Oh my Obama. The first thing we noticed when we arrived for the Obama Club’s soft opening party last night is that the place is massive! You could see the sign from two minutes away in a cab and we were already wondering how much they spent on the Las Vegas styled water display out front. No sign of the pink leg that was on their logo so that was a bit of a disappointment. Said to be designed by renowned American interior designers Cagley and Tanner from Las Vegas, the circular built club however had a familiar karaoke glow (think CashBox 钱柜) to it with golden fixtures and golden dance poles.
The VIP rooms on the second level of the club provided us with some hope as we were told that they were each named after a different city in America and we were thinking that maybe each room would have a unique style. After visiting the Miami room and Boston room, we found that the interiors were almost identical, faux-French with crimson carpeting and dark furniture. We are pretty sure Miami is very different from Boston. The only consolation was the large private toilet next to the rooms which was ideal because you would not need to go very far to hold up your hair and relieve yourself over the bowl.
Democratic would be the word to describe the people we saw at this place because everyone was there and we mean everyone. Murse-carrying middle-aged men, chi-chi snobs, break dancers, wide-eyed kebab sellers who looked like they’d just arrived in the city, and a table of decked out ladies who had everyone wondering if they were paid to just sit around and look pretty.
DJ Coco Ariaz, when he did finally hit the decks, delivered a nice mash of beats and live saxophone music, which leaves much to be said about the DJ before him whose transitioning of top 40 hits was about as smooth as nails screeching across a chalkboard.
The first part of the act consisted of some girls in oversized shirts and shining ties gyrating on the dance poles. Pairs of dancers decked out in leather attempting sensual moves moved in after the girls had stripped out of their shirts to revel shiny bikinis and it was entertaining enough but how was this related to the IBIZA my SOUL theme of the evening?
They must have gotten to the soul part next because the next act looked like something out of Alice in Wonderland. On crack. Strange looking women with bejeweled faces bounded in white lace outfits mingled with devilish looking creatures left us more amused than in awe.
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2088 Yan’an Xi Lu, at the Garden Plaza
Expect to pay 48RMB for beers, 45-48RMB for standard drinks,
38RMB for non-alcoholic drinks, 30RMB for shots and 55-88RMB for cocktails.