Every month MIDNITE HOUR reviews the "Night Scene" in each of Bangkok's major Night Entertainment Areas. In these reviews, we provide topical discussion on the Areas in general, and the Entertainment Venues within, to include coverage of those Venues that have newly opened, recently closed, or that have just changed names during the month preceding. But there is an additional underlying motive for MIDNITE HOUR's monthly updates. One of the conceptual cornerstones in the founding of Bangkok Eyes was to provide - via the Internet - a permanent, periodically updated historical record of the Night Entertainment Scene. We have taken note of our readers' enthusiasm in these historical presentations, and will continue, through this column, to provide current, independent and authoritative reporting on Asia's hottest Night Scene.
MIDNITE HOUR presents the Bangkok Night Scene 'history-in-the-making' for the month ending 30 November, 2002 :
The first pub to be carved out of the Thai Room, the Wun Pub • PATPONG II • , is still going strong, however the second, northernmost pub, which had it's soft opening in October of this year has already closed. Never having even hung its shingle out, it shall remain forever nameless.
The 4th floor "Songs of Life" Bua Luang • PATPONG II • (opposite Foodland) has reopened to join the other Bua Luang outlets on other floors. Karaoke remains the format. Welcome back to the (mostly Thai) scene.
The Ramp seems to have taken a beating this last November. The first of The Ramp's denizens to fall was the DOME Juniority Club • PATPONG II • . Lights out, doors locked.
The 'Jack Pub & Karaoke • PATPONG II • was the next one of The Ramp's residents to fall. Only darkened doorways greeted night-time revellers. It even had its own lao-kao drunk asleep on the doorstep. Surely, something can be done about that.
Meanwhile, next door at the Royal Salute Cocktail Lounge • PATPONG II • there were signs of life, but no signs of any customers. Dust and debris had gathered on the porch area. This is not a healthy sign for a swinging Saturday night...
Bart's Bar • TOBACCO RD • , a bar beer-sized air conditioned lounge at the end of the soi, has reopened. Welcome back to the toil.
Likewise, the Om Trance Club • SOI KATOEY also reopened in November. Welcome back.
Earlier bars on the soi, Speed and Hip Hop were assumed dead and buried, however their resurrection as Speed Hip-Hop R&B • SOI KATOEY was completed in November. From all appearances, the back-and-forth name changes are still ongoing, so let's wait and see how they sort themselves out.
Superior Bar • SUKHUMVIT SQ • also joined the melee in November. Pool Bar is the format. Welcome to the fracas.
Princess Bar • SUKHUMVIT SQ • has also opened; - without fanfare, but seems to be attracting its share of night-crawlers. Welcome.
October's opening of the Square's first A Go-Go bar never eventuated. Progress has been exceedingly slow, but they have managed to get a tentative sign nailed up out front: Studio 54 • SUKHUMVIT SQ • . It appears that in addition to A Go-Go, they will have pool tables out front. Denizens on the ground there are saying opening day will be closer to the end of December. Seeing is believing.
Last month the Green House • SUKHUMVIT SQ • was 'under construction'. This month, while activity is still evident, progress is not. We wonder when, or if it will ever open.
In the 77 Sunset bar beer area, the two bar beers under construction in October were demolished during the month of November, never having been completed. However at the front of the area, the new Ninety Nine Bar (99) • SUKHUMVIT SQ • has put its barstools out and switched on its lights. Hostesses are enthusiastically welcoming passers-by. Pool Bar is the format. Welcome aboard.
Hot Shot • SUKHUMVIT SQ • appears to have been created out of some of the area belonging to one of the adjacent bars. It faces Sukhumvit; very accessible to passing foot trade. Bar beer is the format. Best of luck.
Also facing Sukhumvit, the renovating Rushour reopened in November, but became another Suzie Bar, sister to the Suzie Bar • SUKHUMVIT SQ • just inside, along the west wall. Lets not etch these names in concrete, as Suzie has been doing a lot of name changing since her migration from Suzie & Crazy Bar (now defunct) in Clinton Plaza.
In October the My Lady Bar changed formats from A Go-Go to Pool Bar. Last month, they knocked down the wall between it and the Country Road • SOI COWBOY • , combining the two into a 4-shophouse-wide bar. Keeping the Country Road name, they offer pool, live music and a lounge bar. Another case of deja-vu all over again; in October 1997, Country Road absorbed the old Butterfly to become the Soi's largest bar. Later, in January 2001, the My Lady Bar opened in the same two-shophouse area the Butterfly used to occupy.
Also in the 8-Pak, the Sanuk 2 has sold out to the new Suay Bar Beer • COWBOY ANNEX • . Welcome aboard.
The Ton Son bar beer at the driveway entrance on Soi 23 has a new sign. It now reads Ton Sone • COWBOY ANNEX • , but this name change is only an attempt to improve the phonetics. Business as usual.
The Hole In One bar beer, which never had a sign, is rumored to become the Sweet Home • COWBOY ANNEX • bar by the end of the year. They are even promising they will put out a sign. Keep on truckin', whoever you are.
The Isisdur, a bar beer in the 4-Pak, also never having had a sign, has sold out to the Honey Bar • COWBOY ANNEX • , which does have a sign. Welcome to the party.
The Request • COWBOY ANNEX • , closed in October, has reopened. Bar beer remains the format. Welcome back.
The bar that once was the Spider's Web has reopened after a 2 month renovation as the Temptation • NANA PLAZA • . Sporting a much improved layout and decor, A Go-Go continues to occupy center stage, as it were. Welcome to the circus.
© 2002, Bangkok Eyes / bangkokeyes.com
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