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Phuket Nightlife

Nine
28 Phra Baramee Soi 7
Kalim Beach , Phuket
Thailand 83150
Tel: 66 76 344 834
www.ninephuket.com

This old Muslim house hidden in the hills overlooking Patong Beach has a second life as Phuket's insider after-dark address. Frangipani trees soar above the sea-facing veranda lined with cozy daybeds, and upstairs in the private party room an ornate Chinese imperial altar table, birdcages, and an opium bed add just a dash of kitsch alongside dramatic oil paintings by local talent Kob Alongkorn. Chill jazz tunes accompany signature sips like the Chili Moon martini, which mixes vodka and Cointreau with muddled Kaffir lime leaves and fresh chili, or the Frozen Passion, with vodka, tequila, and cranberry juice, plus passion fruit and mango sorbet.—Cynthia Rosenfeld

Phuket Simon Cabaret
8 Sirirach Road
Patong Beach , Phuket
Thailand
Tel: 66 76 342 011
Fax: 66 76 340 427
www.phuket-simoncabaret.com

Girls, girls, girls? At the Simon Cabaret, gender is an illusion reinforced by good lighting, expensive costumes, and Hollywood musical-style sets. The performers, the infamous "lady boys" of Patong Beach, have charisma to spare: A few are transsexuals, others are cross-dressers, all are lip-syncing divas. You'll overhear greenhorns saying they can't believe these aren't women, but unless you've never seen a drag show before, it's obvious—and that's part of the fun. Expect camp classics such as "Big Spender" and even a little Céline Dion—wholesome drag for the whole family.

Rock City
188/1 Thaweewong Road
Patong Beach , Phuket
Thailand
Tel: 66 78 855 101
www.rockcity.cc

The dark, split-level confines of Rock City on Patong Beach Road include a King Kong-sized sound system designed to blast your hair horizontally. The place will rock you, from 11 a.m. to 3 a.m.—during the day you can quaff beers at the outside bar—but don't believe the placards that say Metallica's playing (note the words tribute band in microscopic print underneath). To add to the bizarre mix: Most of the bands are imported from Sweden—whence the owner, a former rocker himself, hails. Even if metal tribute bands ain't your thing, this is the rare nightspot that draws both tourists and Thais. They promise to bring you "one step closer to hell," so keep an open mind.

Information may have changed since the date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.