First, there was Mint, then Drop, and now Prive has landed in Shanghai. Whoa, for a second there, I thought I was in Lan Kwai Fong. As expected, huge crowds descended on the Bund for the opening of the club, exacerbated by confused and dare we say it, several incompetent door staff. But once you shoved your way through the traffic jams at the elevators, it was a very decent party with all the right elements.
They brought Hong Kong nightlife staple DJ Dim Sum to spin and word on the street was that Canto celebrities Angelababy and disgraced singer/actor, Edison Chen would be among the partiers, though we didn’t glimpse either. Design-wise, the space doesn’t bear much resemblance to the original venue in the 852. It’s about 8 times bigger of course (a definite plus) and is partitioned into a few different sections.
Our favorite is the Salon de Luxe which showcases attic-styled ceilings, a fireplace, and a pool table (should you feel like getting ballsy). And with any nightlife spot with an address on Zhong Shan Dong Lu, the “Eden” garden terrace is not to be missed–you can take in a 180 degree view of the Pudong skyline while cooling off from the pulsating masses on the dancefloor.
Prive hypes itself as offering a party “never experienced anywhere else in Shanghai”– seriously doubtful (while it’s all good fun, it’s not that extraordinary.) However, it is well-poised to draw away opulence-lovers from its Bund neighbors.