The music is set to stop permanently for one of Shanghai’s best new bars. Announced on September 22, indie-music haunt Smash on Dingxi Road is closing down, with the last day set for September 30.
Opened in early 2017, the bar has evolved into a place for alternative sounds, natural wine, and pints of Fancy Beer (white wine, lemonade, and beer), but “the concept has proven bigger than the space,” said owners Philip Caspar James and Matt Hildebrandt in a statement. “We have decided we can’t achieve what we want to at this location and so Smash has decided to look for a more suitable venue. We want to thank everyone involved who helped us throw parties, drank our cocktails, kept us up late, danced and caused mischief.”
Like many bars not shepherded into a nightlife “demonstration zone,” Smash also suffered from being near residents. The street-level bar attracted noise complaints – due partly to patrons of underground dive bar C’s next door – but the James said it wasn’t the only reason for their exit. It’s “something we and everyone is likely to deal with at some point.”
The bar will be opened until the end of the month with a final pop up event for Australian artist Andras on October 7. The owners are looking for a new venue, so stay tuned to find out more.