Once-upon-a-time BBQ/sports/beer bar Blue Marlin slash Porky's was turned into Park18 while we weren't looking. it's... different. Clientele in the past seemed to be portly fellows who could describe, at length, the various BBQ disciplines. Now it's trendy Shanghainese ladies taking selfies under neon mood lighting with elaborate-looking food and cocktails served on matte black trays. Shanghai F&B; the most resilient palimpsest there ever was.
It looks nicer at night. With a decent camera.
Australian food emporium Jones the Grocer has officially opened on the same floor as P.F. Chang's. It's also run by HMShost, just like everything else on that eighth floor, it's kind of a cross between a grocers, a cafe, a sit-down restaurant, a brunch spot, and a bar. It's a "space," selling cheese, cakes, pastries, bread, cold cuts, and a good selection of wines. Pricing is about what you'd expect at other popular cafe chains, but the food quality's way above average. Here're pictures of the place!
They've got this monster portion of pancakes for 58rmb.
Arkham's shaking things up a little; for one, that Gallium lounge in the back is open with its own list of cocktails (70-80rmb) and a loungier, cyberpunkish vibe to it. One of the drinks is a called a Cucumber Rick. Hah. Haha. For two, they've got plans to shuffle up the interiors of the space, adding in a tunnel that leads to the main dance floor via Gallium. Not a terrible idea. Currently, that bit immediately to the right gets jampacked with the stage's slackjawed front-row.
The recurring mystery around Southern Belle is getting gradually clarified! A name has gone up. It says... Mosso. What's that? No idea. However, "mosso" is evidently a musical term, and the Chinese name translates basically to Music Bar, so I think we can expect music will play some role. What role? No idea!