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MONTHLY NEWS
COLUMN

Bangkok,
01 September 2020
William R.  Morledge


September's Nitelife News
Bangkok's Bars - 20 Years Ago  
A Smile in the Land of Smiles.
Reader's Corner: The Yard Of Ale 1967
Bangkok's Graffiti Update  - #173

Shark is one of the several Night Spots able to reopen on the rollback of the Emergency Decree last month.
         'Covid Blockade' as used in our headline refers specifically to Thailand's closure of it's borders to all but essential individuals and returnee citizens.   Most countries also use the Covid Blockade as the primary method of isolating the population to prevent the contraction of the CoV-19 disease (to state the obvious).   Thailand, uniquely, has used the Covid Blockade as an integral part of its efforts to control the spread of the Virus - by nearly 100%.   As a result, Thailand has not seen a "2nd Wave" as have so many other nations.   Nevertheless, it appears that the 2nd Wave, which hit much of the globe on or about the beginning of August (our last month's report) is apparently starting to subside in most areas/ countries.   Please see the graphs below.

Coronavirus Overview
GLOBAL 2nd WAVE WEAKENS
01 September 2020
      This month we again review the global figures alongside several 'typical' individual countries.   For purposes of comparison, this month we are publishing data for the same countries we analyzed last month.   Note: 'typical' countries are so selected because of their accurate record-keeping and, not coincidentally, their implementation of internationally recognized precautionary procedures used in containing the Coronavirus.   As was the case last month, it is immediately observable from these graphs that the 2nd Wave generally rose, then began falling - both globally and for each of the individual nations, during the same timeframe.   The only geographic area slightly slow in beating the 2nd Wave is Europe (including the U.K.).   This is likely due to their less-than-organized implementation of precautionary containment measures - nevertheless, it appears their numbers have peaked and are also beginning to taper off.

      It also becomes apparent from the analyses of the graphs of these countries over the last 3 months, and from analyses of countries who have not been successful in implementing adequate isolation protocols, we can now reconfirm which measures work, and what does not work - at least as far as 'isolation' and 'control' are concerned.   

      See the last graph below for Thailand.   As with last the last 2 month's reports, we remain 'in the eye of the storm' and, as also noted last month, it is a blessing and a curse...   A blessing in that we are currently spared the disease, and a curse in that we are not building up 'herd immunity.   Another name for being "in the eye of the storm" is we are in a 'bubble' of our own making.   The 'bubble' is not something we can stay in forever, and should we attempt to "wait it out" the entire nation will suffer economically, and other ways.   This includes the 'policy' of 'waiting it out for a vaccine'.   Again, there is no guarantee a successful vaccine will ever be developed.   Whether or not a vaccine is developed, the strict isolation at the borders / shutting down tourism only hurts Thailand.   It is important to commence 'enlightened' step-by-step re-integration with the rest of the world - as exemplified by the proposed 'Phuket Quarantine Island' (see below).














      As the above upsurges and declines are recent, we have used both 'new case' and 'death' data to best illustrate the actual trending by the most accurate and visually observable means.      Bangkok Eyes has reproduced the above information as a public service - this information is readily available to the public on the Internet and through other sources.   This information is not to be construed as a prediction, or an estimate, or a projection relating to changes in the prevalence of the Coronavirus, either as to length of time, location or severity.

All charts sourced at www.worldometers.info from W.H.O. data.


            We are often asked why the MIDNITE HOUR is concentrating so much of its editorial efforts on reporting the Coronavirus pandemic.   Simply put, border closure has created the greatest upheaval of the expat/ tourist Night Entertainment Industry in its entire history.   No other Night Entertainment issue comes close to the significance or magnitude of the deleterious effect the closing of the borders has had on that segment of the entertainment industry geared toward foreign custom.   As we quipped last month, "As the Coronavirus goes, so goes Thailand's Nightlife".

         Since the Government relaxation on Night Entertainment, a number of Nitespots have reopened.   While there are a few Nitespots doing reasonably well, the rest are hanging on from month-to-month.   Nevertheless, a number of the Nitespots that have reopened over the last 2 months have already had to close again.   Not to mention, there are a number bars that have yet to reopen since the original March closures.   The Government's allowing the reopening of the bars was not the Night Entertainment Industry's "answer" to their problems - the Industry, as a whole, struggles to stay afloat.

Phuket may soon be deemed a 'Quarantine Island', allowing
foreign tourism - 'The canary in the coal mine', so to speak.

         Since the implementation of the Emergency Decree in March, there have been a number of phased 'rollbacks' (Phases 1 through 5), each time providing the citizenry with more freedom of movement and access.   The oft mooted Phase 6 rollback has not materialized, despite the frequent announcements in the Press.   Instead the Government has continued to tweak existing restrictions and allowances.   The one discussion which is gaining currency is that of making Phuket a 'Quarantine Island', where vetted tourism will be allowed (the 'Canary in the Coal Mine', so to speak).   This will presumably require a negative Coronavirus test and/or a positive Coronavirus antibody test, possibly at each end of the journey.   Note: this has not yet been approved, let alone put into effect.   Wait and see....

         In summation, all credit due to the Thailand Government
for their handling of the Coronavirus Pandemic to date.   The various restrictions implemented under the Emergency Decree and the incremental rollback of those restrictions has 'shown the way' as to what works, and that which does not - particularly in regards to 'isolation' and 'control'.   Final Note: Phase 5 conditions, and the subsequent elaborations thereon, for controlling the spread of the Coronavirus are still in effect in Thailand (as outlined in our previous issues).

             *We note the local Thai Night Entertainment Areas are open and doing reasonably well, as, of course, their main source of custom is not foreign tourism.   (Examples of local Thai Nitespot Areas: Sri Nakarin South, Soi Thonglor, Soi Udomsuk, Soi Ekamai, RCA.)









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NANA  PLAZA  -  SHRINKING  OR  GROWING ?
   READER :  Hi,
      Noticed you are including the total number of bars in each of the bar areas from 20 years ago.   A great perspective but on the other hand, I see that Nana Plaza was showing 40 or over bars back then.   Today there are about 35 or 36 ? (not counting whats going on with the Covid).   As a part time resident here, I know that the NEP is now bigger than it ever was, so it seems the maths is a little off.   Can I ask for a recount?

   MIDNITE HOUR:   
      While your observations are nearly spot-on, it would be folly to come to too many conclusions too soon.   What has happened is a number of bars have absorbed their next door neighbors, becoming two shophouses wide (and in some cases three shophouses wide), causing the total number of bars to drop.   At the same time, pushing the total number back higher again, a number of spaces which were not bars before have now become bars.   The pre-Covid count at Nana Plaza was 34 - and will likely return to that number in the future.   We provide below a head-count of the old "NEP" bars from 20 years ago.   We are betting you will see a number of bars you wish were still there...


Ground Level

Lucky Luke
Spirit House Beer Bar
Saloon Bar
The New Rainbow Bar
Play Skool
Hollywood Rock
Sugar Beat bar beer
Rainbow 2
Obsession
Voodoo
Bottoms Up
Red Lips Matterhorn Bar
Lollipop Mermadium
The Bubble
Alien Plaza
Lee Garden
Pharaohs
Roadhouse
Hot Rods Video Arcade & Bar
AUGUST 2000

Second Level
Vixens Night Club
Nancy Bar
Angel Witch Rock Dancers
Para Disio (3rd level also)
Fantasia
Spider's Web
Rosemary Bar
Woodstock
G-Spot
Casanova
DC-10
Sexy Night
Ferang Connection
Hollywood Stars Bar
Hog's Breath Saloon
Three Roses Bar
Titty Twisters
Welcome to Millennium


Third Level
Carinval
Tattoo
Hollywood 2 Rock & Roll
Beverly Hills
XXX Carousel Bar

PATPONG  -   HISTORICALLY
King's Corner in its heyday

   READER :   Hi!
      Thank you for the link to Bangkok Eyes there were a lot of familiar place-names in the August edition, but also many that opened well after my 1986 departure.   I am copying (a friend).   He only went to Patpong on days that ended with the letter Y.   He was a pretty active shutterbug and he may have some interesting archival vintage photos to share.


   MIDNITE HOUR:   
      Great to hear from you.   ...   Looking forward to seeing you again and meeting (the Mrs.)    ...   If (your friend) has any pics he wants us to publish on the Bangkok Eyes, it would be our pleasure.
YARD  OF  ALE   - 1967
   READER :
      Dig back in your archives guys and gals. I recall during R&R days there was a bar either on Patpong or somewhere nearby called the Yard Of Ale.   No A Gogo though.   Can you provide any info on them?

   MIDNITE HOUR:   
      Although our arrival in Thailand was during that era, we unfortunately don't have any surveys (archives) going back that far.   We do recall The Yard Of Ale, however - it was located on Silom Road at the top of Convent Road.   A 'live entertainment' Venue, it wasn't really 'our kind of bar' (we may have stopped by once...).   However it was fairly popular for a number of years, before eventually going out of business.   In the 1967 advertisement above, the cartoon representation of 'Sam at the piano' was Sam Scott, the proprietor.   A number of years ago, Roger (Crutch) Crutchly of the Bangkok Post penned a righteous review of 'The Yard', <link> here...   
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.
'Reader's Corner' moderator -


'Boge' Hartman
Historical Research
*   Zootramp Publications


 


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Let the September 2020 Follies  begin-

               Bangkok's Night Entertainment Venues, closed down in late March, have officially been allowed to reopen since 1 July.   This month, as was the case last month, we have seen a number of Nitespots reopen, and several that have gone out of business permanently.   Additionally, we have noted in our last two monthly surveys that a number of Venues will close on some days, and will be open on others (without putting signs out front to inform customers of temporary closures).   In such cases, we will report those venues as "closed", however, during this time of 'Coronavirus Crunch', we will not remove them from our monthly surveys, and duly record any eventual reopenings.


 PATPONG  1  
MAP
            As they were advertising last month, the King's Group reopened King's Castle (far left in the photo below), King's Castle 1 and King's Castle 2 (conjoined in the center of the photo).   At the right of the pic is the SuperStar (featured last month).   Patpong 1 Road is reopening (post-decree lockdown) much slower than either Nana Plaza or Soi Cowboy - it is still essentially in darkness.   Note - Open last month, but closed this month is the upstairs Takara Massage.
 PATPONG  1 

Newly Opened / Reopened in August (On or before 1 September) 2020
*  King's Castle
*  King's Castle 1
*  King's Castle 2

Closed Permanently, or Reopened but Reclosed before 1 September 2020
*  Derby King 2
*  Takara Massage
*  Thai Lady Bar - (2nd floor rip off) - (No sign)

 PATPONG  1

 PATPONG  2  
MAP
            Up a quick flight of stairs (or you can take the lift) one now accesses the Patpong Museum through their picturesque entranceway.
 PATPONG  2

            Up on The Ramp the Spanish Eyes found themselves in the wind...   Sad to see them go into the night...   They were replaced by the unusually named M Nine.   May the M Nine never know the dark side of bright city lights...
 PATPONG  2

            Up on The Bridge, the ever popular Black Pagoda is now offering a unique and interesting membership, or 'loyalty program', to appeal to the expat nightcrawlers among us.   Since we are going to be there in any case, why not?
 PATPONG  2

            The Glamour has had its share of ups and downs in its very few years of existence.   Presently, it is in yet another 'downer'.   Expect it to reopen ..... one of these months...
 PATPONG  2

            Up on the 3rd level above Shenanigans the Kamikaze DJ Bar remains closed (as does the Emperor Club up on the 5th level).
 PATPONG  2

Newly Opened / Reopened in August (On or before 1 September) 2020
*  Bangkok Massage
*  Top Less Pool Bar - but moved into Thai Room Pool Bar'
*  Triple 888 Massage - On The Ramp 3rd floor.
*  The Strip Bangkok 2
*  M Nine Bar Lounge Karaoke - New - In Spanish Eyes digs

Closed Permanently, or Reopened but Reclosed before 1 September 2020
*  Bada Bing
*  Glamour - Photo above.
*  Thai Room Pool Bar - Became Top Less Pool Bar - (No sign)
*  Spanish Eyes - Became M Nine, On The Ramp - (No sign)

 PATPONG  2

 SOI COWBOY  
MAP
            There were no new openings or closings on Soi Cowboy this past month, however we note (for the second time) that the so-called 'Iranian Bars' are still closed.   They were noted opening and closing sporadically even before the Emergency Decree, and to date have yet to reopen.   As of this writing, we are removing those bars from 'the inventory' : Club Rio (Our Place), Spice Girls, Midnite, Deja Vu and the Kiss-Sahara.   Should any of these Nitespots come back on line, we shall be pleased to make note in a coming issue...
 SOI  COWBOY 

 NANA  PLAZA  
MAP
             The inventory of Nitespots within Nana Plaza was static this month, so we will take the opportunity to post a "For-The-Archives" photo of the entranceway.
 NANA  PLAZA

             Last month we noted the newly opened Random which had opened in the old Rainbow 3 digs on the 2nd level, but we had only a very poor photo to show for it.   This month we took a few pics (for the Archives), one of which is below.. ...   May they continue to rock...
 NANA  PLAZA

THIS IS HOW....
...Nana Plaza USED TO celebrate Holidays...

VIDEO CLIP
 NANA  PLAZA

 SOI  NANA  
MAP
            Just past the Omni hotel, deep in the Soi, the Naree Massage handed over the reins to the brand-new V Good Massage - modus operandi unchanged.   May they continue to slip and slide...
 SOI  NANA  -  (SOI  4  SUKHUMVIT)

         The Goody Massage 2 reopened in the Rajah Hotel grounds after a brief closure.   Not easy to find - one would either have to be directed there by a masseuse from kerbside or wind one's way back into the left hand upstairs stairway..   Let it flow...
 SOI  NANA  -  (SOI  4  SUKHUMVIT)

            The long-standing BK pool bar is no more.   They sold out, lock, stock, and chrome bar stool to the Why Not Bangkok, who are working late into the nights to complete renovations.   We can expect them to open by October, at which time we'll get back atcha.
 SOI  NANA  -  (SOI  4  SUKHUMVIT)

            The previously named The Cabin on the Soi 4 / Soi 6 junction (noted last issue) has been renovated and once they decide on a name, they will put some neon up (it will be 'Swan... something) according to the manageress.).   At that time we hope to have some photos up.   Let the good times roll...


Newly Opened / Reopened in August (On or before 1 September) 2020
*  V Good Massage - Newly Opened.   Took over Naree Massg.
*  OK. D. Massage (Closed and reopened again)
*  (An unnamed Pool Bar) - New.   Moved into The Cabin digs...
          which closed earlier, Soi 6 Junction
*  The Mexican - In the Rajah Hotel compound.
*  Goody Massage 2 - In the Rajah Hotel compound.

Closed Permanently, or Reopened but Reclosed before 1 September 2020
*  Apsara Massage
*  Naree Massage - Became the V Good Massage
*  BK - Closed permanently, will become the Why Not Bangkok.
*  Swan Massage & Salon .
*  Elegance Massage & Salon

 SOI  NANA  -  (SOI  4  SUKHUMVIT)

 SOI  KATOEY  
MAP

            The Tapas Cafe, reopened only last month, has disappeared into the night.   In its place is the brand-new Pride Bar & Restaurant.   Welcome them to the bright lights, big city... what's left of it...
 SOI  KATOEY 

Newly Opened / Reopened in August (On or before 1 September) 2020
*   Pride Bar & Restaurant - Newly Opened - Replaced Tapas Cafe

Closed Permanently, or Reopened but Reclosed before 1 September 2020
*  Banana Room Club - Formerly of Soi Twilight
*  4 Sports
*  Bas Living Room
*  Sugar Bowl
*  Tapas Cafe - Closed permanently, Became the Pride
*  Hugs Bar-Karaoke - (Closes and opens irregularly)
 SOI  KATOEY 

 SOI  22  
MAP
            Should one wander all the way to the end of Soi Titanium (the Titanium is gone now), one will find a Venue named SNCTM Men's Society.   Don't ask us, we haven't the foggiest....
 SOI  22  

Newly Opened / Reopened in August (On or before 1 September) 2020
*  (A new unnamed massage) - Next to Love Me Bar & Massage
          - Soi Starlight - A new opening - no sign.
*  Secret Story - Newly Opened in Iyashi Barber & Massage
*  Rita Bangkok Massage - In Subsoi Lemongrass
*  Yu Ka ' - Was 'Yuuka
*  Healing In Thai Massage - Subsoi Titanium
*  SNCTM Men's Society - A New opening.

Closed Permanently, or Reopened but Reclosed before 1 September 2020
*  Keep In Touch Bar -(Was the old Taffy's Faulty Towers), Soi Starlight
*  Butterfly Massage
*  Iyashi Barber Massage - Became the new Secret Story
*  Baan Sabai Thai Massage
*  Lan Massage - Subsoi Titanium.

 SOI  22  

 SOI  AMBASSADOR  
MAP
            It looks like The Australian is not only closed, but gone missing.   It also looks like the Bafros Bar & Lounge (which was already open upstairs) is taking over the entire premises.   Bafros is currently still open, but its "Wait And See" on whether or not they take over the downstairs portion....   Gotta let the train roll on....
 SOI  AMBASSADOR  (Sukhumvit Soi 11) 

            The Lush Rooftop has taken over from the Market Rooftop, which closed almost 2 months ago.   Lets hope they are dealt all aces and faces....
 SOI  AMBASSADOR  (Sukhumvit Soi 11) 

            Defying common sense, the Tewly Cocktail bar beer opened 2 months ago on the now vacant land across from the Ambassador Hotel.   Last month, defying gravity itself, they had doubled in size.   This month, there are four, count 'em, four bar beers in a row.   The bar beer on the left consists only of chairs and tables on the sidewalk side, and an orange Volkswagen bar van parked in the back, providing the beverages....   Welcome them all to the neon jungle...
 SOI  AMBASSADOR  (Sukhumvit Soi 11) 

            The Suntaree Massage 5 has opened up newly next door to the Niraon Massage & Spa on Soi 11/1.   Welcome them to the vicissitudes...
 SOI  AMBASSADOR  (Sukhumvit Soi 11) 

Newly Opened / Reopened in August (On or before 1 September) 2020
*  Tewly Cocktail - Tewly already open,
         but 3 more adjacent unnamed bar beers open newly.
*  Lush Rooftop - New - took over Market Rooftop above Hemingway.
*  Wax Late Night
*  Smile Jasmine Massage
*  (Apoteka) - Reopens 2 September with Blues & Rock live.
*  Suntaree Massage 5 - Opens newly.

Closed Permanently, or Reopened but Reclosed before 1 September 2020
*  The Australian - (Never reopened - permanently closed.)
*  Insanity
*  (Mullis Sports Bar) - (Never reopened, but Closed Permanently)

 SOI  AMBASSADOR  (Sukhumvit Soi 11) 

  SOI  7  PLAZA  
(AKA "Nana Plaza @ 7")
MAP
            There were no changes in the bar survey for Soi 7 Plaza, but we are including some unique 'signage' of the Ida 789 bar beer (which opened newly last month, but at that time we didn't have a photo...)   Khun Ida has painted the bar name on a number of barrels....   We wish them constancy...
 SOI  7  PLAZA

 SOI  DEAD  ARTISTS  
MAP
            If the signage of the Hideaway looks familiar to any of you, its because it is the same Hideaway that was hidden away at the back of Queen's Park Plaza for several years.   This time around, they opened the gates at the back end of Soi Pan Pan (thereby extending the Soi by another 40 feet) and they are now hiding back there.   Welcome them back to the neon circus...
 SOI  DEAD   ARTISTS (Sukhumvit 33) 

            Last month we noted the opening of RIP in Soi Pan Pan, but were unable to photograph the premises due to rain.    This month we provide a For-The-Archives pic.   They seem to be opening and closing.... .   We'll get back atcha once we know which its going to be...
 SOI  DEAD   ARTISTS (Sukhumvit 33) 

Newly Opened / Reopened in August (On or before 1 September) 2020
*  Joy - In the S 33 Compact Hotel
*  Bar Kizuna - Upstairs, next door to Pan Pan Restaurant
*  Hideaway - Relocated from Queen's Park Plaza

Closed Permanently, or Reopened but Reclosed before 1 September 2020
*  Tokyo - a Japanese lounge

 SOI  DEAD   ARTISTS (Sukhumvit 33) 

 SOI  EDEN 
             Last month we had the wrath of the proprietor of the Chrome Bar falling down upon our heads.   We noted on our site that they were closed (they were), but they swore up and down they were open and in high gear.   We replied as politely as possible that we had a time/dated photo of the Venue showing it to be very much 'closed', but that we would be pleased to put up a photo of Chrome Bar this month.   Well, here is the photo we promised....   The only niggly little detail is it is still closed (as of 31 August @ 10:49 hours).
 SOI  EDEN  (Sukhumvit 7 / 1) 

             The sister bar to the Chrome Bar is the Wood Bar.   They were open a couple of months ago, but this time around they were very obviously closed.   On our monthly surveys, we are no different than any prospective customer - and if we see a Venue closed, and no note of explanation - such as "Staff Holiday" or "Closed until Date", then we can only conclude that the closed bar is indeed 'closed'.   Any other explanation would be inaccurate...
 SOI  EDEN  (Sukhumvit 7 / 1) 

 

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

20 YEARS AGO

September
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
September 2000

   *  - No changes that month / year.

(Total Nitespots that month: 34 )

Patpong 2
September 2000

   *  The upstairs Cleopatra A Go-Go became King's Cleopatra Bar.   Currently, no Venue occupies that space.

   *  The STV Bar beer bar added an additional sign : "Memphis Queen Beer Bar".   Today those digs are occupied by De Talk.

   *  The Opium Den Restaurant & Pub closed its doors.   Today, those digs are occupied by Dream Boy Bangkok.

   *  The Top Less Beer Bar (which closed a month previous) became Top Less Sport Bar and Kaeng Topless Beer Bar.   Neither were actually 'topless' - this was a carry-over name from a previous A Go-Go called Topless Topless Topless at that location.   Today, those digs have returned to just Topless Pool Bar (name changes only).

   *   Bobby's Deli did a name-switch to the Aroy Dee.   Today those digs are occupied by the Paddy Fields pub.

   *  Up on The Ramp, the Mahalapa Club and Karaoke dropped "Karaoke" from their neon.   No Nitespot currently occupies that space.

(Total Nitespots that month: 58 )

Soi Cowboy
September 2000

   *  Susie Wong closed temporarily.   They would reopen, and are still there today.

   *  Shirtz reopened after a brief closure.   Today, those premises are occupied by Fanny's.

(Total Nitespots that month: 34 )

Cowboy Annex
(Asoke Corner + Asoke Plaza)
[ ~June 1998  to  04 February 2005 ]
September 2000

   *   The Sabai Sabai - NEW replaced the just-closed Moon Light - along the back fence.

   *   The 'Coffee Bar' - NEW opened in front.

(Total Nitespots that month: 21 )

Nana Plaza
September 2000

   *  No changes that month / year.

(Total Nitespots that month: 41 )

Soi Katoey
( Silom Soi 4 )
September 2000

  *  The upstairs Speed and the adjacent (also upstairs) Deeper closed.   Today those premises are occupied by Hugs Bar-Karaoke.

(Total Nitespots that month: 13 )

Soi Dead Artists
( Sukhumvit Soi 33 )
September 2000

  *  In the Peep Inn Park (today's S 33 Compact Hotel) the Club Fuschicho added "Entertainment Club' to their neon.   Today that real estate is occupied by Mainichi Club - Karaoke.


(Total Nitespots that month: 26 )

Buckskin Joe Village
(~ December 1988  to  9 June 2006)
(Also called 'Tobacco Road',  'Soi Rot Fai',  'The Tracks',  'Soi Zero' & 'Machim' [Thai] )
September 2000

   *   The Lucky Luke opened newly.   (Not related to Lucky Luke's at Nana Plaza.)

   *   The Last Stand Bar reopened after a 1-month closure.   It was located at the back of the strip...

(Total Nitespots that month: 20 )

Washington Square
(~ April 1999  to  April 2014)
September 2000

   *   No changes that month / year.

(Total Nitespots that month: 17 )

Clinton Plaza
(Originally ''Entertainment Plaza'')
[ ~February 1999  to  June 2003 ]

September 2000

      *   Crack House - opened NEW, (was to be Rock Hard 1) - outside against the outer wall.   

      *   Wind Mill - ADDED its old name Kangaroo to its signage - located at the back of the main building.

      *   Chan's Corner - CLOSED - located on the Island.   (The Chan's Corner in the Warehouse was still there.)

      *   Checkpoint Charlies - ADDED "Exhibition" to their signage - located against the back of the main building.

(Total Nitespots that month: 20 )

''13 Night Market'' Entertainment Area"
(Originally 'Old Thermae Compound')
[ April 2000 - March 2005 ] 

September 2000

      *  All Nitespots - CLOSED during renovations.

(Total Nitespots that month: 0 )





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      The Police Benevolent Society of the City of New York (NYC PBA) twittered an almost one minute video decrying the ravages of New York's subway trains by graffiti artists <link>.   


      This is nothing new - New York City has been trying to rid graffiti from it's midst (especially from it's trains) since the '70s.   Each successive crackdown failed sooner rather than later.   But this time there is a new twist - the NYC PBA laments that since the City Fathers have capitulated to street mobs and Covidophobia, NYC is no longer prosecuting graffiti artists.   The police claim this has created 'open season' for graffiti; "anything goes".   Graffiti artists have, in turn, taken this as a 'green light', and have commenced spraying with abandon (as evidenced by an entire train being graffiti-sprayed).


      But New Yorkers (if the deluge of social media comments can be believed) are loving it.   It seems the NYC PBA, bless their 'Men In Blue' hearts, have put up the train paint-bombing video on social media as a dire warning; further evidence of New York's decay.   Instead it has gone viral as 'colorful entertainment' - in a town that is otherwise the self-created Ground Zero of the Covid Apocalypse...





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01 JUL -    Anatomy Of A Bar Area
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01 MAR -    farang Connection Closes - Nana
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DEC -    Lolita opens in Cowboy Annex

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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
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MAR -    Tapas back on line (Soi Katoey)
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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)

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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...
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