Shanghai, China – September, 2018 – The Ritz Bar & Lounge at the iconic Portman Ritz-Carlton celebrated its commemorative 2nd anniversary with themed party inspired by groove and sass on Friday, 7 September 2018. Since unveiled as an exciting social destination, The Ritz Bar & Lounge has become the city’s hot spot that provides a fashionable respite for globetrotters with premium afternoon tea experiences and scintillating concoctions.
The evening unfolded with exceptional perfumery-inspired cocktails by renowned guest bartender Arnd Henning Heissen from The Curtain Club at The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin, along with head bartender Jackael He’s signature menu that pays tribute to the city’s cocktail culture and stunning tunes by resident DJ Naomi. To celebrate the remarkable milestone of The Ritz Bar & Lounge, guests were invited to win a series of complimentary offerings in style with two-night stay at a Ritz-Carlton hotel for two persons, a bottle of Martini Rosé, and 2018 mooncake gift boxes.
The Perfumer Behind Bars
Mixologist Arnd Henning Heissen from Germany is a creative magician who has transformed The Curtain Club and Fragrances at The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin into places of extravagant indulgence with worldwide acclaim. Since 2010, Arnd has been developing the hotel into an international mecca of bartending expertise and consequently become a regular guest at the award presentations organized by the trade magazine Mixology. In 2013, he was crowned Host of the Year, and in 2014, Mixologist of the Year. For 2015, his bar The Curtain Club took the prize in the Best Hotel Bar category.
Inspired by aromatherapy and perfumery, Arnd’s true passion is creating new drinks that lend themselves to becoming genuine classics. He brought his bars to pop up at The Ritz Bar & Lounge and showcased a creative menu of exquisite classic drinks for the evening, namely Virgin Island Water, Dia De Los Muertos, Cedrus Old Fashioned, The Man Under the Fern Tree, Mandarin Basilic, and Enigma.
About The Ritz Bar & Lounge
The Ritz Bar & Lounge promises to be a first call for global travelers and Shanghai’s fashionable set. The city hot spot segues from elegant lounge by day to sexy cocktail bar and nexus of Shanghai’s famous nightlife scene. Inspired by Shanghai’s glamorous 1920s and ’30s and the exotic mood of “Ye Shanghai, Night Shanghai”, the lounge is decorated in gem tons of soft turquoise and jade with seductive glints of deep bronze and gold. A four-story-high ceiling cascades into a dramatic curtain glass wall beneath which stands a chic island bar. Art Deco motifs and contemporary design elements are mixed and stirred with the flair that is characteristic of Shanghai, Pearl of the Orient.
The Ritz Bar & Lounge is styled for different moods and occasions from early morning until late evening. During the day, guests find it an elegant spot for breakfast, business meetings, light lunches and the Ritz-Carlton Afternoon Tea, with dainty sweet and savory treats paired with fine teas and a choice of organic coffee. In the evening, the sound of cocktail shakers and music create the perfect setting for guests relax after the day.
Celebrating Shanghai’s impressive craft cocktail culture, helming the bar is Shanghainese head bartender Jackael He. His signature cocktails champion unique Chinese influences and fresh ingredients. Enhancing the energy of the space, resident DJ Naomi, one of Shanghai’s most in-demand female DJs, helms the decks from 8pm to 12am on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.