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Review: The Pump Station 3 — Pattaya, Thailand (closed)

Note: Between the time of writing this report and publishing it here The Pump Station 3 has closed despite what appeared to be a steady stream of customers and brisk business. The bar on Soi 6 very recently changed owners and names. It is now called “Lust”.  This demonstrates how quickly things can change, with places transforming almost as fast as information about them can be gathered!

At first glance it may appear that the Pump Station has received an inordinate amount of coverage on this website. In reality the original Pump Station was once an institution. The innovative blowjob bar with the infamous cut out and curtained bar was quite simply legendary.

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Later the Pump Station got rid of the special bar and started down the path of a long decline. More recently it went through a complete revamp that turned it more into a party type of bar and saw its expansion into other locations. I mentioned in my review of the Pump Station 2 that there were plans to open a third Pump Station on Soi 6. Those plans are now a reality.

The Pump Station 3 sits almost dead in the middle of Soi 6 though it is certainly not dead at all. At first glance it looks more or less like any of the many other bars on Soi 6 with an open front filled with seats and tables and a bunch of scantily clad ladies prancing around in an attempt to lure in customers.

In fact it is possible to miss the Pump Station 3 all together as it basically blends in with the rest of the bars in the immediate vicinity. The only real indication that the place is actually the place is the black sign with the recognizable red letters that sits above the entrance.

Another way to recognize the Pump Station 3 might to be look for the biggest party like atmosphere. Unlike the old morose Pump Station on its last legs the new Pump Stations are all quite popular. That is especially true of the newest pump station branch on Soi 6.

Many nights the place is bubbling with a mix of ladies and guys tossing back drinks and having quite a time. The music overflows into the street and the people in the bar sometimes do too. That doesn’t extend into the kind of wild fun the original Pump Station was once famous for however.

There is no cut out bar at the Pump Station 3. There are no pink salon style sofas. There is just an open bar with chairs, music, drinks and women. There’s nothing wrong with that of course. But there’s nothing special about it either.

Don’t get me wrong. Everything has to be put into perspective. If the Pump Station 3 was located in Terre Haute it would be a spectacular and amazing epicenter of adult entertainment. But it’s not. It is located on Soi 6 which has countless bars of the same type and character.

In this case the name Pump Station 3 simply signifies a relation of ownership in the same way Nokia phones related to Fredrik Idestam’s pulp mill. In other words there is very little Pump Station character to The Pump Station 3, at least as I see it.

When I hear the words Pump Station I immediately remember the old days of debauchery on Soi Post Office with guys moaning into their beer mugs while sitting on the special seats. I guess that will have to change as I retrain my mind to accept the new reality.

In summary the Pump Station 3 is basically just one of the many bars located on Soi 6 that offers full service in rooms above the bar for 1000 Baht ($31 USD). Oral services alone are also available but not in any way that differentiates the Pump Station 3 from the other bars in the immediate area.

The Pump Station 3. Soi 6, Pattaya, Thailand. Open every day from noon to 2:00 AM. Click here for a map.

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