WHAT IS A BAR FINE?
A bar fine is a payment made by a customer to the owner of a bar that allows a bar girl to leave work early. The bar fine amount and whether sexual services are included in the bar fine or have to be negotiated separately are both subject to local custom.
DIFFERENT TYPES OF BAR FINE
The bar fines are defined by the length of stay and can be divided in:
Short time bar fines are usually found only in Thailand and it mean that you have agreed to go with a bar girl for a short length of time. This varies from bar to bar and girl to girl so be sure to ask your girl, but generally it is for 1 to 2 hours of her time.
Long time bar fine is generally for the night but can be extended to several days if you like a particular girl and want her to stay with you during your holiday. If you take a girl “long time” for a number of consecutive nights you will have to arrange this with the bar first and pay the appropriate bar fine for all the nights she isn’t there. You will also incur additional costs such as food, accommodation, gifts, and pay the girl for every day she spends in your company.
AFTER PAYING THE BAR FINE
After you have selected the girl for the night, pay for your drinks and the bar fine. You have reserved her now and she must stay with you, for the short or long time as per agreement with the bar.
BAR FINES IN THAILAND AND THE PHILIPPINES
In Thailand, a bar fine is a payment made between the customer and the bar owner. It serves as security for both parties. The bar fine protects both the customer and bar personnel. If the girl changes her mind during the night, the bar fine is returned to the customer. The girl is under no obligation after a bar fine to engage in sexual intercourse. The deal is privately between you and the girl, has nothing to do with the bar owner.
If you agree to go short time, your bar girl will either take you to the premises rooms or to a nearby hotel. The hotels that provide a short time room service have an agreement with the bars and the bar fined girls will take care of everything.
You will be expected to pay for the price of the room, bar fine to the bar, and the short time fee to the Thai girl for her services. A short time hotel rental will set you back between 300 to 400 baht (10$-15$). You also need to pay to the bar girl for her short time between 700-2500 baht (15$-70$). There is always a little room for negotiation. Most Thai bar girls prefer short time customers and the top earners will go short time with 3-5 guys per night.
If you take the girl for a long time, usually, the girl is free for the day from working in the bar and she can spend time and sleep with you. Also, in this case, you have to pay the bar between 300-2000 baht (10$-70$) for the bar fine and separately the girl for her time.
Some hotels do not let bar girls into their establishments or the front desk/security will ask you to pay an additional fee. Most hotels will ask the bar fined girl to leave her ID card to the front desk. When she eventually leaves and picks up her ID, the front desk will call you to ensure everything is fine before she can leave. This is for your protection and ensures tourists have a well stay in the country.
In the Philippines prostitution is “illegal”, but it is legal for a bar customer to pay the bar for the privilege of taking a “GRO” (Guest Relations Officer) away from her job of “entertaining” men who come into the bar. The bar fine is money paid to the bar to take one of these girls away from the bar, usually for sex.
Typically the bar keeps half of the bar fine and the bar girl will get the other half. The Madam (usually an older prostitute) who is in charge of the GROs collects the bar fine. Within reasonable time limits, if the bar fined GRO is a non-performer the usual arrangement is to return the bar girl to the madam who will either return the bar fine to the customer or find another girl for the customer. Tipping the bar girl directly is often expected but not necessary.
Most bar fines will cost anywhere from 1000-1200 pesos (30$) at the Perimeter bars to 1300-3000 pesos (30$-60$) at the Fields Ave bars. A short time bar fine will typically cost the same as a long time bar fine but you can find some short time deals as little as 600-700 pesos (17$) at some of the bars right off of Fields Ave on Santos St.
Short time and Long time will depend on you and your barfine. Discuss things ahead of time before barfining. If you like the girlfriend experience (GFE) and want her to stay with you overnight or possibly longer, make sure she knows your intention. If you only desire some quick fun, let her know you intentions.