Where to go, what to do today in Shanghai. Read on for Shanghaiist’s picks.
POP Afternoon Tea @ POP American Brasserie in Three On the Bund
Enjoy a leisurely relaxing afternoon teatime with friends and family at POP. Their signature sweets and savouries will surely bring you unforgettable afternoon delights.
RMB 178 for 1 person (including 1 cup of coffee or tea from the selection)
RMB 308 for 2 people (including 2 cups of coffee or tea from the selection)
+10% service charge // 2 PM – 5 PM (Daily)
7/F, 17 Guangdong Lu, near Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu // 广东路17号, 外滩三号7楼, 近中山东一路
Early Bird Special @ MERCATO in Three On the Bund
Experience the sights, sounds and tastes of this vibrant Italian restaurant. Early Bird sharing menu RMB 198 per person, minimum 2 persons.
+10% service charge // 5.30 PM – 6 PM (Daily)
6/F, 3 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu, near Guangdong Lu // 中山东一路3号6楼, 近广东路
Paradise @ POP Bar
Kick start the weekend with tropical cocktails, funky house music and dancers’ performances, Come to PARADISE night to chill out and get in the mood to kick start the weekend before hitting the clubs. Complimentary Margaritas for ladies from 10-11pm, POP BAR dress code is smart elegant (no flip-flps, no shorts).
No cover // 10 PM – 2 AM
3 On the Bund, Seventh Floor, 17 Guangdong Lu, near Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu, Huangpu district // 黄浦区广东路17号,外滩三号7楼, 近中山东一路
Sebastião Salgado: Genesis @ Natural History Museum
Genesis is an exhibition of 245 photographs by journalist Sebastião Salgado, showing 32 different countries over an 8 year time span. Curated into 5 ecosystem-themes, Planet South, Sanctuaries, Africa, Northern Spaces and Amazonia and Pantanal.
30 RMB // 9 AM
510 Beijing Xi Lu, near Chengdu Bei Lu // 北京西路510号, 近成都北路
After/Effect: Transformation in the Work of Li Wei @ Art+ Shanghai
Beijing-based artist Li Wei exhibits her signature layered dot painting style in a solo show. Her images feature national art motifs such as willows and bamboo.
Free entry // 10 AM – 7 PM
191 Nan Suzhou Lu, near Sichuan Zhong Lu // 南苏州路191号, 近四川中路
Dragon Burn @ Secret location near Hangzhou
Mimicking the ‘Burning Man Festival’ in USA, Dragon Burn is a weekend festival of performing arts and fire! Perhaps the location is kept secret because of the cultic value of the event, which wouldn’t be appreciated by the CCP, but that’s just speculation. Purchase a ticket to find out the exact location of this lakeside weekend event from October 23rd – 25th.
375 RMB (no door tickets) // FRIDAY 12 PM – SUNDAY 3 PM
Pop-up Night Market @ Anken Life
If you’re in Jing’an this evening there is a pop-up night market with craft beers, rustic food and even a barber. For a night market it doesn’t open too late, but it’s just right for those leaving work on time.
Free entry // 6 PM – 10 PM
667 Changhua Lu, near Anyuan Lu // 昌化路667号, 近安远路
Cinderella @ Shanghai Grand Theatre
The asian premiere of the Australian Royal Ballet’s Cinderella by award-winning choreographer Alexei Ratmansky. The childhood classic is showing for two nights only in Shanghai, on October 23rd and 24th.
180 RMB – 1080 RMB // 7.15 PM
300 Renmin Da Dao, near Huangpi Bei Lu // 人民大道300号, 近黄陂北路
Hamlet @ Slaughterhouse 1933
The Shanghai-based international drama company, Urban Aphrodite, presents Hamlet from October 21st – 25th. Shakespeare’s classic play is styled with “motorcycle gangs, Japanese Anime and 1920s Hollywood”.
220 RMB (advance) 250 RMB (door) // 7.30 PM
29 Shajing Lu, near Haining Lu (jiulong binguan) // 沙泾路29号, 近海宁路
Daedalus Quartet: Star of Hope @ Shanghai Concert Hall
An award-winning string quartet comprised of violinists Min-Young Kim and Matilda Kaul, violist Jessica Thompson, and cellist Thomas Kraines. Since 2000, Daedalus Quartet has established itself as a leader among the new generation of string ensembles.
80 RMB – 580 RMB // 7.30 PM – 9.30 PM
523 Yanan Dong Lu, near Longmen Lu, Huangpu district // 黄浦区延安东路523号, 近龙门路
Tao Dance Theatre @ Shanghai Theatre Academy
Arguably the most successful contemporary dance company to come out of the PRC, collaborating with the Taiwanese dance company Cloud Gate on occasions. Their international acclaim has taken them to Edinburgh Fringe festival, Melbourne, New York and more.
180 RMB – 580 RMB
630 Huashan Lu, near Zhenning Lu, Jingan district // 静安区华山路630号, 近者宁路
Low Wormwood @ QSW Creative Arts Centre
A great folk-rock band from Lanzhou releasing their new album ‘Midnight Singer’ with record label Maybe Mars. “Their music is independent and psychedelic, and evolves from simple ballads to experimental odysseys.”
50 RMB // 8 PM
179 Yichang Lu, near Jiangning Lu, Putuo district // 普陀区宜昌路179号, 近江宁路
Nomak @ MAO Livehouse
Japanese Jazz Hip-hop star Nomak makes his first Chinese tour, bringing the Reiki music scene to Shanghai. Chilled vibes and a zen meditative aesthetic following the style of composer Sakamoto Ryuichi.
160 RMB (pre-sale) 200 RMB (door) // 8.30 PM – 10.30 PM
308 Chongqing Nan Lu, near Jianguo Zhong Lu, Huangpu district // 黄浦区重庆南路308号, 近建国中路
Mafioso Swing @ The Pearl
A gangster-themed stage show at the Pearl with a 12-piece swing band, Frank Bray and the Big Band. Happy hour from 5pm to 8pm, the dress code is 1930s gangster.
150 RMB (pre-sale) 200 RMB (door) // 9 PM
471 Zhapu Lu, near Wujin Lu // 乍浦路471号, 近武进路
Bconnected @ JZ Club
The supporting act at 9.30pm is talented trumpeter Li Xiaochuan performing tracks from his album ‘New Era’. The main act, Bconnected from Switzerland who formed in 1994, kicks off at 11pm.
80 RMB // 9.30 PM
West Fuxing RD, near Yongfu RD, Xuhui District // 徐汇区复兴西路46号（近永福路）
The Same As It Ever Was @ Dada
Everlasting classics at Dada with DJs Santo Chino and Nik Patel playing disco rock funk on original vinyl LPs. A really late night party and a great spot for students or young people alike.
Free entry // 10 PM
115 Xingfu Lu, near Fahuazhen Lu // 幸福路115号, 近法华镇路
Have an event you’d like to see listed here? Get in touch with us at [email protected]!
And if that’s still not enough, head over to our calendar for more.