Date registered: August 2, 2012
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Beware of Rip-off at the Lan Kwai Fong Music House Bar
Last Sunday night I had been at Mooney's at the Shangri-La Hotel with my foreign friends and some of their out-of-town Chinese clients visiting. Everyone was having a great time. The band finished their last set and we were discussing where to continue the party since Mooney's would soon be closing.
Two Chinese girls had joined our table earlier with one speaking decent English. They suggested Lan Kwai Fong just a five minute walk away. The three of us left first and my friend and his Chinese clients would soon follow after finishing the last of the beer tower.
We soon arrived at Lan Kwai Fong and the girl with decent English suggested the Music House Bar. So far, so good and everything was great, until... we walked in the door.
It was quite large, not crowed being a Sunday night around 1am, and looked nice enough with comfortable sofa style seating all around. I chose a table by the window not too far from the bar. This is when the problems began.
The server came over and handed me a drink menu which she proceeded to open and point to expensive bottles of whiskey which I did not want. I began looking at the rest of the menu and found the cocktail drink list which was in Chinese and English. I chose three (3) Long Island Iced Tea's, 60 RMB each, but again she ignored and took the menu and flipped back to the expensive bottles.
I again flipped back and pointed to the drinks I wanted and she didn't want to take the order at which I cut loose with some "Choice words" in English which were not nice. She angrily stormed-off.
Soon thereafter, she reappeared with three drinks which, even after having consumed numerous beers, they suspiciously did not appear to be Long Island Iced Tea. My first sip confirmed my suspicions were true and we had been served three (3) straight Coca Cola's for a grand total of 180 RMB and they were flat on top of that!
This was enough for me and I jumped-up and stormed over to the corner of the bar closest to the main entrance. I told them this was not a Long island pointing at the menu and just got a dumb look in return. I then became very indignant cutting-loose with more "Choice" words.
There was a young man sitting at the bar who appeared to be a manager and/or owner with a girl sitting next to him that was probably a girlfriend, another manager or owner. This man reached over the bar a grabbed about six bottles and placed them on-top of the bar pointing at them like "Make your own drink!" With this insulting behavior on their part, I returned by cutting-loose with a "WTF is this!" pointing at the bottles.
The girl sitting next to him jumped-up screaming at me to which I politely told her "F*** You! I want my money back!" This went on exchanging "unpleasantries" for less than a minute. Then...
I was unceremoniously bounced outside by about ten (10) of his young male staff. I stood my ground, after getting up, and was still shouting for my money to be returned which they would not do at first. Then a security guard appeared, more people gathering to watch the show and they probably began thinking or were aware there were security cameras watching all this.
They then returned my 180RMB and my bag at the table which I didn't have time to retrieve.
Other than having a few scrapes, cuts, bruises, etc. AND my favorite shirt shredded beyond repair, I suffered no serious injuries. It could have been worse.
Most of you reading this are in all probability much younger than me. I do not usually frequent clubs/discos anywhere such as those found at Lan Kwai Fong, Juyanqiao Bar Street, etc. but I used to in my younger days, but even in those days, I never had this happen.
Yes, I know they want to sell bottles. Yes, I know they sometimes do not mix cocktails like often happened many years ago in Chengdu. Yes, I know such places want to sell tables on peak nights with a table minimum drink purchase requirement. I'm not a newbie in Chengdu or China. But these drinks were on their menu, expensive as they were.
But this behavior of the Music House Bar at Lan Kwai Fong was criminal at best. Furthermore, what they didn't know my friend, who is a semi-high roller, was on the way with the group and probably would have bought a bottle and/or many beers. So they lost-out all the way around including bad publicity and loss of future business.
I've noticed there are other Music House locations in Chengdu, so they should not be confused with this rip-off bar, unless of course, they are owned by the same people who allow things such as this to continue.
Not sure about Inner or Outer Mongolia, but a prison in Dongguan has 500 foreigners and counting!
Always room for one more!
@Wisedragon... Wise indeed! Methinks the older I get, the more it appears many people are devoid of any common sense.
As you stated, the Chinese news has been full of highly publicized cases, many who WERE high-level government officials using fake degrees/diplomas including Phd's on their CV/Resume`. However, if one is considering doing this, they probably don't pay attention to the news!
A few famous old adages and quotes come to mind;
"Forewarned is forearmed" AND "Stupid is as stupid does."
Oh, what the Hell! Just do it!! Tell us how it all worked-out after the trial!
@ Jane wen... Maybe you missed my point. They are not "Excellent food" establishments which is what Fernando was originally inquiring about. NOT so many foreigners go to Hooter's that have been in Chengdu for a year or more. I've found many foreigners that do NOT even know where the place is much less choose it as a destination of choice. More Chinese tend to go there only out of curiosity usually never to return because of the food, prices and overcharging customers, especially in large groups. BK is just fast food. NOT a "Dining experience.
@ invisible... some go there expecting to get some decent food like in the USA. If they are expecting any girls with HOOTERS, then they will be disappointed!
Not sure how "Excellent food" can be combined in any way, or said in the same breath with Hooter's or BK! :)
Hooter's REALLY sucks besides having a crap general manager and overcharging customers, not to mention a 10% service charge on all food and drinks. They charge 10 RMB for a glass of water if you order nothing else!
The newly reopened Lazy Pug is excellent and is next to the Regal Master Hotel on Renmin Nan Lu near the Line 1 Metro TongZiLin Station. (See their listing here and website link). Has great American and Tex-Mex food and owned by a VERY nice American couple with friendly English speaking staff.
Parador is an upscale Spanish restaurant near Shanghai Garden homes and the Millenium Hotel. They are a little pricey, but good food and service. They have various weekly/daily specials and a decent selection of wine, a few cocktails, but maybe only one beer to choose from (See their listing here also).
WOW! I knew Mike was an intelligent guy, but didn't know he was so eloquent! I'm thoroughly impressed! However, I have a serious complaint. No, it's not the tasty hot pizza, salads, sandwiches, staff, excellent delivery service, etc. No issues there, however, I just simply feel disenfranchised or totally left-out of all the "action" I've been reading about here.
I've only been to Mike's store once and had a nice uneventful experience other than good food and service. I'm not a big pizza eater, but when I'm in the mood, I call Mike's for home delivery. It's always efficiently delivered on or before Aqing tells me. Herein lays my problem. I'm not catching any of Mike's shows that I've been reading about! Please help Mike!
Perhaps you can create a video from CCTV/Security cam footage of all these alleged outbursts so the home delivery types like me could enjoy and be entertained by all the action from the comfort of my own home. You could even mix-in some of your past Elvis performances or Elvis music in the background. Call it "Mike Gone Wild", "Not Politically Correct Mike", "Mike in Your Face", or some other catchy title. Charge a nominal fee or even free or discounted for orders over 100RMB. You could even post on YouKu and it would go viral!
I've been in China and Chengdu many years and one reason I stay here is the fact it has NOT deteriorated like the USA, Canada or some other Western countries where the politically correct types run rampant forcing their misguided ideology on the majority. Keep-up the good work Mike and please don't give a "fat rat's ass" about the few detractors out there!
The current Chinese chef is very good and apparently well trained.
It is not too hard to find being located in Southside a few blocks south of the Millenium Hotel and Shanghai Garden homes on a row of Chinese and Korean restaurants a few doors down from the liquor store.
Downside is not much of a place for beer lovers or cocktail lovers, however wine selection is good and very friendly staff. Steven has good English and very attentive.
Check out their weekly drink specials after 9:30pm which is a little late to start if they want to attract more business which they need.
Very clean and a good place for a quiet dinner and drinks with friends or a date.
Worth the effort to find. I'm sure they would be more than happy to text/SMS their directions to your phone in Chinese to show a taxi driver if you can't speak Chinese or GPS their address.