I spent about 20 minutes in recently opened The Loop in Shuangjing on Thursday and here is my first impression: love it.
I spotted the place as I wandered the streets and I wasn’t sure what to expect given the promotion made it sound like it would be everything from bar to cafe to club to film house to pool hall; made it sound like it was trying to do too many things. But it turns out the place does have the potential to be all that.
The Loop has an earthy feel (red brick walls, lots of woods, subdued lighting) and a clever design that divides the open space into seating (with a combination of soft wing chairs and high bar-style chairs), an area that can serve as dance floor or stage and is paired with a DJ booth, a pool table (this is in an elevated area which means players won’t be banging their pool cues into other people’s ribs), and a bar. It seems especially attractive for mid-sized events, from conferences to film screenings, and can seat about 70. The place is headed by BB Deng, well-known in DJ circles and previously involved with The Boat.
Anyway, I’ll be back for a longer visit and to try the food (which includes pizzas, sandwiches, and the like), the coffee and other beverages (to give some idea of the prices, a gin tonic is RMB30), and the wireless.
I’ll also have a post on other places visited last Thursday, including Grinders (the pulled pork sandwich is tasty; this place now has wireless), Lily’s, The Brick, ED Cafe, That Year Cafe, and 1639 Beer House.