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Old Liquor Laws And A New Game Of Cat & Mouse

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I’ve mentioned a few times over the past week on social media about the army, along with officers from unknown police divisions, hitting the Sukhumvit strip to carry out raids on various “entertainment” venues.

Last Tuesday Soi 7/1 was the target and the following night doors were knocked at several establishments on Soi 13 and 15. This was followed by a meeting with bar and clubs owners on Thursday in Khlong Toei informing those attending what current laws would be the spotlight of enforcement.

Effective immediately there was to be no smoking inside bars, live music was to be switched off by midnight for those without the correct paperwork, some venues would have to close by 1am and others at 2am… just a few highlights of what was discussed.

Old Liquor Laws New Game Of Cat Mouse

As you’d expect, a lot of calls were made following the meeting and the feedback was carry on as normal unless the army show up which is exactly what happened with exception to the go-go bars in Nana Plaza where most banned customers from smoking inside their venues and one Soi 4 beer bar canceling their live entertainment due to start at midnight, opting instead to fire up the jukebox to be on the safe side.

At 1am on Friday morning there was not a single man in cammo to be seen, bars and clubs closed at their usual times and so the latest game of cat and mouse begins.

The general consensus among those in the nightlife and entertainment business was the army were flexing their muscles following major changes made by the Prime Minister last week under Section 44 of the interim constitution that seen soldiers from the rank of sub-lieutenant and up being given police powers of arrest, search and seizure in a wide range of crimes including extortion, human trafficking, alien workers, immigration, tour guide services, prostitution, excise taxation, price collusion and entertainment venues.

Since the military took power in May 2014 they have carried out numerous raids of their own across the city and given instructions to police districts to clamp down on entertainment venues flouting the law without these latest powers leading me to believe the latest threatened crackdown and recent law changes are just a coincidence.

Random raids and crackdowns are nothing new. Local police districts and specialist divisions have been doing it for decades and after a few days or weeks everything goes back to how it was with heads being turned the other way as donations continue to be collected but since the meeting on Thursday, there has been no follow up from the military or police which was highly anticipated following the events of Tuesday and Wednesday night.

Old Liquor Laws New Game Of Cat Mouse

If the army wanted to eradicate corruption related to the entertainment industry, and put an end to greedy cops putting their hands out, the simple solution would be to update the outdated licensing laws that are the golden goose for the boys in brown which is exactly what the Deputy PM announced the government would do last August following the no alcohol to be sold within 300m of schools debacle.

He said a committee would be set up and a six month study carried out that would include new entertainment zones across the city allowing businesses to apply for entertainment licenses and extended operating hours which are a must in a modern city such as Bangkok, not only for locals but also the huge number of tourists visiting each year who are left scratching their heads when 2am comes around and it’s suddenly bed time.

Eight months have passed and there hasn’t been a peep about these new proposals and I’m not expecting to hear anything anytime soon either, as I believe it was just talk to quash the uproar and embarrassment of the silly no booze near schools rule they revoked less than two weeks after passing it into law.

Old Liquor Laws New Game Of Cat Mouse

As for what will happen in the days and weeks ahead after last weeks raids and meeting… who knows? Will those in charge suddenly show up out of the blue and enforce what was spelled out at Thursday’s meeting? Was the meeting just a PR stunt following on from Tuesday and Wednesday’s unannounced visits so it is on record everyone was reminded of the rules?

I don’t have a crystal ball but if I’m honest, the never ending game of cat and mouse does become a little played out and boring to talk about as most of it becomes a guessing game and Stickboy hates guessing games.

Stickboy aka Sticky Boy aka Mike McKay aka Mike McKwai, Wild Mike, Magic Mike, Mr Mike, and a fair few more best forgotten, is a party animal with hollow legs who loves music, current affairs, beer, food, causing trouble on Twitter, and making the most of life without worrying too much about what people think or say about his antics. You can send him stuff here - stickboybkk@gmail.com

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A Night Out At Tartbox

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A Night Out At Tartbox

During the dry spell when there was no beer to be had Artbox at Sukhumvit Soi 10 turned into a popular spot as refreshments were available.

It wasn’t only refreshments that were available but there was also the potential to meet ladies for some short time shenanigans as there was simply nowhere else for working girls, or those short on money and an itch to scratch, to meet men with some cash to splash on a bit of horizontal mambo.

Artbox didn’t really take my fancy when a few mates had said they were going but on Saturday night they decided to drop by for a beer and a bite to eat before moving on to the Neon Alley. I caved in and decided to join them.

Having taken a wander around buying food and parking my arse close to the stage I soon came to the conclusion the sign out front needed changing from Artbox to Tartbox.

I didn’t see the security guard at the gate on cleavage duty but there must have been one as everywhere I turned all I could see was tits hanging out on display for all to see and admire.

One lady with massive melons came close to a wardrobe malfunction on several occasions as she bounced around from stall to stall with all the bloke’s eyes popping out as she passed their tables. This woman wasn’t shy and was more than happy to show off her assets.

I spotted a few familiar faces in the crowd who normally ply their trade on Soi 4 too, and yes, they were all showing off the girls like it was a competition to see who could show the most.

One thing to keep in mind if you do decide to go for a nosy and chance your arm is not everyone you see there is looking to hook up. It really is a mixed crowd so watch out you don’t get a slap for making an indecent proposal to a group of girls there to have a drink after they’ve clocked off from the office.

Will Artbox continue to be a pick-up place for ladies of the night in the future?

Who knows with bars and other nightlife venues starting to reopen there are more choices of where to go man hunting.

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Opening Night At Nana Plaza Was A Blast

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Opening Night At Nana Plaza Was A Blast

July 1st was the day many owners and customers had been waiting for since the middle of March when entertainment and nightlife were allowed to resume.

My plan was to visit all three bar areas to see what was going on and share it here on the website and do a few updates on social media.

The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry as the saying goes and that’s exactly what happened. My whistle-stop tour became an adventure in Nana Plaza and boy, did we have ourselves a grand old time.

With some bars deciding to wait until after the long weekend with 2 dry days we had ourselves a list of 9 bars to visit and we kicked things off in Morning Night.

As we progressed through the outside beer bars to Stumble Inn, Big Dogs and K&S our entourage started rapidly growing in numbers.

There were lots of happy smiling faces in each of the four beer bars we visited and a decent amount of customers around too.

Time to venture inside Nana Plaza where you are asked to check-in via the Thai Chana app or alternatively sign in with your name, time and mobile number, at the entrance. Masks are required and once you’ve had your temperature taken and offered hand sanitizer you’re good to go in less than 30 seconds.

First up was Spanky’s for me while some of the guys opted to check out Twister BKK.

As you would expect, the middle floor house of fun was crushing it. Spanky’s was rocking and almost full when I popped in. Happy days.

My aim was to make sure we visited every bar that was open so it was a quick drink and a catch-up with all the usual suspects on and off the stage before moving on.

Next stop for us was Rainbow 4 where we planned to meet with the boys who headed to Twister BKK. In we go and ask where’s the bell…. “mai mee”. Huh? You haven’t got a bell?

We ordered a round and a few moments later a bell appeared. Ding, ding, ding.

Lots of cuties to keep me busy but to be fair, it wouldn’t have been difficult to spot some eye candy as the owners had filled the bar with at least 100 dancers.

It was the same story in both Rainbow 5 and 2 plus Twister BKK. All those bars had no fewer than 100 girls dancing. That’s a lot of chrome pole crumpet to choose from.

The man who appeared with the bell in Rainbow 4 was on the ball and accompanied us to Rainbow 5, formerly Twister Bar, before we all moved downstairs to Rainbow 2 which was heaving with dancing dollybirds. I fell in love at least 5 times in the hour we were there.

One for the road in Twister BKK which I missed on the first visit and damn, it was like Hotties R Us.

It’s too easy for me to get in trouble. I’m weak but there was no monkey business for old Stick last night.

It was burgers and bed after a great night out with the boys.

Hats off to all the bar owners who jumped in on the first day of opening who made a fine effort. As the week goes on more bars will be opening giving you even more choice and by the middle of next week, the whole Plaza will be open again.

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It’s Not A Race

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The race to be number one is as old as man but in modern times, in a fast-paced world of news and social media things are at an all-new high when it comes to being “first”.

Sure, it feels great to be first with a scoop but it can come at a cost as most news outlets and reporters have come to learn in recent months with COVID-19 coverage.

Desperation to announce the latest coronavirus numbers before anyone else each day became a talking point on Twitter back in March as reporters banged away on their phones and computers as the stats were released.

Mistakes were made almost daily, corrections added later but in truth, not a care was given by any of the guilty parties. All that mattered was they Tweeted the stats first, even when they were wrong with one so-called journalist sharing the previous days numbers that were never corrected. She simply didn’t realise what a cock-up she’d made of it.

Not A Race

In the past few weeks, the same scenario has been repeated with news outlets desperate to be first with booze news and information on easing of restrictions.

I can’t think of one news website who didn’t run the ridiculous story of a two-day amnesty to allow people to purchase alcohol when sales were banned.

The story first appeared on Khaosod Online who sourced the story from who knows where and every man and his dog were all over it like a rash taking what had been published as fact and re-wrote the fairytale.

Did any of them bother to do a bit of research such place a couple of calls to ask a few questions to shed any light on the story, or anything else that might have enlightened them that the whole thing was a farce from the start? Of course they didn’t.

It was just too good not to publish as it was the #1 story of the day that turned out to be complete and utter nonsense.

Over and over again I have been told that I’m not sharing enough news on what is going on right now. I beg to differ.

The updates I have shared have been factual and accurate. Yes, I’ve sat back while others churn out clickbait crap as I don’t want to be part of that party.

Big news outlets get a pass when they share inaccurate stories, just look at the Bangkok Post – you all still read it and believe everything they publish despite dozens of misleading and inaccurate articles over the past 3 months.

If I was to do the same and publish something that turned out to be wrong, nobody would ever believe another word I said. I don’t have a gold “Get Out Of Fake News Jail Free” card.

And to be honest, that’s just the way I like it. Stickboy traffic and stats are great, I don’t need or want to be part of the clickbait crowd. I will continue to share news stories and information that I think will be of interest when the time is right.

It’s not a race, well, at least not for me.

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