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Monkey 3.0 Comes Back on Julu Lu. We Have Pictures.
By | Photos Brandon McGhee Jan 28, 2019 Nightlife
In late December longtime hip-hop lounge Monkey Champagne unveiled its third incarnation in that new nightlife and dining compound, Julu 758. Version 3.0 is a better iteration of its former crowded, clubby self. It's smaller, more intimate, and it's trying to appeal to a slightly older demo (read: high school sneak-outs need not attend). But the beats remain. The music program is still hip-hop, still spun by DJs. You can still reserve a table and look like a baller drinking your bubbly, but the focus has shifted decidedly toward craft cocktails.

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The menu comes courtesy of Jackie Lo. She's a fixture on the Shanghai cocktail scene. Lo has developed a core list of six drinks. These are clever reinterpretations of classics. For instance, take a Highball, throw in Chivas Regal aged in Japanese Mizunara oak, fill the glass up with a homemade perilla leaf and honey soda, garnish with dill, sprinkle with coconut dust and you get "Life After Monkey". Or sex up a G&T with strawberry gin, fancy tonic water, and ice cubes frozen through with pretty flowers and herbs. Spritz it with tropical fruit aromatics, and you have "Welcome to the Jungle".

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For groups, they offer "Cocktail Towers". These are communal cocktails that you can customize according to flavor and strength. It's a nice touch, a thoughtful departure from your standard "bottles-and-mixers" format. Off-menu options are available, too. Bottles behind the bar are clearly marked with their pour prices. Mixer prices are tiered as well, so the final price of your drink follows a consistent equation. Remaining on brand, of course, Champagne is available. It's the fancy stuff—Dom, Billecart-Salmon, etc. And if you get hungry, a small menu of burgers and chili cheese fries is available as well.

All told, it's definitely an improvement. It's as good for an after work drink on a Tuesday as it is for an all-out bender on a Saturday. Definitely worth a look.

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Monkey, 1/F, 758 Julu Lu, near Fumin Lu.

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