Shenzhen Club Review: Hepburn

By Jonathan Zhong, December 27, 2018

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The Place

We heard of Hepburn’s arrival in Shenzhen way back in October, when club-going friends and acquaintances began hailing the club as the ‘new cool spot in town,’ allegedly due to the hundreds and even thousands of patrons that pack the establishment most nights. Even taxi drivers in the area have been hailing Hepburn, telling us their business has improved greatly with the huge influx of party goers since the club opened. Never ones to miss a good party, this feedback was enough to pry us from our keyboards and hop in a cab to ‘the Hep.’

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Occupying an impressively large space, the ‘night club’ dedicates most of its floor space to seats and tables, leaving only a very small dance floor in front of the massive DJ booth. Despite being an undoubtedly crowded space, one impressive aspect of the dance floor is that it’s built on a layer of spring coils, which enable you to physically feel the music as it vibrates to the explosive techno tunes.

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The Drinks

“Good gracious! For real, bro?” That was the impression we had upon seeing Hepburn’s through-the-roof drink prices. Most of the offers come in package deals, with prices ranging from around RMB1,300 to as much as over RMB240,000, the latter featuring very fancy drinks such as Champagne Armand de Brignac and Richard Hennessey, amongst others. Any single bottle of wine or champagne will cost you thousands on average, if not an arm and a leg to boot. 

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If that’s a bit out of your price range, opt for the ever-popular fruit tray (RMB380-520) and six Budweiser bottles (around RMB500). Or just don’t go, your call.

The Vibe

Now, you might assume that most patrons here are laoban or fu’erdai types. While you’d probably be correct with the fu’erdai assumption, older business owners were not visible in the mix of customers on the two nights we visited, with the majority of patrons appearing to be in their early 20s.

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Having invested big bucks on state-of-the-art sound, visual and lighting equipment, Hepburn draws in the occasional celebrity guest, we were told. But, if you, like us, are just an average guy or gal earning an average income, this new spot might just be too ‘cool’ for you.

Price: RMB500-2,000 per person
Who’s going: rich kids, techno fanatics, club goers
Good for: feeling (or pretending) you’re rich, squandering money, futuristic vibes
Nearest Metro: Hongling North (Exit B), 10 minutes’ walk

Open daily, 8pm-6am. See listing for Hepburn.

[Cover image by Jonathan Zhong/That's]

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