OK, we think we’ve finally recovered from Friday night. The Shanghaiist launch party at British Bulldog Pub was hot, in almost every definition of the word. We packed the place, forcing the bar to open its rarely used third level. Opening band Xingfu 13 rocked the house in a shortened set (they were delayed by a lack of a stool for their drummer, and couldn’t stay longer because they were using a cable needed by the other bands back at Tang Hui — how indie rock is that?). And the Shanghai Cowboys killed, and confused the handful of regular pub patrons in attendance. Based on some very unscientific drunken polling, everyone had a good time at the party (except for maybe the uncharacteristically frazzled event organizer — but you’d be frazzled too if you had to deal with … ah, we’re not going to name names). The raffle — though somewhat unorganized because bar management forced the Shanghaiist crew upstairs at the last minute — made several prize winners very happy, some eerily so.
We’d like to say a final thank you to all the local individuals and businesses who donated prizes to the raffle: Ma Design, Ismay Publications, ShanghaiExpat.com, ShanghaiDaily.com, Wagas, China West Entertainment, Raleigh-Cornell, The Blarney Stone, Blue Frog/KABB, Asia Pacific Access, Access Asia, Punk Pilgrim, House of Mercury, Enjoy Shanghai, D.D. Wong’s Far East Boutique, British Bulldog Pub and O’Malley’s Irish Pub. Thanks everyone!
Shanghai Diaries posted some photos of Xingfu 13’s performance and there are some other party pics tagged “shanghaiist” over at Flickr. More photos are bound to be on the way, as local photogs 2 Dogs and Shanghai Sky were also in attendance Friday night.
Thanks again to everyone who made Friday night a success. And thanks to the hundreds of you who showed up for the party. We hope to see you again soon.
UPDATE: Shamus posted some party photos.