Friday, May 25, 2007

The Glamour Club, Shanghai

The Glamour Club, Shanghai
Friday 25 May, 2007

We had dined at M on the Bund last year and noticed the Glamour Bar on the way out. It looked fabulous so we were determined to have a few drinks there before heading across the road to dine at Laris tonight.
The Glamour Bar is described by the team at M as a 21st century impression of a 1930's Hollywood movie set which has revived the elegant tradition of sophisticated drinks and after hours music in Shanghai.
I had read a few reviews from World's Best Bars including,
The decor in this bar is definitely "glamour". Shiny bead curtains shimmer in the light. There are lots of comfortable corner arrangements with sofas and chairs and the lights are dimmed. The service is excellent and discreet and the restrooms probably the most spotless ones I have ever come across in a bar. Extra points for that! The prices are at the level you could expect from a bar with this view. Not a "party bar", but a very stylish place to go for a chat and pre dinner drink.
Hard to describe how well done the Glamour Bar is... beautiful room, well-crafted cocktails, great service, and a heart-stopping view of the flood-lit Bund. Go - but put something nice on, will you?

The Glamour Bar is reached by taking the lift to the 6th floor. The staff are courteous and all dressed in stunning black outfits with pink trim - in fact there's a lot of pink around with the lighting, drink coasters, match boxes etc. We were seated by the window on the lounges with a view across the Bund to Pudong - spectacular. The decor is a little shabby chic with mix- matched lounges, chairs, foot stools all covered in different fabrics and an amazing collection of lamps shades and stands.
The drinks menu is impressive and it took us a minute to read through the pink menu and locate what we wanted. I opted for the Shanghai mule while my China buddies ordered a Caprioska and a Cucumber & mint martini. After we ordered a small bowl of popcorn was delivered to the table and the candle on the table was lit. The lighting is dim in order to show off the amazing views.
The Glamour Club is a great place for a drink before or after dinner.
The Glamour Club - 6th floor, 5 The Bund, Shanghai - T: (86 21) 6350 9988


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