Well-known Shanghai nightclub No. 88 on Fumin Lu closed down as of this weekend. The establishment had a good, long run as a popular destination for locals and expatriates to get sauced, roll some dice around and grind against one another under gaudy decor and the watchful eye of security who readily grabbed drinks away from patrons who jumped on stage to dance.
Last summer, we reported that a French expat was attacked outside of the bar by a group of some five men after there was reported “friction on the dance floor“.
An eyewitness at the scene had captured the altercation on his camera and explained to Shanghaiist that he’d been eating outside when he noticed a group of men having a debate among themselves.
They then rushed towards the French man and his girlfriend who were getting into a cab, and “started beating him inside the taxi and proceeded to drag him out of the taxi.”
The eyewitness said that officers at the scene initially were “not really motivated to do anything about it” and security of the club stood by idly. “They were just non-existent. Useless basically”.
Five men involved in the attack were eventually sought after and arrested by police.
Thanks for the good times, 88.