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01 June 2020
William R.  Morledge

June's Nitelife News
Bangkok's Bars - 20 Years Ago  
A Smile in the Land of Smiles.
Reader's Corner: Dino Club 1969
Bangkok's Graffiti Update  - #171

The Oasis sits silently under a single streetlight on an otherwise darkened Soi Cowboy.

             As Planet Earth continues to be consumed with all things Coronavirus - (the disease, the political ramifications, the economic and social restrictions), likewise MIDNITE HOUR is so consumed...   It is not so much the current SARS CoV-2 contagion which affects our Bangkok Nitelife Scene, but rather the political, economic and social disruption.   While we see impressive favorable reductions in Thailand's Coronavirus critical data, as long as international travel (read: 'Tourism') remains closed off, we will see no 'light at the end of the tunnel' regarding the restoration of "Night Entertainment" to the Night Entertainment Capitol of the World.

Coronavirus In Thailand
30 May 2020

      A quick glance at the current Thailand charts will show that Coronavirus curves have not only flattened, but in some cases, have nearly bottomed-out.   (A small recent increase was caused by infected Thais returning from overseas and not from a local outbreak.)

All charts sourced at from W.H.O. data.

            As we 'go to press' we note that the Thailand Government has, comparatively speaking, done an excellent job in managing the Coronavirus outbreak (details in "Coronavirus Beat-Down: below).   Since the official 26 March implementation date of the Emergency Decree restrictions, the Government (through the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration [CCSA] ), has laid out and commenced implementation of the multi-phase rollback of the Decree restrictions.   Phase 1 was from 3-17 March.   Phase 2 was from 18 March to 1 July.   We are now entering Phase 3 which gives even greater freedom of movement and access.   A summary of Phase 3 guidelines follows.

Emergency Decree - Phase 3 Conditions
1 July Through 14 July 2020

1.    Curfew rolled back to 23:00-03:00 hours.

2.    Extend Department Store closing time to 21:00 hours.

3.    Exhibition Halls of 20,000 sq. m. or less can open until 21:00 hours.

4.    Establishments displaying Buddha amulets, but stalls are
         not allowed to group together.

5.    Beauty Shops can now also dye hair.   Customers must wait outside.

6.    Child Development Centers can open.   Only for lunches.

7.    Skin Beautification Clinics,    Tattoos,   Piercing (earrings, etc.) can reopen.

8.    Spas, Traditional Massage can open   - No "Bath-Steam-Massage".

9.    Fitness centers can reopen.   No grouping of individuals or group sauna / steam.

10.    At Sports Fields: Basketball and Volleyball are now authorized.
         Limited to 10 persons.   Cannot compete.

11.    Bowling. Skating, Rollerblading and similar can reopen.

12.    Dancing studios can reopen.

13.    Jet Skiing, Windsurfing, Banana-boating may resume.
         (Confirms beaches are open without saying it).   Limited numbers of people.
         No competitions.

14.    Cinemas and Theaters can reopen.   Limit 200 persons.   No Concerts.

15.    Zoos can reopen.

               This month MIDNITE HOUR held off on our month-end survey of the Night Entertainment Areas so we would be able to evaluate first-hand the on-the-ground impact of the Phase 3 rollback of additional Emergency Decree restrictions (which became effective 01 June 2020).   Our 3-day delay in the end-to-end survey of the major expat Nitespot Areas was most revealing.   What struck us hardest was our earlier suspicions of an entirely new and devastated Night Entertainment landscape were already starting to come true...

               Several of the Night Entertainment Areas are already starting to lose Venues through attrition.   (Here, we are not referring to Nightspots that have had to close due to the restrictions of the Emergency Decree, but rather those Venues which have decided to close up shop permanently, regardless of the outcome of the Decree.)   Within the several Night Entertainment Areas we cover each month, we have personally confirmed / received credible reports on 13 Venues which have gone down, lock, stock and barrel.   The Coronavirus is, indirectly through restricted tourism, killing the bars.   (Details below in our monthly review.)   And this could be just the beginning - many bars will not even bother to announce their departure from the Nightscene.   In each successive Phased rollback, the Authorities have avoided entirely mentioning the one thing that remains on the 'critical path' to a Night Entertainment recovery - the reopening of the borders and the allowing of tourism to resume.   As mentioned elsewhere, even if the bars were allowed to open immediately there would not be enough local custom to keep them afloat.

               It is undeniable that 'border closure' is part-and-parcel of the Nation's successful multi-part program to contain the Coronavirus.    (See Coronavirus Beat-Down immediately below).   Nevertheless, unless, and until the Nation's borders are reopened for tourism, Bangkok's Night Entertainment will continue on this unending downward spiral.

PART TWO - 01 June 2020  Update

'"The Isolation Contradiction"

         First, lets talk about what DOESN'T work in containing the Coronavirus disease:

* - Isolation.   What does not work to control Coronavirus contagion is Isolation.   Corroborating supplemental data continues to pour in that across-the-board Isolation of the general public, of those who have not contracted the disease, hasn't worked - and that a combination of other measures has.   Take the examples of the U.S. states of New York and New Jersey.   Early on these two states implemented severe lockdown measures on the general public, only to see the Coronavirus contagion continue to escalate, killing thousands (only in recent days have they noticed a 'flattening of their curves').
         On the other hand, Thailand, which never went into lockdown, but implemented other controls, saw a relatively small outbreak, and a rapid reduction of the vital Coronavirus data.   Then, take the example of Sweden, which didn't lock down (but practiced safe-distancing), which was originally reviled by the WHO and the MSM for being a rogue nation endangering the lives of their own population.   However, over night (26 May to be exact) they became WHO's 'poster-boy' darling, stating Sweden should be the model for others to follow.   These are, of course, only three examples, but they are now typical of the recent data from other countries / areas around the globe.
         Epidemiologists who apply (real) statistical analysis (like you studied in college) are now showing that there is an abnormally narrow deviation from the data - there are virtually no exceptions - Isolation isn't shown to be critical to the suppression of Coronavirus.   The only observations where 'Isolation' has apparently worked is where other preventive measures were also in the mix.   There is just NO data which supports direct correlation / causation.
         Let's put a name on it - "The Isolation Contradiction".   What the evidence is showing is those families -and inmates of institutions- which were arbitrarily locked-down were unable or unwilling to exercise proper social distancing, etc, within the home / institution.   The result is that a very large percent of Coronavirus infection has been found to be in-home / in-institution.
         We should remember that from the git-go the primary purpose of Isolation was to 'flatten the curve' - or in plain English, slow the spread, so that the planet's medical facilities would not be overwhelmed by the sick.   No one, including the epidemiologists (those who don't have an agenda), has ever stated Isolation would prevent Covid-19.   Therefore, now that the 'curves have been flattened', any justification for maintaining Isolation among uninfected persons / groups has evaporated.

* - Herbal Medicines.   As noted last month, proponents for the use of local ya samunphrai (herbals) such as Faa-thalai-jone, ginger and garlic have shown no scientific data to support their claims that these herbal remedies are effective in treating Coronavirus.

         Next, lets talk about what DOES work in containing the Coronavirus disease.   Note: Currently there is no way to determine how successful any one of the below precautions is in the suppression of the Coronavirus, nevertheless, the empirical evidence is undeniable - both 'new cases' and 'deaths' are now at a minimum - due to these currently in-place measures.

* - 'Closing the Borders'. - Restricting international travel, thereby short-stopping new Coronavirus-infected individuals from entering the country.   Incoming travel from abroad was / is restricted to repatriation of Thai Nationals (who must enter into 14-day quarantine), and officials who are involved in the Corona Virus Pandemic eradication efforts.   Some foreign nationals have been allowed to exit the country on restricted flights after being tested (they would still be quarantined at their home country destinations).

* - 'Restricting Internal Travel'. - The Central Government delegated the Provincial Governors (including Krung Thep) to manage their own in/out travel restrictions (wherein many Governors did not allow others to enter their provinces without going through a 14-day at-home quarantine).

* - 'Scanning of Body Temperature'. - When entering public facilities and retail shops, temperature scanning of the individual has become commonplace.   Evidence of high temperature could indicate infection by Covid-19, and a person would not be able to access the facility.

* - 'Social Distancing'. - Maintaining a distance of 1 to 2 meters prevents the passing of the virus through direct contact with another human.

* - Hygiene. - Personal and Area - The removal of the Coronavirus from the skin by soap-and-water hand-washing (thereby preventing it from entering the mouth, nose, or perhaps the eye, from touching), and antiseptic cleaning of hard surfaces within the home and workplace - specifically areas / objects that could harbor Coronavirus for a number of hours or days before dying off.   Refraining from touching surfaces while away from home : door handles, elevator buttons, escalator handrails, etc, while using personal (hand) sanitizers whenever available.

* - Wearing of masks.   The prevention of projecting virus-laden moisture and/ or droplets of saliva in the breath onto another individual or surface.   The wearing of masks also limits the amount of moisture / saliva laden breath of others from reaching your face - regardless of what WHO and the CDC have been babbling...   Also wearing a mask in public tends to reduce the amount of times a person touches his / her face (statistically, it's mostly 'her').

* - Time & Herd Immunity. - The longer the Coronavirus is around, the greater the amount of 'herd immunity'.   Through expanding antibody testing, it is now known that there is a much larger than expected number of persons who have been exposed to the virus, and who, without exhibiting symptoms, have developed antibodies.   Further, it is now officially recognized that a measure of immunity is provided by the development of antibodies.   There is currently no accurate way by which to gauge how much of the population (by %) has developed antibodies, therefore it cannot be accurately known how much any resultant herd immunity has contributed to the current level of amelioration of Coronavirus in Thailand.   Accurate data on this can only be obtained after widespread, statistically significant testing and evaluation has been completely effected - and this will take considerable time.

* - Increased medical care. - to include improved medical procedures and the use of off-the-shelf chemical medicines, such as hydroxychloroquine sulfate in combination with Zithromycin antibiotic and zinc.   Preliminary testing of this, and other medicines continues to show positive results in reducing the effects of Coronavirus.   While very encouraging, testing should continue on a full spectrum of medicines / chemicals while attempts are made to develop a vaccine (which may, or may not ever be developed).

* - 'The Curfew'. While this is specifically more a necessity in Thailand than in other countries (because Thais love to congregate in any numbers at all-night kwei tiew and khao tom restaurants, and / or go to all-night gambling spots -also in any numbers), the Curfew can help to insure other C-Virus preventives are observed.


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      I met Vinai and his twin brother Somchai either late 70's or early 80's when they had an A Go-Go bar upstairs in Patpong 1.   Somchai moved to Chieng Mai and opened an A Go-Go bar there. Vinai stayed in Bangkok and opened Cosmos, a hostess bar in Patpong 2, which catered for both Thai and Farangs.   It was sad to learn this week that Vinai has decided to hang up the keys to the bar.   Many years ago I introduced my wife to Vinai and later when we were up in Chiang Mai to Somchai without telling her they were twins.   Somchai and I had quite a laugh at her reaction.
      Years ago Vinai, for a New Year present, gave me a one baht note in an envelope and in later years on two occasions a ten baht note. I have all three to this day in the original envelopes with Cosmos stamped on them.

      Yes, sadly, its true, Vinai closed the Vinai's Cosmos Club on 12 May.   I have a detailed write-up below in 'Follies'.   The current entertainment group, upstairs, wasted no time entering into negotiations with the landlord with an eye to reopening it in a to-be-determined format, the results of those negotiations are not yet known.   -So we will be keeping an eyeball peeled.
      The bar you referred to that Somchai and Vinai opened in Patpong 1 (in the '80's) was the Fire Cat (previously the Wild Cat) - a landmark bar which gave new meaning to "upstairs bars", introducing walk-in nude A Go-Go & Shows.
      Thanks for writing in.
(* Note to readers : The Fire Cat closed several years ago.)

   READER :   Hey,
      Not to bother you, but I have heard from the local gossips (usually reliable) that the Soi 7 Beer Garden has closed, or should I say, it's not going to reopen, because it has been closed due to the Virus for a couple of months anyway.   Have you heard?

      Likewise, I keep hearing that rumor, and the other one - the one that goes, 'one, or more of the regular Biergarten freelancers passed away from the CoV-19', but I would like to be sure before I post anything to Bangkok Eyes as anything more than, "From the rumor mill and thus unconfirmed.."   As I mentioned to a friend, "It hasn't NOT reopened yet..."

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      Excellent coverage of the situation as it has developed.   Great work.   The low case and death rates in Thailand & Western Australia give me some hope that travel will become possible within a reasonable time (whatever that is!).    Western Australia is also opening up internally at least - we've only had one new case in the last 11 days I think, but as a result not keen on letting others in!   I suppose Bars will still be hit -

      Thailand still not letting people in with the exception of VIP classes and those involved in Pandemic and Thais returning from overseas.   So, as far as resumption of Night Entertainment goes, there are only 3 deal-killers to overcome even before the Government allows the bars to reopen :    Getting in and out of Australia, getting in and out of Thailand, and getting an airline that is flying to desired destinations.   (Starting this month, some foreigners are able to book outward flights to some locations - with conditions.)
      Thailand is now entering Phase 3 of the rollback of Emergency Decree restrictions, with Phase 4 to look forward to.   Presumably the last of the restrictions to fall will be the reopening of international borders, and even then it is likely there still will be a requirement for some form of "medical passport" - for example; for students, certain businessmen, and others, providing they are holding antibody medical certs, or some such, from reciprocally trusted countries.   As long as the borders remain closed to tourism, Night Entertainment Venues have virtually no chance of making a profitable reopening.   A big wait-and-see on all these details, however.
THE  DINO  CLUB  -  1969
      Back a couple months a bunch of us alkies were drinking too much beer, if that's even possible, in a pub on Sukhumvit.   Some of us remembered the old Dino's on Sukhumvit, one of the better AGOGO bars on Sukhumvit in the late 70's.   Then one old fart said there was a Dino's in Pattaya during the G.I. days.   Dig down in your archive boxes and give us the goods if you find anything?
      Although we have been in Thailand off-and-on since '67, our first recollection of Dino's (Dino Club) was in 1976, and like you, we knew it as an A Go-Go.   But not just any A Go-Go, it was where "Shake-It-Don't-Break-It" Mukda got her start, choreographing the other dancers and teaching them the trade.   (We covered Dino's<link> in an earlier issue.)   But Dino's was around for several years before we discovered it.   As with many Nitespots, it started out as a "Club" - (a Cocktail Lounge with live entertainment - the entertainment from the Philippines, of course.)   The above ad for Dino's is from an old September 1969 publication (note the outrageous price of beer...).
      But, yes, there was another Dino's in Pattaya.   It was located on Walking Street before it was a walking street.   We first visited it in 1975 - it had the distinction of being Pattaya's first A Go-Go / Show Bar (including the candle dance where the girl drips molten wax from burning candles over her body - they don't do that one anymore, for some reason...)   Neither Dino's survived the ravages of time....
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      We do appreciate your writing in, however, as you may know (but many of our readers may not...), Midnite Hour does not host advertising in any form.   As an 'Historical' website, we avoid any commercial activity, both to preserve our independent viewpoint and to remove ourselves from the world of the taxman.   Not to mention we do not engage in any activity that the Tha.iland .Im.mig.ration. Po.lice would view as "work" when we renew our visas here in the Land Of Smiles....
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Let the June 2020 Follies  begin-

               It has been 2-1/2 months since the Governmental restrictions due to the Coronavirus have put a lid on the Bangkok Night Entertainment Scene.   This month, we have seen a further loosening of the Emergency Decree restrictions which allow the opening of Traditional Massage Parlors and some Spas.   This month's survey includes a new category - "REOPENED" which reflects a reopening of Venues which were previously closed due to the Decree.   We also include other openings and closures, as per usual.

            The Kiss, as with all other Night Entertainment Venues on Patpong 1, remains in darkness.   We note that there were a couple of Massage Parlors which could have got away with calling themselves 'Traditional' (under Phase 3 - Emergency Decree) that did not reopen - when they could have...   We are pleased to report that, at least for the time being, the eyesore tent city cluttering the roadway with counterfeit goods has not returned.

            Cosmos Club (Vinai's Cosmos) rolled up the red carpet and padlocked the door for the last and final time on 12 May 2020.   Of course, as we are now mid-Coronavirus pandemic for more than 2 months, there has been no 'red carpet', no Khun Vinai sitting Buddha-like on his dais....   
         As Patpong 2 Road was struggling to remake itself (even before SARS-CoV-2) there was only a handful of the original "Patpong Era" bars remaining: the Pink Panther, the Old Other Office, the Crown Royal and Cosmos Club.   So the closing of Cosmos was not only a huge 'loss' on its own, it seemed to many of us to be a harbinger of the bad times to come.   
         Cosmos' popularity transcended the 'turndown' that affected the Patpongs this last decade, its faithful denizens myriad over the years.   Not long after its opening, Cosmos, a lounge bar, became the favorite on the Patpongs among the 'old-fart' expats, (tourists not so much), so its demise last month was largely lamented in our dwindling rag-tag ''community".   Nevertheless, its closure was not entirely a 'shock' to us (we stragglers) - as last year Cosmos went up "For Sale" for a brief period ...the handwriting was on the wall, so to speak.   No takers, Cosmos removed itself from 'the marketplace' and went back to being just Cosmos.
         Khun Vinai and his twin brother Somchai go way back in the Patpong Saga, way before the opening of Cosmos.   The brothers were innovators, with such ground-breaking bars as Fire Cat (the first of the wave of 'Upstairs Bars' on PP 1 introducing walk-in nudity & shows in the '80's), and the upstairs Cleopatra (above the Bat Boat) which was the first no-holds-barred A Go-Go bar on PP 2.
         The genesis of Cosmos is, however, not quite as Vinai has posted on the outside of the bar.   It did not open in 1992 - not by a furlong or two...   In 1992 up until February 1994 it was the E.C. Pub.   At that juncture it split into the E.C. Pub and the Melody Bar A Go Go - both fun and raunchy bars.   By April 1994, both the E.C. and the Melody had closed - to make way for the soon-to-open Sawasdee Club (not to be confused with Sawasdee Bar on PP 1).    The Sawasdee Club opened in June 1994, and continued on until November 1995.   Cosmos opened in the old Sawasdee Club digs in December of 1995, and not a moment before...
         All is not lost, however.   The day following the closure of Cosmos Club, the upstairs neighbors commenced negotiations with the landlord to take over the reins (results of those negotiations still unknown at this time).   We also hear chatter that a bunch of 'old farts' have mooted taking over, with a plan to run the place, so it could be -pandemic willin' and the cricks don't rise- that the old Cosmos will continue on one form or another...

            As had been envisioned, when Phase 2 of the rollback of the Emergency Decree restrictions was implemented, the Patpong Museum was considered to be an "allowable" Venue".   On 17 May 2002 they reopened full force (and for the remainder of the month were promoting a 'twofer' deal.)   Welcome back to the fray.   (We note that other related Venues, inclusive of the upstairs Black Pagoda, have been renovated top-to-bottom, and are hopeful of a July 2020 reopening...)

            The "Funny" sign just popped up last month on the wall of the King's Corner 2...   Could this be a 'name-change'?   Or a split into two separate bars?   A wait-and-see item...

            A photo of the Baccara on the night the Bangkok Metropolitan Authority (BMA) closed down Bangkok's Nitespots at the commencement of the city-wide lockdown brought about by the oncoming Coronavirus pandemic.

            Nana Plaza is in the midst of an implosion - seven (7) Venues are reported to have already closed permanently (photos below).   See Stickman's authoritative article (link) on Nana Plaza this week for the complete run-down..   The Pollyannas amongst us would hope that the bars will find new 'owners' prior to the end of the closedown brought about by the Emergency Decree, but then, things don't usually work out that way, do they....   And this may not be the end of the collapse of Nana Plaza (and other locations, for that matter) - as long as the borders remain closed to tourism, it won't really matter whether the bars are allowed to open or not....







            London Calling, which closed in February also will not be reopening. (See our 01 February issue for photo and details.)

            The Swan Massage & Salon has reopened.   When we stopped by, they advised that due to the requirement to close at 22:00 hrs (so that they can be home by 23:00 hrs curfew) most of their massage girls come in early in the day to receive customers.   Located deep in the Soi across from the Hotel Omni.   Welcome back to the slippery slopes.

            Hooters at the Nana Hotel have reopened.   As is with all other Venues (excepting the few speakeasies scattered about...) they cannot yet serve alcohol.   They close at 22:00 hrs - at least until 15 June (end of Phase 3 rollback), last orders taken 21:15 hrs.   Welcome back to the darker Bangkok.
         While we are on the Nana Hotel, renovations have been completed and staff on premises are saying they plan to reopen 1 July 2020.   A wait-and-see item, of course - depending on whether we avoid a feared "Second Wave" of Coronavirus.

            The Mexican Bar-Restaurant has reopened.   Their superb tequila bar is "closed" as tightly as they can close it... for the time being.   Located at the back of the Rajah Hotel near Soi 2.   Welcome them back to the new abnormal.

            Four other Massage Parlors qualifying as 'Traditional Massage' Parlors also reopened on Soi Nana on 1 June 2020:
         *   Charmming Massage  - REOPENED - Subsoi Big Mango across from Rajah Hotel.
         *   OK. D. Massage  - REOPENED - Across from the Rajah Hotel on the main Soi.
         *   Na Na Massage  - REOPENED - in the Na Na Condo - also across from the Rajah Hotel.
         *   T-Thai Massage  - REOPENED - Also across from the Rajah Hotel.

            The Banana Room Club remains in darkness along with the rest of the Soi.   We do note a couple of the "massage" venues' doors were open on the Soi, but the lights were out, and they weren't actively 'open-for-business' - probably wondering whether the Authorities would consider them to be 'Traditional Massage' shops (which they are not).

 SOI  22  
             Titanium Ice Bar, a long-time stalwart on the Soi 22 Night Entertainment Scene has gone head-first into the meat grinder.   It has been at the same location since before we first eyed Soi 22 as a possible Night Entertainment Area (July 2005).   Prior to the Pandemic shut-down, it appeared to be doing its usual (busy) thing - apparently management couldn't continue, not knowing when the tourist trade would return....
 SOI  22  

            Asia Health Massage and that cluster of (mostly) Traditional Massage Parlors has reopened as of 01 June 2020.   Welcome back...
 SOI  22  

      Holiday Relax Massage has REOPENED.

      AW Massage has REOPENED, but across the street from their old digs next to Titanium..

      Jasmine Massage has REOPENED.

      Siam Breeze Massage has REOPENED in Subsoi Starlight.

      Ampha has REOPENED in Subsoi Starlight..

      B52 Bar Beer has REOPENED in Subsoi Starlight.

      BKK 48 Massage has REOPENED in Subsoi Starlight.

      Butterfly Massage has REOPENED.

      Iyashi Barber Massage has REOPENED.

      Nice Massage / Nice Massage 2 have REOPENED.

      Wild Orchid Massage has REOPENED.

      Bear Hug Momiya Massage has REOPENED.

      Chaowang Massage has REOPENED.

      Fah Massage & Nail has REOPENED.

      Paradise S22 Massage has REOPENED in Subsoi Lemongrass.

      Hang Out Bar has REOPENED in Subsoi Lemongrass.

      Rita Massage has REOPENED in Thai Candy Massg., (CLOSED) - Subsoi Lemongrass.

      Bangkok Passion has REOPENED in Subsoi Lemongrass.

      Anatasia Massage has REOPENED in Subsoi Lemongrass.

      Dive Massage has REOPENED in Subsoi Lemongrass.

      Nang Merry Massage & Coffee has REOPENED.

      Mekkhala Massage has REOPENED.

      Buddy's Bar has REOPENED (serving food for the interim).

      B2 Massage & Spa in Honey Plaza is CLOSED permanently - it WON'T be REOPENING.

      Honey Bar bar beer has REOPENED - no alcohol, in Honey Plaza.

      Lek @ 22 Massage has REOPENED.

      No Idea is still OPEN.

      Wine Depot has REOPENED in Park 22.

      Kiss Bangkok 2 MOVED into Absolute Bankok Massg - now (CLOSED) in Subsoi Hana.

      Hana Massage has REOPENED in Subsoi Hana.

      Dolla Massage has REOPENED in Subsoi Hana.

      Kaede Massage has REOPENED.

      Miss Neko Massage has REOPENED.

      Marigold Massage has REOPENED.

 SOI  22  

            In spite of simultaneous Pandemic restrictions and new construction, the outdoor night market 'food court' continues to carry on, if only slightly diminished from the first of the year.   (We note a new Taco Bell opened up across the street in front of the Ambassador Hotel - it ain't Mexican, it ain't Tex-Mex, but it ain't bad...)
 SOI  AMBASSADOR  (Sukhumvit Soi 11) 

      Smile Jasmine has OPENED NEW in what was the Sabai Massage - now CLOSED.

      Ban Thong Dee Massage has REOPENED.

      Phoenix Massage has REOPENED.

      P.P Bar Beer & Massage has REOPENED.   Massage only.

      Niraon Massage has REOPENED.

      Hollywood Waxing & Massage has REOPENED.

      Lotus Massage has REOPENED in the Subsoi.

      Grace Massage has REOPENED in the Subsoi.

      Praew Spa 2 has REOPENED in the Subsoi.

      Baan Phuan Massage has REOPENED.

      Grace Foot Massage & Salon has REOPENED.

 SOI  AMBASSADOR  (Sukhumvit Soi 11) 

  SOI  7  PLAZA  
(AKA "Nana Plaza @ 7")
            While we weren't expecting any activity at all, we re-surveyed Soi 7 Plaza - just to be on the record.   As it happened, it was raining, and the pundits were correct - rain water comes down directly on the pathways, or off the roofs onto the pathways - the drainage within the compound is almost non-existent.   The photo below shows the water on the pavement (lower left).   (The Drop In Bar is not open, however a few of the food stalls (open) provided a modicum of light in the compound.)

            The After Sammy Bar has become the first Soi 7 Plaza confirmed casualty of the Pandemic shut-down.   It has now become an unnamed soup kitchen.   May they reincarnate in a better time and place...

            New (Massage) has reopened.   Some months ago, several of Bangkok's specialty massages were cracked down upon by the local Sign Gestapos...   If they weren't legitimate massage parlors (if their primary function was the offering sexual services) they would not be allowed to display the word, "Massage" on their signage.   New was one of those, and for that matter, still is.   We wonder, therefore, how they are qualifying under the current Emergency Decree, Phase 3, as "Traditional Massage Parlors"?   Perhaps we don't want to know...
 SOI  DEAD   ARTISTS (Sukhumvit 33) 

      Kocho Ran has REOPENED.   A Japanese massage. - Subsoi Pan Pan.

      7-Heaven Massage has REOPENED.   A Japanese massage. - Subsoi Pan Pan.

      My Raku Massage has REOPENED.

      Top Thai Massage & Spa has REOPENED.

      Po Massage has REOPENED.

      Rakuten Spa has REOPENED.

      Dream Heaven Nuru Nuru Gel has REOPENED.   A special services Venue.

 SOI  DEAD   ARTISTS (Sukhumvit 33) 

             The Caribbean (2) & the adjoining Victoria Bar Restaurant have closed down, and will not be reopening.   These days, who can blame them?
 SOI  EDEN  (Sukhumvit 7 / 1) 

      Kawinya Massage has REOPENED.

      Good Time Massage has REOPENED.

      Wood Bar has REOPENED.   A special services Venue.

 SOI  EDEN  (Sukhumvit 7 / 1) 





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
June 2000

   *  - No changes that month / year.

(Total Nitespots that month: 34 )

Patpong 2
June 2000

   *  The King's Love Boat (the Bat Boat of years before) closed for good.    It would eventually become the current The Club Kings.   Located at the juncture of  PP2 and Soi Bookstore.

(Total Nitespots that month: 57 )

Soi Cowboy
June 2000

   *   The Moonshine Joint reopened after a month's 'renovations'.   They are still at that location.

(Total Nitespots that month: 34 )

Cowboy Annex
(Asoke Corner + Asoke Plaza)
[ ~June 1998  to  04 February 2005 ]
June 2000

   *   A "Snooker room" (no sign) - NEW opened up along the side fence.
   *   The Lanna Thai Restaurant - NEW opened along the side fence..
   *   Pop Eye (child of Clinton Plaza's Pop Eye) - NEW - (ex :Oasis, CLOSED) - in front.

   *   A Boxing ring - (CLOSED) - on the 'island'.

(Total Nitespots that month: 16 )

Nana Plaza
June 2000

   *  The Alien Plaza , a small open bar beer, opened newly in the old 'Beer Corner Bar'.   Now the 'inside' part of Big Dogs.

(Total Nitespots that month: 41 )

Soi Katoey
( Silom Soi 4 )
June 2000

  *  The Enterprise Pub opened up down at the end of the Soi (currently Bas Living Room).

(Total Nitespots that month: 16 )

Soi Dead Artists
( Sukhumvit Soi 33 )
June 2000

  *  The Santana Club was getting ready to open (renovating that month) in the old Leo Club digs.

(Total Nitespots that month: 24 )

Buckskin Joe Village
(~ December 1988  to  9 June 2006)
(Also called Tobacco Road,  Soi Rot Fai,  'The Tracks' , Machim [Thai] &  Soi Zero)
June 2000

   *   The Sexy Eyes opened newly between the Morgan Bar and the Another Bar.

(Total Nitespots that month: 19 )

Washington Square
(~ April 1999  to  April 2014)
June 2000

   *  The Dubliner Irish Pub - NEW (also facing Sukhumvit Road). -

   *  The Kamome Club - NEW - next to Bourbon Street. -

   *  Bar 22 - NEW - next to Studio 22 in the old Washington Theater building. -

(Total Nitespots that month: 16 )

Clinton Plaza
(Originally ''Entertainment Plaza'')
[ ~February 1999  to  June 2003 ]

June 2000

      *   Rock Hard 1 & 2 were then currently under construction, and would soon open in the vacant Maya Bar digs (closed the previous month).   Located along the back fence.

      *   Delifrance - NEW - opened in the main building facing Sukhumvit Road.

(Total Nitespots that month: 23 )

''13 Night Market'' Entertainment Area"
(Originally 'Old Thermae Compound')
[ April 2000 - March 2005 ] 

June 2000

      *  All Nitespots - CLOSED during renovations.

(Total Nitespots that month: 0 )


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   As the Coronavirus has dominated the lives and governments of Planet Earth for the last 3, or so, months, so has it dominated graffiti artists' themes.   Follows are a few examples (of thousands) from various points on the planet.   The excerpts are from the popular Graffiti Street (link), a website we highly recommend should you wish to follow up on this theme.

"Miami Fear" by Muckrock.

"Lovers" by Pobello, Norway

"Super Nurse Coronavirus" by Fake

Bangkok Eyes is an historically based news outlet, and as such, all graphic excerpts herein are considered, under current legal precedents and prevailing interpretations, 'Fair Use' under Copyright Law.   Copyright of excerpts of any original artwork and excerpts of photographs resides exclusively with the creators.

With thanks to Cool

Graffiti #1179
Son Of Thanos
8 ft high x 5 ft

Graffiti #1180
I Believe in Angles
9 ft high x 13 ft

Graffiti #1181
8 ft high x 19 ft

Graffiti #1182
Grape Justice
6 ft high x 23 ft (lower)

Graffiti #1183
Popeye In The Sky
5 ft high x 12 ft

Graffiti #1184
Corn Chowder
6 ft high x 13 ft

Graffiti #1185
Borderline Pet Store
8 ft high x 7 ft (Right side only)

Bangkok Eyes is an historically based news outlet, and as such, all graphic excerpts herein are considered, under current legal precedents and
prevailing interpretations, 'Fair Use' under Copyright Law.   Copyright of any original artwork resides exclusively with the artists.

Bangkok's original site !

SINCE  2005

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

- 2020 -
01 JAN -   Soi 7 "On The Map"
01 FEB -   Soi 33's Dead Artists - RIP
01 MAR -    Queen's Park Plaza gone
01 APR -    Coronavirus Crunch
01 MAY -    Coronavirus Ebbs
- 2019 -
01 JAN -   Soi 71 + "W District"
01 FEB -    Back to Soi 26
01 MAR -   Soi 1 & Soi 3
01 APR -    Mizu's of Patpong
01 MAY -    Mississippi Twins
01 JUN -    Gay Patpong ? -Twilight Gone
01 JUL -    Bars - 50 Years On
01 AUG -    Soi 8 Reviste
01 SEP -    Copyright & the 'Net
01 OCT -    Historic Honolulu - Chinatown
01 NOV -    The Patpong Museum
01 DEC -    Queen's Park Fades - Soi 7 Opens

- 2018 -
01 JAN -   The Pub Crawl
01 FEB -   Bobby Passes On
01 MAR -    Nana - The Plaza - The Soi
01 APR -    Soi Dead Artists - Downsizing?
01 MAY -    Soi's 5, 7, 7/1 Eden
01 JUN -    Soi 24 - Going Nowhere
01 JUL -    Street Bars - They're Back
01 AUG -    Udorn in the 60's & 70's
01 SEP -    Potpourri - Odds 'N Ends
01 OCT -    Khao San + Rambutri Rds.
01 NOV -    Night Market Sri Nakarin
01 DEC -    Soi 23 - Running Hot
- 2017 -
01 JAN -   Soi 22 - the Survivor
01 FEB -    Hua Hin Nights
01 MAR -   Hooking-Up
01 APR -    Soi Than Tawan
01 MAY -    Our Saloon-Count Surveys
01 JUN -    Soi Bua Khao
01 JUL -    Soi 8 - Work In Progress
01 AUG -    NO PHOTO (more or less)
01 SEP -    Stickman Calls 'Time'
01 OCT -    Sweet Black Angel
01 NOV -    Thai King At Rest
01 DEC -    The Dark Arts

- 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 -    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

01 JAN -    Seminal Survey -Paradisio Closes
- 2001 -

01 JAN -    Baccara opens in Cowboy
01 FEB -    Club Habanos Closes - PP1
01 MAR -    farang Connection Closes - Nana
01 APR -    Rock Hard BB Open - Clinton Pl.
01 MAY -    Las Vegas Opens - Cowboy
01 JUN -    'Wall Street' Opens - Soi 33
01 JUL -    Vixens Closes - Nana
01 AUG -    6 A Go-Go's Shut - Clinton Pl.
01 SEP -    Pussy Collection Opens - PP1
01 OCT -    Girl Friend Closes - PP1
01 NOV -    Rainbow III Opens - Nana
01 DEC -    White House Reopens - Clinton Pl.

- 2000 -

JAN -    'Cowboy Annex' Starts Up
FEB -    Agogo 2000 new at Nana
MAR -    Flowers - Clinton's 1st A Go-Go
APR -    Angel Witch new at Nana
MAY -    Dubliner now at Washington Sq
JUN -    Coco Loco opens at Clinton Pl.
JUL -    Bottoms Up new at Nana
AUG -    Crack House opens at Clinton Pl.
SEP -    Doll House / White House open at Clinton
OCT -    Rock Hard to open at Clinton Pl.
NOV -    Big Dogs opens at Nana
DEC -    Lolita opens in Cowboy Annex

- 1999 -

JAN -    Masquerade Closes @ Nana
FEB -    "Entertainment Plaza" Start-Up
MAR -    SuperStar is PP SuperBar !
APR -    Washington Square goes Critical
MAY-    New Klymaxx closes (Cowboy)
JUN -    'Wet Lips opens (Cowboy)
JUL -    Sam 2000 opens (Cowboy)
AUG -    Monica's opens (Clinton Plaza)
SEP -    Muzzik Cafe open on PP1
OCT -    No Probl'm now Cat's Meow
NOV -    Titty Twisters opens at Nana
DEC -    Londoner Brew Pub new on Soi 33
- 1998 -
JAN -    Nancy Bar opens on Floor 2, Nana
FEB -    Tabasco Charlies opens - (NEP)
MAR -    Cowboy 2 is a 'Pizzaria' - Soi Cowboy
APR -    New A Go Go Duck opens - Cowboy
MAY -    Raw Hide opens on Cowboy
JUN -    Para Disio opens - Floors 2 & 3 - NEP
JUL -    Patpong Cafe opens - PP2
AUG -    'Funny Girls' becomes 'Girlfriend' - PP1
SEP -    Masquerade opens on 3rd Floor - NEP
OCT -    Virgo opens on Cowboy
NOV -    Obsession, Beverly Hills, Red Lips open
DEC -    Lucifer Disko Tk opens atop Radio City

- 1997 -
JAN -    'Hot Rods' opens @ Nana
FEB -    Crazy Lady closes (Nana)
MAR -    3 Lounges closed - 'The Ramp'
APR -    Blue Sky Bar closes - PP1
MAY -    Crackdown at Nana
JUN -    Crystal Palace opens - PP2
JUL -    Limelight closes - PP1
AUG -    Rainbow II opens @ Nana
SEP -    Cowboy's Butterfly Gone
OCT -    Shadow drops Crazy Jack (Cowboy)
NOV -    Hollywood 2 now on 3rd Floor (NEP)
DEC -    Susies opens @ Buckskin Joe Village
- 1996 -
JAN -    Shooters opens on 3rd Floor (NEP)
FEB -    XTC Closes, then Reopens (NEP)
MAR -    Tapas back on line (Soi Katoey)
APR -    Long Gun expands (2X) [Cowboy]
MAY -    Apache reopens on 'The Boy'
JUN -    Pink Panther "upstairs" closes
JUL -    Iconic Mile's Place gone...
AUG -    Upstairs Touch Bar closes (PP1)
SEP -    Pharaoh opens in NEP carpark
OCT -    Spirit House opens in NEP
NOV -    Crazy Lady opens in NEP
DEC -    Long Gun 2 opens (now Rawhide)

- 1995 -
JAN -    PP1 Butterfly Closed
FEB -    Camelot Castle Opens
MAR -    NEPs Bubble Gum gone...
APR -    Tiny 'Imagine' Closed
MAY -    (Quietest month on record)
JUN -    NEPs Mon Cherie axed
JUL -    Play Skool opens (NEP)
AUG -    Opium Club new on The Ramp
SEP -    D.L Irish Pub (ex: Bamboo's)
OCT -    NEP 3rd Floor Opens
NOV -    Klymaxx 2 opens on Cowboy
DEC -    Chick's opens upstairs (PP1)
- 1994 -
- 1993 -
JAN -       -
FEB -       -
MAR -   Saloons - More Areas Added
APR -    Saloons -Adding "Nana"
MAY -    Red Diamond Closed
JUN -    Saloons - Tomatohead Closes
JUL -    Pretty Lady A Go Go
AUG -    Mars Party House closed
SEP -    Matterhorn & Star Pub
OCT -    Sawasdee Cocktail Lounge - New
NOV -    Thigh Bar name change
DEC -    Smile Club to open...
- 1990 -
JAN -   Buckskin Joe - Initial Survey

- 1989 -
01 JAN -    (Coming Soon)
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