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01 April 2019
William R.  Morledge

April's Nightlife News
Bangkok's Bars - 20 Years Ago  
A Smile in the Land of Smiles.
Reader's Corner: Sukhumvit Sq. Redux
Bangkok's Graffiti Update  - #157

      Mizu's of Patpong is the story of two Japanese gentlemen - and a lady.   This tale is old, very old, and is a synthesis of a number of accounts dating back to the Japanese occupation of Thailand during WWII, and to the earliest formative days of Patpong Road.   This account is, by necessity, a weaving of 3rd-hand accounts and the only "one-on-one" interview with "Mizu" Mizutani (thankfully preserved by the Bangkok Post's Hanuman).   Where contradictions in the third-party accounts have arisen, and there were several, the Hanuman account prevails.    (Continued below......)

Not much to look at, behind that door, Mizu's Kitchen : one of Bangkok's great restaurants.

      In the early 1940s the Army of the Greater Japanese Empire sent "Mizu" Mizutani and Aiko Masakan off to the Asian mainland to do the business of war.   No, they were not sent to Nanking.   No, they were not Zero pilots.   They were sent to Bangkok, then under Japanese occupation, where Aiko was to cook in the Imperial Japanese Army officers' mess, and Mizu was, it seems, taking his meals at that very same officers' mess.

An old photo from the archives.   You can almost see
the smoke from the hotplates arriving from the kitchen...

      During the War, the land that was to be Patpong Road was a banana plantation which the Japanese had appropriated for a cantonment area.   It was only after the war in 1946 that the senior Patpongpanich purchased that land, later cutting a roadway through, connecting Silom and Surawong Roads.   It is surmised that this wartime cantonment area is the very place an acquaintance was first struck between Mizu and Aiko.

A view of Mizu's Kitchen from downstairs.   The stairwell
to the main dining room can be seen at the left.

      After the War ended in 1945, Mizu and Aiko were repatriated to Japan.   And by all measure, they did well for themselves, landing positions at the prestigious and earthquake-proof Imperial Hotel, designed, in part, by Frank Lloyd Wright.    But the only constant on this planet is "change", and their futures were to take a pivotal twist.   The government-owned and managed Erawan Hotel (prior to it becoming the Hyatt Erawan) was still under construction when they contacted the Japanese-owned and managed Imperial Hotel in Tokyo for the purpose of 'lend-leasing' hotel staff for the soon-to-be grand opening of the Erawan in 1956.   Mizu was selected for this temporary assignment at the Erawan on a short-term visa, and he brought Aiko back to Bangkok with him as his chef.   This arrangement worked well for all parties, but at the expiration of the visas, neither Mizu nor Aiko were of a mind to return to Tokyo - they had lost their hearts to Old Siam (or, less declamitorily... they had been bitten by the Bangkok bug).


      Considering the compressed timeframes, it is likely that Mizu had started negotiations for a shophouse of his own even before his tenure expired at the Erawan.   But 'nothing is easy'; so he returned to his old stomping grounds to explore possibilities at Patpong Road.   ("Old Man" Patpong had already completed his roadway through from Silom to Surawong and had begun leasing out plots to local and expat businesses.)   After setting his sites on what would later be number 32 Patpong Road, Mizu entered into a long and arduous negotiation with a singularly suspicious landlady.   Mizu was finally able to win her over and sublease the shophouse that would become Mizu's Kitchen.   The two, Mizu and Aiko immediately set to work, and before the end of 1957 Mizu's Kitchen was in business.   It would seem at this juncture it would be appropriate to say, "And the rest is history," but things were just warming up...

The walls tell the story...

      Less than two years after Mizu's Kitchen had opened, it had already become popular with the then-active circle of Bangkok expats, and by tacit agreement among the resident journalists of the day, it became the ad-hoc meeting place for the nascent Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand - FCCT.   The FCCT made Mizu the first Honorary President - the honorific not being taken seriously, but worn proudly, nonetheless.    In those early, comparatively uncomplicated times, wherever foreign journalists congregated, they attracted the so-called 'embassy-types' and members of a burgeoning Air America crowd.   This, in turn, sparked the first rumors that the 'intelligence community' frequented Mizu's Kitchen to stay abreast of 'the latest', and to 'rub elbows'.   (Nowadays, of course, things have reversed - now the Media slinks over to the 3-Letter Agencies to get the latest 'leak' - any leak will do - we can beat up anything into a good 'story'... but I digress...).

      While these 'Air America shadow-types' and 'embassy-types' certainly frequented the bars in and around Patpong in those early years, the stories told, and then retold, were (to say it nicely) 'glorifications' by those who would otherwise like to spice up their lives with dark intrigue and The Mysteries of the Orient...   Alas, these colorful stories persist today, having gained even more traction during the then-approaching onslaught of the Viet Nam War in the late 60's and early 70's.   These breathless stories continued to self-embellish, describing a number of Patpong area bars as "CIA hangouts", (Lucy's Tiger Den, Napoleon, Madrid... etc, etc.).   And, all rumors being true, (Ho ho ho...) Mizu's Kitchen was the seed, the spawning-place that started it all...

      Later, Bobby De Cozier of Bobby's Arms, would bid to host the FCCT, but would fail.   Nevertheless, the FCCT would eventually outgrow (literally) the diminutive Mizu's Kitchen, and through successive years, moved to a number of different locations, to include its halcyon years atop the now defunct Dusit Thani Hotel.   Most recently, the FCCT has come to rest at the Maniya Building - said building located, as the old dogs will recall, where the Thai Yonoke once held all-night vigil...   But I'm digressing again...

         In a seemingly unrelated series of events across town, Khun Chavalit, owner of the Ambassador Hotel on Sukhumvit Soi 11, was firing 'incompetent' local hotel managers at the rate of about one a month.   Let's just say this in the kindliest of terms; he wasn't an easy person to get along with.   He began a search for someone he saw as able to grab his ass with both hands, and someone who could put up with him.   A seemingly impossible couple of conditions...   He then met Mizu Mizutani, who was tall, well dressed, of dignified manner, and spoke almost as directly and bluntly as he, Chavalit, did.   He made Mizu an offer he couldn't refuse - and shortly thereafter, he, Mizu Mizutani, went over to the Ambassador as manager, staying there for a number of years.   Until Mizu's death in the 90's, to include his years at the Ambassador Hotel, he continued to be the 'public face' of Mizu's Restaurant - chef Aiko remaining for the most part in the background.   After Mizu's passing, Aiko took up the slack, both as manager and chief chef.   On Aiko's eventual passing a few years ago, his very competent daughter, Khun Salanya, took over management of Mizu's Kitchen.   Due to Aiko's advanced age, many speculate Khun Salanya was managing Mizu's Kitchen years before Aiko's untimely passing.

      Through the decades, Mizu's Kitchen developed a flavor of its own.   Literally.   Year after year, decade after decade, the endless sizzling Sarika Farm steaks served on even hotter hotplates had deposited a thin patina of yellowish-tan grease over the entire restaurant.   The smell of the restaurant was unique - a blindfolded person led into Mizu's Kitchen would know exactly where, in Bangkok, he was.   But not to be misunderstood, this was not a bad thing - it was part of the Mizu's Kitchen dining experience.   It was during these later years that Mizu's Kitchen expanded their fare from a simple 'meatballs & spaghetti' type menu to a more diverse, international selection.   Many of us, however irreverently, would head upstairs to Mizu's Kitchen and order the Rape of Nanking Combination Plate.   There was, of course, no such menu item - we, the demented few, gave this moniker to any Chinese menu item chased by any Japanese menu item.   A personal favorite was the Shanghai Pork Noodles followed by Shrimp Tempura.   Oh, the memories.

      If you haven't guessed by now - Mizu's Kitchen closed (on 27 March 2019).   Ramping up in the mid '50's, it was the longest running, by far, expat-owned restaurant in Bangkok.   It was, in a very real sense, the genesis of what Patpong Road would become - without consciously trying, Mizu's Kitchen very early on became a focal point, a place where expats were comfortable to congregate day or night.   Mizu's Kitchen could then sit back and watch from it's second floor perch while Patpong Road became the most famous, most notorious nexus of expat night entertainment in Asia, if not the world.

      Those new to Bangkok, be they recently arrived expat or tourist, will hardly take note of Mizu's Kitchen's closing, if they even knew of Mizu's Kitchen at all.   To them, the closing of Mizu's Kitchen will be of 'zero' significance.   Those who knew it back in an earlier, less sophisticated version of Bangkok - a Bangkok made up of an intertwined cast of one-off characters - will see Mizu's Kitchen's demise as an historic closing of a door, a door not to be reopened.   'Turn the page'.

      Copious thanks to Hanuman, who, yet again, more than lived up to his mythical namesake, and to Duke d'Thonglor for yeoman's work in researching the FCCT - all of which we greedily incorporated into the above confabulation...



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   READER :   
      Slow response, but history has to be correct!   Reference your January Reader's Corner:
Moonshine on Soi Cowboy was the first of the bars owned by Ott and her husband Bobby Toombs.   Some of the scenes for Good Morning Vietnam were shot there.   At that time the Bangkok Post ran an article on Bobby and his business.   By the time Bobby finished his days at the Silver Dollar bar in Washington Square, Ott was already with Ned.   After Bobby died, Ott and Ned took over the running of the Silver Dollar.   Cheers.

      Thanks much for the correction on Moonshine and the additional information on the Silver Dollar.    As you say, "History must be correct."   We note that the Silver Dollar closed at the end of 2012 as Washington Square continued winding down in advance of redevelopment projects.
   READER :   
      Great coverage in your graffiti essay on 'gentrification'.   It should also be mentioned that this is a global problem, where wealthier developers and wannabe homeowners buy up residences for occupancy or resale.   The poorer classes are the ones hurt due to forced relocation.   The reason - the poorer people are for the most part just renting, and have no say over the sale of the homes they live in.      Thanks,

      We agree, 'gentrification' is certainly a global issue.   We actually did touch on the plight of home and business renters in our original essay.   We also noted that the difference between 'gentrification' and normal (and eventually unstoppable) redevelopment is the rate at which it happens.   (We noted that everything, bar perhaps the pyramids, will eventually be redeveloped.)   Its really more a matter of semantics; gentrification happens at an accelerated rate, affording little time for occupants to make plans and to respond.   The emphasis of our article was the protesting of gentrification through the 'vehicle' of graffiti.
   READER :   
      Happy New Year and I hope all is well.   Did you guys do anything on (or remember) the beer bars that were haphazardly erected on Sukhumvit Soi 10 (?) around the late 90's??   I feel this series of bars were never established as a mainstream entertainment area but were more or less used by the usual naughty boys and expats.   I think the gov't had them torn down in the early 2000's, saying they were encroached on private property.   Any usual "who, what, where, when, why" would be appreciated.

Above, Stickman's <link> historic photo of the carnage.

      We began covering the Soi 10 bars starting with our June 2002 issue <link>.   We had almost continuous monthly coverage on through to our February 2003 issue, which covered the destruction of the entire Night Entertainment Area by a military ma.fia <link>.   This clandestine military operation was at the behest of the landowner himself (now-disgraced politician Chu.wit Kam.olwisit) - and made international news.
      The name of the Night Entertainment Area was originally 'Thai Help Thai', but was changed shortly after to Sukhumvit Square.   We also had many follow-up stories in successive editions.
      See also our history of Sukhumvit Square at : <link>.   We also produced the only map of that Nitespot Area showing all the venues.   It can be viewed at: <link> .
   READER :   Hello,
Your posts a great source.   As a some-time visitor to Bangkok I noticed your map in the March issue of Soi 3 and 'Arab Town'.   Is that Arab thing a real thing and is it something a tourist nightlifer like myself would visit?   And do other outsiders hang out there?

"Arab Town" is not the actual name of that area, or any area we know of.   It is a 'popular name' for the area around Sukhumvit Soi 3/1.   The term is likely only used among a group of resident expats living in Bangkok.   It is almost entirely composed of Middle-Eastern restaurants and shops and is a popular destination for Middle-Eastern and African tourists.   If you like Middle-Eastern food, as do we, we would suggest you include 'Arab Town' on your itinerary.   For other 'Nightlife' activities, you will have to search further afield - there is virtually no 'Nightlife' there (we did note one exception : the massage parlor Sisters Massage).
Note: Text may be edited for brevity and/ or clarity.

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Let the April 2019 Follies  begin-

            What was the original King's Castle, and once judged to be the world's best bar, is now under renovation.   (It was eventually turned into the King's Castle III - a katoey A Go-Go - before its final demise.)   Works are now almost complete on the new bar's interior.   Should the street chatter be accurate, it will open as soon as next month as yet another boy bar - one of the several transplants from the now-closing Soi Twilight.   What it will be named is anyone's guess - a wait-and-see item.

            We don't normally comment on the closing of a pharmacy, but our sources on the street advise (with at least some authority) that it will open in May as yet another 'boy bar' transplant from Soi Twilight.   Again, a wait-and-see item....

            Could it possibly be true that has been ten years since the Black Pagoda took over the reins from Patpong 2's 'bar on the bridge' - the Park Bridge?   Oh, yes, renovations completed, it opened in September of 2009.   How time does fly...   Let the good times roll...

            The Strip had been rumored to be closing down at the end of March, and that is exactly what happened.   They chose to go out with a 'whimper' instead of a 'bang' - having a three-day 'festival' starting 29 March.   Once one of the greater Bangkok A Go-Go's, it had faded in recent times.   Rumors are afloat that there is already an offer for a new Nitespot at that location.   -But rumors (as we are wont to say) and 65 baht will get you a cup of ice coffee at the Thermae.   Below are a couple of pics from our archives of The Strip in its heyday...


            Bada Bing A Go-Go was to close at the end of February, but lingered on to mid-March before the final curtain came down.   ...Well, not quite the 'final curtain' - it was to reopen soon after that without a name-change, and with what appeared to be new management and a new on-stage line-up.   That 'on-stage lineup' has, in recent days, taken on some new and eye-appealing talent - perhaps from the recently closed The Strip?   May they keep on keeping on...

            Up on the The Ramp (2nd level), the Qeen 501 Studio Bar (- 'Queen' in Thai language) has taken over the reins of what was once the 9501 Studio Bar.   This is the second 'boy bar' up on The Ramp to have relocated from Soi Twilight (with more in the pipeline).

            A 'For-The-Archives' pic of the Lighthouse A Go-Go, one of Soi Cowboy's more popular bars.    Keep on rocking...


The Angel Witch is one of many Venues that supplement their A Go-Go lineup with 'shows'.   Bangkok's bar 'shows' are historically variegated and of varying quality.   

            King Night Club is the latest to open upstairs in the Rajah Hotel outbuilding.   (Is not that name already spoken for?  -Just sayin'...)   It follows the short-lived Tamasha Exclusive Indian Club & Lounge, and the later Red Moscow Club & Lounge.   The King doesn't appear to be any more popular than either of its predecessors, nevertheless, we wish them well as they venture into the neon jungle...

            The Fork & Cork doesn't have a new sign (its the same old patchwork one), but they have provided it with better lighting - their sign can now be seen from the top of the Soi.    Keep on keeping on...

 SOI  22  
            Another case of 'gone-but-not-gone' - last month, we had written off  Bar I'on as yet another fallen soldier, but we see they were, in fact, undergoing major renovations - to include an actual sign this time around...   Welcome them back to the party...
 SOI  22  

            Candy Massage, located deep in the Soi, and down at the end of Subsoi Lemongrass has called it a night.   With the plethora of massage parlors in that area, we are amazed that any of them can keep their heads above water.   May they find the grass greener on down the road apiece...
 SOI  22  

            The short-lived Kick Club located in the Holiday Inn at the top of the Soi was under lock-and-key (literally) when we passed by on the weekend.   Yet another Nitespot adventure in that hotel that just didn't cut the mustard...
 SOI  22  

            The Paradise Thai Massage is closed down for renovations - the signage has been removed, lending credence to a possible name-change.   Lets see what the night will bring....
 SOI  22  

            The indoor-outdoor Hemingway have completed their renovations at the old Zaks digs, and they are looking good.   There has, however, been a slight change to their modus operandi - they are now a "restaurant - pub".   The same great menu cooks along until about 10:30 p.m., - at which time the kitchen shuts down and they become a pub.   The pub takes 'last orders' at 01:30 a.m.., and everyone, at least theoretically, goes home at 02:00 a.m..   And, yes, some of the old Hemingway staff came on over to the new digs...   ..."I get paid by the word - I'm not finished yet," as a famous journalist once said.   Something brand-new is a-working upstairs...   Watch this space....

      "The Door Art Of The Month" for April goes to Hemingway - they paid attention to detail, making the new digs as comfortable as the old - which many will remember from Sukhumvit Soi 14.   (Not that we have forgiven the landowners at Sukhumvit Soi 14 for selling out - and destroying a structure that should have been a Bangkok Heritage Site....)

 SOI  AMBASSADOR  (Sukhumvit Soi 11) 

            Coming on line this month is the Grace Massage.   It has opened newly in the small soi just past The Australian.   It appears to be first-cousin to Grace Foot Massage & Salon just around the corner on the main Soi.   Note the fine print: "No Happy Ending"..... signage-wise, this may be a Thailand 'first'.   May Lady Luck smile....
 SOI  AMBASSADOR  (Sukhumvit Soi 11) 

            The Rosabieng (The 'Dining Car') Music Bar & Restaurant, which closed a couple of months ago, appears to be open - but it is not.   An enterprising street bar has opened part of the fence and set up shop....
 SOI  AMBASSADOR  (Sukhumvit Soi 11) 

            A For-The-Archives pic of the Nice & Easy.   It is one of the older, more successful bars along the back row.   May the Force be with them...
 QUEEN's  PARK  PLAZA  (Sukhumvit 22) 

            The Firm opened its doors in December of 2017 in what was Soi 33's pioneer bar, Renoir Club 1841.   It closed in November of 2018.   Not long after it closed, we noticed a buzz of activity, however it apparently wasn't open to the public.   By January 2019 it had reopened and, while under 'new' management, it retained the same name.   This month all the signage has been restored, and they appear to be 'business as usual'.
 SOI  DEAD   ARTISTS (Sukhumvit 33) 

            Love & Service Massage located in Subsoi 4 was closed and dark when we passed by.   This has happened before, so before we relegate it to the recycle bin, lets give it a 'wait-and-see".
 SOI  DEAD   ARTISTS (Sukhumvit 33) 

            Pent 33 was closed again when we passed by at the end of the month.   This is the second time in the last few months it has been closed on weekend evenings (where it would be expected it would be open).   We will have another look next survey, and get back atcha.
 SOI  DEAD   ARTISTS (Sukhumvit 33) 

            The upstairs Kizuna Bar located next to the Pan Pan Italian Restaurant was locked down and in deep shadow when we passed by at the end of the month.   We shall remove it from the rolls, with the provision that we will, of course, reinstate it should it come back to life...
 SOI  DEAD   ARTISTS (Sukhumvit 33) 

            Last month, we noted the Y'Not Bar had closed.   This month, the next-door neighbor Good Time Massage has set up shop in those digs with an improvised bar beer.   This is in essence, a return to what things were when Good Time first opened a number of months ago.   Let's see what happens in the ensuing months...
 SOI  EDEN  (Sukhumvit 7 / 1) 

            Last month, we noted that bars in Bangkok's most well-known hard-core gay Night Entertainment Area, Soi Pratuchai, or, 'Soi Twilight' have been moving away -slowly but surely- for the last year.   At that time we said that in spite of the remaining bars on that Soi trying hard to show it's business-as-usual, "The handwriting is more than just on the wall..."    Since then, a lot has changed.   A major migration out of Soi Twilight is in progress, and many of those bars (that have not already done so) are moving into Patpong 1 and Patpong 2.   Next month, we will have a full report on the ongoing migration of these bars.






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
April 1999

   *  Club Habanos & Observatorey dropped "& Observatorey" (yes, that was the spelling...) to become just Club Habanos.   Located next to, and an adjunct to Gold Finger's.   There is no nightspot at that location today.

   *  SuperStar was forced by the Sign Ge.stapos to use its registered name, "P.P. SuperBar".   It has since reverted to 'SuperStar'...

   *  Thai Lady Bar (2nd level) and 'Traditional Massage' (3rd level) opened above the Thigh Bar.   Today, an unnamed Nitespot occupies the 2nd level.

   *  The second-level Queen's Castle II show bar dropped the "Susie Wong" portion of their name.   Still there today, it goes by "Queen's II".

Patpong 2
April 1999

   *   No changes that month / year. -

Soi Cowboy
April 1999

   *  Moonshine Pub was temporarily closed.   It is still open at that location.

Nana Plaza
April 1999

   *  Up on the 3rd level, the Mai's Bar opened newly in the small Hollywood Bier Bar digs (which had just closed).

"Entertainment Plaza"
(Soon to become 'Clinton Plaza' - Thermae Annex)
[ February 1999 - May 2003 ]

April 1999

      *    Boat Bar - (previous month unnamed).   Next to main building.
      *    Growler's Bar - Next to main building.   NEW
      *    The Last Money - On the 'Island'.   NEW
      *    Nuch Snack Bar - On the back row.   NEW
      *    Maya - (previous month unnamed).   On the back row.

Soi Katoey
( Silom Soi 4 )
April 1999

   *  The upstairs Deeper reopened after a 1-month closure.   Currently Hugs occupies that space...

Buckskin Joe Village
(~ December 1988 to December 2006)
(Also known -originally- as Tobacco Road or Soi Rot Fai or, 'The Tracks', and later as Machim [Thai] and Soi Zero)
April 1999

   *  The Linda Bar - Find X.O. bar beer closed for renovations.




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      Mark Twain famously opined, "Politicians, old buildings, and prostitutes become respectable with age."   If we can be somewhat more contemporaneous - without becoming overly cynical - we hereby paraphrase;  "Rock stars, film actors and artists become venerated in death."

      Examples are many, as highlighted by the recent passing of "old school" graff artist Dan Whedon.   (Here we note: any graff artist who vandalized New York City trains back in the day is so anointed with the accolade "old school".)   He rose to fame, or at least notoriety and peer recognition under the tag, 'OMNI'.   Nor should this 'fame' be a surprise to anyone : original, stark, colorful and disconcerting, his pieces were irresistible to the eye of even the most jaded.

      Dan Whedon passed away on 21 February 2019 from a reported drug overdose.   Another in the unending, serial drug deaths that, in these fast times, plague the famous, the gutter-dweller and all walks in between.   Death by OD is now so commonplace, it has become tacitly acceptable - rarely even raising an eyebrow.   It has, for the first time in US history, surpassed deaths-by-gunshot.   And, as bizarre as it may seem, in the case of 'celebrity death', it has become a 'fame-multiplier' ( sad and twisted as that may be...).

Dan's now-famous "Gentrify This"

      Originally, Dan was a founding member of New York's '156 Crew' graff crew, however, more recently, he participated in the making of videos, as well as spraypainting murals, commissioned and otherwise.   Much of his huge body of work can be found on his ongoing website Dan Whedon - Omni < link >.

      In the aftermath of Dan's tragic death, his many friends have marshaled forces and are donating personal funds directly, and have initiated a GoFundMe campaign to help cover the costs of creating a proper memorial.   Their kick-off of the GoFundMe raised $8,500 within hours - and looks to easily reach their goal of $10,000.

      By way of eulogy from his pals; "May his colors never fade," and, "Rest in Paint".

With thanks to Cool

Graffiti #1081
Ruby, Ruby Mine
8 ft high x 8 ft

Graffiti #1082
Old Dog Blue
8 ft high x 15 ft

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Snow Bird
6 ft high x 8 ft

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Winds of Color
8 ft high x 12 ft

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8 ft high x 11 ft

Graffiti #1086
Celestial Lillys
7 ft high x 11 ft

Graffiti #1087
Aftermath Zero-Zero
8 ft high x 15 ft

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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


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- 2020 -
- 2019 -
01 JAN -   Soi 71 + "W District"
01 FEB -    Back to Soi 26
01 MAR -   Soi 1 & Soi 3
01 APR -    Mizu's Of Patpong

- 2018 -
01 JAN -   The Pub Crawl
01 FEB -   Bobby Passes On
01 MAR -    Nana - The Plaza - The Soi
01 APR -    Soi Dead Artists - Downsizing?
01 MAY -    Soi's 5, 7, 7/1 Eden
01 JUN -    Soi 24 - Going Nowhere
01 JUL -    Street Bars - They're Back
01 AUG -    Udorn in the 60's & 70's
01 SEP -    Potpourri - Odds 'N Ends
01 OCT -    Khao San + Rambutri Rds.
01 NOV -    Night Market Sri Nakarin
01 DEC -    Soi 23 - Running Hot
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01 JAN -   Soi 22 - the Survivor
01 FEB -    Hua Hin Nights
01 MAR -   Hooking-Up
01 APR -    Soi Than Tawan
01 MAY -    Our Saloon-Count Surveys
01 JUN -    Soi Bua Khao
01 JUL -    Soi 8 - Work In Progress
01 AUG -    NO PHOTO (more or less)
01 SEP -    Stickman Calls 'Time'
01 OCT -    Sweet Black Angel
01 NOV -    Thai King At Rest
01 DEC -    The Dark Arts

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01 FEB -   Sukhumvit Square Justice
01 MAR -    Paint the Neon Night
01 APR -    Udom Suk Reviste
01 MAY -    Soi Thaniya
01 JUN -    Soi Thonglor Re-up
01 JUL -    Massage Parlor Row
01 AUG -    Check Inn 99
01 SEP -    Pattaya A Go-Go
01 OCT -    Bangkok's Nitelife Maps
01 NOV -    Nitespot Demographics
01 DEC -    Pattaya's Soi 6

- 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
01 JUN -    Rachada Fades
01 JUL -    Freelancers
01 AUG -    Nana Plaza Map 2015
01 SEP -    Soi Nana Map 2015
01 OCT -    Walking Street - Pattaya
01 NOV -    Rachada - The Giant
01 DEC -    A Go-Go's Story

- 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 Decemberes 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 Bhumibol'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

01 JAN -    Seminal Survey -Paradisio Closes
- 2001 -

01 JAN -    Baccara opens in Cowboy
01 FEB -    Club Habanos Closes - PP1
01 MAR -    Ferang Connection Closes - Nana
01 APR -    Rock Hard BB Open - Clinton Pl.
01 MAY -    Las Vegas Opens - Cowboy
01 JUN -    'Wall Street' Opens - Soi 33
01 JUL -    Vixens Closes - Nana
01 AUG -    6 A Go-Go's Shut - Clinton Pl.
01 SEP -    Pussy Collection Opens - PP1
01 OCT -    Girl Friend Closes - PP1
01 NOV -    Rainbow III Opens - Nana
01 DEC -    White House Reopens - Clinton Pl.

- 2000 -

JAN -    'Cowboy Annex' Starts Up
FEB -    Agogo 2000 new at Nana
MAR -    Flowers - Clinton's 1st A Go-Go
APR -    Angel Witch new at Nana
MAY -    Dubliner now at Washington Sq
JUN -    Coco Loco opens at Clinton Pl.
JUL -    Bottoms Up new at Nana
AUG -    Crack House opens at Clinton Pl.
SEP -    Doll House / White House open at Clinton
OCT -    Rock Hard to open at Clinton Pl.
NOV -    Big Dogs opens at Nana
DEC -    Lolita opens in Cowboy Annex

- 1999 -

JAN -    Masquerade Closes @ Nana
FEB -    "Entertainment Plaza" Start-Up
MAR -    SuperStar is PP SuperBar !
APR -    Washington Square goes Critical
MAY-    New Klymaxx closes (Cowboy)
JUN -    'Wet Lips opens (Cowboy)
JUL -    Sam 2000 opens (Cowboy)
AUG -    Monica's opens (Clinton Plaza)
SEP -    Muzzik Cafe open on PP1
OCT -    No Probl'm now Cat's Meow
NOV -    Titty Twisters opens at Nana
DEC -    Londoner Brew Pub new on Soi 33
- 1998 -
JAN -    Nancy Bar opens on Floor 2, Nana
FEB -    Tabasco Charlies opens - (NEP)
MAR -    Cowboy 2 is a 'Pizzaria' - Soi Cowboy
APR -    New A Go Go Duck opens - Cowboy
MAY -    Raw Hide opens on Cowboy
JUN -    Para Disio opens - Floors 2 & 3 - NEP
JUL -    Patpong Cafe opens - PP2
AUG -    'Funny Girls' becomes 'Girlfriend' - PP1
SEP -    Masquerade opens on 3rd Floor - NEP
OCT -    Virgo opens on Cowboy
NOV -    Obsession, Beverly Hills, Red Lips open
DEC -    Lucifer Disko Tk opens atop Radio City

- 1997 -
JAN -    'Hot Rods' opens @ Nana
FEB -    Crazy Lady closes (Nana)
MAR -    3 Lounges closed - 'The Ramp'
APR -    Blue Sky Bar closes - PP1
MAY -    Crackdown at Nana
JUN -    Crystal Palace opens - PP2
JUL -    Limelight closes - PP1
AUG -    Rainbow II opens @ Nana
SEP -    Cowboy's Butterfly Gone
OCT -    Shadow drops Crazy Jack (Cowboy)
NOV -    Hollywood 2 now on 3rd Floor (NEP)
DEC -    Susies opens @ Buckskin Joe Village
- 1996 -
JAN -    Shooters opens on 3rd Floor (NEP)
FEB -    XTC Closes, then Reopens (NEP)
MAR -    Tapas back on line (Soi Katoey)
APR -    Long Gun expands (2X) [Cowboy]
MAY -    Apache reopens on 'The Boy'
JUN -    Pink Panther "upstairs" closes
JUL -    Iconic Mile's Place gone...
AUG -    Upstairs Touch Bar closes (PP1)
SEP -    Pharaoh opens in NEP carpark
OCT -    Spirit House opens in NEP
NOV -    Crazy Lady opens in NEP
DEC -    Long Gun 2 opens (now Rawhide)

- 1995 -
JAN -    PP1 Butterfly Closed
FEB -    Camelot Castle Opens
MAR -    NEPs Bubble Gum gone...
APR -    Tiny 'Imagine' Closed
MAY -    (Quietest month on record)
JUN -    NEPs Mon Cherie axed
JUL -    Play Skool opens (NEP)
AUG -    Opium Club new on The Ramp
SEP -    D.L Irish Pub (ex: Bamboo's)
OCT -    NEP 3rd Floor Opens
NOV -    Klymaxx 2 opens on Cowboy
DEC -    Chicks opens upstairs (PP1)
- 1994 -
- 1993 -
JAN -       -
FEB -       -
MAR -   Saloons - More Areas Added
APR -    Saloons -Adding "Nana"
MAY -    Red Diamond Closed
JUN -    Saloons - Tomatohead Closes
JUL -    Pretty Lady A Go Go
AUG -    Mars Party House closed
SEP -    Matterhorn & Star Pub
OCT -    Sawasdee Cocktail Lounge - New
NOV -    Thigh Bar name change
DEC -    Smile Club to open...
- 1990 -
JAN -   Buckskin Joe - Initial Survey

- 1989 -
01 JAN -    (Coming Soon)
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