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01 April 2021
William R.  Morledge

April's Nitelife News
Bangkok's Bars - 20 Years Ago  
A Smile in the Land of Smiles.
Reader's Corner: - A 'Sea Hag' anyone?
Traces of Nitelife Past    

Bangkok's Graffiti Update  - #178
            This month Bangkok Eyes' continues with our reporting on the Pandemic : (1.) We endeavor to advise readers / potential visitors of the status of Bangkok's / Thailand's Tourism, specifically as it pertains to the Night Entertainment Scene, and, (2.) Continue to provide an ongoing historical record of the Global Pandemic as it affects Bangkok / Thaland.
Patpong 1 Road bars are once again slowly reopening.
            Although the Coronavirus in Thailand has not receded to lowest levels, the Thai Ministry of Public Health (Department of Disease Control) recently stated that the current levels (see chart below) are manageable, in that the occasional new clusters are isolated, and are easily brought under control.   This is a significant and long overdue reversal in official attitudes.   In coordination with the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), new guidelines for reopening Thailand for international tourism have been adopted.   (Note that these guidelines are currently being put into effect, however it is understood that the timelines may not be precise.)

In that the distribution of Coronavirus vaccines has begun, and in that a nominal number of new cases has been observed, Thailand -on 01 April- halved the quarantine requirement for those entering the country with proof of vaccination to one week.   This is the first step toward allowing inoculated visitors into Thailand without the need to quarantine.

A Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson said that travelers (Thais and foreigners) are now no longer required to have the "fit-to-fly documents" previously issued by Thai consulates at countries of origin.   Foreigners entering Thailand are still required to show a recent (within 72 hours) negative CoV-19 test result.

The spokesperson said that persons who have been vaccinated will initially still be required to spend 7 days in quarantine hotels, compared to the previous 14 days.   Unvaccinated people will have to spend 10 days (instead of the previous 14 days) in quarantine.   The 11 countries in sub-Saharan Africa will still have to do the full 14 days quarantine.   Vaccinated visitors to Thailand must have certificates approved by the Thai FDA or the World Health Organization.   The 7 vaccines approved for use in Thailand include Sinovac, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer and Moderna.

Thailand has settled on a tentative date to fully reopen the island of Phuket on July 1 this year - for vaccinated visitors.   Those vaccinated visitors would not be required to quarantine.   Visitors arriving in Thailand through Phuket airport will be required to spend approximately 1 week on Phuket Island before they will be permitted to travel elsewhere in Thailand.   In preparation of a 1 July re-opening, businesses on Phuket are hoping to vaccinate most residents by May 2021.

      For those trying to navigate the multitude of changing regulations, we recommend the link below:   Once at the website , scroll down a bit and click on “View Live Map”, and you can enter your home country (or where you are now), and the destination you’re interested in.   They give you all the latest information on infection rate/trend, and regulations on quarantine, testing, etc.   If you give them your e-mail address, they will send you updates when there’s a change in your specific travel interest(s).

...And now....
We have Something Special for all the "Dear Spoiled Babies"

   During the Influenza Pandemic of 1918 (The Spanish Flu), people were required to wear masks - as volumes of photographic evidence will bear out.   And as penicillin wasn't discovered until 1928, wearing of masks helped until herd immunity was able to finally rid the planet of the virus.   Likewise, when Thailand, last year, implemented total isolation, they employed a number of measures which kept the Coronavirus spread down to nearly zero.   One of those measures was wearing masks.   While there is no way to accurately calculate the percent masks helped stop the spread, it was unquestionably one of the contributing measures.   To say the same thing another way, we know masks work, we just don't know to what extent.

      After the Spanish Flu was history, and after penicillin was invented, people who travelled internationally were required to carry their 'yellow health card' to show they had a number of inoculations.   If you didn't have your card, you either would not be allowed to travel, or would be held at your point of arrival and get a new series of inoculations.   And every international traveller knew and understood this.   ...And no one complained.

      Currently Thailand requires locals and foreigners to wear masks under certain conditions.   Sooner rather than later, those coming to Thailand will be required to show proof of vaccination against Covid-19.   So if you are one of those Dear Spoiled Babies who feels that being 'forced' to wear a mask and 'forced' to carry a 'Covid Passport' infringes on your First Amendment Rights or 'personal choice', fine....   Stay home - do not come to Thailand...

   One last consideration : There are Covid vaccines, and then there are Covid vaccines.   One from Russia, two from China, one from India, and a few more from Europe and North America.   As time goes on, we note a number of news items indicating some of the vaccines are possibly responsible for causing severe adverse reactions.   If you are not planning to travel in the next 2 to 3 months, don't be stampeded into getting your vaccination early.   A 2-injection series takes about a month, so it won't hurt to hold off on getting vaccinated until more is known about the possible side effects of the various vaccines.


April's Thai Smile is 'just an old faded photograph'...

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This Sea Hag graphic extract is property of fantasy gaming site Draconic <link>.
   READER :  
       Out drinking in a few of the old places, and a few of the new ones, the name Sea Hag Bar has popped up more than once in our drunken bouts.   Is there a Sea Hag?   Or is it one of the many dozens of bars that have disappeared over the years?   Anything hiding in your archives?

      We must be hanging out with the same crowd.   This is the third time the Sea Hag bar has come up this month.   It's becoming a FAQ.   Please pardon our "yes - no" reply below.
      You may have noticed through Google there is a Sea Hag restaurant in Phuket - which we believe is still open even due to CoV-19.   But sometime in the period : late 50's through the mid-60's there was another Sea Hag - a Night Entertainment Venue.   It does not exist now.   There is no known relation between the Sea Hag of old and the Phuket Sea Hag.
         From our sources and from what we could pick up from the Internet, the best we can do is paste together a very-approximate, oft-contradictory scenario of the old Sea Hag bar.
         The original Sea Hag bar, circa 1958-59 (?), was likely originally a seaman's bar.   It was located, according to one source, somewhere near the Oriental Hotel / Central Post Office, either on New Road (Jaroen Krung) or on one of the side Sois.   (Popular Nitespot Sois at the time were 'Oriental Lane' and 'Old Customs House Lane').   At some point in time, in the very early 1960's it was reported to have relocated into Soi 4, Silom, becoming the first bar to have opened there.   As the story goes, it was then that it changed to a gay bar, pioneering what was to later become known as (the somewhat misnomered) "Soi Katoey".   It would remain there for a number of years before going out of business.   Again, all of this is 'speculation' at this point; Midnite Hour will continue to search for corroboration.   It is most likely, should the historical details be confirmed once and for all, a very different story will be told.   Should any of our readers have any photos of the original Sea Hag (either location) or other corroborating bits and pieces, please forward to us in an email.
13 Night Market as it began closing down permanently (Feb 2005).
   READER :  
      I've noticed you have a "13 Night Market" listed in your review of Entertainment Areas from twenty years ago.   But I have to ask, you always show no bars in that section, which you also call the old Thermae compound.   Was that even a real Bar Area?   I was a regular Bangkok visitor in those years, and I of course remember Clinton Plaza, but I don't really recall anything else you would call another separate bar "area".

      The 13 Night Market was in fact located on the rubble (literally) of the original (pre-move) Thermae Massage Parlor / Barber / Coffee Shop.   The original Nitespots to appear there were a 'spill-over' from next door Clinton Plaza.   At that time (Apr 1999), we included them in our survey, but shortly thereafter, those few Venues went out of business.   It wasn't until much later (May 2003) that they opened a number of bar beers there.   They would eventually grow to (on average) 15 bars, maintaining a 'critical mass', before they closed down for good (Feb 2005).   The 13 Night Market could be called a 'transition' bar area, in that a number of bars moved there from Clinton Plaza as it wound down, and, later, when the 13 Night Market closed down, many of those bars moved to either Sukhumvit Square or the newly opening Sukhumvit 1 Plaza at Sukhumvit Soi 1.   In that we had recorded the original Venues at 13 Night Market, we decided to continue keeping the Nitespot Area on our books in order to provide a complete "historical' account (which, of necessity, includes an extended 'down time' where no bars were in operation.)
The real Sweden - as documented by The Hated One - YouTube
   READER :  Hi William
      Having read your recent bulletin I have to disagree with your assertion that Sweden not locking down has been a success.   A quite accurate way to assess a country’s success is how many deaths they have had per million of population.
      According to ‘Worldometer’ up until yesterday Sweden have had 1305 deaths per million.   Other comparable Scandinavian countries have had a far greater success as can be seen in that Denmark have had 413, Finland 145 and Norway only 119 deaths per million due to COVID-19.   .... .... ....   Anyway, I enjoy your monthly report and please keep up the good work.

      Thanks for writing in.   We have received a couple of comments on this - yours the more rational by far.   Actually, Bangkok Eyes hasn't asserted that Sweden has been a "success".   We have instead stated we are using Sweden as a "benchmark" - that is to say, a point of reference.   It can be seen from Worldometers that while there are other countries with better statistics, there are other countries (like the USA) where they have locked down, but have disastrous death tolls - not to mention disastrous economic tolls.   In that Sweden has not locked down, it is enlightening and informative to compare Sweden's rates and trends of infection / death with those countries that have mandated lockdowns.   (We have avoided 'cherry picking' just a few countries to make our comparisons.)   In selecting Sweden as a 'benchmark', Bangkok Eyes has been able to demonstrate that there is apparently no direct correlation between locking down and controlling the virus.   Much of the world is now waking up to this fact - to include the USA.   We chose Sweden not only because they did not have mandatory lockdown, but also because they have comprehensive health care, common sense CoV safeguarding, as well as accurate reporting.   Bangkok Eyes has several times differentiated between Coronavirus and 'Coronaphobia' - Coronaphobia being the now-obvious over-reaction (specifically lengthy, unnecessary lockdowns) exhibited by many of the planet's governments.
      A recent YouTube blogger took it upon himself to take a trip to Sweden and document the actual, 'on-the-ground' Sweden.   He wanted to see for himself -unfiltered- what measures the Government had taken, and conditions on the street, in restaurants and shops and bars - without having to depend on the slant of biased mainstream media and political entities.   His enlightening documentary can be found at, The Swedish Stretegy <link>.
Thanks for reading and for writing in.
Don't hesitate to send your questions and comments - always welcome.
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'Boge' Hartman
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Let the April 2021 Follies  begin-

               As was the case last month, due to the number of Night Entertainment Venue re-opening for the month of March - through 1 April, our surveys for the 1 April issue will concentrate on those Nitespots that have reopened - and remain open.    Nitespots that were previously open during March (Bar-Restaurants, massage parlors) which closed during the current reporting period (up to 1 April) are also shown.   We, as per usual, will also identify those bars that may have closed permanently.

            The King's Castle 1 bar has reopened since our last month's survey.   They have also turned on the lights for the next-door King's Castle 2, however it has not yet reopened.   Further on down, the Kings Castle (was King's Corner) has also reopened.   (The Madrid has remained open.)   But the bigger concern remains : even if all the bars that were open in February 2020 (prior to Covid-19) were to reopen tomorrow, there is no guarantee that Patpong 1 would survive - they are coming back on line too slowly, and the bars on Patpong 2 are getting the custom from the old Patpong 1 regulars (however few that may be)...   Nevertheless, welcome the King's Castle bars back to the vicissitudes...

             The Triple XXX Lounge (It's an A Go-Go bar) is starting to pick up, in spite of the country-wide shortage of foreign custom.   Let 'em rock.

Nitespots that have reopened on Patpong 2 since our last-month's survey :

*   Dream Boy Bangkok
*   The World - On 'The Ramp'
*   Paddy Fields
*   Vinai'a Bar
*   Tavern Three Saloon
*   Pink Panther & Pink Beer Bar
*   Dragon Bar Beer - Under stairs, no sign.
*   In Transition :
*   Star of Light - CLOSED replaced by "69" bar - NEW.
*   Shenanigans Sports Club - 2nd Floor - CLOSED Permanently (Pool tables removed).

             If you're ever down on "The 'Boy" and want to have a quiet (or at least quieter) drink or two, you may want to check out the Penny Black - (It's got an 'upstairs').   May they continue to abide...

             The Kazy Kozy has re-opened for real this time around.   Same antics as found in Crazy House...   Rock it up tonite...

             While the downstairs A Go-Go that was the Rainbow (1) pounds in one additional nail per month (and will likely reopen this decade), upstairs in the old Diamond Bangkok, the Random 2 ('100% Real Ladies Only') has risen like a mythical warrior from a dragon's tooth.   Welcome them to the neon jungle.

Below is the listing of Nana Plaza Nitespots that re-opened on or before 1 April 2021 : -

*   Rainbow 5
*   Billboard
*   Butterflies

            The Inlove has opened brand-new in the Nana Hotel Complex - second level as you walk in from the street.   (Note : this is not the opening of another of those Nana Disco clones that keep popping up over the years.   This is a single-shophouse-sized lounge bar (in spite of what the Indian tout downstairs tells you).   Welcome them to the big city lights...

            We have no idea where the Swan Group keeps coming up with the resources.... but they do...   This month they have opened the new upstairs Swan Isan Dance, as well as the revamped downstairs bar-restaurant area, which they are now calling Swan Isan Inter.   Their signs are in Thai, so we assume that is their target custom - however, all are welcome...   Welcome them back into the fray...


Below is the listing of Soi Nana Nitespots that re-opened on or before 1 April 2021 : -

*   Country Road

In Transition
*   P's Thai Massage - CLOSED    (P's Thai Massage Delux still open.)
*   Bus Stop - CLOSED
*   Heaven@4 Bar - CLOSED

            The Nakarat Massage & Spa (gay massage) has closed its doors.   Most of the neon has been removed, so we doubt there will be a reboot...

Below is the listing of Soi Katoey Nitespots that re-opened on or before 1 April 2021 : -

*   The Stranger
*   Jupiter

 SOI  22  
            In the Holiday Inn, where the Cali-Mex Bar & Grill previously stood, the Moon Bar has moved in, lock, stock and chrome barstools (a soft opening).   Once the pool table and the dart board are installed, they will be going flat out.   Lady Moon at the helm - busy teaching the staff all of her skills...   Welcome to the vicissitudes.
 SOI  22  

            Deep in the Soi, the Regal Massage has taken over from the Kaede Massage (closed 2 months ago).   Modus operandi unchanged.   Rub-a-dub-dub.
 SOI  22  

Below is the listing of Soi 22 Nitespots that re-opened on or before 1 April 2021 : -

*   Otto Bar - (Otto Bistro did not cose)
*   B 52 - (No sign, changed name?)
*   5 Star Massage
*   The Connection
*   Craik (Crack)

In Transition
*   Hangover - CLOSED
*   Exotic Bangkok Massage - CLOSED
*   Yu-Ka - CLOSED
 SOI  22  

            The Hillary 11 is not only open every day, but the mixed crowds start arriving before 8:00 pm.   Live music, good burgers and a good selection of beers - under B100 during 'happy hour'.   Located at the end of Soi Ambassador - where it turns left and right...   Let the good times roll...
 SOI  AMBASSADOR  (Sukhumvit Soi 11) 

            And while we are on "Hillary", the Hillary 3 / Climax has reopened after a one-month hiatus...   'Just let me hear some of that Rock 'n Roll Music'....
 SOI  AMBASSADOR  (Sukhumvit Soi 11) 

            The Bang Bang Bar & Burgers has taken over the similarly themed Brew Beers & Ciders (recently closed).   Burgers on the left, bar on the right.- you can 'order-in', as it were...   We note they have an interesting 'upstairs'....   Welcome them to the sharkpool.
 SOI  AMBASSADOR  (Sukhumvit Soi 11) 

            At the top of Soi Ambassador, just as you go in on the right, there are two new (recent) massage parlors of interest : The Best Massage and Chacha Massage.   Mostly 'traditional', somewhat 'ambiguous'.   Welcome them to the slippery slopes...
 SOI  AMBASSADOR  (Sukhumvit Soi 11) 

            Nightspots that re-opened on Soi Ambassador (Sukhumvit Soi 11) on or before 1 April 2021.   (Not inclusive of Venues shown as 'Open' the previous month.)
*   'Tewley Cocktail' cluster -(Now total 4 bar beers.)
*   Old German Beer House
*   Lush Rooftop
*   Sugar - (Nightclub) - (Open sometimes)
*   Bafros - (Nightclub) - (Open sometimes)
*   Hillary 3 / Climax
*   One For The Road
*   Apoteka - Now open most nights.

In Transition
*   Bai Po Massage - CLOSED
 SOI  AMBASSADOR  (Sukhumvit Soi 11) 

  SOI  7  PLAZA  
(And the Soi 7 Bier Garten)
            For the 2nd month in a row, the busiest Expat Night Entertainment Area in Bangkok is Soi 7 Plaza.   Not only that, for the second month in a row, they have had new bars opening.   When they first opened (first bar - November 2019), all the Nitelife pundits (myself included) prophesied doom - everything from bad location, rents too high to survive, no drainage during rainy season... etc.   Well, all the prophets were just plain wrong - who would have thought that the dank string of bars stretching from Soi 5 to Soi 7 calling itself 'The Cave' would have become a popular Night Entertainment Area...?

            The Phoenix opened this last month - taking the last never-before-utilized space in Soi 7 Plaza (it was a motorcycle parking area since before the Plaza opened).   And it seems they've already got a few 'regular' customers.   Welcome to the machine...


            This last month, the Pong Bar has taken over the real estate that would have been The Star, had it ever fully relocated from Queen's Park Plaza.   Let 'er rip, then, ladies...


            Last month we noted the opening of the tiny Nordic Bar where Friendly Bar originally stood.   Below, we provide, belatedly, a photo for the Archives...   May the nightwinds blow kindly...

            Note: The Butterfly Bar - an early transfer from Queen's Park Plaza - had been closed for several months.   It will not be reopening - that space is now occupied by Big B's Bar's new karaoke room (B10 per song).

            A couple months ago, the Japanese lounge Tokyo closed its doors (the old Goya).   In its place is the brand new Ikuiku 1919 Bangkok...   1919 (?) - was it somewhere before this?   Judging from the sign and the friendly staff kerbside, they seem to have the right attitude...   'All those big city nights...'
 SOI  DEAD   ARTISTS (Sukhumvit 33) 

            The Dream Connection has taken over lock, stock and KY from the Dream Heaven Massage, and busily started into renovations.   Prime agendum unchanged.   By the time you read this, they will have rolled out the red carpet.
 SOI  DEAD   ARTISTS (Sukhumvit 33) 

Below is the listing of Soi Dead Artists (Soi 33) Nitespots that re-opened on or before 1 April 2021 : -
*   Club Sapporo - (S-33 Compact Hotel)
*   So Ra Japanese Karaoke
*   Star Japanese Snack Bar - Soi Pan Pan
*   Club Kitty - Soi Pan Pan
*   RIP - Soi Pan Pan

In Transition
*   Fortune 17 Karaoke - CLOSED
*   Fortune Club Girl's Bar & Massage - Subsoi 3 - CLOSED
*   Po Massage - CLOSED
*   Dream Heaven Massage - (See above.) - CLOSED
 SOI  DEAD  ARTISTS (Sukhumvit 33) 

            Regulars will be pleased to know the The Cool Sports Bar has reopened.   Welcome them back to the fray....
 SOI  EDEN  (Sukhumvit 7 / 1) 


                This month MIDNITE HOUR will commence digging through the photos and clippings in our Archives for 'Traces' of Bangkok's Nightlife from an earlier era.   Perhaps some of Bangkok's longtime residents and return visitors will remember these Venues.   This month we go back to January 1967 - the middle of the "R&R era" where most of the farang in Bangkok were US military assigned here, or on leave from Viet Nam.

A brief sampling of Bangkok Night Entertainment's early years....

(Hollywood Cinema)

With thanks to Cool



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 1
April 2001

   *  - No changes that month / year.

(Total Nitespots that month: 33 )

Patpong 2
April 2001

   *  Up on The Ramp the Bé Bé Club Pub & Karaoke - closed down the month previous, had reopened by April 2001.   No Venue currently exists at that location.

(Total Nitespots that month: 58 )

Soi Cowboy
April 2001

   *  - No changes that month/ yeat.
(Total Nitespots that month: 32 )

Cowboy Annex
(Asoke Corner + Asoke Plaza)
[ ~June 1998  to  04 February 2005 ]
April 2001

   * Lolitas Corner opened newly.   It was located at Asoke Corner.   Note: next door to Lolitas (original).

   *   The Tree Of Green (Bar) opened newly.   It was located at Asoke Corner.

   *   Ton Son Pub bar beer opened newly in Asoke Corner at Soi 23 entrance.

(Total Nitespots that month: 25 )

Nana Plaza
April 2001

   *  On the 2nd level, Ferang Connection closed it's doors.   Angel Witch would eventually relocate in, and still occupies those digs.   Ferang Connection would eventually reopen in Feb 2005 at a new location - also on the 2nd level.

(Total Nitespots that month: 40 )

Soi Katoey
( Silom Soi 4 )
April 2001

  *  The Icon 2001 closed that month, after being open only one month.   It was located just past today's Telephone Pub.

  *  The 401 opened newly.   It replaced Icy Hot which had just closed.

  *  The The Club Discotheque closed it's doors permanently.   Today those digs are home to Jupiter 2018.

  *  Noriega's (by SuperStar Frank) opened newly at the very end of the Soi.   No Nitespot currently occupies those digs.

(Total Nitespots that month: 15 )

Soi Dead Artists
( Sukhumvit Soi 33 )
April 2001

  *  The Christie's Club closed for renovations.   It would reopen in the coming months.   No Nitespot now occupies that space.

  *  In the Peep In Park (Now the S-33 Compact Hotel), an 'Unnamed Japanese bar' closed its doors.

(Total Nitespots that month: 29 )

Buckskin Joe Village
(~ December 1988  to  9 June 2006)
(Also called 'Tobacco Road',  'Soi Rot Fai',  'The Tracks',  'Soi Zero' & 'Machim' [Thai] )
April 2001

   *   The Kiss Me beer bar closed for good that month.

(Total Nitespots that month: 18 )

Washington Square
(~ April 1999  to  April 2014)
April 2001

   *   - No changes that month / year.

(Total Nitespots that month: 17 )

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

April 2001

      *   As Suzie of Suzy & Crazy Bar closed her bar beer down in preparation to relocate, the Love Scene reopened there in it's original digs.

(Total Nitespots that month: 21 )

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

April 2001

      *  All Nitespots - CLOSED during renovations.

(Total Nitespots that month: 0 )





But is it ....ART ?

Check out Bangkok's dedicated page at "BKK" <link>


         Graffiti-holic Donna Haden has posted a most excellent article on 'Covid' Street Art Pieces - which also, not coincidentally, illustrates the direction 'graffiti' is taking in this 21st Century.   Her recent article on Redbridge Council's collaboration with graffiti artists appeared on one of our favorite graffiti websites, Graffiti Street <link>.

         As might be inferred by our headline, 'graffiti', much like the American Mafia, has in recent years "gone legitimate" - at least in part.   Graf artists are now busily presenting the 'legitimate' side of their collective face to the public.   In the case of the Mafia, they have diversified into legitimate businesses like real estate and other above-the-board enterprises.   Likewise, graffiti's new 'respectable face' (read: commercial) has manifested itself through open-sale of reproductions of their works, displaying their works in museums and art galleries, auctioning them off in auction houses, doing profile interviews for newspapers, periodicals and documentaries, and presenting at exhibitions and contests on "legal walls" set up by the townships themselves, and even hiring out to ad agencies putting up 'commercial' wall art.

         So, "Why?"...   How could Graffiti - Planet Earth's last, and perhaps only, truly unfettered, uncensored form of expression, have become so grievously compromised?   How could, you ask, the apple have fallen so far from the tree?   Surely the artistic aspects of spraycan art have not diminished, but throwing up on 'legal walls', or putting up murals for The Man?   Who can deny the sense of loss, of betrayal, of abandonment of principles?   Disappearing rapidly is much of the truly creative graffiti art - the colorful, twisted, irreverent, vulgar, disturbing, esoteric, thought-provoking, outrageous 'raging-against-the-machine'...   Alas, the answer to 'Why?' is as it has always been; 'When in doubt, follow the money."   -Graffiti artists who have sold out to commercialism, have also bought into self-censorship.
"Graffiti artists who have sold out to commercialism, -
have also bought into self-censorship."
         The 'Graffiti Community', which once was defined by groups or "crews" of two or more graffiti artists stealing through the night (whose identities were known only to one another), is now something quite different.   Today's Graf Community is now busily redefining itself - no longer do they purvey 'graffiti', it is now called 'street art', or 'art brut'.   The graffiti artists themselves have 'come out' - no longer known by just their tags.   Their real names are now known to the public, many referred to in the Press as 'famous' or 'renown'.   They, and their works are further legitimized in the Media with gushing 'spin-terminology' - such as : 'raising awareness', 'culture', 'beautifying', 'engaging', 'community pride', 'creative', 'transformational' (whatever that means), 'amazing works', etc. - the gamut of adjectives and superlatives....   The word 'Vandalism', it seems, is now proscribed.    Their larger works, no longer 'thrown up' in the dead of night, are called 'murals' and are put up in the light of day with the help of heavy construction equipment, usually supplied by the townships.   Do not the 'commercial' graf artists of today feel, at the very least, a visceral sense of embarrassment?

         However, that having been said, in the instance at hand, the social media presence @ilfordvillage (Twitter, Instagram) have coordinated with the Borough Council of Redbridge in East London to bring on two 'renown' graffiti artists, 'Ben Eine' and 'Dotmasters', to put up two completely legal works with a 'Coronavirus' subtheme.   We, through excerpts, have highlighted these excellently executed 'murals' in this issue.

Bangkok Eyes adheres to a single, comprehensive definition of Graffiti :
"Unauthorized, often illegal markings on another's property."
Bangkok Eyes does not support or advocate any illegal activity.   Content herein showcases the ongoing controversy over Graffiti in our Society and is provided for educational and entertainment purposes only.

With thanks to Cool

Graffiti #1242
Blight 96
6 ft high x 16 ft

Graffiti #1243
Sparkle A-Plenty
6 ft high x 15 ft

Graffiti #1244
10 ft high x 12 ft

Graffiti #1245
Lighter Heads Prevail
12 ft high x 10 ft

Graffiti #1246
Longest Summer
6 ft high x 27 ft

Graffiti #1247
6 ft high x 9 ft

Graffiti #1248
Marshmallow King
5 ft high x 6 ft

Bangkok Eyes is an historically based news outlet, and as such, all graphic excerpts herein are considered, under current legal precedents and
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"The Archives" - All Our Back Issues Here

- 2022 -
- 2021 -
01 JAN -   Covid surges - Nitespots hit
01 FEB -    CoV-19 Vaccine Delay - Bars in Tatters
01 MAR -   CoV-19 Vaccine here - Bars reopen
01 APR -    Covid stable - Travel eases

- 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
01 JUN -    Coronavirus is killing bars
01 JUL -    Coronavirus now rare
01 AUG -    Thais curb Coronavirus
01 SEP -    Covid blockade foils 2nd Wave
01 OCT -    Coronavirus vs Coronaphobia
01 NOV -    Trink Passes On
01 DEC -    Soi 8 Survives
- 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 Mike'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 -
JUN -   Buckskin Joe - Initial Survey

- 1989 -
01 JAN -    (Coming Soon)
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