Beijing’s highest bar–Atmosphere–is slated to open Monday in China World Summit Wing aka Tower Three. On clear days, you can see The Forbidden City. On others, you will still have cocktails made under the direction of barman Serhan “Charly” Kusagsizoglu, a selection of whiskeys, cognacs, and other spirits, and a wine menu created by former Maison Boulud sommelier Koen Masschelein. In terms of decor, let’s turn to the press release:
“[Atmosphere has] a smart, almost feminine orientation with delicate ceiling features, cleverly installed lighting and jewel-hued furnishings. A beautifully illuminated wine wall greets guests upon alighting from the sleek glass-enclosed lift that ferries guests between the dining and entertainment venues on the 79th and 80th floors. A subtly lit spirits cellar at the bar’s entrance provide hints of icy cool, ethereal elegance that awaits inside. Inside the bar, the designer’s interpretation of “heaven” is highlighted by the dramatic expansive backdrop of Beijing cityscape, framed by a ceiling resembling a constellation of delicate stars and matched by comfortable lounge seating in delicate amethyst shades and plush olive-grey walls.”
The person who wrote that deserved a double at the end of the day. Atmosphere can seat ~130, is open Sunday to Thursday, from noon to 2 AM, and on Fridays and Saturdays to 4 AM, and ranks among Beijing’s biggest openings of the year. I’ll soon post more about this bar.
Also opening Monday on the eightieth floor: Lounge. It seats 80 and will have a wide selection of teas, cocktails, and coffee, as well as takes–based on cuisines from around the globe–on the hamburger. The hours will be 6:30 AM to 1 AM. One floor below will be steakhouse Grill 79, also slated to open Monday.