By Angela Ye
Shanghai is doing it big for the year of the Dragon, with heaps of events that’ll keep you out and about all weekend. We’ve got dance performances, comedy sets, parties, feasts, fireworks, and all sorts of excitement to bring in the new year! Indulge yourself, and have a happy new year! Read on for all the details, or head over to our calendar for more.
Shanghai Tango @ Shanghai Grand Theatre
Award winning choreographer Jin Xing is in the city for two nights to perform Shanghai Tango. Her performance integrates Eastern and Western elements in music and costume. With grace, subtlety, and visual appeal, she has enchanted audiences all over the world. The Shanghai Tango is a melange of passions and cultures of the past and future, showing a glimpse of contemporary Shanghai. Showing two days, January 20th and 21st. Phone number for reservations: 63270040, 63270578.
100, 250, 380, 480, 580 (RMB) // 7:30pm // Shanghai Grand Theatre // 300 Renmin Da Dao, (人民大道300号)
Black Train @ Shiva Lounge
Dave K, an elite Chinese DJ, is bringing the legendary party Black Train to Shiva Lounge for a night of house and tech. Dave K’s signature sound has long been a crowd pleaser and is not to miss.
No Cover // 11pm // Shiva Lounge // 47 Yongfu Lu, near Fuxing Lu (永福路47号, 近复兴路)
Sweatshop presents Dragon’s Den @ The Shelter
The Shelter is heralding the end of the year of the rabbit with Sweatshop’s “Enter The Dragon”! A three-hour set is being performed by DJ Siesta highlighting the biggest and baddest drum and bass of 2010 and 2011 with a few UK Funky faves. Special appearance by DJ Roo, and support from residents Viceroy and MC Stride.
30RMB // 9pm // The Shelter // Basement of 5 Yongfu Lu, near Fuxing Xi Lu (永福路5号, 近复兴西路)
Kung Fu Komedy @ Masse
Masse presents Shanghai-based stand up comedians, the Kung Fu Crew, back to kick off the new year! Bring your friends, have some fun, enjoy good drinks and lots of laughs, and end the year on a good note.
50RMB // 9:30pm // Masse Bistro & Bar // 5-6/F, 219 Jinxian Lu, near Shaanxi Nan Lu (进贤路221号5-6楼, 近陕西南路)
CNY Mod Dance Party @ Lune
Lune is raging out this new years to some oldies: a night of 50s and 60s, rock, soul, girl groups, mod, motown, punk, garage, and more…til late late late!
No Cover // 10pm // Lune // 4F, 218 Xinle Lu, corner of Donghu Lu (新乐路218号, 东湖路路口)
Enter the Dragon @ Geisha
Geisha is welcoming the year of the Dragon with a bang! Two floors of dancing and partying with DJ Sonic spinnin’ tunes. Expect a lively night with door giveaways and a beautiful terrace to watch the fireworks display.
No Cover // 10pm // The Geisha // 390 Shanxi Nan Lu, near Fuxing Lu (陕西南路390号， 近复兴路)
Chinese New Year’s Eve Dinner @ China Bistro
The Renaissance Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel is presenting a magnificent meal for this very special holiday. Located in Shanghai’s Old City, ring in the new year in a contemporary environment while feasting on traditional Chinese dishes.
RMB 3,888-RMB 5,888 per table, subject to 15% service charge // 5:30pm // Renaissance Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel, 159 Henan Nan Lu, by Fuyou Lu (上海豫园万丽酒店，河南南路159号，近福佑路)
Spring Festival @ the Grand Brasserie
In the spirit of this festive holiday, the Grand Brasserie is hosting a full Chinese Set Banquet showcasing local and regional delicacies such as braised sea cucumber, and lemongrass wok-fried beef short ribs. January 22nd, and February 6th.
688RMB // 5:30pm // Waldorf Astoria // 2 Zhong Shan Dong Yi Lu, near Guangdong Lu (上海外滩华尔道夫酒店 中山东一路2号5楼, 近广东路)
CNY @ Bar Rouge
What better way to celebrate the new year than stories above the Bund at Bar Rouge overlooking Pudong. Of course, the proper way to celebrate the new year is with fireworks, so regardless of whether there will be fireworks on the Bund, Bar Rouge has prepared some for a good night. Dress code: Red
100RMB (free before midnight with password “Dragon”) // 10pm // Bar Rouge // Bund 18, 7/F, 18 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu, near Nanjing Dong Lu (中山东一路18号7楼, 近南京东路)
Moonwalker 80’s Party @ Dada
Dada’s celebrating the new year by takin’ it back to the 70’s and 80’s. Jam out to DJ
“tomorrow night i am going to give it to you as long as you can take it” who’s gonna spin some funk, new wave, and pop.
No Cover // 10pm // Dada // 115 Xingfu Lu, near Fahuazhen Lu (幸福路115号, 近法华镇路)