As ever, it’s been a bit of a topsy-turvy week, which started off pretty badly, improved considerably on Thursday and Friday, and then back to mild despair by Saturday.
There is definitely something amiss with the level of customers in The Darkside bars. I am repeatedly being told by customers and bar owners alike that it is the worst they have seen the bar scene out here in many years.
Since I opened Mobi’s, back in May, I have been assured repeatedly that business will pick up in September and October when all the ‘Darkside’ residents return from their summer breaks in Europe.
Well I am still hoping that this will indeed be the case but initial indications are not at all encouraging. Last Saturday, 31st August, was very slow fro a Saturday night, and then Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday were the worst 4 trading days in a row since we opened.
Tales From A Barfly
A few days ago, two gallant Aussies travelled all the way from Pattaya City to seek us out. One of them had been reading my blog for many years. And he had even bought my book!!!
A rare event indeed….
It was in the middle of the afternoon, and Lek called me from home to advise me of their presence. When I discovered that they had made a special trip out to see me, I downed tools and popped along to the bar and we had a lively chat for a couple of hours and they assured me that they will return regularly, as I’m sure they will.
That same evening brought out three of my ever faithful regulars, and there was a slow trickle of customers throughout the night. Then just when I thought we were going to be able to close on time, who should make one of his regular late night appearances? None other than Thai Visa’s ‘Raro.’
Sometimes I think the only reason Raro graces Mobi’s is to get his mits on yet another cigarette lighter as he never has one with him; but once he was able to satisfy his disgusting habit, we sat and watched a few interesting music videos that were decidedly out of the mainstream, but nevertheless very enjoyable.