Shanghaiist is Shanghai’s No. 1 fag hag, just ask any gay man. There is a dearth of information on our great city’s thriving gay community in the media. That’s why we’ll be featuring different aspects of the scene, including entertainment venues, parties, and personal stories in the near future.
Although, incomparable to San Francisco, Sydney or Amsterdam, at least Shanghai has its big gay parties hosted by the likes of R&G (think 3,000 of the hottest men in town, sweaty, shirtless, and grinding with each other) and G.O.D (open-air events at the Summit’s 35th floor bar) and we can boast of a “bear bar”, aka a place that caters to guys with a big-hairy-man fetish. However, is it right to call ourselves one of the world’s most compelling/exciting/trendy/insert adjective destinations, when we’re still waiting for a nightclub with a dark room? (No, we’re not talking about a photo lab. Since the internet lacks a decent gay vocab dictionary, use your imagination.)
Recently, the typical Eddy’s/Home Bar routine that fills most gay men’s weekend, has been put to a halt due to Home Bar’s ongoing renovation. However, an unlikely newcomer has stepped into Home Bar’s place!
Shanghai’s newest gay establishment, Club Deep, is located in Jing’an Park. The bottom floor creates a chill lounge atmosphere while the upstairs is for dancing to some decent techno music. With R&G using their party attendee lists to promote this bar, they’ve been packed out for the past several weekends. However, when Home Bar reopens in July with their expanded area, it will be interesting to see where Shanghai’s gay men truly call “home”.
Also, the latest gossip is that Club Deep’s “Eye Candy” party was abruptly shut down last Saturday. Seems the management doesn’t have the best guanxi with the local officials yet. This is the second time they’ve been shut down since their opening in June!
Proud owner of a Club Deep VIP card, Shanghaiist is entitled to free entry and many other benefits- at least we hope so. If anyone is still in the closet and wants to come out, drop Shanghaiist an email (shanghaifaghag at gmail.com) and we can check out one of Deep’s many theme nights, including suit and tie evening for the professionals or tank top night for the hunks who workout.
Photo from M.7.