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Bangkok,
01 August 2019
William R.  Morledge


August's Nightlife News
Bangkok's Bars - 20 Years Ago  
A Smile in the Land of Smiles.
Reader's Corner: 50 Years - BKK Bars
Bangkok's Graffiti Update  - #161


            We continue to resurvey Soi 8, hoping for the best (hoping it will reach a 'critical mass', where there is a synergism which draws the big crowds of a stand-alone "Night Entertainment Area").   But, while there is a goodly amount of general activity on the Soi, it continues to fall into the category of "close-but-no-cigar".



         By headcount alone, there is certainly a sufficient number of Nitespots to be a self-sustaining crowd-drawing Area, however, many of the Venues are of the Massage/ Spa variety (which can be found in overabundance in virtually every Sukhumvit soi).   It is also noted that many of the 'bars' are open-fronted restaurant-bars, lending themselves more to the dining-and-drinking crowd than the so-called "Night Entertainment" crowd.



         On our various surveys these last few years (the last 2 years ago), we have noted 'change' rather than 'growth' - Soi 8 tends to 'morph' rather than 'develop'.   Nevertheless, there is hope things will change - Soi 8 continues to be a work in progress - let's see what develops once the ongoing new construction on the left hand side is completed.

The Kasalong Bar & Pool has a unique location, able to be accessed from both Soi 6 and Soi 8 - see map, above.   It is known more for special services than it is for 'Bar & Pool'.

         Some suspect that the 'star power' of the nearby Soi Cowboy is such that prospective bar owners shy away from investing in new bars on Soi 8 - well... maybe.   MIDNITE HOUR will, of course, continue to check back periodically.

Lolitas opened originally in December of 2000 in the now-long-defunct Cowboy Annex (oh, yes it did, you doubters...).   Now a long-time resident of Soi 8.   Modus operandi unchanged after all these years....

The long-standing Kiwi has not disappeared.   It has moved into the first sub-soi on the right as you are walking in.   Prime agendum unchanged.



Det 5 is the oldest Nitespot on Soi 8, going back to the late 1980's in Tobacco Road (Soi Zero) when it went by its full name, Sexy Night Det 5.   Located deeper in Soi 8.



 

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50  YEARS  OF  BANGKOK  BARS  

   READER :   
      Hello Bangkok Eyes. Great job this month (July issue) on rehashing all the old haunts, some I remember well and some I never saw.   Just makes me wish I wouldíve spent more time in places like Cowboy Annex and Clinton Plaza.   Iím wondering how I never knew 13 Night Market was even there.   I suppose probably because Cowboy and Nana were so good back then that I didnt spend much time at the lesser places.   For awhile the Sukhumwit night scene was a bit overwhelming.   I lament the places closed and the long gone people I knew.   And I only go back to 1990.   Someone with your history in Bangkok, well, I donít know how you get your head around it.   Bangkok is a great city and I always have fun even now with the high prices and lesser range of places.   I always find something new, but man I miss what to me were the old days.   Keep up the good work.

   READER :   
      Fantastic write up of the bar industry in BKK.   This article was an amazing read and contained much information in an orderly, easy-to-read fashion.   This was the most informative article I have ever read about this subject.   WELL DONE, SIRS !!!

   READER :   
      I'm surprised that anyone remembers the old Khlong Toey bars.   On our journeys to Thailand (Asiatic commercial boats) in the 1960s we would always start our evening at the Mosquito or one of the other bars before moving into the city centre, but most of time we wouldn't get out of the Khlong Toey area places.   So, really great memories.   Thanks.

   MIDNITE HOUR:   
      Agreed, great memories of Khlong Toey.   In the 60's we'd start in the evenings, walking along the pier, and usually get invited onto one ship or another for dinner - fresh bread !, real unsoured butter !, cheese !   After dinner, we'd head out as a group to the Mosquito.

   READER :   
      Best historical writeup on Bangkoks old bars.   Some of those areas came and went after I departed, but I've tipped a few in all the old ones, including Venus and the Mos Bar.   Keep up the good works.

   READER :   
      Your writeup on last month's blog is almost a novel, places like the Khlong Toey Docks... are you planning to write one?

   MIDNITE HOUR:   
      Hardly have time to do the website.   So no book on the near horizon.   Perhaps someday -in our dotage- we will attempt an illustrated history.   But we shouldn't hold our collective breath.
THE  PATPONGS  -  HOW  PRIVATE?

   READER :   
      I keep hearing stories that the Patpong Road is a private road owned by the Patpong family.   Others say I am full of sh*t, and that is just an urban myth.   Anything your end?   Thanks for your efforts.

   MIDNITE HOUR:      
      Last month we published photos of the old original signs (one of which appears above).   Over the years, we, too, have noted in our column that the Patpong Roads were privately owned.   Should you be a reader of Thai language - the bottom line on the signs reads, 'Thanon Suan Bukkhon Songwon Seet' or, roughly, 'Private Road, Rights Reserved.'   To paraphrase Waylon Jennings,
 "Everything I told you then was true,
Everything was true at the time..."
      As it would be quite safe to assume that the Patpong family, making millions of baht yearly off the night market street vendors, has not recently 'gifted' those roads to the BMA.
SUPERGIRLS  IN  THE  ROLLING  STONE ?
   READER :
      (Regarding the) Supergirls bar in Patpong, there was a good report in the Rolling Stone paper way back in its heyday if you can find it online..in the boom yrs.   And don't forget the Nana Disco which was the best ever for freelancers until the management drove it into the ground by sheer stupidity.   All quality gals.

   MIDNITE HOUR:
      Regarding the reference to Supergirls, we searched over 300 articles in the Rolling Stone archives using the key search words 'Thailand', 'Bangkok', 'Patpong' and 'Supergirls' / 'Super Girls' - unfortunately without success.   But that doesn't mean it does not exist.... somewhere.   Should any readers have a link to same, please do forward.
      We concur on your comments regarding the Nana Disco (in the Nana Hotel).   The Disco's predecessor in the Nana Hotel was the (original) all-night Nana Hotel Coffee Shop in the mid-late 60's - early 70's, which rivaled even the Thermae Coffee Shop in the freelancer department.    Thanks.
Thanks for reading and for writing in.
Don't hesitate to send your questions and comments - always welcome.
Note: Text may be edited for brevity and/ or clarity.


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Let the August 2019 Follies  begin-

 PATPONG  1  
MAP

            The Chill Out Boy tried various gimmicks in their brief existence, but it looks like it all went for naught - they were boarded up solidly when we passed by last night - it looks like they have gone the way of the Suliformes.   
 PATPONG  1 

 PATPONG  2  
MAP
            The Bangkok Massage moved into Patpong 2 two months ago from Soi Twilight.   Originally it was located upstairs - co-located with the Lucky Boys Bangkok (also an exile from 'The Twilight Zone').   This month the Bangkok Massage moved downstairs into what was (up until 3 months ago) the now defunct New Screw Boy Disco.    May they continue to abide...
 PATPONG  2 

            The newly relocated (from Soi Twilight 2 months ago) Hotmale Bar Beer is in the process of renaming themselves the Midnite.   Located next to Pinocchios.   We'll attempt to get some comprehensive pics next issue....




(No photo available)
 PATPONG  2 

 SOI  COWBOY  
MAP
            The Cockatoo is down for renovations, although for the life of us, we can't imagine why.   At the end of the day, you are still going to just end up with a room full of 'ladyboys'...   But we will keep an open mind - let's wait and see...   They should be reopening next month...
 SOI  COWBOY 

            The Sahara has made a lock, stock & chrome-barstool move into the Kiss digs.   The two are now co-located - the Kiss has not closed.   Cozy.   May they continue to rock 'n roll....



     The Sahara-Kiss  ( ...I guess that's what we now call it... )  has maintained its stature and its "Las Vegas Neon" look.   The best looking 'new' bar this month...".



            The Sahara - as just noted above, has moved out of its old digs, and into the Kiss just up the Soi a bit.   This leaves the old Sahara an empty shell with a plywood front.   No "confirmed" rumors as to what will be moving in...   A wait-and-see item...
 SOI  COWBOY 

            The The Peep was supposed to have been open last month when we passed by, but wasn't - or didn't have its lights on....   At any rate, this month it is very much "open".   This is the upgraded "Dundee" - welcome them back to the fray...
 SOI  COWBOY 

 NANA  PLAZA  
MAP
            The back end of the Bangkok Bunnies (now the Twisters Bangkok) has been in unending flux - no one seemed to be able to figure out how to make it a viable, profitable part of the business.   But that was then, this is now - it has returned to its roots : the Voodoo is back...   Or, to be more precise, the 'New' Voodoo (same distinctive neon)...   Welcome them back to the bright lights, big city...
 SOI  NANA 

            The Geisha, up on the 3rd level, opened December last year with a deja-vu splash - some likening it to the old G-Spot, which occupied that corner location one floor down for many years.   But it wasn't to last - it seemed to fade quickly - many reporting rumors that the A Go-Go was running out of money...   Did someone forget to read their Business Plans For Dummies?   We shall get back atcha later to confirm if this is a permanent closure - or not...   We do confess we are curious about the 3 symbols at the bottom of their posted hours sign - does this mean it is forbidden to take pictures of someone shooting a smoker?   Jus' askin'...
 SOI  NANA 

 SOI  NANA  
MAP
            The King Night Club has finally put up some signage out in front, facing the Soi - where passing foot traffic is more likely to see it.   Hmmm... maybe they are planning to stay awhile...   May they keep on keeping on...
 SOI  NANA 

            A For-the-Archives pic of the Bus Stop - which has proven to be a good place for a quick meal, a few drinks and a great spot to watch the 'passing parade'...
 SOI  NANA 

 SOI  KATOEY  
MAP
            The upstairs Hugs has closed.   Again.   As we have noted before, statistically speaking, once bars fall into the Open-close-open-close mode - they have already failed, they just haven't realized it yet...
 SOI  KATOEY 

 SOI  22  
MAP
            The Dolla Massage (spelled 'Dollar' in Thai) has taken over the slippery ropes from the Chitar Nuru Massage, which closed a month ago.   Located deep in the Hana Sub-soi.   May they continue to slip and slide....

 SOI  22  

            The upstairs Luna Lounge appears to be sliding into its old bad habits of being open some of the time...   (We noted it was closed when we passed by a couple of nights ago.)   As we occasionally observe, the best way to have regular customers is to open regularly.   Jus' sayin'....   Located in the Honey Plaza alcove.
 SOI  22  

            A brand new bar beer, the Big Man Bar & Cafe, has squeezed itself into the front of the Soi.   Welcome them to the city of lights & darkness...
 SOI  22  

            The New Yorker Cafe & Cocktail Lounge has more going for it than just a cafe and a cocktail lounge.   Their semi-freelancer hostess-waitresses will be pleased to greet you...   Located deep in Sub-soi Lemongrass.
 SOI  22  

 SOI  AMBASSADOR  
MAP
            The The Bar Upstairs (upstairs in the Cordonnier) has closed.   In fact, so has the Cordonnier - a 'Business For Sale' sign sits boldly out front.   Being honest - the place was a little too highbrow for the Soi, and the closure was not unexpected.   (It was located next door to the Apoteka.)
 SOI  AMBASSADOR  (Sukhumvit Soi 11) 

            The unusually named open-sided Baobab Bar was bathed in blackness and covered in heavy tarps when we passed by last night...   To be sure, we will pass by again and see if this is just temporary...
 SOI  AMBASSADOR  (Sukhumvit Soi 11) 

  QUEEN's  PARK  PLAZA 
MAP
            The Baan Beer, now the oldest Nitespot in the QPP, is slowly morphing into a pool bar - the old-time restaurant part slowly being eased out.   May they make the transition without slipping into the Abyss...
 SOI  AMBASSADOR  (Sukhumvit Soi 11) 

            The bar sometimes called the Bar Beer WTF which closed a couple months back has found a new tenant - calling themselves, tentatively, Nutz & Booze.   May they be dealt all aces and faces...
 SOI  AMBASSADOR  (Sukhumvit Soi 11) 

 SOI  DEAD  ARTISTS  
MAP
            The Mainichi has taken over from the Hana House Karaoke in the S 33 Compact Hotel compound.   They need a new sign, one that people can read....   Welcome them to the hunger-games...
 SOI  DEAD   ARTISTS (Sukhumvit 33) 

            The upstairs Kizuna Bar next to the Pan Pan Italian Restaurant has closed again - twice this year.   Too soon to worry?   Wait-and-see better...
 SOI  DEAD  ARTISTS  (Sukhumvit 33) 

            The on-again, off-again 33 Club (in the old Renoir digs) is closed and under a shroud - yet again.   I fear it is just not going to make the grade....   But we'll keep an ear to the ground, and get back atcha if conditions improve...
 SOI  DEAD  ARTISTS  (Sukhumvit 33) 

 SOI  EDEN 
MAP
            Very quiet on Soi Eden this time around.   We take a break to note that the street sign for Soi Eden doesn't say "Soi Eden" (duh...), but then it doesn't have any other name assigned either, like most other Bangkok Sois.   One for the Archives...
 SOI  EDEN  (Sukhumvit 7 / 1) 


 

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A PAGE FROM Bangkok's NIGHTSCENE HISTORY....

20 YEARS AGO

August

With thanks to Cool Text -cooltext.com

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
August 1999

   *  The Muzzik Cafe was renovating in preparation to open - in the old book store.   The Muzzik is still there today.


Patpong 2
August 1999

   *  The Pinocchio's Club reopened after dropping "& Xanadu" from their name.   They are still there today.


Soi Cowboy
August 1999

   *   Sam's 2000 had their soft opening.   They are still there today.

   *   The Love Scene Karaoke opened officially (soft opening one month previous) above what was the ground-level Love Scene.


Nana Plaza
August 1999

   *   Carnival opened newly on the third level.

   *    The tiny Bubble opened in a previously unused corner under the left stairway.


Soi Katoey
( Silom Soi 4 )
August 1999

   *  No changes that month / year. -


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)
August 1999

   *    The Pukadung Karaoke (Thai) closed permanently.


Washington Square
(~ April 1999  to  April 2014)
August 1999

   *  The Garden Spa Health & Entertainment Complex opened newly on the 'Island'.


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

August 1999

      *   Boat Bar   - Against main building -  REOPENED

      *   ('Saloon')   - On the 'Island' -      CLOSED
      *   Suzy & Crazy Bar   - Back row -    NEW    (Ex: Beer & Coffee Hut) - CLOSED
      *   White House Beer Bar   - Back row -    NEW   (White House A Go-Go not yet open)


"Old Thermae Compound"
(Soon to become '13 Night Market' Entertainment Area)
[ August 1999 - February 2005 ]

August 1999

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VICARIOUS ART CRIMES   #160


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But is it ....ART ?



Check out Bangkok's dedicated page at "BKK Graf.com" <link>



GRAFFITI IN THE NEWS



The grizzly scene as the bodies are removed.

       Evidence supports the presumption that 3 young men were killed by a train the night of 18 June 2019.   Their bodies were found on the railway tracks in the Loughborough Junction Station area between Denmark Hill and Brixton (South London, England).   From spraycans found near the bodies, it is conjectured that the trio were preparing to spraypaint graffiti in the immediate area - a popular spot for graffiti artists to display their work.   

The Loughborough Junction and the accumulation of graffiti.

      The three, Jack Gilbert, 23, Alberto Fresneda Carrasco, 19, and Harrison Scott-Hood, 23, a crew using the tags, 'Trip', 'K-Bag' and 'Lover' were found dead the following morning.   It is most likely they would have had to scale a fence to gain access into the restricted railway area, and that at the time they were struck down, they apparently were attempting to hide from an oncoming train.   It is presumed that, at that juncture (estimated to be 01:00 hrs), they would have been in near total darkness - and that they did not correctly determine which one of the four tracks the approaching train was on.

Friends and fellow graf artists pay tribute to the dead graffers.

      While the coroner, quite expectedly, ruled the deaths 'accidental', there was an almost immediate outpouring of tributes and regrets by relatives, friends and fellow graffers.   The now familiar send-off to departed graf artists, "Rest In Paint" was seen sprayed on public surfaces.   On the dark side, there were also those who believed their deaths was 'getting rid of common scum'.







With thanks to Cool Text.com

Graffiti #1109
Jack 'O Hearts
6 ft high x 8 ft



Graffiti #1110
Tough Teddys
6 ft high x 9 ft



Graffiti #1111
Larval Lad.
8 ft high x 5 ft (main right)



Graffiti #1112
One Cherry
6 ft high x 13 ft



Graffiti #1113
Cherry Bombs V
7 ft high x 9 ft



Graffiti #1114
Day Dog Perps
8 ft high x 8 ft



Graffiti #1115
The Whole Catastrophe
36 ft high x 42 ft (est)



Bangkok Eyes is an historically based news outlet, and as such, all graphic excerpts herein are considered, under current legal precedents and
prevailing interpretations, 'Fair Use' under Copyright Law.   Copyright of any original artwork resides exclusively with the artists.

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   The
M IDNITE 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)




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01 NOV -    Cowboy - All Of It
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01 MAR -    ' Madrid '
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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

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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 -
(OUR 2002 TEST COLUMNS :)
01 FEB -    January: Big Changes In Bar Scene
09 JUN -    Sukhumvit Square 'Explosion'

(OUR REGULAR COLUMNS BEGIN :)
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 -    farang 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 -    Chick's 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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