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Brown Sugar (Feb-2003)
old tradition ... since 1985 - Jazz & Blues Soi Sarasin, opp. Lumpini Park
We had a night out at Chaopaya River (by the way, YokYor Seafood Restaurant, inexpensive and brilliant authentical Thai cuisine) with a couple of chilled beers in a great ground-floor bar at the Shangrila. Around midnight, we decided to drop by at Brown Sugar on the way back.
We had not been there for ... I don't know haw many years. Guess it's end of the eighties, when we visited Brown Sugar last time and that time we where more often seen at Around Midnight, yet another live music pub around the corner, where a friend of ours, Todd Tong Dee, started off his carreer playing many or every night. (by the way, Todd was the first Foreigner in Thailand having his own TV-show - which was singing english songs and explaining the meaning of the lyrics. Great Job, great show, great mag.)
Well, Brown Sugar. As it appears today, the place has developed into "grown-up", very warm and friendly jazz&blues pub. The lights are right, the music great (and not too load so can still chat if you want), a couple of imaginary spider webs in some corners (just to make it feel more homy) and friendly, well trained stuff. We had some draft beers and a couple of cocktails, the usual :), and everything served, fully satisfied our gums.
You can feel the years which have passed the place. The audience is a good mix of curious tourists who read about it in some travel-books, young fashy youngsters and quite a few mid-aged foreigners and Thais who most obviously live in this country and many of them must be visiting Brown Sugar for many years already.
Brown Sugar reminded me of Europe (funny:). Many years back I used to spend days and weeks in a pub where the walls had not been painted for the last 2 or 3 decades, playing cards and chess. That time (and I felt the same at Brown Sugar) I thought that if they ever paint those yellow-smoky walls with bright, clean, white paint - I'm out for good!