| December 7, 2008 at 10:32 pm
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Admakers Pub is in a rather strange-looking, low building on the left side of Soi Langsuan as you head from the Chidlom BTS station. It’s been here for 14 or 15 years at least and is called AdMakers because the people who started the club came from the advertising industry. It looks small from the outside but stretches back a ways and is actually pretty good sized. It reminds me of many of the rock and roll bars I frequented in the U.S. in the 70s as it is plain, unpretentious and has that slightly worn and seedy look that only a well-used bar has. Back then, you see, the quality of the entertainment and the clientele were the important factors in deciding where to go for a night of drinking and dancing. There was no real glitz, no light shows and certainly no expensive décor or furniture anywhere. The plain wooden décor feels much more inviting and comfortable than the more glamorous nightspots that are the hippest in town. I guess I’m showing my age but apparently the AdMakers guys must be about the same age because they haven’t changed this place in all those years and probably never will. They’ve definitely captured the spirit of an age with this place, whether they realize it or not, and if they were to go back in time to New England in the 70s they’d see club after club that looked just like their own. And the music is mostly from that era starting out with a folk duo known as Jack and Noi who have been playing here for 14 years. Some of the artists that they covered during our recent visit there included the Beatles and Bob Marley among others from a bygone era and they do quite a good job of it. They’re joined on Fridays and Saturdays by an Australian woman named Angela who adds a welcome dimension to the sound. The big stars of the night, however, are the members of a band called Big Boy, of all things. Although the name is a little goofy their playing isn’t. Unfortunately, since this is also a dining establishment the management likes to keep them in a more reserved for their first hour after starting at 10:30 (although who the hell wants to eat dinner at 10:30?). Anyway, this means that from 10:30 untiul 11:30 they play softer material than what they’re really good at. So Robbie Williams and Phil Collins are on offer, for example, along with other semi-acceptable bands like Oasis and Coldplay. They’re not bad, but Robbie Williams? Please. Anyway, it’s worth the wait because when they finally get cranked up it’s with the likes of artists like Radiohead, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Guns 'n' Roses, Pink Floyd and a lot more of their ilk. This is one of the very few places in Bangkok where you’ll find this type of music played competently. It’s too bad that they have to play a bunch of junk before the good stuff but hey, you can always skip the first hour and show up for the real show, although Jack and Noi are enjoyable early on. So if you want to take in an evening of entertainment that emulates a 30-year old scene then definitely check out AdMakers. With a few minor negatives it still adds up to a major positive.