many of the once favourite bars in this popular soi are no longer with us. The ones that have survived the ravages of coronavirus have had to adapt to the new circumstances that they find themselves in. In many cases, it has meant adding a great value menu and holding down the price of beer to exceptionally low levels.
The Marquee Bar
Starting on Soi Buakhao from the Pattaya Klang end, our first port of call is the Marquee Bar. This bar has a retro style with a scooter theme especially popular with Lambretta and Vespa enthusiasts. It also offers excellent value drinks and often has live music.
Easy Corner Bar
As you move on to the first turn in the Soi, you would expect to find the R-Con bar, but that has unfortunately closed although the Easy Corner bar has managed to stay quite busy. It is no doubt due to special offers such as Ice Cold Beers from 55 Baht and Sansom Specials at just 25 Baht.
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At the Treetown night market, you will find this new establishment that looks great and is bucking the trend with some expensive beers such as Craft IPA, Guinness, Hoegaarden and Stella on Tap. A nice change if you want something other than the usual range of drinks there are good bar snacks and a rooftop DJ.
The Triangle Bar is just behind Soi Buakhao on the corner between Soi Xcite and Soi Chaiyapoon. Its location at this junction is a good reason for its continued success as are the friendly owners and staff, excellent prices and live music available every night of the week.
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A few metres further down on the same side is Witherspoon’s, a favourite of many retired expats in Pattaya and especially sports enthusiasts showing as it does all the major sporting events on its many screens. There is also now a newly opened larger Witherspoons on Pattaya Beach Road by Pattaya Klang’s corner.
As we move further along Soi Buakhao past the junction with Soi Lengkee, we come to Cheap Charlie’s bar and restaurant. This establishment does precisely what it says on the tin, serving cold beers and decent food at low prices. An excellent example of bar owners adapting to the current circumstances is that Soi Buakhai has many places offering incredible food and drink value.
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Another example of this is Nicky’s bar, situated about a hundred metres past Cheap Charlie’s on the same side. With good quality food, friendly staff and beers always served ice cold. They have built an excellent reputation for their full English breakfasts, Sunday Roasts, and daily specials.
Our last stop before the Soi Buakhao market at the Pattaya Tai end of Soi Buakhao is Moma kitchen and bar. The subject on it’s recent opening to some favourable reviews, it seems to be trying to do something slightly different with a reasonably extensive, European menu, wines and cocktails as well as a full range of beers. Hopefully, it can weather the current storm and the ferocious price challenge from the other bars to continue in the same vein in the future.