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Soi 8 Reprise

01 October 2011
William R. Morledge

October's Nightlife News
Bangkok's Bars - 10 Years Ago  
A Smile in the Land of Smiles.
Ask Us ! - A Go-Go's Roots
Graffiti  -BKK's Midnite Vandals - #71

         Time just seems to slip away...   On a recommendation from a reader, we decided to have yet another look at Soi 8, Sukhumvit Road and see just how much it had grown - or perhaps not grown....   It seemed that we had just done a review of Soi 8, however checking our records, we see that our last survey was in March 2007.

         Our main concern was whether or not Soi 8 had gained "Critical Mass" and could legitimately be called a "Bar Area" in it's own right.   ("Critical Mass" - that elusive night entertainment 'density' where, once reached, the area becomes it's own draw; a sufficiently large magnet to attract nightcrawlers in, and of, it's own.)   A few nights ago, we did an updated recon of the Soi, and we were encouraged by what we saw - it had grown, if not substantially, at least significantly in the last four years.


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         Nevertheless, we couldn't really in all fairness give it the nod.   Most of the new Nitespots on Soi 8 were massage parlors, and several massage parlors don't really add to the richness of the Nightlife Scene any more than 2 or 3 do.


         Even so, Soi 8 is a Nitespot location that cannot be ignored -food, -bars, -music, -massage - a good time can in fact be had by all.   For those of you looking to expand your Bangkok Nightscene horizons, you would most certainly want to schedule in an evening there.


The Stable Lodge Bar is not easily recognized (no sign) but is easily spotted.   A relaxing outdoor atmosphere.




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 Historical Minutiae Dept.

A Go-Go's Roots


Hi, my name is L__ U____, and am currently attending college in San Diego, CA.   I am slated to do a research paper for one of my classes on Go-Go.   While browsing through the web I came across one of your pages, "History of A Go-Go", <LINK> and was taken back by the article.   I'm trying to present/convince to my instructor that these are good solid facts.

I was wondering if you could maybe help me in this research I would greatly appreciate it.    The topics in the article were impressive and would like to know how you came across in uncovering them.   Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance,
San Diego Mesa College

Greetings, L.U.,

      My research on the history of A Go-Go was a complex and time-consuming Internet research project - but done just for fun.   For most of the historical items/ references I was able to find at least one corroborating website, but not all.   The original movie, and it's renaming can be researched more easily, as can the Whiskey A Go-Go in L.A.   Unfortunately, most universities will not accept Internet-based theses - as the Internet can be a source of pure garbage at times (as I'm sure you are aware).   Nevertheless, a number of websites are well-referenced, and could likely be a departure point to credentialed sources and / or to needed corroborations.

      However, if your instructor does allow Internet references, you could easily (but not quickly) duplicate my searches.   You would have to sort through the several websites and be ready to reject that which is just poorly copied from other websites, and contains poor assumptions and twisted facts/conclusions.   (Regret I did not keep the referenced urls for my article.)

      I seriously doubt that Thailand, being at the latter end, and at the furthest extremity of the dawning of the A Go-Go age, will be a significant element of your paper.   However, in that I was in Thailand at the time (I arrived here in 1967) I can personally vouch for the history of A Go-Go in Thailand, and knew Rick Menard (Grand Prix) personally, before his untimely death.

Good luck on your research,

'Boge' Hartman

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      PATPONG  I  

                The Club 66 is adding something new to their attractions.   But don't take the "No Cover Charge" sign too seriously, they now have a requirement for a pre-paid drink....   A rose by any other name...........
      PATPONG  I  

                The Nice Massage - open for a couple of months now, and seemingly doing quite well.   We did manage to snap the below pic for the archives....
      PATPONG  I  

      PATPONG  II  
                The Rig One has nailed up some brand-new neon, so if you are up on The Ramp, and see this big blue piece of signage with the Thai script - you are already there.....
      PATPONG  II  

                Gone, but not gone, the Topless Beer Bar and the Topless Sports Bar have managed to reopen at their old locations.   They haven't had time to get their neon tacked up yet, but it is quite obvious they are now once again open for business.   Welcome them back to the nightcircus.

      PATPONG  II  

                The Club, the King's Group's newest, will be opening next month upstairs in the old Cleopatra digs.   This we gotta see....
      PATPONG  II  

                The venerable old Patpong Snooker, up on the 3rd Floor, Cosmo's Stairwell, has a brand-new moniker; "Bua Luang Snooker".   Business as usual.   (Not that the Bua Luang Group is new to the scene - they have been around for donkey's years...)
      PATPONG  II  

                The Three Ladys, on-again, off-again, is off again this month.   We'll take a gander next time around and advise whether or not the closure is permanent.....
    - File photo      
      PATPONG  II  

      SOI  COWBOY  
                The Deja Vu has completed the absorption of the old Apache Beer Bar, and their marquee is in full Vegas glow.   May they continue to abide.
      SOI  COWBOY  

     NANA  PLAZA  
                Strap's Bar is just days away from rolling out the red carpet.   They are up on the second floor at the stairway, in the old Bunnies digs.   We'll try to drop by and snap a few pix next time....

      NANA  PLAZA  

                The @ Lift is once again, open.   They come to work when it pleases them, it seems.........
    - File photo      

      NANA  PLAZA  

      SOI  KATOEY  
                The Bearbie, as promised, reopened after a one-month (or so) renovation.   Let the good times continue to roll.
    SOI  KATOEY  - (SILOM  SOI  4)


    Door Art Of The Month

    For eye-catching originality, no one is going to beat out Vanilla - at least not this month.   For the record, Vanilla has just moved out of the Peep Inn Park complex, and have taken over the old New Yuki Hana digs.   (We also note that over the last few months there have been a series of closures and relocations from the Peep Inn Park - do we sense a major real estate redevelopment here?)


                Only shadows dance deep in the Misora compound - they have obviously moved on; greener pastures, ladies.   Much evidence of daytime renovation works, however - so we'll keep an ear to the ground, and get back atcha.
    - File photo      

                The Santana - gone, for what appears to be licensing reasons.   Somehow we think they will pop back to life in the near future.   We'll check back and get back....
    - File photo           

                Closed for keeps is the 33 Bangkang at the back of the 33 Complex - may they find more fertile grounds....   And it appears that the New Club Fushicho (currently in the Peep Inn Park) is the party in charge of renovations........Hmmmm.
    (Sorry, unable to locate our photo..)
    - No photo           

                With the Prince Of Wales calling, 'Time,' for the last time in Washington Square, the place is unmistakably taking on the pall of a ghost town - the lively exceptions are Bourbon Street, the Dubliner Irish Pub and The Sportsman Bar.   How much longer, gang?

                The Away From Home have moved their sign up a couple of meters to be seen better from the street - but they are still right there - may they persevere.

      SOI  EDEN  
                The Thai Terrace Bar & Restaurant, having just completed renovations, have closed for renovations.   Does this sound right to you?   Time will tell if they will reopen, but until then, we have removed them from the roster.
    - File photo      
      SOI  EDEN    SUKHUMVIT  SOI  7/1

                The Pickled Liver Pub & Restaurant have opened in the old J-Hong digs - and look good to go.   Welcome them to the machine.
      SOI  EDEN    SUKHUMVIT  SOI  7/1

                The Golden Massage have opened above the Night Flight Beer & Pub. Their prices seem a little high for a legitimate massage on a smaller, out of the way soi...   Perhaps the obvious is the answer....
      SOI  EDEN    SUKHUMVIT  SOI  7/1

                The Scorpion Bar, open a couple months ago, now has some neon they can call their own.   They are located in front of Ocean Boy.

                If one Hot Male is doing well, then why not the sequel?   Welcome Hot Male 2.

                Balls is open again - at least for this month.   We won't guarantee next month, however.   Welcome them back to the sharkpool.



    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  :
          A decade ago, Camelot Castle reopened after a brief one-month renovation.   They are still at that location today.
    PATPONG   1 -  October 2001

          Ten years ago, Eden Garden Kama Sutra reopened after a brief closure.   It was located below today's Red Parrot.   (The area below Red Parrot is no longer a Nitespot).
    PATPONG   2 -  October 2001

          A decade ago, Hot Shoes closed - having been absorbed by it's next door neighbor, Chicken Delight.   The Chicken Delight itself, having just reopened.   That stretch of real estate is now known as the Horse Shoes.
    PATPONG   2 -  October 2001

          Ten years ago, this month, King's Cloud Cleopatra opened on the second floor in the old Cleopatra digs..   They are long gone - and those premises are currently empty (but not for long - see next month's issue).
    PATPONG   2 -  October 2001

          One decade ago, The Bubble (located underneath the stairway on the ground floor) closed down for 'renovations'.   There is currently no Nitespot at that location.
    NANA  PLAZA  -   October 2001

          Ten years ago, Hyper (The Un-Club) closed it's doors.   It was located where the Bearbie now stands.
    SOI  KATOEY  - (SILOM  SOI  4) -   October 2001

          Ten years back, this month, the Suika Club opened in the back of the 33 Complex - those digs recently vacated by it's successor, 33 Bangkang.
    SOI  DEAD  ARTISTS- (SUKHUMVIT  SOI  33) -   October 2001

          A decade ago, this month, the Pinnacle Bar & Restaurant -located in Sub-soi 2, closed it's doors   It would eventually reopen as The Office Bar & Grill.   
    SOI  DEAD  ARTISTS- (SUKHUMVIT  SOI  33) -   October 2001

          Ten years ago this month, the Sazanka Korean Massage opened it's doors.   They have since moved away, and that location is now vacant.
    WASHINGTON   SQUARE  -   October 2001

    ASOKE  PLAZA  /  ASOKE  CORNER - (previously Cowboy Annex) - 2001

    Asoke Corner / Asoke Plaza
    Night Entertainment Area
    ( March 2000 - February 2005 )

                 Ten years ago, Sabai Sabai Bar closed it's doors.   They were located along the back fence in the Asoke Plaza area.

                 A decade ago, Luke's Bar took over the reins from Ying's Corner, also along the back fence near the Asoke intersection.

                 Also on the right-hand side of the Asoke Plaza side, and also a decade ago, the Corner opened it's doors, having just taken over from the Love Shack.

                 Ten years ago, the Baronette bar beer opened on the left side of the Asoke Plaza area.   

                 A decade ago, as the unnamed snooker room closed, so did the Night Fever (absorbed by B-52).

                 A decade back, in the Asoke Corner side, several new bar beers opened:

             *  Spanky's Bar II
             *  Oh ! Yes
             *  Request
             *  (An unnamed beer bar next door to Oraphin)
             *  My Dear

    ASOKE  PLAZA  /  ASOKE  CORNER - (previously "COWBOY ANNEX") - September 2001

    TOBACCO  ROAD   - September 2001

    Tobacco Road (Soi Zero)
    Night Entertainment Area
    ( ~ December 1988 - 9 June 2006 )

                Ten years ago, this month, the Honey Bar bar beer shut-down.

                A decade ago, the Moon Bar bar beer disappeared, having been absorbed by Bottoms Up.
    TOBACCO  ROAD  - September 2001




             Perhaps one of the most extraneous and arcane forms of Night Entertainment is that of graffiti.   Often illegal, frequently artistic, occasionally humorous, and most of the time controversial.   Graffiti is not a form of 'entertainment' that all will enjoy.   Many see it as vandalism - plain and simple, while others see it as an art form, or 'art brut' - a street sub-set of Modern Art.

             The "Graffiti Artist" as hyped in Hollywood film is the lone-wolf who steals into the night dressed in camo, wearing butyl-soled rock-climbing shoes with cans of spraypaint strapped to his torso - someone who, from all outward appearances, could easily be mistaken for a suicide bomber on a skateboard.   By the light of a full moon he works feverishly throughout the night, trying to finish his graphic social protest before he is seen by pry-eyed up-tight neighbors, or a passing squad car, or the first light of dawn, whichever comes first.   In one Hollywood film a graffiti writer was lowered off a bridge by his feet to create a spectacular and very irritating (to the police) work-of-art while suspended upside-down.   The reality, however, is much more mundane than that, as may be seen in Banksey's latest award-winning film, Exit Through The Gift Shop <link>.

             Nevertheless, even with the shattering of the 'mystique' of the graffiti writer, as graffiti becomes more mainstream (appearing in renown galleries, and auctioned at famous auction houses), the works produced are not diminished in any way - colorful, twisted, irreverent, vulgar, disturbing, esoteric, thought-provoking, often strikingly beautiful in their own weird way, and almost always original.   

             The artist gets off on accomplishing the works.   The viewer either gets off on enjoying the work, or is offended by it.   Either of which pleases the artist.   If you are one of those who enjoys such, this column is for you.

    [ Check out Bangkok's dedicated Graffiti page at " BKK"  <link>. ]


    5Pointz : a date with History

    - Pix :      

          An industrial park in New York (Queens, to be more specific) was named 5Pointz as a gesture - the five boroughs of New York would come together in harmony and ....and you get the drift.   As years went by, 5Pointz faded as an industrial area, but became 'Graffiti Central" to New York's spray-can ninjas.   No self-respecting tagger would be caught dead not having hit 5Pointz at least once.   In that the buildings within the industrial estate were essentially abandoned, the owner, New York native Jerry Wolkoff allowed the graffiti to stay, and to grow, and to grow (in that he, too, enjoys graffiti).

    - Pix :      

          As 5Pointz grew in reputation, graffiti artists from France, Australia, Spain and virtually all points beyond, began making pilgrimages to 5Pointz.   It seems if they wanted 'cred' among their peers, they had to be able to say they sprayed their way at 5Pointz.   If the giants of the graffiti world such as Tracy 168, Cope 2 and Tats Cru have painted at 5Pointz, and musicians Joss Stone and Jadakiss, among others, have filmed music videos there, then they, too, had to be a part of it.

    - Pix :      

          Over the years, one graffiti artist - a man with a spray-paint vision named Jonathan Cohen - has, by way of osmosis and by default, become the ad-hoc guardian, guiding hand and 'museum director' of 5Pointz.   Under his aegis, 5Points has gradually inherited a tacit, unofficial status as an 'Art Center' and even has it's own website - <link>    Really.   These days, however, Cohen is wearing the huge worry-lines - word is out on the street that owner Wolkoff has plans to redevelop, erecting two 30-storey apartment buildings on these hallowed digs.   Cohen knows that, at this late date, his Mecca of the Graffiti World is living on borrowed time - and that there is nothing he can do about it..... Money, eventually, talks.

          One person, however, is overjoyed at the prospect that this vulgar, vandals' wetdream will soon be torn down - none other than the raving Councilman Peter F. Vallone Jr., a sworn enemy of the 'aerosol arts'.   By way of a left-handed compliment to his puckered good-citizenry, a graffiti artist, name withheld by request, has created a large "four star" aerosol rating of him on an adjacent wall.....

          Promises by owner Wolkoff to save a back wall on the future apartment buildings for continued unhindered graffiti have hardly pacified the spray art crowd - they claim Wolkoff "just doesn't understand".   But almost by definition, permanent graffiti, or even a permanent graffiti location, is a contradiction in terms - it, all of it, is transient by it's very nature.   The individual graffiti, and their 'venues', shall all pass into history, and like dead rock stars, their greatness shall be heightened.   Perhaps Wolkoff will grace the front of his new apartment buildings with a 20-foot statue of a spraycan....

    - And now to Midnight Hour's own brand of Bangkok Graffiti ....

    Graffiti #498
    7 ft. high x 11 ft.

    Graffiti #499
    Pumpkins Talk
    7 ft. high x 27 ft.

    Graffiti #500
    7 ft. high x 10 ft.

    Graffiti #501
    Jarz Us
    7 ft. high x 15 ft.

    Graffiti #502
    8 ft. high x 15 ft.

    Graffiti #503
    Rockin' Hoes
    7 ft. high x 16 ft.

    Graffiti #504
    7 ft. high x 20 ft.

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       The MIDNITE HOUR 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)

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