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Bangkok,
01 May 2024
William R.  Morledge


Colin Hastings Passes
May's Nitelife News
A Smile in the Land of Smiles.
Reader's Corner:  Whence A Go-Go, Continued...
Traces of Our Past - "Jump back to 1967"
Graffiti In The News #213

Part 3

            This month Bangkok Eyes takes another nostalgic look at Bangkok's historic cinema scene.   Most, if not all of Bangkok's old-timer expats will not likely remember many of the grand old Bangkok theaters shown below.   On the other hand, a number of well known films did make it to Thailand in the 1960's.   (And of course, an even greater number of films no one remembers, or has even heard of...)

      Fanny Hurst's novel Imitation Of Life (1933) was first set to film by Universal in 1934 (starring Claudette Colbert).   It was remade in 1959 - also a Universal picture.   An early film on the difficulties of segregation and racism.   Both films were nominated for a number of Oscars, however neither won.
      Murderer's Row (1966) was one of a series of Matt Helm spy films (Matt Helm actually came out before James Bond, but never had the same popularity).   Murderer's Row was (quite obviously) a spy-comedy film.
      Special Mission Lady Chaplin (the original - Missione Speciale Lady Chaplin) (1966) was an Italian James Bond-copycat which had approximately one hundred 'bad guys' popping out of nowhere, to be gunned down for the body count stats.
      The Sand Pebbles (1966) was nominated for eight Academy Awards, taking home none - nonetheless it was the fourth highest grossing film of the year.   The San Pablo (called by the crew : 'Sand Pebbles'), a U.S. gunboat, was involved in China on the Yangse River, dealing with Chinese warlords in the early 1920's.
      Operation Revenge - 1967 (Thai title : "Beautiful Traitor") was a local (Thai) 'international intrigue' film popular with locals.   As can be seen from the names of the Director and Producer, the film had 'influential' backing, and was basically a 'vanity press' film..   We note that later advertisements for the film had deleted or changed these names.
      No review of Bangkok's cinema scene would be complete without at least one Run-Run Shaw film out of Hong Kong.   The Joy of Spring (Kuai Lo Qing Chun) was a 1966 romantic comedy with English subtitles (as were most Shaw films of the times).

      Peter Sellers followed up his 1965 hit What's New Pussycat with After The Fox (1966).   It was anything but the smash hit that "Pussycat" was, although no Peter Sellers film is all bad...
      Producer Joseph E Levine attempted a somewhat dreary girfriend-swapping film (in the '60's age of 'free love'), and produced a flop - in spite of a great performance by a young Jennifer Jones.

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Colin Hastings passes
Colin Hastings   -   1950 - 2024
       Colin Hastings died from injuries sustained in a single-vehicle accident in Bang Saray on 29 April 2024.   Colin arrived in Thailand in 1973.    He was a well-known and highly respected publisher, editor and journalist, having published Bangkok's 'Big Chilli' magazine since 1999.   Services held at Wat Tat Thong commencing 2 May 2024.         Rest In Peace.


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   READER :
      Your April issue most informative on the birth of Bangkok's Agogo scene, but I see that the Midnite Hour had also stated a couple of times that the Grand Prix was the first to have Agogo?
Thank You

   MIDNITE HOUR:   
      Guilty as charged.   Since before the publication of Alan Dawson's book on Patpong, we also bought into "common knowledge" on the subject.   I believe we had earlier mentioned -perhaps three different times- the Grand Prix as the first to successfully implement A Go-Go.   It was only later, when we began to sift through our clippings and other sources that we discovered the earlier introduction of A Go-Go in Bangkok's Nitespots.
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Let the Follies begin-

    Vol. XXXIII      No. 05
                           Bangkok,  01 May 2024                         
   Free Distribution

MAP
        Two months ago, the long-closed upstairs bar Super Girl reopened as a pay-for-show ping pong exhibition.   This month they have changed their name to another long-retired upstairs bar : Super Pussy.   Modus operandi status quo ante....

 PATPONG  1 
        This month the King's Sports Bar (the first of three venues to be born from what was Tip Top) had its soft opening.   They are still awaiting signage.   The upstairs (2nd level) area doesn't seem that well suited for pool - the tables are small, and due to building columns, the area immediately adjacent to the pool tables is limited.   They are going to have to bring out the short pool cues if they expect to get regular customers.   The sports bar comes complete with hostesses.   P.S., the downstairs new/relocated King's Castle II will likely be open before the end of the month.
 PATPONG  1 


MAP
       The old King's Garden open beer bar has completed it's months-long renovation, opening newly as Doc Pub.   Their signage has not yet been nailed up (but their menus reveal all.)   The very pleasant mamasan advises that Doc Pub is run by the Virgin people just down the block.   May they continue to rock and roll...
VIDEO CLIP
 PATPONG  2 
       The Patpong Cafe has just completed a make-over of their facade.   Now much more visible (inviting) to passers-by.   May they keep on keeping on...
 PATPONG  2 
MAP
            After interminable darkness and shadow, the Lighthouse has begun renovations in earnest.   We do not yet have a confirmation as to whether they will remain Lighthouse, or if there will be a new name on the Soi.   A wait-and-see item...
 SOI  COWBOY 
MAP
            In the WE  DON'T  MAKE  MISTRAKES  DEPT, the Rainbow (way back in the right-hand corner, ground level) has closed.   Actually it closed last month, but we somehow did not mention it.   We didn't notice any ongoing renovations or signage/notices, so we can expect it will not be reopening any time soon...
 NANA  PLAZA
               The Nana Night Club has brightened up the approach-way in from the street with some street-muraling.   Looks good, hopefully resulting in increased business.   The Night Club is located at the rear of the Nana Hotel parking lot.
 SOI  NANA  -  (SOI  4  SUKHUMVIT)

MAP
            Opening newly (on the 4th level, previously occupied by the Nakarat gay massage) is the Beef.   Note : they are one of many shops and venues in Bangkok that have gone "cashless" - one of the worst ideas since credit cards.   We wonder how long this will last...
 SOI  KATOEY (Silom  Soi  4)

MAP
            What was Cupid Bar up until very recently, has reopened as Lollipop 1.   Some of you nightcrawlers may remember the Lollipop on Soi 10 Sukhumvit.   (Nope, not part of the Lollipop of Nana Plaza origins...)   Now located deep in Soi 22, near Asia Massage.   Welcome them to the neon nights...
 SOI  22 Sukhumvit Rd 

             The Lavender massage has reopened in Subsoi Hana (just past the Marriott Marquis).   Welcome back to the bright lights, big city...
 SOI  22 Sukhumvit Rd 

            The Biya Salon Massage & Nail was darker than a poisoned well when we passed by the other evening.   Let's wait and see if they reopen before we pronounce them dead.   Note : the other massage parlors in the below file photo are still open.
 SOI  22 Sukhumvit Rd 

            The on-again, off-again Sup Naree is now "off".   As they close frequently, we will hold off on casting them into the pit of forgotten history...
 SOI  22 Sukhumvit Rd 

MAP
            The Hillary group had been waiting for the right time (through Covid and then some...) to reopen Climax disco.   This last month, they reopened in the lower level carpark of the Ambassador Hotel (their old location).   Welcome them back to the machine, but this time around they can expect a lot more competition from the likes of Sugar, Bafros and Juicy.
 SOI  AMBASSADOR  (Sukhumvit Soi 11) 

            Bar Selena is the latest Nitespot to cram itself into Subsoi Havana Social.   May they be dealt all aces and faces...
 SOI  AMBASSADOR  (Sukhumvit Soi 11) 

            The Japanese oriented Yuna Bar & Restaurant opened without fanfare at the back end of Soi 11/1.   Welcome them to the sharkpool...
 SOI  AMBASSADOR  (Sukhumvit Soi 11) 

MAP
            Last month we noted the impending opening of Best Friends, and that is exactly what they did (occupying the old We For You Too digs).   Located in the 6-Pak.   Welcome to party town...
 7  CENTER  POINT (Sukhumvit Soi 7) 

               Big B's has got some brand new signage.   Big B's remaining bar at 7 Center Point is at the front, facing Soi 7.   (Her other outlets at that location have been leased to others.)
 7  CENTER  POINT (Sukhumvit Soi 7) 

Time To Start Worrying ?
         Continuing on from our previous issue (two months ago), we continue to chroniclize (there is no such word) the rapid ongoing demise of bars in the 7 Center Point Night Entertainment Area.
      *   Pookie - Relocated to Nordic 50% reduction in size.
      *   Nordic - Previously closed.
      *   Long Shots - previously closed.
      *   Secrets - Closed this month.
      *   Pai 7 Bar - Closed this month.
      *   Sky Bar - Closed this month.
      *   Heaven - Previously closed.
      *   La La Bar - Closed this month.
      *   AJ 168 Bar - Closed this month.
      *   Phannee's Bar - Closed this month.
      *   The One Bar - Previously closed.
      *   Make Love Bar - Previously closed.
      *   Su Bar - Previously closed.
      *   You & I Bar - Previously closed
      *   (Two bars that never opened (in the 6-Pak).
      *    "The 'balcony'" - upstairs - Never opened.
         Yes, it's time to start worrying...

 7  CENTER  POINT (Sukhumvit Soi 7) 

MAP
            The long-lived Fortune Club, deep in Subsoi 3 has closed its doors in a most permanent manner.   Greener grass, ladies...
 SOI  DEAD  ARTIST (Sukhumvit Soi 33) 

            After some remodeling, the Japanese Snack Bar reopened.   We suspect some additional signage will be coming soon.   Located at the back end of Subsoi Pan Pan.   Welcome back to the big city lights.
 SOI  DEAD  ARTIST (Sukhumvit Soi 33) 

MAP
            This month we noted (again) no new openings or closures on Soi Eden, so we are reprinting a file photo from 2014 - a time when their oral services bars were very much in evidence.
 SOI  EDEN  (Sukhumvit 7 / 1) 

 

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Traces of Bangkok's Early Years

      The steady stream of foreign entertainers continued to make their way to Bangkok in spite of the growing conflict in Southeast Asia.   But this was only one facet of the Night Entertainment Scene - the number of bars (to include early A Go-Go bars), lounges and specialty massage parlors also were continuing to increase during that period.




      Always make sure to read the fine print...   Perry Como is not exactly the same person as Perry Como's nephew.   It appears the Sani Chateau was feeling the competition from the Tropicana and the Cafe De Paris...   The Sani Chateau was located in the Gaysorn Night Entertainment Area.
December 1967
      Buddy Rich was an American drummer, bandleader and songwriter.   He is seen by many to be the greatest drummer in American music.   Beginning drumming in 1919 at the age of two, his adult career took off in 1937, working with jazz greats Count Basie, Tommy Dorsey, Harry James and Artie Shaw.
December 1967




      Charming Bird, like virtually every other Nitespot, was pitching heavily for Christmas business.   We note this time around, that the Charming Bird was openly advertising 'hostesses'.
December 1967
      The Balcony continued to be popular in the evenings, with weekend 'Tea Dances' in the afternoons.   (The dancing in the above looks more like Disco to us...)
December 1967

      The Garden Cafe was a long-standing popular Nitespot in the New Road Night Entertainment Area.   "Oriental Avenue" was the popular name (not official) for the Soi running from New Road to the Oriental Hotel.
December 1967


      The Do Re Mi Nightclub, while out of the way (past Victory Monument in Sanam Pao), was no small operation - see their ad for 7 separate stages...
December 1967


       The Tequila, advertising to be the 'newest bar & restaurant' in town (it wasn't) was located in "Gaysorn Phranakorn Road" (read : Gaysorn Night Entertainment Area)...
December 1967

   Who knew...?   Dante was the hypnotist's stage name.   His day job was con-man, where he assumed at least 40 aliases.   He was convicted of mail fraud in relation to a 'diploma mill', and for attempted murder of a rival hypnotist.   He was a Guinness Book of World Records 'awardee' for 20 years for having been paid the highest lecture fee.   (His most significant con, however, was convincing actress Lana Turner to marry him.   It was a brief affair...)
December 1967



       Through the years, there were a number of Night Entertainment Venues in the Nai Lert Building on the corner of Sukhumvit Road and Soi 5 (Soi Nai Lert).   However in December of 1967 the real estate was being held down by the Savoy Bangkok Club.
December 1967
   After a very brief closure for renovations, the Oriental Hotel's Bamboo Bar reopened in time for Christmas / New Years revelries...
December 1967

       The younger generation may not know what a 'Telephone Directory' (or, 'Telephone Book') was.   It was a thick volume produced by cities / geographic areas listing every phone owner by name, telephone number and address (one could opt out for an 'unlisted number'). Should such a volume be published today, it would be considered an infringement on everyone's right to privacy, and would overtly encourage soliciting telephone callers and random companies to fill your mailbox with 'junk mail' - which is exactly what happened.
   (Today those mailers-of-junk-mail would be called 'spammers')...
December 1967

   We're not sure... We suspect 'Social World' is a publication, or a section of a newspaper.   We wonder how big this ad would have been if it had equitably listed each of today's 74 genders...
December 1967
         In spite of the influx of foreign celebrity entertainment and a rapidly growing Night Entertainment Scene in 1967, we occasionally came across a reminder that in the later decades of the 20th Century, the confrontation between the 'Free World' and Communism included violent / deadly conflicts in every Southeast Asian country, not just Viet Nam.
December 1967




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            The Crystal Ship Carnival of Life graffiti celebration at Oostende, Belgium was held for the 9th successive year from March 25th to April 6th.   Fourteen well-known graffiti muralists from several countries contributed to the 'open air museum' on Oostende streets.
      The street carnival was Inspired by Belgian artist James Ensor, whose carnival-inspired works were often satirical and disturbing.
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01 JAN -   Soi 8 - Changing With The Times
01 FEB -   Bangkok Movies - March 1967
01 MAR -   A Khao Sarn Retro - (Millennium 2000)
01 APR -    Bangkok's A Go-Go - MYTH-BUSTER
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- 2023 -
01 JAN -   2022 - The Awakening
01 FEB -   2022 - A Go-Go AI (Is You Is?)
01 MAR -   2022 - Movies 1966
01 APR -    Khao San Road Today
01 MAY -    Bangkok's Temporary Bars
01 JUN -    The Blues
01 JUL -    7 Center Point
01 AUG -    Soi 7 Bier Garten Gone
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

- 2022 -
01 JAN -   Omicron - a "Big Deal" ?
01 FEB -   Omicron Milder, Stable
01 MAR -   Bangkok Nitelife rebounds
01 APR -    Covid High amid Reopenings
01 MAY -    Pub Crawl - In The Time of Covid
01 JUN -    Nitespots Fully Open
01 JUL -    Thailand Reopens
01 AUG -    Nitespot Maps Update - Post Covid
01 SEP -    Royal City Avenue on the Mend
01 OCT -    W District - After COVID
01 NOV -    Talat Noi - Chinatown Graffiti
01 DEC -    The Godfather Crucible
- 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
01 DEC -    Covid Eases Again - Nitelife Restarts

- 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 -
(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 -    Patpong 1 Map 1988-89
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