Cindy Chow’s Theatre & Cocktail Bar

In the roaring 1920s, Shanghai was considered the Paris of the East, the New York of the West. The city was thriving economically, culturally and architecturally on the surface … but if you were to delve into the secret rooms, back alleys and underground parlours beneath, you’d uncover a heaving nightlife of lively libations and bewitching burlesque. One hundred years later, in the roaring 2020s, this underground culture has been revived (right down to the speakeasy secrecy) – here, in the heart of The Valley. A subterranean location on Brunswick Street has become home to Cindy Chow’s Theatre & Cocktail Bar. Cindy Chow’s fully embraces the clandestine culture of underground 1920s Shanghai, from the fit-out (think leather high chairs, jade-green tiles, an antique Chinese Lazy Susan table and a Chinese medicine cabinet-style back bar) through to its ten signature covert cocktails – one is served as a book that, once opened, will reveal a concealed hip flask containing the cocktail – and selection of Asian-inspired bites. Where’s the theatre, you ask? On weekends, Cindy Chow’s plays host to burlesque dancers, to truly capture that Paris of the East vibe, a well as performances from swing-jazz ensembles and DJs.


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