The spotlight meanders across the dancing crowd, the women with long hair and short dresses, the men in stylish leather jackets and mussed hair. English is the preferred language here, with Chinese heard only rarely. Football star Ronaldo, singer Robin Thicke, basketball great Michael Jordan, rapper Pharrell Williams, media-mogul Russell Simmons, singer Rihanna, model Naomi Campbell and actor Hugh Grant: All of them have been here. “People who dance here belong to the Hong Kong elite. You're either rich, famous or beautiful," says Sandeep Talwani. He works at an international company in Hong Kong and he of course wears a suit in the club. He values the comfortable atmosphere in Dragon-i, even if the drinks are a bit expensive.
Luciano, Avicii, Chris Brown and Snoop Dogg Have All Been Here
The club has a different program almost every evening: Mondays are “HungryMonday,” with models invited to eat and drink for free. German model Katerina Gottesleben calls Dragon-i a "millionaire's club." On Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, there is champagne from 5 to 7 p.m. along with Japanese cuisine. Later in the evening, either the three resident DJs take to the console or international guests come for a show. During Art Basel, Paris Hilton was booked into the club. But Luciano, Avicii and Chris Brown have likewise all been here, as have the old masters like DJ Premier, DJ Jazzy Jeff and Snoop Dogg. At one in the morning, champagne bottles spraying sparks are carried through the crowd. “That’s around 50,000 Hong Kong dollars,” says manager Talwani. Money doesn’t seem to play much of a role here.
The Club Is an Example of Living Innovation and a “Work of Art Design”
One of Dragon-i's resident DJs, Emmanuel Diaz, hands off the console to his French colleague, who also spins in Dragon-i as a resident DJ. Not long later, Diaz can be found leaning against a bistro table with his drink on the terrace. He is constantly waving to acquaintances, shaking hands and kissing cheeks. “There are not many clubs as cool as Dragon-i,” he says. And he’s not just saying it because he spins here. He smiles and takes another sip. The club takes music very seriously, both the selection and the quality. "We are expected to know all of the newest hits," he says. He plays a lot of house, but also hip-hop and classics, he says. The only thing he doesn't often play is extremely unconventional songs: The music is supposed to appeal to as many people as possible. The sound as such is extremely warm and full, he says, adding that the DJs, too, can tell that the sound system is checked every day.