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Experience the Good Life at Club 3 1/3

The Bund's newest hot spot is serving class and well made drinks

 

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. 

 

Shanghai's Club 3 1/3 Black Swan drink.

 

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 Geisha drink at Club 3 1/3 in Shanghai.

 

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. 

 

Ribs from club 3 1/3 in Shanghai.

 

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. 

 

Interior shot of Club 3 1/3 in Shanghai.

Details

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) 

Tel: 6312-0931

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