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Shake
    • ADDRESS:
      3/F, 46 Maoming Nan Lu,
      near Jinxian Lu
      茂名南路46号3楼, 近进贤路
    • BOOK:
    • PHONE:
      6230 7175
    • WECHAT:
      ShakeClubSH
    • AREA:
      Jing'an
    • METRO:
      10 mins walk from South Shaanxi Rd
    • HOURS:
      Tue-Sun, 6pm-2am
    • CARDS:
      Local cards accepted
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    • SmartShanghai.com Editor's Description
      Opened by the owners of Heyday and Chef Danyi Gao, Shake is based on New York supper clubs from the 1960s, where patrons would spend an entire evening at the venue for food, drinks, and entertainment. Shake's dinner menu features fusion dishes like honey cheese tofu, Thai beef carpaccio and smoked teriyaki beef-tongue poutine, created by Danyi Gao (previously of Mr. & Mrs. Bund and Calypso). Drinks are courtesy of Colin Tait, former bar manager of Vesper in Bangkok. They've got live funk and soul music six nights a week: laid-back, chilled vibe on Sundays and Tuesdays, a bit more bombastic Wednesdays-Saturdays. Dinner is served from 6pm-10pm on Tue-Sun, and last call for drinks is around 2am.
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    • Shake is largely well-known for two things: its live music and its cocktail menu. The (frustratingly) small dance floor is always (frustratingly) crowded, but the house band and/or special guests always make up for it. Shake’s food offering, though, is passed over by most patrons. To me, it seemed a superfluous addition to a very competent bar. I gamely gave it a go, though, for the good of the SmSh readers.

      The menu is a little confused, in every sense. There are myriad small plates and sides (tautological) on offer, with no real cohesion. The food is broadly Asian-influenced: roasted chicken in a sticky, kaffir-lime-infused sauce; crispy wings with a tang of fish sauce and chilli; a steamed soybean meat pie on rice, topped with a poached egg; lightly-seared tuna tataki. There’s a South American selection, too: pulled pork crispy tacos, for example, and a light, ceviche-like salad. (I refuse to actually call it a ceviche because it wasn’t half limey enough.) “Disco” fries come loaded with various meaty toppings, including a teriyaki tongue option.

      Really - it almost all tasted good (with the possible exception of the rather pungent steamed soybean meat pie, which divided the group). The crispy pork tacos were a highlight and, although some of my friends weren’t so enchanted, I thought the wings were great. The fish seemed a little under-seasoned, but that’s probably only because it was casually served alongside heavy red meats in heavy red sauces.

      My main issue here is that it’s all quite unbalanced. If you’re going to serve a menu of small plates for pre-dance mixing and matching, they should all complement each other. At Shake, the flavours were a little too dissonant. Teriyaki beef tongue fries thudding down next to a light and subtle tuna tataki? Not my kind of party. Also, the beers start at 60rmb and you can’t find many drinks under 80 kuai, which pulls up the price considerably.

      I’d recommend the disco fries or the wings for a little preshow bite. I wouldn’t visit again for dinner, though.

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    • SHAKE Three-Year Anniversary: The Gospel of SHAKE

      Go devil go! Shanghai's house of funk and soul takes it back to where it all started, with a gospel show to dance, laugh, cry, and release all your emotions from deep down inside. Gospel is the tree where funk, soul, R&B, hip hop, and...
      • Nightlife | Shake | Daily until Sep 21 2019
      • 2019-09-19 Finished
    • Three-Year Anniversary: The Gospel of SHAKE

      Six nights, six musicians, and a full choir to celebrate three years of love and live music. For their three-year anniversary, Shanghai's house of funk and soul takes it back to where it all started: Gospel music. Gospel is where funk,...
      • Nightlife | Shake | Daily until Sep 14 2019
      • 2019-09-12 Finished
    • Sunday Blues with Ginger & Friends

      Ginger Zheng from the much-loved Cotton Club, brings a night of blues to SHAKE this Sunday night along with guest musicians. Dinner from 6pm; intimate live sets on SHAKE's warm soundsystem from 10pm. Free entry.
      • Nightlife | Shake | on Sun Sep 8 2019
      • 2019-09-08 Finished
    • Guest Shift by Ryan McLeod

      To close out Botanicals month, SHAKE welcomes Ryan McLeod from Peddlers Gin. He starts at 7pm. Free before 9pm; 100rmb after; live funk and soul from SHAKE's six-piece band from 10:30pm.
      • Nightlife | Shake | on Sat Sep 7 2019
      • 2019-09-07 Finished
    • That Funk Show Vol. 3

      Get up on this funk! SHAKE brings the raw sounds of James Brown, Marvin Gaye, P-Funk, Rick James, and many more this weekend. Courtney Knott and The Shanghai Sheiks are your conductors on this journey through space and sound. Fix up,...
      • Nightlife | Shake | on Fri Sep 6 2019
      • 2019-09-06 Finished
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