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01 May 2015
William R.  Morledge

May's Nightlife News
Bangkok's Bars - 20 Years Ago  
A Smile in the Land of Smiles.
Ask Us:   Whither Stickman?
Graffiti  -BKK's Midnite Vandals - #110

         Having been involved in a number of conversations lately on Soi 33, and whether or not it is turning into "Nippon-Town", we decided to do something about it.   We decided to look at the facts.   Using our old and new maps, and the Zootramp databases, we decided to do a quick comparison between the year 2010 (when Soi Dead Artists was in it's heyday) and 2015.   Have a look at the results below:
- File photo        
  SOI  DEAD  ARTISTS   - Soi  33  Sukhumvit  Rd.  

         The below chart lists the Nitespots in RED which are either geared entirely for Japanese trade, or are more favorably oriented to Japanese trade.   There are of course a few Venues which are borderline, and on those, we made our best 'educated guess' based on knowledge gained over several years' surveys.

- Soi 33
Year 2010

Nitespot Names (Japanese Venues First)

1. Fusicho
2. Chip In
3. Hibari
4. Zoo
5. Srawberry Farm
7. Akane
8. Kocho Ran
9. Joy
10. Nyan Nyan
11. Asuka Club
12. Ran Maru Massage
13. Geisha Massage
14. Onna No Ko
15. Ran Hime
16. 33 Bangkang
17. Setsu Getsu
18. Yuki Hana
19. Rakuten
20. Dream Heaven Massg
21. Love Teen Massg
22. Napoleon
23. Tenderloins
24. Sawasdee Massg
25. Kiss
26. Livingstone's Beer Gdn
27. Livingstone's Sports Lng
28. Music Station
29. Blue Heaven (before not Nippon)
30. Bar Fly
31 Dali Club
32. Dali Coyote
33. Christie's
34. Bistro 33
35. Cyclone Club
36. Pheeran Massg
37. Po Massg
38. Teen 3 VIP Masg
39. Best Massg
40. Demonia
41. Santana
42. Tuk Tuk
43. Monet
44. Green Parrot
45. Beavers
46. Sweet Mango
47. Lookie Lookie
48. Wall Street
49. Bliss Massg
50. Gaugin
51. Papa
52. The Dew Msssg
53. Soulmate
54. The Office
55. Mojos
56. Cefle Massg
57. Degas
58. Renoir
59.Vincent Van Gogh
60. Simply Spa
61. MMS Massg
62. Jack & Betty Massg
63. Central Tour Massg
64. Londoner Brew Pub.

- Soi 33
Year 2015

Nitespot Names (Japanese Venues First)

Ran-Hime Club
LB Club Mitu
Tomoe Club
Blue Heaven
Ikemen 33
Japanese Karaoke
Omotenashi Club Mitu
Kocho Ran
Sakuranbo Snack
Soba Juban
Japanese Snack Bar
Yumeji Club
Bar Kizuna
Akane Fashion Massage
Asuka Club
Gate Barbecue
Nyan Nyan Massage
Monet Club
Dali Club
33 Thai Sabai
Bar Fly
Ocean Pool Lounge,
Ocean Gastro Bar, Spa
Fine Massage & Spa
Moulin Rouge
Love Teen Massage
Dream Heaven Massage
Thanks Massage
Survey Entertainment
Araya Massage
i Bar
The Office Bar & Grill
Cefle Massage
My Therapy
Chillax Spa
Goya Club
Wall Street Bar
Fortune Club
Dark Side
Sweet Mango
Napoleon Club
No. 1 Massage
Teen VIP Massage
Po Massage
Bistro 33

18 of 64 Total Nitespots were Japanese oriented Nitespots.

That is equal to 28 %
22 of 55 Total Nitespots are now Japanese oriented Nitespots.

That is equal to 40 %

      The results of this thumbnail comparison are conclusive and quite interesting from a demographics standpoint.   In 2010 there were more Nitespots, total, than this year, 2015, by a significant margin.   In 2010, there were fewer Japanese oriented Nitespots than there are currently.   The trend is obvious, any way you want to look at it, Soi Dead Artists is slowly, very slowly, becoming "more Japanese".   However to say that the Soi is becoming, or has become Japanese is a stretch - to say the least.   Of course, again from a demographics standpoint, it looks as though Soi Dead Artists has reached it's Zenith, and is on the downhill slope.   (Dare we speak, as do the Nitespot owners themselves, of greedy landlords and outrageous lease prices?)


May's Thai Smile comes and goes.....

         The new Vincent Calvino novel by Christopher G Moore has just been released.   It may be ordered on line.

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Many Thanks,
William R Morledge

 Historical Minutiae Dept.

Stickman Gone...


      I expect this is a FAQ for you - I understand you are taking over for Stickman now that he is going back to his home in New Zealand.   I have been reading Stickman for years, and I saw where in one of his editorials he linked to you at Bangkok Eyes.   My question however is will you be continuing on with his emails from readers and the mystery photo of the week, and any of his other 'features'?


Greetings, KKC,

      Thanks for reading and for writing in.   Yes, this is a FAQ - a Frequently Asked Question.      And we should take a moment here to set the record straight.   A few months back, when Stickman was contemplating an unequivocal 'escape' from Bangkok, he kindly advised his readers to visit our Bangkok Eyes site.   And a good many people did - we had a bonanza month as far as visitors to the site was concerned.   And for this we are eternally indebted.

      And while 'visitors to our site' remains on the increase, the Midnite Hour will not be changing our format - we will continue to present an ongoing history of Bangkok's Nitescene - a survey-generated review of old Night Entertainment Venues closing, and new Night Entertainment Venues opening within the major Expat Night Entertainment Areas.   We will be retaining our other features, as found within.   However, we will not be adopting any of the Stickman column features.   And that will be for a couple of compelling reasons:

      The first reason is that Midnite Hour is produced by 'volunteer labor' - we do not solicit advertising, nor do we make any money from other means from this site.   This pretty much limits our 'level of effort' to approximately 4 days at the end of each month to prepare the coming issues.   Then, after that, we return to living our lives - and earning our keep.   Or, to say the same thing another way, we could not match Stickman's level of productivity.   We have even mentioned to Stickman, over lunch, that we do not have any idea how he is able to produce a new issue of that volume, of that quality, each week.   It is, in our estimation, a phenomenal effort on his part.

      The second reason we will not be assuming any of the Stickman features on Midnite Hour, or otherwise 'taking over' from Stickman, is that Stickman - the website - is not going anywhere.   He is still publishing<LINK> - and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.   And while we have personally urged Stickman - the person - to remain in Thailand, he has not finally committed one way or the other.   (He is currently having a look-about in N-Zed.)   But whatever he finally decides, his Stickman website will remain - with, perhaps at most, slightly modified content.   -With emphasis on the "perhaps".


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         We can answer virtually any (reasonable) question on the Expat Night Entertainment Scene in Bangkok - be it Historical or very recent.   Send us an e-mail and we will do our best to answer you soonest.

'Boge' Hartman
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Let the May 2015 Follies begin...
BANKOK EYES' Expat Night Scene.
            A pic of the Surawong Road entrance to Patpong 1.   Most do not realize that Patpong-at-night is no longer mostly Night Entertainment Venues.   Patpong 1's glory days are now just a distant memory, it has become mostly 'big-bag shops' and Night Bazaar stalls selling imitation-branded goods.

            An on-the-fly "for-the-archives" pic of Bada Bing! and Crown Royal neon on Patpong 2.
  PATPONG  2  

Door Art Of The Month

             All else aside, the Rio Club has, without question, some of the most outstanding, and dynamic (transforming / shifting) neon in Thailand.   The Rio is a most obvious candidate for this month's Door Art Of The Month Award.

             For some reason, each time we passed by in the past, the True Obsessions neon had something, or someone blocking our view.   At last, a For-The-Archives record shot of that neon.....

             Late entry: The moment we went to press, Bubbles, on the 3rd floor closed it's doors, and the coyotes were released back into the wild.   We will see if we can get additional photos next time.   One of the possibilities discussed was not to rush into renovating Bubbles, but rather to finish off the renovations at Jail Birdz, across the way.   Estimated time of completion: this June.   As it stands, this is only discussion, and NOT a confirmed plan of action...   We shall update again next issue.
- File photo

             A For-The-Archives photo of the Hillary 2 showing their 'Happy Guitar' motif.    The rock continues to rock....
  SOI   NANA   

            Yet another For-The-Archives pic - this time of the Naree Massage, located deep in Soi Nana.   May they continue to slip 'n slide....
  SOI   NANA   

             After two months' renovation, the former One Night Only digs reopened as the indoor-outdoor L.L. Cafe - it remains to be seen if this is going to be a "Nitespot" or just a restaurant, but in the meantime, welcome to Partytown.   (The One Night Only, however, lasted longer than that - they opened in April of 2012, having taken over from the B. B. House.)

            The For Fun is closed down for renovations to the 1st and 2nd floors.   They should be reopening in June of this year.   Note: the outside verandah is still serving.
- File photo  

   SOI  22
             The Hands Of Heaven Massage & Spa have just opened on Soi Lemongrass (the small soi just past the now-renovating Imperial Queen's Park Hotel).   They are yet another massage venue with a menu that doesn't seem to quit.   Welcome them to the machine.   And while we are on the subject, if you can't find the exact massage you are looking for in any of the several massage parlors on that small soi, you are not likely to find it in Bangkok - you might as well try the Philippines.....
SOI  22 - (Sukhumvit)

               Last month we tipped off our readers that Lips was about to reopen, and that they would eventually have a name-change.   Well, the first part happened - they reopened (rather softly).   But for whatever reason (we smell a rat), they are now closed again.   We'll keep an ear to the ground, and if we hear of any change of status, we shall duly report.

               Could it be that My Theraphy Spa & Massage has fallen victim to  ?   Nevertheless, their new signage is a vast improvement over the old.   My Theraphy is an 'ambiguous' massage parlor.

                Last month we noted that the Aloft Hotel was home to three Nitespots.   A reader reminds us that we listed only the one: the WXYZ Bar.   The other two Venues are Levels and Crave.   So, let the good times roll.   See photos below -


               A For-The-Archives pic of the Good Luck Bar.   A very active pool table at the back.   May they continue to romp.

   SOI  EDEN  
            The Down Under was battened down the other night when we passed by.   We suspect this might have been a temporary closure - after all, what self-respecting Oz bar would leave without taking their wooden 'roo?   We'll keep an eyeball peeled, and get back atcha if the status changes....
SOI  EDEN -  Soi  7/1 Sukhumvit

            Since November of last year, the Hot Male and the Hot Male 2 have been combined as just Hot Male.    As of this month, they have once again reestablished the Hot Male 2 as a separate entity.   May they persevere.



 20 YEARS AGO  :


With thanks to Cool Text -

Bangkok Eyes goes back in time to see
Who was new - And who was through
in the Expat Night Entertainment world.
How many of these old 'oases'
do you remember ?

Patpong I

   *  No changes that month / year.

Patpong 2

    *  The The Condom Club (previously Elixer - The Condom Club) dropped 'Elixer' from it's name.   It was located on the 2nd Floor of the stairwell opposite Foodland.   There is no Nitespot at that location today.

    *  The Body Talk Cafe Bar closed.   It was located on the 4th floor of the stairwell across from Foodland.   There is no Nitespot at that location today.

    *  Drop Koi Beauty Shop, and True Mark, from the reporting, as they were not Night Entertainment Venues.   They were located on the 4th floor of the stairwell opposite Foodland.   There are currently no Nitespots at those locations.

    *  The Imagine Bar closed after a brief one-month try at it.   It was located above the Topless Beer Bar.   No venue currently occupies that space.

Soi Cowboy

    *  The Surprise (Country 88) (the single shophouse previously sandwiched between Cowboy 1 and Cowboy 2 ) added a '9', becoming Surprise #9 (Country 88).   Currently the location of the Spice Girls.

Nana Plaza

   *  No changes that month / year.

Soi Katoey (Silom Soi 4)

    *  The Tapas Cafe opened newly in the previous Genesis Club digs.   Tapas is still there today.   We wonder if they are having a 20-year party?

    *  The Chilli House opened in the then-just-closed The Shooter Bar digs.   It is no longer open & was located near today's Bas Living Room.

    *  The Speed opened newly next to today's Bearbie.   it is no longer there.

    *  The Deeper took over the Deep digs - also located (upstairs) at the today's Bearbie.

    *  The Helen's Place closed.   It would soon reopen as Helene's Place (with an 'e'), which is still there today.

    *  The Spago Party House opened in what is today the For Fun.

Buckskin Joe Village (~ May 1988 - 9 June 2006)
(Also known - originally- as Tobacco Road or Soi Rot Fai or, 'The Tracks', and later as Machim [Thai] and Soi Zero)

   *  No changes that month / year.


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Graf in the Comics

Copyright Darryl Makes Comics.  This excerpt is in conformance with Copyright Fair Use clauses.  

   Darryl McDaniels, rapper for Run-DMC, was, like many of us, an avid reader and collector of comic books when he was a kid.   His favorite hero was Spider Man.   A lot has changed since then – but not his passion for comic books.   He has recently branched out from the world of music and reverted back to his childhood obsession : he has created his own comic book series – named (what else?) DMC – which stands for ‘Darryl Makes Comics.   (Read all about them at < LINK > )

   That in itself is story enough, but it is not OUR story.   In Issue No. 1, where he becomes DMC, the superhero - not the rapper, there is a scene set sometime in the 1980’s on a New York subway, where we can see that the inside of the subway car is covered in graffiti (no surprise there….).

   But this is not just any cartoonist’s simulation of graffiti, it is none other than actual graffiti, created and hand-selected by Mare 139 (the tag of Carlos Rodrigues, a well-known ‘street artist’ in New York circles).   But this scene in the subway car is not the only place this authentic, real-life graffiti appears in DMC – it appears, and will continue to appear in various places throughout upcoming issues of the DMC comic book.   All that graffiti, scribbled all over the place - for some "the reality is just too much" - but most see it for what it is - clever, original, and an accurate finishing touch.

   It remains to be seen how DMC, the comic book, will fare on the kiddie market, but wise collectors had better be buying up every issue just in case....

Graffiti #792
8 ft high x 25 ft

Graffiti #793
7 ft high x 13 ft

Graffiti #794
Ivy Ways
3 ft high x 3 ft

Graffiti #795
Magic Planger
7 ft high x 7 ft

Graffiti #796
7 ft high x 9 ft

Graffiti #797
The Stopper
7 ft high x 22 ft

Graffiti #798
8 ft high x 15 ft

Graffiti, Graffiti , and more Graffiti - Bangkok's original graffiti Site !

   The MIDNITE HOUR Graffiti Page is prepared by Staff Contributor "Boge" Hartman .

(Boge's photo, above, is not a graffiti per-se, although there are those who have insinuated....   
- Ed

   --- Datzit Fernow
William R. Morledge


"The Archives" - All Our Back Issues Here

- 2015 -
01 JAN -    A Go-Go Bar Ratings
01 FEB -    Are Cops Gouging Nitelifers?
01 MAR -   Bad Company
01 APR -    LK Metro - Pattaya
01 MAY -    Soi 33 goes East

- 2014 -
01 JAN -   Bangkok's Got The Blues
01 FEB -   Soi 26 - Stayin' Alive
01 MAR -    Nightscene rues Mob
01 APR -    My Friend owns a Bar...
01 MAY -    Soi's 3, 5 and 7
01 JUN -    Curfew's Costly Cut
01 JUL -    Soi 13 Makes It's Move
01 AUG -    Pattaya Does The Twist
01 SEP -    Soi's 18 & 20 - Quieter is Better
01 OCT -    Soi's 10 & 14 - Lesser known Sois
01 NOV -    A Good Old Boy...
01 DEC -    Lang Suan & Sarasin

- 2013 -
01 JAN -    Not Fade Away - The Survivors
01 FEB -    Rare Old Photos
01 MAR -   Copa Reprise
01 APR -    Arise, Soi 22
01 MAY -    Where to Next ?
01 JUN -    Bangkok Noir
01 JUL -    MAPS - The Major Update
01 AUG -    Lamai Lamai Lamai
01 SEP -    Tim 'Wanchai' Young
01 OCT -    Soi Wall Street
01 NOV -    Little Thonglor - Soi 11
01 DEC -    Mississippi Queen

- 2012 -
01 JAN -    Mama-San
01 FEB -    Our 10th Anniversary Issue !
01 MAR -    How Gay Nana ?
01 APR -    Sukhumvit' Soi 23 - The Big Picture
01 MAY -    Khao San Road - Unique Bazaar
01 JUN -    Ekamai - It Used To Be Too Far
01 JUL -    Nightlife Pioneers
01 AUG -    The New Puritans
01 SEP -    Nana - On It's Own
01 OCT -    FAIL - War on Nitespot Drugs
01 NOV -    Patpong Unbroken
01 DEC -    Drugs & the Nightscene in History

- 2011 -
01 JAN -    Patpong's 'Glory Days'
01 FEB -    Nightlife In A Digital Age
01 MAR -    Co-Co Walk Plaza
01 APR -    Soi 33 Marches On
01 MAY -    Nightlife Permissiveness
01 JUN -    Ghosts of Nitelife Past
01 JUL -    STATE - The Cinema, Soi & Area
01 AUG -    Soi Darling
01 SEP -    Sri Nakarin South
01 OCT -    Soi 8 Reprise
01 NOV -    Floodless in Bangkok
01 DEC -    Soi Udomsuk

- 2010 -
01 JAN -    Street Bars II - The Triple-Dip
01 FEB -    Our Kind Of Art - II    - Chris Coles
01 MAR -    The Dead Artist Bars - Soi 33
01 APR -    "Soi Ginza" - Thaniya Road
01 MAY -    Night Scene Blues (Red Shirts 1)
01 JUN -    Nitespots Recover Slowly (Reds 2)
01 JUL -    World Cup Special
01 AUG -    Those Old Photos
01 SEP -    The German Invasion
01 OCT -    Racism & Prejudice
01 NOV -    Soi 11 Revisited
01 DEC -    Soi 22 Updater

- 2009 -
01 JAN -    The Santika Fire
01 FEB -    Salt & Pepper
01 MAR -    Nana Plaza - Update & Maps
01 APR -    Soi Nana Update
01 MAY -    The Nightscene & The Riots
01 JUN -    "19" Re-Focus
01 JUL -    Rain Dogs - The Underground
01 AUG -    Soi Thonglor - A bridge-too-far
01 SEP -    Ban Chang - Our Little Secret
01 OCT -    The "Ginza Effect'
01 NOV -    Royal City Avenue (RCA)
01 DEC -    Sutthisan & The Inthamara's

- 2008 -
01 JAN -    2007 - Looking Back
01 FEB -    Owning A Bar
01 MAR -    Expat's Bangkok
01 APR -    Nude Dancing
01 MAY -    After Midnite
01 JUN -    Night Scene In Flux
01 JUL -    Our Kind Of Art
01 AUG -    Trendy Plaza Reprise
01 SEP -    The Elephants Are ....Back
01 OCT -    Grand Prix Intro
01 NOV -    Grand Prix - Rick's Story
01 DEC -    "Old Bangkok Hand"

- 2007-
01 JAN -    Bombs Blast Bangkok
01 FEB -    Bangkok's Nightscene Websites
01 MAR -    Prasitipol Dance Bar To Fall
01 APR -    Soi 5 Neon Review
01 MAY -    A Go-Go Bangkok
01 JUN -    Arise ! Soi 11
01 JUL -    Anatomy Of A Bar Area
01 AUG -    Soi 26 - Too Far ?
01 SEP -    Chuwit Guilty
01 OCT -    Daytime Nana Plaza
01 NOV -    Cowboy - All Of It
01 DEC -    Another Nitespot Area Falls

- 2006 -
01 JAN -    Pattaya Ascending
01 FEB -    A Go-Go Then & Now
01 MAR -    ' Madrid '
01 APR -    White Heat
01 MAY -    Politics & Nightlife
01 JUN -    Fagin's Bratpack
01 JUL -    King Bhumipol's 60th Anniversary
01 AUG -    Soi 10 - The Final Shaft
01 SEP -    Pattaya's Soi Bua Khow
01 OCT -    Rachada's Other Face
01 NOV -    Soi 22s Other Bars
01 DEC -    Soi Eden Goes A Go-Go

- 2005 -
01 JAN -    Asoke Plaza Crushed
01 FEB -    The 'Nana Scene'
01 MAR -    Asoke Plaza Smashed Again
01 APR -    Sukhumvit 1 Plaza 'Arrives'
01 MAY -    Welcome 'Soi Eden'
01 JUN -    Bangkok's Bareback Riders
01 JUL -    Soi 22 - A Macro View
01 AUG -    Nana's Slide
01 SEP -    Cowboy Street Scene
01 OCT -    The Pattaya Run
01 NOV -    Soi 19 In Focus
01 DEC -    Bad Girls

- 2004 -
01 JAN -    Bangkok's Darkest Year
01 FEB -    Where Is Trink ?
01 MAR -    Soi 33 Just Won't Stop
01 APR -    Cracks In The Crackdown
01 MAY -    In The Zone
01 JUN -    "Night-Scene Jumbos
01 JUL -    Easy Square 'On The Map'
01 AUG -    Soi 1 Entertainment Plaza
01 SEP -    Khlong Toey Revisited
01 OCT -    Koh Samui's Night Scene
01 NOV -    Soi 1 Opens
01 DEC -    The Bangkok Pub Scene

- 2003 -
01 JAN -    Cowboy Crackdown
01 FEB -    Sukhumvit Square Smashed
01 MAR -    Soi 10 Survivors
01 APR -    War & The Night Scene
01 MAY -    Entertainment Blues
01 JUN -    '13 Night Market' Reborn
01 JUL -    Clinton Plaza Falls
01 AUG -    Soi 24 Nightscene Review
01 SEP -    Does Soi Nana Measure Up?
01 OCT -    Patpong - Legend & Myth
01 NOV -    Easy Square 'Launched'
01 DEC -    Soi Cowboy Urine-Swoop

- 2002 -
01 FEB -    January: Big Changes In Bar Scene
09 JUN -    Sukhumvit Square 'Explosion'

20 JUN -    Soi 22's Queen's Park Plaza
01 JUL -    Clinton Plaza - Already Dead?
01 AUG -    Bar Beers Now "Major Players"
16 AUG -    July: Bar Beers Gaining Ground
01 SEP -    A Go-Gos A-building
17 SEP -    Virtual Bars
01 OCT -    A History In The Making
01 NOV -    Pool Bars Come Of Age
01 DEC -    November's Night Follies
15 DEC -    Genesis: Sukhumvit's Night Scene
- 2001 -
20 NOV ( The Seminal Emails )

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