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01 December 2016
William R.  Morledge

December's Nightlife News
Bangkok's Bars - 20 Years Ago  
A Smile in the Land of Smiles.
Ask Us:   Unlucky locations?
Graffiti  -BKK's Midnite Vandals - #129

                  Considering what Pattaya Beach has to offer regards Night Entertainment, both in quantity and variety, it might be difficult to conjure up any part of Pattaya which is 'naughtier' than any other.   Nevertheless, the consensus over the last half dozen years is that Pattaya Soi 6 wins the somewhat dubious prize, hands-down.   


                  Woe be he who underestimates, or writes-off Soi 6 as a somewhat out-of-the-way patch of bars north of Walking Street.   At just under 400 meters in length, it is 75% longer than Patpong 1, and with just on 70 Nitespots, it currently has 40% more bars than Patpong I had in it's heyday - some twenty-eight years ago.   Until further notice, the Soi 6 Night Entertainment Area is a force to be reckoned with.

                  They say, 'size matters', but it is not everything.   There remains the problem of Soi 6's reputation as 'naughtiest'.   Some of the young ladies we encountered in Pattaya this last visit were explaining that Soi 6 was where the 'bad boys' go.   And while they weren't willing or able to put a finer edge on it, it did seem, all considered, a most appropriate label for a soi that has, as yet, no nickname.   "Soi Bad Boy".   Hmmm.   Let's wait and see if the name catches on....


                  So, then, what IS the scene on Soi 6?   What sets it apart from, say, Walking Street or LK Metro?   For starters, many of the 'Nitespots' are also open in the afternoons (much as is Ban Chang's Tesaban 25 Rd.)   There is a broad spectrum of different types of entertainment available from noon 'till late' - everything from a few legitimate massage parlors to A Go-Go's and Dance Clubs.   There is a number of 'hybrid' open-fronted bars with barfineable hotpants-clad staff.   There is a number of lounge bars.   And there is a greater-than-normal number of katoey bars, and katoeys working in other bars.   Other than that, so far, so good, nothing too far out of the ordinary.... until one realizes that an inordinately high percentage of bars and lounges are providing upstairs short-time services.   In summation, Soi 6 is a day & night full-services arena - the ultimate adult playground.


                  In spite of the high density of Nitespots, and nitespot activity on Soi 6, it has proven over the years to be a relatively safe place to carouse.   The constabulary, at least so far, have given Soi 6 a fairly free hand; one seldom sees the gendarmerie anywhere abouts, other than an occasional ride-through on a motorcycle.   If the Soi Bad Boy entertainment scenario is your 'cup-of-tea', you won't be disappointed.   Should you feel it to be a tad over-the-top, there are dozens of other Night Entertainment Areas in Pattaya to choose from.








December's Thai Smile prefers clubs....

Historical Minutiae Dept.

Unlucky locations


        As a new reader, I really enjoy your night news site, but I was very curious to read in your November issue that the new bar Enter was in the unluckiest location in Nana Plaza.   I have been a regular at Nana for over two years since I relocated from Singapore, and I found the previous bar Bubbles was a great bar.   So what is so unlucky that you are talking about?

Just curious

      Thanks for writing in.   Luck is a rather nebulous concept, difficult to define with any meaningful precision.   In the past, a number of Nitespots have "tried their luck" at that particular 3rd level location, and failed.   Call it luck?   Call it feng shui ?   Or call it location, location, location.   To our knowledge, there has not been another Night Entertainment location that has had that many different bars in such a relatively short period of time:

      Let's have a look at just the last 5 years, so as not to bore your ears off.

Enter            Nov 2016  -  ?

Bubbles         Jun 2015  -  Jul 2015   (Reopens)

Bubbles         Nov 2014  -  April 2015

Wild Thing     Nov 2013  -  Nov 2014

Tokyo Player    Jun 2013  -  Nov 2013

Las Vegas         Jun 2011  -  Apr 2013

Hollywood Strip   - up until May 2011
Dance Theque

      The history of Nitespots at that location is just as bleak going back to the original opening of bars on the third level 20 years ago.




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Let the December 2016 Follies  begin-

            Opening newly in what was once a part of Gold Finger's is the traditional massage parlor Jun Massage.   Wish them well as they negotiate that slippery slope....

            The Top Light Bar has closed down once again.   Let's keep an eye out and see if this is for real, or if they will be returning to work one day soon....
- File Photo

             Is it Dun Dee, or is it Dunodee?   You be the judge.   Whatever.... still the same great service within...


            The Bangkok Bunnies has closed the back one-third of their bar again.   Currently used for storage.   What shall it become (if anything)?   Another "wait-and-see" item....

            Strikers Sports Pub is back...   Their new location, as was known for sometime, is in, or rather, above the Nana Hotel parking lot.   They are now almost exactly across the street from where they originally opened.   Welcome them back to the bright lights, big city.

            The Heidelberg, which is also a hotel and restaurant, is very likely the longest-lived Night Entertainment Venue on Soi Nana.   Still going strong.   A photo for the archives, to be sure....

            The BK quickly and quietly supplanted the long-running Swan Bar 4.   But the only thing that has changed is the neon, so no need to stay away....

            A 'For-The-Archives' shot of the Telephone Pub/ Restaurant/ Karaoke....

 SOI  22  
            The Chao Siam lounge bar has opened newly in what was Cheers some many months before - (it closed August 2014).   Welcome Chao Siam to the nightbeat.   

 SOI  22  (Sukhumvit) 

             The Green Tree Massage has opened in the last unoccupied loc of what was once the triple-wide May Massage.   May they keep on a-slippin' and a-slidin'...
 SOI  22  (Sukhumvit) 

            The Marriott Marquis Hotel will be opening on 5 December, all going to plan.   Many will remember it's predecessor, the Imperial Queen's Park Hotel.   We don't normally cover hotels on our night beat, but this particular landmark has proven useful to us in referencing the locations of the smaller, lesser known Nitespots deeper in the Soi.
 SOI  22  (Sukhumvit) 

            Faded into the night - Wolff's, the bar that was done-up right, and did everything right.   They have decided to call 'time' for the last time.   Their last chit-in-the-plastic-cup was several days ago, much to the regret of their regular customers.   (Note: their barbecue ribs will survive in a boutique hotel on Soi 8, so all is not lost...)   
- File Photo
 SOI  AMBASSADOR   (Sukhumvit 11) 

            The Chawan Massage has recently hung out their shingle in a narrow side-soi just beside the Chaba Massage.   Welcome them to the neon circus.
 SOI  AMBASSADOR   (Sukhumvit 11) 

            The tiniest bar beer on Soi Ambassador (Soi 11/2), the Happy Station 11 has called it a night.   Inevitable, to say the least - no one knew they were there....
 SOI  AMBASSADOR   (Sukhumvit 11) 

            Climax Disco may have been closing earlier than normal last month, and they may have been dimming the lights most properly, but this month, it's pedal to the metal.   All systems 'Go'.
 SOI  AMBASSADOR   (Sukhumvit 11) 

            Many of you will remember that when the Q Bar closed, there was a flurry of activity which, after many stops and starts, resulted in The District, which was comprised of the upstairs Q Up, the Vault, the Le Derriere, and the Azura.   No sooner did they get up and running smoothly, than they were closed down, virtually overnight.   There were, of course, the rumors as to why, and as to when they would reopen.   Well, let us put the kibosh on the "When it will reopen" rumors.   It won't be.   A quick peek through the fencing reveals.... a vacant lot, scraped bare, right down to wet, red earth.   Any replacement structures are at least a year away from completion....
- File Photo
 SOI  AMBASSADOR   (Sukhumvit 11) 

            Last month, we noted that the Kannikar Spa was closed down.   We were to advise if it reopened.   However, it will not be - the property is being redeveloped.
*No photo available.*
 SOI  AMBASSADOR   (Sukhumvit 11)  

            The Crazy Girl Bar has some brand-new 'CGB' signage out on display.   But, still crazy after all these years, it is the same-old, same-old, good drinking bar.   We did notice they were having a very busy midweek this last passing-by....
 QUEEN's  PARK  PLAZA  (Sukhumvit 22) 

            The 3-Sister Bar bar beer is closed down yet again.   We wonder what the excuse is this time....   We don't know much, but we know that when a bar is open, then it can have customers.   And when regular customers come by and it is not open, they have to go somewhere else.....
- File Photo
 QUEEN's  PARK  PLAZA  (Sukhumvit 22) 

            The closure of The Office Bar & Grill had been talked-up for a number of months, the actual day of it's demise not set in concrete.   But that was then, this is now.   It's darkened doorways are yet another reminder of Soi Dead Artist's rather rapid Night Entertainment contractions...   May The Office find greener pastures....
 SOI  DEAD  ARTISTS  (Sukhumvit 33) 

            The rather unusually named 'S Cafe has opened up on the second floor of the S-33 Compact Hotel.   It is a lounge bar, in spite of it's rather innocent sounding name.   It is so new, it doesn't yet have a customer base, but, for starters, it should be an attraction to the hotel guests.   Welcome 'S Cafe to the wolfpack.
 SOI  DEAD  ARTISTS  (Sukhumvit 33) 

            The Monet Club reopened this last month, exactly as 50 % of the rumors said it would....   Welcome them back to the piranha pool.
 SOI  DEAD  ARTISTS  (Sukhumvit 33) 

            The Bangkok Beat, after a healthy seven year run (opening March 2009) closed this last month.   One of Bangkok's 'Till late Venues (some of the time).   It was always busy, so there must have been a contractual complication.   Hope they find things more to their liking a little further on down the road a piece....
- File Photo
 SOI  EDEN   (Sukhumvit 7/1) 

            Shots Bar has closed again.   No way to tell at this writing if it is going to be permanent.   We will keep an ear to the ground, and get back atcha next month.
- File Photo
 SOI  EDEN   (Sukhumvit 7/1) 

            The @ Chai Massage has closed down for extensive renovations.   It was the last (only) non-gay Night Entertainment Venue in the 'Twilight Zone'.   It remains to be seen whether or not it reopens after renovations are completed.
- File Photo






With thanks to Cool Text -
"History is hard to know, because of all the hired bullshit..." - H.S. Thompson
Bangkok Eyes goes back in time to see
Who was new - And who was through
in the Expat Night Entertainment world.
How many of these old 'oases'
do you remember ?

Patpong I
December 1996

   *    The Underground Dance Club added a second, explanatory sign to their original neon : "A Go Go Boy".   Located just the Suriwong Road side of Mizu's.   That location is currently unoccupied.

Patpong 2
December 1996

   *    The Abumi closed it's doors.   It's entrance was located up in the car park above Foodland near Bobby's Arms.      No Nitespot currently operates at that location.

Soi Cowboy
December 1996

   *  New Popeye's opened in the then-recently closed Country 88, located between Cowboy 1 and Cowboy 2 bars.   That location is now home to Spice Girls.

   *  Long Gun II (bet you don't remember that...) opened in the then-recently closed Harmony.   That location is now home to Rawhide.

Nana Plaza
December 1996

   *    The Your Place A Go-Go opened in the just-closed Hollywood Royal.   That real estate is currently home to London Calling (Hollywood Rock).

   *    The 3rd floor Shooters Wild West A Go-Go Bar closed again - this time for good.   Current occupants : the brand-new Enter.

   *    The G-Spot reopened after a one-month closure.   Current occupants : Rainbow 5.

Soi Katoey
( also Silom Soi 4 )
December 1996

   *    Mario closed it's doors.   It was located just the Silom Road side of Tapas.   No Nitespot currently occupies that space.

   *  The infamous   Rome Club, actually, both Rome Clubs (on opposing sides of the Soi) reopened.   The Balcony (Extension) now occupies the original Rome Club digs.

Buckskin Joe Village
(~ December 1988 to December 2006)
(Also known -originally- as Tobacco Road or Soi Rot Fai or, 'The Tracks', and later as Machim [Thai] and Soi Zero)
December 1996

   *  No changes that month / year. -



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Banksy outed !...

      Computer analysts from Queen Mary University of London using current 'Geographic Profiling' software to "geoprofile" the mysterious graffiti artist Banksy, claim he is, in reality, a Mr. Robin Gunningham.

A graffiti piece attributed to Banksy.

      'Geoprofiling' is currently used by law enforcement and governments to aid in searching for individuals wanted for criminal activity, or questioning with regards terrorist activities.   It is based on the assumption that crime happens close to where the responsible person lives.   -Nothing new to criminologists, just new ways to analyze more quickly, -and of course, a new 'scientific' name to give it some face-validity....

      The university team (sometimes referring to themselves as 'academics', sometimes referring to themselves as 'scientists', or 'criminologists') analyzed 140 works within Bristol and London which most people believe to be authored by Banksy.   These two locations were selected over other, or many additional, locations because of an earlier 2008 'exposé' of Banksy.

A recent 'Banksy' commentary on the Calaise refugees. .

      Upon analysis of the locations of the 140 graffiti, it was found that they were proximitous to a pub, playing fields, a residential address in Bristol and three addresses in London.   Using 'publicly available information' (not divulged to 'we simple readers'), the researchers concluded that those locations were all places lived in or frequented by Gunningham.

      And, now, are they sure that Banksy is Gunningham is Banksy?   "I'd be surprised if it is not," quipped one of the scientists (a biologist).

      However, the validity of the university investigation was bought into question by several, to include the Gizmodo tech people who, from a 'statistical analysis' perspective stated, “The method itself is incredibly imprecise, and uses only suspected cases of Banksy’s’s not obvious which pieces belong to him, or if the work was performed by multiple people."   And even more ominous, "As a potential privacy concern, there’s much to be worried about.”

      As at this writing, it remains entirely opaque as to who funded this frivolous 'scientific' expedition into the personal life of a citizen, and how many actual criminals continued to free-range among us while this grand analysis was being made....

Graphic excerpts above are from Internet sources, and are, under current legal precedents and prevailing interpretations
considered 'Fair Use' under Copyright Law.

With thanks to Cool

Graffiti #918
8 ft high x 17 ft

Graffiti #919
Up To The Eyebrows
8 ft high x 10 ft

Graffiti #920
Short Circuit
6 ft high x 32 ft

Graffiti #921
Second-Storey Job
5 ft high x 11 ft

Graffiti #922
6 ft high x 12 ft

Graffiti #923
8 ft high x 12 ft

Graffiti #924
Empty Can
6 ft high X 34 ft

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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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