With Christmas just around the corner, there are plenty of parties to attend, plus more wine tastings and other opportunities to get thoroughly blotto. Here’s what Winopete has heard about so far:
Nov 29 Oriented Happy Hour at MoCA art gallery in People’s Park. Please visit www.oriented.com for details.
Nov 29-Dec 1 Italian wine exhibition at the Shanghai Exhibition Centre (Tongren and Yan’an Roads) hosted by the Institiute of Fine Italian Wine. No other details at hand. The Institute will also hold a special tasting event at Otto Restaurant and Bar on Dec 1. Contact Otto for further information. www.otto-cafe.com
Nov 30 Aussie and Kiwi BBQ, 6pm at O’Malleys, in lieu of the regular Aussie drinks at Le Royal Meridien (I don’t like seeing the Aussies kow-tow to the French anyway). BBQ and drink RMB180. Book with AustCham (www.austchamshanghai.com) no later than Nov 28. Geez, don’t know if I can plan my drinking 2 days’ in advance, this’ll be a tough call come 4pm Wednesday.
Nov 30 Bar Rouge 3rd anniversary party. RMB200 cover charge. Definitely not on Winopete’s ‘to do’ list, but if you’re a clubber, then it’s probably on yours.
Dec 1 St Andrew’s Ball.
Dust off the kilts and polish the claymores. All Scots in town will be at this big party to celebrate Scotland’s national day. There’ll be bagpiping, hot toddies, a 4-course dinner, sporrin-gazing, lots of Scotch, a visiting band from Scotland and lots of Scottish dancing, haggis, more Scotch, Robbie Burns’ quotes, more dancing and more Scotch until at least 1am. Dress code is strictly black tie or kilts. Cost is a whopping RMB1050 (850 for BritCham members). If you haven’t got your ticket now, then better start saving for next year. This silvertail shindig is being held at the new Hyatt on the Bund (199 Huangpu Road). Contact BritCham for further information. www.sha.britcham.org
Dec 1 Mumm champagne & truffle dinner at Otto, 7-9pm. A snip at RMB1008 for this 5-course dinner and 5 champagne event. Bookings via www.otto-cafe.com
Dec 1 Grand Cru tasting, 7.30pm at Enoteca Wine Lounge. Cost RMB750. Seating limited to just ten people. RSVP ASAP to 5404 0050. For other info, visit www.enoteca.com.cn
Dec 2 Sunset champagne tasting party, 4-6pm at The Kitchen Salvatore Cuomo (off Binjiang Da Dao, Pudong waterfront) featuring 4 champagnes from the Nicolas Feuillatte vineyard, including the Palmes d’Or champagne which retails at RMB2228 a bottle. Cost RMB480 (or RMB380 if you’re an Aussino wine club member). To reserve your space, e-mail: [email protected]. Can’t help thinking this event would have been better to hold during the warmer months.
Dec 3 Interchamber Mixer at Paulaner Brauhaus, Fenyang Lu, 6.30-10.00pm. RMB150 for dinner and 2 drinks; subsequent drinks RMB40 for beer, wine; RMB25 for soft drinks. Enjoy the German beer and Filipino band at this Taiwanese-managed establishment. Throw everybody by coming dressed as the Easter Bunny! Tix will be sold at the door, so the earlier you go, the better.
Three ASC wine dinners next week: Go to the events section on www.asc-wines.com for menu details and bookings.
(i) Dec 4 Rodriguez wine dinner at Frankie’s. Cost RMB588.
(ii) Dec 6 Ginestet Bordeaux wine dinner at the JC Mandarin Hotel. Cost RMB650.
(iii) Dec 7 Skalli wine dinner at Cantine Nouveau Bistro, 7-9pm, includes 6 wines. Cost is RMB248 per person.
Dec 9 Canuck Connection Christmas Party at the Grand Ballroom, 3F, Four Seasons Hotel. 5-9pm. There will also be raffle prizes, music performancea and a Santa to please the kiddywinks. Cost RMB400 for non-members, RMB350 for members. To book tickets, e-mail Maggie ([email protected]) or Lee ([email protected]). Hurry, they’re selling fast.
More diary notes and pub news coming soon…
Photo of Christmas tree at Grand Gateway shopping mall in Xujiahui two years ago from Marc van der Chijs
Winopete is Shanghaiist’s resident drunkard. Email tips, recommendations, news and gossip about Shanghai’s bar scene to drink at shanghaiist dot com.