G/F President Arcade Tower, 973 Ploenchit Rd., 02-656-0384. Open daily 6pm-1am (in the upstairs bar). BTS Ploenchit.
It’s posh, it has a good location and of late it has been the rising star of nightlife. If you need some caloric intake before you dazzle everyone with your dance moves, try the Brazilian buffet (B960) downstairs. Every Latin lover or Latin lover lover should be there: the smooth movers, the curious, and even some tourists. You won’t be shipwrecked; they’re all very welcoming and there’s always someone to help you with your dance steps.
Senor Pico Bar and Restaurant
Rembrandt Hotel, Sukhumvit 18, 02-261-7100. Open daily 5pm-1am. BTS Asoke, MRT Sukhumvit.
Serves Mexican food in an atmosphere that walks a fine line between cheesy and authentic. There’s a sizeable dance floor where you can show off your skills but coming alone just for dancing isn’t such a great idea. Weekdays are better for dinner. Fri and Sat are filled with expats, which could be good for expanding your business network. Saucy salsa songs are provided by Los Gafas, Tue-Sun 7pm-midnight.
109-111 Soi Patpong, Silom Rd., 02-632-7898/9. Open daily 11am-2am. BTS Saladaeng. MRT Silom.
Another well-known place packed to the rafters with Mexican décor. Opt for the mezzanine for a breeze and a bird’s eye view of the bar. Most customers are farangs with their “girlfriends” (cough cough) so you better bring your own dance partner. Enjoy live music and Patty’s Fiesta (B220), a strong cocktail that will make your moves smoother (or at least seem that way to you).