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The newest & hippest disco bar in Zhuhai: Bar 88

29 April 2011

88 Bar’ or ‘Bar 88’ is one of the newest and hippest spots on Zhuhai’s famous Bar Street. With Western Saloon style decor, regular live performers and excellent service, we are sure this bar is here to stay! The only bad thing to say about 88 is that there is no real dance floor, rather a few small areas where up to 15 or 20 people can dance if they don’t mind getting up close and personal!

This venue has a very classic feel and offers an eclectic selection of karaoke rooms catering to different customers; it’s also one of the more upscale bar venues in the district. The place is decorated to integrate both Eastern and Western styles – going for that overall feel of being both grand and trendy. Their karaoke rooms provide visitors with a variety of choices that range from different themes to deluxe and VIP; each of the rooms are fitted with the best entertainment and karaoke-singing equipment. This is a bar that caters more to expats and foreign visitors; prices are also on the upper-end scale – expect to pay around 300 -400 RMB/person.

Get to the club early or call ahead to reserve a table. You will need to buy a bucket of beers or a bottle of spirits to get a table, but if there is more than three or four of you, then this makes sense.

Any time you want a break from the lively atmosphere to rest your dancing legs or have a quieter talk with friends, head on out to the terrace area, where you will find tables with umbrellas (perfect for all weather!) and computers with Internet Access at your disposal.

Address for foreigners: “Joo Hai Shuh, Schway Wan (rhymes with ‘Can’) Loo, Joe Bah Jieer, Ehr Buy Eee How”  …is how we would say it. Here’s the pinyin too: Zhu Hai Shi, Sui Wan Lu, Jiu Ba Jie, 201-209 hao

Most taxi drivers will know where to go if you say “Joe Bah Jieer” (pinyin – ‘Jiu Ba Jie’). When you get onto Bar Street, simply say “Bah Sheh Bah Bah” (pinyin – ‘Ba Shi Ba Ba’) – meaning ’88 Bar’ and you will be dropped off on the cross-road at the end of Bar Street. Bar 88 is right on the corner!

No. 88 Bar

Address: 203-205 Shuiwan (Harbor) – Bar District – Zhuhai – China
地址:珠海市水湾酒吧街203-205号
Tel: +86 75 6 888 9188
Opening hours: 19:30-02:00

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Bellini Lounge Music Bar at Venetian Macau: the place to be in town!

29 April 2011

You might be surprised to find that one of the friendliest bars in town is located in a corner of the casino floor of The Venetian. The Bellini Lounge may sound and look posh, but it’s actually a down-to-earth watering hole which attracts a stylish crowd aged mostly from their late 20s to late 40s. Most are here not just becaue they’re taking a break from gambling, but have made the trip specially to enjoy live music in the company of friends.

The huge couches and vast space mean you’ll usually be able to get a comfortable seat, and not worry about having smoke being blown in your face by a stranger while jostling for standing room. There are also plenty of bar stools up by the impressively long bar, where solo guests can perch and enjoy the live entertainment, while being entertained by the bartender.

Two live resident bands provide entertaining covers of Top 40 hits, R&B numbers every night, but aren’t too loud or intrusive so as to prevent conversation. The large bar is quite quiet during the day, and during weeknights attracts after-work suits as well as tourists. 

During weekends, and their Ladies Nitz (free drinks for women) every Wednesday from 8pm, it starts to get packed with an eye candy crowd of models, dancers and expatriates.

There is a wide selection of wines and premium spirits as well as coctails on the menu, and Bellini is well staffed with friendly and knowledgable staff who are only too happy to help. The bar is also known for having some of the prettiest and most professional and attentive female staff members in Macau.

Try the house specialty cocktail, the Bellini, which is made of fresh peach, schnapps and champagne, other popular drinks include champagne cocktails made with mango and fruit blends.

Address: Shop 1041 (On the casino floor) – Venetian Casino – Macau
Tel: +853 8118 9940

Open: 4:00 pm – 4:00 am (Mondays – Fridays);
2:00 pm – 4:00 am (Saturdays and Sundays)

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B.A.T.S. the place to be in Jakarta

29 April 2011

An all-time favourite of Jakarta’s nightlife. Very, very popular bar among expatriates, especially those who are already married. Easy to know why, counting the number of pretty, sexy girls. But the place isn’t just about having sex. You can have a lot of fun partying there, because you will easily meet people in a relaxed atmostsphere. BATS has a live band, imported from Quebec the more often and playing Top 40 songs. A bit annoying because it’s hard to talk and hard to find a place to seat though, but at least you will be pushed in the crowd and on the dancefloor. The entrance fee is quite expensive, around Rp. 80,000, but they will serve you a very large beer. Good to go on Sunday or Monday because it is one of the few places still crowded.

With a large circular bar facing the spacious dance floor, it is uncommon to see crowds grooving along to the tunes of the DJ or the band onstage. A dining section is tucked a bit further away in a corner decorated with caricatures of murals picturing famous B.A.T.S clients. Be seen, be nice, and you’d probably experience temporary fame there.

Usually coming to life after-work hours, the lower section of this joint is crawling with the corporate movers and execs. It’s your after-office party, with the tie loosened, the pen left aside and the charts cast away. What started out as a way to avoid the infamous jams of Jakarta, the party there just gets wilder and better as the night goes on.

The atmosphere here pushes it to triumphant heights over the rest of the bars. Mr Yuska Tuanakotta, the communications coordinator for Shangri-La, explains that B.A.T.S is among a few spots that has survived with the concept of live bands in these hey-days of DJs and electronic music. The key is simply entertainment and B.A.T.S certainly knows how to deal its cards in this game. With experienced international bands working up the crowd, B.A.T.S knows how to keep them coming back for more. Between the breaks, House DJ Buddy Mack keeps the party going with his skillful spinning. And if you feel you have more skills than them, prove yourself on Sunday nights, where the stage is left at the mercy of diners and party-goers.

B.A.T.S offers serious food with generous portions. Delicious, New York-style ribs and linguini are perfect accompaniments for the beer served in awesomely tall glasses. However, the highlight in B.A.T.S dining is certainly the mouthwatering 18-inch pizza bursting with mozzarella. We’re talking the sticky kind that stretches as you pull it, making your meal as fun as it is delicious. As for the drinks, it seems that beer takes the spotlight among the crowd, but do give the B.A.T.S specialty drink, Urban Bats, a try. This green evolution of tequila made with Bacardi, Blue Curacao, Vodka, Midori, Triple Sec and Sprite packs one mean punch. Cigar lovers can relish in high-quality puffs from the stock available in the bar.

Its acronyms may spell horror for some, but B.A.T.S is one ‘nightmare’ you want to indulge in. From the great crowd, the greater vibe, the big food portions and the safety it holds proud, B.A.T.S is more of a dream than it is a nightmare

Shangri-La Hotel
Level 1 – in Kota BNI JL. Jend. Sudirman Kav. 1 – Jakarta – Indonesia
Phone(62 21) 570 7440 ext. 6401
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Opening hours:
5pm – 2am (Sunday – Thursday)
5pm – 3am (Friday and Saturday)
Dinner: 7pm – 10pm
Happy hour from 5pm – 7pm
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Henri Brown (HB Wild) performs at Bellini Lounge in Venetian Macau

5 July 2009

hb wildHB Wild is back in town!
And they’re bigger and better than ever! Henri Brown and his band turn up the heat at the Bellini Lounge. This is one band you do not want to miss.

Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays
(accompanied by DJ kILL):

10:45 pm – 3:15 am
Sundays – Tuesdays:
10 pm – 2 am

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HB WILD
We bring you nine passionate, music-loving musicians who can’t wait to share their enthusiasm with the rest of the world. The band is lead by bass player, singer, actor, and producer, Henri Brown, cousin of the legendary Jimi Hendrix and son of Music Hall of Fame inductee Eleanor Collins, best known as the ‘Black Cultured Pearl,’ Pearl Brown. With Theresa, vocals; Caroline, trumpet & vocals; Sean, guitar & vocals; Bernard, keys, trumpet & vocals; Gilberto, drums; Luis, keys & vocals; Shaun, saxes and flute; and Hector, percussion & vocals. HB WILD covers such a wide range of material that everyone gets a little of what they like. HB says, “This is the best band I have put together in all my years,” not just because they play and sing so well, but because every one of them is a star, and their personalities are fabulous!

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