World Cup begins in Pattaya as bar owners have big hopes on the games attracting more customers

Pattaya, Thailand –

The first night of the Qatar World Cup has come and gone and many bars across Pattaya reported increased trade and interest due to the games.

Only one game was played last night, November 20th, Ecuador versus the host Qatar, in which Qatar lost 2-0. It was the first time in World Cup history that the host country had lost their opening match.

This year’s games have been full of controversy, with the most recent being a decision to reverse open sales of alcohol at the stadiums, angering many fans (and Budweiser, a main sponsor of the cup). Ecuador even led a we want beer chant during the game. However, there certainly wasn’t a lack of beer and spirits at Pattaya bars as patrons enjoyed the game and atmosphere.

Pattaya though has had its own controversy with regional police promising to continue to enforce an unpopular legal 2 AM closing time for bars and entertainment venues. An official proposal to extend this time to 4 AM in tourist zones will be presented to the Thai Cabinet on November 29th.

The strict closing times, of course, get in the way of many games scheduled to kick off at 2:00 AM such as the highly anticipated USA-England match this weekend. Speaking of England, their opening world cup game is tonight versus Iran, but is being played at 8:00 P M. and should see many Pattaya bars packed to the brim as Pattaya has a large and active English ex-pat community.

Finally, many bars and venues have put staff and hostesses in world cup themed outfits and decorated their bars in hopes of attracting patrons. A look around town on the first night of the cup seemed to show that might just work out.

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Adam Judd
Mr. Adam Judd is the Co-owner of TPN Media since December 2017. He is originally from Washington D.C., America, but has also lived in Dallas, Sarasota, and Portsmouth. His background is in retail sales, HR, and operations management, and has written about news and Thailand for many years. He has lived in Pattaya for over nine years as a full-time resident, is well known locally and been visiting the country as a regular visitor for over a decade. His full contact information, including office contact information, can be found on our Contact Us page below. Stories please e-mail About Us: Contact Us: