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01 April 2024
William R.  Morledge

April's Nitelife News
A Smile in the Land of Smiles.
Reader's Corner:  Peppermint Lounge
Traces of Our Past - "Entertainment Golden Age"
Graffiti In The News #212
            There are a number of perennial Nitelife topics of discussion among both longtime residents and new arrivals.   Some of the popular examples: "Was Soi Cowboy an R&R bar area?" or, "What is the oldest bar in Bangkok?" or, "When did the Thermae really open?" or, "What was the first bar in Nana Plaza?" etc...   But none comes up in conversation as often, and none is more controversial than "What was the first A Go-Go bar?"
Miss Saengdao
            Recently, we have come across two more write-ups on the subject, neither accurately reflecting the history of A Go-Go in Bangkok.   The best way to clear up any controversy would be to present the known facts as compared to commonly held beliefs.   So, let's have a look at the commonly held belief that the Grand Prix Bar on Patpong 1 Road became the first A Go-Go bar in Thailand in 1969.   After little research, we find this to be the quintessential example of "The Power Of The Printed Word" - Alan Dawson's popular book, Patpong: Bangkok's Big Little Street (1988) spelled it out most succinctly :
"Patpong, 1969.   A woman, totally oblivious to her place in history, dances on a stage to a rock 'n roll song on a jukebox in the Grand Prix Bar.   So ... occurred the first successful go-go bar in Patpong.   In Bangkok.   In Thailand.   In Asia."
And while this "Grand Prix + A Go-Go + 1969" version of events had been bandied about prior to Alan's book, once published and read by the multitudes, it had become a chiseled-in-stone 'mantra'.   So much so, this version was even included in the Patpong Museum's guided tours.
            Since our early survey years in the 1990's, one of our primary areas of focus has been the origins of A Go-Go.   Perhaps our most popular Midnite Hour issue was on A Go-Go dancing's origins - as evolved after World War II (See our Whence "A Go-Go"? <link> from February 2006.)   For the last 5 years or so, Bangkok Eyes' Midnite Hour has been digging back into our old 'clippings' and other documents in order to build an holistic picture of Bangkok's earlier Nightlife history.   In our research, we found several instances of early "A Go-Go shows" in the '60's - an indication of Bangkok's growing interest in this form of Night Entertainment.   But of even more interest to us was our discovery that two Nitespots had regular A Go-Go dancing as far back as 1966, approximately 3 years prior to A Go-Go being introduced to Patpong 1 Road at the Grand Prix Bar.   Both of these seminal bars, the Naturist (Sathorn Rd), and the Oasis (New Road) were popular bars, lasting into the 1970's, and were often advertised in the Press and publications for distribution, like Bangkok After Dark (BAD), and pamphlets given to G.I.s on R&R.
              Immediately below, we have provided samplings of our collected documentation showing the establishment of A Go-Go dancing in Bangkok as a regular feature - going back at least as far as September 1966.
Naturist - Sathorn Road

      The clipping immediately above is from Bernard Trink's Nite Owl pages, September 1966.   The advertisement at the left is from the July 1967 Bangkok After Dark, (BAD), a full year after Trink first mentioned it in the Nite Owl, indicating A Go-Go was still going strong.   The Naturist also remained open into the '70's.
      The Naturist claimed they were the first to have A Go-Go in Thailand, and after going all the way back through our 1964 clippings, we have found nothing to disprove this.   (Note :   The world's first A Go-Go dancing was at the Los Angeles Whisky A Go-Go in 1964.)   Footnote : Bernard Trink later described dancers Jaye Stevens and Jill Hamilton as native lasses from Australia.

Oasis - New Road
      The above clipping is from Bernard Trink's Nite Owl column, September 1966.   Miss Saengdao is, as far as known, Thailand's first regularly performing Thai A Go-Go dancer.   The Oasis lasted well into the early '70's as one of Bangkok's more popular New Road Nightclubs.
            Credit where it is due.   Although not Bangkok's first A Go-Go bar, the Grand Prix was no less a seminal bar in the emergence of Patpong Road as the preeminent Night Entertainment Area on planet Earth.   At the time Rick Menard introduced A Go-Go to Patpong 1, it was not immediately an overwhelming favorite, but success was quick to follow.   Very soon, new bars on Patpong would be opening where A Go-Go would be the main, or only featured attraction.   By the end of 1989, Patpong Roads 1 & 2 had become known worldwide as the 'go-to' place for Night Entertainment.
Grand Prix
         While we are myth-busting, we note that while the Grand Prix was in fact the first bar to introduce A Go-Go to Patpong 1 Road (successful, or otherwise), A Go-Go was only one of it's regular features.   It was also (perhaps) the first 'Sports Bar' on Patpong 1, regularly screening boxing films on weekends.   It also hosted live music, often ad-hoc on its tiny 'bandstand'.   (Not to mention the just-plain-drinking-bar.)   It is useful to mention that in 1969, the "100% A Go-Go bars" were not yet in existence.
         Below are some of the original A Go-Go crew from 1969 (stretching into 1970).   We note the Grand Prix Bar 'borrowed' the stringed curtain format from the Oasis A Go-Go stage (see above photo).   (--We wonder if this 'curtain effect' was part of the effort to get around dancing license problems?)   Also noted was the dancer attire was still far from the bikini-clad 'standard-uniform' of future years.   -BTW, has anyone noticed (as did Bernard Trink) that Rick Menard's original crew were all English lasses?


                     A final note - 'The A Go-Go story' is an ongoing effort on our part - as we continue to comb through our old clippings and other documents, we shall keep all posted on any changes or updates on the subject.


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      I was wondering if you know where in Bangkok the various scenes from The Deer Hunter movie were filmed?

      I have forwarded a copy of your email to a friend who has more detail on The Deer Hunter, and I will get back to you if there is any additional info.   So far, I know of only 2 segments of that film that were filmed in Bangkok.
   ** An overview of Patpong Road (the crowd scene) (cut to..) Walken outside the Mississippi Queen, entering.
   ** Walken inside the Mississippi Queen A Go-Go bar talking to hostess.
Addendum from friend:
      Yes, that information is correct about Patpong 'acting' as a Saigon street & bar interior.   I would add that I understand that the scenes with Walken in the military hospital were also filmed in Bangkok (no idea exactly where).
      Also of note are the two Russian roulette scenes.   The first was filmed at a location on the River Kwai about four or five hours to the north west of Bangkok.   The second of these scenes (in which Walken shoots himself) I can confirm was filmed at a warehouse on a river some way outside of Bangkok, and definitely not in the Mississippi Queen bar in Patpong as has been wrongly stated by many sources.
      There are some other scenes shot in Thailand representing Vietnam locations in the Deer Hunter but I don't know of any that were also filmed in Bangkok.
      Hope this helps.
      Last month we noted the opening of Vovo on Soi Dead Artists (Soi 33 Sukhumvit), stating it was a "Pink Salon".   Our (Bangkok resident) expert on Japanese Nightlife advises us it is actually a Spa (confirmed by viewing their website).   Nevertheless, certain services are expressly stated when Googling...

   READER :  
      Walking down Patpong the other day I saw what was left of one of the old Peppermint Lounge signs still not removed after all this time.   Now, that's an old memory from the cobwebs.   Do you know when the Peppermint Lounge closed?
      That is almost a trick question.   The Peppermint Lounge became the Peppermint Bistro & Club in April of 1993.   Nevertheless everyone (including us) still referred to it as the 'Peppermint Lounge'.   The Peppermint (Bistro & Club) closed its doors for the final time in November 1998, but not before it added "Restaurant" to it's name, becoming Peppermint Bistro Club & Restaurant.   We suspect the original name change came about because of copyright infringement on the original, which opened in Manhattan in 1958.   (Copyright infringement crackdowns hit Patpong regularly in those years - Pink Panther, etc...)
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Let the Follies begin-

    Vol. XXXIII      No. 04
                           Bangkok,  01 April 2024                         
   Free Distribution

       There is a building on Patpong 1 that is just a building.   Currently, it is used as a place to park a motorcycle or two, or sometimes it's used as a temporary 'warehouse'.   But (we hear on good authority) in previous times, it was an electrical substation & housed a backup generator.   But for what?   Back in the '50's the Patpong family was encouraging commercial establishments to open offices on the Patpongs, and one of the biggest incentives was to offer reliable electrical power (in those early years, power outages were commonplace).   The generator and electrical switching has long been removed - leaving the building vacant for decades...
       Last month we noted that Mizu's had resumed vigorous renovations once again, but we didn't know what the intended use might be.   This month, while we do not know the name of the new Venue, we at least know it will be a bar restaurant.   It is likely that by the time you read this, the new place will have opened.   We'll catch up next issue...

       Vinai's Bar has got some new signage - not that it needed it - it has been a regular "watering hole" for the 'old hands' for years.....   Keep on truckin'
       The 'on-again, off-again' Top Light is 'off again'.   Located in the strip of ground floor single-shophouse Nitespots under The Ramp.
            A 'For-the-Archives" pic of the Venus and Weed Hub.   We haven't seen any cannabis shops closing down, nor have we seen them full of customers.... we wonder how they pay the rent....   (In general, we note no change in bar inventory on Soi Cowboy this past month - business remains relatively good in spite of the onset of the "hot season"...).   
            We were going to feature a pic on Wonderland (2nd level), however we could only find this rather blurry shot from an old video clip (?).   Nana Plaza remains busy, however not at the level of previous months. Likely attributable to the "hot season".
               A "For-the-Archives" pic of the Angels Four, a constant at that location since July 2017.   Keep on rockin'.

            Last month we noted the soft opening of The Stranger Bar at the end of the Soi.   This month they have the rest of their signage up, to include an "across-the-soi" banner which can be seen from Silom Road.   Keep on keeping on...
 SOI  KATOEY (Silom  Soi  4)

            The single-shophouse digs (that was The Stranger Bar before they moved deep into the Soi) will soon be the Valour Bangkok Wine Bar.   Looks like they'll be opening once they've hired the crew...   (Oh, and what is a 'Gatsby'?)
 SOI  KATOEY (Silom  Soi  4)

            At the top of the Soi (ground level, the Holiday Inn) is the brand-new, well-appointed Burbric Craft Beer.   It looks like they are already starting to get a following...   Welcome to the bright lights, big city...
 SOI  22 Sukhumvit Rd 

             The Bebop Bar (deep in Soi 22, opposite B52 Cowboy Bar) hasn't been open long, but is starting to get some 'regulars'.   We might be wrong, but we think "Basueno" is a sponsoring tequila?   May they continue to keep the sharks at bay...
 SOI  22 Sukhumvit Rd 

            The Ola Ola has put up some new signage.   Probably motivated by the need to let passers-by know they were a "Massage" - as virtually no one knew what kind of a Venue they were.   May they keep on a slippin' and a slidin'...
 SOI  22 Sukhumvit Rd 

            For those who like Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), it doesn't get any more 'mixed' than this...   Bangkok's Soi Ambassador (Sukhumvit Soi 11), had a running 'Last Tranny Standing' battle late-late on 4 March, spilling over into early 5 March, as dozens of Thai and Philippine eunuchs and transvestites battled it out with each other (and police) over the previous week's bad blood.   Officialdom became alarmed - while the general public became amused...   We submit that 'Katoey Wars' might even supplant Muay Thai as the national sport...
 SOI  AMBASSADOR  (Sukhumvit Soi 11) 

            We had all but given up on the Lotus Beauty and Massage (located deep in a side-soi), but we find they are very much open for business.   What threw us off was they were closing early on nights where there were no customers (not unusual for massage parlors).   We'd welcome them back, but they weren't gone...
 SOI  AMBASSADOR  (Sukhumvit Soi 11) 

            The brand-new Leggs 11 have moved in to the recently closed Big B's CD Bar.   Welcome to the big city lights....   Note: Big B is far from gone, they move about in 7 Center Point like a bubble in a Hippy lava lamp....
 7  CENTER  POINT (Sukhumvit Soi 7) 

            The farthermost back upstairs area in the old Bier Garten is now open for business.   Mentioned in an earlier issue, we were not sure whether it would be a Specialty Massage or a S.T. Hotel.   Their sign pretty much spells out which.
 7  CENTER  POINT (Sukhumvit Soi 7) 

            The newest and smallest beer bar to open at 7 Center Point is the Up To You, located at the very back of the compound.   A sign is forthcoming.   Welcome them to the machine.
 7  CENTER  POINT (Sukhumvit Soi 7) 

            The Best Friends is set to open in the 6-Pak 'island' in the old (and short-lived) We For You Too digs.   Once it opens, we'll get back atcha with a pic or two.
 7  CENTER  POINT (Sukhumvit Soi 7) 

            The Iku Iku Girls & Bar has been replaced by the Komachi.   Located midway down the Soi.   Modus operandi unchanged.   Welcome them to the neon nights...
 SOI  DEAD  ARTIST (Sukhumvit Soi 33) 

            What was recently the Mystique Massage became the New Mystique Massage, only to quickly become the New Massage New Thai Massage - taking over lock, stock and Tiger Balm.   Welcome them to the neon circus.
 SOI  DEAD  ARTIST (Sukhumvit Soi 33) 

            Last month we noted Soi Eden had become 'One Way', wondering how it would work out.   Well, it didn't work out that well, so maybe a bigger sign will help....   The Soi experienced no change in bar inventory this month....
 SOI  EDEN  (Sukhumvit 7 / 1) 


Traces of Bangkok's Early Years

      The '60's and '70's proved to be a "Golden Age" of entertainment in Bangkok's nightclubs.   That period differed from today's resurgence of live music in Bangkok's "clubs and pubs" in that they were bringing in international stars.   That scene has long faded into history - the paradigm has shifted - should an entertainer of any celebrity come to perform in Bangkok today, it would be at an arena or stadium, and not in the intimate setting of a nightclub.   Meanwhile, the R&R Night Entertainment Scene continued to 'explode' on New Petchburi Road and parts of Sukhumvit Road.

      The Honey Nightclub continued to have live large-production entertainment, usually groups from Asian countries.   What caught our eye was the ad for Krating Thong beer (the beer would soon enough disappear from the market, but the company would later come out with Krating Daeng - or, 'Red Bull').   We ask ourselves - how does one sell bottled draft beer?   Isn't it either 'draft' or 'bottled'?
November 1967

      The Four Lads, known less for their nightclub appearances, were recording artists having a number of gold records in the 1950's, 1960's, and 1970's.   They were popular guest performers on the variety shows on US television during those years.   An award-winning Canadian male singing quartet that exists today, however the original members passed away several years ago.   The Sani Chateau was located in the Gaysorn Night Entertainment Area.
November 1967
      Normally, the entertainment at the Yard Of Ale comes from owner, pianist and raconteur Sam Scott, so we are surprised he brought aboard Maggie Bowra and her own piano player.   Located corner of Silom Road and Convent Road, across from Patpong.
November 1967

      The Domino has been running the same advertisement for over a year, which tells us Narcing (the third Aguilar brother) had a permanent gig going.   Located in Gaysorn Night Entertainment Area.
November 1967

      The Aguilar brothers (& backup) continued to make the rounds on the New Road & hotel circuits with their afternoon Tea Dances and nighttime musical gigs.   (The third brother, Narcing was a regular at the Domino at Gaysorn.)
November 1967

      Susie's Little Inn, a longtime Gaysorn favorite, advertised as a restaurant, but was also a 'lounge' later in the evenings.
  November 1967

      The popular Angara Service Turkish bath was located at the top of Sri Ayuthaya Road.   It would seem to be too far out of town, not being close to any of the major Night Entertainment Areas of the day.   But Sri Ayuthaya Road was opening a number of fishbowl massage parlors (Chao Phraya 1 & 2, Chawala 2), and customers were readily available from the Chao Phraya BOQ, just down the block.
November 1967

      The Cafe De Paris was one of several Nitespots introducing A Go-Go shows to Bangkok - while not yet having that style of entertainment as a regular feature.   (The only exceptions were the Oasis on New Road and the Naturist on Sathorn Road, both ramping up in 1966).
November 1967

      The Pearl S. Buck Foundation found out the hard way that no good deed goes unpunished.   The vernacular Press warned that "some Thai people" are worried that aid to Amerasian babies could lead to promiscuous behavior by their mothers, in that they would have more free time on their hands to 'get into more trouble' with American G.I.s...
  November 1967
      Although this clipping has nothing to do with Night Entertainment, we couldn't help notice the 1 baht price of a soft drink.   That would now be over a thousand percent inflation since 1967.
November 1967

       This has nothing to do with Night Entertainment of that era, (Long before the giant screen Sports Bars made their way to Bangkok), but it is an interesting historical factoid on the subject.
November 1967

   Air Vietnam (known tongue-in-cheek in Viet Nam as 'Air Nuoc Mam') was offering 5, count 'em, 5 flights a week to visit the sunny Viet Nam War...
November 1967


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01 MAY -    Bangkok's Temporary Bars
01 JUN -    The Blues
01 JUL -    7 Center Point
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01 SEP -    Bua Luang - We Hardly Knew Ye
01 OCT -    Trendy Plaza Revisit
01 NOV -    7 Center Point - Doubling Down
01 DEC -    - Patpong 1988 - 1989

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01 MAR -   Bangkok Nitelife rebounds
01 APR -    Covid High amid Reopenings
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01 JUL -    Thailand Reopens
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01 OCT -    W District - After COVID
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01 DEC -    The Godfather Crucible
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01 FEB -    CoV-19 Vaccine Delay - Bars in Tatters
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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
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01 SEP -    Covid-19 Cases down - Nitelife ailing...
01 OCT -    Covid Cases Down 60%
01 NOV -    Covid Eases, Hopes Rise
01 DEC -    Covid Eases Again - Nitelife Restarts

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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
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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

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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
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01 FEB -    Hua Hin Nights
01 MAR -   Hooking-Up
01 APR -    Soi Than Tawan
01 MAY -    Our Saloon-Count Surveys
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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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
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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

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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 -    Patpong 1 Map 1988-89
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