If you can't make it home for Christmas...
Let's just go to a bar then, shall we? Here's a rundown of Christmas-tinged excuses to go drink and be merry this weekend in lovely barrooms all around town. Roll on Christmas in Shanghai, 2021!
It's beginning to look a lot like wub-wub-wub-wub. Yes, it’s that time of year again and Wonky Kong is bringing the sounds of UK Bass to Dada Shanghai to kick off Christmas celebrations. This annual bass music holiday jam features a local lineup of DJ talent, led by DJ Siesta, sling big, bad tunes in UK Garage, Bassline House, UKF, and Drum & Bass genres. Spend the holidays dancing in a tight club with your backpack on. Aight.
The Pearl is getting naugty for two nights on December 24 and 25 with a gaggle of their favorite burlesque dancers from The Silk Room and their house band. "You can expect a night of sexy, saucy, Santa-forbidden antics (for you naughty, naughty people)." Hot damn! Tickets are 180rmb for pre-sale and 220rmb at the door. Doors open from 9pm after the Mrs. Claus’ Christmas Buffet and show. Entertainment will get rocking at 10pm and go well into the night. Be sure to get tickets early. If you want to come to both buffet dinner and the after-party there are special discount tickets available for both events.
Forte hosts a manic Christmas party with house music on the system from Dmitry Karmieli and Paul Dean. This one's a late night dinner affair that spill into a dance party with drinks, food and music piled high. Goes down on December 24 from 10pm til late. Doors open at 9pm, Kitchen works till 2am. Pre-sale tickets are 100rmb including 1 drink; 120rmb flat at the door. Call ahead as table seating is not guaranteed. You can call Forte Solutions to book your table here: 198 2199 6532.
Funky, funky, funky Christmas eve at Shake. Singers Sookie and Wink and the whole band present a night of funk and soul heat and some Christmas classics in a funked up style. For dinner, Shake’s much-loved holiday platters by Chef Danyi Gao will be available in two sizes. Dinner from 6.30pm; live music from 9:30pm. 150rmb entry. RSVP recommended. This one will fill up.
Lounge by Topgolf presents a Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dinner buffet from 6.30pm to 10.30pm at 388rmb. Christmas classics on the menu, and then that turns into a party when you upgrade to free-flow drinks with extra 198rmb. On Christmas Day, they have brunch buffet from 11.30am to 3pm for 198rmb, with extra 128rmb you'll get free-flow drinks. Christmas and a little minigolf? Not a bad idea.
No one does Christmas like Bar Red. Bar Rouge, in collaboration with Julia's Events and Moet et Chandon Champagne, is hosting a formal and fancy Christmas affair on December 24. On Christmas Eve they are putting on a "glamorous ball on their iconic bund terrace overlooking the magnificent Huangpu river with the a Pudong skyline view". Sounds about right. You know the drill. Expect some giveaways and prizes if you're lucky.
La Suite is lamenting the lack of snow and throwing a "white party" themed Christmas event to make up for it. Don your finest white... finery and turn up for live entertainment, performances, and Christmas cheer. This one's going for two nights on December 24 and December 25 from 10pm.
VR sport bar (and then some) is hosting a futuristic Chrismas shaker with a few of the traditional trappings. Their "Immersive Party" featurings a Secret Santa gift exchange, a special Christmas dance, face painting, interactive drumming, and more Christmas surprises. Ticket includes 1 welcome drink. Good one for families.
DEFINITELY NOT good for families. But wonderful and essential for everyone else. As part of their four-year anniversary celebrations, good times rock and roll dive bar Specters hosts the grimiest drag show in town. “Choker” returns to the “stage” at Specters for a Christmas send-up! Baverhausen and Lady ’n’ Gentleman host in a cavalcade of Shanghai drag kings and queens bringing that extra spicy-spicy-spicy for the holiday season. Because Jesus only turns 2021 once… 100rmb at the door. Free entry after midnight. Doors 8.30pm. Show at 10pm.
Following their more formal gala event on December 24, Bar Rouge gets a liittle cheekier for their Christmas party proper. "Have you been naughty or nice in 2021? Well...Actually...Better not answer that." Mkay then. Cryptic. This Christmas, Bar Rouge in collaboration with Nova Events, Moet et Chandon Champagne, and Fruity Tales is hosting a flirty and sexy Christmas party to wrap the Christmas weekend up and head into the new year.
Always a good time roller skating at RIINK and this Christmas that rings true. They're hosting Christmas joy on wheels with DJ Alynaa playing holiday classics for you to skate to, and they've got a special discount on selected food and drink and skates packages. Children six years old or above with guardians are welcomed from 11am-6pm daily.