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01 September 2021
William R.  Morledge

September's Nitelife News
Bangkok's Bars - 20 Years Ago  
A Smile in the Land of Smiles.
Reader's Corner: 'Cowboy & The Pioneers...'
Traces - The Early Years - Movies ! 1964
Bangkok's Graffiti Update  - #183
            Thailand's 40% drop in new Coronavirus cases since mid-August has been cause for guarded optimism - hope that Thailand and the World have seen the worst of the Pandemic.   While it is too soon to draw any conclusions for Thailand - and inscribe them in stone, the slowing of the CoV-19 spread has brought about some easing of the Partial Lockdown by the Thai Government (a detailed breakout found below).   Should Thailand's Covid numbers continue to drop, it is reasonable to expect these limited freedoms will be expanded upon, however, those in the Entertainment Industry are well aware that they will be the last to see any relief from the lockdown.
Streetlights accentuate the ghost town that is Soi Cowboy.   How many Nitespots will survive these Dark Ages?

            We at MIDNITE HOUR continue to track the Coronavirus globally and locally in order to provide readers with realistic expectations as to when there might be a semblance of a "New Normal" - where tourism in Thailand will be reinstated and the Night Entertainment Industry will reopen.   Should current trends continue without new flare-ups, it is possible that by November 2021 the numbers of cases of Covid will be low enough to both reinstate tourism and reopen Night Entertainment.   Having said that, we can expect that Thai Immigration will be slow in lifting the paperwork burden required to travel to Thailand, and that once tourists return, the in-country requirements for proof of vaccination and recent Covid tests will be widespread.   (So don't throw away your masks.)   It is also reasonable to expect that the gamut of standard preventives will linger for many months after Thailand 'reopens'.   To say the same thing another way, it is an unrealistic expectation that Thailand will somehow immediately snap-back to pre-Covid conditions, and Thailand -inclusive of Bangkok- will carry on as if the Coronavirus were suddenly eradicated from the face of the earth.

            On 28 August, the Prime Minister's Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) announced a relaxation in the current partial lockdown.   The new guidelines become effective 1 September 2021.   The published documents are reproduced below, and will remain in effect until further notice...
            Immediately after the above guidelines were published, the Government issued a short-list of revisions :   We can expect that the requirement to show proof of vaccination and / or recent Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test will not only continue well into the future, but will expand in scope - the number and types of facilities requiring these proofs is likely to continue to expand.
1.   Diners in restaurants must be immunized with Covid vaccine - 2 injections.

2.   Department Store employees who serve customers must be immunized - 2 injections.

3.   The authorization to use sports / exercise facilities does not include "Fitness" studios.

4.   Public transport vehicles - Seating not to exceed 75% of capacity.   Drivers must be inoculated - 2 injections.

5.   Passengers on aircraft must be able to show proof of at least 1 Covid vaccination, or a recent Covid test.

The "Dark Red" Provinces
as Noted in the Above Graphic, As Of 01 August 2021
         The '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.

         From a purely 'chartist' assessment, should the rate of decline in new cases continue as currently trending, Thailand could be essentially down to a few hundred CoV-19 cases per day by 1 November.   This is not to be assumed, however, as there is always the possibility of another surge.   Careful management must continue, to include universal vaccinations - including 'booster' re-vaccination, and social hygiene.

               In summation, all forms of Night Entertainment - barring 'Foot Massage' - are officially closed, other than that which might be found in the Phuket Sandbox and the Koh Samui 'Plus Plan'.   (Both plans have only realized about 1/3 the original bookings - claims that tourists there will be able to travel to other parts of Thailand afterward are no longer guaranteed...).   As mentioned above, even if the Coronavirus continues to abate in a linear fashion, the best that can be hoped for is that tourism and the Night Entertainment Scene will not likely see an upturn until 01 November of this year (estimated).   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 14 nights in Phuket before being allowed to travel elsewhere in the Kingdom (This is now no longer guaranteed.)

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.


September's Thai Smile is well-braced...

BOOKS ...worth a read !

( Click on book covers to order. )



Join the 'Comments' page...

   READER :     
      First of all my compliments for the great job you deliver with The Midnite Hour.   My friends and I really enjoy it!
      Question;   One of my friends, who lived 18 years in Bangkok, go back to Holland so we decided to do something special for him.   We want to make a movie poster of Bangkok for him with of course all the highlights as a great memory.
      We already found a photo of the entrance of Soi Cowboy (Soi Asoke entrance), but the resolution of this photo is way too low.   So, we want to ask you if you have this photo in good quality.   If yes, please send it to me!
      I hope you can help us with this.   We wish you all the best and keep up the good work!
       Apologies for the late reply.   The original photo was 'film', and not digital, so (some years ago) I had to scan it to put it up on the site.   The pic on the site is the largest I currently have.   Just today, I was able to locate the original photographs, so I will now be able to take them down to the IT center for re-scanning.   I will then be able to reprocess in PhotoShop as a larger version, however this will take some time, as it is necessary to combine 3 or 4 photos together to get the exposure correct for the entire sign.   I will need to wait until the shops open, however, as they are currently closed for CoV-19 lockdown (they may be reopening now...?).   As soon as I have the larger version completed I will send to you.
"Cowboy" Edwards
   READER :  Hi,
       My buddy told me about Cowboy Edwards and that got me looking up other expat stories.   Is there a good book on the subject - novel or non fiction?   Is there one of these stories that you think might form the basis for a good movie or documentary?
Many thanks!

            A full story on Cowboy Edwards would be hard to come by - I know of no books on him or other such 'pioneers' of Bangkok's Expat Nitescene.   The bits and pieces on Cowboy Edwards on the Internet - to include my thumbnails of him are all I am aware of.   I first met him after he opened his first Cowboy Bar, branching off from Lorettas (-on what would become 'Soi Cowboy', named after him - although he was not the first bar owner on that Soi by a long shot).   See my history on Soi Cowboy.   Later, after he went broke by drinking up all the profits (and the bar was taken over by his wife), he opened a second 'Cowboy' bar in Washington Square Night Entertainment Area.   I do not have any photos of that bar, nor have I seen any.   He went broke there also - having again imbibed all the profits.   He then went into a partnership with Grant Francisco to open New Cowboy Bar on Soi 22.   However he never came up with his half of the money, and was removed from the partnership by Grant.   He became ill and, reportedly, went to the Veterans Hospital in the Philippines, and, again, reportedly, died there.   A great guy, a lousy businessman.
      There are many 'characters' from that era worthy of a 'story'.   Among them are ;
    Tim Young <link>

    Bernard Trink <link>

    Rick Menard <link> and <link>

      It really depends on the movie(s) or documentaries you might be intending to produce.   Too many documentarians have come to Thailand and tried, virtually all of them attempting to accentuate 'prostitutes', 'sex tourism' and sleaze.   I am not in favor of this 'take' on the Bangkok's Nightlife; thankfully each of those documentaries having failed ever so righteously.   As I am currently working with an Australian producer on documenting some aspects of the Bangkok Nightlife Scene, I will not be able to assist you further at this juncture.   Good luck on your pursuits.
   READER :  
      The lady in this picture that I have made a red circle around, when did she work in Patpong?   How old are these pictures?   If not a sensitive issue, I think I know her.   Not a boyfriend or husband, etc.
Best Regards,

      The photos in the above picture, to include the one of the young woman circled in red, are promotional posters and are the sole property of the Patpong Museum.   As such we have no knowledge of when the pictures were taken, if the subjects are Thai, or even if the pics were taken in Thailand.   Regrets, we are not able to help you identify the 'mystery girl'.
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Let the Follies begin-

    Vol. XXX      No. 09
                           Bangkok,  01 September 2021                         
   Free Distribution

            The Madrid and the Safari both show signs of reopening - if, and when.   Other than the King's Group bars, it is doubtful any of the other Nitespots will survive what will likely be essentially a 2-year Pandemic.


            The below Patpong 1 clip captures the absolute sense of gloom that has gripped the street.      (Filmed 31 August 2021 / 17:10 hours.)

            Venues in transition or active on or before 31 August 2021 :
         *   Unnamed massage parlor - (Last known name: "Thai Lady".)   Upstairs above Thigh Bar - REMAINS OPEN

             In September of 1996, exactly 25 years ago, immediately after the Bua Luang Karaoke 2 closed for the second time, Serge wasted no time grabbing the lease, and opening the Le Bouchon Restaurant & Bar.   We just received notice that the Le Bouchon will be closing (and perhaps by the time you read this, it will have already closed).   Serge's note below, however, holds out the possibility that it will reopen.   We'll keep an ear to the ground, and get back atcha...
Photo and text property of Le Buchon Bar & Restaurant

             Likewise, on Patpong 2 Road, it appears that the Pink Panther and the Tavern Two are poised for survival - if - and when - the Pandemic winds down.      However, this will be entirely dependent upon both the Coronavirus and the Government's Coronaphobia.   A wait-and-see item...


            Venues remaining open or in transition on or before 31 August 2021 :
         *    Triple 888 Massage - CLOSED
            An updated clip of Soi Cowboy - yet another grim reminder of the devastation of the Night Entertainment Industry in Thailand due to the Coronavirus...       (Filmed 31 August 2021 / 20:15 hours.)

              Pre-Covid-19 the Stumble Inn was one of the more popular bars facing out of Nana Plaza.   Regulars are hoping it will survive the Pandemic.   Nana Plaza itself remains completely closed, save a skeleton crew of security types...

            Two of the string of four bars where Soi 6 joins Soi Nana have already closed permanently.   It remains to be seen if the other two (Bangcockney Bar and Hang Out Pub) will be able to outlast the Coronavirus lockdown.

            The Chaos 9 Food & Drink and the next door V Good Massage were closed on 31 August.   It may be the V Good Massage will have opened on 1 September - we'll get back atcha with any changes next issue...

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

         *   Nit Massage - OPEN

         *   (A Bar Beer - no sign) - At Soi 6 Junction - CLOSED PERMANENTLY

            This photo of Soi Katoey (Silom Soi 4) was taken literally on the run, and in the rain at 8:30 p.m, so even if any restaurants were open, they would have already closed and gone home to beat the 9:00 p.m. curfew of the current Night Entertainment lockdown.   If necessary we will correct our status next issue.   Needless to say, Soi Katoey was completely blacked out, the Sunshine Tacos on Silom Road providing the only source of light.   Passing overhead (mid-photo) is the last SkyTrain for the evening.

 SOI  22  
            Kinnaree Spa & Massage has opened brand-new this last month, replacing the Covid-closed Nang Mery Massage & Coffee.   May they continue to slip 'n slide...
 SOI  22  

            Venues remaining open, or in transition on or before 31 August 2021 :
         *   Holiday Relax Massage - STILL OPEN

         *   AW Massage - STILL OPEN

         *   J Smile Massage - STILL OPEN

         *   Flower Cafe - STILL OPEN - Soi Starlight

         *   Asia Massage - REOPEN

         *   Nice Massage - REOPEN

         *   Wild Orchid Massage - REOPEN

         *   Bear Hug Momiya Massage - REOPEN

         *   Chaowang Massage & Spa - STILL OPEN

         *   Paradise S 22 - RECLOSED - Subsoi Lemongrass

         *   Dive Massage - STILL OPEN - Subsoi Lemongrass

         *   New Yorker Cafe & Cocktail Lounge - REOPEN - Subsoi Lemongrass

         *   Hip Massage - STILL OPEN

         *   Hana Massage - STILL OPEN - Subsoi Hana

         *   Regal Massage - CLOSED

         *   Miss Neko Massage - STILL OPEN

         *   Marigold Massage - REOPEN

         *   Buddy's Bar & Grill - STILL OPEN

         *   Honey Bar - STILL OPEN

         *   Mekkhala Massage - REOPEN

         *   Lek @ 22 Massage - REOPEN

         *   Am's Bar - REOPEN

         *   (Singh Bar) - UNDER CONSTRUCTION
-                         (Ex: Secret Story Massage - CLOSED PERMANENTLY)

         *   No Idea - REOPEN

         *   Triple Chill Bar - NEW - (Ex: Shag Bar II - NEVER REOPENED)

 SOI  22  

             The two newest 'traditional....' massage parlors on Soi Ambassador, The Best Massage and Chacha Massage, have reopened.   Rub-a-dub-dub...
 SOI  AMBASSADOR  (Sukhumvit Soi 11) 

             A quick glimpse of Bangkok's 'rainy season' as it washes down a quiet Soi Ambassador (Sukhumvit Soi 11)..
 SOI  AMBASSADOR  (Sukhumvit Soi 11) 

            Venues remaining open or in transition on or before 31 August 2021 :
         *   Tewly Cocktail group bar beers - STILL OPEN

         *   Baan Pheuan Massage - REOPEN

         *   Cozy Spa - REOPEN ? - Sub-soi 11/1 (To recheck.)

         *   Suntaree Massage 5 - REOPEN ? Sub-soi 11/1 (To recheck.)

         *   Hemingway - REOPEN

         *   ChaCha Massage - REOPEN

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

  SOI  7  PLAZA  
(And the Soi 7 Bier Garten)
            Our Place, one of Soi 7 Plaza's pioneer bars has given up the ghost.   They have already removed their chrome barstools and colored lights (and other chattel), and headed for higher ground.   Better luck on the rebound, gents (and ladies)...
File Photo

            The Drop In Bar is making no pretenses - they just went ahead and reopened.   Welcome them back to hard times...   Let's hope they remain well below the radar.

            The on-again, off-again Soi 7 Bier Garten has re-reopened.   Not busy, just reopened.   Darkened frontage - Modus Operandi: "Speakeasy".

            Venues remaining open or in transition on or before 01 September 2021 :
         *   Our Place - CLOSED PERMANENTLY

         *   Leo's Wall (1) - REOPEN - (Speakeasy)

         *   Ida 789 - REOPEN - (Speakeasy)

         *   Drop In Bar - REOPEN

         *   New Bar (No Name yet) - OPEN

         *   Soi 7 Bier Garten - REOPEN - (Speakeasy)

            The below photo shows the Akane Fashion Massage (closed, on left), Demonia (closed, center), and Dream Heaven (open, right).
 SOI  DEAD  ARTISTS  (Soi 33 Sukhumvit)

            Venues remaining open or in transition on or before 31 August 2021 :
         *   Dream Heaven Nuru Nuru Gel - REOPEN - ( Speakeasy )

         *   Star Japanese Snack Bar - CLOSED - Soi Pan Pan

         *   7 Heaven - CLOSED - Soi Pan Pan

 SOI  DEAD  ARTISTS  (Soi 33 Sukhumvit)

            The Gemma (we previously referred to it as Bangkok Beer Cafe) was the only bright spot on Soi Eden.   They are apparently able to operate openly as a 'hotel'.   May they keep on keeping on...
 SOI  EDEN  (Sukhumvit 7 / 1) 

            Venues that remained open or in transition through 1 September 2021 :
         *   Dalah Massage - CLOSED

         *   Down Under - CLOSED

         *   Gemma Sukhumvit (Previously called Bangkok Beer Cafe) - STILL OPEN

         *   Kawinya Massage - STILL OPEN - 'speakeasy style'

         *   Good Time Massage - CLOSED

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


Traces of Bangkok's Early Years

      This month Midnite Hour presents :
       es, contrary to a commonly held belief, Bangkok had a Nitescene prior to the R&R years - to include a large selection of 'feeelm' from abroad.   A look back at 1964 will interest the historian as well as the cinema-buff.   While there were other theaters in Bangkok in '64, the 7 theaters featured herein were the main source of English-speaking (or subtitled) films for Bangkok's expats and tourists.   
         Each of these grand old theaters has long ago closed it's doors, many (if not all) no longer exist - having made way for condominiums and such.   For those who were not here in the 1960's, or who may have forgotten, the "Cinema Experience" was quite different than that enjoyed today.   Let's start with buying a ticket.   There were no telephonic or Internet reservations, one would have to go to the theater and get in whichever queue at the window selling tickets in your price range - 20 baht, 30 baht or 40 baht.   If you waited through the line and the time slot you wanted was sold out, you just bought a ticket for the next showing, and went somewhere nearby for dinner.
         There was always another line for "advanced bookings" - should you, say, stop by the theater in the morning, you could buy tickets for the 5:00 p.m.. show for that day (and that day only).   Take it from us - this system worked much better than today's "automated" ticketing systems, and those queuing up trying to decide which "promotion" they want to use (or to sign up for a newer promotion), or spending five minutes hemming and hawing, trying to decide which of their credit cards they want to use... you get the picture...

         Getting to and from the theater was also a different experience - taxis, if you could find one, were undersized Japanese or French in origin, a real pain to get in, and out of.   They had no air conditioning or meters - you haggled for the fare (good experience here).   (Sorry Buttercups, no Grab either...)   Or you could go by Sam Lor (Tuk-Tuk), which was always more enjoyable.   Or, like Bernard Trink, you could memorize the bus routes, and for 1 Baht 50 satang, get fairly near your destination theater.
         Once in the theater (1960's), you would show the usher your ticket (-we are betting you all had forgotten about 'theater ushers'...) - and he, with his small flashlight, would show you to your seat.   And for a small tip, he would run out and buy you a beer, or whatever.   So-far, so-good...   But the theaters were "Smoking" - sometimes the cigarette smoke was so thick it would be difficult to see the screen clearly.   Bringing in food from outside was not only allowed, it was nearly universal - to include grilled squid (which you could smell from the back row).   But back then, these things were taken for granted - only now can we look back to those 'Good Old Days', parts of which weren't all that "Good".
         There were always a couple of theaters which had a "Midnight Show".   These were very popular with the late-night crowd - the cine-buffs or those on a late date - as the theaters often had advance showings of films - often a week or two before they ran in the theaters in the normal time slots.   But more importantly, often before the local censors got their filthy little hands on them...

         A big part of "A Night Out At The Movies" was after the show let out - it was time to eat again (This Is Thailand....).   Among the best places to go in the wee hours were the kerbside khao tom stalls - Pratu Nam and the Rajdamnern Road areas had some of the most popular spots, staying open until the sun came up, or until there were no more customers....whichever came first.

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
September 2001

   *  The upstairs Supergirls show bar reopened after a 1-month renovation.   No Nitespot currently occupies that real estate.

   *  The upstairs Queen's Castle Bar show bar closed for renovations.   They would reopen at that location.   No Nitespot currently occupies that real estate.

   *  The Camelot Castle Bar closed for renovations.   They would reopen at that location.   They would eventually be absorbed by King's Castle 1 which is closed at this time due to Covid-19.

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

(Total Nitespots that month: 30 )

Patpong 2
September 2001

   *  Eden Bar Beer - Newly opened in the previous Eden Garden Kama Sutra.   Today those digs occupied by Dream Boy Bangkok (closed for CoV-19).

   *  Tik-Ko Living Room - Newly opened up on The Ramp.    Formerly those digs were occupied by Be Be Club.   Today home to The World (closed for CoV-19).

   *  Chicken Divine bar beer on The Island closed temporarily (now closed for CoV-19).

(Total Nitespots that month: 57 )

Soi Cowboy
September 2001

   *  As Shirts 'n Flirts closed, Fanny's opened up in it's place.   No Nitespot currently occupies those digs.

   *  Susie Wong closed again temporarily.   They are still at that location, closed for Cov-19.

(Total Nitespots that month: 33 )

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

   * CJ Pub & Restaurant - NEW - in the old Lanna Bar & Restaurant location.   It was located at the side fence - 'Plaza side'.

   * Night Fever - CLOSED -    It was located on the "Island" - Asoke Plaza side.

   * The Golden Elephant - CLOSED -    It was located on the Asoke Corner, right side.

   * (An unnamed Bar Beer) - NEW -    It was located on the Asoke Corner, right side.

   * Shagnasty's - NEW -    It was located on the Asoke Corner, right side.

   * (An unnamed Bar Beer) - NEW -    It was located on the Asoke Corner, left side.

   *Spankys - ADDED - "Bar" to become Spanky's Bar.

   * Naughty Bar - NEW -    It was located in the 8-Pak, Soi 23 side.

   * Sweet Heart - NEW -    It was located in the 8-Pak, Soi 23 side.

   * Miaw Witch Bar - NEW -    It was located in the 8-Pak, Soi 23 side.

   * Oasis - NEW -    It was located in the 8-Pak, Soi 23 side.

   * B-52 II - NEW -    It was located in the 8-Pak, Soi 23 side.

(Total Nitespots that month: 42 )

Nana Plaza
September 2001

   *  Up on the 2nd / 3rd level, the Vixens - Rock Hard opened newly -- and/or reopened (the previous month "Vixens" closed)..   It was located where today's The Balcony Bar is (should it reopen after Covid)...

(Total Nitespots that month: 41 )

Soi Katoey
( Silom Soi 4 )
September 2001

  *  White Bar opened newly in the previous 114 Club digs.   It was located just past today's Banana Room Club - should it reopen after Covid-19.

  *  Exposure closed.   It was located just past Kool Spot, now also closed.

(Total Nitespots that month: 11 )

Soi Dead Artists
( Sukhumvit Soi 33 )
September 2001

  *  The Unnamed venue located downstairs in the Peep In Park was being renovated that month.

  *  The Guden Guden on the 2nd level of Peep In Park closed.   No Nitespot currently occupies that space.

  *  Madame Claude opened in the rear of 33 Complex.   Previously home to 33 House Karaoke.   That complex is currently a new construction site.

(Total Nitespots that month: 36 )

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

   *   Mad Dogs reopened after a 1-month closure..   (At the front, just behind Morgan Bar.)

(Total Nitespots that month: 18 )

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

   *   - No changes that month / year.

(Total Nitespots that month: 17 )

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

September 2001

      Amid a crackdown that month, the following A Go-Go's & Bars closed -
      *   The White House A Go Go
      *   Rock Hard Beer Bar Bangkok.
      *   Hollywood A Go Go East.
      *   Rock Hard.
      *   Crack House.
      *   The Candy Store.

(Total Nitespots that month: 18 )

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

September 2001

      *  All Nitespots - CLOSED during renovations.

(Total Nitespots that month: 0 )


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         Dateline: 26 August 2021
In a major police dragnet last Thursday, New York City's Thin Blue Line despatched dozens of officers, vehicles, a helicopter and a drone to the vicinity of 67 West Street in Greenpoint, while simultaneously cordoning off several adjacent streets.   The cause for the major swoop was a report they received from a concerned citizen that a graffiti artist was in the process of tagging a nearby water tower.

The water tower under siege....
Photo excerpts from 'The Gothamist" <link>   Copyright to owner.

         To ensure nothing went haywire in their multi-pronged operation, Gotham's Finest also sent a number of plain-clothes units to assist in the surrounding of the water tower.   And just for good measure, they also closed down the nearby American Playground.

Manhunt in progress...

When police approached the water tower, the graffiti artist (still at the top) initially refused to come down.   Main-force officers surrounding the water tower revealed to journalists they were 'cornering' the suspect.   It would be hard to argue that a lone man atop a water tower was in fact not cornered, so the journalists did not persist with that line of inquiry.   In all fairness to the phalanx of heavily armed Men In Blue, it was only then that they summoned in the helicopter and the drone to assist in the operation.   After an hours-long standoff, the graffiti artist, heavily armed with paint brushes, descended and was immediately taken into custody.

The offending Mario Bros style question mark...

In the face of scathing ridicule by the Media and social media for outrageous squandering of the City's manpower and resources, the NYPD exhibited not a scintilla of embarrassment.   Quite the opposite - they, of course, doubled down - an official police spokesperson said they would be widening their dragnet to determine if there were any similar heinous incidents of graffiti to be able to add to their currently pending charges against the suspect.   ...Yes, really....

Roadblocks securly in place

Not quite done, Wilson Arambloes from Police Emergency Services tripled down, publicly praising the officers involved for resolving the case in a highly professional manner without any further serious consequences.   After which their Public Relations team refused to respond to repeated questions regarding their lightning response and decisive and timely closing-out of the case.   Another catastrophically catastrophic inner-city catastrophe nipped in the bud....   According to an unofficial estimate, the NYPD juggernaut cost New York taxpayers a cool $500,000.   As far as we know, the roadblocks have been removed and the playground has reopened.   New York, New York, indeed...

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 #1277
At The Fantasy Zoo
8 ft high x 9 ft

Graffiti #1278
6 ft high x 4 ft

Graffiti #1279
High Sails
8 ft high x 23 ft

Graffiti #1280
King Of Hearts
8 ft high x 11 ft

Graffiti #1281
8 ft high x 25 ft

Graffiti #1282
Red Bully
7 ft high x 23 ft

Graffiti #1283
Shoop Shoop Song
7 ft high x 9 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.

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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


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- 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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