‘We can’t adapt anymore’: Yadong bar Thaisho calls it quits

Photo: Thaisho / Facebook
Photo: Thaisho / Facebook

After months of government-forced closures, a bar best known for its buzzing group atmosphere and shots of yadong – the traditional Thai herbal moonshine – announced that it won’t be pouring another round after June 20.

Opened in March 2019 between BTS Ari and Saphan Kwai, Thaisho recently said that it will be shutting down for good later this month. 

The bar, which rose to cult status with its straight shots of yadong and yadong-infused cocktails, cited a lack of government support after nightlife venues were ordered to shut amid the third-wave outbreak in April. While dining-in at restaurants is back on the table again, serving alcohol on-site is banned and entertainment venues are still closed until further notice. 

“We can’t adapt anymore. Can we change the government instead?” wrote Thaisho on its Facebook page. “We’ve endured [restrictions and closures] for almost a year and we still do not get any stipends or compensation.”

The bar is now selling almost everything, from its chairs and tables to its kegs, fans and refrigerators. See more details here. 

Before shutting its doors for the last time, Thaisho will open June 10-13, then June 17-20, from 10am until 7pm each day.

Bars have undergone fundamental changes since the pandemic started, with several venues and their bartenders shifting to selling tofu, dim sum and coffee to stay afloat.


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