New Bars

The brand new Chap­lin Bar & Restau­rant is big­ger than ever be­fore

City Weekend - - What's In It - Mina Yan

When we heard about the lat­est Chap­lin open­ing up in Shilipu we were ex­cited to check out the bar and see what this “big­ger and bet­ter” lo­ca­tion is all about. We love the orig­i­nal Chap­lin and the pri­vacy that it of­feres but the new one is a whole dif­fer­ent story.

Start­ing off, this four-story Chap­lin isn’t ex­actly a bar. Its first floor is like walk­ing down the nar­row cor­ri­dor of an old-timey train com­part­ment. Walk up a flight of nar­row stairs and you’ll find your­self on a Char­lie Chap­lin-adorned floor that looks like a cross be­tween a train com­part­ment and a dress­ing room with nar­row walk­ways and cus­tomde­signed small ta­bles for two. Walk up an­other flight of these nar­row stairs and you’re in a the­ater-like room that’s cre­ated to have the par­ties that would make Gatsby jeal­ous. 1, 2, 3… Wait. We did say four sto­ries. The base­ment isn’t a place you can hang out when you’re at Chap­lin, but it’s a must see. With­out giv­ing too much away, let’s just say that Jack Spar­row would feel right at home there.

Their sig­na­ture cock­tails put a fun spin on some clas­sics for ¥70 a glass or ¥350 for a travel bot­tle for the ta­ble to share. Take a Ne­groni Blanc or a Lucky Ocho. Both are good, stiff, and uniquely Chap­lin.

Dif­fer­en­ti­at­ing it­self from its other lo­ca­tions, this Chap­lin has a (pretty de­cent) food menu. The chef’s lat­est spe­cials of seared scallops (¥70) are light and de­li­cious. Their boeuf bour­guignon (¥130) is rather tasty. Hearty, well sea­soned, and oh-so­ten­der, mak­ing them a great pre-drink­ing choice for din­ner.

While the food is de­cent, we couldn’t help but wish they had a big­ger ta­ble. The small cus­tom-de­signed train ta­bles are beau­ti­ful and great for two peo­ple for a night of drink­ing; we had an in­ter­est­ing time try­ing to fit our plates, drinks, and phones all on the same sur­face.

Travel back in time at Chap­lin

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