"We joke it was the seven year itch", says managing director Colette Koo about the recent renovations at Drop, one of Hong Kong's favorite nightspots. "After a long debate about whether to renovate or not, we finally decided to grab the bull by the horns and do something new."
That 'new' was basically everything, as original designer Dan Evans essentially redesigned the venue. This involved a full range of activities, ranging from the positioning of the toilets and pillars to creating more seating space for the venue's 1,600 members (and if 100 show up at any one time, the club is full).
Bright orange now dominates, with a smattering of pinks, blues and brown block wood rounding out the color spectrum. "It's more of a retro carnival feel," says Koo. "The bar is more open and we expect that you can come here eight years from now and Drop will still have a classic look.
To complement the look, even the drinks have been updated, with new favorites like Watermelon Cosmos and a full range of martinis (including Wasabi, Easter and Vesper varieties) replacing drinks that weren't ordered as much.
Other additions include a planned R&B night on Thursdays, food that can be ordered from neighboring restaurant Droplet and "Girls Night Out night on Wednesdays, when women can get half-priced drinks.
But many popular aspects of the venue will remain the some, including Manicure Night ($200 for two fruit martinis and a manicure) and the guest DJs that co-MD Joel Lai regularly brings to Drop.
"It's a more personal experience, so DJs want to come here," says Koo. "And as ever, our crowd remains unpredictable, which is one of the reasons why people keep coming back. "FYI: Drop is still a "member's only" club, but becoming part of this exclusive clique may not be as difficult as it's made out to be. "Coming in when it's not busy and getting to know us on a friendly basis is the best way to gain membership, " claims Koo.
Drop, Basement, On Lok Mansion, 39-43 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong +852 2543 8856, (Open 7pm-2-4am weeknights, 7pm-5am on weekends)