Chinese restaurant lounges generally adhere to the same tacky-minimalist aesthetic, which is something to be appreciated. Many a newfangled American bar has gone under by

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Best Chinese Lounge Interior

The Seven Seas

Chinese restaurant lounges generally adhere to the same tacky-minimalist aesthetic, which is something to be appreciated. Many a newfangled American bar has gone under by virtue of too much attention (and money) spent gussying up a room's interior, when it'd be better spent figuring out how to get as many fingers of liquor as possible into a well drink. The Seven Seas is no different from its Chinese brethren in that it puts potency above all other considerations. But it actually pays attention to its walls. Tacky? Yes: The Seven Seas' walls serve as a pictorial shrine to retro-celebrities like Ella Fitzgerald, Elvis Presley, and Marilyn Monroe. Its crowd, meanwhile, is a steady stream of lonely, mostly male regulars. One of them comes up to the square bar, oddly tucked in a nook at the back of the room, orders Rumple Minze with a Bud back, drinks it, and walks out. Apparently he does this every night, says the bartender.—Mike Seely

 
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