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The Red Pavilion 红馆 nightclub doubles as a TCM teahouse & apothecary by day

A first of its kind, the interior of Brooklyn's newly-opened space is inspired by the stylings of Wong Kar-wai

  • Words: Adrianna Cheung | Images: The Red Pavilion
  • 9 March 2023
The Red Pavilion 红馆 nightclub doubles as a TCM teahouse & apothecary by day

Step through the tunnel where Chow Mo-wan and Su Li-zhen meet in In the Mood for Love into an experiential performance venue, nightclub and event space with a fun Asian pulp noir aesthetic in Brooklyn — The Red Pavilion 红馆.

The venue which just opened to public on Wednesday, March 8, is a Chinese teahouse and apothecary by day, but when night falls, it turns into an Asian neo-noir nightclub.

It boasts over ten directly sourced, functional teas that are brewed traditionally. As the sun goes down, its thoughtfully concocted beverages created by cocktail shaman, Orson Salicetti, become the go-to drinks.

Guests are also invited to taste an array of medicinal desserts, Qi-boosting bone broths, seasonal congees and more from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) author and chef, Zoey Xinyi Gong.

By bringing together music, theater, food, spirits and TCM, the Brooklyn-based cultural institution aims to empower Asian representation along with a new age of immersive entertainment.

“The Red Pavilion creates a stage for local artists and performers to share their vision and for people to come together and enjoy thoughtfully curated live entertainment in a memorable, cinematic space,” says Creative Director, Shien Lee.

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“From its inception, The Red Pavilion was designed to be a soulful place for like-minded and like-hearted people to connect, get inspired and build community,” Lee adds.

Needless to say, the 2,500-square-foot space’s interior design is inspired by the alluring stylings of Wong Kar-wai.

Interior designer, Jordon Zadfar, envisioned the sleekly designed, “retro-futuristic" space highlighting a new trend of venue design that combines Eastern and 1960s Space Age Western aesthetics.

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What excites us more is the variety of programming — guests can expect immersive theater and cabaret showcases, wellness workshops, alchemical sound journeys, live music, intimate dance parties and more.

To know more about the Red Pavilion 红馆, visit its official website here.

Adrianna Cheung is Mixmag Asia’s Culture Curator, follow her on Instagram.

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