October 23, 2012

China Rouge Brings Old Shanghai To Macau

Private Performance Lounge Opened This Spring

China Rouge is part Parisian cabaret, part Old Shanghai

China Rouge is part Parisian cabaret, part Old Shanghai

Launched last summer by casino magnate Francis Lui, the $1.9 billion Galaxy Macau has been working to entice more mainland Chinese visitors by complementing its vast gaming floor with more entertainment offerings. The massive complex, which includes three hotels with over 2,000 rooms, 50 restaurants, a nine-screen 3D cinema and 1,000 square meter coliseum, is aimed at bringing in more tourists (and their families) along with gamblers, and keeping them in Macau far longer.

This spring, the Galaxy Macau rolled out its newest venue geared towards China’s high-rollers. Following the proliferation of private clubs throughout the Chinese mainland in recent years, the Galaxy’s new members-only performance lounge, China Rouge, opened its doors to guests and private members this March. A combination showroom and bar/lounge, China Rouge hosts regular concerts and combine the over-the-top design cues of Old Shanghai with modern art and technology. So far this year, the lounge has had performances by Dutch singer Laura Fygi, Cantopop performer Hacken Lee and Kenny G.

Designed by Alan Chan, China Rouge is an interesting mix of 19th century Parisian cabaret, Jazz Age Shanghai club, and 21st century lounge. Interiors are decked out with a collection of commissioned artwork by some of China’s up-and-coming artists, such as Chen Man (Jing Daily interview), Buhua, Deng Xinli, Li Jian and Zheng Lu. As Chan said of the aesthetic, “The art deco style of 1930s Shanghai is the main theme…That period in China had a profound impact on designs that followed across Asia.”

China Rouge is designed as a sanctuary amid Macau's booming casino scene

China Rouge is designed as a sanctuary amid Macau's booming casino scene

As Francis Lui recently told China Daily, part of China Rouge’s appeal to a Macau visitor interested in more than simply gambling lies in its intimacy. Said Lui, “It is smaller, more intimate, more interactive. We felt that it was something we could offer customers so they don’t have to sit in an arena with 10,000 others as one of many.”

Along with a split-level performance hall, China Rouge’s kitchen offers Chinese classics and fusion dishes, while its bar and lounge has an impressive wine list and mixologists on hand to whip up original cocktails and old standbys alike.

China Rouge is open to guests of the Galaxy Macau, but non-guests can gain entry by contacting chinarouge@galaxyentertainment.com.

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