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01 July 2023
William R.  Morledge


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Bangkok Graffiti  - #203 - Community Graffiti

            he improbably successful Night Entertainment Area at Soi 7 Sukhumvit Road commenced operations on 27 November 2019 with the soft opening of the original Long Shots Bar.   Most of a small handful of bars were still under construction or being fitted out.   The Nightspot Area didn't even have a name - rumors were floated that it would be called, "Nana Plaza & 7" - which no one took too seriously.   Eventually, perhaps by consensus (due to the number of bars coming in from the closing Queen's Park Plaza), it was referred to by most as Soi 7 Plaza (still no sign...).   Today, after a number of fits and starts, it is officially the 7 Center Point.
 SOI  7 

            By New Years 2020, it had reached critical mass with 14 viable Nitespots.   The area, still unnamed, was not yet well-known - precipitating predictions from the local pundits that it would die a quick and unceremonious death (we were one among those those prophets-of-doom).   As if to confirm our predictions of annhilation, less than three months later, all Bangkok Nitespot Venues were closed down on implementation of the first Covid-19 closure decree.      Virtually no one expected the Soi 7 Plaza / 7 Center Point to survive the Pandemic.

      The Soi 7 Plaza / 7 Center Point has the highest turn-over of bars, and bars relocating within the Bar Area.   Additionally, the Bar Area itself is continuously being physically rearranged (literally shapeshifting) to maximize the utilization of the limited area set aside for bars.   The only method of keeping track of which bars are active - and where they are in the Night Entertainment Area is to update their map on a regular basis.
 SOI  7 

            In the last half of the approximately 2 1/2 years of the Pandemic there were some partial, short-lived reopenings of the Night Entertainment Areas in Bangkok (outside serving only, no dancing, masks, etc).   There were also several bars surreptitiously opening ŕ la 'speakeasy', which could be found city-wide, to include at the Soi 7 Plaza / 7 Center Point, so there were the telltale signs that it was far from 'dead'.   But the Soi 7 Nitespot Area's woes were not over - even after Thailand had allowed the other Bangkok Night Entertainment Areas to reopen.   Jiggery-pokery of the highest order at the Soi 7 Plaza / 7 Center Point was rampant - by either the land owner or the Men-In-Too-Tight-Uniforms, or "Those with Military Connections", or all three, - as they continued to keep it in lockdown (see photo below).   During this period, the Venues at the back of the Soi 7 Plaza / 7 Center Point compound on the South side were demolished, ostensibly for a 'carpark' (the carpark never materialized).   Recently, what remained of the Soi 7 Plaza / 7 Center Point (after the partial demolition) has fully reopened, and it is once again one of the busier Nitespot Areas in Bangkok.

      During the Pandemic closures the street bars continued to remain open, virtually without a break, frequently populated by freelancing former bargirls from the closed Venues.   This photo taken at the front of Soi 7 Plaza / 7 Center Point during the lockdown.
 SOI  7   

            For convenience in reporting, in that the Soi 7 Bier Garten is contiguous to 7 Center Point we have been including them in our 7 Center Point Night Entertainment Area surveys.   We note in passing that the beer garden was busy for the first time since prior to the Covid-19 Pandemic.   We further note that the late night food court (see map) was also crowded - perhaps for the first time ever...
 SOI  7   



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   READER :     
      You briefly mentioned the old Apoteka in your blues revue this month (June), which I vividly recall from a couple of earlier visits to LOS.   But perhaps you also could have published a photo of it in your article?   Not really a complaint, just keep up the good works.
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      We also recall the good times at the Apoteka.   At your mention above, we republish a photo of a good friend of ours, Humble Mike (left) and Danny of the Danny's California's Blues Allstars taken when they performed at Apoteka on New Year's Eve to an SRO crowd.
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    Vol. XXXII      No. 07
                           Bangkok,  01 July 2023                         
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 PATPONG  1  
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       Patpong 1 Road A Go-Go dancers on a break between 'floors' shopping apparel at a popular Nightlife sundries shop.
 PATPONG  1 

       They no longer keep up the pretense that Patpong 1 is a Night Entertainment Area, the sign now reading, 'Night Market'.   A sad turn of historical significance....
 PATPONG  1 

 PATPONG  2  
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       The Tanoshii Bar has moved in lock, stock and barstool to the tiny bar that was (pre-Covid) Dragon Beer Bar. Primarily (but not exclusively) aimed at Nippon clientele, several of the staff were previously employed in Soi Thaniya.   Welcome them to the bright lights, big city...



 PATPONG  2 
       A quick look through the window at the Delaney's bar.   It looks like a lot has been removed from within, but it is still showing signs of activity.   We're just going to wait and see if Delaney's will reopen...
 PATPONG  2 

       The stairwell going up to the Patpong Museum and the Black Pagoda is still brightly decorated...   Hopefully, these venues will resume operation in the near future...
 PATPONG  2 

 SOI COWBOY  
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            The long-promised new neon for the The Dollhouse A Go-Go Bar has finally been nailed up - and looking spectacular.   Let the good times roll...
 SOI  COWBOY 

 NANA PLAZA  
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            There was no change in the inventory of Nitespots within and along Nana Plaza, so we thought we would put up a classic pic of the original Nana Entertainment Plaza (literally translated as Nana Plaza Entertainment Center).   The pic is nusual in that it is one of the few surviving which shows the sign with 100% illumination (virtually all pics show one or more of the letters on the sign burned out).
 NANA  PLAZA

 SOI  NANA  
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               Last month we noted that the Blackout appeared to have closed, and an unnamed bar was having their soft opening / welcoming party (see photo below).   As it happens, the new bar is the Red Hog Bar, but we were just a day or two too early to catch the new neon signage.   We shall endeavor to have photos next issue, but in the meantime, welcome them to the nightcircus...
 SOI  NANA  -  (SOI  4  SUKHUMVIT)

 SOI  KATOEY  
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            Has the upstairs Hugs Bar - Disco turned over a new leaf?    They have been open for two months without a closure.   May they persevere...
 SOI  KATOEY (Silom  Soi  4)

 SOI  22  
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            The now defunct Narnia Bar was located deep in the Soi opposite the B52 Cowboy Bar.   It was killed off quickly by both the Covid lockdowns and location, location, location.   So it was a surprise to us to see it reopen as the brand-new Bebop Bar-Cafe.   Their specialty of the house is not just real Kentucky bourbon, but tequila straight from Mexico (yes, really).   By the time you read this their new neon should be nailed up firmly in place.   May they be dealt only aces and faces...


 SOI  22  

             Deep in Subsoi Titanium the Craik gave up the ghost, only to be replaced by the new Moon Smile.   Modus operandi same-same.   Welcome them to the sharkpool.
 SOI  22  

             After a long run (one of the oldest bars on Soi 22), and a temporary closedown, The Connection slid into the abyss.   Quick to step into the breach was the Together 22 bar.   Welcome them as they step into the line of fire...
 SOI  22  

 SOI  AMBASSADOR  
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            The Orange Bangkok is springing up like mushrooms after the rains.   Two months ago they opened up a double-sized pool bar by that name on Soi Eden (Soi 7\1) - and it is now doing a passable trade.   This month they have opened newly in the just-closed Rock & Legend blues-rock bar on Soi 11/1.   The Orange started out as a VW van mobile bar parked on Soi Ambassador (Soi 11) just before the Pandemic, later moving off the roadway becoming part of the Tewley Cocktail group of bar beers.   It then moved down Soi Ambassador about 200 meters opening its own expanded pool bar.   When the landowners closed down all the opportunistic bars and restaurants opposite the Ambassador, we took it for granted that would be the end of Orange Bangkok.   It was, apparently, just the beginning...   Let the nightgames begin...
 SOI  AMBASSADOR  (Sukhumvit Soi 11) 

            The Moon Bar & Bistro opened brand-spanking-new in Subsoi Havana Social.   Welcome them to these streets of shame.   We note: It's getting to be a popular Subsoi, what with a number of relatively new Nitespots and Restaurants...
 SOI  AMBASSADOR  (Sukhumvit Soi 11) 

            A few years ago, the small lane in the Ambassador Hotel going from Soi Ambassador deep into the hotel was home to a row of massage parlors, geared mainly to hotel guests and South Asian toursts.   During a renovation by the hotel, those massage parlors disappeared.   Today the Borno Salon & Massage has opened in that lane.   Welcome to the briar patch...
 SOI  AMBASSADOR  (Sukhumvit Soi 11) 

            For whatever reason the massively popular Havana Social has closed.   Those on the Subsoi say the closure will be for two weeks, perhaps for a 'renovation'.   A big wait-and-see item.   We'll get back atcha next round.
 SOI  AMBASSADOR  (Sukhumvit Soi 11) 

  7  CENTER  POINT  -  (SOI  7  PLAZA)  
(And the Soi 7 Bier Garten)
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            Suddenly, the "island" at the back of the 7 Center Point has been remodeled, making way for additional bar beers.   One of those is yet another Nitespot by Big B.   This one named, somewhat peculiarly, Piss Stop Bar.   A mini pool bar with friendly hostesses, it is the 3rd such Big B Venue in this relatively small compound.   Shake it, don't break it, ladies...
 7  CENTER  POINT  

            The second new bar beer to open in the Center Point 'island' is the 69 Bar.   Welcome them to the machine...
 7  CENTER  POINT  

            Center Point's seminal bar, Long Shots (after having disappeared off the 'Island' a couple of months ago) reappeared on the North wall, and it seems the beat continues as if it had never stopped.   This is their third location within the Entertainment Area.   
 7  CENTER  POINT  

            The Flamingo, also located on the 'Island' was darker than a poisoned well when we passed by the other evening.   It doesn't look like a permanent closing, so we will withhold judgement on it's passing until our next survey...
 7  CENTER  POINT  

 SOI DEAD  ARTISTS 
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            This month we update our photo record for the new (last month) Tibet Gate, which has added some new signage.   May they continue to provide culture, live music, meditation, food and drink...
 SOI  DEAD  ARTIST (Sukhumvit Soi 33) 

 SOI  EDEN 
MAP
            Last month we announced the name of the heretofore unnamed poolbar as Orange Bangkok.   This month we see they have continued to add interior and exterior decorations, creating (presumably) a more comfortable environment for the customer, and certainly as more attractive appearance to the passerby...   Gotta let the train roll on...
 SOI  EDEN  (Sukhumvit 7 / 1) 

            What was The Cool Sports Bar suddenly disappeared in May of 2022.   While a few pool tables remained active in those premises, it could hardly be called a Night Entertainment Venue.   But that was then, this is now... we welcome the new Crazy Bar (no relation to Soi Cowboy's Crazy House).   The operative descriptor unchanged...
 SOI  EDEN  (Sukhumvit 7 / 1) 

 

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Traces of Bangkok's Early Years

      On the opening of two all-night Venues, (the coffee shops at the Grace Hotel and the Thermae Turkish Bath), the pre-Soi Cowboy Sukhumvit Road era was born.   Together with the then-recently opened Coffee Shop at the Nana Hotel, ladies-of-the-evening and expat nightcrawlers were within walking distance of what would become three notorious freelancer havens of Nighttime entertainment.   From this point onward in Bangkok's Nightlife history, ever more bars would be opening in the 'lower Sukhumvit area'.   Meanwhile, Bangkok's 'more respectable' Venues continued to bring in top-name Entertainment from abroad....


      The above photo advertisement puts to rest the often mooted and regularly debated question of when the Thermae Coffee Shop actually opened.   Completely by chance we found this clipping announcing their opening day in the 30 October 1966 edition of the Bangkok World newspaper.   The Thermae was, like many such Venues, primarily a turkish bath massage parlor with add-on Coffee Shop and barber shop.   It was the basement Coffee Shop, however, that became the notorious all-night 'underground' freelancer Venue of infamy.   Touted as both the best and worst of Bangkok's Night Entertainment Venues, the Coffee Shop outlived (by a decade) the upstairs turkish bath and barbershop, finally closing down, and relocating two doors down to Ruamchit Mansion on 18 July 1996, where it continues to thrive.          30 October 1966


      Opening just two days before the (aforementioned) Thermae Coffee Shop was the Grace Hotel.   It's Coffee Shop (captured in the above historic photo) would become yet another notorious freelancer bar - taking advantage of its 'in-hotel' status to remain open 24 /7.
      The Coffee Shops of the Grace Hotel, Nana Hotel and the Thermae Turkish Bath would regularly bear witness to streams of freelancers as well as farangs coursing on foot, taxi or samlor from one of the three venues to another, in an attempt to maximize their dusk-till-dawn 'opportunities'.   Not uncommon was the sight of a farang sharing a samlor ride with freelancers going from the Grace to the Thermae.                   October 1966




       The Keynote Club / Restaurant continued to be one of the more popular venues in the growing Patpong Road scene. .
October 1966
       The Sani Chateau in the Gaysorn Night Entertainment Area continued to outshine other Bangkok Nitespot Venues bringing in a number of first class international entertainers.   American singing star Johnny Mathis was in town for a one-night gig in October of 1966.           October 1966


The Cafe De Paris. located on Surawong Road immediately opposite Patpong 1 (and in front of the Montien Hotel) was popular, not only for its live entertainment, but its friendly hostesses.             October 1966


      The Honey Night Club had a very popular run in the late 1960's but it wasn't to last.   Located on Suriwong Road between the New Road and Patpong Entertainment Areas, it relied heavily on the Manhora and Trokadero hotels.   With the later rise of the Patpongs and the eventual downsizing of the New Road Night Entertainment Area, the Honey Night Club could not continue to stay in business.
  October 1966


      The Heaven Turkish Bath on Surawong Rd. was close enough to New Road to be considered to be within the then-central business district of Bangkok.   At that juncture, the nightlife in that part of town was it's own considerable, and quite popular 'Night Entertainment Area'.   But the handwriting was already on the wall, what with the growing interest in the Patpong Road area, it was only a matter of time before New Road would lose its glamor and its status as "Business District"...
October 1966



       It wouldn't seem that a massage parlor on Sukhumvit Soi 21 (Soi Asoke) in the mid-1960's would be an advantageous location, but the Nikko Onsen was in fact near JUSMAGTHAI facilities on that soi, to include a youth center and a bowling alley.
October 1966

      Patpong 2's Plaza Hotel (today's Pavillion Hotel) was home to two Nitespots : the Thai Room and the Other Office (see clipping above).   The Other Office survives today as the Old Other Office Bar and is the longest standing Nitespot on the Patpongs.
October 1966




       Located on Silom Road about half way from Patpong Road to Deja Road, the Nancy was outside of the mainstream Night Entertainment areas.
October 1966





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An inscription by the Russian military reads “This was an order Sorry” on the wall of a private residence, Bucha, Kyiv region.   (Photo courtesy Alena Grom)

                  The Ukrainian Mizhvukhamy Cultural Society has been archiving Russian soldiers’ graffiti since the liberation of the Kyiv, Kharkiv, and Kherson regions.   The nonprofit group has collected over 500 inscriptions left by Russian soldiers, according to Anastasia Olexii, the archive’s project manager.   Olexii stayed in Kyiv during the region’s occupation and visited nearby villages as soon as the Russians retreated in early April 2022.   That’s when she and her colleagues, Mizhvukhamy’s founder Pavlo Haidai and philosopher Oleksandr Filonenko, discovered the various graffiti and decided to begin documenting them.   Photo excerpts and translations for photos provided by Hyperallergic.com.   See links below.

An inscription by the Russian military reading "Glory to the Generation" and an image of a swastika on the wall at a school in the Kropyvnia, Kyiv region (image courtesy Pavlo Smovzhh).


The inscription by the Russian military reads, "Your home is our home," on the wall of a private house in the Velyka Dyjerka, Kyiv region (photo courtesy Proslav.info).


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01 JUN -    Gay Patpong ? -Twilight Gone
01 JUL -    Bars - 50 Years On
01 AUG -    Soi 8 Reviste
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01 NOV -    The Patpong Museum
01 DEC -    Queen's Park Fades - Soi 7 Opens

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01 DEC -    A Go-Go's Story

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01 MAR -    Nightscene rues Mob
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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
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01 NOV -    A Good Old Boy...
01 DEC -    Lang Suan & Sarasin

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01 MAY -    Where to Next ?
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01 JUN -    Ekamai - It Used To Be Too Far
01 JUL -    Nightlife Pioneers
01 AUG -    The New Puritans
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01 OCT -    FAIL - War on Nitespot Drugs
01 NOV -    Patpong Unbroken
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01 NOV -    Floodless in Bangkok
01 DEC -    Soi Udomsuk

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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


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01 JUL -    Rain Dogs - The Underground
01 AUG -    Soi Thonglor - A bridge-too-far
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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 -
(OUR 2002 TEST COLUMNS :)
01 FEB -    January: Big Changes In Bar Scene
09 JUN -    Sukhumvit Square 'Explosion'

(OUR REGULAR COLUMNS BEGIN :)
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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