Shanghai loves it’s ladies, that’s for sure. In this town, members of the fairer sex can drink every night for free so easily. The only real problem: there’s too many options when you’re looking to have a fun night out with the girls. So in this series (all of our reviews here, we hit up all the ‘ladies only’ specials around town to rate them. That way you’ll know which are worth a sip, and which you ought to skip.
What: Ladies Night at glo London Lounge Bar
Where: Floor 3, 1 WuLuMuQi Nan Lu near Dongping Lu (乌鲁木齐南路1号)
Drink: Mojitos of many flavors from 9pm to 11pm
Difficulty of bar access: Maybe it’s because of the later starting time than most ladies nights, but the lounge floor of glo London is already pretty damn crowded just a half hour into the event. While our first round of drinks were delivered to our table by the staff, anything after that required us to push through the mess at the bar if we wanted anything to drink at all. Including a can of Diet coke (not included in the ladies night deal).
Music: Basically exactly what you’d expect a lounge to have – with a bit of a pop-music twist. Lots of nch nch and a Lady Gaga song thrown hither or thither, played at levels that were just a tad higher than they needed to be.
Atmosphere: glo London’s lounge is swanky and generally functional. There’s a bunch of couches by the floor-to-wall windows that are a perfect place to sit with a group of friends. We recommend arriving a little earlier to snag one of these seats. The high tables aren’t quite as comfortable, but it makes sense considering the crowd that’ll be forming around them. Everyone is dressed from clubbing casual to “fancy girl’s night out” – heels, dangly earrings and something short.
Female to Male ratio: Mostly female, actually. Perhaps the “upscale vibe” glo London has marketed for itself keeps out the sleazier types. Or maybe the drinks are so expensive normally that no guy would really want to tag along.
Overall: In a city where ladies nights usually mean some gross off-brand sparkling wine, it’s always refreshing to go somewhere with something different. And the mojitos (and Cosmopolitans that they began serving later on) are actually of very decent quality. That having been said, you’ve got to prepare for everyone else in Shanghai thinking the same way. Expect to fight for your right to guzzle free alcohol, as well as access to some place to sit, soon after the ladies night starts.