The Who, Where & Why?
Welcome to the very first Stick Uncensored Newsletter, the all-new weekly round-up of what's going on after dark in Bangkok and beyond.
Thanks to each and every one of you for subscribing, unlike those that went for the free version meaning an empty inbox this fine Sunday.
The Who, Where & Why?
Everyone with an interest in Thailand's naughty nightlife scene has been guessing who is behind Stick Uncensored with many fingers pointing at Mike “StickBoy” McKay following his sudden departure from the Land Of Smiles this week or was it last? When he left depends on which version of the stories circulating right now on the barstools of Bangkok you choose to believe.
According to the owner of Stick Media, Paul Hayward, the StickmanBangkok website was “hacked” which was a change in direction after he took to the Nana Plaza bar owners Line group last Monday accusing McKay of sabotage claiming “Mike had been a long term sufferer of mental health and alcohol abuse. This is clearly another serious mental breakdown but worse than the ones he has suffered in the past.”
From what we understand McKay was furious telling close friends this was the final straw and he was done with it all. All Stickboy social media accounts either vanished or were renamed, however, at this time his website remains online and accessible.
You might have picked up on in the paragraph above was the use of the word “we”.
That's correct, unlike years gone by when updates were done by one man, this newsletter is a collaboration involving four contributors and an outside editor based in the USA who pulls it all together making it readable and coherent.
Two of the team are based in Bangkok, who are on the ground 7 nights a week, and will keep you informed of what is really happening in Bangkok without any filters. The other two contributors, based in Europe and Oceania, will bring a wealth of knowledge, insight and opinion using a combined 35 years involved with the Bangkok nightlife scene.
The reasoning behind the launch was out of frustration at how stale nightlife coverage had become.
Paul “Stickman” hasn't updated the website since January 2021 following ongoing bar closures due to the Covid-19 pandemic that led to the owners being unable to sell advertising thus no money in the bank to pay his 70,000 baht monthly salary.
Mike “Stickboy” was in bed with almost every bar owner and under the direction of Hayward so said nothing but nice things, which as we all know isn't how real life is.
Dave “The Rave” returned to England and to be honest nobody noticed as his output was so infrequent and unreliable.
Steven “Bangkok 7” is nothing more than a sexpest who doesn't venture out of Patpong.
GoGoHopping is just regurgitated articles on 20-year old topics with other contenders such as Bangkok Nights and Chrome Crumpet merely photos of hot Asian women, many of whom aren't even Thai with absolutely zero news or updates on the goings-on after dark.
With the blogging scene in dire straights, it was decided by all involved via a few Zoom calls that now was the time to bring a new horse to the race. Not that it is much of a race.
One further point needing mentioning in this introduction is the accusations Stick Uncensored is a scam or fraudulent.
SubStack, which provides the platform to publish, is a long-established company in the publishing field as is the payment processor they work with Stripe who had revenues of $7.4 billion in 2020.
That is the who, where and why.
What’s Going On?
*** Suzie Wong reopened this week following a covid cluster that saw a number of ladies plus the manager Liam and mamasan test positive.
*** To enter Soi Cowboy punters must take an ATK test priced 120 baht if they are unable to show proof of a negative test in the past 72 hours. Testing starts at 6 p.m. This practice has killed Cowboy as many are concerned a test showing a positive result will see them hospitalized for 14 days and out of pocket 100k plus for the pleasure.
*** Those willing to take the test can expect to pay 190 baht for a small size bottle of beer if they visit Bacarra. Even during tough times, they don't let up on inflated prices which is extraordinary considering customers are sat on the street in plastic chairs.
*** Still on Soi Cowboy, The Dollhouse finally were issued their SHA certificate and reopened with no fanfare at all. More like The Doomhouse.
*** The late-night place to go right now is 8 Bar on Sukhumvit Soi 8 who have a soundproofed upstairs area that is jam-packed 7 night a week with closing time around 4 am. To enter you simply speak to the dishevelled looking Thai man stood in front of the half-closed shutter but he might tell you “closed” if the police are still on the street checking bars are following orders by closing sharp at 9 pm.
*** Today Bar at the mouth of Soi 8 have decided they want a slice of the late-night pie and are transforming their second floor into a drinking den which seems rather bizarre as it's where the toilets, girls lockers and office are. Could you find floor space for any more than four tables up there?
*** Covid cases in Soi 4 and Soi 7 bars remains rampant with selfish owners bullying staff into keeping quiet in a bid to remain open. This has been ongoing for weeks now, so be warned.
*** Talking of covid clusters, it is interesting that Playskool in Nana Plaza closed after an outbreak yet not a single sole from Twister BKK, The Beer Garden or Lollipop caught the virus. A Nana Miracle?
*** If you like ladyboys, get yourself down Soi 7/1 as the small bars are bursting with the third sex.
*** As one might expect, business in Patpong is dire. The majority of go-go's are closed and those open unable to draw a crowd from across town.
*** Bully's on Sukhumvit Road will be back soon with the renovation on the bar, which now has a 24-hour fitness club as a neighbour, getting underway.
*** Soi 11 is a shadow of its former self with the street deserted even on a Friday or Saturday night.
*** How long can the bars in the complex on Soi 7 last? The authorities are keeping a close eye on what's going on down there and some bars that have been told to close have six-figure rent obligations. Yes, the rents are crazy stupid for what is nothing more than a shed with filthy communal toilet facilities and ridiculously over-priced lady drinks.
In the Stick Uncensored intro, we published a list of article titles that will be coming up in the weeks and months ahead. This week will see the first of those published but which one would you like to read first? Do let us know as we plan to publish the first THIS WEDNESDAY as a bonus newsletter.
Until this Wednesday, thank you for your time, all feedback is welcome.
The Stick Uncensored Team