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5 hours ago, 2009 said:

 

Speaking of Soi 22, Buddy's Bar n Grill has lasted a fair number of years (as far as Bangkok bars go, though I notice they are opening a new one (same decor) down on Sukhumvit Road close to Asok on the corner of that little dead-end soi (18/1?) where ShagBar 2, Why Not, and Angels Club were/are.

 

And also those other Soi 22 bars beside Buddy's - Angel Bar, Connection Bar, and Otto Bar - have last pretty well and still preserve the classic Thai beer bar vibes.

 

And then there is Too Easy just round on the little soi which I think has a lot of the old Washington crowd (those who are still with us).

Too Easy replaced the original Easy bar which was next to Taffys on the square. Consequently many of the original customers simply crossed the road.

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14 hours ago, dddave said:

Just trying to remember all the Sukhumvit "Bar Areas" that have disappeared since I first came in 2002:

 

-Soi Zero: Under the expressway

-Soi-1

-Soi 3, First block & first side soi on left, from Sukhumvit.

-Alley between sois 5 & 7

-Soi-10 (Now Chewit Park/Art Space, closed)

-Clinton Plaza.

-Area between 13 & 15. ( small bar in front with a wagon wheel)

-Soi 12  Ministry of Sound, Insomnia, Some Russian Bar

-Soi 19 corner: Country Road, Upstairs, couple more who's names I forget.

-Asok Corner: B-52, Lolita's, 

-Soi 20, side soi on right: Pelican Bar, Anna Bar(?)

-Soi 22, Queen's Park

-Washington Square

-Soi 33 "Artist Bars"

 

Any I missed??

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That's an impressive summary.

I just read your list again and I remember I visited all those place.

 

I also remember the bars before it became Chuvit Park. I live in a high rise building from where I could see that area. One day I look out of the window and I think: Something is different today. Search, look, Oh!, no bars anymore.

That was about 7am and I know the bars were still there at 1am. What I learned from that is that Thais can be very efficient if they want to be. The demolition team flattened that whole area within hours. And they erected a big concrete wall around it, and they posted security (I think I remember soldiers) around it. All done in a few hours in the middle of the night. Now that was impressive.

Later on that day I had a coffee in Délifrance in front of Clinton Plaza opposite from the demolished bars. Obviously that was no bar but I still miss it.

 

And from your list: Ministry of Sound in Soi 12 was also very impressive. Until some official decided to set the closing time to 2am (for all Bangkok, not just that place).

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41 minutes ago, OneMoreFarang said:

That's an impressive summary.

I just read your list again and I remember I visited all those place.

 

I also remember the bars before it became Chuvit Park. I live in a high rise building from where I could see that area. One day I look out of the window and I think: Something is different today. Search, look, Oh!, no bars anymore.

That was about 7am and I know the bars were still there at 1am. What I learned from that is that Thais can be very efficient if they want to be. The demolition team flattened that whole area within hours. And they erected a big concrete wall around it, and they posted security (I think I remember soldiers) around it. All done in a few hours in the middle of the night. Now that was impressive.

Later on that day I had a coffee in Délifrance in front of Clinton Plaza opposite from the demolished bars. Obviously that was no bar but I still miss it.

 

And from your list: Ministry of Sound in Soi 12 was also very impressive. Until some official decided to set the closing time to 2am (for all Bangkok, not just that place).

I recall that! I went to work that morning and noticed all the bars were gone. The owner of the land tried to evict all the bars, but the owners of the bars wouldn't move.  After they closed that night the owner of the land brought in the dozers leveled the place. Their were some law suits but I never heard more about it. 

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20 minutes ago, ericthai said:

I recall that! I went to work that morning and noticed all the bars were gone. The owner of the land tried to evict all the bars, but the owners of the bars wouldn't move.  After they closed that night the owner of the land brought in the dozers leveled the place. Their were some law suits but I never heard more about it. 

Mr. Chuwit got a 2 year prison sentence, don't think he did the 2 years, it seems he received a kind of pardon, when promised to make a park of the area, and not rent/sold it for business purpose.

My wife, who had a beauty salon there, was compensated with a few thousand baths, via the Lumpini police station.

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I always liked Gullivers  as it was located walking distance from the Nana Plaza.

  I would stay at Dynasty or the Nana Hotel and spend some time at the plaza then

head to Gullivers for dinner, Great food and atmosphere. and a few times would 

head back to the hotel skipping Nana and getting a good nights sleep.  Ohhh

Memories, pre Covid.

   Geezer

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17 hours ago, marin said:

Wong's Place, Soi Ngarm Du Pli.  Been there since the 70's.

Pretty sure Wongs opened in late 1987, I asked the owner one night a few years ago and that’s what he said. Also I was staying in the Malaysia Hotel in mid-late 1987 which is literally a stones throw from Wongs and do not remember it from that time.

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I used to go Hard Rock a few times I think same owners in KL and Singapore, what was that nightclub called in the Novatel? 

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