We were curious how long it would take for our story about Shanghai in the July/August issue of Budget Travel magazine to become outdated. The answer? Early August. In the story, we mentioned Number Five (also known as No. 5) as a nice place to chill and enjoy some good jazz. We said we liked its “sexy laid-back feel.” Well, the bar hasn’t had jazz for a while now (performance license issues) and now the bar is closing altogether as a result of it. JQ Whitcomb, whose band used to be the regular entertainment at the venue on the Bund, has the scoop on his blog about Shanghai’s jazz scene. Evidently, they are turning the space into a sushi restaurant. Great.
We do wonder what they plan to do with all the cushy leather chairs we liked so much at Number Five. Can we buy one?