I don’t report on every bit of news I come across as it would simply be impossible but some things are too notable to ignore. I recently found out that two legendary adult businesses in Bangkok with decades of operation between them are going out of business.
Both Annie’s Massage and Club Electric Blue are closing their doors in what seems to be a bad month for long standing sensual shops in the Thai capital. Both places were covered in the early days of this website which shows to some degree the sort of status they had on the scene.
Annie’s is perhaps the oldest soapy massage parlor in Bangkok with around five decades under its belt. Located near Nana Plaza the place became known around the world long before other places in the city were even imagined.
Apparently a raise in the rent forced Annie’s out of its long standing location but I can’t actually confirm that. As is often the case, all I have to go by is rumor and innuendo. The word is that the women from Annie’s are heading over to the similar Chrome Bar to work though I would guess that at least some of them won’t make the transition.
Club Electric Blue in Patpong has been open for at least fifteen years. Before that another go go bar operated in the same location going back to a time before some readers of this website were probably even conceived.
I don’t know exactly why Club Eletric Blue is closing but it may have something to do with the fall in popularity of the area. On the other hand it could just be that the owner thinks it is time to switch things up again as he did back in the early 2000’s.
The much newer Club Electric Blue on Soi 15 off of Walking Street in Pattaya will continue to operate as always. I can’t be sure but if I had to guess I would say that it is probably more profitable than the place in Patpong has been over the last few years.
Patpong has been in a sort of long slow decline for years even though a recent “rebirth” has brought some new places to the hallowed sois of Patpong 1 and Patpong 2. The old stand by bars like Star of Light and Rose’s for the most part seem to be hanging tough but even they can go the way of the dodo as proven when Mike’s BJ bar shut its doors a few years back.
Which bar will be next to go? I don’t know the answer to that. There are lots of new bars opening all the time in Thailand but few of the newer places have developed the kind of reputations that Club Electric Blue and Annie’s did. Maybe none ever will.