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Bangkok,
01 February 2024
William R.  Morledge


February's Nitelife News
A Smile in the Land of Smiles.
Reader's Corner:  Farewell to a Friend
Traces of Our Past - "Entertainment From Abroad"
Graffiti In The News #210
            This month The Midnite Hour emphasizes Bangkok's 'entertainment history' with another issue of our "Night Out At The Movies".   Cinebuffs amongst us will likely wonder where Bangkok's grand old theaters have gone...   (Gone to Cineplexes in shopping malls, of course...)   This time around, we also give a nod-of-the-head to the impact of Italian "Spaghetti Westerns" -the crucible for the 'rebirth' of the 'Cowboy Movie' in America in the '60s and '70s.

A Fine Madness (Warner Bros., 1966) reached our shores in early 1967.   Such 'early' arrivals were not guaranteed in those years.
Texas Across the River (Universal Pictures, 1966) was a 'Western Comedy" starring Dean Martin, and Joey Bishop (as an Indian?), and featuring the then popular international star Alain Delon..

Guy Madison was the only 'star' in this otherwise unknown 'Spaghetti Western'.   Wyatt-Earp Gunfighter was renamed from Gunmen of Rio Grande (1946) for foreign release (renaming was common in that era).   Madison is best known for a 7-year run as 'Wild Bill Hickok' in the television series of that name (also with Andy Devine).
With such a star-studded cast, one could expect that the film This Property Is Condemned (Paramount Pictures, 1966) would have become an instant classic, but according to the old reviews, it was only moderately well received at the time, and virtually unknown today..

Mark Damon is an American film producer and former actor.   He early on moved to Italy and became a popular star of Spaghetti Westerns while hanging out with the 'La Dolce Vita' actors / actresses of the day.   His great success was giving up acting for producing, where he was extremely successful in his several Hollywood projects.   Johnny Yuma (Delta, 1966).
The Blue Max, while popular with the filmgoing public (note its Royal Command Performance), with it's top-notch cast (and deemed one of the top WWI war films), it receved mixed critical review.   A British production released by 20th Century Fox (1966).

The star-studded Battle Of The Bulge (Warner Bros, 1965), was another British production immensely popular with moviegoers, but suffered the wrath of the critics - specifically as to the historical inaccuracies.   Retired General Eisenhower came out of retirement to publicly condemn the film's inaccuracies.   The classic Siam Theater was one of two Cinerama theaters in Thailand.   Soon, due to the complexities of that technology, the Cinerama projectors were replaced with other 'wide-screen' options.
The original Cinerama theater was the Petchrama set back off Petchburi Road.   The Fortune Cookie (United Artists, 1966) was a black comedy generally considered one of the best comedies of the year.   Walter Matthau brought home the Oscar (when Oscars meant something) for Best Supporting Actor.



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  GOODBYE,  SAKI
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   READER :     
      It was recently passed on to me that the Thai national Saki (real name?) had passed away.   He was probably known by most every Patpong barkeep and dozens of us Patpong hounds in years past.   I last met him at the Patpong Museum a couple of years ago.   Had you heard anything on this?

   MIDNITE HOUR:   
      It is our understanding that Saki passed away on 26 December 2023.   We found out about it too late for our 01 January 2024 edition.   I had known Saki for several years, last chatting with him at the PP Museum - comparing experiences in Utapao during the R&R years (we did not know each other then), and in the 'heyday' years of Patpong.   Based on a few different interviews, Saki was between 72 and 75 years of age when he passed away, but the consensus is he was 73.   Godspeed, Trooper...
      The above excerpted clip (Copyright 2022) of Saki at the "Grand Prix Bar" in the Patpong Museum was sent to us with permission to repost - for which we are eternally grateful.
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    Vol. XXXIII      No. 02
                           Bangkok,  01 February 2024                         
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 PATPONG  1  
MAP
       The post-Covid Tip Top has been stumbling along in fits & starts, sometimes open, other times closed.   Last month, we announced its re-reopening, only to findit closed again this month.   This appears to be the final curtain-call, as the entire interior has been ripped out.   It will be a 'wait-and-see' to find out what the 'Patpong Group' will replace it with.
 PATPONG  1 
 PATPONG  2  
MAP
       Last month we saw the signs... literally.   The old sign (in Thai language requiring permission to enter) pasted on the front of the long-closed Vinai's Cosmos Club was removed.   The sign replacing it (in English), said "Space For Rent".   This month we see the Venue hammers and saws a-flailing late into the evenings.   The entire famed central bar has been removed, as has been the entirety of the interior.   None of our contacts on the street are letting on as to who and what will be replacing it.   We'll be updating next issue, should there be anything to report.
 PATPONG  2 
 SOI COWBOY  
MAP
            The tiny bar sandwiched in between Penny Black and the cannabis shop has opened - at least softly so (see our comment last month).   It has no sign, nor could we see any staff, but there were a few customers seated outside.   "More on this as we hear of it."
 SOI  COWBOY 
 NANA PLAZA  
MAP
            A For-The-Archives pic of Bunny - busy as usual, as are all the beer bars facing the Soi.
 NANA  PLAZA
 SOI  NANA  
MAP
               An update on Hillary 2 and it's facelift.   The new signage (in answer to reader's questions) reads Keep Walking (a Johnny Walker promotion) - it is not the new name of the bar...   May they continue to rock 'n roll...
 SOI  NANA  -  (SOI  4  SUKHUMVIT)

 SOI  KATOEY  
MAP
            The Stranger Bar's sign notes they have moved from their previous digs to deep in the Soi.   To be more accurate, they are in the process of moving, and have not yet reopened.   They are moving into the old Fork 'N Cork pub/restaurant. As yet, no indication as to what will replace them at their old digs.
 SOI  KATOEY (Silom  Soi  4)

 SOI  22  
MAP
             The Mimi Massage Lymphatic Massage has opened newly in the just closed Regal Massage digs, deep in the Soi.   (Don't ask, we don't know either...)   Rub-a-dub-dub.
 SOI  22  

            For the longest time, one of the tiny bar beers at the top of the Soi had a sign reading, "Internet".   (It might have been an internet cafe a decade, or so, ago, but now everyone carrys around their own internet cafe...)   Suddenly it pops up out of nowhere as Infinity, sporting a tiny pool table.   We would formally welcome them to the neon circus, but they have been there for years - this is just a case of a new sign and some new lighting.   May they keep on keeping on...
 SOI  22  

             The Suvan Apsorn Spa & Massage has popped up between the Bear Hug Massage and the Wild Orchid Massage deep in the Soi.   May they continue to slip 'n slide...
 SOI  22  

             The BTS Massage (Best Thai Special) has taken over lock, stock and KY from the Dio 22 Massage.   Located just inside Subsoi Titanium.
 SOI  22  

             The attractively appointed White Night, having closed and reopened more than once, has called it a day. The insides have been stripped, and renovations are ongoing.   Located in Subsoi Hana.   Another wait-and-see item...
 SOI  22  

             The Absolute and the Bangkok 1 Massage had been playing musical chairs, or rather 'musical signs', as they attempted to determine who would be staying, and who would be going.   It looks like Absolute has one the day...   (But in this small subsoi, nothing is for sure.)   Welcome them back to the bright lights, big city..
 SOI  22  

             The Yuki Day Massage has apparently closed up shop.   We'll check back next round to confirm, and let all know if there are any changes.   Located deep in Subsoi Lemongrass.
 SOI  22  

 SOI  AMBASSADOR  
MAP
            A For-The-Archives pic of the Modern Teen live music bar.   Located near Sukhumvit Road on the left going in.
 SOI  AMBASSADOR  (Sukhumvit Soi 11) 

  7  CENTER  POINT 
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            Last month, Big B's CD bar was closed when we passed by, but this month they are open 'bigger-and-better'.   Let the good times roll...
 7  CENTER  POINT  (Sukhumvit Soi 11) 

            Last month it was Leo's Wall (The Wall Bar), having just put up new signage, and all...   So we were surprised to see they had been supplanted by the Secrets.   (Were they the same Secrets previously on Soi 22?)   Welcome Secrets to the briar patch.
 7  CENTER  POINT  (Sukhumvit Soi 11) 

            For whatever reason, about 2/3 the way back in the 7 Center Point compound, someone has put up a row, nay, a wall, of small shops/shacks, some of which have opened for business.   This has created a dead-space to the rear of the compound behind the Nana Seafood (fronting on Sukhumvit Rd), and beside the new, large Arabian restaurant (which fronts on Soi 5).   What that dead space will be used for is anyone's guess...   Looks like its time to update the map again... The clip below is a quick look at the current state of the sheds....
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 7  CENTER  POINT  (Sukhumvit Soi 11) 

            The Sky Bar vacated its original location and took over the space originally occupied by Tony Bar (now closed).   Original and new locations are in the new "Bier Garten" area.
 7  CENTER  POINT  (Sukhumvit Soi 11) 

            What was briefly the The One Bar is no more.   It was also located in the "Bier Garten" area.   Greener pastures, ladies...
 7  CENTER  POINT  (Sukhumvit Soi 11) 

 SOI DEAD  ARTISTS 
MAP
            A For-The-Archives of the 7-Heaven Japanese bar.   Located at the end of Subsoi Pan Pan.
 SOI  DEAD  ARTIST (Sukhumvit Soi 33) 

            The Star Japanese Snack Bar has fallen a-foul of the fates.   Better luck on the flip side...   Renovations are under way for a successor Venue, name not yet available..   Located in Subsoi Pan Pan.
 SOI  DEAD  ARTIST (Sukhumvit Soi 33) 

 SOI  EDEN 
MAP
            For many months, The Entrance bar beer had been operating without a sign.   But that was then, this is now.   Their new signage below.   Gotta let the train roll on...
 SOI  EDEN  (Sukhumvit 7 / 1) 

 

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Traces of Bangkok's Early Years

      The continuous succession of well-known entertainers from the US and elsewhere in the '60's and '70's proved to be, in retrospect, a "Golden Age" of entertainment in Bangkok's nightclubs.   That scene has long faded into history - should an entertainer of any celebrity come to perform in Bangkok today, it would be at an arena or stadium, and not in the intimate setting of a nightclub.   Meanwhile, the R&R Night Entertainment Scene continued to 'explode' on New Petchburi Road and parts of Sukhumvit Road.

      An advance ad for Prez Prado, Cuban bandleader, pianist, composer and recording star who kicked off the '50s "Mambo' dance craze.   He is remembered for his 1955 "Mambo No. 5", whereupon he picked up the handle, "King of the Mambo".   He recorded the version of Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White still being replayed today.   His orchestra and/or music appeared in several films of the day, most noteworthy being La Dolce Vita (the instrumental 'Patricia').
June 1967




      Neil Sedaka is an American singer, songwriter and pianist.   Having recorded several million-selling records, he has also written or collaborated on over 500 songs for himself and others.   His popularity waned in the Sixty's, but he experienced a resurgence of popularity in the later years.    Cafe De Paris was located opposite Patpong 1 Road on Surawong Rd.
June 1967
      Allan's Place was yet another try by the Plaza Hotel (Now the Pavilion Place) to establish a permanent Night Entertainment Venue (other than the ongoing Other Office).   Allan's Place would not last long.   Today's Pink Panther would eventually succeed at that location (still there today).   Located at the Surawong Road end of Patpong 2 Road.
June 1967




      The Oriental's 'Bamboo Bar' may be the longest running Night Entertainment Venue in Bangkok, having become a 'Nightspot landmark' rivalling Singapore's Raffles Hotel 'Long Bar'' as the most famed bar in Southeast Asia.
June 1967
      The Honey Nightclub was in fact the largest Nitespot in that era, but was not the most popular.   It was located between the then-popular New Road Night Entertainment Area and Patpong.   It would eventually lose out to those established Night Clubs which were booking the biggest names from the U.S. and abroad.
  June 1967


      Ray Anthony is an American bandleader, trumpeter, songwriter and actor.   He is 101 years old, and still kicking..   He played in Glenn Miller's band in 1941 & 1942, and appeared in the film Sun Valley Serenade (also a Glenn Miller undertaking.)   During WWII he was in the Navy AND the Army.   At the War's end, he formed The Ray Anthony Orchestra which became popular (or should we say notorious?), for making the "Hokey Pokey" a hit song.   Among other accomplishments, he also created the theme to Dragnet (radio/TV).   The Sani Chateau was located in the now-extinct Gaysorn Night Entertainment Area.
June 1967

       The Astoria Cocktail Lounge was located in the Rex Hotel higher up on Sukhumvit Road.   Most of us who knew the Rex in the mid 1970's knew it because of it's late-night coffee shop, which was an on-and-off freelancer venue (never gaining the notoriety of the Thermae Coffee Shop, the Nana Coffee Shop or the Grace Coffee Shop).   But during the '60's, it was a popular live music Venue for those willing to go that far 'out of town'.     (In those days, it was perceived as being too far away from the action.)
June 1967



      Many, to include a number of longtime residents, would claim (and still claim) that Patpong Road in the 60's and early 70's did not have a variety of restaurants, some claiming it did not have any restaurants.   Of course, Mizu's was there before any of those 'old timers', but there was a number of other restaurants which have been conveniently, or inevitably forgotten.   One such restaurant was the Sunya Restaurant, above.
June 1967

   USAID, the United States Agency for International Development, has long been active in Thailand for its intended purpose, but USAID in Laos during the conflict in Southeast Asia (up through the '70's) was an 'umbrella' for a variety of activities - primarily providing the real estate which housed other agency activities.   We note the curious wording, "Interesting persons apply in person".                June 1967

      The ever-popular Tropicana Supper Club (Sometimes referred to as 'Night Club'), regularly imported popular shows from Las Vegas and other locations.   It was located in Hilton's Rama Hotel on Silom Rd near New Road.
  June 1967




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01 FEB -   2022 - A Go-Go AI (Is You Is?)
01 MAR -   2022 - Movies 1966
01 APR -    Khao San Road Today
01 MAY -    Bangkok's Temporary Bars
01 JUN -    The Blues
01 JUL -    7 Center Point
01 AUG -    Soi 7 Bier Garten Gone
01 SEP -    Bua Luang - We Hardly Knew Ye
01 OCT -    Trendy Plaza Revisit
01 NOV -    7 Center Point - Doubling Down
01 DEC -    - Patpong 1988 - 1989

- 2022 -
01 JAN -   Omicron - a "Big Deal" ?
01 FEB -   Omicron Milder, Stable
01 MAR -   Bangkok Nitelife rebounds
01 APR -    Covid High amid Reopenings
01 MAY -    Pub Crawl - In The Time of Covid
01 JUN -    Nitespots Fully Open
01 JUL -    Thailand Reopens
01 AUG -    Nitespot Maps Update - Post Covid
01 SEP -    Royal City Avenue on the Mend
01 OCT -    W District - After COVID
01 NOV -    Talat Noi - Chinatown Graffiti
01 DEC -    The Godfather Crucible
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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 -
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01 FEB -    Hua Hin Nights
01 MAR -   Hooking-Up
01 APR -    Soi Than Tawan
01 MAY -    Our Saloon-Count Surveys
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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

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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

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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 -
(OUR 2002 TEST COLUMNS :)
01 FEB -    January: Big Changes In Bar Scene
09 JUN -    Sukhumvit Square 'Explosion'

(OUR REGULAR COLUMNS BEGIN :)
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 -    Patpong 1 Map 1988-89
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