Fri, Nov 09, 2012 - Page 11 News List

The Vinyl Word

By Olivia Wycech and Queen Bee  /  Contributing reporter

Sandy Duperval will play Room 18 tomorrow night.

Photo Courtesy of Sennheiser

LMNT Drink & Eat, housed in what used to be Dazzling Champagne, has its grand opening party tonight. They’ve revamped an already beautiful venue, and maintained the same energy that it was famous for under the previous management. The party begins at 10:30pm.

“LMNT is an upscale social house for stylish, successful, 20- to 30-year olds with like minds and similar lifestyles,” said Royal Chiou of Liquid Lifestyle, who said the music will range from house for the fashion savvy, old school hip-hop and R&B, “and a bit of top 40 just for the sake of fun,” he said.

Chiou added that the lounge bar caters to the “social aspects of going out.”

“We stress the idea behind going out, networking and meeting people, whether it’s meeting a future business partner, significant other, close friend, or your next baby’s mama’s mama.”

But don’t think that LMNT is just another stiff and pretentious bar on an expensive block. With Liquid Lifestyle running the show, you can expect the same type of bottle popping atmosphere that they bring to their weekly residencies at both Luxy and Spark.

“LMNT is an upscale place but minus the snobbiness,” assures Chiou. “It’s going to have a Liquid Lifestyle Promotions-enhanced atmosphere.”

Cocktails are not the only things on the menu at LMNT. Open at 11am, LMNT Eat offers a business lunch menu, afternoon tea and a wide range of dinner entrees. A cigar lounge is also planned for the not-too-distant future.

And the fact that the club doesn’t have a cover charge, at least for the foreseeable future and excluding special events, is an added bonus.

LMNT is located between Room 18 and In House at 28 Songshou Rd, Taipei City (台北市信義區松壽路28號). LMNT Eat is open daily from 11am to 10pm and Drink is open from 7pm to 3am. Tables are available for reservation and can be made by calling (02) 2723-0068. Prices vary from NT$5,000 to NT$15,000.

■ If you are into house music a la Hed Kandi, Defected in The House and Body & Soul, then you’ll definitely want to check out Sandy Duperval tomorrow. With an impressive background as a professional singer (she was a gospel singer for 18 years, studied jazz and has trained with Cissy Huston, Whitney’s mom), Duperval is one of the most talented DJ/divas out there, who says her main influences are Roger Sanchez, Angel Moraes, and Stan Courtois. But as a singer, she says she will always love Whitney Houston.

Sandy Duperval will be joined by DJ Nina, tomorrow from 10:30pm to 4:30am at Room 18, B1, 88, Songren Rd, Taipei City (台北市松仁路88號). Admission is NT$700.

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