Turkish disco -- it's going down. Saturday night, hard-to-find vodka bar Craft is hosting this DJ/Producer dude Kaan Duzarat from Istanbul. He's coming straight from this week's Red Bull Music Academy in Tokyo to drop some of his original productions and edits of old-school tracks, which he produces with a collective known as FOC Edits.

What does Turkish disco sound like? Kaan was kind enough to give us some of his favorite baklava dance jams over email...

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NIGHTLIFE / OCT 24 / Share


So the people behind Abbey Road and Geneva just opened a new sports bar called Sweeny's on Taojiang Lu, where that vegetarian restaurant Annamaya used to be. It's huge, with about eight sections and 150 seats total. The owner comes from the American Midwest, and this spot feels a lot an Applebee's, Chili's, or TGIFridays that you might find on any Midwest main street.

You've got outdoor seating, indoor seating, two bars, and lots of little rooms and coves. Brick and wood. Music is classic rock, and mostly deep cuts you haven't heard for a reason. And like those ubiquitous chain restaurants, service is chipper. I half expected to see some flair on their uniforms. Drink prices are okay, given the location -- 500ml Heineken draft for 45rmb, Warsteiner is 55rmb. Shots are 30rmb; cocktails are around 50. Happy hour is a regrettable "Buy-two-get-one." What is that? We live in the most competitive happy hour zone in the world -- gonna have to try harder.
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NIGHTLIFE / OCT 24 / Share


Hey kids big news right here. Perry's bar is expanding. Again. Just try to stop Perry's -- I dare you. Place spreads faster than a case of genital warts. The newest incarnation is set to open above Lark Hill on Xiangyang Lu, right by Project Wine. Just spoke with the work crew and they say this Perry's will open by the start of November.

And what can we expect from the new Perry's? Oh just the leaders of tomorrow crunk on cheap buckets of whiskey and coke, grinding it out to Spice Girls, The Macarena, and other selections from Now That's What I Call Music 1996. Deep cultural synergy. That, and cheap cheap food mixed with 10rmb Qingdaos.

Finally, a place for us common folk to drink in this neighborhood...

NIGHTLIFE / OCT 23 / Share


Bout time to start prepping for the annual three-week Halloween piss-up. One place to score some costumes is this place called Holiday House, which is like Taobao in real life. Expect higher prices than The 'Bao but they take cash and speak English. That's close to the Yishan Lu metro station on Line 3/9.

Then you've got Yu Garden, which actually contains nine dimensions of hell. Expect to spend a few hours wandering around there but you can find a lot of masks, wigs, makeup, props, and more. Prices negotiable.

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NIGHTLIFE / OCT 23 / Share


The original Mokkos is one of Shanghai's best low-key places to have a drink. They've stayed hidden in an alley on Wuding Lu since 2006, slinging uplifting reggae tunes and shochu, that Japanese alcohol distilled from barely, sweet potatoes, rice, carrots, and other ingredients. Good service, good music, lots of charm. Only problem is it's often impossible to get a seat, as the original can only hold twenty people at best. It's the kind of bar that people don't like to recommend for fear of "blowing up the spot."

Mokkos just opened a new bar on Yanping Lu, not far from where The Fat Mama recently opened a beer garden and that Yunnan restaurant Slurp! set up shop. Judging by this area's ongoing gentrification and Mokkos' proximity to a certain expat ghetto called San He Hua Yuan, this is probably going to fare better than that time they briefly opened Mokkos Jiao. It's bigger than the original, with a long-bar that seats ten, nine tables, a tatami room, a standing area on the patio, and one table outside. Still, get fifty people in here and it's going to feel rammed.

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NIGHTLIFE / OCT 23 / Share


If you have sworn off street food because of videos like these of people converting waste oil into cooking oil, there may still be some hope. In the future, there could be a new use for the stuff: biofuel.

Shanghai Daily reports that "Boeing and the Commercial Aircraft Corp of China (COMAC) yesterday opened a demonstration facility that will turn waste cooking oil into sustainable aviation biofuel."
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DINING / OCT 23 / Share


So every promoter in town and a few festival organizers had their big event last Saturday. Tough choices were made. Heard from the streets that one of the better shows was Hemlock Records boss/all-around solid producer Untold dropping his brand of dark, punishing electro at a Wooozy Offline party at The Shelter

And what's this? Someone took the trouble to record his entire set for your home listening pleasure. Take a listen or download for free - it's real nice. You'll need a VPN to access that cloud.

NIGHTLIFE / OCT 23 / Share


This just in, pansexual bar 390 Panyu Lu has this art show on Thursday night that may contain adult subject matter. Think: erotic sketches of man love. But more importantly, they've got free wine and cheese from 8-10pm.

Also a live set by New Zealand singer Toni Huata, who looks like she walked straight up out the renaissance fair but makes dub electronica.

There you go. Do your worst.

NIGHTLIFE / OCT 22 / Share


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