The Mansion

The buzz: One part of That CD Shop at Pacific Plaza has been transformed into a swanky bar. This is the first time that the building is hosting a nightspot after Venom closed down almost 10 years ago. And it’s giving Orchard its nightlife pulse back with late opening hours till 4am daily.The decor: Resembling a modern boudoir for the high society crowd, replete with carpeted floors, giant chandeliers, plush sofas, red velvet drapes, ambient lighting—that’s right, this is a new haunt for the glamorous and famous. The floor-to-ceilings windows also provide unobstructed views of Orchard Road so that you can still check out the action outside while partying inside.The drinks: Regular housepours are available here ($15 upwards); but the drink of choice are the Champagnes ($25 upwards for a glass of Perrier Jonet Grand Brut; $188 upwards for a bottle). Trust us, once you step in here, that’s the only drink that you’d want to be seen with.The music: Soul, lounge, house and hip hop, glazed with a touch of luxe. After all, co-owner Herry Lee is the man behind the lustrous High Society compilation CDs. In other words, it’s the kind of music that makes you feel all slinky.The crowd: The city’s trendy set dressed up as seriously as the place is decked out. Get ready to hob knob with the city’s coolest cats in design, music, entertainment, media and F&B who head there for after work drinks, especially during the weekends.Why you’ll be back: This is undoubtedly the city’s most glamorous bar yet, and the music playlist by house DJs Maurice Simon, Darius, Trev. D., Shigeki and co-founder Vinnie Quek is always inviting. Plus, international guest DJs like Japan’s Alex from Tokyo Black Stare and Germany’s BLOND:ISH from Kompakt will be dropping by for gigs next month.