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Billed as “A Music and Sports Bar with Good Priced Cold Beer”, Jaybee’s is rapidly gaining a reputation as the place to be on the Darkside.

Many of their punters love the outdoor ambiance, so whilst sipping on your ice cold beer, you can be cooled by the evening breeze and if you are in to your music then Jaybee’s will suit you down to the ground. Mine host John, loves his music and although his roots go right back to soul and the Caister Soul Weekend, Jaybee’s will be happy to play more or less whatever you want.

Here at the Trader we have been getting favourable reports back at Chaiyapruk Towers not only about the music but also the food being knocked out of Jaybee’s new kitchen so we had to pop along to see what all the fuss was about. Firstly,Thai food starts at only 60 baht and is outstanding value for money, many of the old favourites appear with the addition of a fiery Somtam and a crunchy Papaya Salad.

As most of Jaybee’s patrons are Falangs, the selection of western food available is also extensive. Appetisers such as Wings, Nuggets, and Spring Rolls are ideal to snack on when you are watching a live Premier game, or perhaps if you are peckish around lunchtime you would like to tuck into a juicy Burger or a salty Bacon Butty ? My choice was a juicy Cheese Burger topped with Bacon and served with homemade fries, I must say that the fries were top drawer just like my mum used to make. Whereas my colleague opted for Chicken Wings which were crunchy and crispy and cooked right through.

On the whole, the main dishes are good old “pub grub” fayre. Cooked as they should be with large plates of, Gammon Steak with Egg and Chips, Liver & Bacon Mushy Peas and Gravy, Steak & Kidney Pie Chips and Peas, or a nice spicy Chicken Vindaloo served either with rice or chips. Also, who can resist a nice pie whilst having a beer or two? Jaybee’s offer a selection of succulent pastry delights including: Steak & Kidney, Chicken Mushroom, Minced Beef and Onions, Cornish Pasty and Fisherman’s.

We were sitting on the new covered deck area which really got the benefit of a cool wind so although Jaybee’s also has a plethora of fans dotted around, on the day we visited there was really no need for them as sitting in our comfortable bar stools we found the temperature to be just perfect.

John the owner is keen that patrons feel happy to bring their kids to join the fun and at the rear of the bar is a private beer garden with its own kids’ sized football goal, scooters and such like to keep the little treasures entertained whilst you watch a match on one of the four large screens. Jaybee’s has built a loyal following in its debut months and John is keen to look after his punters. Every Saturday there is Killer Pool including free food, and also a live band playing. So if you enjoy pool then why not join Jaybee’s Pool team which play on Mondays, Thursdays and Sundays?.

Saying our goodbyes to John and his team, it suddenly hit me what Jaybee’s reminds me of. It has a Caribbean “laid-back” feel to it and the open sided building now sporting its new deck area, is welcoming to any visitor happening to be passing by.

The “Dark Side” has yet another shining star illuminating the neighbourhood. East Pattaya is certainly blossoming at the moment and Jaybee’s is leading the way.