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Where to go out, dance, and revel. Hand-picked events in Shanghai, curated by a team with combined decades in town.
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Dec
16
  • Louise Bourgeois: The Eternal Thread

    Louise Bourgeois: The Eternal Thread is the first large-scale museum exhibition in China of work by French-American artist Louise Bourgeois. Widely regarded as one of the most important artists of the 20th and 21st centuries, Bourgeois...
  • Thomas Hirschhorn: Re-Sculpt

    Swiss artist Thomas Hirschhorn relocated his temporary studio to Ming Contemporary Art Museum (McaM) and has “re-sculpted” the 2,000 square meter space over 30 days. It is a work-in-process about construction within a ruin, a creation...
  • Social Retox

    #THISISNOTSUNDAYBRUNCH the W Shanghai's Kitchen Table screams on its menu. Instead, they offer a "Social Retox" with chefs, mixologists and a resident DJ, with three options: Keep It Fun (food, no booze); Soak It In (food plus unlimited...
  • 4th Shanghai Baroque Festival | David Stern Conducts B minor Mass

    For the fourth round of Shanghai's Baroque Festival, conductor David Stern is leading countertenor Andreas Scholl, baritone Markus Werba, the Opera Fuoco and Tölzer Knabenchor in performing Bach's Mass in B Minor. David Stern is the...
  • Drag Brunch

    Repent, sinners. On Sundays, the Pearl's redeeming your souls with the first-ever Drag Brunch. Shanghai's Royal Court is setting up an afternoon of comedy, gags, games, full food service and a whole lot of drag at The Pearl. It's a...
  • Jing’an Christkindlmarkt (Dec 7 - Dec 16)

    The traditional German Christmas Market is back for two whole (nonconsecutive) weeks in November and December. The scent of baked apples, chestnuts, gingerbread and mulled wine. Wooden stalls with handicrafts, seasonal gifts, baked...
  • Christmas Tree Lighting Party

    Moka Bros will be celebrating the most wonderful time of year with a Yuletide fete for the whole family. Merry activities for all ages will be available, sip on mulled wine or hot chocolate while you decorate a Christmas cookie or help...
  • Bachata Weekend

    Korke & Judith, the creators of the Sensual Bachata style coming on the last day of the Bachata weekend to pentalounge. The weekly Salsa Sunday Party will be mixed with bachata sounds and performance by the founders themselves. 150rmb on...
  • All You Can Eat BBQ

    Steaks and other BBQed meat is served at your table while salads and cold dishes are served on a buffet. The All You Can Eat BBQ is available from 12-3pm on Sundays. 188rmb excluding drinks.
  • What Men Still Talk About

    Four friends are forced to stay put in a radio station on New Year's Eve after one of them gets into trouble. They use the opportunity to remember memories from the past, talk about women, music, and decisions they had faced in their...
  • Stand Up Comedy Open Mic

    See some of Shanghai's best comedians try out their material at a free comedy show. Fancy performing yourself? All are welcome, whether you just want to tick it off the bucket list or have Netflix special level stardom in the crosshairs....
  • Open-Mic

    Come laugh as seasoned comedians and newbies alike try out their newest jokes for free.
  • Family Films: A Little Princess

    From 15:30, families start to check in and swap 2nd hand toys, books and clothes. From 16:00, parents watch and discuss 'A little princess' about education, parenting and the environment with other parents while your children are next...
Dec
17
  • Burger Burger

    Buy one, get one free on burgers at long-time favorite Blue Frog, the Shanghai-born chain that's now spread far and wide across China.
  • Double Double

    Monday is Double Double at Beef & Liberty, when their superior, purist patties on a bun (no lettuce or tomato here) come two-for-one from 3pm to close.
  • Morton’s Power Hour

    Morton’s The Steakhouse brings back the steak crostini (almost a steak sandwich) with their Happy Hour, until the end of 2018. 5-7pm (Except Dec 24 and 25), free steak crostini with the purchase of a drink.
    • Dining, Nightlife | Morton's | Daily except Sat & Sun until Dec 30 2018
Dec
18
  • Burger Tuesday

    Must Grill picks the second night of the workweek to unleash their burger deal on Shanghai: ten choices of XL size burgers with fresh French fries. Buy one, get one free until 10.30pm.
  • Taco Tuesday

    All you can eat tacos for 100rmb!. From 5pm to 10.30pm at one of Shanghai's most established taco shops (well, one of its only taco shops, but hey...).
  • Dominick Farinacci Quartet feat. Lucy Woodward | A Swingin' Christmas

    Trumpeter Dominick Farinacci, recently credited as Global Ambassador to Jazz at Lincoln Center by Wynton Marsalis, is coming to Shanghai with his quartet, providing the musical backing to British-born songstress Lucy Woodward. They're...
  • Guadalajara A Go Go - Taco Tuesday

    Tacolicious is mixing it up for Taco Tuesday. Each week Chef Thijs will create a new taco filling just for the Tuesday and they can be washed down with a drink combo. Come early as the tacos will be on a limited basis. Tacos and a...
  • Christmaslicious

    Enjoy a Christmas-inspired 2 set tacos with traditional Eggnog for 105rmb.
  • Tuesday Tunesday: Christmas Edition Social

    Elevate ⫶ Arts occupy Emptiness for their last weekly social night for 2018. It's an opportunity to meet some creative people, have a chat, and listen to some music. This week the focus is on Christmas - expect classic tunes, garish...
Dec
19
  • Velvet Nights: Noir Stories

    Sultry smooth jazz saunters across Candor's stage in the newest show: Velvet Nights - Noir Stories. Witness a noir film come to life with all of the dark and mysterious twists and turns our stars can endure. Passion, crime, mystery and...
  • Street Eats Breakfast

    Some of Shanghai’s best food is found streetside in the morning hours. If you’re an early riser, come taste the Chinese breakfast of champions with our street food tour in the beautiful former French Concession. You’ll meet our trusted...
  • The Purpose Generation Christmas Party

    Network and celebrate Christmas at the same time, with food, drink and people talking business. 150rmb including a drink and food.
  • Downsizing

    A screening of 'Downsizing' and discussion of the impact of technology on society. The event will be in English, but the film will have Chinese subtitles. From 6.30pm, there will be networking with homemade pizza, 7.30pm a TED talk...
  • Ricky Rena Maymi and Baihu Band

    Ricky Rene Maymi is an American rock musician, best known as an original member of the psychedelic rock band The Brian Jonestown Massacre. Baihu Band is a Chinese psychedelic rock band founded in Beijing. This is the first time they come...
  • Negroni Hour

    Stay warm with Bitter's favourite cocktail, Negroni, in four styles - Sbagliato, Classico, Autumn and Pineapple at 58rmb each. 6-8pm.
    • Nightlife | Bitter | from Dec 19 until Apr 1 2019
  • Models Night

    Party party party with the beautiful people of M1NT. Free cocktails for ladies from 10pm-11.30pm. Free entry for everyone until 12.30am with the password "MVP".
    • Nightlife | M1NT | on Wed Dec 19 2018
Dec
20
  • Velvet Nights: Noir Stories

    Sultry smooth jazz saunters across Candor's stage in the newest show: Velvet Nights - Noir Stories. Witness a noir film come to life with all of the dark and mysterious twists and turns our stars can endure. Passion, crime, mystery and...
  • Chicago: The Musical

    The classic musical comedy from the same writers as Cabaret and New York, New York is coming to Shanghai. Here's your chance to hear world-famous numbers like "All That Jazz" and "Razzle Dazzle" performed in the most authentic retelling...
  • On

    Old and new House, Techno, Break Beat and Acid. Free entry.
    • Nightlife | Dada | on Thu Dec 20 2018
  • Laughs

    Arrive early for dinner specials before the show--then grab a cocktail for a night of stand-up comedy from an all-female lineup. Free entry.
    • Nightlife | Lychee | on Thu Dec 20 2018
  • Christmas Menu

    Le Salon de Joël Robuchon will offer a 4-course sharing menu for two people at 1,188rmb. Full menu in the flyer.
  • Girls Night Out

    Free-flow cocktails for ladies and free manicures until 11.30pm. Free entrance until 12.30am with password "MVP", otherwise 100rmb.
  • Treat Yourself

    Special 880rmb deal during the holiday season: pick any 60-minute spa treatment at the Qin Spa and get a 30-minute hydration facial.
Dec
21
  • Michael Jackson & Bruno Mars Mania Live | Tribute Night

    The Pearl is throwing a Michael Jackson & Bruno Mars tribute night (two, actually). Brought to you by the musical team that brought you the ABBA tribute night. They're tackling top songs from Bruno Mars and his hero, Michael Jackson....
  • Surf & Turf Set Menu

    Texas Roadhouse’s Christmas Surf & Turf set menu (999 RMB for two people) includes a deliciously juicy 20oz USDA ribeye steak, accompanied by half a Boston grilled lobster. A side of vegetables and buttery mashed potatoes with gravy is...
  • China Social Club - The Bad Seed

    China Social Club are seeing in the winter months with nitty gritty electronica and basslines. Inspired by the 1954 novel of the same name featuring an evil young girl with sinister motives, CSC invites you to forget your humility and...
    • Nightlife | Dada | on Fri Dec 21 2018
  • Homegrown Heroes

    OG urban tracks and wicked world beats all night from some of the dopest selectors and DJ’s plus a couple MC’s spitting hot fire. Be sure to catch the Homegrown Heroes as this is a rare chance to see Far East Lion, The Rumpus and Come...
    • Nightlife | Arkham | on Fri Dec 21 2018
  • Christmas Dinner

    Shanghai Slim's does five days of a special holiday menu at 378rmb per person. Details in the flyer.
    • Dining | SH Slim's | from Dec 21 until Dec 25 2018
  • A Sharpshooters Christmas Story

    Sharpshooters are spreading the Christmas cheer by mixing all of your favorite holiday themes with a bit of barbed wire and a healthy dose of hip hop at one of Shanghai's newest destinations, Dash. Free.
    • Nightlife | DASH | on Fri Dec 21 2018
  • No Man's Land

    GoEast screens a darkly humorous thriller called 无人区 (Wú Rén Qū, No Man’s Land) from 2013. A young lawyer from the city travels to the Gobi desert where he embarks on a series of adventures and challenges. Free.
  • Charity Raffle & Wine Tasting

    DEUS is owned by two native Californians, and to raise funds for the wildfires in California, they're hosting a charity raffle and informal wine tasting (3 reds and 3 whites). ALL proceeds from the night will go to the Wildfire Relief...
  • Friday Night Comedy Showcase

    Laugh away Christmas Eve Eve Eve Eve at CAGES Bar and Sports drinking their mulled wine under their colossal heaters as you laugh at some of Shanghai's finest comedians, including Magners International Comedy Competition finalist Evan...
  • Into the Candorland

    Blur the lines between sweet dreams and twisted reality with Candor's twisted homage to classic literature: welcome to Alice in Candorland. Jump down the rabbit hole with the masters of the dark circus cabaret experience to explore the...
    • Arts, Nightlife | Candor | on Dec 21 and Dec 22, 2018
Dec
22
  • Modern Sky LAB Christmas Special Party

    Modern Sky Lab and Say Yes are throwing a lineup of underground, alternative and hard-nosed acts for special Christmas Show. There's Giant Swan , the heavy, acerbic, aggressive electronic dance music drawing deep from Bristol's musical...
  • Metal Christmas Karaoke Contest

    Shanghai's mecca of metal Inferno is keepin' it heavy this holiday season with its “Metal Christmas Karaoke Contest”. Contestants can choose either a classic Christmas tune to massacre in their own metal style, or any metal/rock/punk...
  • DJ Tiger Ming

    DJ Tiger Ming is no stranger to the Malaysian electronic dance music scene over the recent years. Despite his young age, he has earn his spot at the turntable, spinning alongside with the likes of Carnage, Sidney Samson, SCNDL, MASHD N...
    • Nightlife | Le Baron | on Sat Dec 22 2018
  • Christmas

    Do Christmas in Pudong with a 10-course teppanyaki set menu for 650rmb plus 10.6% per person.
  • Ozone's 80's Disco Party

    DJ Ozone (San Francisco) plays only original, vinyl records, from the 1980s. It's fun, silly, carefree party music -- 1980s synth-pop, Italo disco, post-punk, old school hip hop and electro. Free entry.
    • Nightlife | Dada | on Sat Dec 22 2018
  • Christmas Dinner

    Colca is serving a Christmas set menu from December 22 to 25. The set menu is made to share and is 298rmb per person, minimum two persons. It includes two amuse bouches, two starters of oysters and warm asparagus with egg, mains of cod...
    • Dining | Colca | from Dec 22 until Dec 25 2018
  • Christmas Dinner

    Azul is serving a Christmas dinner set for two to share for 488rmb. There are four starters to share, including Pan de Jamon, Roast Beef Tapa, Scallops Wonton, and Ecuadorian Prawn Ceviche. Mains include braised cod fish, sous vide...
    • Dining | Azul | from Dec 22 until Dec 25 2018
  • Festive Season Celebration

    Indulge yourself with a 6-couse dinner at Da Ivo, featuring all kinds of quality ingredients, and a whole roasted turkey. Christmas special set dinner for 1,288rmb per person.
    • Dining | Da Ivo | from Dec 22 until Dec 25 2018
  • Christmas Set Menu

    Dine at seul&SEUL for the holidays, on a multi-course menu that features Boston lobster, king crab and foie gras, for 788-888rmb, depending on date. Full menu in the flyer.
    • Dining | seul&SEUL | from Dec 22 until Dec 25 2018
  • Ugly Beautiful Christmas Party

    For 188rmb, you can enjoy the wonderful Christmas buffet dinner including free flow mulled wine and house beers. Don’t forget to wear your favorite ugly sweater to get 50rmb off.
  • Christmas To Go

    Celebrate Christmas at home with the Basic and Deluxe Turkey Sets (1,088rmb and 1,388rmb) or the Santa Special Ham Set (1,388rmb). Supersize your turkey for 300rmb.
    • Dining | Boxing Cat | from Dec 22 until Jan 1 2019
  • Christmas To Go

    Celebrate Christmas at home with the Basic and Deluxe Turkey Sets (1,088rmb and 1,388rmb) or the Santa Special Ham Set (1,388rmb). Supersize your turkey for 300rmb.
    • Dining | Boxing Cat | from Dec 22 until Jan 1 2019
  • Multiple Shades

    LYF’s Jode will be throwing down some very deep, pretty loungy house type stuff every Saturday in cozy little Karma, (with no laptops in the vicinity). 11pm until 3. Free.
    • Nightlife | Karma | on Sat Dec 22 2018
  • Christmas Brunch Special

    Lil’ Laundry will be serving the “Pink Christmas” Ham Steak and Eggs as the Christmas Brunch Special from Dec 22nd to Dec 25th.
  • Christmas Special

    Get in the Christmas spirit this year with Comedy UN's festive lineup featuring Magner's International Comedy Festival finalist Gene George and China International Comedy Festival finalist Kurt Dunsing. 70rmb.
  • Christmas Night

    Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year at M1NT's Christmas Night party. 100rmb including a drink.
    • Nightlife | M1NT | on Sat Dec 22 2018
  • Riddim'n'Vibe

    RnV roll into C’s Bar to bust out the D&B and Jungle sounds along with some old skool classics mixed in for good measure. Free entry.
    • Nightlife | C's | on Sat Dec 22 2018
  • Bendo Na Bendo

    The last Bendo Na Bendo party of the year with DJ Chux from Nigeria and Rwanda, and DJ Gerrybeatz from Zimbabwe playing afrobeat, hip hop, dancehall and reggae. A special Christmas edition with lucky draw, afrobeat dance contest and...
  • Into the Candorland

    Blur the lines between sweet dreams and twisted reality with Candor's twisted homage to classic literature: welcome to Alice in Candorland. Jump down the rabbit hole with the masters of the dark circus cabaret experience to explore the...
    • Arts, Nightlife | Candor | on Dec 21 and Dec 22, 2018
Dec
23
  • Echo Choirs and SSO Percussion

    Shanghai Symphony Orchestra's Percussion and the Echo Choirs are teaming up for a four-piece program of Chinese compositions. Hong Chuan is conducting Fu Yifei, Fang Qi and Zhang Xinru on percussion and timpani in performing Zheng He's...
  • Merry Christmas Night Market

    A Christmas market for those who don't sleep early. Basement dive C's gets into the Christmas action with a night market, a dj, and food, crafts and vintage jewellery and clothing.
    • Community, Nightlife | C's | on Sun Dec 23 2018
  • Tacky Christmas

    Ugly Christmas sweater party/ competition. Come in your finest sweaters and enjoy 15rmb tequila shots all evening.
  • Yolki

    One of the biggest Russian hits in years, this epic comedy shows how the largest country on the planet can come together on New Year's. Free entrance, popcorn and great Russian Standard Vodka deals.
  • DKNSTRKT Drag King Bootcamp

    Find out everything you need to know about being a drag king in 3 hours. In this free fast-paced workshop, Shanghai's reigning drag king, Dorian T. Fisk, will be joined by guests, drag king Cole Steel Johnson, dandy London Summers and...
    • Community | V Spot | on Sun Dec 23 2018
  • Christmas Lunch Buffet

    Café Studio’s buffet features traditional Christmas dishes alongside with other global specialties. Special lucky draw to mark the occasion. 458rmb with unlimited soft drinks or 608rmb for two hours of free-flow booze.