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'Soi Ginza'

01 April 2010
William R. Morledge

April's Nightlife News
Bangkok's Bars - 10 Years Ago  
A Smile in the Land of Smiles.
Ask Us ! - Making "Arrangements"
Graffiti  -BKK's  Midnite Vandals - #56

         Thaniya is one of Bangkok's older Night Entertainment Areas, however in that it is almost entirely dedicated to the Japanese nightcrawler, we do not cover it in our monthly update surveys.   Nevertheless, in digging through our archives we found our unpublished 2000 survey and map of Thaniya Road (usually referred to as Soi Thaniya, or Soi Ginza).

         This month we have undertaken what turned out to be a nearly impossible task of resurveying Thaniya Rd (and it's sub-sois), and making a map which would be somehow readable.   The main problem in preparing a map of Thaniya Rd is the bars are most often stacked on top of one another, from the ground floor up to the 6th floor - we have therefore taken shortcuts on our map (above) to take this into account.   Generally, bars listed at the top of a group are on the uppermost floors, working down.

         The 'action' in Thaniya is slightly different than that of Western Expat bars.   When the bars open in the evening around 8 p.m., the hostesses line up outside their respective bars dressed in their finest, usually matching, and often formal attire.   There, they await passing groups of Japanese businessmen, often dressed in suits.   The hostesses, and the one or two PR types begin to call loudly - in Japanese - inviting these groups inside for drinks and entertainment.   The calls can reach cacophony - a blind person could track a group of Japanese businessmen walking down Thaniya by the loudest source of the callings-out.

         The Japanese Nitespots are usually "Clubs" - which means they can claim exclusivity - for 'members only'.   'Membership' in reality, means 'Japanese', and Westerners or Thais are not, as a rule, found at these establishments.   Hostesses will usually quickly inform stray Westerners that they have entered a 'Japanese bar'.    There are exceptions to this, of course, where, for example, Westerners are invited in as guests of 'members'.   

         From our limited experience, the Japanese bars on Thaniya (and elsewhere) are not really Westerners' cup of tea.   The surroundings and decorum are a bit formal, as are the prices.   Nevertheless, if you are invited in by the PR personnel, or by a Japanese host, you should definitely avail yourself of the opportunity - it's perhaps not something you would want to do regularly, but it would definitely provide an interesting experience.



          This month's Thai Smile Award goes to a lovely "South Pacific" lady on Patpong II.

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Greetings C. D. J.,

Thank you for writing in.   We would like to take this opportunity to make note to you and several others who have asked this, or similar questions.

The Midnight Hour is a website dedicated to recording and reporting on the ongoing history of the Expat Night Entertainment Scene.   However, we are not involved with the services which form a part of that Nightlife scene, such as escort services and the like.   To find out more about us, please go to our LINK ABOUT US page, and / or click on the LEGAL tab at the bottom of this page.   


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    Let the April 2010 Follies  begin...
    BANKOK EYES' Expat Night Scene.

      PATPONG  I  
                The Xtra Time has plummetted headlong into the abyss this last month - steel roller-shutters firmly padlocked to the decks.   No indication of it being up for sale or rent....
      PATPONG  I  

                A new portable Patpong Night Bazaar sign is in place each evening at the Silom Road entrance.   But why bother?   It is about one tenth as obvious as the Night Bazaar itself.   One wonders....
      PATPONG  I  

      PATPONG  II  
                The King's Garden was presenting a South Pacific Party the other night - the young ladies were decked out in their finest grass-skirts and lei.   Let the good times roll.
      PATPONG  II  

                The Target 2 has some new (interior) signage in place.   While it is a definite improvement, they might be better off emphasizing their advertising efforts at street level, or from their 'bridge'.   Just a thought....
      PATPONG  II  

                The Strip has officially gone the way of the Andalgalornis, having sold out to Spanky's (of Nana Plaza).   The new Spanky's should be opening right about.... NOW.   This could get complicated, as there is already a Spanky's on Patpong II (the original from the now-extinct Asoke Plaza) .....
    All In The Family

    The sign reads; "Look here, 'Sexy Thai Girl'.   We open 1 April 2010.   Monthly salary Baht 10,000 plus bonus.   You are not forced (to get) drinks.   On Songkran, 13 - 15 April are special days off.   If you are interested, you can contact Spanky's.   We guarantee we will look after you like you are part of our family.   Telephone (#) - Waen."
      PATPONG  II  

      SOI  COWBOY  
                The transition complete, Midnite group's latest bar, the Sahara, had it's grand opening a few days ago (ex: Tony's / Joe's).   Yet another Las Vegas-named bar (see also 'Rio'), wish them luck as they cast their dice against the pitted wall of Fate....
    Door Art Of The Month
                   The brand new Sahara has, as expected, delivered yet another neon treat - well-deserving of the Door Art Of The Month award.

                The Apache Beer Bar has opened (or is it 'reopened'?).   Formerly the Apache Coyote, it has removed the front wall and become a bar beer.   Already doing a good business - must be a good place to park for a cool one....
      SOI  COWBOY  

     NANA  PLAZA  
             The Cat House is on fire once again.   Last month, it's signage appeared to be on it's last legs; we trashed it - saying it was suffering the neon blues, however that appears to be a thing of the past.   The rock still rocks....
      NANA  PLAZA  

             What was once the Hollywood Strip is now a whirl of hammers and saws, as renovations rush to completion.   We suspect a completion date somewhere near the end of April, and will keep all advised.   (We suspect a name change will be in the offing....)
      NANA  PLAZA  

      SOI  KATOEY  
                An interesting pic of the For Fun, seen through a sea of overhead lights.   One for the Midnight Hour archives.

                The Pheeran Massage & Spa was looking darker than a poisoned well when we passed by the other night.   Sister-ship to the original Teen Massage (also out of business a couple months ago), it doesn't appear that the specialty massages at the far end of Soi Dead Artists are doing all that well.   Look for them to open up elsewhere....


                The Nippon-oriented Joy has reclosed after reopening for only one month.   We won't expunge them from the rolls until we can see what they have in mind for the long-term.
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                We don't rightly know if this is a Thai restaurant or a Thai karaoke, or whether it is both.   It does, however, make a lot of music for the passing nightcrawler.   We will elaborate if, and when appropriate.

                The Bali Hugh's hasn't had a sign for a few months now.   A couple of months back we inquired within, and were given assurances (and shown the menus) that it would be renamed the Bali Beach.   Not. - The A-frame out front is once again referring to "Bali Hugh's".   Same relaxing atmosphere, however....

                The 3-Sister Bar, once entirely enclosed, has split itself down the middle - the outside portion now for playing a game of pool.   Party on....

      SOI  EDEN  
                The Siam Smile has excised the "Scandanavian" part of their sign (which has been with them since their Asoke Plaza days) - all that currently remains is this bit of signage....   May they persevere.
      SOI  EDEN    SUKHUMVIT  SOI  7/1

                Future Boys (also sometimes shown as Future Boy) are still having some neon problems - nothing to write home about, however.

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    Bangkok Eyes jumps back in time to have a look at who was new - and who was through.   We'll be willing to bet that many of you "Old Bangkok Hands" will be reminded of some bars you'd almost forgotten.   (We also will be willing to bet you WON'T EVEN REMEMBER an even greater number....)
    10 YEARS AGO  :
          Having closed down in January 1999, the Girl Friend Bar -located on the second floor, entrance at the side of the Safari- reopened ten years ago this month.   While the Safari is still at the same location, there is no Nitespot at that upstairs location today.
    PATPONG  I -  2000

          The King's Garden closed down temporarily for renovations a decade ago this month.   It is still at that location.
    PATPONG  II -  2000

          Ten years ago the Mahalapa Club & Karaoke opened it's doors for the first time.   It was located up on The Ramp in the old Club Abaniko digs, next door to the Royal Salute.   No Nitespot now occupies that location.
    PATPONG  II -  2000

          The Le Bouchon Restaurant & Pub closed temporarily for renovations this month, a decade ago.   They are still at that location.
    PATPONG  II -  2000

          Ten years ago the Shirtz bar opened in what was previously the Dubbel Dutch.   Those digs are currently occupied by Fanny's.
    SOI  COWBOY -  2000

          The Nice Bar opened a decade ago in what was previously the New Loretta bar.   After a long run, the Nice Bar digs were eventually absorbed by Sheba's - which is still there today.
    SOI  COWBOY -  2000

          For the third straight month, the Cowboy Annex (later to be Asoke Plaza / Asoke Corner) rushed to complete, and to open new Night Entertainment Venues; .   The Cowboy Annex reached 'critical mass' this month, a decade ago - becoming a Night Entertainment Area in it's own right.   The new venues which opened that month were:
    - Boomerang bar beer
    - Ying Corner bar beer.
    - Bourbon (took over from the Black Ant).
    - B-52
    - Love Shack bar beer
    - Blue Bird bar beer

          The Beyond lounge gave up the ghost a decade ago this month.   It was located approximately where the BAS Living Room is now situated.
    SOI  KATOEY  (SILOM  SOI  4) -  2000

          In the now defunct Tobacco Road Night Entertainment Area, the Kiss Me bar beer reopened after brief renovations a decade ago, this last month.
    TOBACCO  ROAD  (SOI  ZERO)  -  2000

          In the Peep Inn Park, the Japanese Club Guden Guden rolled out the red carpet for the first time ten years ago, this month.
    SOI  DEAD  ARTISTS  -  2000

          The Flowers A Go-Go opened in Clinton Plaza ten years ago, pioneering A Go-Go at that location.   Several others would soon follow suit.   The Flowers stood where the two Nuch bars had previously been located.
    CLINTON  PLAZA  -  2000

          A decade ago, the White House bar beer re-closed after only one month.   In it's place, without skipping a beat, the Kangaroo bar beer opened there.
    CLINTON  PLAZA  -  2000



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