Pattaya police raid two “restaurants” in Pattaya area allegedly open after hours

Pattaya –

  Police raided two ‘restaurants’ on Pattaya Walking Street and on Sukhumvit Road in Pattaya last night, April 29th, 2022 for allegedly violating the current legal closing time for alcohol serving converted “restaurants” of 11:00 P.M.

A team from the Pattaya City Police first raided an open-air makeshift ‘restaurant’, which is essentially a series of cocktail carts, on Pattaya Walking Street in South Pattaya around 11:30 P.M. after a passing police officer noticed what appeared to be a violation of the current rules. Customers were allegedly found drinking alcohol well past the legal closing time, which is a national measure currently due to Covid-19 precautions, according to the Thai government.

After that, Pattaya police raided a ‘restaurant’ on Sukhumvit Road (Roong Beer Jomtien) near the Pattaya Floating Market. However, the staff claimed they could not unlock the VIP room and did not have a key, despite officers claiming they could hear the sounds of music and partying inside which appeared to be a violation of the current rules.

Both restaurant managers were taken to the Pattaya City Police Station for further legal action. Their names, however, were not released to the associated Thai press.

The current closing time for alcohol-serving venues is 11 P.M.. Legally, bars and nightclubs are still closed in Thailand as part of Covid-19 measures but have been allowed to temporarily open as converted restaurants. Closing times extend to midnight as of tomorrow, May 1st, but many Pattaya business owners feel this is still too early for a city that is supposed to be a centerpiece for nightlife and entertainment. Police, meanwhile, met this weekend to discuss just that as seen in the video below.


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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.