Launch of “Bangkok Beat” on Sunday night at Checkinn99

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The launch party of the new book “Bangkok Beat” will take place from 6-8pm at the historic Checkinn99 cabaret club on Sukhumvit Road on Sunday 26th July 2015. The authors will be available, as well as Checkinn99 owner Chris Catto-Smith, to talk about the history and stories that make “Bangkok Beat” a special book. The principle author is American businessman Kevin Cummings. Contributing authors are James A. Newman, Thomas H. Locke, John Gartland and Alasdair McLeod. The book contains more than 50 black-and-white photographs, many of the historic nightclub.​ Bangkok Beat photographer Eric Nelson will also be present.

Bangkok Beat is a compilation of short stories, interviews, literature reviews and author profiles, plus the previously unpublished history and photos of the Checkinn99. Between the covers you can get up-close and personal with some well-known writers, expats and other colorful characters who have made Southeast Asia home. The launch is a tribute not only to the book but also to the efforts of the many artists, authors, poets, musicians, actors, staff and customers who have contributed to it in many ways and brought Checkinn99 back to life as one of Bangkok’s most quirky and best-loved historic entertainment venues.

Visit Checkinn99 on Sunday night for two entertaining hours of light-hearted readings by special guests, along with entertainment by singer-songwriter Kevin Wood and the Music of the Heart band immediately after the regular Sunday jazz jam. A limited number of copies of this fascinating book will be available for purchase along with the iconic Bangkok Soi Dog #1 T-shirts, with original artwork by the renowned ‘Bangkok noir’ artist Chris Coles. Visit for directions to the club and for more information.

3 thoughts on “Launch of “Bangkok Beat” on Sunday night at Checkinn99

  • July 23, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    Hi inside area of Checkinn99 is non- smoking however the entrance alcove off street is for smokers. The door is open so you dont miss out

  • July 21, 2015 at 7:42 pm

    Is Checkinn99 cabaret club Non-Smoking?

    • July 23, 2015 at 5:54 am

      David, in the old days the club was very smokey. It was my least favorite thing about the old Checkinn99 days, which for me only go back 15 years. The club has operated at that location since 1957. It is now 100% smoke free – no smoking allowed.


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