Following a meeting of Soi Cowboy bar owners on Sunday and news today that nightlife can resume business from July 1 word from the Neon Alley is it will be lighting up and reopening on Tuesday, July 7.
With two dry days on the calendar over the long weekend and bars needing time to round up staff and dancers, many of whom are at home in the provinces, plus put in place any rules set out in the government guidelines, a July 7 start gives them time to get their ducks in a row so to speak.
It is unclear if all the bars will reopen on the 7th or if any will jump the gun and open sooner.
UPDATE: Baccara and Suzie Wongs will open on July 1st.
You may also find some venues only open their outside bar areas and populate them with some eye candy just to get the show on the road and keep expenses down while the borders remain closed to tourists.
There was talk of setups at each end of the soi for temperature checks and what not but nothing was finalised at Sunday’s meeting.
And just a reminder that everywhere will be closing at midnight until further notice under the “Phase 5” reopening rules.
As more info comes in or any other updates I hear of, I’ll keep you posted.
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.