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Beauty and the Beats

February 09, 2015

 

Downtown

Staying open later than any of its Yongfu Lu counterparts, sultry little beat box Shiva Lounge had long been the go-to haunt for late-night partiers and the pretty parade, that is until their fuddy-duddy neighbours finally brought an end to the fun with complaints of excessive noise levels. However, undeterred by the sourpusses and bureaucrats of this world, the Shiva team packed up its mint vinyl collection and moved just a few blocks away, into the space formerly occupied by D9. And so, electronic dance den Downtown was born.

Although the soundtrack maintains its deep-house, techno vibe thanks to the spin skills of resident DJs including Them Waits, Jasmine Li, and Javi Kalvero, the fitout could not be more different from its previous incarnation. Gone are Shiva’s Arabic-opulent silk hangings and faffy cushions, and here instead is a sleek, modern polished concrete boite of coloured neon striplights, dark leather banquettes, oriental screens and Blade Runner-esque cityscapes – all conceptualised by the designer who worked on futuristic film Cloud Atlas. The central bar serves up the usual suspects from Corona to Heineken, plus a classic range of mixed drinks, but keep an eye out for the soon-to-be-unveiled ‘sci-fi’ cocktail list. Slip on those dancing shoes, Dolly – it’s going to be a late one!

449 Huashan Lu / Jing’An / +86 21 6248 8818 / 10pm-5am daily / facebook.com/downtownshanghai
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