Opened: Nov 15, 2008
What: Having conquered Hong Kong and Cannes, M1NT comes to Shanghai. A “members preferred” luxury club, promising world class service, food, drinks, and a panoramic Bund view. To get in without member status (¥4,500 per year) you’ll have to call ahead and negotiate. Their selling points? A full service restaurant, club, and lounge, all managed and supervised by veteran expat staff. The shareholder option - partial, dividend-paying ownership of the club starting at ¥80,000, including innumerable perks, like a private car to pick you up and take you to the club. And, of course, the soon-to-be-famous 17m long shark tank packed with 22 live sand sharks.
Look: Despite the shark tank, the decor of the rest of the club is surprisingly understated, although that might be because the 6.5m high ceilings make everything else look lilliputian. Table areas are few, blending possum-furred couches with the minimal design of dark, lacquered wood floors and bars of under-lit, translucent marble. Some things that do leave more of an impres- sion, however: a men’s room featuring bronzed urinals and cylindrical porti- coes styled after ancient Roman shrines, and a unique, locally designed mural that looks as if it’s been lifted straight out of a bordello – titillating indeed. Then there’s the bar staff’s uniforms by Shanghai designer Lu Kun – snow leopard print never looked so good. The giant disco-ball of a crystal chandelier above the dance floor may also catch the odd eye.
People: “Aspirational, entrepreneurial individuals interested in entertainment and networking.” Or just people who really really like sharks.
Music: House/funk and hiphop on alternating nights from resident DJs, with internationally-known names stopping by from time to time.
Drinks: Cocktails from ¥80-100.
Hours: Until Nov 15, the club and restaurant will be for private events only. Call for details.
24/F, 318 Fuzhou Lu, near Shandong Lu, 6391 3191 福州路318号24层，近山东路