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01 October 2016
William R.  Morledge

October's Nightlife News
'Soi Ho Karn Kha'
Bangkok's Bars - 20 Years Ago  
A Smile in the Land of Smiles.

Ask Us:   Girls just wanna have fun....
Graffiti  -BKK's Midnite Vandals - #127

         It's been just over three years since MIDNITE HOUR has done a complete MAPS update, and we have just about run out of excuses.   Below are Bangkok's twelve major Expat Night Entertainment Area maps - as of 01 October 2016.   Note : Maps are provided for the major Expat Entertainment Areas only (those areas that have reached 'critical mass'), and do not cover the many smaller areas in and around Bangkok.



         Soi Ho Karn Kha.   Never heard of it?   Neither did we until the stories began trickling in.   How could we have been so remiss (?) - a Night Entertainment Area in our own back yard, as yet unvisited.   This was something that had to be investigated at the first opportunity.

         This last weekend, armed with notepad and camera, we made our way down to Soi Ho Karn Kha (Soi Chamber of Commerce), hoping to discover the next big break-out of Night Entertainment in Bangkok.   Well, as is almost always the case, unbridled optimism goes hand-in-hand with unrealistic expectations.   While it was indeed an active Soi, there were very few active Nitespots (see map above).

         Having no historical perspective, we took a trip up and down Soi Ho Karn Kha in Google Street View, and we noticed a number of Nitespots that are no longer there.   This is an indication that the Nightscene there is contracting.   Unless and until we hear of something positive, we will not be making a return visit.

         We note that the Soi has a number of small restaurants, to include Japanese, which might be of interest to the intrepid Bangkok explorer.   And if you do have the urge to have a look at what there is of a Nightscene, we would suggest you try the In Love - very popular, and very Thai-Thai.



October's Thai Smile has new earrings....

Historical Minutiae Dept.

Lady alone in Bangkok


?I'm staying in Bangkok for 1month.
I also be in Sutthisan ? alone.
I would like to visit to some of disco for dancing.
I've been working in dancing club, so just I would be dancing with music.
I'm a women.   So I would like to ask you think about it would be safe or not ? when I visit to night club or disco someplace alone.

?Thank you.
Greetings, Amy,

The Sutthisan area is a mostly local Thai entertainment area, and it is not recommended for single women, especially those who are not familiar with the area.   A good disco for foreigners, to include single ladies, is the EQ Late Night Club located at the Nana Hotel, Sukhumvit Road, Soi 4.   Also the Insanity located at the top of Sukhumvit Road, Soi 12 is worth a visit.   Although Bangkok is a relatively safe city, single ladies should always be careful of people newly befriended, and of new places.




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Let the October 2016 Follies  begin...
BANGKOK EYES' Expat Night Scene.
            The upstairs Club 66 started out with a bang back in October of 2007 when they took over from the totally lame Thai Food Restaurant & Pool Bar.   But then, they started making changes - selling tickets downstairs for the first drinks (another name for 'Cover Charge'), even before the customer has seen the Venue....   Soon they had rightfully earned the tainted reputation of a 'typical upstairs bar'.   The premises now stripped and empty, it was only a matter of time before the grim reaper took them down....

            Any more, if a bar on the Patpongs is closed by extra-judicial police action, the street-justice meted out is usually a 2 month closure, regardless of the infringement.   And, what with the Patpong family renewing leases for only a year at a time, a two month closure is, economically, the kiss of death.   As it has just happened with Kiss, so it happened with Pussy Connection before it....   How painful it is for the old-timers to see Patpong die this slow death....


Fresh, Hot, Used ...


            The original Spanky's, born many years ago in Sukhumvit Corner (Corner of Asoke & Sukhumvit Road) made the move to Patpong 2 when Sukhumvit Corner was closed down by the landowners.   They at first tried to get the old Mike's Place up and running, but when that didn't work, they opened up a small beer bar in the just-closed Sidewalk Cafe Bar in July of 2005.   All of that is just a single bit of historical minutiae now, however, as those digs are currently being renovated for use by others.   May they find that proverbial greener grass...

            The Triple 888 Massage is just a month old, and located in a spot that you wouldn't be able to find unless you had one of the streetside masseuses guide you up.   Located up on The Ramp, but then, up another unmarked, poorly lit flight of stairs.   A viable selection of healthy-looking masseuses.   Welcome them to the slippery slope.

            A quick pic For the Archives of the Country Road music bar.   One of the Soi's older Venues.


           Billboard have redone their entire facade - professional signage, professional lighting.   All to maximum effect.   This month's easy winner of the Door Art of the Month award.


            A sneak preview of Rainbow Four's new neon.   It's 'Rainbow Four', unless you want it to be 'Rainbow 5'; you get to choose.   A novel idea, no?

            Temptations also have some new neon up.   This time advising quite clearly that they are a 'ladyboy bar'.   On the superfluous side, however, as I don't know anyone who didn't know, or who wouldn't know this, should they walk past.

            Jools had been talking about pulling the pin for some months now, however this last month they stuffed the last chit in the last plastic cup.   One of the 'Old Timers' on the Soi, they were talking about how rising rents (leases) were killing them.   The obverse of that coin is they just weren't doing any business to speak of.   May they find things more to their liking a little further on down the road a piece.

            Last month the Rajah Hotel began massive renovations of the Soi Nana side of their premises.   This caused the closing of 10 Nitespots (Strikers and G Terminal having previously moved out).   Below are pics of those bars closed this last month, some of which have, or, are relocating (Strikers,  Chaos 9,  Rest Hub), and others which will go out of business.   Three remaining venues on the Soi 2 side of the hotel are Annies Massage,  The Mexican and the Sabaidee Massage.


            A for-the-archives pic of G's Bangkok and their signage on Soi Katoey.
 SOI  KATOEY  (Silom Soi 4)  

 SOI  22  
            The small soi running down just to the right of Titanium Ice Bar (which we call Soi Titanium) has a few Nitespots worthy of exploration.
 SOI  22  (Sukhumvit)  
            The Happy Pub Bar in Soi Starlight has reopened (again).   We shall hereby cease to report their frequent closings and reopenings, and get back atcha should it go down for the count....
 SOI  22  (Sukhumvit)  

            The Bear Hug Momiya Massage is either open, or it is not.   However, when we pass by at night on monthly surveys it is often not.   If it is open just in the daytime, then it is not a 'Nitespot', and if this the case, we will be dropping it from the listings.   We'll drop back for one final look....
 SOI  22  (Sukhumvit)  

            In the 'We Don't Make Mistrakes Department', we previously listed this Nitespot as the 'Telephono' (it was the only sign we saw).   However, those in-the-know have advised that the correct name is Havana Social.   The dearth of signage is silent testament to it's 'word-of-mouth' reputation.   And 'word-of-mouth' works just fine - extremely busy on weekends.   As mentioned before, this club is unique - if you haven't visited yet, you are the loser.   It has an upstairs that is ostensibly for cigar smokers, however we saw no one smoking the other evening.   The Havana Social is reportedly the stepchild of the Above Eleven, just across the street.
 SOI  AMBASSADOR   (Sukhumvit 11)  

            Gone, but not gone, the Check Inn 99 has found it's second new home in less than a year.   Their initial effort to relocate to Soi 24 almost worked, but didn't - the devil being in the details of the share-agreement with the Admiral's Pub & Restaurant.   Chris C. Smith says -after just a little over two weeks in the new digs - "Now we are finally home."   'Home', by the way, is the upstairs of Zaks, just across the street from the Ambassador Hotel.   New signage is coming soon, as is the sprucing up of the extensive balcony areas.   Nothing else has changed, the Philippine singers are still on board, jazz evenings are still on the slate....   Welcome them back to the nightcircus.

 SOI  AMBASSADOR   (Sukhumvit 11)  

            Bundy's Bar has a make-over, signage-wise.   They are now including Chaos 9 on their marquee.   You may have noticed that the Chaos 9 was just closed down in the Rajah Hotel complex due to extensive renovations to the hotel - this appears to be a consolidation.   May they keep on keeping on.
 QUEEN's  PARK  PLAZA  (Sukhumvit 22)  

            Mojos mojo ain't workin'.   Nor will it be ever again - if the signs posted on the outer door are accurate.   They state plainly that this is a PERMANENT closure.   Perhaps they have found a way out from under it all....
 SOI  DEAD  ARTISTS  (Sukhumvit 33)  

            The bar beer Shots Bar was closed down for some reason last month, but they are back at it, full steam, this time around.   Welcome back to the sharkpool.
 SOI  EDEN   (Sukhumvit 7/1)  

            Great shades of Nana Plaza's long-defunct Mermaidium, only this time around, it will all be happening on Bangkok's gay soi.






With thanks to Cool Text -
"History is hard to know, because of all the hired bullshit..." - H.S. Thompson
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

   *    The upstairs A Go Go Boys opened above what is now the Thigh Bar.   That location is currently occupied by an upstairs rip-off bar.

Patpong 2

   *    Up on The Ramp, the Matador Club reopened after a one-month closure.    No Nitespot currently operates at that location.

   *    The Eldorado New Bar opened in a tiny space just above the Topless Beer Bar.   Today there is no Nitespot at that location.

   *    Up on The Ramp, the Hearty Club opened it's doors in the just-closed Club Abaniko.   Today, that location is home to the King Corner Net.

Soi Cowboy

   *    The Country 88 (Surprise #9 A Go-Go) closed.   It was located between the Cowboy 1 and the Cowboy 2 at that time.   Today the Country 88 real estate is occupied by the Spice Girls - while the Cowboy 1 is still at it's original location.

   *    The Harmony opened newly in the ex-Darling Cabaret Show Restaurant digs.   (Note, the Darling closed the month before, but was not reported on our earlier edition.)   The Harmony, long ago closed, is currently home to Rawhide Lounge & Bar.

   *    Both the upstairs Klymaxx 2 A Go Go and the downstairs New Salambo closed down that month, only to be replaced by New Loretta.   That frontage now being occupied by Lighthouse.

Nana Plaza

   *    The Spirit House Bar Beer opened up next to the .....spirit house.   However the bar was not named after the spirit house, -rather the Christopher Moore novel of that name.   The Short Time is currently occupying that location.

   *    The 3rd floor Shooters Wild West A go-Go Bar closed down.   Current occupants : none.

Soi Katoey       ( also Silom Soi 4 )

   *    Mario opened newly on the Silom Road side of Tapas.   No Nitespot currently occupies that space.

   *    Airbus opened in the then-recently closed The Genesys Pub.   That real estate is currently occupied by The Balcony (extension) just past the Telephone Pub as you are walking in.

   *    Film Mix closed down after a long run.   It was located at today's 4 Sports Lounge.

   *    Versus Pub closed down after a brief go at it.   It was located at today's For Fun.

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

   *    The unnamed bar which opened a month previous at the far end of the Night Entertainment Area was, this last month, named Jungle Bar.



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


      Almost precisely three years to the day after the passing of entrepreneur and graffiti artist Pharuephon (Mamafaka) Mukdasanit, friends and family opened a permanent gallery in Khon Kaen to show his works to the world.   Mamafaka, a native of Khon Kaen tragically lost his life by drowning in the Phu Ket surf on 09 September 2013.   (See our earlier story HERE < link > ).

      Two years in the making, the MAMAFAKA Gallery grand opening was on September 10, hours 16:00 hrs - 22:00 hrs.   On-site activities were provided by family and friends, and exclusive 'Mamafaka' posters were on sale.

      The map below will show how to navigate when visiting.   We currently do not have 'normal' operating hours for the gallery, so it would be appropriate to call first when planning a visit.   The following phone number was provided in the Bangkok Post announcement : 092-559-6514.

      The pic below shows a mock-up of one of the available posters.   Also, for more information and updates, please visit their web blog :

Graphic excerpts above are from Internet sources, and are, under current legal precedents
and prevailing interpretations considered 'Fair Use' under Copyright Law.

With thanks to Cool

Graffiti #904
Dinner Party
10 ft high x 18ft

Graffiti #905
6 ft high x 8 ft

Graffiti #906
Sir Sim
8 ft high x 8 ft

Graffiti #907
Soul Stalking
10 ft high x 10 ft

Graffiti #908
Double You Dee 40
14 ft high x 49 ft

Graffiti #909
Cockfighting Gig
6 ft high x 15 ft

Graffiti #910
6 ft high X 24 ft

Bangkok's original site !

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

- 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

- 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 Bhumipol'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 -    October: 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 -
20 NOV ( The Seminal Emails )

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