As we step inside, we’re hesitant to believe it all. Lenore’s food options are pretty bland, we’ll be honest, so it’s a good thing that they didn’t stick the word ‘Restaurant’ out front. We try the beef burger with bacon (RMB68) and are surprised when it comes with a fried egg (this is not a bad thing) – an ideal late-night meal to soak up that disastrous amount of cheap booze you probably consumed moments earlier. The garlic bread with spicy beef (RMB58) is also a slightly more exciting option, with other dishes of interest being sausage platters and tacos.
Turning our attention to the hefty drink menu, we notice an extensive list of alcohol packages for those who want to get a bigger round for the table. There are packages for every kind of drink: champagne, wine, beer and liquor – it all depends on the kind of night you’re planning on having. The packages also include snack and fruit platters and range wildly in price. Feeling really fancy? Grab the RMB2,580 champagne package, or keep it just as classy with a RMB588 red wine package. Lenore’s does have individual cocktails starting at RMB70, but when it gets busy, you might want to go for the tasty alcoholic punch for RMB258, as each portion quenches the thirst of two to four people.
Lenore’s has a stage but no apparent dance floor, which is potentially problematic for a place advertising itself as a club. The lights swiveling around and blinding patrons on each rotation do give it a club vibe, while the evenly spaced tables give it more of a craft brewery feel (though this is a questionable claim as there are only a few beer options). There is plenty of seating inside and outside, with the option of encroaching upon Heaven Supermarket (let’s face it, you’re going to end up there at some point in the night).
It’s evident that Lenore’s is juggling many identities. So, is it a bar, a club or a craft brewery? We’ll just say this: It’s whatever you need it to be for the night.
[Images via Andrew Braun for That’s]