Société Perrier: Swanky Bangkok Lounge Patpong Road Opens On SoBe
By: Tracy Block, Aug. 26 2013
Restaurant group 50 Eggs celebrated another Miami milestone with the grand opening of Patpong Road this past Friday night. Launching their first nightlife concept, the venue is an intimate upstairs lounge located above SoBe’s trendy Khong River House, just off Lincoln Road. The Bangkok-inspired weekend bar is based on Thailand’s taboo Red Light District, reviving a swanky vibe from its predecessor, legendary nightspot Buck 15. And, following a few Sriracha-spiked cocktails in plastic sippy packs, patrons were still just as eager to attempt swinging from the rafters (channeling the popular act from Buck’s heyday). Maybe it was the sexy bartenders, or the awesomely nostalgic ’90s soundtrack courtesy of one our favorite hometown heroes, DJ Jessica Who, but either way, we’re penciling in a return to this to-be hot spot come next weekend.
Miami New Times: Opening of PatPong Road
John Kunkel on Opening of Patpong Road and Fate of Khong Fuzi
By: Laine Doss, Aug. 21 2013
Road, 50 Eggs’ newest concept, opens this Friday, August 23, above Khong River House.
The intimate lounge, which is open only Friday and Saturday evenings from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., is designed to invoke Bankok’s infamous Patpong Road. In addition to food stalls, another form of flesh is also freely available at the bar’s namesake, which is notorious for being a red-light district.
In keeping with the sinfully chic night-market theme, the SoBe lounge will feature a cocktail program, curated by 50 Eggs beverage director Allegra Angelo, in which cocktails ($10 to $25) such as the “Laid-ee” drink, made with rum and fresh juice, are served in plastic “sippi” bags. If you’re hungry, Khong’s main chef, Sudarat Loasupho (also known as Mama Pai), offers re-creations of night-market street food such as pad thai, drunken rice noodles, house-made Chiang Rai sausage, Thai summer rolls, Thai doughnuts, and anything you can possibly skewer on a stick.
Because a lot has happened at 50 Eggs this summer, including chef changes and the imminent opening of Patpong Road, we spoke with John Kunkel to catch up on the developments.
John Kunkel: This is something we’ve wanted to do since we opened Khong. We first had to open and get through the permitting process; now we’re actually going farther than we originally thought. [Patpong Road is] going to be this cool little red-light district hangout space with its own bar and menu.
The space always seemed like a bar, so it should be a bar. We did some chef dinners, and we finally went all in and did what we should have done. The sound system went in last week. There’s a private entrance in the back, and the whole staff is superexcited about it. We’re just running it Friday and Saturday nights for now, and we want to have some fun with it.