Just a quick warning to anyone going to Baccara: The other night I stopped into Baccara with a girl I had met in one of the other Soi Cowboy go-gos. She had never been to any of the other bars on Cowboy so we did a little tour. I thought she would get a kick out of the glass ceiling considering how mesmerized she was at the lesbian show at Raw Hide.
We sat down right in front of the main stage and ordered drinks (one beer for me and a Bacardi Breezer for her). She was awed at the gals up on stage and when I pointed up to the ceiling I thought she was going to fall out of her chair.
After a few moments at staring up the girl’s skirts she gasped and said “She my friend,” motioning to one of the girls upstairs. We called the waitress over and told her we were moving upstairs.
Once upstairs her friend came over and we started chatting. I think we were about 2 minutes into the conversation before the request for tequila shots came from her friend. Okay, okay we get the tequila shots.
One, two, three we down the shots and now the friend wants a coke. My normal way of dealing with gals too aggressive for the drinks is to make a quick exit and so I was planning mine. Yes sure, I’ll buy the coke but then we’ll leave and if I ever see her ass again I’ll stay a mile away.
The waitress comes over with the drink and the mamasan is right behind her with some sort of fruity looking drink. The mamasan toasts my beer and says thanks and she starts to shove a ticket into my bin. I tell her I didn’t order her a drink and if she would like one she should ask first.
She gives me a snotty look and my girl’s friend shoots me daggers. My gal is sitting their like a frightened rabbit. I mean, in the bigger scheme of things this is a relatively minor scam and I know that in the end I’m going to end up paying but I stand my ground.
The mamasan stands there not knowing what to say and so I try to ease the tension by saying “Would you like a drink?” She smiles and says yes and I tell her “Next time that’s how you get a drink. Don’t ever order yourself a drink on my tab again.”
It’s all smiles and all but the mamasan lost face and I know she’s seething inside. Fuck her. What she pulled was plain bullshit and she’s lucky I didn’t make a scene and refuse to pay.
Like I said, my gal’s friend seemed to have a bit of a thirst about her so I wanted to leave before she finished her coke and suggested another round of tequila shots. I called over the waitress and asked for the bill. Before handing over the bin I took out the receipts and tallied them in my head.
The ticket for the beer and Breezer was 280, the ticket for the tequila shots was 290, the coke was 150, and the mamasan drink was 150. Just doing a quick rounding I figured I was in for roughly 900 baht. An expensive 15 or so minutes but what the hell.
I hand the girl 1000 baht note and start getting my gal ready to leave. As we stand up the waitress comes over and hands me the bill for 1020 baht. WTF? I look and now there are five tickets instead of four. There’s an extra 150 baht ticket in there. Worse yet is that despite the fact that all of the other tickets list the drink ordered this one just has a big line through the description area and simply says 150 baht.
Luckily the wait staff isn’t took quick so in front of us sat a beer, a Breezer, three shot glasses, and a coke. I pointed at the drinks on the table and went through each ticket. Of course the mamasan had had a drink so I accounted for that as well as I pointed out that there was an extra 150 baht ticket but no drink. I even ask her what the 150 baht ticket is for since it doesn’t say what drink was ordered.
I don’t think it should come as any surprise that all I received in exchange for my great accounting of every drink was a blank stare and the waitress pointing at the 1020 figure.
Even my gal recognized we were getting fucked and she tried to reason with the waitress in Thai. She wouldn’t budge. We owed 1020 baht.
My gal looked at me and gave me the “we have to pay” look.
I know 150 baht isn’t a lot of money but combined with the mamasan treating herself to drinks on my tab that’s 300 baht that Baccara effectively fleeced me for.
I hope it was worth it because if even one person reads this and doesn’t go into Baccara because of what they’ve read here then it will have cost them far more than what they made off of me. Fuck you Baccara.