Just steps from the iconic Three on the Bund building, Club 3 1/3 is the latest addition to the Bund nightlife scene. Despite the name of the venue, don’t show up expecting a messy night of raging, the space actually feels and looks more the part of a lounge, than a traditional club. Though not quite a “members only” affair, there is a strict smart and chic dress code encouraged of no shorts, no caps and no flip-flops. In other words: the usual. The inside interior is impressive, straddling the line between spacious and comfortable all at once. A series of cozy booths dominate the bulk of the space, while rich earth tones, vaulted ceilings, and touches of marble round out the décor.
Each cocktail is outfitted with a cryptic name that is meant to correspond and speak to the essence of the ingredients and drink. The Black Swan (RMB110), for instance, features a base of Grey Goose with coffee. The coffee effectively masks the vodka flavor while the additions of black cherry and vanilla along with black walnut bitters add a sweet nuttiness that keep the drink from being too bitter or hyped up thanks to the caffeine. Much daintier is The Geisha (RMB115). Arriving to your table in a teapot, this drink is a delicate plum wine base libation with heavy fruit influences. The addition of sparkling prosecco serves to mellow out the plum wine.
The drink list is the major draw, but there is also an extensive food menu. Here, a number of selected old stand-bys are remixed and elevated from bar food status. For RMB225 feast your lips upon a plate of Vietnamese spiced charred pork ribs.These babies were tender with fall-off-the-bone meat and peppery and slightly sweet sauce that make you want to reach for just one more.
Many venues interested in being the next big thing in nightlife think half-assed drinks and contrived food, fist pumping music, and random Russian woman standing around posing is all one needs for a successful evening out. Between plush and regal looking décor, creative and flavorful drinks and food, and not to mention, sexy music and atmosphere, the people behind Club 3 1/3 are more than aware of all the components that it takes to rise above the rest.
What: Club 3 1/3
Address: 1/F, Three on the Bund, 3 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu (near Guangdong Lu) 中山东一路3号外滩三号1楼 (近广东路)
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