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December 28, 2015
Cicada Ultralounge
 
All over the world, outfit options are being assessed and final preparations are being made for the climax of the social calendar: New Year’s Eve. And if you’re still settling upon a venue from which to welcome in 2016, look no further than Sanlitun’s Cicada Ultralounge.
 
Behind the imposing metal door and plush curtains lies one of the nabe’s original – and still the best – see and be scene spots. And it’s easy to see why. The brainchild of the team behind much-loved Sichuan sizzler Transit, this after-dark mainstay has long been the bastion for Beijing’s bon vivants thanks to its beguiling mix of sultry atmos, aurally seductive scheduling and lavish libations.
 
Steeped in divine decadence, the deco-esque interiors evoke the anything-goes glamour of the ’20s, while the contemporary cocktails keep things refreshingly in the present. Standouts from the ever-evolving list have included spicy takes on the classics and signatures like the ‘PS I Love You’, a smooth yet simple blend of rum, lemon juice and an old-world syrup made from pandan leaves.
 
Of course, it wouldn’t be any type of club without a soundtrack, and here it has been known to come from the likes of Giles Peterson and one half of Kruder and Dorfmeister, as well as dance floor-packing resident DJ Dodgy Yamamoto. 

Dress to impress for a guaranteed night to remember. 
 
N4-33 / Taikoo Li Sanlitun North / 11 Sanlitun Lu / Chaoyang / +86 10 6418 9898 / 6pm-2am daily 
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