Sure, you could always just stay at home tonight, turn out your lights at exactly 8:30pm and then wait around an hour before you declare yourself a good environmental citizen and go back to your regular life – or you could recognize the whole movement for what it really is: a way to feel a part of something bigger than yourself with like-minded people… and an excuse to get drunk in the dark! So here’s a couple places to chug a few in the name of Mother Gaia.
ACAA Presents Earth Hour
Why: Australians were the first to come up with Earth Hour, so it’s fitting to spend time with a bunch of them during it! Plus, you’ll get one of the best views of the lights going out from the top of the Le Meridien Hotel.
Where: Le Meridien Hotel’s Bar 789, 789 Nanjing Dong Lu near Jiujiang Lu 南京东路789号64-66楼
Spanish Wines at Longitude/Latitude
Why: You get five glasses of regional Spanish wines from Rioja, Navarra and Extremadura, and a great amount of delicious canapés to snack on by candlelight for 120RMB.
Where: 1 Yue Yang Lu, near Dong Ping Lu 岳阳路 1号
Lights Out at Vue Bar
Why: There’s going to be a signature “Earth cocktail” and looking at the Bund as one by one, the lights shut off, seems like it’d be kind of a thrill. At the Hyatt on the Bund.
Where: 199 Huangpu Lu near Wuchang Lu 黄浦路199号
Why: If you’re an older, white male you’ll probably be there anyway. From 8pm to 10pm they’ll be serving all you can eat tacos and free-flow draught beer for 150RMB per person. Gnosh to the environment!
Where: 5 Hengshan Lu near Dongping Lu, 衡山路5号
Why: Rock shows can celebrate Earth hour too! From 8:30pm to 9:30pm, Mr. Particle – normally electroweird – will be playing an acoustic set to candlelight. When the lights go back on, you can dance the rest of the night away with AV Okubo, LAVA/OX/SEA and Battles. 120RMB Entry.
Where: Zhijiang Dream Factory, 68 Yuyao Lu 余姚路68号，同乐坊内