The Venue: Sleek & Swanky Restaurant, Lounge & Club in Jing’an
On October 19, 2023
The Venue is an all-in-one restaurant, lounge, bar, and nightclub complete with multiple private rooms located at the Golden Eagle mall in Jing’an.
The backers of this project spared no expense, reportedly shelling out ¥80 million to deck out the space in designer furniture and finishings, complete with a club sound system sporting Funktion-One speakers.
The restaurant and lounge is posh. Sleek and swanky, I tell ya! Leather and velvet banquets with marble-top lounge tables, soft warm lighting and vibrant wall art. Music selection adds to the ambiance, too. It’s the kind of classy space that you should dress up for, lest feel out of place. The lights dim at 10pm for a lounge setting.
The food is upmarket fusion with obvious French influence, featuring a subtle crossover of East and West. (Their Chinese chef Mario has a background in French fine dining.)
As for drinks, The Venue has 10 signature cocktails in addition to the classics. Wines by the glass start from ¥85.
Here’s a bit about the club side of things:
The Venue Club isn’t very big. It’s a one-room club with a large bar. The bar area also caters for people who don’t have table bookings to loiter about. All tables require a minimum spend, starting for ¥4,000. Dance floor is wherever you make it.
There are a dozen private rooms, including the high-roller room located above the bar that overlooks the club. The music program changes weekly and based on available DJs; style is a variety, but leans towards house, not hip-hop or EDM.
Back to the restaurant… The food exceeded my expectations. It is on the upmarket end of things. Overall, the dishes are well executed and well balanced, tasty and impressive.
Recommend the gnocchi, roasted truffle butter chicken, tuna steak, and coffee mille-feuille.
The Venue Address: South Block, Golden Eagle mall, 278 Shaanxi Bei Lu 陕西北路278号,金鹰国际购物中心南里 Tel: 62600098 Hours: Tue-Sun, 5:30pm-2am; closed Monday
Rachel Gouk has been writing about food and drink in Shanghai since 2011. She is a food critic, writer, photographer, and F&B consultant based in Shanghai. Nomfluence was founded in May 2018 as a means to express her love for the Shanghai F&B scene. Follow her blog www.nomfluence.com or on Instagram @nomfluence.