The Beijing branch of Taiwanese superclub Spark is located on the ruins of the old Song Bar and Kitchen, but the feel of the venue has changed drastically. Gone is Song’s subtle lighting in favour of a laser show that both dazzles. The music policy is house, electro and commercial hip-hop – nothing too underground.
A centralised bar and larger dancefloor make this out to be more of a club than the experiment that was Song. However, the cascading ziggurat structure that marked the former club out as the best designed bar in Beijing kind of remains in place, with the winding steps now leading down to the dancefloor.
With a weekend door price that's as much as 200RMB for men and 100RMB for women, this isn’t a place to go and nurse one drink on the side of the dancefloor all night; head in with deep pockets or with a group of friends who have a table booking. Regular events, including bookings of Afrojack, will.i.am, TJR and Avicii, plus Dr Dre's appearance alongside Lebron James, have established Spark as one of Beijing's premier clubs.