Curfew, a new cocktail lounge, has opened in the Howard Johnson building on Fenyang Lu. Expect party vibes over hushed speakeasy murmurs. A DJ booth sits next to the door for more raucous evenings, though on one recent weeknight, it was Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic played in full over the stereo. Clusters of couches and tall cocktail tables punctuate the haphazardly adorned space, which strikingly sweet and genuine wait staff glide through taking orders.
Cocktails err on the sweet side and are whipped up by Taiwanese bartender Brian Lu, who does spins on classics like the Paloma with red pepper or a Cuba Libre injected with winter melon syrup and espresso. A short menu of food offers salads, pizza, pasta and an intriguing dish called Tequila Tomato Clams.
By Cat Nelson