When the new Tang Hui opened back in May, most people were pretty excited. A legit live music venue in the heart of downtown Puxi (and 20 kuai bottles of Xinjiang Black Beer). Things looked promising for a little while, but then shit happened (and they never once had Xinjiang Black Beer available when we were there). Last May, we never thought we’d be reading an international wire story about a dating website holding a pillow fight party at Tang Hui, but that’s what happened yesterday (the story didn’t mention Tang Hui as the venue, oddly). Tang Hui’s website still says it’s the “best live music bar” (and we wish that were true, since it is right down the street from Shanghaiist headquarters), but anyone who likes live music knows there are much better options. We’re not even sure if Tang Hui is trying to be a live music venue anymore. While the website proclaims “live music is back,” it’s in reference to a gig on Nov. 10 (they are also pimping “hard core salsa music”) and a look at Upcoming.org shows no gigs on the horizon. Let’s face it — it just isn’t easy being a live music venue in Shanghai. Is Shuffle Bar still around?
Anyway, we’ll just listen to the new Shins album and wait for the next pillow fight to break out down the road (it’s on Feb. 10, if you are interested).
The video is an ad for the most recent pillow fight party at Tang Hui.