On the last night of this trip, I decided it would just be drinking and enjoying the company of boys. No offs. I did my preparations inside my hotel room and after dinner, I walked into Lucky Boys at 10pm. Damn. It was crowded. Then I realised it was a Saturday night. I wanted the comfy semi circle booth sofa seats with the round table in front. They had all been taken. Mamasan L sat me down at front row table and promised to move me once the seats were available. I looked at the menu and ordered a bottle of Jack Daniels (4000 baht) and a bottle of 100 Pipers (2200 baht). It’s gonna be whisky night!
L gave instructions to waiter and they both went off to get the bottles. Bottles arrive and this time, both bottles were placed in front of me in plain sight. A few nights ago, the bottle was placed out of sight and I had commented that it emptied out quicker than I had expected. I suspected some of the older mamasans and even waiters had helped themselves to it. L confirmed my suspicions. “Sorry, they shouldn’t do it. Tonight put bottle in front. Only you and boy drink.” I smiled and pointed at him, “And you drink with me also!” I signalled to waiter to prepare L a glass of Jack Daniel with Coke, his choice of mixer. After that, waiter comes back with 5 whisky glasses. “For you to tip boy,” L said. “No, tonight, I am not doing that. Tonight we play game. Loser drink shots. We wait till table ready.” It was thankfully not a long wait, perhaps 20 minutes. During that time, I looked at the boys on stage. Many boys smiling at me, especially those I had offed or tipped. This was my fourth night in a row at Lucky Boys. I am pretty sure I had attained a reputation among the staff after my stunts with the 1000 baht garland and 100 baht whisky shots tips. I signalled to the boys to be patient and wait.
I had invited Anddy again for my last night in Bangkok. He messaged me that he would be late but he would definitely come. Some customers at a booth sofa seat leave. Yippee! The night can finally begin. L arranges for my drinks to be moved and I settle into the sofa seat. I signal to the two boys whom I had offed the previous two nights - Cambodia boy and Viet boy. Big smiles and warm hugs as I seat them to my right and left and as I wrap my hands closely around their waists. “Tonight no off. Tonight we drink. Tonight happy happy. I give tip,” I explain to both boys. Waiter prepares drinks for them. I pull them closer and my hands start groping freely under the table. We toast drinks. P my favourite Thai boy is not to be seen. “He no work today,” I am told. Darn. I know P loves to drink and he would be the perfect drinking companion. No matter. There were four of us at the booth sofa seat - mamasan, two gogo boys and me. I took out a deck of playing cards, shuffled them and explained the first game Up or down. A card is drawn and you have to guess whether the next card is bigger (Up) or smaller (Down). If wrong, must drink a half-filled shot of whisky neat. We play and there’s lots of laughs. The show begins but we are busy playing that we don’t watch it.
Anddy arrives and I update him on our game. “You want to invite your boy over?” I ask Anddy. He looks around the bar. Easy to spot by his broad smile. He comes and join us. 6 of us now playing the game. We stop momentarily because of an interesting solo performance by a ladyboy. He is attired in tights and his face in painted like a mask. instead of singing, he does the most exquisite ballet-like dance. It would not be uncommon to see such artistic performances at a proper arts theatre but here he was doing it in a gogoboy bar in Patpong. His face was emotionless and he had a fixed gaze throughout his routine which adds to the mystery. Appreciative applause from the audience. He then exits quickly in the same mysterious manner that he had appeared. A singing ladyboy comes on stage.
we continue our game. Cambodia boy is tipsy. He says he doesn’t want to play. Time to change the game. I take out 100 baht notes and place them under each of the 5 whisky glasses. New game called in-between. Two cards. Guess the next card. If it is within the two cards, you win 100 baht. If not, must drink. There is choice to pass if the two cards are not in your favour e.g. 3 and 6. Not as easy as it looks. Viet boy gets a 2 and 9. “You want to open card?” I ask. “Yes! Open!” Third card is a 9. Loud uproar. He has to drink. We play for a good half an hour. I keep refilling - both the whisky glasses and the 100 baht notes. Other waiters and mamasans come over to have a look. They want a piece of the action but I ignore them. I lose track of time. I look at stage. 11.45pm. Show has ended and gogo boys start going up on stage. Anddy decides to off his boy and boy goes off to change. Wise to stop him as his luck tonight hasn’t been good. If he continues losing and drinking forfeits, he will be definitely be dead drunk. I look at the bottles. Left half a bottle. I decide to expediate the game. I fill the whisky glasses to the brim. The boys are undeterred and willing to bet. Delight and ecstasy when they win. Sighs and a forced gulp to down the whisky when they lose but determination to play the next round. Anddy was kind enough to contribute some 100 baht notes when I ran out. I had to ask waiter to swap 1000 baht note to 100 baht notes. By the time all the whisky had finished, i had given away 3000 baht. Cambodian boy was drunk but very happy. He flashes his 100 baht notes at me. “Money. Money. Happy. Happy.” He kisses and hugs me. Anddy leaves with his boy who has managed to win some rounds despite starting off disastrously. I say goodbye to Anddy. “See you in December.”
i tip Cambodia and Viet boys in addition to what they have won. They say they have never been so happy before. I get up to leave. I tell young mamasan L, “I tip you outside.” We all go out to the entrance of the bar where the stairs and balcony is. I surprise L by taking out a 1000 baht garland and placing it on his neck. He looks dumbfounded and in a state of shock. After recovering from the pleasant surprise, he hugs me tightly. Everyone there and then was smiling broadly. We take some photos together - L, the waiter who had served our table and the two Cambodia and Viet boys. I shall look at the photos happily from now until December when I return to Bangkok.