Friday, July 1st, 2016
One of Sukhumvit Road’s most storied landmarks is sadly bidding a reluctant farewell. CheckInn 99—which was built in the late 1950s, and originally operated as the Copacabana—will disappear forever, as the Indian landlord who owns the property is developing the area behind the bar (formerly known as The Tunnel) into a market place, and the new construction would demolish a significant portion of the bar’s interior. The rent has also skyrocketed, and thus owner Chris Catto-Smith is actively looking for a new location to resurrect this long-standing Bangkok institution. Over the past six years the bar has become a watering hole of choice for many of the city’s writer’s, musicians and artists, many of whom come especially for the Sunday afternoon jazz jams. It’s sad that yet another slice of Bangkok history is being crushed by developers with no interest in preserving the city’s cultural legacy, but it’s a story that is being played out all over the developing world. Be sure to visit one last time before the doors shut forever on Friday, July 1st.