Moongate Lounge is a cocktail bar from the people behind Mister Jiu’s. It’s located on top of the main restaurant and feels like somewhere billionaires would grab a few cocktails and casually discuss things like arbitrage or gifting someone a hostile takeover for their child’s 10th birthday. The drinks here are all creative and delicious - we like the Titan with scotch, barolo chinato, tea, and toasted brown rice powder on the rim and the Start of Spring with vodka and peas that’s what all green juice should aspire to taste like. There’s food here too, but it’s mostly bar snacks like spicy peanuts with Sichuan chilies and tiny anchovies and “chickens in a spacesuit,” their version of pigs in a blanket with chicken sausage, lemon aioli, and pickled onion. If you’re here with more than one other person, it’s worth making a reservation, but if you just want a quick drink, you can cycle into the seats at the bar.
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