The 18th annual Iron Mic is happening tonight. What’s the Iron Mic? Only China’s longest running Chinese rap battle, going on nearly two decades, back to when it was called Battle Grounds/Blazin' MCs. We wrote a long piece about it a few years ago. Back then, the founder said “Hip hop is very much a socialist movement.” In the intervening years, the TV show The Rap of China happened and completely changed the field for hip-hop in China, adding mainstream credibility (and money) to a very underground past time. Many stand-out contestants on the TV show were, in fact, Iron Mic veterans. If you are at all interested in hip-hop in China, you want to be there. Ticket info here.
Oh Liquid Laundry. Getting the holidays all drunk and stuff. To wit: Liquid Laundry is giving away the 198rmb two-hour free flow to anyone who shows up for brunch on December 21-25 dressed as Sanny Klaws, aka The Man in Red, aka Papa Noel. Santa. Santa! Dress up as Santa and drink for FREE. There's only one catch, you've got to actually buy something to eat; you can't just walk in there and drink. Which is probably just good advice anyway. Hail Santa!
Next Monday is the annual Drink Magazine Bar Awards (DMBA) aka the High-Functioning Alcoholics Olympics, and as a result, the city's flooded with even more world famous bartenders than usual. Like, way more. A lot of them are doing guest shifts this week and next. Details after the jump!
Shanghai's nightclub scene acts like it's reinventing itself after a messy divorce and custody battle. The storied fourth floor space in Hong Kong Plaza that the second MYST (relocated from MYST (Yan'an Xi Lu)) once occupied (and which M2 occupied before that (until it moved to Huaihai Zhong Lu) before rebranding to WANN all in the last two years––are you following? I feel like I may have lost you) has been renamed to BEEHIVE. No one tell Beyonce. Skrillex has been announced as its first big, big name performing on December 18. Brave, considering his well-documented phobia of bees.
Costume competitions, like anything in life, are a matter of maximizing return on investment. How much time, money and dignity are you willing to sacrifice for material reward, your own satisfaction or the lusty adulation of your peers. We can't help you much with the second two, but we're all about that material reward. Here are three costume competitions in Shanghai giving out the best rewards for Halloweeeeeen.
Just the facts! An event listing came in over the wire this weekend. Big Bamboo in Hongqiao and the Blind Pig on Nanyang Lu are offering diners two hours of free-flow beer, every weekday, from 4-6pm. It's only their Coronado line, it's only for dine-ins, you have to follow their WeChat, and it's only while supplies last. Considering the drinking habits of the average Big Bamboo patron, we give it thirty minutes to bone-dry. Once saw a guy in a Man United jersey break the top off a glass bottle so he could lick out the dregs, back before it became Blind Pig. True story. Best get in quick for free beer! The best kind of beer.
Mansion lives on in spirit! In rivers of cheap spirits! 3NTRY, the coworking space slash club slash "culture hub" slash... hippie commune (?) is throwing a Student Party tonight, kicking off at 9pm with a 100rmb open bar. Don't even need to be a student! One red note gets you as much ethanol as you can inhale until 5am-ish. Comes to 12rmb per hour. What sort of booze can you get for that sort of money? You figure it out. Providing the soundtrack to the carnage are BOGUTA O2, Fane and Leftfield Avenue. They're selling tickets here. Good luck, animals.
Seems like September is avian themed. First we had Perch, and now we have a brand spanking new bar on Wuding Lu, called, ehm. Perch. Permanent Perch (not Pop-Up Perch) is from, among others, some people behind beloved Shaanxi Bei Lu sidewalk piss-up slash R-rated scooter wash Rooster. Unlike Rooster, it's more wine and cocktails, wicker chairs, terrace space, you get the idea. They're in soft opening now, with an oyster deal for the rest of the weekend. Cheep cheep, Shanghai!
Bunch of birthdays suddenly crashed into our events inbox. So they go in a round-up! Maybe if they'd emailed us more stories involving goats, they would've gotten a stand-alone wire. All right, you numerous and belligerent children, gather around, let's see who made it this far. Revolucion is turning three and hosting what sounds like a cross between a Heath Ledger fever dream and the Mad Hatter's Tea Party. Shake is turning three years old for six nights in a row, with a full gospel choir. The Rooster is turning four with an all-night happy hour.
The people's club, Dada, turns 10 this weekend with a big old party. Of course they do. It's what they've been doing for a decade. But, surprisingly, owner Michael Ohlsson still has a shred of his memory left which he delicately extracted, taped onto a piece of paper and mailed to the SmartShanghai office. Presenting, Ohlsson's 10 Crazy Dada Memories From 10 Crazy Years of Dada!
Teachers! You're out there, prepping the kids to take over the world. Assuming there's anything left for them. Teacher's appreciation day (that's today!) might involve glitter cards and lumpy amateur pottery during school hours, but after work, it takes the form of food and booze. Here're four places to go.
Neon-powered roller rink RIINK is waiving the fee on skates for teachers who buy a drink at the bar. All teachers get their first beer free at Abbey Road after 4pm. Across the street, Tacolicious gives free chips and salsa with a frozen margarita for 60rmb. They're the only place to specify that you'll need to bring some teacher ID. Finally, teachers get a free 10oz Stone beer at Stone. Stay strong, friends.
The Ritz-Carlton's backroom bar has a habit of hosting Asia's (and occasionally the world's) best bars, like Atlas Bar, The Clumsies, and Licorería Limantour. The latest resident is Singapore's Native, an all-local, closed-loop, eco-warrior, sustainable, etc., etc., cocktail bar. They're there until midnight on Saturday, mixing cocktails that are very, very Southeast Asian. We caught up with them over smoked pandan leaf cocktails to talk sourcing locally, explosive meads and putting ants in drinks.
A godfather of the genre. Tony Colman co-founded drum & bass label Hospital Records way back in 1996, which now has almost 40 signed artists. Camo & Crooked, Fred V & Grafix, High Contrast, Danny Byrd, Netsky… the list goes on. He himself is responsible for three of the biggest tunes on the label, Billion Dollar Gravy (vpn on) being one of them. When he’s not dropping euphoric rollers inside packed raves, he fronts the London Elektricity Big Band - a brass band combining jazz with a 174bpm drumbeat. Just one example of the originality and creativity that has allowed him to cement his legendary status within the scene. Don’t miss his FOUR HOUR set at Arkham on September 12. Pre-sale is 100rmb and available on SmartTicket.
This drunken little gem landed in the SmSh inbox this morning: the aristocracy have adopted the ways of the people! The St. Regis Bar in the opulent St. Regis Hotel, known more for sabering Champagne (no joke, they do it here) than sloppy makeout seshs, have added a TWO-HOUR FREE FLOW to their program. For 188rmb. Every. Single. Day.
A lot can happen in ten years. Cash can all but disappear from everyday life, Starbucks can build the world’s biggest coffee shop, and thousands of food and beverage ventures prosper then vanish in the blink of an eye. One thing that has firmly stayed put for the past decade – MAO Livehouse! And they are celebrating with We Are Young on September 30.
Seems like we've got some more “guided” local nightlife developments taking shape! Starting today at 8pm, the 500-meter stretch from Huangpi Nan Lu to Ji’an Lu in Xintiandi will be turned into a pedestrian-only night market, with live performances and an outdoor movie screening at 7pm. On Saturday and Sunday, the market starts at 4pm and goes until midnight. This weekend is a first-time trial: after this weekend, it'll run between Shunchang Lu and Ji’an Lu. It's all arranged and supported by the officials of Huangpu District, hoping to develop that lucrative “nighttime economy." Wonder if the Nightlife CEO is involved. I guess night markets are okay again!
Here's a gem from our super duper awesome housing section: colorful Fuxing Lu Brazilian bar Barraco is up for sale. Specifically, they're open to someone willing to take over the lease. Two floors, all the modcons, spacious favela-chic interior, pre-installed swings, walking distance to Sinan Mansions and Fuxing Park. Well-maintained, feels like new, shows pride of ownership. Asking price is 55,000rmb a month. Also, I guess get your last caipirinhas in before they close a deal. We hear it might be as soon as this weekend.
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