Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Empress of China and Charles Phoenix in San Francisco!

What a night this was! Not only were we seeing the Charles Phoenix Retro Holiday Slide Show, we finally got to experience the Empress of China before it closes its doors at the end of the year. Now that we saw it in all its glory, I am even more sad than I was before about it closing. I agree with Charles Phoenix when he said it is the ‘best Chinese restaurant in the world!’ There is so much going on from the ballroom where the slide show was to the bar and restaurant…multiple floors of amazing-ness!

Of course the slide show was fabulous as always! It was fun seeing it in a different venue other than Viva Las Vegas where we usually see him. I am so glad we got to catch it since we will not be at Viva in 2015. I sadly do not have photos of him in all his paisley suited awesomeness but you can find loads of photos on Instagram of other lucky guests who managed to grab a photo with him. His suits are always such a highlight!

I tried to snap as many photos of the place as I could since it will be our only time there. So many beautiful details! Without further ado...behold! The Empress of China!

Jayne Mansfield and the man who opened the place, Kee Joon!  
Not sure how she managed to keep that dress in place...

How did I not know about this fabulous happy hour all these years?!?!

With Jodi...

Zach and Ben

View from the bar window

Hope these guys have their future home sorted out!

Empress Mai Tai before the show

Hooray!  Showtime!

Ready for dinner after the show.  I opted for the Empress Martini.

We were seated next to the window for dinner and had an amazing view!  
That's Coit Tower way off in the distance.

The wall of awards...

Cheers to you, Empress of China!  You will be missed!


  1. The Empress looks amazing!! It is such a bummer when these incredible landmarks disappear; I'm glad you got to go before it closes!

    1. Me too! Wish I could have made it more than once before it closes at the end of the year. Makes me realize I need to not procrastinate and check out these cool spots since you never know when one might close!