It's been just over three years since MIDNITE HOUR has done a complete MAPS update, and we have just about run out of excuses. Below are Bangkok's twelve major Expat Night Entertainment Area maps - as of 01 October 2016. Note : Maps are provided for the majorExpat Entertainment Areas only (those areas that have reached 'critical mass'), and do not cover the many smaller areas in and around Bangkok.
Soi Ho Karn Kha. Never heard of it? Neither did we until the stories began trickling in. How could we have been so remiss (?) - a Night Entertainment Area in our own back yard, as yet unvisited. This was something that had to be investigated at the first opportunity.
This last weekend, armed with notepad and camera, we made our way down to Soi Ho Karn Kha(Soi Chamber of Commerce), hoping to discover the next big break-out of Night Entertainment in Bangkok. Well, as is almost always the case, unbridled optimism goes hand-in-hand with unrealistic expectations. While it was indeed an active Soi, there were very few active Nitespots (see map above).
Having no historical perspective, we took a trip up and down Soi Ho Karn Kha in Google Street View, and we noticed a number of Nitespots that are no longer there. This is an indication that the Nightscene there is contracting. Unless and until we hear of something positive, we will not be making a return visit.
We note that the Soi has a number of small restaurants, to include Japanese, which might be of interest to the intrepid Bangkok explorer. And if you do have the urge to have a look at what there is of a Nightscene, we would suggest you try the In Love - very popular, and very Thai-Thai.
?I'm staying in Bangkok for 1month.
I also be in Sutthisan ? alone.
I would like to visit to some of disco for dancing.
I've been working in dancing club, so just I would be dancing with music.
I'm a women. So I would like to ask you think about it would be safe or not ? when I visit to night club or disco someplace alone.
The Sutthisan area is a mostly local Thaientertainment area, and it is not recommended for single women, especially those who are not familiar with the area. A good disco for foreigners, to include single ladies, is the EQ Late Night Club located at the Nana Hotel, Sukhumvit Road, Soi 4. Also the Insanity located at the top of Sukhumvit Road, Soi 12 is worth a visit. Although Bangkok is a relatively safe city, single ladies should always be careful of people newly befriended, and of new places.
The upstairs Club 66 started out with a bang back in October of 2007 when they took over from the totally lame Thai Food Restaurant & Pool Bar. But then, they started making changes - selling tickets downstairs for the first drinks (another name for 'Cover Charge'), even before the customer has seen the Venue.... Soon they had rightfully earned the tainted reputation of a 'typical upstairs bar'. The premises now stripped and empty, it was only a matter of time before the grim reaper took them down....
Any more, if a bar on the Patpongs is closed by extra-judicial police action, the street-justice meted out is usually a 2 month closure, regardless of the infringement. And, what with the Patpong family renewing leases for only a year at a time, a two month closure is, economically, the kiss of death. As it has just happened with Kiss, so it happened with Pussy Connection before it.... How painful it is for the old-timers to see Patpong die this slow death....
Fresh, Hot, Used ...
... THE COMPLEAT PANTIE MACHINE
The originalSpanky's, born many years ago in Sukhumvit Corner (Corner of Asoke & Sukhumvit Road) made the move to Patpong 2 when Sukhumvit Corner was closed down by the landowners. They at first tried to get the old Mike's Place up and running, but when that didn't work, they opened up a small beer bar in the just-closed Sidewalk Cafe Bar in July of 2005. All of that is just a single bit of historical minutiae now, however, as those digs are currently being renovated for use by others. May they find that proverbial greener grass...
The Triple 888 Massage is just a month old, and located in a spot that you wouldn't be able to find unless you had one of the streetside masseuses guide you up. Located up on The Ramp, but then, up another unmarked, poorly lit flight of stairs. A viable selection of healthy-looking masseuses. Welcome them to the slippery slope.
Billboard have redone their entire facade - professional signage, professional lighting. All to maximum effect. This month's easy winner of the Door Art of the Month award.
A sneak preview of Rainbow Four's new neon. It's 'Rainbow Four', unless you want it to be 'Rainbow 5'; you get to choose. A novel idea, no?
Temptations also have some new neon up. This time advising quite clearly that they are a 'ladyboy bar'. On the superfluous side, however, as I don't know anyone who didn't know, or who wouldn't know this, should they walk past.
Jools had been talking about pulling the pin for some months now, however this last month they stuffed the last chit in the last plastic cup. One of the 'Old Timers' on the Soi, they were talking about how rising rents (leases) were killing them. The obverse of that coin is they just weren't doing any business to speak of. May they find things more to their liking a little further on down the road a piece.
Last month the Rajah Hotel began massive renovations of the Soi Nana side of their premises. This caused the closing of 10 Nitespots (Strikers and G Terminal having previously moved out). Below are pics of those bars closed this last month, some of which have, or, are relocating (Strikers, Chaos 9, Rest Hub), and others which will go out of business. Three remaining venues on the Soi 2 side of the hotel are Annies Massage, The Mexican and the Sabaidee Massage.
The small soi running down just to the right of Titanium Ice Bar (which we call Soi Titanium) has a few Nitespots worthy of exploration.
SOI 22 (Sukhumvit)
The Happy Pub Bar in Soi Starlight has reopened (again). We shall hereby cease to report their frequent closings and reopenings, and get back atcha should it go down for the count....
SOI 22 (Sukhumvit)
The Bear Hug Momiya Massage is either open, or it is not. However, when we pass by at night on monthly surveys it is often not. If it is open just in the daytime, then it is not a 'Nitespot', and if this the case, we will be dropping it from the listings. We'll drop back for one final look....
In the 'We Don't Make Mistrakes Department', we previously listed this Nitespot as the 'Telephono' (it was the only sign we saw). However, those in-the-know have advised that the correct name is Havana Social. The dearth of signage is silent testament to it's 'word-of-mouth' reputation. And 'word-of-mouth' works just fine - extremely busy on weekends. As mentioned before, this club is unique - if you haven't visited yet, you are the loser. It has an upstairs that is ostensibly for cigar smokers, however we saw no one smoking the other evening. The Havana Social is reportedly the stepchild of the Above Eleven, just across the street.
SOI AMBASSADOR (Sukhumvit 11)
Gone, but not gone, the Check Inn 99 has found it's second new home in less than a year. Their initial effort to relocate to Soi 24 almost worked, but didn't - the devil being in the details of the share-agreement with the Admiral's Pub & Restaurant. Chris C. Smith says -after just a little over two weeks in the new digs - "Now we are finally home." 'Home', by the way, is the upstairs of Zaks, just across the street from the Ambassador Hotel. New signage is coming soon, as is the sprucing up of the extensive balcony areas. Nothing else has changed, the Philippine singers are still on board, jazz evenings are still on the slate.... Welcome them back to the nightcircus.
Bundy's Bar has a make-over, signage-wise. They are now including Chaos 9 on their marquee. You may have noticed that the Chaos 9 was just closed down in the Rajah Hotel complex due to extensive renovations to the hotel - this appears to be a consolidation. May they keep on keeping on.
Mojos mojo ain't workin'. Nor will it be ever again - if the signs posted on the outer door are accurate. They state plainly that this is a PERMANENT closure. Perhaps they have found a way out from under it all....
"History is hard to know, because of all the hired bullshit..." - H.S. Thompson
Bangkok Eyes goes back in time to
Who was new - And who was through
in the Expat Night Entertainment world.
How many of these old 'oases'
do you remember ?
*The upstairs A Go Go Boys opened above what is now the Thigh Bar. That location is currently occupied by an upstairs rip-off bar.
* Up on The Ramp, the Matador Club reopened after a one-month closure. No Nitespot currently operates at that location.
* The Eldorado New Bar opened in a tiny space just above the Topless Beer Bar. Today there is no Nitespot at that location.
* Up on The Ramp, the Hearty Club opened it's doors in the just-closed Club Abaniko. Today, that location is home to the King Corner Net.
* The Country 88(Surprise #9 A Go-Go) closed. It was located between the Cowboy 1 and the Cowboy 2 at that time. Today the Country 88 real estate is occupied by the Spice Girls - while the Cowboy 1 is still at it's original location.
* The Harmony opened newly in the ex-Darling Cabaret Show Restaurant digs. (Note, the Darling closed the month before, but was not reported on our earlier edition.) The Harmony, long ago closed, is currently home to Rawhide Lounge & Bar.
* Both the upstairs Klymaxx 2A Go Go and the downstairs New Salambo closed down that month, only to be replaced by New Loretta. That frontage now being occupied by Lighthouse.
* The Spirit HouseBar Beer opened up next to the .....spirit house. However the bar was not named after the spirit house, -rather the Christopher Moore novel of that name. The Short Time is currently occupying that location.
* The 3rd floor Shooters Wild WestA go-Go Bar closed down. Current occupants : none.
Soi Katoey( also Silom Soi 4 )
*Mario opened newly on the Silom Road side of Tapas. No Nitespot currently occupies that space.
*Airbus opened in the then-recently closed The Genesys Pub. That real estate is currently occupied by The Balcony(extension) just past the Telephone Pub as you are walking in.
*Film Mix closed down after a long run. It was located at today's 4 Sports Lounge.
*Versus Pub closed down after a brief go at it. It was located at today's For Fun.
Buckskin Joe Village(~ October 1988 to October 2006)
(Also known -originally- as Tobacco Road or Soi Rot Fai or, 'The Tracks', and later as Machim [Thai] and Soi Zero)
* The unnamed bar which opened a month previous at the far end of the Night Entertainment Area was, this last month, named Jungle Bar.
Almost precisely three years to the day after the passing of entrepreneur and graffiti artist Pharuephon (Mamafaka) Mukdasanit, friends and family opened a permanent gallery in Khon Kaen to show his works to the world. Mamafaka, a native of Khon Kaen tragically lost his life by drowning in the Phu Ket surf on 09 September 2013. (See our earlier story HERE < link > ).
Two years in the making, the MAMAFAKA Gallery grand opening was on September 10, hours 16:00 hrs - 22:00 hrs. On-site activities were provided by family and friends, and exclusive 'Mamafaka' posters were on sale.
The map below will show how to navigate when visiting. We currently do not have 'normal' operating hours for the gallery, so it would be appropriate to call first when planning a visit. The following phone number was provided in the Bangkok Post announcement : 092-559-6514.
The pic below shows a mock-up of one of the available posters. Also, for more information and updates, please visit their web blog : goo.gl/ZZNlfV
Graphic excerpts above are from Internet sources, and are, under current legal precedents and prevailing interpretations considered 'Fair Use' under Copyright Law.