The Seedy Club on Donghu Road
You could be forgiven for passing by the office block at 20 Donghu Road in Shanghai without so much as a second glance. You’d probably forget you even saw it, fading into the backdrop of the shiny skyscrapers of the bustling district. And that’s exactly what they want. Tucked away on the 7th floor of that unassuming building is the most decadent nightclub in China, a moulin Rouge re-imagined in the heart of Shanghai. One of only four in the world – a fifth in London having closed – this is Le Baron, a sultry and highly exclusive club that in its eleven-year history has quickly become the venue adored by the rich and sexy.
Created by Swedish-Portuguese graffiti artist André Saraiva, this Paris-born haunt can be found in only the most glamorous cities and is known for being hard to get into. Yet if you’re fortunate or beautiful enough to win favor with the bouncers-that-be, be prepared for a dynamic introduction to the world of European debauchery.
With a beverage list prepared in conjunction with top Hong Kong restaurant Yardbird, Le Baron pays homepage to the genius of cocktail artists, guest bartenders serving up classics from the heyday of mixology. Part-house party, part-bordello, the club is bathed in red lights beaming down onto the lavish fish-bone parquet flooring, complete with Le Baron’s signature vintage peep-show and stripper booths and Saraivia’s Mr A gracing the walls along with chic infinity mirrors. Featuring the best guest DJs from the global scene, from Conblaster to DJ show, no expense has been spared in making this circus-esque celebrity hangout the latest seedy shrine of Le Baron global cult, mixing the sacred with the profane and flirting with darkness.
如果你曾从东湖路20号经过，而没有对这座办公楼看上第二眼，那么这是可以理解的。在繁华市区闪闪发光的摩天大楼的阴影下，你大概已经记不清你是否看到过这座大楼。但是，这就是他们想要的效果。隐藏在这座其貌不扬的大楼的第七层就是中国最颓废的夜总会–红磨坊，在上海心脏区域的翻版，就是世界仅有的四座之一（第五个伦敦已经关闭）的Le Baron夜总会。这是一个狂热而极其专属的夜总会，在短短十一年的历史里，Le Baron迅速获得了名流富豪的倾心。
Le Baron一直以来都对天才调酒艺术家们敬重有加，与香港Yardbird餐厅合力打造的饮品菜单一起，热情的吧员提供着从经典年代到全盛时期各种风格的调酒术。这座半家庭派对半妓院的夜总会，沐浴在射向奢华的鱼骨木地板的红色灯光中。Le Baron标志性的脱衣舞秀，和镶嵌在墙上的萨莱瓦的作品《Mr A》，别致的重重镜子，以及从Conblaster 到 DJ Slow等诸多有着全球视野的DJ嘉宾，这座不惜重金打造而成的，杂技团式的Le Baron，全球性宗教般狂热的最新堕落圣殿，在黑暗里发酵着世俗与神圣，轻佻与暧昧。