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01 August 2021
William R.  Morledge

August's Nitelife News
Bangkok's Bars - 20 Years Ago  
A Smile in the Land of Smiles.
Reader's Corner: 'Sandbox' Struggles...'
Traces - Bangkok's Early Years - Sani Chateau
Bangkok's Graffiti Update  - #182
            The exponential increase in the number of Coronavirus new cases and deaths, especially in the 9 'central core' provinces and the 4 Southern border provinces of Thailand [the so-called dark red areas] continues unabated.   (See chart for June / July 3rd Wave below).   In June, the 3rd Wave Covid-19 surge began with increased medical testing by the Government, starting with factory employees and workers in construction camps.   And - while initial supplies of vaccines lasted - they were testing and vaccinating at the same time.   Needless to say, due to dire lack of planning, purchasing and distribution of vaccine at the National level, that "test & vaccinate" plan soon came to a screeching halt.   Testing alone, however, continued in July at an even more rapid pace (a pace that many were saying should have been adopted months before).   And the more they tested, the more Covid-19 they found.   
Bangkok's Night Entertainment Areas lay in darkness.   The above : Silom Soi 4 (Soi Katoey).

            As we head into August, the numbers of both new Covid-19 cases and deaths continues to increase dramatically.   In lock-step with these increases, the Government is incrementally tightening down on movement and access (see detailed coverage below).   Thailand's Night Entertainment Scene continues to be at a virtual standstill - only a few sidewalk bars and 'speakeasy' venues are open to those willing to take the chance.

The 10 + 10 Additions & Changes
to the Current Partial Lockdown
Parts I & II (July - August 2021)

         Below are the latest supplemental revisions to the current partial lockdown for Bangkok and the adjacent Satellite Provinces, plus the Southern Border Provinces.   These changes courtesy of the current Government's authority under the extended National Emergency Decree.

Part I
Summary of Supplemental Considerations of the State of Emergency Notice
Issued on 17 July, Effective dates : 20 July - 2 August 2021, or as revised.

1.   Limit movement / travel outside of residence.   If absolutely necessary, persons going outside must exercise extreme care (as per current hygiene, distancing, etc.)

2.      Do not go out of residence from 21:00 - 04:00 hours (unless having received prior permission).

3.      Checkpoints / stop - points are to be implemented to restrict travelling in and out of 13 Provinces (listed below).

4.      All Public Transport is limited to 50 percent of approved seating capacity.

5.      Restaurants can remain open until 20:00 hrs.   Eating inside restaurants is not allowed.

6.      Department stores, Shopping centers, Malls, may remain open, however only the Supermarkets, pharmacies & medical supply outlets within may open for business.

7.      Hotels may open normally.   Seminars, meetings, catered events are not allowed.

8.      Convenience stores & fresh markets are allowed to remain open until 20:00.

9.      Hospitals , clinics, pharmacies, general stores, factories, stock exchange, banks. financial businesses, ATM, Communication enterprises, Post Offices, Pet shops, Construction equipment / materials outlets, cooking gas shops, gas stations, food delivery services, may remain open.

10.      Gathering together in groups larger than 5 persons is not allowed.

Part II
Summary Supplemental Considerations of the State of Emergency Notice
Issued on 19 July, Effective dates : 21 July- 2 August 2021, or as revised.

         'Not withstanding those (types of activities) which the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has not yet considered, the following additional 10 types of activities in the Dark Red Areas having symptoms of Covid, to wit Bangkok and the other notified Provinces (13 in all - listed below), are closed as follows:'

1.      Sports stadiums of all kinds, to include inside sports : badminton courts, footsol courts, basketball courts, volleyball courts.   Also inclusive of open-area sports : Golf courses, Golf practice ranges, football fields, tennis courts.

2.      Swimming pools used for sports, water recreational activities, public swimming, and other similar uses.

3.      Other sports courts and fields.

4.      Convention centers, large meeting rooms, exhibition halls.

5.      Learning centers - Science education centers, science parks, science centers, cultural centers, and art galleries.

6.      Public libraries, community libraries, private libraries, and 'book houses' (antiquated usage).

7.      Museums - national, local, and similar, including historic places, and archaeological sites.

8.      Child care centers for infants and pre-schoolers.

9.      Hair salons and barbershops.   Includes salons providing : hair styling, manicures, tattoo parlors.

10.      All public parks and botanical gardens.

Part III ?
Extension of Supplemental Considerations of the State of Emergency Notice

1.      As we go to press, the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA)
is considering the extension to all of the above until mid-August, to include expanding the number of Provinces in the Dark Red Zone.   Follow up forthcoming next issue.

The Affected Provinces as of 01 August 2021

         The recently expanded 'Dark-Red Zone' includes the following 13 Provinces ; Bangkok, Nakhon Pathom, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Samut Prakan, Samut Sakhon, Chachoengsao, Chon Buri and Ayutthaya — and four southern provinces — Narathiwat, Pattani, Yala and Songkhla.   These 13 Provinces have road blocks and checkpoints in place to prevent unauthorized movement.

         Gross mismanagement of Coronavirus vaccine procurement & distribution brought about by the initial 'What's the hurry?' attitude of officialdom, along with a bungled assessment of the severity of early outbreaks have led to a skyrocketing of both new cases and deaths in Thailand's major provinces.

               In summation, the outlook for Thailand's Night Entertainment Scene (and Tourism in general) remains unchanged from that over the previous two months.   All forms of Night Entertainment are officially closed, other than that which might be found in the Phuket Sandbox and the Koh Samui 'Plus Plan' (both BIG "wait-and-see" items).   With Covid-19 worsening meteorically, it would be disingenuous to give a date for which Thailand will once again open its doors to tourism.   Were we to venture an 'educated guess', even if the current explosion of new cases and deaths were to reverse at this juncture, we do not see tourism / Nightlife reopening before the end of the year.   We will continue to update in future issues as conditions change.


General Information for Travelers to Thailand From the USA.   (Not specific to the "Sand Box).

The following procedure / documents are required.      Note: These procedures / guidelines are subject to change, so periodic coordination with the Thai Consulate nearest you is recommended.   Those arriving in Thailand from other countries may find variations to these guidelines.

1.    Negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test for Covid-19 Virus within 72 hours of boarding their flight to BKK or HKT [Phuket] airports.

2.    Covid-19 vaccination certificate, dated within 14 days to 1 year prior to their arrival.

3.    If the traveler is hoping to be in the 14-day Phuket 'sandbox program', then they can only fly directly into Phuket, no transfers in Bangkok allowed.   Tourists will need to spend 7 nights in Phuket before being allowed to travel elsewhere in the Kingdom.

4.    COE ( = Certificate of Entry) from a local Thai embassy.. .   Fill in the online application for COE at least 15 working days before the intend date of travel.   Please note, the following documents are required to be uploaded to the COE website prior to issuing the COE:
         - Passport

         - Valid Visa and/ or re-entry permit.

         - Certificate of Residence. [if you have one]

         - Covid-19 medical insurance coverage of US$100,000.. The insurance should have the following information :

                   * Medical costs that cover COVID-19 treatment in Thailand;

                   * Period of the insurance policy ( start … / end … ) and cover the period of stay in Thailand;

                   * Minimum coverage of 100,000 USD of medical costs.

                   * ASQ – Confirmation of a 14-day booking of an ASQ hotel [ = Alternative State Quarantine hotel].

Note: the traveler must stay at an officially approved hotel, certified by the Amazing Thailand Safely & Health Administration.   [called an ALQ?]

         - A copy of flight confirmation/ reservation, showing going from US to Thailand.   (The name of the applicant must be indicated clearly)

         - Please note: use the “arrow” button to be sure the document is uploaded properly.

5.    All arrivals will need to download the contact-tracing app, Thailand Plus.

6.   ( For the 14 days in Phuket, the traveler must download this app and turn on while in Phuket. )
With regard to the insurance requirement mentioned above, travellers to Thailand from the USA have found the below Insurance Company was able to provide them with the proper insurance.


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   READER :     
      BTW, one of the major last-minute changes in the Phuket Sandbox scheme was suddenly doubling the duration from 7 nights to 14 nights.   I suspect that many people like myself don’t really want to go to Phuket.   They are just using the Sandbox to avoid quarantining in Bangkok.   Fourteen nights is really a waste of precious time if you’re actually headed elsewhere and have only 45 days.
      Also the huge risk that has come to light is that even if you test negative before your flight to Thailand and at Phuket Airport upon arrival, you could find yourself abruptly kicked out of your hotel and confined to a quarantine hotel at your expense, just because you were sitting next to someone on the plane who later tests positive.   Since you’re not sick yourself, no insurance policy is going to defray your quarantine expenses.
Flying into the 'Sandbox' sitting next to a passenger who tests positive will also land you in a Quarantine Hotel - at your expense - and your insurance doesn't apply...
      I had high hopes to return to Thailand in May to take advantage of the 7-day ASQ, but they were dashed.   Then I saw a new glimmer of hope with this Phuket sandbox scheme, but instead of simplifying things they made the requirements more onerous.
      For the last two months, we have attempted to advise readers not to get their hopes up regarding the Phuket Sandbox (and now the Koh Samui "Plus Plan").   Last month, we laid out the labyrinthine, time-consuming and costly processes that an individual is subjected to when planning to travel to the Phuket Sandbox - all things considered, the failure of the plan becomes self-evident.   Considering the rapid rise of numbers of new cases and deaths in Thailand, the Government trying to push the Sandbox scheme is a bit like trying to rent deck chairs on the Titanic so passengers can view the beautiful icebergs...
...a bit like trying to rent deck chairs on the Titanic so passengers can view the beautiful icebergs...
      While we wish, for the good of all concerned, that the Sandbox and similar programs succeed, one of the many nails in the 'Sandbox scheme' coffin was the recent discovery of cases of Coronavirus on Phuket - not exactly what one would call a PR "success story".   Some Press reports show over 2,000 tourist visitors to Phuket at the start-up, however reports from people on the ground give a more accurate figure of 50.   Had the Sandbox scheme been better managed (more rationally managed), it could have proven to be a viable and rapid step in the reopening of Thailand (however long this may take).   
   READER :  Hi,
             I just read your fine story about the Grand Prix in Bangkok.   I had the pleasure of visiting there many times in the early 70's.   My ship was on a steady run with jet fuel for Utapao and I also vacationed (3 months) in Bangkok and Sattahip then.
      Usually stayed at the Suriwong Hotel.   Had a few drinks at the “The Other Office” also.   And of course had many drinks at “Tigers” place.
      I had a trusty old Honda 350 cc to get me from Sattahip to Bangkok.   I met an American guy at a motorcycle shop that owned “The Roaring 20's Bar” (3 floors) on Silom Road.   Man, that 3rd floor had a “smoking” show that is hard to forget.

      Such great memories.   Rick's Grand Prix was one of the great ones, we used to head on over on Sunday afternoons to watch 8-mm boxing films.    Keith Wright's Roaring 20's is hardly spoken of these days, and was one of the great 'off-Patpong' bars.   We spent a lot of time in the Tiger's Den when it was on Silom, but rarely when it moved to Surawong.   Tiger used to keep a copy of the most recently mailed-in 'Fischer Report' for those of us seeking work overseas.   His 'Hobo feeds' were a great 'melting pot' for expats - new arrivals and 'old hands' alike.
      We also spent some time in Sattahip-Samae San with the COE, and suspect you had a beer or two at the Swan Lake Hotel at Kilo Sip?   At the time we were getting around between Samae San - Sattahip and Pattaya and Bangkok on a 250 cc Suzuki, and couldn't think of a better way to travel...
   READER :  
      Terrific commentary on the vapid and banal US Embassy message!!   Loved it.   Who wrote the well-reasoned reply to the anti-VAX guy?   Good point that polio vaccines etc were also rushed out in the day.

      Thanks for writing in.   We received a number of responses on last month's write-up of the Embassy circular, all of a similar vein.   There is a lot of talk in the Media recently about large quantities of vaccines to be imported to Thailand from various countries, and while it is possible the U.S. Embassy's 'politicking' was somehow influential, it appears that these new efforts are brought about solely by Thai Government initiatives.   Unless, and until all U.S. citizens in Thailand (who want to be, and can be) are fully vaccinated, the Embassy has not done its job.   And with infections and deaths increasing exponentially, it is all the more important that they do their job quickly.
Thanks for reading and for writing in.
Don't hesitate to send your questions and comments - always welcome.
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'Boge' Hartman
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Let the Follies begin-

An ongoing history
of Bangkok's Expat
Nightlife Scene
    Vol. XXX      No. 08
                           Bangkok,  01 August 2021                         
   Free Distribution

               As the Covid-19 situation in Thailand continually deteriorates and Covid deaths continue to rise, there is no possible way to predict when the Thai Night Entertainment Scene will return to normal.   The only 'normal' we see in Bangkok's Nightlife future is continuing bar closures.   At the rate of deterioration of conditions on the ground, by the time there is a turn-around in the spread of the Virus (and the lessening of the lockdown provisions) we will be looking at a brand-new landscape, and a very long (measured in years) rebuilding phase.   It is possible that some Night Entertainment Areas will disappear in the process.

            The Madrid has posted an additional sign, "Closed until further notice".   On the one hand, it perhaps went without saying, but it does infer that there will be a 'further notice'...

            Another one bites the dust...   The Hanuman Massage, opened in December 2018, has gone out of business.   The 'For Rent' sign posted on the front (in Thai) tells all.

            The below Patpong 1 clip filmed at a time when the Night Entertainment Venues would normally be opening, the young ladies would be streaming in to work, and Happy Hour would be ramping up for the 'early birds'.   But that was then, this is now...      (Filmed 31 July 2021 / 18:40 hours.)

            Venues in transition on or before 31 July 2021 :
         *   Unnamed Barber Shop - CLOSED

         *   Unnamed massage parlor - Upstairs above Thigh Bar - REOPEN - (speakeasy mode)

             The Patpong Museum signage awaits redeployment - just as soon as the current Plague leaves the land - or at least subsides to the point of 'survivability'.

             "It sure is quiet up on The Ramp..."    "Yeah, too quiet..."

             The Crown Royal... mothballed for the duration...

            Venues in transition on or before 31 July 2021 :
         *   Triple 888 Massage - STILL OPEN - (3rd floor above The Ramp)
             The Country Road and the Five Star battened down and under the glare of the temporary security lighting.

            Soi Cowboy hasn't been this dead since we first stumbled through in early 1975, finding only a single bar (the Gold Label Bar - today's Baccara).       (Filmed 01 August 2021 / 20:30 hours.)

              Nana Plaza as seen from the Nana Hotel grounds.   Occasionally a few security lights will go on inside, but otherwise - total darkness.

            The Rest Hub Pub & Bar, originally in Rajah Hotel, opened at this location, adjacent to the Nana Hotel, as a 'branch' (Rest Hub 2), but became the surviving Venue when the Rest Hub at the Rajah Hotel closed.   When it is open, a good 'live music' bar.

            What was, for decades, the Swan 1 Bar Beer had recently gone through some 'upgrades' and experimentation with new names.   But that all went by the wayside, now that the Koboot Noodle has taken over.   We'll have to wait and see if they serve alcohol and/ or have any kind of a 'scene' once the Pandemic subsides....


            Last month we noted the Nit Massage opened in the long-closed Secret Garden Massage, and that we would supply a photo at the first opportunity.   Well, we now have the photo, but Nit Massage is closed.   As / if it reopens, we'll get back atcha...

            It doesn't get any stranger than this.   The Jersey Pub had been opening and closing with the Covid vacillations over the last year and a half, at one point nailing up some brand-new neon.   Only to close again this latest Covid surge.   Now, a new bar, Champs, has taken over - rushing to open, only to remain closed for the duration of the lockdown...   It seems there's something more to a successful business than 'location, location, location'.   It's called 'timing, timing, timing'....

            Venues in transition on or before 31 July 2021 :
         *   O.K. D Massage - CLOSED

         *   T Thai Massage - CLOSED

         *   Jersey Pub - CLOSED

         *   Champs - NEW - Await opening.

         *   Swan 1 Bar Beer - CLOSED - Replaced by a restaurant (see above).

         *   V Good Massage - CLOSED

         *   Nit Massage - CLOSED

         *   Swan Massage & Salon - CLOSED (They have kept their 'laundry' open....)


            Against all odds, G's Bangkok has remained opened.   Currently they can function only as a 'Take-Out' restaurant.

            The Connection has reopened.   But as what?   A lunchtime restaurant, perhaps?   At the time we passed by, there were no customers.   More later...

            4 Sport's has retained their chattel, so it looks like they will be trying to ride out the Coronavirus storm...

 SOI  22  
            Buddy's Bar & Grill has reopened - so far, only food to take out.   Let's hope they can survive the darkness on the land...
 SOI  22  

            No Idea remains closed - they are not going the 'take-out meals' route.   They are one of the better restaurants / bars on Soi 22.
 SOI  22  

            Venues in transition on or before 31 July 2021 :
         *   Holiday Relax Massage - STILL OPEN

         *   AW Massage - STILL OPEN

         *   J Smile Massage - STILL OPEN

         *   Flower Cafe - REOPEN - Soi Starlight

         *   Asia Massage - CLOSED

         *   Nice Massage - CLOSED

         *   Nice 2 Massage - CLOSED

         *   Chaowang Massage & Spa - STILL OPEN

         *   Wild Orchid Massage - STILL OPEN

         *   Paradise S 22 - STILL OPEN - Subsoi Lemongrass

         *   Dive Massage - STILL OPEN - Subsoi Lemongrass

         *   Hip Massage - STILL OPEN

         *   Hana Massage - STILL OPEN - Subsoi Hana

         *   Miss Neko Massage - STILL OPEN

         *   Hug Momiya Massage - CLOSED

         *   Fah Nail & Massage - CLOSED

         *   Marigold Massage - CLOSED

         *   Buddy's Bar & Grill - REOPEN

         *   Honey Bar - STILL OPEN

         *   Mekkhala Massage - CLOSED

         *   Lek @ 22 Massage - CLOSED

         *   B52 Cowboy Bar - CLOSED

 SOI  22  

             The 'We Don't Make Mistrakes Department'.   Last month we noted that the Tewly Cocktail cluster of lean-to bar beers across from the Ambassador Hotel had gone under.   A contributor (you know who you are) noted that we had missed all the ongoing speakeasy action behind the barrier.   This time around we stuck our head in - and found everything to be status quo ante...   Below, our cup of ale.

 SOI  AMBASSADOR  (Sukhumvit Soi 11) 

            Hemingway (previously at Soi 16 Sukhumvit), a popular restaurant and 'after hours' venue, is continuing on during the lockdown for 'take-out meals' only.
 SOI  AMBASSADOR  (Sukhumvit Soi 11) 

            Ava, a popular upstairs-downstairs pub-lounge remains shuttered for the remainder of the lockdown.
 SOI  AMBASSADOR  (Sukhumvit Soi 11) 

            Sugar Club, one of two 'Till Late' Nitespots (the other being Insanity) on Soi Ambassador remains buttoned down behind it's steel doors.   Will it survive the virus?
 SOI  AMBASSADOR  (Sukhumvit Soi 11) 

            Venues in transition on or before 31 July 2021 :
         *   Tewly Cocktail group bar beers - OPEN - (did not close last month, as reported)

         *   P.P. Bar & Massage - Ya Dong Potion - CLOSED - Sub-soi Havana Social

         *   Cozy Spa - CLOSED - Sub-soi 11/1

         *   Suntaree Massage 5 - CLOSED - Sub-soi 11/1

         *   Cha Cha Massage - CLOSED

         *   The Best Massage - CLOSED
 SOI  AMBASSADOR  (Sukhumvit Soi 11) 

  SOI  7  PLAZA  
(And the Soi 7 Bier Garten)
            The Pool (see tiny sign in the photo) might, just might, be the newest bar in Soi 7 Plaza - but we won't know until the Entertainment Area reopens after the lockdown.   That location was originally occupied by Long Shots.   Long Shots moved over to larger digs on the other side of the Plaza, and the next door D-Nice Bar absorbed the space.   Now it appears that that same space has become, or will become, The Pool.   A wait-and-see item.         (BTW, we note that the adjacent Soi 7 Bier Garten is once again serving speakeasy style...)

            The Daisy Dream specialty massage, reopened last month, is now closed until after the lockdown.   Located on Subsoi 3.
 SOI  DEAD  ARTISTS  (Soi 33 Sukhumvit)

            The Rakuten, a full service Spa, located at the very end of Soi Dead Artists remains closed due to the Pandemic.
 SOI  DEAD  ARTISTS  (Soi 33 Sukhumvit)

            Venues in transition on or before 31 July 2021 :
         *   Star Japanese Snack Bar - STILL OPEN - Soi Pan Pan

         *   7 Heaven - STILL OPEN - Soi Pan Pan

         *   Kyoto Massage - CLOSED

         *   Thanks Massage - CLOSED - Sub-soi Pan Pan

         *   Charming Massage - CLOSED - Sub-soi 33/2

         *   My Raku - CLOSED

         *   Top Thai Massage & Spa 2 - CLOSED

         *   Fortune Club Girls Bar & Massage - CLOSED - Sub-soi 3

         *   Daisy Dream Massage - CLOSED - Sub-soi 3
 SOI  DEAD  ARTISTS  (Soi 33 Sukhumvit)

            The Sweet Heart Bar, a katoey bar, may or may not reopen.   One more 'wait-and-see' venue...
 SOI  EDEN  (Sukhumvit 7 / 1) 

            Venues that remained OPEN' through 31 July 2021 :
         *   Dalah Massage - 'speakeasy style'

         *   Down Under

         *   Bangkok Beer Cafe

         *   Kawinya Massage - 'speakeasy style'

         *   Good Time Massage - 'speakeasy style'

         *   (Unnamed Bar Beer) - 'speakeasy style'
 SOI  EDEN  (Sukhumvit 7 / 1) 


Traces of Bangkok's Early Years
      Once again, Midnite Hour digs deep into the dust-laden cupboards and old cardboard boxes in our attic - and discovers a variety clippings and pics of Nitespots from December 1964 - back when 'Night Clubs' (with Philippine bands) outnumbered the 'bars'...   As time goes on, we will feature many of the same Venues as they grow and change, all the while featuring various local and overseas talent.

This rare photo excerpt is of the Sani Chateau in 1960.   Submitted by contributor J. N. (many thanks).
The original photograph is, or was under copyright by the photographer.   Bangkok Eyes displays the above excerpt for educational and entertainment purposes only, as provided for in 'Fair Use'.
      The Sani Chateau in Gaysorn Night Entertainment Area, December 1964.   Sani Chateau was one of the 4 International style Nightclubs in Bangkok at the time (also - the New Champagne Club on New Road, Cafe de Paris opposite Patpong 1 on Surawong, and Star Light also on New Road).   They had an endless series of big international acts rotating through during the 1960's - 1970's, to include The Ink Spots (above)   ....But wait... the original Ink Spots stopped performing in the 1950's - this group is one of the dozens of Wanna-Be Ink Spots that popped up, along with all the law suits, in the ensuing decades.   (In 1967, US federal judge Emmet C. Choate ruled that the "Ink Spots" name had become "public domain" by virtue of it's ubiquitous use by so many groups over the years.   The ruling made the name "Ink Spots" free for anyone to use.)

      The Moulin Rouge was located 'downtown' on Rajdamnern and was an attraction to both Thai and farang.   In those days, there were a number of Nitespots and even a few of the historical old movie theaters in that neighborhood (none of which have 'made it to the future').

      The Rick Shaw Snack Bar wasn't so much a 'snack bar' as it was a lounge.   It was located not far from where the Front Page would open (and close) years later.   Note the identical wording on the above and the adjacent Mona Lisa graphic... related?

      Expats of any tenure need no reminder of Patpong's Max's Place.   While Max's was open, anyone in town during those years would have stopped by more than once.

      The Mona Lisa, a stone's throw from Patpong 2 on Surawong Road, was kind enough to include a map...   We note the Mona Lisa and the Rick Shaw both used a now out-of-use term, "On Service", which meant, we think, 'proprietor on premises'?   Hmmmm.....

With thanks to Cool



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 1
August 2001

   *  The upstairs Supergirls show bar was closed for renovations.   They would reopen at that location.   No Nitespot currently occupies that real estate.

(Total Nitespots that month: 33 )

Patpong 2
August 2001

   *  -No changes that month / year.

(Total Nitespots that month: 56 )

Soi Cowboy
August 2001

   *  Shadow -- known previously as Crazy Jack's Shadow (until October 1997), reopened (was closed the previous month for renovations).   It was located in between the then Rawhide and Long Gun - where (the newer) Crazy Cat most recently held court

(Total Nitespots that month: 33 )

Cowboy Annex
(Asoke Corner + Asoke Plaza)
[ ~June 1998  to  04 February 2005 ]
August 2001

   * Lanna Bar & Restaurant closed.   It was located at the side fence - 'Plaza side'.

   * Kiss Bar became Kiss Kiss Bar.    It was located at the at the front - 'Asoke side'.

   * Sanuk 1 & 2 opened newly in the barbeer 6-Pak, located at the Soi 23 side.

   * Playboy Vadsana opened newly in the barbeer 6-Pak, located at the Soi 23 side.

   * Princess 23 Bar opened newly.   It was located on the right side, just in from Soi 23.

   * Previously called just "Snooker" the owners changed the name to Lolita Pool & Tarts.   It was located on the right side, in from Soi 23.

(Total Nitespots that month: 33 )

Nana Plaza
August 2001

   *  Up on the 2nd level, the Vixens Nightclub closed.   (It also occupied some real estate just above on the 3rd level.)   It was located where today's The Balcony Bar is (should it reopen after Covid...)

(Total Nitespots that month: 40 )

Soi Katoey
( Silom Soi 4 )
August 2001

  *  Kool Spot Pub reopened it's doors after a one-month hiatus.   It was located just past Telephone Pub, same side.

(Total Nitespots that month: 11 )

Soi Dead Artists
( Sukhumvit Soi 33 )
August 2001

  *  The Club Dali decided they liked Dali Club better, and changed their name.   In the no-longer-extant 33 Complex.

  *  The Mondrian opened newly in Sub-soi 3.   No Nitespot currently occupies that space.

(Total Nitespots that month: 38 )

Buckskin Joe Village
(~ December 1988  to  9 June 2006)
(Also called 'Tobacco Road',  'Soi Rot Fai',  'The Tracks',  'Soi Zero' & 'Machim' [Thai] )
August 2001

   *   Mad Dogs closed.   (At the front, just behind Morgan Bar.)

(Total Nitespots that month: 17 )

Washington Square
(~ April 1999  to  April 2014)
August 2001

   *   - No changes that month / year.

(Total Nitespots that month: 17 )

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

April 2001

      *   - No changes that month / year.

(Total Nitespots that month: 23 )

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

August 2001

      *  All Nitespots - CLOSED during renovations.

(Total Nitespots that month: 0 )


Once Upon
A Time

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But is it ....ART ?

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


         It all started in 2013 when England's Ministry of Justice decommissioned and closed the Reading Prison in Berkshire.   Since that time, the otherwise abandoned structure has been used for a film set and art exhibitions.   In 2019, the Ministry of Justice put the facilities up for sale.   This prompted a "save the building" group to advocate for its rescue.   Among their justifications for its retention is its 'historical significance' - Oscar Wilde having been incarcerated there for two years for indecency.

Photo excerpt from 'Get Reading" <link>   Copyright to owner.

         Recently, a graffito of unknown origin appeared on the wall of the abandoned prison - described as 'Banksy-style' in the local media.    However it was later confirmed by Banksy as his work.   He 'announced' his authorship by way of an online video of him doing the 'artwork'.   The video 'voice-over' was from well-known US television artist of times past, Bob Ross.   The 'theme' of the graffito is seen to be a prisoner escaping, using tied-together sheets of paper emanating from a typewriter, presumed to be Oscar Wilde's.

         Meanwhile, the Reading Borough Council, who have in mind making the prison facilities a permanent 'home to the arts', have joined in the preservation crusade, suggesting to the Ministry of Justice that the Banksy artwork be preserved.   To be continued...

Bangkok Eyes adheres to a single, comprehensive definition of Graffiti :
"Unauthorized, often illegal markings on another's property."
Bangkok Eyes does not support or advocate any illegal activity.   Content herein showcases the ongoing controversy over Graffiti in our Society and is provided for educational and entertainment purposes only.

With thanks to Cool

Graffiti #1270
Pink Pill
7 ft high x 3 ft

Graffiti #1271
6 ft high x 13 ft

Graffiti #1272
6 ft high x 18 ft

Graffiti #1273
6 ft high x 8 ft

Graffiti #1274
Click Bait
6 ft high x 13 ft

Graffiti #1275
Exotic Garden
6 ft high x 30 ft

Graffiti #1276
A Covid Ride
6 ft high x 6 ft

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.

Bangkok's original site !

SINCE  2005

Graffiti Page is prepared by Staff Contributor "Boge" Hartman.

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

--- Datzit Fernow

William R. Morledge


"The Archives" - All Our Back Issues Here

- 2022 -
- 2021 -
01 JAN -   Covid surges - Nitespots hit
01 FEB -    CoV-19 Vaccine Delay - Bars in Tatters
01 MAR -   CoV-19 Vaccine here - Bars reopen
01 APR -    Covid stable - Travel eases
01 MAY -    Covid 3rd Wave bashes Nitelife
01 JUN -    Nightlife Dark Ages Continue
01 JUL -    Covid Worsens - Lockdown widens
01 AUG -    Covid-19 Skyrockets - Blanket Testing

- 2020 -
01 JAN -   Soi 7 "On The Map"
01 FEB -   Soi 33's Dead Artists - RIP
01 MAR -    Queen's Park Plaza gone
01 APR -    Coronavirus Crunch
01 MAY -    Coronavirus Ebbs
01 JUN -    Coronavirus is killing bars
01 JUL -    Coronavirus now rare
01 AUG -    Thais curb Coronavirus
01 SEP -    Covid blockade foils 2nd Wave
01 OCT -    Coronavirus vs Coronaphobia
01 NOV -    Trink Passes On
01 DEC -    Soi 8 Survives
- 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
01 MAY -    Mississippi Twins
01 JUN -    Gay Patpong ? -Twilight Gone
01 JUL -    Bars - 50 Years On
01 AUG -    Soi 8 Reviste
01 SEP -    Copyright & the 'Net
01 OCT -    Historic Honolulu - Chinatown
01 NOV -    The Patpong Museum
01 DEC -    Queen's Park Fades - Soi 7 Opens

- 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
- 2017 -
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

- 2016 -
01 JAN -   Railway Bazaar
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 Marches On
01 MAY -    Nightlife Permissiveness
01 JUN -    Ghosts of Nitelife Past
01 JUL -    STATE - The Cinema, Soi & Area
01 AUG -    Soi Darling
01 SEP -    Sri Nakarin South
01 OCT -    Soi 8 Reprise
01 NOV -    Floodless in Bangkok
01 DEC -    Soi Udomsuk

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

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

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

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

- 2006 -
01 JAN -    Pattaya Ascending
01 FEB -    A Go-Go Then & Now
01 MAR -    ' Madrid '
01 APR -    White Heat
01 MAY -    Politics & Nightlife
01 JUN -    Fagin's Bratpack
01 JUL -    King 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 -    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 Mike'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 -
JUN -   Buckskin Joe - Initial Survey

- 1989 -
01 JAN -    (Coming Soon)
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