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01 June 2021
William R.  Morledge

June's Nitelife News
Bangkok's Bars - 20 Years Ago  
A Smile in the Land of Smiles.
Reader's Corner: Soi Ambassador - still worth it?
Traces of Nitelife Past - 'Monte Carlo' -'64
Bangkok's Graffiti Update  - #180
            As Thailand's 3rd Wave of Coronavirus continues unabated, so remain Thailand's strict protocols for Virus 'Crisis Management'.   Worst hit by current Government restrictions is Bangkok's Night Entertainment Industry, now entering it's second month of total lockdown.   Combined with the inexplicably slow acquisition and distribution of vaccines, Thailand's most vibrant sector of its economy - Tourism - remains at a virtual standstill.   MIDNITE HOUR continues to record for historical reference Bangkok Night Enertainment's 'darkest hour'.   Readers planning to come to Thailand for tourism will possibly find the below useful.
An all-but-deserted Patpong 1 Road - the ghost of an earlier era...
            Because of the unanticipated surge in new infections / deaths associated with the Coronavirus 3rd Wave, the Thai Government, in May of this year, extended the term of the ongoing Emergency Decree for another two months.   Many mistakenly thought this was an extension of the restrictions now in force in the current partial lockdown. (The Decree is the legal means to take necessary actions only).   At the end of May, BMA authorities had scheduled to 'loosen the reins' by 1 June, however this was almost as quickly postponed to 15 June 2021 by the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) headed by the Prime Minister.   The 5 groupings of 'venue types' poised to reopen are as follows:

1.   Museums.   Education Centers.   Science Centers,   Centers of Natural History.   Art Galleries.   (Group visits not allowed.)

2.   Tattoo and body piercing salons.   Finger nail salons. (If the virus is found in salons, they will have to close for 14 days.

3.   'Weight Watching' salons.   Beauty clinics.

4.   Spas, Health massages, Beauty Massage salons.   Traditional massage.   Foot Massage. (Except: Sauna, Herbal steam, steam baths, face massage.)

5.   Public Parks,   Botanical Gardens,   Flower Gardens.   (Do not sit in groups, and bringing in food is not allowed - with the exception of water. )

Needless to say, these are "Wait-And-See" items...

      " >      *  The below charts show that the 3rd Wave of Coronavirus-19 is fading globally, both in numbers of infections and numbers of deaths.   However, Thailand's 3rd Wave occurred later than the world averages, and statistically hasn't yet begun to taper off.   In 2020 (pre-vaccine), Thailand statistics were perhaps the best in the world for a country of this size.   This caused authorities to develop an attitude of, "It can't happen here, as long as we keep on keeping on..."   What they didn't realize, even after the initial release of vaccines in other countries, was Thailand's "isolation bubble" was dangerously fragile.   Even when vaccines became available internationally, the Government's attitude on both procurement and manufacture, was, "What's the hurry?"   Well, Thailand's "isolation bubble" was (as can be seen) thoroughly burst, and new cases and death numbers began shooting through the roof, comparatively speaking...   But by that time, Thailand was too far behind the power curve on vaccines.   While efforts are currently under way to remedy the problem, we are still in "catch-up" mode, with too little imported and manufactured vaccine available to the public.

      We note that the three 'spikes' in new cases in the Thailand chart immediately below were due to the inclusion of one-off reports of 'clusters' found in the national prison system.

               So, what's the prognosis, Doc?   If we can take into consideration our recent past regarding the easing of restrictions, and stir in an estimate on the effects of the vaccines, our crystal ball indicates.....
      .....At the current rate of vaccine distribution most of the citizens and foreigners that want to be vaccinated will have their first vaccination within 3 months from now - (the end of August).   The second jabs completed by the end of September.   During which time the Night Entertainment Venues will be allowed to reopen (as with the last lull in infections).   However, due to the country's overly strict and overly complex protocols on letting vaccinated tourists into country, the Night Entertainment / Hotel sector will continue to suffer.   Bars that do reopen will, as last time, rarely have enough custom to stay open.   Many bars will not reopen because of this, and many others will go out of business (as have many already).    Should the Government adopt more realistic criteria for tourism, which they must do eventually, it would be possible for tourism to return to some semblance of normalcy by the end of the year.   ..And while we are prognosticating... our crystal ball tells us not to put too much faith in the Phuket Sandbox tourism sanctuary plan... it looks like an overly complicated, unmanageable house-of-cards waiting for the monsoon winds....

      For those trying to navigate the multitude of changing regulations, we recommend the Skyscanner link below:   Once at the website , scroll down a bit and click on “View Live Map”, and you can enter your home country (or where you are now), and the destination you’re interested in.   They give you all the latest information on infection rate/trend, and regulations on quarantine, testing, etc.   If you give them your e-mail address, they will send you updates when there’s a change in your specific travel interest(s).

General Information for Travelers to Thailand From the USA.

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.


The Vaccine - Something Special for all you Crybabies

      When your parents (and perhaps you) were growing up, virtually everyone got vaccinated for Smallpox.   There were no hordes of 'individualists' refusing to get vaccinated, claiming their Constitutional rights were being violated.   It was required for everyone.   Smallpox is now virtually relegated to the history books, no longer is it necessary to continue global immunization programs.   During the Polio epidemic of the 1950s, when the Salk and Sabin vaccines were developed, virtually everyone was clamoring to get inoculated, including all the children.   Again, there were no hordes of 'individualists' insisting their personal freedoms and 'right to choose' were being infringed upon.   Polio was eliminated in the Americas in 1994, (vaccinations are now 'recommended' only).

      Remember, by being vaccinated against Covid, the protection you receive is not for you, it is for everyone else - as protection from you.   Yet another case of adjusting one's perspective: 'It's not about you'.   So, unless your doctor has specifically told you not to get vaccinated, get your Covid vaccination as soon as you are able...

      Currently Thailand requires locals and foreigners to wear masks under most conditions.   Also, as can be seen above, those coming to Thailand are now required to show proof of vaccination against Covid-19.   So if you are one of those Dear Spoiled Babies who feels you are being 'forced' to wear a mask, and are being 'forced' to carry a 'Covid Passport' because these things infringe on your First Amendment Rights or 'personal choice', or even your 'political beliefs', then, fine.   Stay home - do not come to Thailand...

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June's Thai Smile long time forgotten...

BOOKS ...worth a read !

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   READER :     Dear Sir,
      When I go to Bangkok, I usually stay on Soi 11 as I have always loved the atmosphere on that soi.   However, in looking at it lately on google maps, it looks completely different.   Almost all of the old shops are gone and the character has completely changed.   I suppose the word for it is gentrification.   It almost seems planned, as though it is being directed and happening all at once.   To your knowledge, is the government behind this rapid change?   And sadly, it's not change for the better in my opinion.   If I want to stay on a road full of Starbucks, 7-11s and burger joints, I can stay at home.
      Any suggestions for a new Soi to stay at with the festive atmosphere of old Bangkok?
Thank you,

      First of all, due to the current 3rd wave of Covid-19, Soi 11, (Soi Ambassador) is virtually completely closed, with only a couple of restaurants (with restaurant licenses) open until 9:00 p.m. (no alcohol served).   As is the case with the rest of Bangkok.   As the Emergency Decree was recently extended for another two months, it is entirely possible the partial lockdown will also remain in effect for that long (-this includes Bangkok's places of entertainment).
      We note that a large section of Soi 11 has been "under redevelopment" for several months, with the old structures already removed (inclusive of several of the old Night Entertainment Venues).   Currently the land is not being redeveloped, having become home to lean-to shacks operating as outdoor restaurants and under-the-radar beer bars.   The redevelopment on Soi 11 Sukhumvit is not due to a Government initiative.   It is happening there, and at several places in Bangkok through various commercial (and some private) ventures.   Another example is Soi Dead Artists (Sukhumvit Soi 33), where much of the old venues have been demolished for commercial and private redevelopment.   
      Also, a number of the venues closed in Soi 11 and throughout Bangkok -due to the lockdown- are now posting "For Sale" or "For Lease" signs.   In other words, they are no longer just temporarily closed, they have gone out of business.   The longer the lockdown continues, the more Entertainment Venues will go out of business.   As a result, there is no way to accurately predict how much of Soi 11's (or any other soi's) Entertainment Scene will still be around once the lockdown ceases and tourism once again returns.
      Thanks for writing in.   Please feel free to contact us periodically for updates on the situation.   Also, we will be posting our monthly updates on The Midnite Hour.
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



Let the Follies begin-

An ongoing history
of Bangkok's Expat
Nightlife Scene
    Vol. XXX      No. 06
                           Bangkok,  01 June 2021                         
   Free Distribution

               On our end-of-month survey this last month we began to see what everyone was predicting - Night Entertainment Venues that had closed temporarily due to the lockdown, would start to close permanently.   The number of "For Rent" and "For Sale" signs increasing significantly.   Where we are aware, we have reported these permanent closures below.   But we have no way to determine how many Nitespots have already gone out of business - as it is most likely many of those bars will not have bothered to put out signs.   Bangkok's Nightscene is far from being "back to normal", and it is very likely a great number of Nightlife Venues will have disappeared by the time Thailand opens its doors to tourism once again".

            The Kiss, lit only by the new, rather harsh street lighting, may -or may not- be reopening once tourism returns to Thailand.   The Tip Top Restaurant (left) remains in total darkness.

            An anomaly of sorts... an (unnamed barber shop) has opened up in the darkness that is Patpong 1...   Although not in the 'realm of Night Entertainment', we wish them 'sunshine on both sides of the street'.

             The Crystal Palace, in the glow of Foodland's exterior lighting, remains in indefinite limbo. The Patpong Cafe shrouded in darkness (immediate left) - fate unknown...

             Up on The Ramp, Hotmale gay bar is quietly 'open', although we saw no customers when we passed by...

             Lit by street lighting only, the Moonshine Joint and Jungle Jim's and Suzie Wong (far right) remain locked down like Alcatraz....

             We will be surprised if the Midnite, closed since before the Coronavirus crisis, ever reopens...

             Closed for the duration, how many of  Nana Plaza's bars willl perish in this 'Night Entertainment Dark Age' ?

            The Angels Four, as with the other Hillary Group bars, remains in lockdown isolation.   No end in sight - Bangkok's Dark Age continues unabated...

            The Hooters exterior signage remains aglow, but the dark interior tells the real story....

            In an otherwise blacked-out soi, Soi Nana's smaller restaurants and Mom & Pop stores remain open - as with the Swan Inn 2 in the below photo...

            The G's Bangkok has been able to keep the doors open throughout the Pandemic - until now.   Hopefully, they are in hibernation, and will resurface at a future time.

            The Pride, while appearing open, was in fact only doing 'house-cleaning'.

 SOI  22  
            The one bright spark on Soi 22 was in Soi Starlight - the Flower Cafe has reopened - with new neon, and all.   Khun Ying remains at the helm.   If you want anything other than kwei tiew, you need to order it in a coffee cup...
 SOI  22  

            Soi Ambassador (Sukhumvit Soi 11) remains a virtual ghost town.   With the exception of the temporary lighting of the couple of bar beers (the previous Tewly Cocktail group) and sidewalk eateries (far right in photo), the soi remains grave-yard dead.
 SOI  AMBASSADOR  (Sukhumvit Soi 11) 

  SOI  7  PLAZA  
(And the Soi 7 Bier Garten)
            The Soi 7 Bier Garten is back in operation.   Lights out in front, and dim lighting inside, once the young lady lets you in the front gate, its back to deja vu all over again...   We assume, but do not profess to know, they are ostensibly able to keep operating as a 'restaurant'...

Soi 7 Bier Garten - 31 May 2021

A cold San Mig Light...


            The Moonshine Pub 22, a Soi 7 Plaza mainstay, is closed down - as are the rest of the Night Entertainment Area venues...

            The Day & Nice Bar, closed, is still offering 'Happy Hour'.   Hopefully their optimism will be rewarded in the near future...

            The only one making any money in Soi 7 Plaza is the land owner - his popular (or at least well-used) 'jailhouse' toilet continues to eat 10 Baht coins from the girls working outside in the Soi 7 street bars.

            The Soi 7 street bars and noodle vendors line both sides of the soi from Sukhumvit Road to the Soi 7 Bier Garten.   As business is virtually nonexistent, the ladies-of-the-evening -normally huddling around the street bars- have taken to sitting ...and waiting the plastic chairs lining the sidewalk.

            Soi Dead Artists remains dark and dreary - no Night Entertainment Venues were open, not even 'speakeasy-style'.   The usual convenience stores remained open, as did some of the restaurants, but other than that, a very depressing Nightscene...
 SOI  DEAD   ARTISTS (Sukhumvit 33) 

            The Akane and the Demonia, two 'Specialty' Venues, remained closed.   More and more of the venues on Soi Dead Artists are putting out "For Lease" signs - they won't be coming back after the eventual lifting of the ongoing 'Entertainment Dark Ages'.
 SOI  DEAD   ARTISTS (Sukhumvit 33) 

            The Survey Entertainment is yet another of the growing number of Nitespots that has fallen to the Coronavirus / Coronaphobia double-whammy.   Note the "For Rent" sign in the pic below.   Survey was a great lounge for quiet conversation and a cool drink.   Here's hoping they will spring back to life at some future time...
 SOI  DEAD   ARTISTS (Sukhumvit 33) 

            The Kawinya Massage, the Good Time Massage & Salon and the next-door 'unnamed bar beer' are openly 'open'.   Obviously the authorities don't check.... or do they?   Ahennnh....   Further into the Soi, the Dalah Massage and the Bangkok Beer Cafe are, as was the case last month, open speakeasy-style (or do they, somehow, qualify as 'restaurants'?).
 SOI  EDEN  (Sukhumvit 7 / 1) 


Traces of Bangkok's Early Years
      Once again, Midnite Hour digs deep into the dust-laden cupboards in our attic, and discovers a few clippings and pics of Nitespots from December 1964 - back when 'Night Clubs' (with Philippine bands) outnumbered the 'bars'...

      The Monte Carlo Night Club is not only long gone, but the "New Rajprasong Shopping Center" in which it stood has also long ago gone to major redevelopments.

      The Moulin Rouge Night Club was located at the "circle" at Rachdamnern Klang Road.   In the early years there were a few Nitespots and movie theaters in that part of town.

      The Sri Phan Massage was located in the Rachdamri / Rachprasong roads area, and was typical of the smaller massage parlors of the day, and preceded the big steam-and-cream massage parlors that were just getting off the ground in 1964.

      The Little Home Bakery, while having 3 branches in 1964, the more popular location was at Gaysorn Night Entertainment Area, where expats hitting the Nitespots could get a good 'European' meal most any time of the day.

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
June 2001

   *  - No changes that month / year.

(Total Nitespots that month: 33 )

Patpong 2
June 2001

   *  The Eden Garden Kama Sutra - closed permanently, however in August 2001 it would open temporarily as a bar beer.   The Dream Boy Bangkok is the last to occupy that real estate, - and is currently closed during Covid Pandemic.

   *  Up on the 2nd Level in Soi Bookstore, the King's Palace closed its doors.   No Nitespot currently occupies those digs.

   *  Up on the The Ramp, the Royal Salute Cocktail Lounge reopened after a brief closure..   No Nitespot currently occupies those digs.

(Total Nitespots that month: 56 )

Soi Cowboy
June 2001

   *  Las Vegas opened newly - (we bet not many remember that bar...).   It took over from J.B.'s Bar.   Those digs would eventually become part of Cowboy 2, which today, remains closed due to the Covid Pandemic.

   *  Shirtz became Shirtz 'n Flirtz (modus operandi unchanged).   Those digs were most recently occupied by Fanny's (now closed).

(Total Nitespots that month: 34 )

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

   * 'Snooker Room' closed.      It was located at the side fence - 'Plaza side'.

   * Choke Dee opened newly, taking over from Boomerang.      It was located at the side fence - 'Plaza side'.

   * Je T'Aime closed.      It was located at the side fence - 'Plaza side'.

   * Crazy Girls opened newly.   Ex: Tree of Green.   It was located at the left side.

   * Meow (Thai sign) opened newly.   It was located at the left side.

   * Love Scene opened newly.   It was located at the left side.

   * Oraphin opened newly.   It was located at the left side.

   * Spanky's opened newly.   (The original Spanky's...)   It was located at the left side.

   * Lolita's Snooker opened newly.   It was located at the left side.

(Total Nitespots that month: 30 )

Nana Plaza
June 2001

   *  Up on the 2nd level, the Angel Witch moved across to occupy the then-recently closed Ferang Connection (-which it will continue to occupy, should it survive Covid).   The Silver Dragon then opened newly in the just-vacated Angel Witch digs - those premises most recently occupied by Mercury Lady Boy - now closed.

(Total Nitespots that month: 40 )

Soi Katoey
( Silom Soi 4 )
June 2001

  *  The 420 closed after being open only one month..   It replaced 401 which had just opened a month before that.

  *  Exposure
closed it's doors.   Those premises are most recently occupied by 4 Sport's, currently closed - Covid Pandemic.

  *  The Underground Music Bar
closed it's doors.   Those premises are most recently occupied by Bas Living Room, currently closed - Covid Pandemic.

(Total Nitespots that month: 10 )

Soi Dead Artists
( Sukhumvit Soi 33 )
June 2001

  *  The Bar Za Bar (Est Cuba 1862) opened newly next door to the then-existing Shoku Sai Rest.   No Nitespot currently occupies that space.

(Total Nitespots that month: 32 )

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

   *   Sidetrack Bar Beer closed.   (The last bar on the right, going in.)

(Total Nitespots that month: 19 )

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

   *   - No changes that month / year.

(Total Nitespots that month: 17 )

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

April 2001

      *   The New York Pizza closed.    (Outside, against the main building.)

(Total Nitespots that month: 22 )

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

June 2001

      *  All Nitespots - CLOSED during renovations.

(Total Nitespots that month: 0 )





But is it ....ART ?

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


         According to reports in Artnet News <link> , by way of Ars Technica, "chemists" and "scientists" have come up with environmentally-friendly solvents (they didn't name any) which are able to 'remove vandalism from street art' - their phraseology...   In plain, un-spun language, these 'miracle' solvents can remove layers of graffiti .... from graffiti.   WTF?   -Or more to the point, 'WHY'? .....

Photo excerpt from Artnet News - link above   Copyright to owner.

         When in doubt, follow the money.   When there's real money to be made, we don't just run around town with our ethylene glycol spray tanks and wash everything away.   Graffiti "conservators" and "restorers" exist (oh, yes, they really do exist) for only one reason - to make money through the further commercialization of graffiti.   And, all of a sudden, we find there is "good graffiti" and "bad graffiti"...   'Good graffiti' is now spun as "street art" or "murals", while "bad graffiti" remains with it's old stigmata : 'vandalism', 'tags', or just plain 'graffiti' - and all its negative connotations.   The 'conservators' / 'restorers', are of course, interested in only the 'good graffiti'.   -And here's where the mental gymnastics comes in - when the artists (or sellers) want to boost marketability, they call it "graffiti", giving it that edgy, 'street-cred' sound.   When they are presenting graffiti in its 'respectability cloak', it is 'street art', 'art brut', or 'murals'.   Sometimes in the same sentence....   New game, new rules.   Play along and make money...

Photo excerpt from Artnet News - link above.   Copyright to owner.

         "Researchers" responsible for developing the low-toxicity concoctions (and their application procedures) can now claim their 'cleaning agents', when properly applied, will remove graffiti one layer at a time - without disturbing the layer below.   Their 'nanostructured' solvents are embedded in a hydrogel, which can then be made into micro-thin layers.   These solvent-impregnated layers are then placed on the offending graffiti by the conservators / restorers who allow the layers to work their magic for the 'correct' amount of time - allowing the removal of only the top layer of paint.   (This is possible only because -and when- the layers of paint are similar, but not exactly the same.)

         A number of 'established' graffiti artists were interviewed about this new process, and were less than thrilled.   While the old-school graf artists do not appreciate their pieces being over-painted, they still see graffiti as a temporary art form, and over time, all inevitably will be lost to the weather, over-painting or outright removal - the 'natural order' of things...   This is why they keep their sketch-books and (now digital) 'portfolios' (- and why they will on occasion go out and retouch an earlier throw-up).   While they will undertake commercial projects, they are able to differentiate between the two : graffiti being 'unauthorized markings on others' property', all else not being 'graffiti'....

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 #1256
Mickey's Back!
7 ft high x 3 ft - (door only)

Graffiti #1257
8 ft high x 15 ft

Graffiti #1258
Gold Fish
5 ft high x 6 ft

Graffiti #1259

Graffiti #1260
6 ft high x 13 ft

Graffiti #1261
Space Warz
6 ft high x 9 ft

Graffiti #1262
Too Many Cooks 788
12ft high x 12 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

- 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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