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01 May 2017
William R.  Morledge

May's Nightlife News
Bangkok's Bars - 20 Years Ago  
A Smile in the Land of Smiles.
Ask Us:  Keeping History Straight
Graffiti  #134 : "Graf Litigation?"

      fter literally years of head-scratching, BANGKOK EYES has decided to go retro.   (Decisions are always easier to make when the alternatives are, 'Yes' and 'No'.)   We have gone back, back, back to when we were a private-distribution monthly 'tabloid' which we produced on the nearest Xerox machine, and which we originally fancied to call, Saloon-Count / A Zootramp Publication.   We shall, commencing this month, republish these reformatted (for the Internet) 'Saloon-Counts' in our Archives at the bottom of the home page.

      Here is a sample page (also found below in our Archives):

Presents our original Nightlife Series
JUNE 1990
Saloon Count - A Zootramp© Publication


(All Downstairs, Under the expressway across from Sukhumvit Soi 1.)

Right Side (walking in)
Butterfly Bar
Friend Bar
Tui's Bar
Kiss Me Bar
Silk's Carousel
Lady Preeya Beer Bar/Snacks
Bli Franzer
Horseshoe Bar
Diamond A-Go-Go
Cedar Bar
Left Side (walking in)
Sexy Night
Cocktail & Dream Bar
Three Roses Saloon
Happy Rose
Drinks & Dreams
Sunset Beerplace
Siamese Kiss
Three Sister Bar
Jay Bar
Honny (sic) Bar

Copyright © 1990 Bangkok Eyes -

      We have absolutely no recollection as to how we came up with that name - ahh, the 'mysteries of the Orient'.   While the project to reformat and upload our "basement tapes" will take a number of months, we are looking forward to it with some pleasurable anticipation.   ('Pleasure', perhaps, at being able to make up our own minds...?)

      Over the years, from our first Xerox distributions to our hemming-and-hawing over what to do with the Internet (email distributions?), to some unsatisfying 'protoblogs', to toying with going 'full-website', we have been having a lot of fun being 'communication Luddites'.   Fortunately, for us, our goals eventually became clearer, our dedication to remain independent became stronger, our interest in retaining an historical repository of the Night Life became more functional.

      These "new" additions (the Saloon-Counts) to our Archives will necessarily have more appeal to the historians and to those visitors to Thailand from long ago, and will provide answers to a lot of readers' questions directly.   So, historians, curious animals, solvers of arguments - happy exploring.


May's Thai Smile defines sanook.


Historical Minutiae Dept.

Keeping it straight..


       Can I ask about your Historically Speaking column each month for bars 20 or more years ago?   I realize you say you survey each month, but how do you keep straight which bars were there at a specific location before some new bar that just opened, and which bars are there now?   Do you also make maps every month and mark up the maps?

Thank you,
Greetings Rob,

       That's an easy one....   While we do have maps which are updated periodically (some of which are published in MIDNITE HOUR), our survey sheets are laid out in order, that is to say, as if they were a primitive map of sorts (check out the sample in the lead story above).   In addition, we write on each updated survey which bars are new, and which bars they have replaced.   So it is just a matter of referring to the old surveys, where the information is already spelled out.




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         We can answer virtually any (reasonable) question on the Expat Night Entertainment Scene in Bangkok - be it Historical or very recent.   Send us an e-mail and we will do our best to answer you soonest.

'Boge' Hartman
Historical Research
*   Zootramp Publications

Let the May 2017 Follies  begin-

            SuperStar's bar beer, which wraps around the corner and stretches almost to PPII, has been there for years in one form or another.   We thought it high-time for an archive shot....

            The Top Light has magically reappeared after a couple months in the ether....   We'd wish them, 'Welcome home,' but we are afraid they'll be closed again by the time they receive our missive....



            Yet another archive pic of the Rio Club a.k.a. Our Place (see topmost neon)....

            Butterflies' butterfly.   Too good a photo to pass up....   One of the better 3rd level bars....

            An advance pic of the structure being erected in the Soi 4 side of the Rajah Hotel compound.   This structure will, so we are told, house some kind of a Night Entertainment Venue, someday.   Note the center staircase to the second level.   We feel confident it will be finished sometime this year   ....or next....   Ahennh....

            The Banana Bar On 4 has quite suddenly taken over, lock, stock and barrel from Tapas Room Club.   This comes as quite a surprise; Tapas was one of the longest surviving Nitespots on Soi Katoey. Welcome Banana Bar on 4 to the neon circus.

            The Jupiter 2018 opened as scheduled this last month (see our comments last issue).   They take over from the now-closed For Fun (and still share some of the neon....)   Welcome them to the vicissitudes.


 SOI  22  
            The Cave Club was closed last month when we surveyed.   They had quite properly put up a sign or three explaining that they would be closed for a single day, and asked us to forgive the inconvenience.   Fair enough.   This month we resurveyed, and found those same signs explaining they would be closed for a single day.   Fool us once, your bad.    Fool us twice, it's on us.   The Cave Club (located in the Holiday Inn) is closed until further notice.   End of discussion.
 SOI  22  (Sukhumvit) 

            The tiny Happy Pub, having closed, then reopened several times this last year has closed for good this time - it has become a mini-mom-and-pop store.   Located on Soi Starlight.   May they find things more to their liking a little further on down the road a piece.
 SOI  22  (Sukhumvit) 

            Last month, when all the Nitespots were closing down in, and in front of Soi Cheap Charlie, the upstairs Domino Pub & Restaurant management told us over drinks that they would be closing one month later, at the end of April.   A couple of weeks ago, we went back early to reconfirm the closing date, only to find they had long flown the coop.   Greener grass, gentlemen....
 SOI  AMBASSADOR   (Sukhumvit 11) 

            A tiny single-shophouse is renovating in Soi 11/1 - promising to become a bar and restaurant.   They look to be about 30% complete with the renovations, so we won't look for them to open before sometime in June.   We'll get back atcha when we see something.
 SOI  AMBASSADOR   (Sukhumvit 11) 

            The shoebox-sized Senz Spa an Salon has closed for good.   They were located at the Sukhumvit Road end of Soi Cheap Charlie, and actually closed very nearly at the beginning of April.   No indication that they are relocating; they will likely be relegated to the shadowed corners of the historical record.   
 SOI  AMBASSADOR   (Sukhumvit 11) 

            While covering the closing of the bars in, and in front of, Soi Cheap Charlie last month, we also spoke with the management of Climax Disco (see our last month's issue).   They told us under no uncertain terms they would be remaining open for the duration.   They lied.   They have been led feet-first into the crematorium, their ashes spiraling to the heavens.   Originally the Spice Club, they had morphed into Climax on/ about 2009, so they have had a good run at it...
 SOI  AMBASSADOR   (Sukhumvit 11) 

            Sin Bin has changed it's neon back to the way it was... almost.   There is now an additional tagline sign reading, "By Mosko".   (Mosko is the Facebook name of the lovely owner/manager.)   May things remain the same, only more so.
 QUEEN's  PARK  PLAZA  (Sukhumvit 22) 

            Last month, we noted that the Dozo Love & Massage had opened its doors; this month they are celebrating, and celebrating, and celebrating their official opening.   

     The Dozo has put up just the right combo of lights and color.   The "Door Art Of The Month" goes to them by default.   Looking good.

 SOI  DEAD  ARTISTS  (Sukhumvit 33) 

            The Araya Massage has most subtly become the Araya 3 Massage.   We are not sure there is any distinction at all - as we don't have any record of parlors 1 or 2.   May they continue to slip & slide.
 SOI  DEAD  ARTISTS  (Sukhumvit 33) 

            After putting, or trying to put, truth to rumor for the last 3 months, Christie's Club has finally closed, although we haven't seen any ongoing renovations to date....   Let's wait and see if the future tennant will be able to get moved in before July....   Hmmmm....
 SOI  DEAD  ARTISTS  (Sukhumvit 33) 

            Once again, its the Sip Song that seems to be drawing in the customers.   Perhaps the other bars on Soi Eden should take a page....
 SOI  EDEN   (Sukhumvit 7/1) 

            The (unnamed pool bar) next to the X-Size has grown a small bar out front.   Lets keep an eye on this and see where it all leads....






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
May 1997

   *    The Night Star took over from the upstairs Superman A Go Go Boys.   Located above today's Thigh Bar, an unnamed ripoff bar occupies those digs currently.

Patpong 2
May 1997

   *    Boat Boy 1997 opened in the just-closed Screw Pub area on the ground floor just below the now defunct Cleopatra.   This location is currently home to The Club King's.

   *    Abumi (Japanese) reopened up on the first level of the carpark above Foodland.    There currently is no Nitespot at that location.

   *    Bobby's Deli, located next door to his Cafe De Paris Bistro Bar, closed.   There is no Nitespot at either location today.

   *    Eldorado opened newly in the area now occupied by Spanky's.

    *    Up on The Ramp, the Classic Cocktail Lounge closed.   There currently is no Nitespot at that location.

Soi Cowboy
May 1997

   *  No changes that month / year. -

Nana Plaza
May 1997

   *    Closed during a one-month Crackdown.
            ** Fantasia (2nd)
            ** Spiders Web (2nd)
            ** Rosemary Bar (2nd)
            ** Hollywood Strip (3rd)
            ** New Hollywood Shooter Boy (3rd)

Soi Katoey
( Silom Soi 4 )
May 1997

   *    The upstairs T-Bar reopened.   They were located above Helene's Place.   Now home to the new Hugs.

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

   *  No changes that month / year. -




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Graf Litigation

Graffiti artists in Bushwick, Brooklyn are upset with McDonald's and are contemplating suing them for unauthorized use of their 'artisitic' throwings-up in a video ad.   The ad, "McDonald’s Presents the Vibe of Bushwick NY", which was promoting New York Bagel Supreme in Holland, had a number of Bushwick graf artists appearing in it.   The problem, according to some of the graf artists, was that some of their pieces also appeared in the ad - something they say was not previously discussed or agreed upon.

One of the artists, Beau Stanton, whose artwork excerpt appears above, stated plainly that he did not believe most of the graf artists would want their pieces associated with McDonalds.   (But they, themselves didn't mind being associated with McDonalds ?!   Gimme a break, guys....)

'There is a misconception that public art is free to use,' says Stanton's lawyer, Andrew Gerber.   (...The artist's LAWYER ? )

“They have copyright ownership on these works, period,” said Gerber.

The artists, including, presumably, Stanton, are asking McDonald’s to pull the ads AND to be paid for the use of their images....   For better or for worse, gone, apparently, are the days when a graffiti artist's ethos, his goals were to express himself freely in public, anonymously so - all the while reaping the respect of his peers.   Now it's about the money.   Oh well, there goes the neighborhood....

From our perspective, when the lawyers start getting involved, it's time to leave town.   We sincerely hope the litigants, all of them, spend the rest of their days haggling endlessly, imprisoned by their own greed in some dank, Hellish courtroom....

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 #953
Bored Games
7 ft high x 8 ft

Graffiti #954
Color Coded
8 ft high x 27 ft

Graffiti #955
6 ft high x 11 ft

Graffiti #956
Feral Kings
7 ft high x 3 ft

Graffiti #957
8 ft high x 17 ft

Graffiti #958
8 ft high x 24 ft

Graffiti #959
Spray Bom
8 ft high x 15 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
01 MAR -   Hooking-Up
01 APR -    Soi Than Tawan

- 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 Mayes 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 -    July: 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 -    November's Night Follies
15 DEC -    Genesis: Sukhumvit's Night Scene
- 2001 -
01 JAN -    (Coming Soon)

- 2000 -
01 JAN -    (Coming Soon)

- 1999 -
01 JAN -    (Coming Soon)

- 1998 -
01 JAN -    (Coming Soon)

- 1997 -
01 JAN -    (Coming Soon)
- 1996 -
01 JAN -    (Coming Soon)

- 1995 -
01 JAN -    Bamboo's closes...
- 1994 -
01 JAN -    Takara Bar opens upstairs
01 FEB -    Big Blue 1 now on Cowboy
01 MAR -    Playboy opens ex: Takara Bar
01 APR -    Pretty Girl opens in Nana
01 MAY -    Smile Club opens at last
01 JUN -    Sawasdee Club opens in PP2
01 JUL -    Bumble Bee new in Cowboy
01 AUG -    Queen's Castle II axes Suzie Wong
01 SEP -    Voodoo opens in Nana
01 OCT -    SuperStar closes then reopens
01 NOV -    Radio City takes over Smile Club
01 DEC -    Marina take over Montana on Ramp

- 1993 -
01 JAN -       -
01 FEB -       -
01 MAR -   Saloons - More Areas Added
01 APR -    Saloons -Adding "Nana"
01 MAY -    Red Diamond Closed
01 JUN -    Saloons - Tomatohead Closes
01 JUL -    Pretty Lady A Go Go
01 AUG -    Mars Party House closed
01 SEP -    Matterhorn & Star Pub
01 OCT -    Sawasdee Cocktail Lounge - New
01 NOV -    Thigh Bar name change
01 DEC -    Smile Club to open...
- 1990 -
01 JAN -    Buckskin Joe - Initial Survey

- 1989 -
Copyright 1989 - 2017    BANGKOK EYES -