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01 June 2012
William R.  Morledge

June 's Nightlife News
Bangkok's Bars - 10 Years Ago  
A Smile in the Land of Smiles.
Ask Us ! - The French Connection ?
Graffiti  -BKK's Midnite Vandals - #80

         Midnight Hour had got the word a couple of months back that the Bourbon Street had moved from Washington Square to Soi Ekamai (Sukhumvit Soi 63).   We finally steeled ourselves for the trip out there to see how Doug was getting along.   We were apprehensive - we knew the Bourbon Street food would be great, but we remembered Soi Ekamai as an entertainment backwater.   What we found was an entirely different animal.

Take a look at the NEW Bourbon Street .....

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We took the back way to Bourbon Street, up from Petchburi Road, noticing on the way more than a dozen Night Entertainment Venues on Soi Ekamai itself - most of them new since our last visit.   We knew immediately that we would have to do an 'official' Midnight Hour survey - there was just too much going on.

There was a time that we thought Soi Ekamai (Soi 63) was just too far out.   But things have changed.   First, there is now ample reason to be in that part of town (as you will see below), and second, Soi Ekamai is easy to access by Sky Train.

Door Art Of The Month

          The Sherbet is, from all appearances, a 'smooth operator' - their Door Art Award is well deserved - attractive, well lit, and prominently displayed.   A real eye-catcher.


Developmentally, the consensus is Soi Ekamai is the overflow from Soi Thonglo, just down the way, and all appearances are that this is true.   There is a variety of different types of Night Entertainment Venues.   From various massage parlors and spas all the way up to the more exclusive member clubs.   See our comments on some of the photos as we go along.

There have been a few 'night club' type places on Ekamai for several years, (remember the New Year's Eve fire at the Santika in the early hours of 2009?)   But - without us noticing - things have continued to grow, and grow rapidly, since that time.   In 2009, those few venues on Ekamai were almost exclusively Thai entertainment - not that foreigners were barred, it is just that very few ventured down that relatively dark, relatively out-of-the-way soi.   This is not the case today - and things are progressing quickly - especially at the Sukhumvit Road end of Ekamai.   With the opening of Bourbon Street, and with Durty Nellys Irish Pub almost across the way from them (see our map, above), Ekamai in the evenings will see a number of farang revellers - including week nights....

Midnight Hour of course had a close look at Soi Ekamai these last few nights - with regard whether it, or a part of it could be considered to be an "Expat Night Entertainment Area".   While the density of bars around the Sub-Soi 5 area is more than at other parts of Ekamai, even this area has not reached a "critical mass' of Night Entertainment Venues.   (A look at our map might be deceiving - bars that appear close together are in fact not) - Soi Ekamai is a very long soi.)   That, and of course, there are currently relatively few expats out and about in this part of Ekamai.


Nevertheless, it goes without saying that the Midnight Hour recommends a visit, or more than one visit, to Ekamai, but to explore the entire soi, you would need an automobile or a motorcycle.


Below you will find photos of some of the more prominent Night Entertainment Venues on Soi Ekamai.











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Greetings, G.D.,

Pierre?   Jacques?   Long gone.   We understand from a third party that a gentleman by the name of Daniel has taken over the reins.


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      PATPONG  I  

                The on-again, off-again upstairs branch of Nice Massage is.... 'on-again'.   There's no telling when they will be open (or closed) - which would make for difficult planning if you were considering going there for a massage....
    - File photo        
      PATPONG  I  

      PATPONG  II  
                The King's Garden, closed for renovations last month, has reopened - at least the front bar beer section has.   They have done a good job on the new neon.   The katoey A Go-Go inside has not yet opened for business.   Yes, you read that correctly - Patpong II's first katoey A Go-Go.   As we predicted, there has not been a name change.   All the best as they come back onto the firing line.

    Transgender A Go-Go

          The sign at King's Garden reads:

    Receiving applications for employees:
    Dancing 'girls-of-the-second-kind'
    Waiters, Bartenders, Public Relations, Door Men - Good pay

      PATPONG  II  

                The Peuan (Friend) has had a soft opening in the old The Rock digs (up on The Ramp).   They don't have any neon up yet, but that - we are told - is coming soon (one can see the old Dome Juniority sign above the door, if one is looking closely, however).   Welcome to the machine.
      PATPONG  II  

                The Top Light, which opened a couple of months ago, now has some new neon nailed up.   May they persevere....
      PATPONG  II  

      SOI  COWBOY  
                A "for the archives" pic of the Spice Girls - note how the use of mirrors is employed to double the neon fun, while blocking out the signage of the next door neighbor.   Several bars on Soi Cowboy are now using this technique.   May they continue to rock 'n roll.
      SOI  COWBOY  

     NANA  PLAZA  
                Strap's has made good on their original promise to glass in the premises and present A Go-Go dancing.   They just may have the best single-shophouse A Go-Go remaining in the expat community....
      NANA   PLAZA  

      SOI  KATOEY  
                The Balcony (or is it "Balcony The"?) has an all-night happy hour - at least on the other side of the soi in front of where the old Rome Club used to be.   They don't say what their happy hour consists of, however, and as we have seen - it means a great many things to a great many different folk.
    SOI  KATOEY  - (SILOM  SOI  4)


                The upstairs Joy (in the S33 Compact Hotel compound) is re-closed again this month. We suspect they work on odd-numbered months.....   
    - File photo  

                Also upstairs in the S33 Compact Hotel compound, the Zoo has it's lights on, but nobody's home.   Literally.   We'll take a look back later to see if this means they are closed, or if they are just "closed".....   We will get back atcha next time.

                We confirm (from last month) that the Gauguin has run headlong into the Abyss.   Greener pastures, ladies.

                Washington Square has been slowly closing down as a Night Entertainment Area for the last several months due to a major land redevelopment by the owners.   Most of the Nitespots have already either closed or relocated; the Area has dropped below the "critical mass" required to sustain customer interest.   Midnight Hour will no longer report on this Night Entertainment Area on a monthly basis.   However we will continue to track that area and report any additional closures of existing bars as they occur.

                  -  March 2012  

                The Jasmine Bar has just opened on both sides of the entrance to the Baan Beer 22 at the rear of the compound.   It remains to be seen whether Fate's tumbling dice will bring them sevens or nines.....   Welcome them to the sharkpool.


                The Sport 20-2 bar beer has (temporarily?) closed.   And by that, we mean, they seem to do a brisk business on the weekends....   We'll keep an ear to the ground on this one........

                The Superior Bar opened last month (see last issue), but it took them a little longer to get some neon up.   Now looking good - all is well.   Let the good times roll.

                The XXXX Bar is also closed - at least technically - we see that they still have all their chattel within.   We suspect they will be reopening forthwith.   We'll keep an eyeball peeled and advise next time around.
    - File photo        

      SOI  EDEN  
                The Bangkok Beat is a successful late-evening Nitespot at the top of Soi Eden, and their Ladies' Night is one of the reasons.   There's good rockin' tonight.
    SOI  EDEN  -  Soi  7/1 Sukhumvit

                The @ Chai Massage now has some very large signage over the Rama IV entrance to the Twilight Zone.   It is a relatively straight massage parlor in an otherwise gay soi.



    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, the Eden Foam Bar closed after only a two-month run at it.   They would not reopen.   They were located on the ground floor under today's Red Parrot. There is currently no Nitespot at that location.
    PATPONG   2 -  June 2002

          Ten years back, the Marco Polo opened it's doors for the first time, sort-of.   It was still Bobby's, and it was up until that time, Bobby's Deli (and before that Bobby's Hotdogs).   It was located next to the Foodland - there is no Nitespot currently at that location.
    PATPONG   2 -  June 2002

          Ten years back, the The Pink Piano Bar & Lounge (second floor, above the Pink Panther) closed it's doors.   There is no Nitespot currently at that location.
    PATPONG   2 -  June 2002

          Ten years ago, the Juke's New A Go Go Duck re-closed its doors after only being reopened one month.   It would eventually reopen as Shark - which is still in those digs today.
    SOI   COWBOY -  June 2002

          Ten years ago, up on the second floor, the open-fronted Nancy Bar closed.   The Mercury Bar occupies those premises today.
    NANA   PLAZA -  June 2002

          Ten years ago, the Mykonos rolled out the red carpet for the first time.   There was no bar there previous to that, and after it eventually closed, no other Nitespot opened up in that location.
    WASHINGTON   SQUARE -  June 2002

          Ten years ago, the Akasuri Korea Style Massage reopened after a one-month closure.   No Nitespot occupies that real estate currently.
    WASHINGTON   SQUARE -  June 2002

          A decade ago, the 33 Center Pub closed it's doors.   Today's Akane Fashion Massage now occupies those digs.
    SOI   SOI  DEAD  ARTISTS  -  June 2002

          A decade ago, the Entertainment Club Fushicho closed it's doors.   It would eventually reopen, and is still at that location as New Club Fushicho.
    SOI   SOI  DEAD  ARTISTS  -  June 2002

          Ten years ago, Pen pool bar closed - the Top Secret is currently at that location.
    QUEEN'S   PARK   PLAZA  -  June 2002

          Ten years ago, Why Not? reopened.   It was located where the Olive Oyl has set up shop.
    QUEEN'S   PARK   PLAZA  -  June 2002

          A decade ago, Laguna Restaurant bar closed down - it was located at today's Meaw Meaw digs.
    QUEEN'S   PARK   PLAZA  -  June 2002

          A decade ago, I.Q. Karaoke opened in the old Queen's Arms.   It is still there today.
    QUEEN'S   PARK   PLAZA  -  June 2002

          A decade ago, On The Rocks bar opened for the first time - it was located at today's Q-Tee digs.
    QUEEN'S   PARK   PLAZA  -  June 2002

          A decade ago, g-4 closed - it was located next to today's Helene' Place.
    SOI   SOI   KATOEY  -  June 2002

    ASOKE  PLAZA  /  ASOKE  CORNER - (previously Cowboy Annex) - 2002

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

                 Ten years ago, Luc's Bar (in the rear) and Corner (in the front) both reopened.   They were located in the Asoke Plaza side.

                 A decade ago, a "boxing ring" and an unnamed bar beer opened in the 'Lolita Corner 6-Pak' in the Asoke Corner half.

                 A decade ago, the V.R Bar closed for renovations in the 'Lolita Corner 6-Pak' in the Asoke Corner half.

                 Ten years back, Night Eyes Karaoke closed in the Asoke Corner side.

    ASOKE  PLAZA  /  ASOKE  CORNER - (previously "COWBOY ANNEX") - June 2002

    CLINTON  PLAZA   - 2002

    Clinton Plaza
    Night Entertainment Area
    ( November 1998 - 7 June 2003 )

          A decade ago, the Hollywood East A Go-Go closed it's doors - for good, this time.   It was located outside, at the back of the main building.

    CLINTON  PLAZA   - June 2002
           A decade ago, Charlie's Angels opened in the old Tivoli digs.   It was located in the main building.

    CLINTON  PLAZA   - June 2002

    SUKHUMVIT  SQUARE   - 2002

    Sukhumvit Square
    Night Entertainment Area
    ( January 2002 - 26 January 2003 )

             Both the California (in the old Sport 2 digs), and Eddy's beer bars opened in the Happy Today 8-Pak.

             Ten years back, the Rolls Royce beer bar reopened (after a brief closure) on the Soi 10 side.

             Ten years back, The G-Spot became the G-Sport (a conflict of interest with Nana Plaza?).

             Ten years back, the Speto closed it's doors.

             Ten years ago, the Jo Jo's (facing Sukhumvit Road) closed.

             Ten years ago, the Harry Potter (on the west side) closed, ostensibly to move to Soi 4, although it never reappeared.

             A decade back, the Relax opened - also facing on the west side.

             Ten years ago, the Gemini opened in the old Wild Plum digs - it was facing out on Sukhumvit Road.

             A decade ago, in the rear section, six (6) new bars opened:
                *  Kat Beer Bar
                *  Bar Sanuk
                *  Lemon Tree
                *  Hello Bar
                *  Infinity Bar & Karaoke
                *  @ Ease

    SUKHUMVIT  SQUARE   - June 2002

    TOBACCO  ROAD   -  2002

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

                Ten years back, the Blue Sky Bar bar beer opened on the west side.   

    TOBACCO  ROAD  - June 2002



    (An "Introduction" to Graffiti for those interested
    in the "Art" and the "Controversy".)

             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.      (....Continued....)

    (New to this page?    Click HERE  for our full "Intro to Graffiti")

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


    Bangkok Graf Expo

    It is hard to know what exactly to call the extravaganza that will take place at Bangkok's own Siam Center this June .   A public demonstration of spraycan art, yes.   A competition, yes.   Entertainment, yes.   A graffiti workshop, yes.   Several other events, yes.   

    Siam Center's Design Forward and Isuzu will be sponsoring this, the brainchild of the graffiti artists who created Wall Lords Thailand 2012.   And they will be calling it, surprise, surprise, Siam Center Design Forward Presents Isuzu Wall Lords Thailand Graffiti 2012.   A little unwieldy, don't you think?   Starts to sound like Thai boxers naming themselves after car battery companies.....   How about just Wall Lords Thailand 2012, for short?

    So, here's the lowdown.   Local graf crews of two artists (no solos, no threesomes, etc.) can register to enter the competition and compete for prizes at the Wall Lords' Thailand website until 8 June 2012.   After that, you're SOL.   Competitor's names should appear on the list of accepted applicants at the same website - on or before 72 hours after (three days later).   Crews wishing to compete will be required to submit photos with their applications (read the rules for details).   

    The submitted applications and photos will be evaluated on 12 - 14 June by the judges, and nine crews will be selected for the spraydown on the 16th.    Once you're in, you're in, so get ready.   Crews will be required to complete their pieces before 22 June .   Judges will be looking for, and at, 'theme pieces', throw ups' and 'hand styles', so those of you who have it all together should definitely enter.

    The winning crews will be announced on 22 June , with cash prizes for the top two crews.   First prize is Baht 20,000 and second place runners up will take home Baht 10,000.   But that's not the end of it - first and second place crews will also get air tickets to compete for further glory (and cash) in China.   The final in China will host graf crews from China (of course), Korea, Indonesia, Singapore (would they even have any?) Malaysia, and Taiwan (surprise!).   The competition there will run from 22 - 26 December 2012 (it's going to be COLD, gents....)   Final award ceremonies will be held in Shanghai on the 24th of December - with the prize money jumping to Baht 30,000 for first place crew and Baht 20,000 for the runners up.

    But Bangkok's event will not be just about watching spraycan wizards work their magic, there will also be entertainment and demonstrations, to include live bands, DJ's, break dancers, skateboarders and rap groups, not necessarily in that order, or any order at all.   It probably goes without saying that a film will be made of the proceedings.

    After the actual competition, a graf workshop, also on 22 June , will be held with the nine competing crews.   The workshop will be hosted by internationally known graffiti artists, some of whom are from internationally known crews.   Some names you may remember : Chip 7, Roids, and crews MSK and Ha.

    All said and done, however, this is graffiti art - by actual living, breathing, practicing graf artists - but in that it is commissioned, and in that is not 100% free choice of subject material and location, it is not true graffiti.   Which, by definition, is "unauthorized markings on others' property".   Nevertheless, we wouldn't miss it for the world.   And neither should you.

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

    Graffiti #554
    6 ft. high x 13 ft.

    Graffiti #555
    7 ft. high x 11 ft.

    Graffiti #556
    8 ft. high x 18 ft.

    Graffiti #557
    Half A Loafer
    8 ft. high x 9ft.

    Graffiti #558
    Like Bread And Butter
    8 ft. high x 6 ft.

    Graffiti #559
    8 ft. high x 8 ft.

    Graffiti #560
    8 ft. high x 18 ft.

    Graffiti, Graffiti , and more Graffiti - Bangkok's original graffiti Site !

       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)

     --- Datzit Fernow

    William R. Morledge

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