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01 July 2010
William R. Morledge

July's Nightlife News
Bangkok's Bars - 10 Years Ago  
A Smile in the Land of Smiles.
Ask Us ! - Away From Home
Graffiti  -BKK's  Midnite Vandals - #59



          This month Midnight Hour "Thai Smile" is on the face of a young lady earnestly pursuing higher education.

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Away From Home

Hello Midnite Hour,

Can you please tell me where about the Away From Home Bar is in Bangkok?   It will be my first time in Thailand and I want to meet up with some friends.


Greetings B.,

You will find the Away From Home Poolbar / bar beer at the back of Queen's Park Plaza Night Entertainment Area.   Proceed down Sukhumvit Soi 22 about 400 meters, and it will be on the right hand side.   (Yes, we do free advertising.............)


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

      PATPONG  I  
                The King's Group are upgrading their fleet of Patpong Night Entertainment Venues, to include new facades and new neon.   They are doing so without closing down, although it might not appear so to the casual observer.   The below pic shows the King's Camelot and the two adjacent King's Castles.   Keep on keeping on.
      PATPONG  I  

                The Queen's Castle II have resurrected themselves yet again.   We wish we had their holiday plan.   Welcome them back to these neon sois.
    - File photo      
      PATPONG  I  

      PATPONG  II  
                The Crown Royal have nailed up some supplemental neon - we no longer need to peer through smoky windows to see if they are actually open.   Lookin' good.   All else remains status quo ante.
      PATPONG  II  

                Bobby's is open once again - and it looks like the renovations are nearing completion.   Same great food, and now a good place to sit down with a glass of wine and watch the evolving milieu.
    - File photo      
      PATPONG  II  

                On the morgue slab this month is Pat Pong 24, having only opened in December of last year.   It occupied the original Bobby's Hotdogs digs, next to the Foodland supermarket.   They are actively seeking a buyer.
      PATPONG  II  

                It appears the Swing Club (on The Ramp) were only playing 'possum - they have popped out of the crypt, and, it seems, have ramped up the beat yet again....
    - File photo      
      PATPONG  II  

                Missing roll-call this month is The Rock (also on The Ramp) - however we suspect this is a temporary condition.   Look for them to reopen in a matter of days.   If, in fact, they have fallen on their swords, we will get back atcha next issue.
    - File photo      
      PATPONG  II  

                The Plaza Massage & Turkish Bath are back to their slippin'-and-a-slidin' ways, after a one-month hiatus.   Welcome them back to the sharkpool.
    - File photo      
      PATPONG  II  

                Side Line Agogo - a pay-for-show / cover-charge bar - have reopened their doors up on the Suriwong end of The Ramp.   No further comment.....
    - File photo      
      PATPONG  II  

                Gone, but not gone, Pinocchio's Club, having closed last month -for whatever reason, have reopened this month -for whatever reason.   Do what you do, do well.
    - File photo      
      PATPONG  II  

      SOI  COWBOY  
    Along came a spider.....

          We're not quite sure what giant spiders crawling on multi-storey buildings have to do with breath mints, but then we harbor no pretenses of being advertising geniuses.....   They do seem to be missing a bet by not having it lit up at night, as the many other nightcrawlers entering Soi Cowboy rarely notice....

      SOI  COWBOY  

     NANA  PLAZA  
    Door Art Of The Month
                   Hollywood Carousel on the 3rd floor has gone all out with a macro-pictorial advertising their "live sexy shows".   The floor-to-ceiling posters decorate the stairwell adjacent, their walls and even the inside of the elevator (see pic above).
      NANA  PLAZA  

      SOI  KATOEY  
                Helene's Place (now a Vietnamese Restaurant) opened originally in January 1995 in the old Crazy Cow digs (going by just Helen's Place back then).   Helene's is now opening yet again in the evenings (until 10:00 pm).   In that Helene's was originally a Night Entertainment Venue (at night), we mention this as an historical footnote only.

                Originally the Oshare, then the Hanazono, it was then destined to become the Jasmine.   When that deal fell through, the premises laid idle for several months (since May of 2009).   All that changed, however, this last month, when the Hibiki Nippon Karaoke rolled out the red carpet.   Our guided tour of the premises confirmed that future customers will be shown the "Five-Star" treatment.   They are located deep in the soi, at the last subsoi on your left - you can't miss the neon....   Welcome them to the machine.


                Pub 33 is the successor to the Soul Mate (which closed a little over a month ago).   We are curious as to how the twin-rotisserie shwarma stand and giant hookah, currently blocking the entranceway, will enhance their business chances.   It remains to be seen whether Fate's tumbling dice brings them sevens or nines.   Let the nightgames begin....


                Formerly Vanilla, it is now formally Sexy & Bar Vanilla, along with some new vanilla-colored neon.   We're not sure what the significance of the guy's face on the sign is, but we doubt it will be the cause of the Nitespot to be swamped with new customers.   But what do we know?

                Last month when we passed by Soi Dead Artists' favorite (only) simulated pseudo-sado-masochist bar, Demonia, it was closed.   That, however, wasn't to last - they have reopened their dungeons to the unsuspecting, and suspecting, public once again.   Welcome them back to the vale of tears.

                Gaugin Club have shaken off whatever it was that was ailing them last month, and have rolled the red carpet out once more.   Welcome them back to the same old briar-patch all over again.
    - File photo      

                Bali Hugh's still don't have any neon (we suspect problems with Bangkok's Sign Gestapos), but they seem to be keeping quite busy.   May they persevere.

                The Sweetheart Bar, it is now confirmed, has finally plunged headlong into the abyss.   Taking their place is the XXXX Bar, who are camera-shy, and do not want any free advertising - at any price.   Welcome them to the vicissitudes.

       QUEEN'S  PARK  PLAZA  - SOI  22

                Q Karaoke has been supplanted by the Q-Tee Bar (why do we suspect this is just a name-change....).   Same friendly service within.   Let the nightgames continue....
       QUEEN'S  PARK  PLAZA  - SOI  22

      SOI  EDEN  
                It's official - what was the joined-at-the-hip Magic Table and The Ring Bar / Fashion Massage is now just "Magic Table" ; The Ring now relegated to 'historical footnote'.   Still Soi Eden's only A Go-Go bar + +.   Let the good times roll.
      SOI  EDEN    SUKHUMVIT  SOI  7/1

                Upstairs from the established J Hong (old Tequila Dragon) the Supermodel Host Bar (and it's alter-ego, Domons Club) have opened their doors to the (male) public.   It remains to be seen to what extent the night-demons hector them....

      SOI  EDEN    SUKHUMVIT  SOI  7/1

                The gay Soi Twilight's only 'straight' Nitespot - the Five Star Entertainment - have some brand-new street-level neon that is hard to ignore.   Business (to include occasional coyote dancing) as usual....

                Mario Massage, a man-massage-man venue which opened last December in the old Red Massage digs, has, as of this last month, gone down the slippery slope for the final time.   May the vultures not circle.
    - File photo      

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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  :
          The Fantasia, on the second floor of Nana Plaza, reopened (after an almost three-month renovation) ten years ago, this month.   Fantasia is still there today.
    NANA  PLAZA -  2000

          A decade ago the Om Trance Club closed for renovations.   They were located where today's Spanish On 4 is now located.
    SOI  KATOEY -  2000

    ASOKE  PLAZA  /  ASOKE  CORNER - (previously Cowboy Annex) -  2000

          A decade ago, in the newly formed Asoke Corner / Asoke Plaza (originally called COWBOY ANNEX) there were additional changes - as noted below:

                 O.B. 1 Bar opened newly a decade ago along the side fence in Asoke Plaza / Asoke Corner.

                 Name Pa Bar opened ten years ago along the street front, on the grounds previously occupied by the outdoor Asoke Beer House.

    ASOKE  PLAZA  /  ASOKE  CORNER - (previously Cowboy Annex) -  2000

          Ten years ago The Pinnacle Bar & Restaurant opened their doors for the first time.    They were located on Sub-Soi 2, where The Office Bar & Grill is now located.
    SOI  DEAD  ARTISTS -  2000

          Also, in the year 2000 A.D., renovations continued on the old Leo Club - it would eventually open as the Santana - which remains at that location today.
    SOI  DEAD  ARTISTS -  2000

          The Coco Loco rolled out the red carpet for the first time a decade ago in the now extinct Clinton Plaza Night Entertainment Area.   They were located upstairs on the second level of the main building.
    CLINTON  PLAZA  -  2000

          The Beach Bar bar beer cashed in their chips, this month, ten years ago.   They were located outside, against the main building.
    CLINTON  PLAZA  -  2000

          A decade ago, the Boat Bar bar beer also closed up shop.   They were located outside, against the main building.
    CLINTON  PLAZA  -  2000

          Also in Clinton Plaza Night Entertainment Area this month, in the year 2000, construction had begun on this area's second and third A Go-Go bars: Rockhard 1 and Rockhard 2.
    CLINTON  PLAZA  -  2000



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