Velvet Lounge.

By Mark Andrews

City Weekend (Shanghai). 22/06/2006

Bar review of Velvet Lounge a now closed bar on Shanghai’s Julu Road.

‘Julu lu’ and ‘classy’ are not words you often hear in the same sentence. Velvet Lounge tries to strike a more salubrious tone and you will know that if you hit all the bar girls you’ve gone too far. In the same building as Casanova, it is entered through a courtyard. The inside is a safe haven where velvet upholstered sofas envelope you. Relaxing lounge music, unfortunately sometimes with the addition of bass from the bar below, provide a good environment to catch up with friends. All the standard cocktails (Y45-55) are there along with a rather surprising Hoegaarden on tap (Y55 small glass). At the entrance is the C-shaped bar with welcoming tenders. Chandeliers hang around the bar and crystal curtains surround the doorways – both a welcome break from the usual Julu Lu accoutrements.

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Mark Andrews has written about everything from Japanese houses to heli hikes on New Zealand glaciers, test drives of Chinese cars to bar and restaurant reviews. He currently specialises in travel articles and reviews of Chinese cars plus articles about the Chinese auto industry.

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