Major bummer here. Masse
, the billiards-themed sports bar on Jinxian Lu, is closing this month, along with the Shanghai Comedy Club
upstairs. The weekend-long closing rager will take place from March 25-27, and March 17 is the Shanghai Comedy Club one year anniversary.
According to the boss, Pauly -- the original SmartShanghai Admiral -- it's a "forced closure" due to zoning issues. "Apparently a lot of places will follow the same path," he added. The bar was there for nearly six years and they had just extended their lease for three years and completed renovations. They're currently searching for a new location for Massé and the Shanghai Comedy Club.
Hats off to Masse, the only bar in town cool enough to hold a party for Jerry Garcia's birthday. Best luck finding a new place.