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4/F LG Twin Towers, 12 Jian Guo Men Wai Da Jie (Chaoyang)
(86) 010-5109-6012 | www.lan-global.com
RESERVATIONSRecommended for weekends; phone to book
DOOR POLICYRelaxed; must be dressed appropriately
PRICE (COCKTAILS; WINE; CHAMPAGNE)RMB 100-180; RMB 80-160; RMB 200+
BARYes - several designer bars; extremely well stocked
FOOD SERVED?Yes - full menu of modern Chinese fare
PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?Yes
Beijing’s one and only Starck venue, LAN club is an insanely decadent, heavy-on-red-velvet lounge/eatery featuring everything from “the world’s four longest tables” to mysterious glass cabinets lavishly loaded with tuna fish cans and Mao trinkets. They’ve got an oyster bar, an English bar, a cigar bar, a red wine "chamber" (pointedly NOT a bar...), and 35+ private rooms to go bananas in. The bars are some of the best stocked in the city, and the cocktails potent, but the sullen, catty service can be a buzzkill. Fortunately, the kooky jumble of framed paintings on the ceiling of the main bar will help restore that buzz.
WHAT WE WOULD WEAR
One of the few places in town where dressing to impress is de rigueur. We’d go ultra-glam, with killer heels, a little black dress, and designer accessories.
GO HERE WITH
A date; friends; colleagues or clients
Expat trendsetters and power brokers mingle with Chinese film stars and moguls.
WHY WE LIKE IT
The jaw-dropping décor is the major draw, though the expertly mixed cocktails and buzzing scene are pretty cool too. A good spot for impressing a high-powered client.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
The grumpy service needs a pick-me-up and the massive space needs more people. It feels a little lonesome on quiet weekday evenings.
GOOD TO KNOW
For kicks, definitely check out the bathrooms, where the excess of mirrored walls is matched with opulent silver sofas and swan-shaped faucets. The prices may be insane, but LAN will gladly allow you to clear your debt with any and all major credit cards.
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