H is For Hip: H Club

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Dongguan nightclubs come and go, but with H Club there is a new kid on the block and he is eager to show his swagger. Built and designed by the folks over at BB Club, this is very much a venue for the beautiful people, and in many ways it looks set to create a new benchmark for the city’s trendsetters.

Walking up to the bar from a distance it looks like a glitzy office building, but as you get closer you see the giant polygon silver statue of a man, spanning three floors- an office building this is not. For those that like little upscale touches, there’s a valet who will park and watch your car while you drink and shake it up on the second floor (you best be driving a sweet ride though, anything less than a Beamer and there will surely be upturned eyebrows).

If you prefer a laoban’s eye view, then try spying on the hoi polloi from the third floor, where you watch people twerking down below, as you coolly sip Champagne. The real action happens on the second floor, laid out in two concentric rings, the inner circle has tons of opulent seating, both low-slung sofas and high-top tables, which wrap around a central area, where pretty young things (probably from Russia) work their stuff Cirque Du Soleil style. Onto the stage beams hi-tech lighting in a magnitude of colors that rises and lowers, sweeping across the stage, shooting an array of lasers as skimpily dressed dancers in exotic head masks dance out scenes usually reserved for hip MTV videos.

Another plus is that the man who sends out the memo that Chinese nightclubs have to play dreadful music and relentlessly pump-out cheap smoke, must have taken the night off when H Club opened. Instead, DJs treat us to a selection of decent deep house and jungle, with some slivers of commercial pop throw into the mix. The dance space being limited is a bit of a downer, but there is just about enough room for the crowd to throw down the dice and shake their booties. Bottles of upscale booze start at 1,000 kuai at the absolute minimum, but you can get mixed drinks for 58 RMB a pop, if don’t fancy casually tossing down 2,000 RMB for a night out. Foreigners might baulk at the prices, but with locals loading up on the ‘face’ giving opportunities, this is unlikely to be a problem. Thus far H Club has made a more than decent hash of pitching themselves somewhere between a western-style club and Chinese-style one, and for the moment there is a real buzz about the place. Can it last? If the management keep on top of their game, for sure.

Find the club here.