Every Friday, Weekendist brings you our picks of the best of what’s coming in the next three days.
Has everyone you know left Shanghai for the beaches of Thailand or the eternal spring of Yunnan? Not to worry! Here we present you with some ways to bring in the Chinese New Year, make it up to your loved one on Valentine’s Day and enjoy the some of the best local DJ’s.
More street art at this Bund-side gallery as Chinese artist Zhang Dali shows his work. After studying painting in China, Zhang went to Italy, where he discovered graffiti art. He was the only graffiti artist in Beijing throughout the early 1990s, and is the first artist since Keith Haring and Jackson Pollock to be given the cover of Time magazine.
6pm – 9pm, 18 Gallery, Bldg 4, 18 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu, near Sichuan Zhong Lu, 中山东一路18号4楼 近四川中路
Shanghai local DJs, VJs, designers and artists come together for a night of creativity and other-worldly themed events. Come mix with the ‘Hai’s party crowd while enjoying permanently low-priced booze at this spacey bar. 30RMB.
9:30pm – late, Not Me, 21 Dongping Lu, by Hengshan Lu, 东平路21号 近衡山路
It all started five years ago when DJ V-Nutz, one of Shanghai’s most revered DJs, brought his mind-blowing Put Your Soul on the Table parties to Mural. After a very long break, the famous founder of the Lab makes a much anticipated comeback with his long-time DJ buddy Shige. Come and revive your memories when they replay your favorite mix of funk, soul and old school hip hop. Put your soul back on the table! 100RMB including open bar (free entry and 20RMB standard drinks after 2am).
10pm – late, Mural, 697 Yongjia Lu, near Hengshan Lu, 永嘉路697号 近衡山路,地铁1号线衡山路站
Celebrate the Chinese New Year’s Eve with Shanghai’s legendary mashup DJ Mick Martinez. 50RMB Hongbao to the ladies in Chinese dress, and 100RMB Hongbao will be given away after midnight. Plus breath-taking views of city fireworks from 23rd floor. No cover. Reservation is required: please call 6267 7779.
9pm – 11:30pm, Sin Lounge, 23F, Want Want Bldg, 211 Shimen Yi Lu, 上海静安区石门一路211号23楼
Come celebrate the Chinese New Year and find your Valentine specially dressed up in Chinese traditional garb. PARTYPHONE has prepared his best hip-hop tunes to make you dance for the Year of the Tiger. Reservation is required: please call 136 6181 1818 or email [email protected]
10:30pm – 8pm, Lounge 18, 18 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu, 4/F, near Nanjing Dong Lu
The famous singles night is back! Choose your tag – STOP or GO – and mingle the night away. Dinner for 4 special: 999RMB brings you one bottle of sparkling wine and 4 set menus (3 courses). If you prefer to come as a couple, same deal for 2 is 599RMB.
6pm – 4am, Zapata’s, 5 Hengshan Lu, near Dongping Lu, 衡山路5号近东平路，地铁1号线衡山路站
Tool up with your special someone at this laid-back lounge from the people who brought you The Spot and Judy’s on Tongren Lu and watch classic mushy films on the big screen. There’s plenty of space to stretch out and spoon as you knock back inexpensive drinks and chow down on complementary popcorn and canapés. No cover.
6pm – 12am, Judy’s, 99-3 Xi Kang Lu, near Nan Yang Lu, 西康路99-3号近南阳路
Rather than attempting to revive the universally-known disco anthems of the 70s, DJ Santo Chino is bringing an eclectic mix of ‘older, weirder, and overlooked disco’ alongside a newer strain of disco tunes. Check it out for a new spin on your night out in Shanghai.
10pm – 11:55pm, Dada, 115 Xingfu Lu, near Fahuazhen Lu 请带我去幸福路115号，近法华镇路