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01 February 2017
William R.  Morledge

February's Nightlife News
Bangkok's Bars - 20 Years Ago  
A Smile in the Land of Smiles.
Ask Us:   Playboy Quest
Graffiti  -BKK's Midnite Vandals - #131

                  e hadn't returned to Hua Hin for a re-survey since August of 2005 -nearly a dozen years- in spite of good intentions along the way.   So, we had expected changes, but certainly not to the extent found on our current survey.   While there were the anticipated numbers of bars changing hands, the major Nightspot Areas also had experienced a surprising amount of growth.

                  This time around, we will be addressing the two main Night Entertainment Areas separately - the Bintabaht Area, and Soi 80.   The two Nitespot Areas are about a 10-minute walk from one another, so we have provided maps for each Area and an 'area map' showing both Areas.

                  In the beginning....   In the late 1990's, there was only a handful of beer-bar style Nitespots on Soi Bintabaht.   However, sometime prior to 2002 it reached 'critical mass', and on our original survey<pop> in June of that year, Soi Bintabaht had already grown to 20 Nitespots.

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                  On our re-survey in August of 2005, Soi Bintabaht was still at 20 Night Entertainment Venues, with a substantial increase on the 'Selakam' soi adjacent.   But the overall upward trends in the Bintabaht Area were unmistakable - it was apparent that the "Night Entertainment Scene" in Hua Hin was to be a significant and permanent fixture.


                  Fast-forward to the present.   The first thing we noticed going in (how could you miss it?) was Soi Bintabaht had become a "Walking Street" -la South Pattaya - automatically a very big "plus".   While the other adjacent and outlying sois have had their ups-and-downs, the three major sois of Bintabaht, and the two 'Selakam' sois jointly have experienced an almost 70 percent increase in Night Entertainment Venues overall.   Since our previous survey, Bintabaht has increased the number of Venues by 40 percent alone.   


                  We note that in addition to a very real increase in Nitespots in the Bintabaht Area, many of the newer bars are two, and three shophouses wide - following the trend in other Night Entertainment Areas in Thailand.   We have included a number of photos, above and below, randomly selected, of some of the Bintabaht Area Nightspots.   See our map, above, for the complete listing of Venues.







                  On our August 2005 survey, we - by chance - walked past the top of Soi 80, and thought we saw a beer bar or a massage parlor deeper in the Soi.   We thought we should take a look, doing a quick impromptu survey.   Since we were already right there, what could it hurt?   

                  We found a total of 5 Venues - we were hoping for more.   But we also noticed that there were a good many unoccupied shophouses - potentially a great location for future Nightspot development.   In our 2005 article, we included those 5 Venues on our map<pop>, and noted that Soi 80 was an area to be watched - someone should be keeping tabs.

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                  Again, fast-forward to the present.   We had no idea at the time of our original visit what would transpire in the ensuing years.   Soi 80 currently has 45 Nitespots, many of them multi-shophouse wide.   (And their own Soi 80 promotional committee.)   And, no, it is not a "Walking Street".   Yet....

 SOI  80   HUA  HIN

                  Soi 80 long ago passed the "critical mass" criterion and has become a major Night Entertainment Area - by any measure or standard.   And combined with a number of bar-restaurants and massage parlors on the Soi, it would be quite easy, and quite comfortable to spend any number of evenings there.

 SOI  80   HUA  HIN

                  As with the Soi Bintabaht Area, we have randomly selected a number of pics (above and below) of the Soi 80 Night Entertainment Area.

 SOI  80   HUA  HIN

 SOI  80   HUA  HIN

 SOI  80   HUA  HIN

 SOI  80   HUA  HIN

 SOI  80   HUA  HIN

 SOI  80   HUA  HIN

 SOI  80   HUA  HIN

                  In summation, Hua Hin's Night Scene has matured greatly over the last 15 years, and while the "open bar" format is still the general rule, more indoor bars are making their way onto the scene.   If "Thailand's Nightlife" is a part of your entertainment lifestyle, you would be well-advised to include Hua Hin on your regular visits.



February's Thai Smile is as described by the Beatles;
"Well, she was just seventeen, you know what I mean...."

Historical Minutiae Dept.

Playboy quest


      I seem to recall in my earlier "R&Rs" to Bangkok a Playboy bar in the Patpong area?   If so, do you know if it is still there?

      I will be returning with friends in a couple of months, and would like to look in on some of the old favs.


The "Playboy" name has been popular through the years, but recently the authorities are paying more attention to copyright and trademark infringements.   In the past there was a Playboy on Patpong 1 just to the left of the Grand Prix, and on Patpong 2, there was another Playboy (the sign reading "Playboy Playboy Playboy).   I am not sure which one you are remembering, however, regrettably - neither exists today.




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Let the February 2017 Follies  begin-

            Rising Phoenix-like from their own ashes, Radio City has reopened once again.   We haven't been inside yet, but from the outside, it can't be all bad....   Welcome them back to the bright city lights.

            After a closure going on 5 months, the King's Garden is once again up-and-running.   No explanation forthcoming as to why they bothered to close in the first place.   Nevertheless, welcome them back to partytown.
- File Photo

What do we want ?
Where can we find it ?


            If the Glamour (Glamour Girls), closed since January of last year, hasn't already reopened by the time you read this, it will be doing so in the next couple of days.   We'll come around next time for some additional photos.

Good help is hard to find

Now Hiring

Dancers 18 and over

High Pay

Coyotes - Regular (and) 'Sideline'

Guaranteed earnings - all positions

May choose the days you work

Drinks and earnings paid daily

Rooming available for employees from upcountry


            The on-again, off-again Top Light Bar is "on-again".   How long this will last is anyone's guess....   Welcome back to the sharkpool.
- File Photo

            An unusual shot (for the archives) of the Asoke entrance to Soi Cowboy.   Taken from the Asoke BTS station.

            Another pic for the archives.   This time of the new-ish Enter A Go-Go, up on the 3rd level.   May they continue to thrive.


            Bunnies A Go-Go's 'back room' is set up to be a pool bar, a place to do your email, and / or a live music venue.   And, one day, it will make up its mind.   Meanwhile, the rest of Bunnies rocks on....

            A 'For-the-Archives' pic of 4 Bar, an open-fronted two-level (note the mezzanine) bar beer that has stood the test-of-time.   May they persevere....

            Heaven's Bar, up on the 2nd floor across the street from Country Road has reopened, after being closed briefly last month.   Welcome back to the neon circus.
- File Photo

            Soi Katoey's For Fun was one of the few Nitespots on the Soi that did justice to, and with their Chinese NewYear celebrations.   May they keep on keeping on...

Ribbons of black

            The tiny, most well-appointed Sugar Bowl has plummeted headlong into the Abyss.   Darwin, in the long run, will not be denied...
- File Photo

 SOI  22  
            The Orchid Spa & Massage should be opening right about.... now.   Located in the small sub-soi which once was home to the Euphoria Massage, across from Asia Massage.   We'll check back next time to confirm...
 SOI  22  (Sukhumvit) 

             The Phussapa Thai Massage 2 has taken over - lock-stock-and-KY - from the Bongkoch Massage.   Welcome to the slippery slope...
 SOI  22  (Sukhumvit) 

            The similarly named Bongkot@22 Massage located in Soi Titanium has succumbed to the ravages of competition on a Soi literally inundated with massage parlors.   May they find things more to their liking a little further on down the road a piece.
- File Photo
 SOI  22  (Sukhumvit) 

            The Bit Style Japanese Massage didn't make it out for the next round.   The sign says, 'renovating', but we don't know whether or not it will reopen under the same name....   We'll keep an ear to the ground, and get back atcha.
 SOI  22  (Sukhumvit) 

            The 8 on Eleven opened as we suspected it would (in our last issue).   But, wow, we had no idea....   It is seven (7) shophouses wide and two floors high.   What do we call it?   'Entertainment Emporium'?   'Super-Pub'?   How are they going to fill it with customers?   Do they know something about 'trending' that we don't?   -We sincerely hope so.   Welcome them to the machine.
 SOI  AMBASSADOR   (Sukhumvit 11) 

            Last month we noted the opening of the brand-new Harmony 2 Massage, however, we are just now getting around to getting a photo posted.   Located on the ground floor, in the parking area of the Le Fenix building, near the old Q Bar.   May they maintain the rhythm.
 SOI  AMBASSADOR   (Sukhumvit 11) 

            Below is the photo that we promised of the Grace Spa which reopened two months ago, after an extended closure - and a try at something not-quite-the-same.   Continue to do what you do well...
 SOI  AMBASSADOR   (Sukhumvit 11) 

            The Happy Station 11 has re-opened in the tiny walking Soi 11/2   Looks to be under new management.   Welcome back to the piranha pool.
 SOI  AMBASSADOR   (Sukhumvit 11) 

            The Alchemist, located in Soi Cheap Charlie, has closed its doors...   Is this just temporary for the Chinese New Year, or have they closed in anticipation of the approaching re-development?   Wait and see...   We'll be around again at month's end, and get back atcha.
 SOI  AMBASSADOR   (Sukhumvit 11) 

            A For-The-Archives pic of Country Road's neon - (that's the Country Road branch that most people forget exists - located way in the back of Queen's Park Plaza).   May they continue to rock-n-roll.
 QUEEN's  PARK  PLAZA  (Sukhumvit 22) 


     The brand-new Pent 33 is a multi-level Entertainment Venue located deep in Soi 33, on the left side as you go in.   Taking full advantage of its elevated architecture and effective use of lighting, it presents an imposing face to those going by, or going inside.   Far and away the most impressive "Door Art" we have come across this month.   Welcome them to the vicissitudes.

            Last month we reported the opening of the Charming Massage & Spa, and noted that they would get some signage soon...   They now have said sign, albeit hard to read from the main Soi.   May they prosper in the fickle hands of destiny.
 SOI  DEAD  ARTISTS  (Sukhumvit 33) 

            The Moulin Rouge appears to have battened down against the harsh snows.   Unfortunately, there is no snow, and no one knows to where they have shuffled-off.   We'll keep an eyeball peeled, and provide further status next time around.
- File Photo
 SOI  DEAD  ARTISTS  (Sukhumvit 33) 

            The just-opened (2 months) 'S Cafe, located in the S 33 Compact Hotel, has already beat a hasty retreat into the shadows.   Looks like someone didn't have a business plan that would carry them through a possible rough opening.   Greener pastures.
- File Photo
 SOI  DEAD  ARTISTS  (Sukhumvit 33) 

            Mike's Corner has been around almost since the 'beginning' - that is to say, since the Soi reached 'critical mass' - entertainment-wise.   Always low-key, they have recently upgraded their serving counter and drinks menu.   Located at the end of the Soi at the entrance to Maxim's Inn.   May they continue to ride high in the saddle.
 SOI  EDEN   (Sukhumvit 7/1) 

            Last month the Alice bar beer (no sign) was closed for whatever reason.   This month they are open, and one of the few bars in the Twilight Zone properly decked out for the Chinese New Year.






With thanks to Cool Text -

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
February 1997

   *  No changes that month / year. -

Patpong 2
February 1997

   *  No changes that month / year. -

Soi Cowboy
February 1997

   *  No changes that month / year. -

Nana Plaza
February 1997

   *    Hot Rods Video Arcade & Bar absorbed the just closed Crazy Lady bar beer and the Hot Rods bar beer.   Note: It was never a video arcade....   That real estate is currently home to True Obsessions (the outside portion).

   *    The 2nd floor DC-10 A Go-Go Bar closed.   It was to be a temporary closure - it is still there today.

Soi Katoey
( Silom Soi 4 )
February 1997

   *    Mario re-closed.   It was located just the Silom Road side of Tapas.   There is no Nitespot at that location today.

   *    The Cactus Club opened in the just-closed The Hype Bar.   It was located where today's Connections holds court.

   *    The Rome Club closed it's doors - both venues, one on each side of the Soi.   The Rome Club (the newer one on the right as you walk in) would reopen not long after that.   The original Rome Club would never reopen.

   *    The T-Bar opened newly in the just-closed DP2000.   There is no Nitespot at that location today.

   *    The upstairs from Sphinx, the Divine re-closed.   That real estate is currently home to Fork & Cork.

Buckskin Joe Village
(~ February 1988 to February 2006)
(Also known -originally- as Tobacco Road or Soi Rot Fai or, 'The Tracks', and later as Machim [Thai] and Soi Zero)
February 1997

   *  No changes that month / year. -




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Filmmaker Karimi jailed

      Iranian of Kurdish descent, filmmaker Keywan Karimi has been jailed for one year, and further sentenced to 223 lashes by the current Iranian regime.   His infraction was the production of a film, Writing On City (Writing on the City).   The film chronicled Iran's political landscape as portrayed on Tehran's walls - the graffiti, the 'murals' and the posters.

Keywan Karimi.

      The film, rather ambitious, covered the period from the fall of the Shah through the opposition Green Movement of 2009, to present times.   Originally arrested (and detained in solitary confinement) in 2013 on the release of the You Tube trailer, for 'insulting religious values' and 'propaganda against the regime', other charges of having extramarital affairs, drinking alcohol and making pornography were later added to the charges.   Charges he claims are entirely false.

      His trial in 2015 found him guilty as accused and sentenced to 6 years in prison.   However outcry from the international community's filmmakers and human rights organizations got his sentence reduced by 5 years.

      Through legal appeals and/or snail-like bureaucratic inefficiency, he just now begins to serve out his one year sentence (plus lashes).   Of course, if "time served" were counted, he would already be free, but that is obviously not going to be the case.

      But it begs the question; he, being an Iranian, would certainly have known there would be severe consequences for anything that even had a sniff, a whiff, of non-compliance - and would surely bring the wrath of the Revolutionary Guard down on his head.   And yet he went ahead, full-steam.   Karimi now seems resigned to his fate, he said the one-year sentence was final, and that he had no intention of leaving Iran.

      * Photos shown herein above are outtakes from Karimi's Writing on City.

With thanks to Cool

Graffiti #932
Yicky Kid
6 ft high x 8 ft

Graffiti #933
Its Not
8 ft high x 18 ft

Graffiti #934
7 ft high x 5 ft

Graffiti #935
Candy Cracks
6 ft high x 13 ft

Graffiti #936
Snared Gander
6 ft high x 19 ft

Graffiti #937
7 ft high x 54 ft

Graffiti #938
Wallscape Seven
10 ft high x 12 ft

Bangkok's original site !

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


"The Archives" - All Our Back Issues Here

- 2017 -
01 JAN -   Soi 22 - the Survivor
01 FEB -    Hua Hin Nights

- 2016 -
01 JAN -   Railway Bazaar
01 FEB -   Sukhumvit Square Justice
01 MAR -    Paint the Neon Night
01 APR -    Udom Suk Reviste
01 MAY -    Soi Thaniya
01 JUN -    Soi Thonglor Re-up
01 JUL -    Massage Parlor Row
01 AUG -    Check Inn 99
01 SEP -    Pattaya A Go-Go
01 OCT -    Bangkok's Nitelife Maps
01 NOV -    Nitespot Demographics
01 DEC -    Pattaya's Soi 6

- 2015 -
01 JAN -    A Go-Go Bar Ratings
01 FEB -    Are Cops Gouging Nitelifers?
01 MAR -   Bad Company
01 APR -    LK Metro - Pattaya
01 MAY -    Soi 33 goes East
01 JUN -    Rachada Fades
01 JUL -    Freelancers
01 AUG -    Nana Plaza Map 2015
01 SEP -    Soi Nana Map 2015
01 OCT -    Walking Street - Pattaya
01 NOV -    Rachada - The Giant
01 DEC -    A Go-Go's Story

- 2014 -
01 JAN -   Bangkok's Got The Blues
01 FEB -   Soi 26 - Stayin' Alive
01 MAR -    Nightscene rues Mob
01 APR -    My Friend owns a Bar...
01 MAY -    Soi's 3, 5 and 7
01 JUN -    Curfew's Costly Cut
01 JUL -    Soi 13 Makes It's Move
01 AUG -    Pattaya Does The Twist
01 SEP -    Soi's 18 & 20 - Quieter is Better
01 OCT -    Soi's 10 & 14 - Lesser known Sois
01 NOV -    A Good Old Boy...
01 DEC -    Lang Suan & Sarasin

- 2013 -
01 JAN -    Not Fade Away - The Survivors
01 FEB -    Rare Old Photos
01 MAR -   Copa Reprise
01 APR -    Arise, Soi 22
01 MAY -    Where to Next ?
01 JUN -    Bangkok Noir
01 JUL -    MAPS - The Major Update
01 AUG -    Lamai Lamai Lamai
01 SEP -    Tim 'Wanchai' Young
01 OCT -    Soi Wall Street
01 NOV -    Little Thonglor - Soi 11
01 DEC -    Mississippi Queen

- 2012 -
01 JAN -    Mama-San
01 FEB -    Our 10th Anniversary Issue !
01 MAR -    How Gay Nana ?
01 APR -    Sukhumvit' Soi 23 - The Big Picture
01 MAY -    Khao San Road - Unique Bazaar
01 JUN -    Ekamai - It Used To Be Too Far
01 JUL -    Nightlife Pioneers
01 AUG -    The New Puritans
01 SEP -    Nana - On It's Own
01 OCT -    FAIL - War on Nitespot Drugs
01 NOV -    Patpong Unbroken
01 DEC -    Drugs & the Nightscene in History
- 2011 -
01 JAN -    Patpong's 'Glory Days'
01 FEB -    Nightlife In A Digital Age
01 MAR -    Co-Co Walk Plaza
01 APR -    Soi 33 Marches On
01 MAY -    Nightlife Permissiveness
01 JUN -    Ghosts of Nitelife Past
01 JUL -    STATE - The Cinema, Soi & Area
01 AUG -    Soi Darling
01 SEP -    Sri Nakarin South
01 OCT -    Soi 8 Reprise
01 NOV -    Floodless in Bangkok
01 DEC -    Soi Udomsuk

- 2010 -
01 JAN -    Street Bars II - The triple-Dip
01 FEB -    Our Kind Of Art - II    - Chris Coles
01 MAR -    The Dead Artist Bars - Soi 33
01 APR -    "Soi Ginza" - Thaniya Road
01 MAY -    Night Scene Blues (Red Shirts 1)
01 JUN -    Nitespots Recover Slowly (Reds 2)
01 JUL -    World Cup Special
01 AUG -    Those Old Photos
01 SEP -    The German Invasion
01 OCT -    Racism & Prejudice
01 NOV -    Soi 11 Revisited
01 DEC -    Soi 22 Updater

- 2009 -
01 JAN -    The Santika Fire
01 FEB -    Salt & Pepper
01 MAR -    Nana Plaza - Update & Maps
01 APR -    Soi Nana Update
01 MAY -    The Nightscene & The Riots
01 JUN -    "19" Re-Focus
01 JUL -    Rain Dogs - The Underground
01 AUG -    Soi Thonglor - A bridge-too-far
01 SEP -    Ban Chang - Our Little Secret
01 OCT -    The "Ginza Effect'
01 NOV -    Royal City Avenue (RCA)
01 DEC -    Sutthisan & The Inthamara's

- 2008 -
01 JAN -    2007 - Looking Back
01 FEB -    Owning A Bar
01 MAR -    Expat's Bangkok
01 APR -    Nude Dancing
01 MAY -    After Midnite
01 JUN -    Night Scene In Flux
01 JUL -    Our Kind Of Art
01 AUG -    trendy Plaza Reprise
01 SEP -    The Elephants Are ....Back
01 OCT -    Grand Prix Intro
01 NOV -    Grand Prix - Rick's Story
01 DEC -    "Old Bangkok Hand"

- 2007 -
01 JAN -    Bombs Blast Bangkok
01 FEB -    Bangkok's Nightscene Websites
01 MAR -    Prasitipol Dance Bar To Fall
01 APR -    Soi 5 Neon Review
01 MAY -    A Go-Go Bangkok
01 JUN -    Arise ! Soi 11
01 JUL -    Anatomy Of A Bar Area
01 AUG -    Soi 26 - Too Far ?
01 SEP -    Chuwit Guilty
01 OCT -    Daytime Nana Plaza
01 NOV -    Cowboy - All Of It
01 DEC -    Another Nitespot Area Falls

- 2006 -
01 JAN -    Pattaya Ascending
01 FEB -    A Go-Go Then & Now
01 MAR -    ' Madrid '
01 APR -    White Heat
01 MAY -    Politics & Nightlife
01 JUN -    Fagin's Bratpack
01 JUL -    King Bhumibol's 60th Anniversary
01 AUG -    Soi 10 - The Final Shaft
01 SEP -    Pattaya's Soi Bua Khow
01 OCT -    Rachada's Other Face
01 NOV -    Soi 22s Other Bars
01 DEC -    Soi Eden Goes A Go-Go

- 2005 -
01 JAN -    Asoke Plaza Crushed
01 FEB -    The 'Nana Scene'
01 MAR -    Asoke Plaza Smashed Again
01 APR -    Sukhumvit 1 Plaza 'Arrives'
01 MAY -    Welcome 'Soi Eden'
01 JUN -    Bangkok's Bareback Riders
01 JUL -    Soi 22 - A Macro View
01 AUG -    Nana's Slide
01 SEP -    Cowboy Street Scene
01 OCT -    The Pattaya Run
01 NOV -    Soi 19 In Focus
01 DEC -    Bad Girls

- 2004 -
01 JAN -    Bangkok's Darkest Year
01 FEB -    Where Is trink ?
01 MAR -    Soi 33 Just Won't Stop
01 APR -    Cracks In The Crackdown
01 MAY -    In The Zone
01 JUN -    "Night-Scene Jumbos
01 JUL -    Easy Square 'On The Map'
01 AUG -    Soi 1 Entertainment Plaza
01 SEP -    Khlong Toey Revisited
01 OCT -    Koh Samui's Night Scene
01 NOV -    Soi 1 Opens
01 DEC -    The Bangkok Pub Scene

- 2003 -
01 JAN -    Cowboy Crackdown
01 FEB -    Sukhumvit Square Smashed
01 MAR -    Soi 10 Survivors
01 APR -    War & The Night Scene
01 MAY -    Entertainment Blues
01 JUN -    '13 Night Market' Reborn
01 JUL -    Clinton Plaza Falls
01 AUG -    Soi 24 Nightscene Review
01 SEP -    Does Soi Nana Measure Up?
01 OCT -    Patpong - Legend & Myth
01 NOV -    Easy Square 'Launched'
01 DEC -    Soi Cowboy Urine-Swoop

- 2002 -
01 FEB -    January: Big Changes In Bar Scene
09 JUN -    Sukhumvit Square 'Explosion'

20 JUN -    Soi 22's Queen's Park Plaza
01 JUL -    Clinton Plaza - Already Dead?
01 AUG -    Bar Beers Now "Major Players"
16 AUG -    February: Bar Beers Gaining Ground
01 SEP -    A Go-Gos A-building
17 SEP -    Virtual Bars
01 OCT -    A History In The Making
01 NOV -    Pool Bars Come Of Age
01 DEC -    February's Night Follies
15 DEC -    Genesis: Sukhumvit's Night Scene
- 2001 -
20 NOV ( The Seminal Emails )

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