Street Bars Come, Street Bars Go

Published on 12th September 2018 by Stickboy BKK

Street Bars Come Street Bars Go

After getting the axe in late 2016 from City Hall, the late night street bars that filled the footpaths along the odd-numbered side of Sukhumvit stretching from Nana to Soi Cowboy were slowly but surely reappearing in recent months in great numbers.

A couple of weeks ago I shared a few photos of the bars not only clogging the footpath on Asoke but also the inside lane of the road where the operators setup their mobile boozers.

Street Bars Come Street Bars Go

I wasn’t the only one to talk about the street bars back on Asoke with several popular Thai Facebook pages sharing photos of the late night lineup of makeshift watering holes.

Due to the popularity of the pages and the sheer number of comments and shares the posts received, the bars at Asoke were quickly on the City Hall radar and a response was needed to quash the online uproar.

Street Bars Come Street Bars Go

Street Bars Come Street Bars Go

A team of officials were deployed to the area in front of the MRT entrance on the Soi Cowboy side of the street last Thursday from 6pm to 7am to prevent any mobile bar operators encroaching on either the road or footpath illegally and it has worked.

Last night I passed at 3am and it was all clear.

No more, “Want dink with me?” or dodging your way through the clutter of tables and chairs not to mention the racket pumping out a 400 baht ghetto blaster playing at volume 11.

Street Bars Come Street Bars Go

Many will argue the illegal bars bring some atmosphere to the streets at night but I’m in the other camp who is happy to see them gone.

I’m of the opinion they are nothing but trouble and played a large part in the huge influx of African drug dealers and hookers who are mostly gone. Sure, they are still around, just not in the numbers they once were.

As for the street bars on Asoke, who knows if they will be back once the online drama has died down, we’ll just need to wait and see.

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