By Lukas Steinberg
Here it comes, our almost immaculate summary of all the ghost-friendly parties in town! You wanna know what’s going on this weekend and on Halloween? We have picked the cool parties and bar events. All those events encourage you to appear in full masquerade, and many of them even hand out prizes to the best costumes: Zombies, ghouls, mermaids, slutty nurses, greedy vampires, mummies, whatever you can think of! Read on for all the details, or check out our calendar for more!
Pre-Halloween (Fri, Oct 26 + Sat, Oct 27)
FRIDAY (Oct 26)
Technow Halloween @ MAO Livehouse
Technow-boss Boro Lo leaves the lofty, dark German-Austrian vampire castles and returns to Shanghai for a night of ballistic techno beats. The dance crowd can go crazy to electronic music by DJs Boro Lo, Matino V. and Milan J.
80RMB incl. 1 drink (pre-sale), 100RMB incl. 1 drink (door) // 9:30pm // Mao Livehouse // 3/F, 308 Chongqing Nan Lu, near Jianguo Zhong Lu3/F, (重庆南路308号 近建国中号)
Chic Halloween Party @ Sugar
Depending on who you ask, they will either tell you Halloween is about looking as creepy as possible or as slutty (read: sexy) as possible. Sugar seems to go for the latter. They’ll prepare nightmarish decoration and hide vampires in Maison Pourcel, and the terrace will fade into darkness as well. Dress code: all black or disguised – the best costume wins a bottle of vodka. On the musical side, expect funky house and electro.
Free // 10pm // Hong Fang Zi, 6/F, 35 Shanxi Nan Lu, near Changle Lu (陕西南路35号6楼, 近长乐路)
Disneey Trash @ Bar Rouge
Bar Rouge and bloody, creepy, costumes, zombies and witches? Hard to imagine, but it happens both Friday and Saturday night. The theme are (chopped up?) scary Disney characters. And let’s be fair, Disney has a lot of creeps out there, like that chic with the octopus butt, child-abducters, the classical fairytale witches and Dalmatian-killing hags. It’s all there, so check out Cinderella’s castle if you dare!
200RMB door // 9pm // 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)
SATURDAY (Oct 27)
STD Fifth Birthday Halloween Party @ No. 1 Wulumuqi South Road
Who would say no to a party with STD, especially when it’s their birthday? And it wouldn’t be STD if there wasn’t an orgasmic lineup for the birthday blast: Surkin, Strip Steve, Queen Sea Big Shark, Sulumi, R3, Zaliva-D, Linfeng, Ado8, El’se, LON, DJ Zammo, Downstate, Drunk Monk, Tzusing and even more will give you lotsa bang for the buck on two floors. All spiced up with various visual installations. And there will be giveaways, prizes for the grisliest Halloween costumes and much more to discover. Which haunted venue will host this party you ask? A ghost from the past: If we’re not mistaken, it once harboured the Angel Club.
100RMB // 9pm // 1 Wulumuqi Road, near Hengshan Road (乌鲁木齐路1号, 近衡山路)
TICT Halloween: All My Friends are Dead @ QSW Culture Center
We knew we could count on the creatives behind The Ice Cream Truck to put something cool together for Halloween, and they don’t disappoint: They have Savage Skull from Sweden as the headliner, and support from Mau Mau, Trix and The Uhhh, and an exciting venue on top: The electronic walk of the dead and alive will take place at QSW Culture Center, which is next to M50/Moganshan Lu and equipped with a skull-crushing sound system.
80RMB pre-sale, 100RMB door // QSW Culture Center, 179 Yichang Lu, near Jiangning Lu (浅水湾文化艺术中心, 宜昌路179号，近江宁路)
Halloween Pub Crawl @ Rico Rico (Start)
Last year’s Drunken Dragon Halloween pub crawl attracted some 200 ghouls and ghosts in dire need of bus transportation, so you better put on your scariest costume to beat the fierce competition! They start at Rico Rico, and you’ll get one hour of open bar plus free shots all night. And a ride on the ghost bus, of course. RSVP here.
180RMB (RSVP) // RicoRico (start) // Wharf 1846, Bldg 3, 601 Waima Lu, near Zhuhangmatou Jie 外马路601号3号楼114室， 近竹行码头街
Gotham City Halloween @ The Apartment
Gotham city certainly is a dark, eerie place to live with it’s never-ending nights, stone gargoyles on like every building and absolutely psychopathic criminals that always find a way out of Arkham Asylum. What a good theme for a Halloween party! DJs Batman and Robin are back at the Apartment this year to rock the party. Dress up properly in Halloween fashion and you’ll get in for free.
100RMB incl. 1 drink // 10pm // The Apartment // 3/F, 47 Yongfu Lu, near Fuxing Xi Lu (永福路47号3楼, 近复兴西路)
Dark Glamour @ Glamour Bar
They promise a night of spooky things, alchemy and black magic. We will see how that turns out at the rather chic and warm Glamour Bar on the Bund. There will be special cocktail deals, and the best costumes can win an ipad, a 666RMB wine card and more.
Free // 8pm // Glamour Bar // 5 on the Bund, 6/F, 20 Guangdong Lu, near Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu (外滩五号6楼, 广东路20号, 近中山东一路)
Horrible Halloween Party @ MAO Livehouse
We hope the name is not intended to scare off partygoers, but if you’re not happy with what you get for your 150 bucks, at least they can say: Told ya!
Mao Livehouse // 3/F, 308 Chongqing Nan Lu, near Jianguo Zhong Lu3/F, (重庆南路308号 近建国中号)
Halloween Rock Tribute @ Yuyintang
Yuyintang calls it the “best night of the year and the best venue in town.” There sure are some pretty cool parties going on, agree on that. But maybe you’re just not into masquerading as slutty vampire vixens, sexy dark fairies, freezing spartans or drunken pirates. That’s ok, because Yuyintang invites The Fever Machine, Death to Giants, Androsace and Hello Money to play tributes to Queens of the Stone Age, System of a Down, Black Sabbath, and Weezer respectively. You’d only mess up your costume anyway.
40RMB // 9pm // Yuyintang // 851 Kaixuan Lu, near Yan’an Xi Lu (凯旋路851号, 近延安西路口)
TUESDAY (Oct 30)
Sub-Cinema: Zombie Flesh Eaters a.k.a. Zombi 2 @ DADA
When classic zombie movies come to mind, most people probably think of George A. Romero. In fact, Italy also spewed out quite a bunch of nasty and equally gory, yet influential flics in the 70s and 80s. Lucio Fulci’s Zombi 2 is one of them. And it has all the bood and ridiculousness in the story needed for a grand pre-Halloween night! The rundown: Ann Bolt’s father does some research work on the tropical island of Matool. When daddy’s ship returns to NY with a hungry zombie onboard and a note that daddy’s suffering from a mysterious infection, Ann does the dumbest thing imaginable: Island holidays with reporter Peter to find out what happened to her dad. Well, what do you reckon is going on there? Beach rave party? Not quite.
Free // Doors at 8pm, movie at 9pm // Dada // No. 115 Xingfu Lu, near Fahuazhen Lu (幸福路115号, 近法华镇路)
HALLOWEEN (Wed, Oct 31)
666 Hellraiser Halloween Party @ Barbarossa
Wait a second… 666 and Cenobites don’t seem to build a match. So what’s going on in Barbarossa, the cute, relaxed hideaway in People’s Square? The facts:
– Haunted house from hell theme.
– DJ 666 from, errr… Hell? Uh huh.
– Free bloody welcome shots. Delicious.
– Scary face painting for guests. Now that’s pretty cool, huh?
They say: “Welcome to the 666 Hellrasier party at HAUNTED Barbarossa. Come dressed up in your scariest outfits for a journey to hell and back with a whole feast of horror and thrillers. “We’ll tear your soul apart”!!!” Looks like Barbarossa did all the homework for a creepy-cool Halloween eve. And thumbs up for the correct movie quote.
Free // Barbarossa // 231 West Nanjing Road, Inside People’s Park, Next to Art Museum (南京西路231号人民公园内, 上海美术馆旁)
The Blood Bath @ Shanghai Brewery
Now if that doesn’t sound messy! Shanghai Brewery hosts a makeup artist to help you with your ghost face, there’s DJ music and dancers. The entrance cover includes free flow of reeeed wine, bloody shooters, and since you’re in a brewery: yeah, also beer.
120RMB (pre-sale), 150RMB door // 8:30pm // Shanghai Brewery // 21 C, Hongmei Entertainment Street, Lane 3338 Hongmei Lu, near Yan’an Lu (虹梅路3338号, 虹梅休闲街21号, 近延安西路)
ANGEL Halloween Party @ Obama
Angel opens Obama’s doors for a gay Halloween party! It’s a bit hard to imagine the crowd swapping wifebeaters for ghastly zombie and monster costumes, but who knows? The best costumes get the chance to win 2500RMB cash or a flight to Taipei, spa vouchers and more! Dress code: Halloween costumes
60RMB incl 1 drink // 10pm // Obama // 2088 Yan’an Xi Lu, near Xianxia Lu (延安西路2088号, 近仙霞路)
Ladies Night – Fright Night @ Mural
Come in costumes, and dance to scary tunes from the 80’s and 90’s! If that’s not freaking you out, then we don’t know either. Girls pay only 30RMB and enjoy free flow, the boys pay 50RMB and get one drink!
30RMB for girls (open bar), 50RMB for guys (incl. one drink) // 9pm // New Mural // B/F, 10 Hengshan Lu, near Yongjia Lu, 衡山10号, 近永嘉路
Free Drinks for Monsters @ Windows
All the bars of the Windows family have some Halloween-themed events, so if you walk in wearing a costume, you’ll get one free drink! No door charge. Here are the dates:
Windows Scoreboard: Oct 31 & Nov 2, from 4:30pm – late
1/F, 527 Huaihai Zhong Lu, near Chengdu Lu (淮海中路527号11楼, 近成都路)
Windows Too: Oct 31, from 10am – late
2/F, 1618 Nanjing Xi Lu, near Huashan Lu (南京西路1618号 久光百货X楼, 近华山路)
Windows Garage: Oct 31, from 10:30am – late
702 Nanjing Xi Lu, near Datian Lu (南京西路702号, 近大田路)
Screaming Halloween Party @ Phebe & Truelove
Pay for one club, get hammered twice? That’s the deal on Halloween. You’re invited to put on your creepy costumes, pay 100RMB and two bars will open up their hearts for you. Phebe and Truelove will also offer Halloween-themed cocktails.
100RMB double open bar // 9pm // Phebe 3D Club // No. 10 Hengshan Lu, near Gao’an Lu (衡山路10号,高安路)
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