The buzz: When it comes to music and dance, you can always trust the clubs run by professioinal DJs. While Shelter and Dada are known for their underground charm, newcomer Lola offers a more upscale clubbing experience with its graceful design, decent soundsystem and some killer cocktails.
The look: Hidden at the back of the newly developed Surpass Court complex, Lola is divided into three areas - the cozy bar area, the minimalist dancefloor area and the outdoor seating area. Equipped with warm lighting and comfy couches, the bar area is where you order a drink and chill out with friends. For those who have put their dance shoes on, go ahead to the dancefloor area where the ceiling and the walls are covered by canvas panels. The specially designed 3D projection mapping on these panels will provide a surreal visual experience at the peak of the night.
The music: Co-owners Tony Blunt and Xavier Canet were veterans in the clubbing scene in Spain before they came to Shanghai to open Lola. Together with Shanghai based DJ Teasy, they will spin the best electronic dance music from electro to tech-house and techno. Guest DJs are scheduled to play here at weekends too.
The crowd: A hip mix of cocktail lovers and party animals.
The drinks: Created by bar wizard George Nemec, the cocktail list here is full of suprising flavors and exciting ingredients, often strengthened by playful names. Gingerita (60rmb) is a sensual variation of Margarita, made of gold tequila, Grand Marnier orange liqueur, fresh lemon juice and ginger syrup. Bloody Mary fans should go to 'Bloody Lola's Corner', where five types of Bloody Mary's are available, incluing sherry based Bloody Bishop (60rmb) and a very special baijiu based Bloody Shanghers (60rmb). Gan bei!
Why you'll be back: For one round of after work drinks with colleagues, or wild partying at weekends.