Really, what does "open" mean anymore? When it comes to restaurants, apparently it does not mean "accepting people's money in exchange for goods and services". That Asian fusion / hipster restaurant Bonobo that we reviewed over a month ago -- and has been open since January -- is having their "grand opening" on Wednesday.

But this is good news for you, consumer. From 7–9pm, they have free Chandon cocktails and pass-around canapes from 7–9pm, with Misloop dropping some nu-disco / retro jams. No cover. Do your worst.

DINING / APR 21 / Share


Right before Chinese New Year we posted this gallery article about the imminent closure of the Dongtai Lu Antique Market. Those sellers of Mao statues and vintage televisions were about to leave us in the harmony -- or so it seemed.

Our corespondent Rhiannon walked down to Dongtai yesterday and found the place is still booming. In fact, they have even more goods on the street than before. Was this just a ruse to get people to buy more fake antiques out of sympathy? ... Read on

SHOPPING / APR 21 / Share


What is it about Shanghai that draws Italian restaurants? Or rather, those with dreams of opening Italian restaurants. The noodle connection? The rich people? All of the other Italian restaurants? Is it the same force that makes Ningbo Lu the Toilet Seat street, Yishan Lu the Renovation Street and the Dogtown block of Shaanxi Road the Street for Short Guys to Buy Dress Shoes That Will Make You Taller?

Pity the owners. Forget for a minute that they brought it on themselves. In a city of infinite Italian restaurants with about the same menu, you need an angle. Roman, home-made pasta, and cheap as hell are all taken.

... Read on

DINING / APR 21 / Share


Some are still waking up from Sunday's Latin jam at Elefante on Donghu Lu. Place looked like a Sean Paul music video by the end of the night. We've already uploaded the photos for your clicking pleasure. Check it out.

Galleries coming soon from Nicki Romero at Fusion, that Xingfu Lu Record Store Day / Basement6 re-opening, Bar Rouge, 1LoveShanghai at Arkham, and more…... Read on

NIGHTLIFE / APR 20 / Share


Dank burgers at Cu2, hard times at Crystal Jade, and a GumGum experience that was "sort of like sloppy, drunk sex". It's the weekly restaurant review battle, with a 500rmb Sherpa's certificate for the winner…

Starting with the good, jginsh had some "great comfort food at a great price" at Le Vin; businessinchina had great service and strong drinks at Azul; sharpieincluded said Boom Boom Bagels was "worth the wait"; and dteeban says Cu2 is a burger splurge that's worth the loot.

... Read on

DINING / APR 20 / Share


Lots on around town this weekend, including that Alternative Fashion Week tonight and tomorrow; arts collective Basement6 reopening in basement lair Uptown Records on Saturday; and Studio 191’s photo meet-up party. That’s happening Friday at bike store and coffee shop Factory Five.

Looking ahead, Studio 191’s is going full competition mode next month. Submit snaps around the theme of PEOPLE, and the artist with the most sales at their next event wins gear from Converse Shoes, Braos Sunglasses, Official Hats and Cafix Cafe, plus bragging rights. Send pics to studio191shanghai@hotmail.com by 10 May for that one. ... Read on

ART / APR 17 / Share


Heads up on a potential celeb sighting this weekend, assuming you're a diehard follower of underground psychedelic rock: Ricky Maymi of Bay Area outfit The Brian Jonestown Massacre — best known for contributing the theme song to HBO gangster drama Boardwalk Empire — will be spinning tunes at Dada on Saturday for their Record Store Day shindig.

Maymi has caught the China Indie bug, spreading the gospel of Mainland rock'n'roll in the States via his Far Out Distant Sounds distro. He's currently in Beijing, getting the lay of the land and digging through the capital's vinyl stockpiles. We caught up with him to pick his brain on his new music nerd obsession, check that here: Digging with Ricky Maymi

Ricky's set is one part of Saturday's event, which doubles as the grand opening of the new Uptown Records store in Dada.... Read on

NIGHTLIFE / APR 16 / Share


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It's Monday. I am looking for something quick and delicious for lunch so I decide to walk over to Boom Boom Bagels, because nothing fixes a Monday like a bagel sandwich. The scene behind the counter is not total chaos but it's close. 5-6 people pushing out bagel sandwiches a little slower than might seem necessary but growing pains / Mondays / I'm going to end up with a sandwich so I don't mind waiting a bit. My order comes up with two other to-go orders, so everyone is getting a mystery bagel in a bag. There is a small mix up with who gets what - and before I walk out I make eye contact [..read on]

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