Blu Bamboo Soft Opening at SeaWorld
So, with Sea World continuing to do its impression of a building site, far sighted individuals have seen the not too distant future, where the billions of Yuan invested by China Merchants Bank in the area will start to bear fruit.
Let’s face it, Shekou has a lot going for it…great weather, good choice of quality apartments, multiple bars and restaurants, all played out to a rather pleasant mountainous backdrop. The more adventurous amongst us have even been known to climb some of them!
As I said, far sighted individuals have seen the long term benefits for the area, and have developed some exciting new ideas to take advantage, whilst also increasing the options for both the local population and tourists.
One such enterprise is the Blu Bamboo, run by local Shekou resident Coco. Previously known as the Pirates Bar, she has decided on a sea change, and upgraded pretty much every aspect of the business. ‘I wanted to take the bar in a very different direction, one with a much wider appeal.’
As well she might…the location boasts over a 1000 square meters, which is ripe for a new concept space. Pirates bar was previously known primarily for it pool and snooker tables and whilst this was popular amongst the hard core players, it offered little else to pull in the crowds.
If Friday night’s soft opening is anything to go by, the signs are looking good. A rather smart set of Blu Bamboo backlit pictures greets you on entry, contrasted by a blood red background. Three of the pool tables have remained, which is just the right number for the size of the place, and indeed are eye catching, sporting their red, blue and green cloths.
The large snooker tables have been banished in favour of the bar’s new primary concept: Blues music. A smart new stage now occupies the space, with young Chinese band Hexagram providing the tunes on the night. The far side of the bar has been turned into a Blues shrine, with pictures of legends BB King, Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix fighting for attention.
A good business strategy, adopted by Coco, is to attract both local Chinese as well as the expats. This worked well on Friday, with a roughly equal mix of the two tribes. The night turned into a real party, with drinks specials helping to lubricate the wheels and the last hardened partygoers heading for the exits at around 5.30am.
The next step is the real McCoy; the hard opening is planned for this Friday 16th November, and I reckon it’s going to be awesome. The theme is ‘Movember’; a charity push in South Africa for cancer awareness…it involves the boys, and the more adventurous girls wearing a moustache for the evening. For the more conservative, a blu bamboo dress code will also attract prizes for the best dressed…so anything to do with bamboo, or blues music (dust off your best pork pie hat!).