On Wednesday night a pool table was wheeled out and a small stage setup on the ground floor of Nana Plaza in front of the beer garden just outside Suckers for a pool competition sponsored by Chang.
Now you’d be forgiven for thinking the players would be go-go girls in bikinis bent over the table whooping and hooting as they cleaned up and seen off their scantily clad opponents. It’s pretty much the picture I had in my mind.
Sadly, as you can see from the photo above, whoever organised it didn’t have the same train of thought as us and it was nothing but a bunch of guys playing in the end. Hardly the big draw to get punters into the Plaza.
For a complex full of bars overseen by a management company, why aren’t they organising nights as a collective to beat the competition down the road at Soi Cowboy or across town at Patpong. Two areas with no hierarchy in place, something Nana Plaza has but doesn’t tap into.
I could rattle of a dozen ideas with minimal budgets that would see the place bursting at the seems and the other two areas looking like ghost towns. I’m not on the payroll so I will leave those thoughts floating around my head for another time.
And as a final thought for anyone who tells me the pool tourney was a thank you to the security boys, money lenders and all the other shady Thai guys who work there then that makes it even worse if that is the case. There are plenty of pool places where they could have had their fun. Not slap bang in the middle of the ground floor for all walking into the place to see.
Major Renovations Underway At Twister BKK
Twister BKK is one of, if not the biggest, go-go bar in Bangkok and it’s currently a shell of its former self with construction crews on the tools transforming it into something very different.
The inside of the massive bar, which must be at least 8 shophouses wide, is currently a shell with the owners stripping it bare to start the new build from scratch.
So what is on those drawings of the new design and layout?
A big boat. And I mean a very BIG boat that will run for almost the entire length of the bar as the stage. It will even have a higher built section for Titanic-like moments.
The outside area has also been stripped back to nothing but I don’t know if there will be any boat-like bar going up.
My question is what will it be called? Will the new management go for Love Boat A-GoGo?
I guess we’ll need to wait and see.
The Scene On Soi Cowboy Last Night
Yes, there’s no denying it is a sad sight to see the Neon Alley looking like this but it will be back soon and the good times can roll again.
With vaccine rollouts around the world picking up momentum and Thailand preparing for mass inoculations, there is light at the end of this Covid tunnel.
Nana Plaza Back In The Day
Lollipop Mermaidium shown in the photo above closed in August 2002 giving us a rough idea of when this snap was taken. as it was only around a few years.
Nana Plaza back in the day was a totally different place from what it is now.
Of course, old hands will always tell you it was much better before but just you ask anyone who has visited recently for the first time what they think and it’s likely they had themselves a ball.