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FROM THE ARCHIVES: Soi Gold Label Becomes Soi Cowboy

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Soi Gold Label Becomes Soi Cowboy

Back in the mid 1970’s Soi Cowboy was known as Soi Gold Label, named after the streets first bar catering to foreigners and it’s first real go-go bar, that opened in 1975 or 1977 depending on the source.

Gold Label bar and several others were owned by a retired American airman by the name of TG Edwards who was often seen around the soi sporting his signature cowboy hat.

If you look closely at the lead photo taken in January 1981, on the right is Loretta’s, one of the largest bars in Bangkok at the time.

Loretta had been married to T.G. Edwards. He lost everything to his wife during a bitter divorce.

TG Edwards

The Cowboy Bar was opened toward the end of the decade by another retired US military veteran. Everyone knew him simply as “Cowboy”.

Nightlife columnist Bernard Trink coined the name Soi Cowboy when referring to the soi in his weekly rundown of what was happening in the naughty nightlife neighbourhoods of Bangkok and the name stuck.

The rest they say is history…

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Major Renovations Underway At Twister BKK

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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.

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The Scene On Soi Cowboy Last Night

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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.

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Nana Plaza Back In The Day

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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.

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