May 2013 – Update
The new Hot Zone (Jan 2013)
Smaller than the old location but the set up is pretty good , when I was there they still had some work to do to finish the bar so in time I will return and get some pictures of the completed bar but Hot Zone is still a hot bar to visit and to have a great time.
This is the owned by the same owner of the old Escape Bar, they moved across the street and the new place is much nicer with the dance stage in the middle of the bar so seating is on 3 sides now. The seats along the walls are elevated so you have a clear view of the dancers. Many of the staff from the old bar still working there so if you had a favorite girl she may still be there. The Escape bar was one of my favorite places to drop in and I always had a great there and it still continues at Salty Dog. While this bar will not be for everyone it is still a fun place to party with the girls and have a great time.
This bar had undergone some changes since it open, the sad part is that they got rid of the dance stage in the back half bar and moved it to the front then but it was much smaller then they removed it completely. I stopped in when they still had dancers with a friend and we had a blast there with the girls, but when I returned after the dancers were gone it was a bit different so didn’t stick around too long. Still a good bar to visit I have to say and the pool tables there are really in good shape if you enjoy playing.
This bar is always happening; I have never gone in there and found it nothing less than total fun. They have 2 set of dancers so there are plenty of girls to go around not adding the GRO’s
Part 2 - A small bar with a nice line up of dancers and pool table in the back of the bar. Very friendly staff so having a good time there is easy to do. You can sit at the stage or along the wall in seats that give you a good view of the dancer.
Dusk Till Dawn
Another small bar but a lot of fun: I stopping in night and had a total blast there. They have a small dance floor in the back of the bar but with the size of the bar it is more than enough. Great staff to party with and have a good time. They open later in the evening but stay open later in the night like the name says. Well worth a visit, you will be happy you did!
Located about Dusk till dawn this day time bar gives you a great place to party in the day time and to watch the people passing by on the street below. They have a very friendly staff and you always feel very welcome there. With seating both inside and out it offer you the choice of locations to party at with the staff. Besides offering friend staff they also have food and daily specials of drinks and food is available. In my book this is one of the best day time bars in the Barrio Barretto area to visit. Will the owner is good guy and the manager is a fun loving guy that always does his best to keep the party going.
A small bar visited mostly by local Expats. They have a pool table and Dart board to pass the time while you are there. Cheap drink price make it a good place to drop in and get the day started. If you are retired military this is one place you may run into an old friend of yours.
July 18, 2014
Midnight Rambler – change in operation
I stopped into the bar about 4pm to start my night off, seeing how it was always one of my favorite bars what better place to start off it since it had been over a year since I was in the bars at night. On a side now my drinking had gone way down since home all the time with our new born so after a six pack of beer I was feeling pretty good already unlike the 12 or more it use to take.
So there I am sitting at the bar talking to the only employee I know and catching up on what has been going on there. Well as it turns out 95% of the old GRO’s working there were cut loose and both daytime waitress along with that the manager who has been there for years she was also dismissed.
Ok I can see a change in the bar staff wise and wondered what else was new when I the manager I know came in and he and I started talking about the bar and the changes. He tells me that the owner sold him the bar and shortly after that he decided to make some major changes. More or less “out with the old and in with the new!”. One change that stuck me rather strange was to get rid of the GRO’s completely and just have the bar as a normal bar only. He goes on to tell me that with the Bar Fines / EWR’s that girls brought in wasn’t that much to support keeping them around. At one point the bar had about 20 girls working each night so it was cost effective to let them go to make some income for the bar and get it in the black again.
Since the bar didn’t have dancers and only a band on Fridays and Saturdays during the rest of the week the place was pretty empty added to that they were open 24 hours cost will be a factor in the operations of the bar.
What I wonder is how he plans to keep the bar afloat in the long run? They do have their Sunday golf event which seems to be going well but how long will that last and with the rainy season here now how often can they hold the contest? With the two pool tables and a dart board they may start holding torments on a regular basic that would bring in some people also.
I guess it is just hard for me to picture the Midnight Rambler without the GRO’s there at night since I had such a great there with the girls.
Second stop for the night – Allies
Same as always, 4 girls working and darts, it’s a fun place to drop into and just hang out for a while like most of the small bars. But the time I reached there I was pretty well gone after 5 beers at home then the 4 in Rambler bit I still had 2 beers there while I got my butt kicked at 2 games of darts.
Last stop – Rascals
I walked in about 6:30 to 7pm to find I was the only guy there with 2 girls on stage just moving around not really dancing but who can blame them? Rascal’s has a nice layout and some good looking girls from what I remember. I had 1 or 2 beers here for before I decided to head home.
Worth returning to again on another night to see more when not so drunk!
Aug 2014 updates
Here are some updates on places I stopped in, sorry the list is not longer but I don’t have much time to bar hop anymore.
Major change here is that the bar was sold and the new owner got rid of the GRO’s so now it is just a bar. They still have the band on Friday and Saturday’s. On Sundays at 4pm there have a golf hole in one contest that cost 100p for 5 balls, so far as of 30 Aug 2014 there is 80,000p up for grabs to the lucky putter.
The question everyone has is can the bar make it without the girls? While some of the girls that did work there as GRO’s could be said to be past their prime it was still fun with them there and many repeat customers retuning to see those they have known for years.
The London Underground fish-n-chip is also gone from the location
One of the smallest bars in the area is still the same. New girls which is to be expected but now much else has change.
One of the new bars located where Taff’s bar use to be. The back area is more open with 2 dance stages for the girls. Not a bar set up or line up and is worth checking out if you like the smaller bars. (Update 17 March 2015 - The bar as expanded and is now much larger)
This is the old Bar Barretto night club run by Jim which was by far the best bar in the area. Stopped in on a Sunday evening and the place was dead unlike before when it was always packed full. If I recall right there was me and 3 other guys. The set up is nice which I must say but the crowd just isn’t there yet from what I could see, but at the same time maybe it was just an off night which happens.
One of the oldest bars in the area has had a face lift, yes they have remodeled the place and it looks great in inside now. If you haven’t been there before the work done you will not think it is the same place. Really good job on the work! A few of the girls from VooDoo work there now which are under the same manager, just so you know.
My first in this bar (Aug 2014) this is the old Midnight Rambler bar before the moved across the street. I was there on a Thursdays playing pool with my team, there was only one other guy who didn’t stick around long, I think he was looking for the old days when it was a happening place he was a bit older.
Not a bad place if you want some place to just kick back and have a few beers with friends or your date.
Another places I dropped into since it had been a long time since I was there over a year ago. Well they have remodeled also and added a pool table. I love the place now, it is brighter and looks bigger too. They did a great job on the bar. Prices are cheap, 45p for SMB if I call right. Well worth a visit I my book.
One of the new bars that opened at the end of last year, for those of you that use to go to Hooyah's where VT is located now you will not recognized the place, the look is great and the bar has a different feel then before but it is a good confortable feeling.
What they have in the bar is a pool table, 3 large TV's with music videos and sports and a stage for a band, there is plenty of seating throughout the bar, drink cards when you buy 5 and get 1 free, and something really nice which is lower drink prices for regular customers.
So drop in and check it out next time you are in Barrio Barretto.