- Night Out
May 11, 2018
Ambitiously aiming to take the lounge concept to the next level in Beijing, Cicada Ultralounge’s stated goal when they opened was to bring the allure of yesteryear and today together through music, cocktails, and a glint of hedonistic glamour. Did Cicada Ultralounge succeed in their effort? The beautiful crowds lining up on a nightly basis certainly seem to think so. Brought to Beijing by the same team behind award-winning fine dining establishment Transit, Cicada Ultralounge is a sleek space, symbolized by the long, ‘L-shaped’ marble bar – the largest in the city according to Cicada – that makes a fantastic first impression as you enter the venue. Dim lights glow behind the marble bar, illuminating shelves of spirits while posh touches like velvet entry curtains, plush leather seating, and glittering chandeliers populate the rest of the space. The staff behind the bar at Cicada is as well versed as any in the city in mixology – both classic and molecular – and makes both staples and scintillating house signatures with the utmost of precision. The mixologists pour while the beats of house DJs flow and fill the venue with music. Speaking of the DJs, Cicada Ultralounge brings in some of the best anywhere in the world, and when the crowd hits the dance floor later in the evening, they have a tendency to leave their inhibitions behind, just as we are suspecting the team behind the bar had always hoped.