Bangkok's Night Scene in review
Bangkok, 01 February 2003
William R. Morledge
MIDNITE HOUR presents the Bangkok Night Scene
'history-in-the-making' for the month ending 31 January, 2003 :
This writer has been busy since 26 January preparing stories found elsewhere here on Bangkok Eyes, but as time moves on, and the trashing of the Sukhumvit Square passes from "News" into the realm of "History", I have for the sake of convenience provided the below internal links for those who have not yet read our input to this gangland atrocity. So, - *CLICK here, and Go, -or read on below...
The SUKHUMVIT SQUARE Story The SUKHUMVIT SQUARE Story
In addition to this more 'sensational' news, there have been a good number of other changes in the Bangkok Night Entertainment Scene during the month of January. There have also been the tide of rumors outpouring from the four corners of Entertainmentland. Some of which are just amusing, some are persistent enough to consider that there may be some truth in them. MIDNITE HOUR will include these as appropriate (by 'appropriate', we mean 'as entertainment only'). MIDNITE HOUR presents the Bangkok Night Scene 'history-in-the-making' for the month ending 31 January, 2003 :
The on-again, off-again lounge next to the Wun Pub PATPONG II was open at the end of January. It still doesn't have a name - a 'name' being one of those basic requirements you'll need if you intend to market your product... Just thinking outloud...
It looks like the Ramp's Dome Juniority Club PATPONG II has switched the lights off and slipped the key under the door for the last time (this is the second time in three months). No customers - maybe no one knew what a 'Juniority' was...
Also on the Ramp PATPONG II , one of the 'Originals' - the Three Ladys Cocktail Lounge has sprung back into action. Welcome back to the battlefield.
December's crack-down on Soi Cowboy got the Long Gun SOI COWBOY for a name violation. They were made to change it back to its original name, Lucky Star . Perhaps taking a lesson from The New A-Go-Go Duck down the road, they are now sporting both signs again. The unlit sign on the marquee says Lucky Star , the neon one reading; 'Long Gun '. Now, they won't have to change their website. Keep on rockin'..
Likewise, the December crackdown netted the After Skool Bar SOI COWBOY for using other than the registered name. They complied with a large (unlit) "Sunshine " sign up on the marquee - in time to open for New Year's Eve - however now they have also hung a smaller plastic sign out reading, "After Skool Bar ". Business as usual here, too.
In the adjacent 4-Pak, Fantasy Thailand COWBOY ANNEX bar beer has reopened (again). Welcome (again).
Also in the 4-Pak, the previously unoccupied fourth bar has now opened up as 'Lady Bar ' COWBOY ANNEX . They are expecting they will earn enough during the coming month to buy a sign. Good luck, gang.
The tiny pool bar next to the Funny Bar COWBOY ANNEX , which has been there since May 2000 has taken on a name at last; 'Funny Pool Bar '. Yes, it's related.
The up-market As Found bar/restaurant SOI DEAD ARTISTS is closed. Windblown leaves collect on the doorsill. Uncollected newspapers stacking up on the lawn (just kidding). 'Sale' signs taped to the inside of the glass doors (not kidding). Opening only in August last year, it had a very short run. It did, however, mark the start of Nighttime Entertainment development on the last stretch of the Soi, starting at the last sub-soi, going back to the cross-street; since its opening, a couple more restaurants have opened up a little deeper in the Soi.
The Kosu Mosu Japanese Club SOI DEAD ARTISTS was closed tighter than a new keg of sake. Lights on inside (it's usually dark), looking very forlorn. Closure may have only been for the Lunar New Year however, so will let you know...
Crystal Bar WASHINGTON SQ in the center section, has reopened. Business as usual.
Likewise, the Divas QUEENS PARK PLAZA has switched on its Christmas light sets and neon sign again. Good to see you back.
One More Bar QUEENS PARK PLAZA , a tiny bar beer that was next to the O.B. 1 Bar closed last month but never reopened. It looks like the O.B. 1 has absorbed its real estate.
The Maxx QUEENS PARK PLAZA sports bar is up and running once again after a New Year's closure. Back to the fray.
The wildest and most persistent of the rumors on Sukhumvit these days is (entirely unconfirmed) that "somewhere" on Sukhumvit Road, a complex will be built to rival Nana Plaza, and that one of Nana's major players intends to monopolize the ground floor of this as-yet-nonexistant bar area. Sounds like Pie-In-The-Sky, but then, only time will tell.
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