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01 March 2022
William R.  Morledge

March's Nitelife News
Bangkok's Bars - 20 Years Ago  
A Smile in the Land of Smiles.
Reader's Corner: The Charoen Krung Bar - 1946
Traces of Our Past - 'The Movies', 1946
Bangkok's Graffiti Update  - #188
   As many of the world's governments (to include Thailand) begin to filter out the Coronaphobia (the scare-hype that went 'viral' over the last two years), and let sanity and Critical Thinking trickle back in, many of the restrictive and ineffective Covid-19 policies on travel and Entertainment are disappearing - either through cancellation of edicts, or through common-sense practices.   (...cont'd below)
The Tip Top, one of Patpong 1 Road's restaurants of several decades' seniority has 're-purposed' as a pool hall for the interim, however a meal can still be ordered.   Desperate times call for desperate measures...

         The Thai Government has slowly-but-surely come around to recognize that the Omicron strain of the virus, while capable of spreading rapidly to large numbers of people, it's effects -on average- are comparatively less disruptive, and therefore not a justification to lock-down and immobilize a large parts of the economy.   To say the same thing another way, they have come to see what others have seen for over a year - that "Lockdowns Don't Work", and that 'crowd immunity' is the only real goal.   They have (figuratively) "placed the virus in the back seat", letting the nation slowly get back on its feet - through streamlining international travel policies and widening the economic gates.

         Nevertheless, the Thai Government is continuing with an aggressive testing and vaccination program, to include school-aged children, and migrant construction workers, as well as the remainder of the unvaccinated population.   Due to emerging knowledge about the Virus, (such as vaccinated individuals can also contract the disease - but with generally milder symptoms) the Government is equally proactive in vaccinating for first and second boosters (3rd and 4th injections), with special emphasis on full vaccination of the elderly.

         For those who have their ear to the ground, two items of interest have emerged, but are not officially addressed by the Government.   First, it has recently come to be known that only the PCR tests are 100% reported as 'new cases', but that the ATK tests, which are now the overwhelmingly larger number of tests, are most often going unreported.   Such talk a year ago would have sounded like 'conspiracy theory', but this has recently been confirmed in the vernacular Press.   The second revelation is that many, if not most, of these ATK 'positives' -to include large numbers of self-testers - are (where symptoms are minimal), not reporting to officials and going straight to home self-isolation / self-medication.   This group (including a large number of foreigners) either waits out ten days in home isolation before re-testing, or they test daily until they get two days 'clear'.   Were this 2020, this would have been considered dangerous and irresponsible.   Today, 2022, there is little chance this 'unofficial behavior' will change - in spite of it not being entirely epidemiologically sound.   As projected by the medical community months ago, people are coming around to treating Omicron as they would the annual flu.   And this, as it is working out, is not a bad thing - especially in light of the fact it minimizes the overcrowding of medical treatment facilities, and at the same time, accelerates the achievement of the 'Holy Grail' herd immunity.

         For those planning to travel to Thailand, now is the time to solidify those plans and start making bookings.   The requirements for entering Thailand are unchanged from last month, as described below - with one major change : The Government has gone back to the original "Test & Go", requiring only the first Covid test on arrival, eliminating the day-five retest.   To make sure you incur no unanticipated problems in preparing to visit Thailand, frequent checks should be made at the at Tourist Authority of Thailand (TAT) website <link>.   It is anticipated TAT will have a 1 March update posted by the time you read this.   As an additional confirmation step to remain current, be sure to contact the Thai Consulate in your country, or nearest you for updated visa processing information.
      A Summary of Current Government Guidelines on Covid-19
Bangkok, 20 January, 2022

   Thailand’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) today approved the resumption of the Exemption from Quarantine (TEST & GO) entry scheme, the reopening of Pattaya and Ko Chang Sandbox destinations, and the reintroduction of the Sandbox Extension programme effective from 1 February, 2022, from 09.00 Hrs, Thailand time.   

   The Thailand Pass system reopens for new TEST & GO applications from 1 February, 2022, 09.00 Hrs. Thailand time, fully vaccinated travellers from any country around the world can apply for a TEST & GO Thailand Pass up to 60 days in advance.   While other previous rules under the scheme remain unchanged, the CCSA approved additional requirements to ensure stringent COVID-19 precautions:

   All new TEST & GO applications must submit a proof of prepayment for (2 separate nights - NOW CHANGED TO "1") of accommodation at government-approved hotel/s, such as, SHA Extra Plus (SHA++), AQ, OQ, or AHQ on Day 1 (and Day 5, DELETE) and the expenses for tests on Day 1 (and Day 5 DELETE).   The prepayment for Day 1 must include an accommodation, a test and a prearranged transfer from the airport to the hotel.

   (Travellers can book 2 different hotels for the accommodation on Day 1 and Day 5.   However, on both Day 1 and Day 5, they must stay within the room for the RT-PCR test result. The second RT-PCR test will not be required if the traveller’s length of stay is less than 5 nights, or his/ her scheduled international departure date out of Thailand is on Day 5 or before.   For example if the traveller plans to stay in Thailand for 3 days, then he/she does not have to undergo the second RT-PCR test, but he/she must leave for another country immediately.   However, whether the traveller will be required to take another RT-PCR test depends on the airline and the final international destination. SUPERCEDED)

   (Meanwhile, travellers who have applied/ obtained their Thailand Pass QR code before 22 December, 2021, with scheduled arrival dates in Thailand from 24 December, 2021, onwards, are still required to undergo their second COVID-19 test using the RT-PCR technique at government-designated facilities on Day 5-6 of their stay in Thailand, or when they experience respiratory symptoms (no additional cost). SUPERCEDED)

The Covid-19 Certificate of Vaccination for International Travel
(Reprinted by request.)

      For Thais and foreigners living in, or otherwise vaccinated against Covid-19 in Thailand, your records have automatically been maintained at the Department of Disease Control, Ministry of Public Health.   Your records can be accessed by you at any time by downloading the Moh Phrom app on your smart phone, and filling in the data - exactly as recorded on your hard copy vaccination certificate given to you at the time of vaccination.

      Should you be planning to obtain your "International Certificate" (yellow booklet below) to travel outside of Thailand, open your Moh Prom app and scroll down to the International Certificate box - and click-and-apply.   Note: foreigners are given a 13 digit ID number in lieu of the Thai National ID number, which you will find on your hard-copy certificate, and you will be required to use it when applying.   You will be able to book an online appointment to obtain your Covid-19 Certification of Vaccination on the app - which, when completed, will usually involve a wait of approximately one week to ten days.   When you go to pick up your certificate, bring your passport and hard copy vaccination certificate(s) for verification purposes.   The pick up point is at the Bang Rak Hospital Building next to the new Saint Louis BTS station on Sathorn Road.   The fee is fifty (50) Baht.. The earlier requirement to present your onward travel documents / airline tickets is no longer in effect, all are welcome to process for the new yellow booklet.   We recommend all expats process for this certificate, as the rules and regulations on the international scene are in flux, and you may be required to show the certificate at many and various points of entry, etc, to include getting back into Thailand.

The relative surge, and then 'plateau' in new cases this month has not triggered panic in Government or medical circles, due to the fact that most cases are of the Omicron strain - which generally does not cause serious symptoms, provides a high degree of immunity, and can be home-treated, much as the winter flu.   There has been no concomitant rise in death rates or urgent medical treatments at hospitals this month.

               In summation :
         Bangkok Eyes will continue our efforts to encourage tourism by providing updated information on travel and entertainment which could be useful to those wishing to visit Thailand.   Travellers to the Kingdom, once through the entry drill for testing, etc, currently have a great amount of leeway in travelling in-country, and visiting Night Entertainment Venues.   However there are current regulations for wearing masks in most circumstances - public transportation, public and commercial buildings and other locations accessible to the public.   However when in restaurants and pubs, bars, etc, there is no requirement to keep masks in place once seated.   Social Distancing is technically still 'on the books' but virtually entirely ignored.   Foreigners in Thailand must keep their vaccinations up to date, and should keep proof of vaccination with them when out and about.


March's Thai Smile remains a Snow Princess..

BOOKS ...worth a read !

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Advance Notification



Join the 'Comments' page...

   READER :     Sirs,
      I tried to link to Stickman through this site, but was not successful.   Is he back, or is there more to the saga?
      We are pleased to say that Stickman <link> is back.   He noted that while his revived site was getting geared up, there might be some downtime, however last we checked, he had just released his third weekly installment - good reading, status quo ante.   Let the good times roll.
   READER :  
      I see in the Feb issue you celebrate your 20th.   Clever Easter egg...   Congrats in order.   Hv seen the many changes, not only in Bangkok's Nightlife, but in the website.   Good works, keep them up.

   READER :  
      Sure seems like more than 20 years that Eyes has been in digital print. .....   Keep on pitching as you swing into your next 20 year landmark!

            We appreciate the several congratulatory messages received on our 20th Anniversary Issue (two of which appear above).   Thank you, one and all...   Here, once again, if we live long enough, is to the next twenty...
   READER :  
      Always enjoy the column, I enjoy the history parts the most, the bar news of 20 years ago, and now in the Traces section.   Really hoping you can reconstruct the old entertainment area on New Road, it seems you have found a number of old places there already.   Was fascinated by your Chez Eve Club photo from 1956, however I have recently heard of what could be the oldest bar on New Road, going back to at least 1946, called simply the Charoen Krung Bar.   Have you ever heard anything about this bar?
      We have recently come to believe that any discussion on "the oldest bar" in any given area or district might only rarely (if ever) be conclusively resolved.   Nevertheless, we've come across an old clipping which advertises the Charoen Krung Bar from that year (April 1946).   From what we are to understand it might have been quite far down Charoen Krung Road (New Road) near the Charoen Krung Theater.   This tends to make sense, as immediately after WWII, much of the business / entertainment district (foreign and Thai) was in that region (Charoen Krung - Rajdamnoern) - such as newspapers, theaters and movie houses.   From reading the ad, it appears the Charoen Krung Bar functioned somewhat as a British pub, serving lunches during the day.   There appears to be much more to be learned about this Venue, so we will continue to research further.
Thanks for reading and for writing in.
Don't hesitate to send your questions and comments - always welcome.
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'Boge' Hartman
Historical Research
*   Zootramp Publications



Let the Follies begin-

    Vol. XXXI      No. 02
                           Bangkok,  01 March 2022                         
   Free Distribution

            Previously known the world over as 'the Mecca of Night Entertainment, Patpong 1 Road struggles to reopen, now that the worst of the Pandemic has passed us by.   (Video filmed 28 February 2022.)

            The Noi Bar, yet unable to put up their neon, have moved in to the Covid-closed Chill Out Boy.   Welcome them to the new School of Hard-Knocks...

            Venues open February 2022 through 1 March 2022 :
         *    King's Castle - REMAINS OPEN

         *    King's Castle I - REMAINS OPEN

         *    Tip Top - REMAINS OPEN - As a Pool Bar.

         *    Noi Bar - NEWLY OPEN

         *    Shenanigans - REMAINS OPEN - (On Suriwong Road)

         *   Unnamed massage parlor - (Last known name: "Thai Lady".)   - REMAINS OPEN - Upstairs above Thigh Bar

       The Pink (Panther) is the outdoor (on 'The Island') bar beer extension to the Pink Panther.   It has remained open since the end of December.   A photo for the Archives...

       The group of Patpong 2 Nitespots that has grown out of the original Black Pagoda celebrated Mardi Gras on 1 March this year with free flowing drinks in all their Venues.   The group's most interesting hand-out (below) used the English "Fat Tuesday" translation, which some readers didn't pick up on.   -Note to the History Buffs among us:    The famous young lady appearing in the hand-out - who managed to outrage the modesty of millions posing in her 'banana skirt' - is none other than Josephine Baker.   She left America for France in 1925, dancing at the Folies Bergère and elsewhere.   Her sensational erotic dancing garnered her a number of 'stage names', among them, 'The Cajun Goddess'.      When World War II broke out she became an agent in the French Resistance, and was eventually awarded, among other, the Croix de Guerre, and named a Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur by de Gaulle.   One wonders if she knew Mata Hari....ahennnh...   Worth a Google...

            Venues in transition February through 1 March 2022 :
         *    Crystal Palace - REOPEN

         *    Hot Male Beer Bar - BECOMES Midnight again.

            The East End will, by all indications, be moving into the Covid-closed Crazy Cat digs.   Judging by the ongoing renovations, it could open by the end of this month...   

            Venues opening this last month on Soi Cowboy, on or before 1 March 2022 :
         *   Covid-closed Crazy Cat - TO BECOME East End.

         *   Covid-closed Rawhide - CLOSED - For rent.

         *   Oasis - CLOSED


             The underground Thermae Coffee House reopened 8 February in the Ruam Chit Hotel basement, status quo ante.   (In spite of the rampant gossip from idle old men that it had closed...)   Our visit last weekend spotted just over 50 customers, one third of which were freelancers.   -They got the 'fire down below'... ...(with a bow to Bob Seger...).

             The Bush Garden has likewise reopened at the Ruam Chit Hotel.   Now the long wait for more customers....   Welcome back to the fray...   
-File photo

              Spankys and the New Lollipop continue to romp, while they wait for the 'green light' from the Authorities to resume dancing...

              Last month, we noted the impending opening of the new The Jungle in the previous Hillary 4 digs.   And open they did.   May fate deal The Jungle only aces and faces...   In answer to a query, the bars fronting on Nana Plaza will be keeping their back doors into the courtyard closed until such time as the (absolutely useless) security / Covid checks are removed.

              We note that the 3rd level of Nana Plaza is once again in total darkness.   (Note: Taxi Bar -almost 3rd level- remains open.)   Last month's reopening of the Billboard was short-lived.   (We anticipate the bars on the 3rd level to reopen as tourism increases.)

            A quick peek at a rather busy Nana Plaza.   Optimism trumps Coronaphobia...   -Video filmed 28 February 2022.

            Venues in Nana Plaza that have transitioned in February 2022 through 1 March 2022:
         *   The Jungle - NEW

         *   Straps - REOPENED - Second level.

         *   Billboard - RECLOSED - Third level.


               Last month we included a pic of two bars being renovated at the Soi Nana - Soi 6 junction.   Renovations are now almost complete and we have a preview of what they will be named: the Kicking Donkey (new), and the Bangcockney Pub (a reopening, expanded).   We suspect that by the time you read this they will be up and running, full-steam-ahead...


            Venues that transitioned February through 1 March 2022.   The several Nitespots - reported OPEN last month - remain open this month.
         *   Charmming Massage - RECLOSED - Sub-soi Big Mango


            The Soi's smallest hideaway, the Sugarbowl was closed when we passed by on 28 February.   They have been known to close from time to time - a wait and see item...   We'll keep an ear to the ground, and get back atcha...   -File photo
 SOI  KATOEY (Silom  Soi  4)

            Venues that have transitioned in February 2022 through 1 March 2022.
         *   Sugarbowl - RECLOSED

         *   4 Sports - RECLOSED
 SOI  KATOEY (Silom  Soi  4)

 SOI  22  
            The single-shophouse Bee Bee Bar has opened brand-new in the long-closed Stronger Bar & Restaurant.   Located in Sub-soi Starlight.   Welcome them as they lunge for the brass ring...
 SOI  22  

            Last issue we noted our oversight (We don't make mistrakes) - at not properly reporting the Pak Wan Bar & Restaurant and the upstairs (relocated) Hip Bangkok Massage.   Below are new photos.   May they keep on keeping on...

 SOI  22  

            The La Coquine massage has opened in the long-closed Kiss Bangkok 3 Massage & Bar at the back of Soi Lemongrass (just past the Marriott).   Rub-a-dub-dub....
 SOI  22  

            Venues in transition February through 1 March 2022.   Nitespots reported OPEN last month remain open.
         *   Smile Massage - RELOCATE - On-Soi

         *   Bee Bee Bar - NEW -Soi Starlight -

         *   Hangover - REOPEN

         *   Nice Massage - REOPEN

         *   Rita Massage - REOPEN - Soi Lemongrass -

         *   La Coquina Massage - NEW - Soi Lemongrass

         *   Flavour 22 Bar - CLOSED - Soi Hana
 SOI  22  

            Last month we announced the opening of Juicy in the old The Australian pub (Covid-closed March 2020).   This precipitated a couple of inquiries from our readers, not sure of the relationship & location of old-vs-new bars.   As 'the Devil is in the detail', we take a moment to clarify from our maps, photos & monthly surveys...
      Even before the closure of the The Australian, the Bafros Bar & Lounge moved in upstairs (replacing the not-so-popular Spice Bar & Restaurant).   During the "Covid years" the upstairs Bafros opened and closed periodically, finally apparently closing permanently.   This left both upstairs and downstairs of the old The Australian digs vacant.   (At the time of the closure of the The Australian, the next-door Sugar was still called Wax Late Night - more on this later.)   
      The original Juicy unsuccessfully tried to open at the Holiday Inn at the top of Soi 22 in April of 2019 (photo below).   The current Juicy bided it's time until they were able to reopen in the old The Australian digs last month.   This month - a surprise to many - the Bafros Bar & Lounge reopened upstairs at it's old (and newly-renovated) location - see their new joint-signage below.
      By this time the Wax Late Night had become Sugar, and judging by the ongoing renovations therein, we are likely to see Sugar reopening in their old digs shortly.

The Juicy Club at the Holiday Inn, 2019
 SOI  AMBASSADOR  (Sukhumvit Soi 11) 

            Venues that transitioned from February through 1 March 2022.   Other venues previously reported as OPEN remain open.
         *   Bafros - REOPENED

         *   Win & Win Salon Massage - NEW - At Sukhumvit Rd.
 SOI  AMBASSADOR  (Sukhumvit Soi 11) 

  SOI  7  PLAZA  
(And the Soi 7 Bier Garten)
             The Soi 7 Plaza, as anticipated last month, is somewhat quieter than it was a month ago.   The most likely reason is, as previously stated, a number of the customers are returning to the resurgent activity on Soi Cowboy, Nana Plaza and to a lesser extent, Patpong 2.   Another reason might have been our survey was on a Monday night, and Soi 7 Plaza, being an 'expat' destination, rather than a 'tourist' destination, would be expected to be quieter.   Nevertheless, it was still the most active Expat Night Entertainment Area in Bangkok.   We note that while a number of young ladies have also returned to Cowboy and Nana, etc, they are being replaced by fresh faces from up-country, now that the word is out the bars are, in general, busier...

             Two months ago, the Big B's Bar attempted to expand into the failed Phu Quoc Famous Vietnamese restaurant digs, but things didn't work out with the owner.   Another bar has recently taken over the reins, and, not having signage of their own, are using the "Phu Quoc Famous" sign.   We expect this will change soon.   Another thing we noticed was the installation of Soi 7 Plaza's first chrome "A Go-Go" pole...   Shake it, don't break it, ladies...

            We note Big B's Bar is now wisely using, 'Restaurant & Bar', and they have some new signage up to prove it...    - A pic for the Archives...

             The Lips, last month came up with some signage - for all the world to see.   This month, they are closed, for all the world to see.   We'll keep an eyeball peeled, and if there is more on this, we'll get back atcha next 'round..   

            Soi 7 Plaza Venues that transitioned in January 2022 through 1 March 2022
         *   Safety Bar - (no sign)

         *   The Lips - (Was open only 1 month - a Wait & See item.)

         *   Grand Class (Part 2) - REOPEN

         *   Phu Quoc Famous NEW

         *   Private - REOPENED

            The Honey, a Japanese specialty massage, born in the Covid years (2020-2021) never really had a chance.   It had been closed for several months before the 'For Rent' sign was put up this last month...   Located in Sub-soi 4.
 SOI  DEAD  ARTIST  (Sukhumvit Soi 33) 

            The Akane Fashion Massage was closed to the public on 1 March, no sign(s) posted to indicate 'permanent closure' or 'reopen date'.   A wait-and-see item.   Should they in fact be closed, we shall update next issue...      -File photo
 SOI  DEAD  ARTIST  (Sukhumvit Soi 33) 

            Venues transitioning February through 1 March 2022 :
         *   Akane Fashion Massage - CLOSED

         *   Honey - CLOSED - Sub-soi 4
 SOI  DEAD  ARTISTS  (Soi 33 Sukhumvit)

            What once was the Sip Song bar is now the Green Room Bangkok, a well-appointed music lounge, much of which is 'live'.   Welcome to the bright lights, big city..
 SOI  EDEN  (Sukhumvit 7 / 1) 

            Likewise, what was the Sweet Heart Bar for a number of years, is now the Meeting Bar (with an unusual Thai spelling...).   From all outward appearances, it remains a katoey bar.
 SOI  EDEN  (Sukhumvit 7 / 1) 


Traces of Bangkok's Early Years
      This month Midnite Hour presents "Chapter 2" of :
       What were you doing after the War?   (No, not the one in Viet Nam, we're referring to World War II.)   Contrary to a commonly held belief, the years immediately after the war were not filled with Victory parades, the joyous popping of champagne corks and reveling in the streets.   To the contrary, Asia, including Thailand, was reeling from the likes of cholera outbreaks, and the problematic, often tragic repatriation of more than 300,000 Japanese soldiers.   And things you don't read about today, such as retribution against many of the Japanese soldiers, massacres, war trials, and the hoarding of goods (Influential Thais were openly accused of hoarding sugar, etc).   Trading houses were willing to pay cash or barter "anything" to get their hands on imported staples such as textiles, etc, etc.   The US diplomatic mission in Thailand was rushing to upgrade itself from a 'diplomatic representation' back to an "Embassy", and elements such as USIS were scrambling to locate and put to good use printing presses for English language newspapers.   ....And one such fledgling newspaper to appear on the Bangkok scene was the Liberty, which was up and running a mere 22 days after V-J Day (Victory over Japan).
       It goes without saying that in those early post-war years, Night Entertainment was sparse.   Bangkok's surviving movie houses were straining to get back on their feet - to once again get movies from abroad in hopes of filling their seats.   Fortunately for us, the Liberty left an historical record of those surviving theaters - and a curious hodge-podge listing of the day's 'diversions'...   A footnote:  The Liberty would become the Bangkok World in 1957.

The Thien Gwa Thien Theatre was located in "Jawarat" (Yawarat) Chinatown

The Liberty newspaper - 5 Sep 1945 - 29 Dec 1956



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
March 2002

   *  - No changes that month / year.

(Total Nitespots that month: 33 )

Patpong 2
March 2002

   *  The 2nd level Cleopatra reopened.   Currently no Nitespot occupies that space.

   *  Both the downstairs Bua Luang Bar & Restaurant and it's upstairs Bua Luang Swing + Pub (Coffee & Cake) closed.   Currently home to The Strip Bangkok.

(Total Nitespots that month: 56 )

Soi Cowboy
March 2002

   *  The Soi Cowboy branch of Dollhouse opened newly.   (The Clinton Plaza branch was still open.)

   *  The Juke's New A Go Go Duck closed.   Shark (still Covid-closed) currently occupies those digs.

   *  The Suzie Wong reopened after a brief closure.   It is still there today.

(Total Nitespots that month: 33 )

Cowboy Annex
(Asoke Corner + Asoke Plaza)
[ ~June 1998  to  04 February 2005 ]
March 2002

   *  The V.R. Bar - CLOSED in the 'Lolita's Corner' 6-Pak.

   *  The Run Amok Bar - CLOSED also in the 'Lolita's Corner' 6-Pak.

   *  The Lucky Bar - OPENED in the 8-Pak, - Asoke Corner side.

   * The Ban Rim Chong Rest. - REOPENED - on the right side of Asoke Corner side.

   * The Powell Pub - CLOSED - also on the right side of Asoke Corner side.

   * An 'unnamed Bar Beer' - OPENED - in the new 4-Pak, Asoke Corner side.

(Total Nitespots that month: 42 )

Nana Plaza
March 2002

   *  The Cascade, up on the 3rd level OPENED softly.   Those digs are currently still Covid-closed.

   *  The 2nd level Nana Guest House - CLOSED.   It was located at the current Rainbow 5 digs.

(Total Nitespots that month: 40 )

Soi Katoey
( Silom Soi 4 )
March 2002

  *  White Bar - REOPENED after a 1-month closure.   It was located in what is now the Covid-closed Welcome Bar.

  *  Play - UNDER CONSTRUCTION   It was located in the current Bas Living Room digs.

(Total Nitespots that month: 10 )

Soi Dead Artists
( Sukhumvit Soi 33 )
March 2002

  *  - No changes that month / year.

(Total Nitespots that month: 33 )

Buckskin Joe Village
(~ December 1988  to  9 June 2006)
(Also called 'Tobacco Road',  'Soi Rot Fai',  'The Tracks',  'Soi Zero' & 'Machim' [Thai] )
March 2002

       *      - No changes that month / year.

(Total Nitespots that month: 15 )

Washington Square
(~ April 1999  to  April 2014)
March 2002

   *         - No changes that month / year.

(Total Nitespots that month: 18 )

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

March 2002

      *   Wind Mill (Kangaroo) - REOPENED after a 1-month closure. - Located against rear of main building.

      *   Sun Dog Diner - NEW. - Located in the main building, at the previous Tivoli.

(Total Nitespots that month: 18 )

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

March 2002

      *  All Nitespots - CLOSED during renovations.

(Total Nitespots that month: 0 )

Sukhumvit Square
[ February 2002 - 26 January 2003 ] 

March 2002

      *  In February 2002 there were a few temporary Venues and shops scattered about on the open land at the corner of Sukhumvit Road and Soi 10 - which had been called 'Thai Help Thai' by locals - (a long-repeated sentiment - encouraging economic recovery from the 'Crash of '97').   Although that open area would quickly become "Sukhumvit Square", it was, at that juncture, far from reaching Critical Mass as a stand-alone Night Entertainment Area.

      By March of that year (on the completion of the 'Happy Today' 8-Pak at the front), the newly born Sukhumvit Square was on its way to become the fastest growing, largest Night Entertainment Area in Bangkok.   Below is the original March 2002 Midnite Hour survey of the then-newly created Sukhumvit Square Night Entertainment Area :

      *   Sweet Home Bar - PRE-EXISTING. - Facing Sukhumvit Rd.- (The seminal bar.)

      *   A-10 Bar & Pool - PRE-EXISTING. - Located at the rear.

      *   Brownie - PRE-EXISTING. - Located at the rear.

      *   Casablanca - PRE-EXISTING. - Located at the rear.

      *   Tippler's Tavern - PRE-EXISTING. - Located at the rear.

      *   (Lighthouse) - UNDER CONSTRUCTION. - Facing Sukhumvit Rd.

      *   Jo Jo's Bar - NEW . - Facing Sukhumvit Rd.

      *   Chemo Bar - NEW . - in the Happy Today 8-Pak

      *   Ying's Corner - NEW . - in the Happy Today 8-Pak - (From Asoke Plaza)

      *   Rose Garden - NEW . - in the Happy Today 8-Pak

      *   Tu Bar - NEW . - in the Happy Today 8-Pak

      *   G-Spot - NEW . - in the Happy Today 8-Pak

      *   Eddy's - NEW . - in the Happy Today 8-Pak

      *   Sport 2 - NEW . - in the Happy Today 8-Pak

      *   Lovely Bar - NEW . - in the Happy Today 8-Pak

(Total Nitespots that month: 15 )


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      On the night of 21 February 2022 three New York police officers on foot patrol spotted two persons spray-painting graffiti in a Bronx suburb.   They approached the two men, who attempted to flee.   They chased, and caught one of the men, who drew a pistol and fired three shots at the police.   The police returned fire, wounding the man.   That individual is currently in serious condition at a local hospital.   The second graffiti artist has not been located.   No police officer was injured in the incident.

The scene of the Bronx shoot-out with a graffiti artist.

The graffiti artist's weapon damaged in the shoot-out.

With thanks to Cool

Graffiti #1319
Rise of the Grasshoppers
7 ft high x 12 ft

Graffiti #1320
Hidden Dragon, Hidden Dragon
5 ft high x 6 ft

Graffiti #1321
30 ft high x 30 ft (Center section)

Graffiti #1322
Styrofoam Omelette
7 ft high x 14 ft

Graffiti #1323
Glue Back
8 ft high x 12 ft

Graffiti #1324
8 ft high x 16 ft

Graffiti #1325
Larvae Romp
7 ft high x 16 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


"The Archives" - All Our Back Issues Here

- 2022 -
01 JAN -   Omicron - a "Big Deal" ?
01 FEB -   Omicron Milder, Stable
01 MAR -   
- 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
01 SEP -    Covid-19 Cases down - Nitelife ailing...
01 OCT -    Covid Cases Down 60%
01 NOV -    Covid Eases, Hopes Rise
01 DEC -    Covid Eases Again - Nitelife Restarts

- 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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