This cool bar can be found in the heart of Soi Buakhao on the corner of Soi New Plaza. The area is busy with tourists, expats and local people due to its many restaurants, bars, hotels, massage shops, markets, tattoo parlours and convenience stores.
Soi Buakhao is an excellent location no matter what you are looking for, whether it be a nice meal, a cold drink or purchasing food or clothing.
You can travel to the bar using the baht bus, which are always on the go, taxi or taxi motorbike. Should you decide to drive, there is a car park and of course parking on the roadside for bikes.
We spoke to Jum at the venue, who has lived in the “land of smiles” all her life, moving to our favourite city of Pattaya back in 2007. The venue opened in 2010 and lays claim to being the original scooter bar in the city.
The bar itself is owned by a family of Lambretta enthusiasts, who have a love for scooters and music from the golden era.
The concept for the Marquee comes from the original Marque Club in London’s Wardour Street, which operated from 1964 till 1988.
The premises is very much designed with a retro theme, with red and white seating, black and white tiled floor and adorned with genuine scooters and other artefacts such as fuel pumps, which at one point, may have delivered gasoline to vehicles. This is a bar that would not be out of place in the days of the mods and rockers in the UK.
It is open on two sides, with seating for those who like to watch the world go by and for those who prefer to sit at the bar and chat to the bar girls, seating is provided.
Six televisions display entertainment with a selection of vintage music videos from the 60s, 70s and 80s. But they do cater for all tastes in music from soul, ska, punk, rock and blues playing the sounds of even the Sex Pistols, Sham 69, The Rolling Stones and James Brown. If you want to hear it, they probably have it. They have even been known to throw some disco into the mix.
The bar has seating for around 50 customers plus standing room when they have events on.
Drinks on offer are bottled beers, wines, spirits, shots and soft drinks. The offer happy hours from 08:00 till 17:00, to attract the early birds and the prices are very reasonable during normal hours too.
For those of you who fancy a tea or a coffee, they will provide upon request.
They will often have special offers, which are advertised within the bar.
If you are peckish, pick up the menu and sample their tasty offerings from the kitchen.
Again they are well known for offering specials such as their fish and chip Fridays or Sunday roasts at terrific prices.
They have good old British pub grub on offer such as pie and mash and too many others to mention.
There are around fifteen people employed at the bar. They provide table service with a smile and are efficient as they go about their duties.
It is worth visiting the Marquee Bar just to check out the scooters and memorabilia, such as the yellow scooter hanging from a platform above the pool table.
You can spend ages, just perusing the photos hanging on the walls. Add the extraordinary low prices for food and drink and excellent music on offer and you have a top venue.
You will also find they provide live entertainment, which is usually advertised on their Facebook page in advance.
The Marquee Bar is one of those places that those of a certain age will spent time in reminiscing over years gone by. For the younger generation, this is a history lesson on music and transport of the past.
This retro bar will almost certainly have you revisiting as their friendly staff serve you efficiently and with a warm smile.
They take bookings, cater for large groups and celebrations such as birthday parties and children are welcome.
Give them a try. The venue is famous around the city, so it is well worth a visit.