Club Atlantis, at the top of Fields Avenue just beyond the Walking Street sign, is the first stop for many guys edging their way off Perimeter Road. It's a nice pitstop after trekking past the ladyboy and massage girl gauntlet that awaits you between Skytrax and Phillie's.
Like most of the DHG (Doll House Group) bars, you're going to find some talent no matter what - your only issue will be timing. Because of its location it is normally grazed over early in the night, and Koreans have taken a firm liking to this spot. "Early bird gets the worm" sorta thing.
Atlantis, a class 5 bar, is the largest bar in town in terms of space and employees. There was a time when they had 500 dancers on rotation, but I think the number now is somewhere between 150-250 on any given night. The manager "A" is sharp English guy who does an excellent job handling the staff, despite the uphill battle he must constantly face juggling the emotions. Even a few of my own friends have caused him a fair share of headache by......let's say.....getting a wee bit out of control.
There are currently 6 bars owned by DHG after the closing of Dragon's Den (Doll House, Tropix, Club Asia, Crystal Palace, Pony Tails, and of course....Atlantis.)
What are the pluses and minuses here? Like all things, it depends on your point of view. In my opinion, I would rank Atlantis 5th out of the six DHG bars based on its bar size. I enjoy the feeling of the threatre like stage, but if you don't get a decent seat on the first level, or front row on the second floor, then you're relegated to a table in the back where it's just a distance show.
After having conferred with more than one of the DHG managers, I would say that the 5th place ranking isn't the worst thing - but compared to Crystal Palace, Club Asia, Pony Tails, and Doll House, well.....you'll find me hanging out in the aforementioned spots more frequently regardless. That could also be because I like a billiards table within view of the stage (except for Club Asia, but it's still one of my favorite bars regardless.)
That's not to say Atlantis doesn't crush most of the other competition nearby in terms of atmosphere, talent, and service. Some people don't like the pushiness of the waitresses and I don't blame them. Plenty of them are chicken hawked by their mamasans - but that's the nature of the beast. Business is business. Sh*t or get off the pot.
The DHG changed the way Field's Avenue has shaped and anyone who wants to argue about it might as well move on. I have always had a pretty good experience here because the waitresses know me and my crew, and it doesn't hurt that I'm friends with the higher-ups. But for newbies this is one of those places that can overwhelm the senses. If you're a go-getter and don't mind the challenge of what I call the "two minute drill" - trying to drink, pull, and dash, this is not a bad place. If you're a slow-roller, and you want to sit for hours on end getting to know one of the ladies, Atlantis might not be the best choice for you.
If you haven't been to Atlantis it is worth a visit. If you have been, and you have a need for overstimulation, this is the place for you. If you've got friends coming in to town on their cherry trip, make it your first stop or your last stop so they can get a comparison in terms of bar size and quantity.
Location: Upper Field's Avenue - first stop beyond the Walking Street Sign
Bar Space: Class 5 (very large)
Seating: Approximately 150-175 (if you're going up to the 3rd level)
Employees: 150-250/40-50 dancer-waitress ratio
Drink Prices: P125/P150/P300 local/LD/DLD
Prime Time: 8-9 PM
Overall: 3.5 out of 5 Horsepower
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