The former Cafe Igosso in A Hotel has reopened as The Box Lounge. The decor was done on a budget by Sky–his projects include D Lounge–and include a mix of new elements (plush chairs in burgundy, cranberry, and burnt orange; wall units adorned with candles; an exposed ceiling) and old ones (the opaque red plastic wall, the earthy checkerboard floor). Mixed drinks are RMB40, cocktails are RMB50, though I have yet to try them.
Victor Chuan Muh of Ad Valorem Productions gave me a tour, including a stop on the second floor, which includes a conference room as well as a lounge area facing the east gate, where he says patrons will be able to watch concerts and other events.
A number of clubs, such as Latte and Hei Hei, and numerous restaurants have opened in or near the base of the Stadium over the past year. It now looks like we are going to get a small gathering of drinking holes in the southeast section, including The Box Lounge, Fubar, and a cocktail bar planned by ex-Q Bar co-owner George Zhou.