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Three on the Bund,
2/F, 3 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu,
near Guangdong Lu
Martini Thursdays is event brought back by David Laris to help promote his new lounge at Sinan Mansions, Yucca. My personal favorite is a Vodka Dirty Martini, with any vodka except Grey Goose. I never liked Grey Goose.
I also put up a couple of announcements about their 2nd Fat Olive location in Sinan Mansions. Also, be sure to check out the Xmas and Holiday set menu at Purple Onion.
RMB 25 for Apple, Lychee, Dirty, and More.
I recently got invited to Yucca – David Laris’ latest hot spot – Yucca. Coined as a micro-lounge, Yucca is located the Sinan Mansions 思南公馆. Yucca is a Mexican inspired menu and venue. Perhaps will be known for lounging and drink, Yucca’s food/appetizer/tapas was actually pretty good.
In the slight 3rd floor space, with loft space, Yucca features an intimate setting. I can’t see large groups, of 6 or more, enjoying this place. Dates or small after dinner groups would like it much better. I liked the low slung seats at the bar, which allows for closeness. Next time, I will try to grab those seats.
Tonight, on this soft opening, we tried a few of the signature appetizers. We started off with a spoonful of . . . what I would call an avocado mash. I am not exactly sure what it was, but it had spices and flavors that reminded me of some Los Angeles Mexican restaurants. Perhaps I should have written the name down. Then we had a shot glass of a spicy ceviche with a creamy avocados. This was also quite good. One thing I miss, while I am Shanghai is good Mexican food. Sometimes, I don’t dare try the Mexican food in Asia, since I know it won’t be the same in LA. . . But tonight, Laris’ take at Yucca, was surprisingly refreshing. Next we had a little deep fried taco. A bit crunchy and moist, this actually my favorite one of the night. Lastly, we had the mini empanadas, which were my friend’s favorite. These little goodies were spiced just right and had a nice crust.
In addition to the little tapas. . . we also had a few drinks. My friend, unwisely chose or was it my recommendation, the Mexican Mule. I had the S.A. Piloto which featured Cachaça and Cabernet Sauvignon with black berries and orange juice, which my friend promptly stole away from me. This drink was a little sour but more tangy.
Anyways. . . I hope to visit again, soon.
What to Order: Empanadas, S.A. Piloto
What not to Order:
Price Range 2 $/¥/NT
David Laris’ Yucca
思南公馆 复兴中路519号 近重庆南路
Sinan Mansions, 519 Fuxing Zhong Lu, near Chongqing Nan Lu, Unit 26 A, Shanghai
+86 21 3368 9525
Special thanks to Christina Kao, of David Laris Creations, for some of the pictures.
I got to check out Racks before their Grand Re-Opening at their new location, from their Xintiandi location.
Though I’m not much of a pool player, I know this place almost invites you to play. With good music and drinks, Racks can almost seem like a nice bar lounge. The tables are the same, if not better, as the ones you’d find in the states at other finer pool halls.
The plush cozy interior features several pool tables on two floors, with a VIP lounge area for private events. There’s even an outdoor patio for enjoy the Shanghai skyline. There’s a full bar on both the 5th and 6th floor for all your drinking needs. They have a full bar with some of the more popular liquors you’ll find in bars in the states. The lounge area upstairs is ideal for a birthday party or a mixer with the centerpiece white pool table.
Rack’s is having their grand Re-Opening tomorrow Wednesday, November 10th. RSVP’s were required by yesterday November 8th. But if you call, you just might get reservations.
Tim Sher, one of the partners was generous enough to show me around the the lounge/pool hall. It’s really a small world when one of my current classmates is his childhood friend, while my old Shanghai friends have known him awhile, as well. When you stop by Racks, make sure you tell him that you saw my post.
The Apartment is one my favorite lounges in Shanghai. Always a challenge for someone new to any city, is finding a decent place to hangout for drinks and chillaxin’.
Located in the off the new swanky, yet hidden, area on Yongfu and Fuxing road, in the Xuhui district, The Apartment is a cool lounge, that also serves food. But, I haven’t tried the food, though pundits on foursquare don’t recommend the pizza. Their outdoor rooftop lounge area is where their large pizza oven is located. Maybe one of these days, I will try the food.
After hiking up three elevator-less floors, you finally reach the great door. Once inside, you notice a few sitting areas with eclectic sofas and chairs. Toward the rear of the room, you see the an oversized lounge bed, made popular from the clubs in Vegas and New York. I only wish there were a few more of these beds. In the back, there’s an ignored area of regular tables for dining, which seems a bit out of place. I’d just make that area into a private party room, than pretend that people come for the food. As I mentioned earlier, there’s an outdoor lounge area, which probably has optimal use about 3, maybe 4 months out of the year. With the crazy Shanghai heat and bitter winters, The Apartment probably will only have high demand there in the short spring and autumn months.
Almost every night I’ve been there, there’s been a small band playing or a DJ. I like the DJ, but the band, which varies, is a hit or miss. One night, they were playing cover songs in a melancholy way, that it was almost hurting our group’s mood.
They offer bottle service and reservations for tables areas. They only have a couple of beers on tap and a bit more bottled. They have bottles of vodka, whiskey, and others. Personally, I’m a beer guy and almost anything else, except champagne.
Weekends get crowded fast, too. One thing is. . .this place is not place to pick up chicks, since most everyone that comes, has a table or comes with people. There isn’t a dance floor so, mingling might be a challenge. But if you have game, which I don’t, you might be able to score.
Though it seems I’ve complained a lot, I actually really like The Apartment. I know I’ll be back a lot. Other places I like in Shanghai are the Monkey Bar and El Coctel. If you have suggestions on other similar places, please let me know.
Price Range 2 $/¥/NT