It seems sports fans in Hangzhou have finally got what they’ve wanted for so long with the opening of Velocity at the JW Marriott. Finally, no more dodgy Internet streams, no more delayed broadcasts, and no more sitting at home, alone, watching the game.
Velocity is an answered prayer with icing on the top. A plethora of plasma screens (they could be LCD, but a alliterations read better) with satellite feeds adorn the walls and central bar of this trendy and stylish drinking hole.
The bar is zoned according to the sport you wish to watch with associated paraphernalia in each area clearly indicating its purpose. For example, club shirts and replica trophies of the World-cup, Champions league, Premier League and FA Cups let you know that you are in the soccer zone. Similar memorabilia is present in the zones for the NFL, NHL, NBA, MLB, F1, Golf, tennis and others. If you’re more of a participant, then you can take advantage of the free pool table, dart boards, and Fußball, though I’m not sure how many calories you’d lose.
The bar is impressively stocked with a large number of bottled and draught beers, spirits, champagne, and wine. If you fancy a cocktail instead, you can choose a tasty number from their extensive selection for the resident mixologists to concoct for you. Some yummy snacks for munching through the game are available too.
Not content with all that? Well perhaps I should mention the live music. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, JJ & the Jets will help you let your hair down from 9:00pm till late. An international line-up of talented musicians backing the smoky and sassy voice of JJ will belt out some familiar funk, R&B, Reggae and Blues for your listening pleasure. Sorry Carl, they don’t do AC/DC! Do you?
Keep your eyes peeled on the notice boards for announcements of forthcoming sporting events and drag your sports buddies along for a memorable night.