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After 9Pm Drink Surcharge In Hua Hin?

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GF and I took a 4 days holiday in Hua Hin a few weeks back. had a great time, nice and relaxing, enjoyed the place.

Went out for some drinks and to listen to some music at one of the Irish themed pubs down in the area where all the bars are.

I noticed on both nights that i was quoted a price for a drink, then when the bill came (a nice little computer register print out) there was a 7% VAT on top of it.

I also questioned the different prices charged for the same drink on the same bill. I was told that there is 'an after 9pm price for drinks'blink.gif

Admittedly I don't drink out at bars very much... but i thought the price on the drink menu usually included VAT and i dont remember an after 9pm charge??

I figured it was just another unannounced special Thai tax for the farang...but then i thought, maybe I have just been oblivious to it on previous outings??

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Was the band playing at the time you got charged the 20 baht extra? The bar you are referring to charge for the pleasure of listening to the Band, it is stated on the menu so I believe.

As for the VAT, yes the same bar charge this all day and night for food and drink.

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Was the band playing at the time you got charged the 20 baht extra? The bar you are referring to charge for the pleasure of listening to the Band, it is stated on the menu so I believe.

As for the VAT, yes the same bar charge this all day and night for food and drink.

I think the band was playing for the second lot of drinks when i got charged extra (i think it was 30 baht extra)...maybe the band started at 8pm. They were a great cover band, playing the style of rock they do . I did ask for a drinks menu but they said they didn't have one.

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Had the same experience earlier in the year when I was in El Murphy's. No menu offered, no mention of the prices being ++ and no mention of the price going up when the band was playing.

Didn't and wont go back. There are plenty more bars around who don't do this.

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what bar???

El Murphy's I guess

Had the same experience earlier in the year when I was in El Murphy's. No menu offered, no mention of the prices being ++ and no mention of the price going up when the band was playing.

Didn't and wont go back. There are plenty more bars around who don't do this.

yes, el murphy's, that was the pub.

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oh ok.. is this new then. as i was there last year and they didnt do that...I think.

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Long thread about the tax charge on another HH forum whose name i'm not allowed to mention due to TV rules but "Before Light" is a clue, basically the owner stating why the tax charge has been implemented at the Bar.

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Yes they have been doing this for sometime, thats why its empty. You only find out when you get the bill and can be bothered to read it.

Even if you are outside smoking watching the sport, not interested in the music, your beer suddenly is charged at the premium rate, 30% more.

117 baht for a small beer.

This bar is for people who are on Holiday and dont realise they can get the same service at half the price at bars up the road.

BLOODY RIP OFF. :rolleyes:

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There is a resturant opposite the Police station that charges 10% Service charge + 7% Tax, went once and got stung, suffice to say I haven't returned.

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It could also be called "END OF HAPPY HOUR"

there is no surcharge. it is simply the end of happy hour (7am-7pm) the tax charged on the bill is because they are a full company in Thailand (not sole traders) . many pubs in bkk are doing the same.

and I was informed by Eddie that the new drinks menu is coming soon (but drinks have been the same price for a few years)

just to clarify. happy hour means some drinks are cheaper than at other times. 555

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It could also be called "END OF HAPPY HOUR"

there is no surcharge. it is simply the end of happy hour (7am-7pm) the tax charged on the bill is because they are a full company in Thailand (not sole traders) . many pubs in bkk are doing the same.

and I was informed by Eddie that the new drinks menu is coming soon (but drinks have been the same price for a few years)

just to clarify. happy hour means some drinks are cheaper than at other times. 555

Well someone should tell the staff because when I questioned the bill earlier in the year I was told the beer was more expensive because there was a band playing and the air-con was turned on. I was sitting outside watching the rugby on the TV at the time so I was somewhat unimpresssed by this.

Being a full company is a very thin excuse - what about all of the "full companies" up and down the country that have the tax and VAT included in the prices?

Many pubs in bkk are doing the same - so what you are in Hua Hin !

Murphy's is the first bar (outside of hotel bars) that I have been in that has adopted this practice.

Enough already and judging by some of the other posts I am not alone in disliking this nor am I the only the one to vote with my feet and take my money elsewhere.

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Amazing Hua Hin,this topic ran for 3 years on another local forum until it was lock down a month ago,now these people use here to contuine it.

the topic was fed by one or two proven liers,who wanted to promote there mates business,which has long since gone out of business.Any times the owners tried to answer these lies they were accused of self promoting,even though this topic started after this bar stopped advertising on that failing forum.

At present we are in el murphys eating which we do about 4 times aweek.I've known the owners for about 5 years and they go out of there way for anyone.

They also provide Hua Hin with a family friendly pub with no bar girls which my wife & kids enjoy.

What is it with some people,everyweek i go to the supermarket here in huahin and it is just getting dearer and dearer.

Back to the topic,i know the owners from being a customer and i cannot fault much about here,i have known of no increases in those years.this 20 bath thing is lost in translation with the staff or something,the bar does a draft beer happy hour 7am7pm and another promotsion on bottled beers until 9pm.

I've just enjoyed a shepards pie(130b) and a pint of kilkenny(150b)my friends just had a fry up brekkie and a pint of leo for 190b.sorry don't forget the vat,,where else in thailand can we get this value,i love to know.There is signs for promotsions on the walls everywhere,the menus are old,which tell me prices havn't been changed in a long time.

What do you want,everything free or should we start a protest against tipping bar staff.

In my 5 years in thailand I have found two types of bars 1.girly bars with filty toilets everything and drunken owners who cannot manage even there own brotels and 2.themed westren style bars with smart staff,clean toilets and owners who really work hard to provide us a service,some of these bars are really expensive and charge service also,the prices here are low,tvs everywhere,westren kitchen,live music etc.

i'd recommend it,there is always someone here to chat to,but alas beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

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