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Papa Sam reports that according to Sanook, Bangkok restaurants can serve booze starting Monday.


He also reports that Chaos 9 says their bar is opening on November 1st.  Are they masquerading as a restaurant?

Is this fake news or are happy days here again?


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Chaos 9 - Food and Drink...


The girls are eating something in the picture above... So I guess it's gotta be a restaurant...? :acute:

(okay, the food probably came from the 7-Eleven around the corner...)

I've never eaten any food in there - nor seen any other customer eating anything in there... I think the barkeeper didn't even serve me a spearmint with my mojito... :character0099:

Seriously: I think it's very unfair that you can get booze in Bangers from Monday - but not in Patts....

The owner of Le Pub Pattaya is rightfully angry imo:

I guess next week there will be a lot of folks traveling to Bangkok from Chon Buri?

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  The BMA (Bangkok Metropolitan Administration) has officially allowed drinking alcohol in restaurants as of Monday, November 1st.

However, many rules apply, according to officials.

First, alcohol may only be served until 9:00 P.M.

Secondly, the venue must be a proper restaurant/eatery with a proper license and must be SHA certified, be a “Covid-free” setting (whether this means patrons will need to show proof of a vaccine or if it will be enforced remains questionable, TPN media notes) and meet TAT requirements/properly registered.

Third, the BMA hinted that overall SHA standards would be “increased” for venues approved to sell alcohol.


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The gogo bars in Bangkok have started recruiting girls again:


Suzi Wong is an almost iconic GG gogo bar on Soi Cowboy, owner is a big big bar group...

Also on Soi Cowboy, Kozy Kazy is looking for girls for their reopening tomorrow...



Soi Cowboy on the eve of the "grand reopening":


Nana Plaza bars are also already looking for girls (I've used Google Translate):


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How long will the 9pm deadline for serving alcoholic drinks in Bangkok last before it'll be relaxed?

Tempo News writes:

The Thai Alcohol Business Association requested to increase the deadline to 11 PM, but that proposal was rejected. 

Asawin Kwanmuang, Governor of Bangkok (BMA), said that further relaxation of Covid-19 prevention measures and allowing guests to drink alcoholic beverages in restaurants that meet SHA standards beyond 9 PM will come gradually 

They will assess the situation every two weeks. He hinted that they might move the 9 PM deadline for alcoholic drinks 1 hour, or 2 hours, or 3 hours further back back next time they are assessing the situation.

But what do you do if by 9 PM you haven't finished your drink yet?

The general says:

If by 9 PM, you still haven't finished your drink, what do you do? Just leave it in the bottle, cover it with a lid, and take it home. If you're on the table, you can do 2 things: 1. knock it all down 2. pour it out, it's not difficult at all. ... If something is still left in the bottle, cover it with a lid and take it home...




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The Standard writes about the reopening of Bangkok yesterday November 1st (via Google Translate):
Yesterday (November 1) was the first day of opening the country. It was allowed to sit and drink alcohol in restaurants. THE STANDARD went to explore the Nana area. 
The atmosphere on the first day was still a bit subdued because foreign tourists have not arrived on the first day. As for Soi Cowboy, it is still lonely because it is a pub and bar alley, so it hasn't been allowed to open yet.
Some images from the reopening night in Bangkok:
First KSR (Khao San Road):





Morning-Night and Stumble Inn bars seemed to be open again but if one takes a closer look one can see there were no guests inside....




Sukhumvit Soi 11:

Sukhumvit Soi 7:


I particularly like this picture with the police officer standing still in front of one of the closed bars on Soi Cowboy:
Unlike Nana, Soi 7 and KSR, Cowboy was almost completely in the dark last night.
Source: The Standard 
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On November 2nd, at 8:30 PM, Shinsaku, a Japanese expat restaurant in the Rama 4 / Chong Charoen area in Bangkok, was randomly inspected by the authorities, led by Pol. Lt. Gen. Samran Nuanma, and a TV crew:





Apparently everyone complied with the current regulations which means everyone was drunk before 9 PM as per request of the local Bangkok government...
Happy days are here again (kind of...)


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Only 10% of businesses since the start of the pandemic were able to remain open on KSR, or in other words, around 90% of shops on KSR Khao San Road are closed indefinitely, writes this news outlet!

Through the grapevine one can hear that many restaurants in BKK were surprised by the "last minute" requirement by gov to have an SHA certificate ready for inspection.

Niall has done a pub crawl on reopening day in Bangkok:




Margarita Storm, Lek's Last Stand, Robin Hood Bangkok (all on Sukhumvit), the Black Swan, and Scruffy Murphy's (Soi 23) are among those open already! 



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Bangkok last night, November 6th, in a very well known ... 'coffee shop / restaurant' (bars are unfortunately still not allowed to open...) full of people drinking... coffee... until 10:30 PM:


Almost everyone wearing a mask of course...

Soi Nana last night after 10.30 PM:




Thursday night in Bangkok's old town:




"The One" on Khao San Road got a surprise visit from the authorities:


Edit: To get access to KSR, you must be either fully vaccinated or take a corona test:



Rocco Bar KSR 6 November 21 




The One on KSR:


KSR nightlife 6 November 21:




The authorities inspecting 76 Station restaurant in Khon Kaen:


Patpong 2, waking up from the almost dead???


Soi 7 bar area Saturday night 7 November 21:



Pics from social media

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Soi Nana last night, Saturday November 6th. One can see that many bars, sorry, restaurants of course, toward the Sukhumvit end of the street are open now. However past Fitzgerald's things are getting quiet. Hillary 1 for example is still closed.

The guy talks about a webcam overseeing the infamous Nana parking lot. Can anyone share the link please?

Khao San Road last night:


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"Only restaurants and eateries with government certification can serve alcohol until 9pm. Pubs, bars and karaoke lounges will remain closed until Dec 1." writes the Straits Times (November 6th).

"A 30-year-old bar hostess from an adult entertainment club along the Soi Cowboy stretch who gave her name as Phet said she returned to Bangkok from her home town of Surin a few weeks ago.

'I wish we can return to work soon. I miss those days,' she said."


"Genuine holidaymakers ... will remain a rare breed for the time being ...

Most people who will enter Thailand right now are either Thai people, returning residents or those travelling for practical reasons, like business trips," said Thai Hotels Association (THA) president Marisa Sukosol Nunbhakdi."



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Soi Nana getting busier by the day. But watching this video dated November 9th, one can't see too many farang tourists walking around. I only spotted two or three obvious tourists in the 4 minutes long clip:

At least one of the small Soi 6 bars is open...

Hillary 4 is still a construction site.

Bus Stop open. Chaixi Noodles at Bus Stop Soi 4:


Hooters Nana looking for girls:


Hooters makes you happy!

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XXX Lounge on Bangkok's Patpong 2 Road: The world's first "gogo restaurant"?

Their emphasis is clearly on food - and not on girls, drinks and music like in traditional gogo bars:



XXX Lounge's gogo da..., I mean food servers:


Before this place became a gogo, 2 or max 3 years ago, there used to be a steak house at this location:


Perhaps they've reactivated their restaurant license?

Picture sources: facebook.com/xxxloungebkk/

and Bangkok Post

Postscript: in Europe and Brazil there are similar places where they serve you girls and food (called termas, FKK clubs, and whatever)...

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Mr. Anan Suwanpan, the CEO of Saeng Chan brewery along with representatives of the Chonburi pub, bar, and karaoke operators met today November 17th with Gen. Supot Malaniyom, secretary-general of the National Security Council (NSC) to submit a letter to Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha.

They asked for guidelines for the operation of entertainment venues, pubs, bars, and karaoke so that they can open their venues. The meeting took place today in the Government House in Bangkok.

Apparently after their meeting, Mr. Anan Suwanpan explained to the night entertainment operators:

What the business owners in Pattaya will have to do is to adjust their business model, that is they should make the pubs and bars look more like restaurants.

Openness (ventilation?), less capacity than before, social distancing, more lights to illuminate the places are some of the measures.

SHA standards must also be met before the bars could be converted into restaurants. 


Newsdirectory article today

Channel 7 News today

Freely edited from Google Translate results

Patong bars defy national order, open as ’restaurants’: https://www.thephuketnews.com/patong-bars-defy-national-order-to-open-as-restaurants-81397.php




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On 11/9/2021 at 11:42 PM, Papa Sam said:

Soi Nana getting busier by the day. But watching this video dated November 9th, one can't see too many farang tourists walking around. I only spotted two or three obvious tourists in the 4 minutes long clip:

At least one of the small Soi 6 bars is open...

Hillary 4 is still a construction site.

Bus Stop open. Chaixi Noodles at Bus Stop Soi 4:


Hooters Nana looking for girls:


Hooters makes you happy!

I'm really enjoying these regular updates from Papa Sam on the Bangkok scene, especially the Nana area on soi 4.  The last pic here of Hooters really brings back memories.  As many know, long before it was Hooters, this place was a basic open bar called (I think) the Golden something or other?  Anyway, the pic above shows precisely the prime viewing spots that the dozen or so stools had along the bar facing soi 4.  From that vantage you could see the whole human zoo of street life at Nana.  You would look across the street to see the comings and goings of the Nana Plaza entrance.  You would turn left and see the arrival and leavings of the freelancers hanging around the sign at the front of the parking lot. 

Many were the times that I would grab a seat there fairly early, around 10:00 pm or so, and settle into a slow sip of a beer, checking regularly over at the freelancer scene just meters away.  When a sweetie caught my eye as the one I wanted to spend the rest of my life with, or at least the next 90 minutes, it was chug-a-lug and check bin time.  As they say, the early soiboy catches the sperm.  OK, something like that.  Anyway, strike a deal and then right across the street to my go-to hotel at the time, the Dynasty Inn.  Needless to say, after the "Here's looking at you kid." moment in the hotel room, it was back to that same vantage place!  

(Funny addendum, on at least two occasions just such a sequence of events described above turned into late night street food and a LT with a sweetie that I'd earlier had a ST with and who had later seen me afterward sitting at that bar!  "What you doing back here?!"  Good times!)

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On 11/18/2021 at 2:32 AM, soiboy said:

I'm really enjoying these regular updates from Papa Sam on the Bangkok scene, especially the Nana area on soi 4. 

Thank you soiboy, appreciate it!

Thairath wrote today that the CCSA will discuss on Friday whether to extend the booze ban until midnight or not. Currently in Bangkok there's an alcohol ban in effect after 9 p.m. (though it's been reported that in some bars on lower Sukhumvit you might get booze until 10.30 p.m...)

We'll see...

In a famous department store restaurant (Ratchaprasong area I believe...) they found one corona case. The department store restaurant is now closed for three days...


Apparently there are currently no plans to tighten restrictions for tourists, despite increasing incident rates in some countries:



The current nationwide shutdown of bars came into effect after a cluster of covid cases in clubs in the Thonglor district of Bangkok was detected earlier this year. The Bangkok governor fears now that such clusters could reappear once bars are allowed to open. He therefore ordered to tighten measures to prevent infections in restaurants and entertainment venues in the city. Recent inspections of restaurants and other business establishments in the Thonglor district apparently showed satisfactory levels of hygiene, according to Channel 7:



Deputy PM Anutin urges employees of restaurants, pubs and bars to vaccinate against COVID-19, suggesting that if people want the government to open bars again then the vaccination rates must be high (er):




The total number of establishments in the Bangkok area that have passed the SHA / SHA+ and SHA Extra Plus standards are 9,823, of which 8,227 have passed SHA standards and 1,275 SHA+ and SHA Extra Plus standards. (Source: Channel 7, dated November 23rd.)


Translated from Thai via Google Translate so please bear with me.

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According to the Daily News, police last night at 10 p.m. raided two restaurants in the "Groove" restaurant area of the famous Central World shopping mall in Bangkok's Pathumwan district (BTS stations Siam and Chit Lom are relatively close by).

Two of the twelve restaurant inside "Groove" apparently continued to serve alcohol past the 9 p.m. deadline.

The managers will be prosecuted and the owners as well if found guilty of neglect.






Channel 7 also reports on the raid and has published a video:


Siam Rath covers the story too:


So does Amarin TV:



and Nation TV:



and Thai PBS:





Pic source above: 




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Deputy PM and Health Minister Anutin gave an interview today. He's angry that some entertainment venues in Bangkok had secretly - and illegally - opened already, probably referring to the a.m. case in Bangkok...

He also mentioned the possiblity of relaxing travel restrictions to Thailand. Seems that in the future there'll be no more PCR test required anymore and replaced by regular rapid tests.

When asked about the reopening of bars, Anutin said that the bars will first have to take proper measures for a Covid-free setting. Bar owners have to vaccinate their employees and they also need to check guests' vaccination status before entering the bar. If they are ready to do this, the government was ready to relax the rules he said.

(via Google Translate, so please bear with me.)



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Interesting: Not only regular restaurants and pubs serving food, but also several entertainment venues / "naughty boy places" in Bangkok, such as Check-in Bar (lb) or The Bank Club (GG brothel) are now SHA+ certified: :sign0200:







As of Monday, November 29th at 8:00 a.m. 9,951 places in Bangkok are SHA or SHA plus certified, including: 

6,167 restaurants and

780 hotels


Are there any (ladyboy or GG) bars in Pattaya that are also already officially SHA Plus approved?

Regarding the booze ban: people on social media say that the BiB arrived early last night on Bangkok's Sukhumvit Soi 7 to check if any of the bars there violates the 9 p.m. booze ban still in effect.

Bangkok Soi Nana last night:



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Bangkok Metropolitan Administration relaxes booze ban. Restaurants can now serve alcohol until 11 p.m. starting December 1st.


Entertainment venues, pubs, bars and massage parlors remain closed:


(published November 29, 2021 - 1:52 p.m.)


(published 29 Nov 2021 2:10 p.m.)


(published 29 Nov 2021, 2 p.m.)


Restaurants have to close at midnight now. No dancing, no karaoke.



The full moon party is cancelled.

The PM has received reports about certain places secretly selling alcohol and knows that some are secretly open for services like in a pub or in a bar. If regulations were not strictly followed, the relaxation measures could be reversed:


(published 29 Nov 2021 2:48 p.m.)

Between 25 and 27 November 2021 police in other districts of Thailand have made 27 arrests in total, including 15 in Chiang Mai, 9 in Lampang, 2 in Chiang Rai and 1 in Lamphun:



(published : 29/11/2021 15:14)

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On 11/28/2021 at 8:20 AM, Papa Sam said:

Check-in Bar (lb) or The Bank Club (GG brothel) are now SHA+ certified: 

LOL.  How'd they get this approval, I wonder?:biggrin:  Must have cost June dearly. 

A tranny bar in Bkk gets  sign of approval its safe to have a few hotdogs in there. Only in Thailand.

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On 11/29/2021 at 6:16 PM, seven said:

LOL.  How'd they get this approval, I wonder?:biggrin:  Must have cost June dearly. 

A tranny bar in Bkk gets  sign of approval its safe to have a few hotdogs in there. Only in Thailand.


The governor of Bangkok, Pol. Gen. Asawin, today even explicitly recommends pubs and bars and karaoke clubs to become restaurants:


Published : 02/12/2021 17:21

Why isn't the Chonburi governor doing the same?



Inspection of KSR bars:



They've now inspected 10,161 out of 15,840 establishments in Bangkok. 9,380 establishments in Bangkok have passed the SHA / SHA plus inspection.

Alcohol was consumed in 172 non-SHA-compliant establishments in all 50 districts of Bangkok.


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