Wafts of Britney Spears’ fantasy perfume snake through the air and cigar-wielding playboys discuss Italian leather. We’re in poseur territory, two floors of it.  

Hugging the flank of Ludi Park, Lotus Club is a new addition to Shanghai’s horde of high-end dance clubs. Okay, so its exposed ceiling holds some impressive wooden beams and the glass walls are a healthy addition, especially when the balcony opens in May. Nice try, but Lotus is a bling palace through and through.  

The beers are expectedly expensive(RMB 45). We had their Friday night special- Long Volcano Island cocktail(RMB 60), an alcohol-strong Long Island with a dash of Tabasco.  

The downstairs deco is apparently Zen-inspired, all we saw was a miniature statue of Buddha. Aimed at the after-work crowd, it houses low-slung seating and the speakers spout Top 40 hits. Head upstairs for the partaay.  

Amidst the throng of suits and the rattle of dices, the dance floor is colonized by tipsy tycoons and tightly-packed bands of ladees. Aided by a bone-shaking speaker system, a mixture of international and home-grown DJS spin commercial mash-ups and house.  

A good soundtrack saves Lotus from the glittering depths of Fame, but we’ve seen it all before.

Open Mon-Sun, 7pm til late, Lane 66 Danshui Road, near Jinling Road

Contact- events@clublotus.cn, 6386-9779.

Info- www.clublotus.cn