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Bangkok,
01 August 2017
William R.  Morledge


August's Nightlife News
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Graffiti #137 : Subvertisers at War

      "NO PHOTO" is the ubiquitous non-greeting found in virtually every Night Entertainment Venue in the Kingdom.   And it is most often accompanied by an outrageous threat of fine to the customer (even though there is no law on the books against taking photographs).   But in the final analysis, is 'NO PHOTO' really the operant agendum?   We are about to find out there are more than a few exceptions.


      In an earlier era, it was quite acceptable to take photos in the A Go-Go bars, provided you asked permission prior to snapping away.   However, with the advent of 'Sex Tourism' and the explosion known as the Internet at the end of the last century (and the mountains of follow-on negative international publicity), bars put a stop to virtually all photography.   Door girls, door touts, mamasans, et al, with all the zeal of true converts, became aggressive, if not hostile at the sight of an unsheathed camera.   That mind-set, for the most part, prevails today.   (We were recently threatened by a door slug at the Crazy House because we walked past the front of the bar with a camera strung around our neck.)

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Increasingly, A Go-Go bars are broadcasting live or taped goings-on to the outside street, as above, to encourage customers.   We have observed that these outdoor 'shows' are frequently photographed or taped by tourists.   Rarely are the girls consulted, rarely have they given permission.

      The various Night Entertainment Venues give a number of elaborate reasons as to why photography is banned in their Venues, however there is really only one legitimate reason: privacy for the young ladies working within.   Most of the dancers / hostesses have lives outside the 'bar arena', and would prefer that their employment in a bar area not be public knowledge.   All the rest of the reasons (with the possible exception of videotaping the cashier) are poppycock, but the girls' individual privacy is a legitimate concern - and should be heeded by all.

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This A Go-Go bar has a large outdoor LED billboard-screen (above) showing samplings of the dancing going on within.   Most of the bars showing these candid videos to all-who-may-pass-by, rarely get the girls' permission, and these streetside videos can be (and frequently are) photographed or re-taped by visiting tourists.

      But this does not mean that there is NO photography going on in the A Go-Go bars.   This photography falls into two major categories -
      (1)  WITH knowledge of the management,
and,
      (2) WITHOUT knowledge of the management.
The first category, ' WITH knowledge of the management' is further broken down into "WITH the dancers' knowledge and permission", and "WITHOUT.".


The G-Spot, during its long tenure, would have 2 or more VCRs videoing during the A-Go-Go dancing, the shower shows, and other shows.

      An example of photos properly taken in Nitespots is the Nana Group photos appearing regularly in the Stickman Weekly <link>.   And there are many other examples of photos legitimately taken inside bars - for example, many A Go-Gos have their own websites, which include their own 'permissioned' pix.   Also, there are a number of Thai Nightlife websites which have published photos taken in various bars, and have obtained prior permission.   (Note: these pix are almost always copyrighted, and should not be misused by others.)


In some A Go-Go bars, the girls dance full-face onto the street, and often encourage the taking of photos using laser pointers, etc.

      However, examples abound of bar owners/ managers abusing their position.   Many bar owners post photos on their websites without permission of the dancers.   Other bar owners create videos unbeknownst to the girls, some of which are shown to the public outside the bars, and others end up on YouTube or other Internet sites.   Several bars now have CCTV - taping virtually everything going on in their bars.   (A friend recently related that a dancer in a bar well-known for 'showing' was afraid to give him her phone number because they were being observed by a CCTV 'eye-in-the-sky'.)   This group of bar owners (to include some who have 'nanapong-type' shows) know who you are.

On Soi Cowboy, if you can't photograph the girls in the A Go-Go bars (and you can't), then walk out onto the soi and photograph them there.

      The last group of 'gentlemen' who take pictures and videos in bars are those who do so surreptitiously and without permission.   Much of this ending up on YouTube and elsewhere is very low quality, and just plain sleazy - akin to those Japanese toilet-cam and Japanese shoe-cam videos that make their way onto the web.

This A Go-Go bar on the Patpongs has dancers at street level, separated from the passers-by by a thin pane of glass.   Obviously, the girls are photographed frequently from the street.

      A last word of caution for those wanting to photograph the Nitescene - when shooting the ladies, get permission, take photos where it is allowed.   Best not to ruin your holiday to Thailand with an ugly bar scene, and perhaps a broken camera....

If you are after photos taken in A Go-Go bars, just go to their website and download them - those pics will often be more raunchy -if that is your thing- than any you might take on your own.   Other bars, not wanting to bother obtaining permission, use photos of girls no longer working there.   We have been told by some of the dancers that they only reluctantly agree to such in-house photos.   (Before downloading, pls note: pix may be copyrighted....)

The above is a grab from a YouTube video (it is not the video).   Today's technology has given the world smaller, higher resolution cameras, making it more and more difficult to catch those who video and photograph secretly in Night Entertainment Venues.   This 'without-permission' video was taken in the Thermae.

 




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Two Websites
SAME-SAME ONLY DIFFERENT


Hi,

   I enjoy reading your website but think that in these times, a more progressive look would be in order.   I see that with the link to www.bkkgraff.com you have a fairly decent site and am wondering why you are not updating Bangkok Eyes?   Would you be open to a redesign by me?   I'm happy to do it free of charge, simply asking for one advertisement spot and a link in the footer.

   I plan on setting up my own Bangkok Nightlife page and will be happy to provide the link once ready.

Thanks,
M.*

* edited for applicability to topic
Greetings, M.,

   Our site, Bangkok Eyes (www.bangkokeyes.com), while updated monthly, is not one and the same as www.bkkgraff.com.   We have provided a courtesy link to bkkgraf.com <link> for our readers, should they want to see other graffiti-related material in the Bangkok arena.

   We place standardized links on the homepage of our site at the right hand column free of charge (we are not a commercial site).   The only requisite is that your website is relevant to Bangkok Night Entertainment, and meets our other criteria.   Please read our 'About Us' page.

   Best of luck on your new website.   Let me know when it is up and running, and I shall put a link up on our home page.

Regards,
Boge




 


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BANGKOK EYES
Let the August 2017 Follies  begin-

 PATPONG  1  
MAP
            The Muzzik Cafe is the best (and most consistent) Nitespot on PP1 for live music.   A great mix of the old rock classics.   Let the good times roll.   A pic for the Archives.
 PATPONG  1 

 PATPONG  2  
MAP
            De Talk has not only added A Go-Go to the menu, but they are putting it out there in the front window.   Shake it, don't break it, ladies....   ('Pool Bar' is still their strong suit.)
 PATPONG  2 

 SOI  COWBOY  
MAP
            Any more, it's hard to get a sign in edgewise.   This particular sign greets nightcrawlers entering from the Soi 23 end of Soi Cowboy.   BTW, last weekend, Soi Cowboy was crawling with customers yet again....
  SOI  COWBOY 

Supply and Demand
...WHAT AM I NOT "GETTING" ?


Dancers getting 20,000 baht/mo., door girls getting 12,000 baht/mo., and add to that tips and bonus, and they will be making 50,000 baht/mo.   ATTENTION ! All you young women working in banks, going to university and working for large corporations - QUIT YOUR DAY JOBS !   Come play in the moonlight.
  SOI  COWBOY 

 NANA  PLAZA  
MAP
            Mercury Go Go Bar, having made the trans-gender plunge last month, have augmented their neon this month.
 NANA  PLAZA    

 SOI  NANA  
MAP
            Angels Four have opened in the Rajah Hotel compound - occupying the front loc facing the street in the Rajah outbuilding.   And yes, the 'angels' are all wearing halos....   Welcome them to Partytown.



 SOI  NANA 

            The unnamed Bar - Restaurant we mentioned last month now has a name.   They are the Super Bowl.   Located in the left-hand corner of the Rajah Hotel entertainment area.   May they continue to shine brightly....



 SOI  NANA 

            As the Rajah Hotel continues to populate its empty shops with new Night Entertainment Venues, we thought it would be timely if we provided an interim 'graphic' showing the current Nightlife status at the Rajah Hotel.
 SOI  NANA 

            The Red Zone popped up out of nowhere.   Welcome to the machine.   They moved into the old Finnegan's Irish Pub digs.   (Finnegan's closed 31 January 2015.)
 SOI  NANA 

            Last month we announced the opening of P's Thai Massage, but didn't have a pic to show for it.   This month we got our act together and came up with a half-way decent photo.   May they persevere.
 SOI  NANA 

 SOI  KATOEY  
MAP
            When Luminous closed in October of 2008, construction fencing went up around the property which carried ads for the future Tapas Club.   But there already was a 'Tapas Room Club' just across the Soi, and the old guard weren't particularly pleased with these newcomers (whom they did not know) ripping the name.   The renovations on the old Luminous took many months, but finally opened as Spanish on 4 in September of 2009 - so something had been worked out with the original Tapas Room Club on the name....   Fast-forward to April of this year, and the original Tapas Room Club closed.   This month, the Spanish on 4 changed its name to Tapas Cafe.   What goes around....
 SOI  KATOEY  

 SOI  22  
MAP
            Last month we welcomed the 'unusually named' Honny Pup, which took over from Denny's at the front of the Holiday Inn.   This month they are sporting new neon - they are now the Honey Pub - so it was just a case of    .   We wish them constancy.
 SOI  22  (Sukhumvit) 

            No sex?   You call that service?!   (We're just kidding.)   It's good to see that there are still some massage parlors that you can go to for a real massage...   May they continue to slip and slide...,
 SOI  22  (Sukhumvit) 

            The Kiss Bangkok Massage 2, is just three doors down from the original, and basically offering exactly the same services.   It is located in the small soi just past the new Marriott (along with 10 other massage parlors).   Welcome them to the slippery slope.


 SOI  22  (Sukhumvit) 

            Also located in the same soi is the new Paradise Thai Massage (as opposed to the sister massage parlor located in the same soi named Paradise Massage).   They took over the recently abandoned Malaiseeda 1 Massage digs.   Welcome them to the nightgames.
 SOI  22  (Sukhumvit) 

            Truffles Bar & Ristorante have stepped newly into the Chao Siam Theater Bar & Restaurant shoes.   Wish them well as they venture into the neon jungle.   (They may want to find some bolder signage, though....)
 SOI  22  (Sukhumvit) 

            Thongpattaya Massage has faded into the night - no explanation given; no explanation needed.   There are enough massage parlors on Soi 22 to choke a horse.   Greener grass, ladies.
 SOI  22  (Sukhumvit) 

 SOI  AMBASSADOR  
MAP


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     Last month we covered the opening of Insanity Night Club, and included a photo.   Since then, they have continued to finish off the outside decor.   What we noticed most was... the place is BIG.   A formidable, imposing edifice - voted this month's "Door Art Of The Month".

 SOI  AMBASSADOR   (Sukhumvit 11) 

  QUEEN's  PARK  PLAZA  
MAP
            Last month the long-standing Lek Massage & Spa, at the front of QPP, closed down (as many regulars noted), renovated, and then reopened.   Welcome them back to the Big Uneasy.
 QUEEN's  PARK  PLAZA  (Sukhumvit 22) 

 SOI  DEAD  ARTISTS  
MAP
            Last month we noted that the upstairs Dozo Love & Massage had reopened their downstairs (ground level) facilities.   This month we find that the downstairs portion is being converted to Hana House Japanese Karaoke, and should be opening ...right about now...   Located in the S-33 Compact Hotel.



 SOI  DEAD  ARTISTS  (Sukhumvit 33) 

            The Amethyst Massage was looking darker than a poisoned well when we passed by on Saturday evening.   Taped in the windows were signs saying that they were urgently hiring - the usual ambiguity when places are closing down.   Are they open or closed?   We'll keep an ear to the ground and get back atcha.
 SOI  DEAD  ARTISTS  (Sukhumvit 33) 

 SOI  EDEN  
MAP
            New Wave have added a new outside corner bar.   All else remains the same.   Go with the flow.
 SOI  EDEN   (Sukhumvit 7/1) 

 SOI  TWILIGHT  
MAP
            The Classic Boys Club has for some time been the New Classic Boys Club - and now they have some new signage nailed up which says so.
 SOI  TWILIGHT 


 

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A PAGE FROM Bangkok's NIGHTSCENE HISTORY....

20 YEARS AGO

August

With thanks to Cool Text - cooltext.com

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 I
August 1997

   *    The upstairs Takara Barber Shop opened newly next to Takara Turkish Bath & Massage.   They were later 'recombined' to become 'Takara Massage', which is still there today.



Patpong 2
August 1997

   *   No changes that month / year. -



Soi Cowboy
August 1997

   *  No changes that month / year. -



Nana Plaza
August 1997

   *    The ground-level Rainbow 2 opened in the old XXX Tacy digs.   It is still there today.

   *    The tiny on-the-balcony (2nd level) Bangkok Kitchen & Bar closed shop permanently.

   *    Up on the 3rd level, the Hollywood Bier Bar (Beer Corner) opened.

   *    The 3rd level XXX became XXX Hollywood Strip.   (A name change only.)



Soi Katoey
( Silom Soi 4 )
August 1997

   *    The Hyper The Un Pub closed down operations.   They were located just the Silom side of the Telephone Pub & Restaurant.   (The Telephone Pub is still there today.)



Buckskin Joe Village
(~ August 1988 to August 2006)
(Also known -originally- as Tobacco Road or Soi Rot Fai or, 'The Tracks', and later as Machim [Thai] and Soi Zero)
August 1997

   *    The Good? Bad? Girls Bar (Up To You) re-reopened.

   *    The Susie's Bar closed down.   (It would eventually reopen nearby.)








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MIDNITE HOUR's

But is it ....ART ?



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GRAFFITI IN THE NEWS



      A brand new multi-nation 'war' has broken out, and it is equally as controversial as the subject of "Graffiti" itself.   We need to give the war a name; 'The Subvertiser Uprising'.   But you ask, "What's it all about, Alfie?"


      First, some etymology:   'Subvertise' is a portmanteau of the words, 'subvert' and 'advertise', and subvertising is an organized attack on (mostly) outdoor advertising.   Subvertisers are against having their urban, suburban and 'great-outdoors' areas blighted with unwanted, unneeded and overly ubiquitous advertisements.   Advertisers, on the other hand, claim they are entirely within their First Amendment Right of free speech, and say that no one, but no one, can abrogate that right.   They say, and do, pretty much as they want (provided they stay within the various local municipalities' legal guidelines).


      Thus the battle lines have been drawn; various national advertising associations, the advertising agencies and the corporations doing the advertising (the big money) are lined up on the left.   On the right, a raft of anti-ad organizations, to include PublicAdCampaign, NoADDay and Brandalism have banded together, calling themselves, 'Subvertisers International'.   The individual participants are a 'federation' of local and national groups from several countries.   Their legions are activists, artists (to include graffiti artists), NGOs, non profits, parents, teachers and professionals (doctors), private citizens, and a number of public figures.   


      But this is not just a war of words - at least, not a war of spoken words.   The initial skirmishes have already broken out.   The international coalition of anti-ad organizations, Subvertisers International, have already issued their first call-to-action : a coordinated multi-nation launch, which took place 22 March - 25 March, this year.   They characterized it as a "global anti-advertising movement in all its forms".   See photos herein.


      The pro-advertising mob - the advertising associations, the ad agencies and the multitude of advertisers, naturally protested loudly against this anti-ad campaign, which both damaged and ridiculed their outdoor advertising on an unprecedented scale.   They, again, proclaimed their right of free speech under the First Amendment (in the USA) and like-protection in other countries.


      But let's have a look at Advertising's claim for protection under the First Amendment.   Firstly, no one is claiming they do not have the right to advertise (free speech).   But there is nothing in the Bill of Rights, the First Amendment or otherwise, which allows one guaranteed freedom to tread on, or have precedence over, any other guaranteed freedom.   The issue-at-hand is the classic : 'Freedoms-To vs Freedoms-From'.   What the Subvertisers are against is the global blight on the senses caused by the unending and pervasive carpeting of the outdoors with advertising.   The cities of the world have been overwhelmed with advertising's ugly commercialism.   It has become entirely pervasive - invading our every waking moment, solely for the purpose of influencing and limiting our personal choices, and even attempting to dictate our behavior.   Advertising has become a propaganda medium which, having no avenues of rebuttal (regardless of how pandering the individual advertisement may be), continues to expand, virtually without limits.


      Whether or not Subvertisers have overstated their case, there is no question that advertising, in the form of billboards along our scenic highways, movie-sized LED billboards in our cities, blinking panels on our bus stops (and indeed, in and on the busses themselves), etc, etc, etc, have all but blotted out virtually everything in our path except traffic signals and street names (although we have even seen street signs hidden by advertising...).   And here is the true irony; all the mega-millions of dollars spent on outdoor advertising each year have never, not even once, come close to the effectiveness and originality of the minimalist 'Burma-Shave' ads along the 'highways and byways' of the US of A mid-20th Century.


      Note to Corporations: If you are, for example, buying time on commercial television to sponsor programs, then you certainly have a First Amendment Right to advertise, and we, the viewing public have the right to turn you off or mute the sound - or whatever.   But if you are advertising on a huge billboard which obstructs our view of the mountain range, or the forest, or the seaside, or the river and its bridges, we no longer have the ability, the freedom, to 'turn you off'.   These anti-advertising groups are growing, as is their antipathy, and they would have you know   :   You do not have the right to force-feed us the message you have unilaterally deemed appropriate for our viewing.   You do not possess the self-assumed monopoly on every bit of free space in our environment.   This anti-advertising message is spreading, and your big-money is not hindering your opposition's efforts to counteract your multitudinous advertising blights.   And you might want to take heed.   Because it is not going away.


      That having been said, a question goes begging....   Can these offensives - such as the recent Subvertisers International initiative (which included over 60 graffiti artists) claim the moral high ground in their war against this abusive commercialism?   Are they, and graffiti artists in general, also not blighting our cities and countryside with unsolicited "eye candy"?   



Our primary inspiration for this article comes from Graffiti Street.com <link> .  Visit them for more news on Subvertisers International.

Graphic excerpts above are from Internet sources, and are, under current legal precedents and prevailing interpretations
considered 'Fair Use' under Copyright Law.   Copyright of all original artwork resides exclusively with the artists.








With thanks to Cool Text.com

Graffiti #974
Tiare Tot
8 ft high x 13 ft



Graffiti #975
Eye Pandora
8 ft high x 9 ft



Graffiti #976
History In Copper
16 ft high x 65 ft  (Wrap-around)



Graffiti #977
Trash Talks
6 ft high x5 ft



Graffiti #978
Uptown Boy
8 ft high x 6 ft  (centerpiece)



Graffiti #979
Tiger Bomb
8 ft high x 29 ft



Graffiti #980
Long Worry
7 ft high x 12 ft



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




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01 SEP -    Sri Nakarin South
01 OCT -    Soi 8 Reprise
01 NOV -    Floodless in Bangkok
01 DEC -    Soi Udomsuk

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01 FEB -    Our Kind Of Art - II    - Chris Coles
01 MAR -    The Dead Artist Bars - Soi 33
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01 MAY -    Night Scene Blues (Red Shirts 1)
01 JUN -    Nitespots Recover Slowly (Reds 2)
01 JUL -    World Cup Special
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01 SEP -    The German Invasion
01 OCT -    Racism & Prejudice
01 NOV -    Soi 11 Revisited
01 DEC -    Soi 22 Updater


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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

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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"

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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


- 2001 -
01 JAN -    (Coming Soon)


- 2000 -
JAN -    (Coming Soon)





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- 1999 -
JAN -    Masquerade Closes @ Nana
- 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 Mile'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 -    Chicks opens upstairs (PP1)
- 1994 -
JAN -    Takara Bar opens upstairs
FEB -    Big Blue 1 now on Cowboy
MAR -    Playboy opens ex: Takara Bar
APR -    Pretty Girl opens in Nana
MAY -    Smile Club opens at last
JUN -    Sawasdee Club opens in PP2
JUL -    Bumble Bee new in Cowboy
AUG -    Queen's Castle II axes Suzie Wong
SEP -    Voodoo opens in Nana
OCT -    SuperStar closes then reopens
NOV -    Radio City takes over Smile Club
DEC -    Marina take over Montana on Ramp

- 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 -
JAN -    Buckskin Joe - Initial Survey

- 1989 -
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