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Bangkok is well known for its red-light districts and infamous gogo bars, but those who know the real deal go to gentlemen clubs.
Because a gentlemen's club has everything a gogo bar does, but better.
It offers even more, and overall, it gives you a better experience.
So if you're new to the scene or you've already been to the best gogo bars in Bangkok and you want to try something different, here is why you need to pick a gentlemen club for your next night out.
Gogo Bars History
Gogo bars in Thailand gained in popularity during the Vietnam war, bringing a style taken from Western strip joints.
With slim, barely dressed, sometimes naked, gogo girls moving slow motion on stage.
They stand on stage, watching themselves in the glass mirrors stuck to concrete walls, hanging on to cheap poles that only tend to get in the way of the girls dancing.
Most gogo bars are small places, with inadequate lighting and very loud music, normally from a Thai dance DJ playing songs that only the Thai girls know.
Some say the gogo bars on these famous red light streets have the best gogo bars in Bangkok.
But this is only because they never went to gentlemen's clubs.
Higher Class Option For Gentleman
In Las Vegas, New York, or London, gentlemen's clubs are men-only clubs with exotic dancers.
Gentlemen's clubs do everything a strip club does but better.
And it works the same way in Bangkok.
A gentlemen's club in Bangkok does everything a gogo bar does but better.
Gentlemen clubs are high-end adult entertainment clubs with a better overall experience with much more beautiful women.
Okay so let's get into the details and compare each type of venue based on ambiance, service, girls, entertainment, shows, price, and privacy.
When you're walking into a gogo bar, you never know what you're gonna get.
How attractive are the gogo dancers?
Are they dancing or just standing there?
What kind of music they play?
Do they have shows?
It's a gamble every time, and you can get the best ambiance and service, or the worst.
It is quite the opposite of a gentlemen's club.
Every night, you've got performers, shows on stage, live bands, and more girls than you can count on and off a very large stage.
Gogo bars are bars.
The bars are in a low class red-light district with many girls working on the principle of turnover.
That mean it's more about stopping at a bar, buy drinks for a few ladies, and moving on to the next bar.
And then at a few bars, you might spot a stunning beauty and "bar fine" her back home.
But the night just started and you can't think of leaving the boys.
Gentlemen clubs are more like fine wine.
You talk time to smell the aroma and sip it.
The places are frequented by wealthy businessmen who understand the meaning of luxury, and expect a VIP red carpet to be rolled out for their arrival.
The service is first class, and resembles what you're gonna find in any top VIP nightclub in Bangkok.
There's bottle service with top shelf liquor, waiters and waitresses attentive to your needs, and even food.
Because yes, most high-end establishments in Thailand have a full menu including Thai, Western and Japanese.
Girls in gogo bars are sometimes beautiful and friendly, and other times they're quite the opposite.
Same as for the ambiance, you never know what you're gonna get.
Gentlemen's clubs put more effort into the girls they select.
Girls are younger, in shape, and are given everything they need to dress the part.
Most importantly, the clubs make sure that all the girls got the right attitude and that they love to party.
Walk into The PIMP, and you'll be greeted by nothing but smiles.
And once you get girls to join your party, you're in for a fun time, with outgoing girls that are there to go crazy with you.
In gogo bars, the entertainment is pretty limited.
You've got a DJ playing, gogo girls on stage moving by the pole, and maybe a few shows or choreography during the night.
But a gentlemen's clubs you know you're going to get a wide range of shows and performances during the night.
DJs, live bands, MCs, dancers, erotic shows, and special outfits for girls on themed nights.
The girls' managers (called mamasans in Thai) are here to help host your party and can arrange special costumes or outfits for the girls on request (example, naughty nurses, sexy French maids, sexy cowgirls, or whatever type cosplay that turns you on).
Those clubs offer world-class entertainment and a VIP experience ever night of the week.
Privacy in gogo bars is essentially non-existent.
There are thousands of people at Nana Plaza and Soi Cowboy.
These streets are noisy and dirty, and you might bump into just about anyone, including your boss.
On the other side, every gentlemen's club in Bangkok is an independent self contained structure.
A large building with private rooms, where you can party with the girls and your mates.
That's not all, you even have the possibility to enjoy what's going on stage, and privacy at the same time.
For example, at The PIMP, we've got large sofas in the live zone with a sheer curtain that you can close when you want privacy.
This way, you can enjoy the atmosphere of the club, party with sexy girls, and have privacy at the same time.
Now let's talk about the biggest misconception:
Are gentlemen's clubs more expensive than gogo bars?
Gentlemen's clubs are not far from gogo bars in terms of price, and the value you get is incomparable.
In a gogo bar, entrance is free, you pay for your drinks (between 200 to 350 THB on average), and you buy the girls "ladies drinks" to get them to spend time with you.
At a gentlemen's club, you get bottle service, with bottles as cheap as 3,000 THB when you buy a bottle package.
Then, instead of buying a girl drinks, you pay for her time.
At The PIMP for example, the price for each girl starts at 2,000 or 3,000 THB for the first hour, then 1,000 THB for every 1 hour after that.
No more girls drinking their tequila shots in 5 minutes to rush back on stage or to another table.
It is more like having party companions to have fun with you at a club rather than just buying drinks for a bunch of girls.
And if you want privacy, VIP rooms start at only 2,500 THB for the night.
And that's half of the price of a bottle at a top nightclub around Bangkok.
Oh, and gentlemen clubs are transparent about their prices.
Ours are listed here.
Gogo Bars vs Gentlemen Clubs: Which One Is For You ?
Gogo bars have their good sides too, but when you want the guarantee to find hot girls and to have a great night, a gentlemen club is by default the best option.
You don't even need to break the bank for that.
Getting a few bottles, party models, and a VIP sofa will cost you about the same as any high-end nightclub in Bangkok and close to what you would pay in a gogo bar.
Don't take our word for it, come see by yourself or contact us to get a free quote if you want to compare the cost.
Now, if at the end of the day you decide a gogo bar is the best option for you, don't forget to read Bangkok Nightlife's list of the best gogo bars in Bangkok.
They detail everything there is to know to have the best experience and they even tell you where to go.