Hey ladies. You want to drink free champagne in suave digs? Yeah? Well, be prepared to bare your legs. But in keeping with the spirit of gender equality, guys can also snag a flute of the bubbly stuff if they are prepared to show their flesh too.
All you have to do is don a mini skirt and head to Zeta Bar, inside the Hilton Hotel, on a Friday night. There weren't any gents that I saw donning high-hemmed numbers last week but hey, the bar staff were plenty busy pouring glass after glass of Moet to long legged women swarming around chilled open bottles.
The fancy booze was kept in chrome cages behind the barkeeps, however when you're giving the stuff away there's little threat of theft.
My partner and my colleague had a filled glass in each hand while the males of the group bitterly swigged back not-so-cheap gin and tonics. Still, I don't want to give you the impression that this is not a classy establishment.
It's a joint that James Bond would feel at home in: high ceilings, balcony to leer from, dimmed lights and somber dcor. It actually reminded me of the inside of Bond's escape hatch in Moonraker (minus the balcony).
A jazz band was on hand to complete this scene of sophistication and the resident DJ, a snakeskin boot and leather pant-wearing Australian with a medieval haircut, lent the room a certain synthetic hipness.
Come to think of it, Zeta Bar is far more new Bond (Daniel Craig) than Roger
Moore. Elegant? Sure. Willing to mince uptown cultivation with edgy urban chic?
You bet. To top it off, free giggle-juice for girls in short skirts. Don't know
what 007 would think about blokes in drag though.
Opening hours: Mon-Thu 5pm-2am, Fri-Sun 5pm-3am.
Location: Zeta Bar, 2/F, Hilton Beijing, Dongfang Lu, Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District.