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01 November 2021
William R.  Morledge

November's Nitelife News
Bangkok's Bars - 20 Years Ago  
A Smile in the Land of Smiles.
Reader's Corner: 'Cowboy' Remembered ...'
Traces - The Early Years - Hotels? 1964
Bangkok's Graffiti Update  - #183
            For the third month in a row new cases of Coronavirus in Thailand have continued to subside, creating a sense of optimism in the Government, the Entertainment Industry and business owners in general.   The Government has substantially reduced the partial lockdown restrictions as well as international travel restrictions, effective 1 November (details below).   While a number of naysayers in influential positions have been saying the current partial reopening is premature and dangerous, official sources are predicting as many as 1 million tourists are to reach Thailand's shores by the end of this year.   While we believe this is on the high side, current changes will definitely result in an increase in tourism.

While the bars in Bangkok remain closed under the current partial Night Entertainment lockdown, lights are coming back on at Nana Plaza Night Entertainment Area in anticipation of additional governmental easings of restrictions.

            The current guidelines for activities within the Kingdom as promulgated on 27 October are found below:
      Thailand’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation (CCSA) has decided to ease lockdown restrictions further by lifting the night-time curfew and the ban on serving alcoholic drinks in restaurants in Bangkok and some other provinces, effective November 1st.

      The CCSA has also significantly reduced the number of the provinces in the “maximum and strict controlled areas” or the so-called “dark red” zone. The change includes Bangkok from November 1st, which coincides with the reopening of Thai borders to foreign arrivals.

      Only in the new “dark red” zone, which now includes Chanthaburi, Tak, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Narathiwat, Pattani, Yala and Songkhla, where COVID-19 infections are still surging, the curfew from 11 pm to 3 am will remain in place, as the restriction has been lifted in Thailand’s remaining 70 provinces.

      In this new “dark red” zone, half of state employees are required to work from home, while any gatherings of more than 50 people are prohibited.   Sports venues can open until 10 pm, with no more than 25% of spectators allowed.   Malls, markets and supermarkets can also open until 10pm.

      According to the CCSA, Bangkok, Krabi, Phang-Nga and Phuket are the only provinces where alcoholic drinks may be served in eateries.

      In provinces categorized as “under watch”, and in tourism “sandbox” provinces, most restrictions have been lifted.   Businesses, entertainment, recreational activities and schools can resume as normal.

      No pubs and bars in Thailand can reopen at this time.

(Note from us:   The above is valid 'until further notice'.   If you are planning to be out touring, please check for updates.)

            For those planning to travel to Thailand in the near future, the current guidance (at the time of publication) is below.
         The Certificate of Entry (COE) previously required by the Thai Government ( - which was issued by your nearest Thai Embassy or Consulate - has been replaced by a shortened checklist shown below as of the beginning of November 2021 :

Exemption from Quarantine (Test and Go)
Thailand Pass Registration System (for air travel only). FOR NON-THAI NATIONALS


*   Travellers from eligible countries / territories only.   (See below listing.)

*   Exempted from quarantine after testing negative for COVID-19 (RT-PCR) after arrival in Thailand.

*   Travel from a port of departure in eligible country / territory and have stayed in eligible countries / territories for at least 21 consecutive days.

               (Check for any updates to the list of eligible countries / territories at the time you plan to travel').

*   Fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no less than 14 days before travelling.

*   Obtain a negative COVID-19 test result (RT-PCR), issued within 72 hours before travelling.

*   Documents:

      *   Passport

      *   Thai Visa

      *   Certificate of Vaccination

      *   Paid AQ / SHA+ hotel reservation confirmation (for the duration of 1 day and including the fee for one RT-PCR test)

      *   Insurance with minimum coverage of 50,000 USD

Eligible Countries Listing

      Note: We have received a report from expats arriving in Thailand on Non-Immigrant-O visas for Retirement that the requirement for quarantine was for 1 day, and the only insurance required was Covid insurance, which cost Baht 3,000 for the duration of the visa.   The single test for Covid was still required, however arrivals were allowed to proceed directly to their apartments/ condos/ hotels immediately after the one-day quarantine.   This abbreviated procedure is not to be found in published documents.   We will continue to attempt to confirm if this is the new policy for this type of visa-holder, and report back as we hear of any official change in policy.

Here we note an 'unintended consequence' of the current easing of the Coronavirus restrictions - the current more liberal international travel regulations have essentially obliterated a need for the "Sandboxes".

          As the new cases of Coronavirus in Thailand continue to subside, we update our "purely chartist" estimate of when we can expect the number of daily cases will drop to below "Third Wave" levels.   Based on the above, we can reasonably expect a "safe" level of viral infections (below 2,000) to be attained by end of January or early February 2022.   Remembering, of course, this estimate is based on current trending only, and as there is always the possibility of another surge, future projections could vary.   Careful management must continue, to include universal vaccinations - including 'booster' re-vaccination, and social hygiene.

               In summation, global herd immunity is the sole way the Coronavirus will be brought under control - the only way the planet will return to 'normal'.   There are only two methods to gain immunity: through vaccination and through contraction of the disease (- and then surviving).   This is the immutable fact.   Our 'take-away from this is, while requirements like masks and insurance and 'social distancing' will continue to fade, it will be a very, very long time before the nations of the world do away with the requirement to have recent Coronavirus vaccinations prior to allowing entry.   Anti-Vaxers take note - this is not about politics or your personal right to choose - if you are planning to travel to Thailand, to enjoy its resurgent Nightlife, you will need to be immunized.


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   READER :     
       You had a mention of 'The Cowboy'.   First Thailand trip ('85).  .....  First (we visited) the Wagon Wheel owned by a Yank named Bowman  ...  ....   Then on to Cowboy's on Washington Square, which at the time had a couple of platforms for "walking to music girls".   We settled ourselves to drinking with the Cowboy.   A nice looking Thai lady came in, pulled Cowboy aside and spoke.   He nodded his head.   The Thai lady then told us that she owned the Alaskan Bar down the street and she had asked the Cowboy if we could come down and play (a few games of darts) against her customers, being "Farangs".......   The Alaskan became Outlaw (where I spent a memorable birthday so well that when I landed in Japan the next day, they weren't going to let me into the county as I looked unwell.   I was.)   The Outlaw became part of Bourbon Street.
Great column this month. Cheers
             This is the only first-hand account we have come across of the relocated Cowboy Bar in Washington Square.   Many thanks.   Fortunately for us, your memory is intact after all these decades...   We didn't include Washington Square in our regular Nightlife surveys until 1999, as we didn't believe they would reach 'Critical Mass' as a Night Entertainment Area (a grave tactical error on our part).   As a result, we had to depend on the surviving Nitespot owners and managers (you know who you are) to compile a thumbnail history of "The Square".   Part of that history follows:
      The Bourbon St. opened in 1986 after changing names more than once.   Originally, what was the main dining room & bar area opened as the Expat’s Retreat.   Not long after that it was reborn as the Texxan, before finally becoming Bourbon St.   At that time, there were two bars next door to it: the Hole-In-One and The Alaskan -which later changed to the Outlaws Bar.   But even this was not to be for very long; both bars were absorbed by Bourbon St., bringing it to its final configuration - before relocating to Sukhumvit Soi 63 (Ekamai).
      P.S.   Kind thanks to our regular contrubutor for helping us with "walking to music girls'.   A term used to describe "A Go-Go girls" who walk back and forth on the stage at a casual pace, regardless of the music being played...
   READER :  
      If my memory serves me okay, you turn left out of Patpong Road into Surawong Road.   The Green Palms Bar & Restaurant was about half a mile down on the right-hand side of the road.   It was mainly noted for its Taxi Dance.   The Green Apples was also a Taxi Dance place.   I think they were the last remaining ones in Bangkok.

            Many thanks for responding to our "Traces" inquiry (last month) on the Green Palms.   New to us is the Green Apples...!   We will continue to try to get more info on these two venues...   Apparently the Taxi Dance Venues were more popular than most remember - we had previously reported on the Prasitipol, The Sida, the Rex Night Club, Lolita (no, not the current Lolita on Soi 8), Suzie Wong (no, not the current Suzie Wong on Cowboy) and a couple places on New Road (mostly Thai).   Perhaps when we get deeper into our clippings and photos, we will have enough to do a feature on Bangkok's "Taxi Dance" scene.
   READER :  
      Your Traces section is becoming my favorite read.   But as you guys said yourselves, more history than nostalgia, as there aren't that many old Bangkok hands still around.   'Keep on keeping on,' as you guys also say...
   READER :  
      GREAT.   I especially like the "old time Bangkok entertainment scene posters".   Kind of wish I had been there then.

            Thanks for the kind words.   If general correspondence is any indicator, more people are reading our Traces section, to include a few "old Bangkok hands" - (see the above on Green Palms).   The 'unintended consequences' of compiling these photos and clippings is that we are now able to form a clearer picture of now-extinct expat Night Entertainment Areas at New Petchburi Road (The Golden Mile), New Road and Gaysorn.   We plan to do in-depth write-ups of these 3 areas individually in the near future.
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 Follies begin-

    Vol. XXX      No. 11
                           Bangkok,  01 November 2021                         
   Free Distribution

            The Patpong 1 Night Entertainment Area is by far the hardest hit of Bangkok's Expat Nitespot Areas and the slowest to prepare for reopening - not a healthy sign...

            The only 'lights-on' in Patpong 1 (except a couple of tourist-goods places near Surawong) was the barber shop we mentioned a couple months back.   They have recently reopened - and have now put up some signage, becoming 'Wong Barber shop'.

            Venues in transition or active on or before 1 November2021 :
         *   Unnamed massage parlor - (Last known name: "Thai Lady".)   - REMAINS OPEN - Upstairs above Thigh Bar
         *    Madrid - REMAINS-OPEN

             The French Kiss has reopened ostensibly as a 'restaurant' for the time being.   Welcome them back - hopefully for the long haul this time around...

             The Dream Boy Bangkok is open - at least, physically - perhaps readying for a full opening in the near future...

            Yet another clip of Soi Cowboy, further documenting the plight of the once thriving Night Entertainment Center - hopefully this will be for the last time, as we now see some Venues in other areas start to reopen...(Filmed 01 November 2021 / 20:10 hours.)

            The Kazy Kozy, while closed inside, has an ongoing 'sreet scene' where local food can be ordered and beverages in paper cups can be enjoyed with the staff.   Shake it, don't break it, gang...

              Lights, as well as optimism, are being turned back on at Nana Plaza, as owner/ managers return to their bars to take stock of the cobwebs and dust.   In the photo below, the Stumble Inn and the Morning Night have not only turned on the lights and swept up, they are making sure the sports televisions are functioning and the beer can still be iced down in the refrigerators.   The only thing stopping customers from wandering in and sitting down is the row of traffic cones barring the entrance stairs.


               By the time you read this, The Blarney Stone will likely have opened fully (currently a soft opening.)   Should any of you be sign-readers, the below Cead Mile Failte translates as '100,000 Welcomes'.   Located in the long-closed (due to Covid) Heidelberg.   The historic Heidelberg was not only the first stand-alone Night Entertainment Venue on Soi 4 (both Rajah and Nana hotels had Nitespots since the mid '60's), it was the one of the last holdouts of the 'German Invasion' of Night Entertainment Venues that opened in the mid-late '70's (Soi 7 Bier Garten now being the last).

File Photo - April 2009

            A couple of months ago we noted that the Champs had taken over from the long-standing Jersey Pub, but that they couldn't open because of the Covid lockdown.   But that was then, this is now.   Welcome them to the piranha pool...   Located at the juncture of Soi 4 and Soi 6.

            Why Not Bangkok, a mostly-katoey Nitespot, has somewhat tentatively reopened...   

            Venues that have re-opened or before 1 November 2021.   (Not inclusive of those Venues reopened last month / previously.)   No Venues closed last month on Soi 4 Nana. :
         *   Chequers - REOPENED

         *   Apsara Day Spa - REOPENED

         *   V Good Massage - REOPENED

         *   Chaos 9 - REOPENED

         *   Bangcockney - REOPENED

         *   Elegance Salon & Massage - REOPENED

         *   Why Not Bangkok - REOPENED

         *   Always Beers & Wine - REOPENED

         *   Golden Beer Bar - REOPENED

         *   Fitzgeralds - REOPENED

         *   Bus Stop - REOPENED

            Opening in the Covid-closed Eat, Drink, Man, Women (EDMW) is the brand-new Silver Sand, a mixed straight-gay Venue - at least for the present.   Drinks served 'by the book' least for the present....   May they be dealt only aces and faces.   Located on the corner of Silom and Soi 4.

 SOI  KATOEY (Silom  Soi  4)

            The below a pic from mid-Soi looking toward Silom, showing a number of Venues newly reopened.   Back on line this month (in addiiton to those listed last month), are Hugs, the Balcony and Bas Living Room.
 SOI  KATOEY (Silom  Soi  4)

 SOI  22  
            Taking over from the already-Covid-closed Kiss Bangkok 1 massage in Subsoi Lemongrass is the Yuki Day Massage.   Rub-a-dub-dub.
 SOI  22  

            Venues in transition on or before 1 November 2021 :
         *   Honey Bee Bangkok - REOPENED -Soi Lemongrass -

         *   Yuki Day Massage - NEW -Soi Lemongrass -

         *   Otto Bar - RE-CLOSED

         *   Connection - RE-CLOSED

         *   Healing In Thai Massage - RE-OPEN - Soi Titanium

         *   Chill Bar - RE-CLOSED
 SOI  22  

            The Hillary 11 remains open, and has taken up the slack from the other "Instagram Girl" Nitespots on the Soi that remain closed (Oskar Bistro, Sugar, Insanity, Bafros, Havana Social).   The Hillary 11 was the busiest place we saw in Bangkok - with a number of freelancers coming and going...
File Photo
 SOI  AMBASSADOR  (Sukhumvit Soi 11) 

             A short clip at the very back of Soi Ambassador, where only 'action' is the recently reopened single-shophouse massage parlors.
 SOI  AMBASSADOR  (Sukhumvit Soi 11) 

            Venues open on or before 1 November 2021   (Not inclusive of those shown as 'open' last month, all of which remain open) :
         *   Tewly Cocktail group (Corrected to 5 active bar beers) - STILL OPEN

         *   Lek's Last Stand - RE-OPEN
 SOI  AMBASSADOR  (Sukhumvit Soi 11) 

  SOI  7  PLAZA  
(And the Soi 7 Bier Garten)
            Soi 7 Plaza was roaring along as per usual on 1 November, when they rather abruptly closed very early.   Being Bangkok's first night free of curfew, a number of Soi 7 Plaza's customers' eyebrows were not surprisingly raised...   The staff from the bars were crowding out into the Soi, and into the street-stall seating.   One might come to the conclusion as to why they closed early that night.... something to do with not staying below the radar....?   How long before they get back to their free-wheeling ways?   Shake it, don't break it, guys (and ladies).   The one bar that remained open was Players, which had only recently reopened (pic below).   Welcome them back to the neon circus.   ...But can we expect a name-change at Players?   We'll keep an ear to the ground and get back atcha...
File Photo

             A quick pan of the street bars outside Soi 7 Plaza along the Soi.   They have regularly been staying open until there were no more customers - the recently lifted curfew has made no difference to their activities.
 SOI  7

            Propaganda, a new bar at the back end of Soi Pan Pan, actually opened a month earlier, but when we passed by at that time (rather close to curfew) it was closed, so we were unable to determine if it had, in fact, opened.   We went back again on 1 November, but it had already closed for the evening.   Many positive reports.   Welcome them to the bright lights, big city...
 SOI  DEAD  ARTIST  (Sukhumvit Soi 33) 

            Aurora Nuru Gel & Aromatherapy has opened in the previous digs of the Dream Connection.   Their signage is quite telling.   Note the word "Massage" has been blacked out.   This due to now-longtime local regulations prohibiting those venues not providing traditional massage from claiming to be massage parlors.   Note the expanded use of credit card payment - largely (but not exclusively) an appeal to Japanese customers.   Note also, they are offering the ever-more-popular 24 hour call out service, indicative of 'masseuses' on premises - thereby further blurring the line between "special massage" and "escort service".   May they continue to slip 'n slide...
 SOI  DEAD  ARTIST  (Sukhumvit Soi 33) 

            Venues reopening on or before 1 November 2021 :
         *   Club Sapporo - RE-OPEN - S 33 Compact Hotel

         *   666 Class - RE OPEN

         *   Daisy Dream Massage - RE-OPEN - Subsoi 3

         *   Akane Fashion Massage - RE-OPEN

         *   Thanks Massage - REOPEN - Soi Pan Pan

         *   7 Heaven - RE-OPEN - Soi Pan Pan
 SOI  DEAD  ARTISTS  (Soi 33 Sukhumvit)

            We visited Soi Eden late on 1 November, further confirming that even though the curfew had been lifted, Night Entertainment Venues were not, in many cases, taking advantage of the additional opening hours.   This is not surprising, however - no customers, no need to stay open.   The one exception was the ever-open Good Time Massage & Salon.
 SOI  EDEN  (Sukhumvit 7 / 1) 

            Venues in transition during the preceding month :
         *   (To be updated next issue.)
 SOI  EDEN  (Sukhumvit 7 / 1) 


Traces of Bangkok's Early Years
      This month Midnite Hour looks back at Bangkok in 1964 as the year comes to a close.   We emphasize that in those early years, a major share of the Night Entertainment happened in the Hotel lounges, bars and dinner-dance venues.   It should be noted, however, that these hotel venues attracted 'couples' more than 'singles' - the likelihood of finding a 'partner for the evening' was considerably less (but not impossible), than in the separate bars, lounges and the few remaining taxi-dance halls.

An unusual story of intrigue and murder at the famed Oriental Hotel
      The Oriental Hotel needs no intro, but Maurice Rocco (originally Rockhold) probably does - at least to the current generation.   This American entertainer wasn't just another 'nobody' taking any booking his agent could find for him.   A concert pianist and renown jazz pianist (who worked with the greats, Cozy Cole, Mack Stuart, etc), Rocco headed up The Three Roccos from an early age at the popular Kit Kat Club in New York.   He went on to record for Decca Records (14 sides) before going over to RCA Victor, all the while appearing in two Hollywood films (Vogues, and 52nd Street - 1938).   During the Second World War, he entertained the troops in person and on AFN (as he was near sighted, and could not join the service).   After the war, he was in the film, Incendiary Blonde (1945)- playing his most well-known pieces.   He also, later, formed his own band, which included the well-known jazz artists Alton Moore, Arville Harris, and Bobby Holmes.
      He early on adopted a style of piano playing while standing up (without a stool), often ending up with one foot on the piano.   This style was emulated shortly afterward by Little Richard, intentionally, or by coincidence.   Many of Rocco's video clips now appear on the Internet <link>.
      It is not fully understood why he suddenly left his 'comfort zone' in the US to perform in Europe and Southeast Asia.   -Not that many of us don't find Southeast Asia a 'comfort zone'...   He finally settled in Bangkok, Thailand for the last 15 years of his life, where he had a residency at the Bamboo Bar in the Oriental Hotel.   He died here (March 24, 1976) under mysterious circumstances, murdered in his apartment - slashed with his own Malay knife by, allegedly, a homosexual partner.

      For the 1964-1965 New Year's Eve, Max's Place on Patpong Road geared up for an all-night seeing-in of the New Year.    (Check out those operating hours...)

      A rare photo from the mid-'60's of the Plaza Hotel entrance and the Thai Room Restaurant.   The hotel didn't provide Night Entertainment, however it provided other conveniences to the Patpong / Surawong revellers in the early years.   The hotel would play an even bigger role in the approaching "R&R era"...   The Thai Room was the original Patpong 2 'after hours' meeting place once the bars had closed...   (Note the ongoing construction of the Montien Hotel can be seen in the upper left corner.)
      This extracted photograph may be from a copyrighted source.

      The Rama Hotel's Ramayana Lounge Bar was yet another of the popular Venues of the day providing an ongoing assortment of live entertainment from abroad.   In this instance (December 1964), the duo of Gino and Franco, in Bangkok directly from Italy.

      This month we provide an 'update' to the Domino, located at Gaysorn Night Entertainment Area.   We previously noted that Domino was more than just a restaurant, however in the above clipping, they are apparently advertising that fact openly.
      The 'Carltonate' in the Carlton Hotel (previously at the Silom-Convent intersection) was another popular Nitespot in it's day.   In later years, it faded to a 'karaoke-dinner lounge', and as the evening wore on, it was usually taken over by drunk Thai patrons (the kiss-of-death to any Nitespot) - driving all other custom away.

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
November 2001

   *  The Girl Friend Bar, located on the 2nd level above the Safari closed its doors.   It was the last of a number of bars that occupied that upstairs location.   No Nitespot currently exists upstairs.

(Total Nitespots that month: 31 )

Patpong 2
November 2001

   *  On 'The Island' Horse Shoes opened where once stood Hot Shoes, (taking back real estate that was temporarily occupied by an expanded Chicken Divine, next door).   Should it reopen after Covid restrictions, it will resume being the relatively new Midnight Bar Beer.

(Total Nitespots that month: 57 )

Soi Cowboy
November 2001

   *  The New Hare & Hound Pub & Restaurant closed permanenty.   Renovations started immediately on what would become Dollhouse (which was in the process of transitioning out of Clinton Plaza).   Dollhouse still exists, and we hope for an early reopening after Covid restrictions are lifted.

(Total Nitespots that month: 33 )

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

   * "Snooker Room" - REOPENED.   It was located at the side fence - 'Plaza side'.

   * Luke's Bar - became Luc's Bar.   (Rename only.)   It was located at the back fence - 'Plaza side'.

   * An 'Unnamed Bar Beer' - NEW.    It was located in the Asoke Corner, right side.

   * Your Friend (no sign) - NEW - in what was 'My Dear" now CLOSED.   It was located on the Asoke Corner , right fence.

   * Internet @ Route 23 - NEW - -    It was located on the Asoke Corner, right side.   An Internet bar (new at the time), it was one of the first to have webcams so the girls could better communicate with their 'offshore' sugar daddys...

   * Nu Jun - NEW -    Replaced Meow? - CLOSED.   It was located on the Asoke Corner, left side.

   * Anne - NEWLY NAMED - Previously opened, but no signage...   Asoke Corner side, on the right.

   * Nong Kwan - NEW -    - Asoke Corner side, on the right.

   * Oasis II - NEW - Next door to Oasis. - Ex: B-52 - CLOSED   - Asoke Corner in the "8-Pak".

(Total Nitespots that month: 43 )

Nana Plaza
November 2001

   *  The Cat House - NEW - took over from Pool Boxers - CLOSED - up on the second level.   Should the existing Nitespot reopen after Covid restrictions, it will resume being Straps.

(Total Nitespots that month: 40 )

Soi Katoey
( Silom Soi 4 )
November 2001

  *  G-4 - NEW - It took over from "420" and Icy Hot, both CLOSED.

(Total Nitespots that month: 10 )

Soi Dead Artists
( Sukhumvit Soi 33 )
November 2001

  *  The Takemura - NEW    Located downstairs in the Peep In Park (Now S 33 Compact Hotel) .   No Nitespot currently occupies that real estate.

  *  The Blue Sky Club up on the 2nd level CLOSED for renovations.   Located in the Peep In Park (Now S 33 Compact Hotel) .   No Nitespot currently occupies that real estate.

  *  The Sanjusan Bangkan opened NEW in the back of the 33 Complex (now demolished to make way for eventual redevelopment).

(Total Nitespots that month: 33 )

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

   *   Honey Bar Drink & Food - REOPENED.   - On the left side.

(Total Nitespots that month: 16 )

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

   *   The Sunflower Traditional & Foot Massage - NEW.   They were located three doors past Bourbon Street.

(Total Nitespots that month: 18 )

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

November 2001

      *   Tivoli (surprisingly) REOPENED. - Located in the main building.

      *   O.K. Beer Bar - CLOSED.   Located outside against outer wall.

      *   Hollywood A Go Go East REOPENED. - Located outside against outer wall..

      *   The Candy Store A Go-Go REOPENED. - Located outside against outer wall..

(Total Nitespots that month: 18 )

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

November 2001

      *  All Nitespots - CLOSED during renovations.

(Total Nitespots that month: 0 )


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      In perusing my tech sites I came across a most unusual article on Graffiti.   The Internet publication Hackaday <link> had an article about a contraption that automatically painted graffiti.   It was called the Graffomat by the creator, Nicolas Roy.

      Although the article didn't have any examples or imbedded video, they did provide a link to the YouTube clip - which we provide here <link>.

      Below is a selection of 'video grabs' from that YouTube clip for your viewing.

With thanks to Cool

Graffiti #1291
Tiki Brains
8 ft high x 18 ft

Graffiti #1292
The Sigma
8 ft high x 10 ft

Graffiti #1293
Strangers On The Shore
8 ft high x 17 ft

Graffiti #1294
Sedan Chairs
6 ft high x 10 ft

Graffiti #1295
Old Blade
5 ft high x 5 ft

Graffiti #1296
Note To Self
5 ft high x 3 ft

Graffiti #1297
A Maze Rising
6 ft high x 9 ft

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.

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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

- 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
01 MAY -    Covid 3rd Wave bashes Nitelife
01 JUN -    Nightlife Dark Ages Continue
01 JUL -    Covid Worsens - Lockdown widens
01 AUG -    Covid-19 Skyrockets - Blanket Testing
01 SEP -    Covid-19 Cases down - Nitelife ailing...
01 OCT -    Covid Cases Down 60%
01 NOV -    Covid Eases, Hopes Rise

- 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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