Customers flee from restaurant near Bali Hai for the second time after police inspection around Pattaya restaurant alcohol ban

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Customers fled from a restaurant last night (November 4th) when the Pattaya City Police were inspecting restaurants in the city for alcohol.

At 9:00 P.M. the Pattaya City Police were continuing to make sure that business operators are still following a ban on alcohol sales at restaurants and the closure of bars and entertainment venues.

Currently, due to Covid-19, an ongoing closure order is in place for all bars and alcohol service related venues in Chonburi. Even the sales of alcohol at restaurants has been forbidden. Both rules, despite rising customer frustration and anger, have been in place for almost seven months.

When police arrived at a restaurant near the Bali Hai Pier in which police stated that this venue has allegedly broken the orders many times before, many customers, both Thais and foreigners, immediately fled from the restaurant.

Police did not find any alcohol on tables but glasses were covered around with tissue paper and there were signs of what appeared to be mixers at many tables. Police also noted it was very suspicious for customers to flee as soon as they saw police if they were doing nothing wrong.

Major General Attasit Gitkaharn told The Pattaya News, “Nobody was charged because we didn’t find any legal evidence. However, there are previous legal actions still in process being taken against this restaurant which has been raided at least three times previously. At the most recent raid customers also fled, with some even running into the woods or Pattaya Bay.”

Police also inspected several other area restaurants like Three Mermaids and Chocolate Factory. Major General Attasit said these venues had no issues and were following the orders to ban alcohol at restaurants.

Pattaya City police also warned that raids would continue and customers, if caught drinking alcohol illegally at a venue that is not allowed to sell, could also be held responsible, fined, and arrested.

There is no timeline or specific date for the exceedingly unpopular rule to be lifted or eased, which is set from the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration, or CCSA, in Bangkok.

You can read more about other recent raids and meetings around the current ban on alcohol sales below.


At least 30 people were arrested on Wednesday (November 3rd) at a bar near Pattaya Beach for allegedly breaking the Chonburi disease control order designed to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus, according to the Pattaya Police.

At least 30 people arrested at Pattaya beach bar for allegedly gathering, drinking alcohol, and breaking Covid-19 rules

The Chonburi Provincial Police held a meeting yesterday, November 4th, 2021, with Pattaya business owners in the hotel, restaurant, bar, service, and entertainment industry to address concerns about a continued ban on alcohol sales at restaurants and the closure of bars and entertainment venues.

No change to alcohol ban at restaurants, bar closures for now in Pattaya-Chonburi Provincial Police hold meeting with Pattaya business owners


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Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.