Some time ago this was one of the most common place for people to hang out (aside from bars and taverns, but we talk about more civilized pastime here). Baths are open from dusk till dawn (women before noon, men after noon - in order to avoid unpleasant incidents), each visitor is able to relax, get himself clean, have a glass of wine or a simple appetizer - all for a moderate fee. Making new acquaintances and engaging in interesting conversations comes as a bonus. Or doing business, as a matter of fact. Baths are known for their high security and strict weapons-free policies, which makes them a decent place for high-class citizens and gang members to arrange meetings of various sorts.
Besides, it is much easier to persuade or convince someone when he is sitting half-naked in front of you.
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