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Patpong, Bangkok

Funky Dojo

105 Patpong
Soi 2
Thailand 10500
Tel: 66 8 1550 5691

Tapas Room

114/17–18 Soi Silom 4
Silom Road
Suriyawong, Bangrak
Thailand 10500
Tel: 66 2 234 4737's insider take:

Though synonymous with seedy red-light activities, Patpong in recent years has attracted a small number of upscale, comparatively wholesome establishments. While they don't entirely offset the thriving sex industry that spills into the pedestrian-filled side streets off Silom Road, each is an unexpected haven worth seeking out. Well-dressed Thais, most of whom seem to know each other, toast and talk inside the low-lit chill-out rooms stacked atop one another at Tapas Room. Jazz (both Western and Thai-style) is the draw for most visitors, while others snag a comfy cane seat outside for prime people-watching (open Thursday through Saturday from midnight to the 2 am curfew). Around the corner, Funky Dojo manages to stay open until 3 am, offering a street-front scene that's entirely sleaze-free, instead attracting international DJs and a sophisticated mix of international and Thai clientele.

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