After being let go by their landlord in Red Town on Huaihai Xi Lu, Mao Livehouse wasted no time finding a comeback spot. Their new location is right next to the highway in the third floor of what, at first glance, seemed like an office building. Remarkably, they’ve managed to keep the same feel and roughly the same size of Mao Livehouse 1.0.
I’ll admit that I didn’t have the highest hopes when I heard the address: 3F, 308 Chongqing Lu (重庆路308号), which puts it about a block or two away from Sinan Mansions. But my recent visit allayed any fears I had that they would lose something in the transition. The same red and black semi-industrial theme purveyed the area, but there were a couple of smart tweaks.
Altogether, the place is slightly more condensed, but logical. First off, the bar is located to the back of the stage and seems longer than its Red House version. While I don’t know if they’ll run into the same problems of under-supply (for some reason, they always seemed to run out of drinks before a show was through), the bar in the back just makes much more sense. It’s also opened up the space to the sides so that there are more places to watch the stage from.
Additionally, they have a smaller stage out front for more intimate acts and a 2nd floor VIP area (the organizer told me it’s VIP mostly so that people don’t get too drunk and fall off).
The opening party is this Friday (March 25), so you can check the venue out for yourself. Yunnanese rockers Shanren are the frontliners with support from local act Jokers. Tickets are 60rmb at the door and 40rmb for students.
Mao Livehouse // 308 Chongqing Nan Lu, near Jianguo Zhong Lu (重庆南路308号 近建国中号