Over a year ago I reported that I had finally completed the task of reviewing every single blowjob bar in Bangkok. Today I must report that I was incorrect in that assertion. No new suck shops have popped up in the time since I published my report but it turns out that I did miss one of the originals.
I have long been aware of Rose Bar. In fact I even mentioned it in the list of long gone BJ bars that appeared on this site in April of 2015. For some reason I simply couldn’t find the place in Patpong even though I searched quite a few times. It turns out that it is still right were it was years ago when I first visited but so many other brightly advertised shops and a mess of “night market” street vendors have popped up that the sign for the place was no longer obvious to me.
It’s also possible that I am losing my vision or even my mind with age but I much prefer to blame others for my shortcomings than to take responsibility for them myself. Perhaps I would do well in some official capacity. In my defense I can say that there has been little to no mention of Rose Bar anywhere on the internet over the last few years. It doesn’t even appear on the various lists of blowjob bars in Thailand that are floating around. In any event the place is still operating and thus deserving of a review.
Rose Bar is a dumpy old bar located on the second floor of a building on Patpong 2. It is only steps away from the previously reviewed Kangaroo Club which makes it even more amazing that I didn’t come across the place again after visiting long before this website was even thought up.
The entrance to the Rose Bar is at street level next to a busy little shoe store called “68.” A man sits in a staircase and rings a bell letting the women in Rose Bar know when a customer is making the climb up. I guess this man and his bell may also be intended to alert the women in the bar of impending danger were such a thing arise as well.
Once customers finish their ascent they are confronted with the place which is pretty shabby and dimly lit but not unnecessarily disgusting or out of the order for the area or the industry.
On the right side of the room there is an old bar that is stocked up with drinks of all kinds. On the left wall there are two rows of blue seats or seats that appear to be blue due to the lighting. They are stationed near tables that have roses permanently decorating them.
There are usually only three or four women on staff. One is a slightly thick but warm and bubbly lass who took over the bar at some point in the past. Unlike the managers of other places around town who stopped slurping man stick when they rose to the ranks of ownership this babe still puts in work whenever she is given the chance. The other women are a mix of the slightly older and slightly larger but they are perhaps even more friendly. The years have been kind to them in terms of shaping them into people who seem to be genuinely happy even if they are not bombshell babes.
There’s absolutely no pressure at the Rose Bar. Things are laid back and stress free. At the same time customers who want to sample in the kinds of services that have made the place famous have to do no more than ask for it. The rate is 800 Baht ($23 USD) per session which can take place right out in the bar or in a small private room off to the side. The women are happy to work alone or in pairs. They are also fine with going on with their business as sessions go on as is the ladyboy bartender who seems to be a little on the shy side.
The women who work the bar have clearly put their time in. They are all skilled and willing to work through none are in the ranks of the best blowers of all time. Steady and sufficient would be the way to describe the way most of the sessions go down. The biggest draw is the atmosphere and attitudes of the women which must be why customers keep coming back. At least I think they do sometimes. The bar is usually as quiet as a ghost town even on weekend nights.
As one of the original bars of its kind in Bangkok its almost amazing to see that the Rose Bar is still in business. That’s even more true since the place has to deal with things like the night market, constant competition and the hot sands of the hour glass. Some credit has to be given to the bar for even staying open. Since the service is up to par and the women are friendly it only seems fair to give the place an average score of two-and-a-half-stars. It seems strange that a place like Som’s across town would only score a half star higher since it’s a much nicer place but that’s the way the cookie has crumbled.
Rose Bar. Patpong 1, Bangkok, Thailand. Open every day from 4:00 PM until the early morning hours. No website or phone number. Click here for a map.