The 13 Best Nightlife Events in Shanghai This Weekend

By Sarah Forman, December 6, 2018

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That's Shanghai takes a look at the best nightlife events on this weekend.


Dec 6: Specters Night!

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Flyer courtesy of Specters.

The boys are back at it with on brand posters n' all! You can’t kill what was always dead, which is why Specters has risen to the occasion and thrown together a DJ night at Yuyintang Park a week from today. Baron Van West, Compact Dicks, Tina Turntrick and more of the venue’s favorite disc jockeys will be manning the tables for a night of cheap drinks, old friends and good times. The foosball table is waiting for ya. No cover. 

Dec 6, 8pm, no cover. Yuyintang Park, see event listing


Dec 6: Club T.S.F.

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Flyer courtesy of Dada.

The second party from French collective Radioactiv, they're bringing through DJs Ài Wă, Chänoi, Dinorah and Philose. Happy Thursday!

Dec 6, 9pm, no cover. Dada, see event listing.


Dec 6: Throwback

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Flyer courtesy of the promoter.

From Britney to Michael, they're playing all your favorites over on Donghu Lu tonight - and ladies, yo drinks are freeeeeee. They pick a different era every week, so you time hop one the reg at this newer FCC club.

Dec 6, 10pm, no cover. CAZA, see event listing.


Dec 7: Ambient Night

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Flyer courtesy of Hippo Tank.

If you're looking to get out but would rather opt for a low-key evening, head over to newish creative space SUBLAND for a night of ambient music. Chill vibes, chiller people.

Dec 7, 7pm, RMB40. SUBLAND, see event listing.


Dec 7: Fun 12"

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Flyer courtesy of Dada.

Hong Kong mainstay of Potatohead Music Room and Mihn Club is playing a soulful eclectic set with support from Tobias Patrick and Man Alive. Glad to have you guys back open #bless.

Dec 7, 9pm, no cover. Dada, see event listing.


Dec 8: Christmas Music at Abbey Road

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Flyer courtesy of the promoter.

'Tis the season for carols and holiday jams, so if you're in the mood for a spirited Saturday afternoon, you can head to Abbey Road for some live music - because day drinking. They've got some solid food and bev deals to go with it (like, look at that free-flow situation), so don your ugliest sweater and enjoy.

Dec 8, 3pm, no cover. Abbey Road, see event listing.


Dec 8: Hai Spirits


Flyer courtesy BottlesXO

HAI Spirits, the mini-festival series by BottlesXO celebrating the enjoyment of craft spirits and cocktails, is back for a Christmas edition at Stone Brewing. This installment features an array of festive drinks (think boozy pumpkin spice lattes and fortified mulled wine) and collaboration cocktails made with Stone's hoppy craft brews. Don't forget to participate in the lucky draw – all proceeds the Heart to Heart Foundation. 

Dec 8, 4pm, from RMB50 per drink or RMB150 for cocktail passport. Stone Brewing, see event listing


Dec 8: Boxing Cat 10th Anniversary

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Flyer courtesy of the promoter.

10 years of Boxing Cat! Wow! Can you believe it? We can, and are looking forward to celebrating it with them. They'll introduce a new porter, bring in some DJs, offering special prices on gift packs and a raffle for an all-expenses-paid trip to their brewery out it Wuhan.

Dec 8, 8.30pm, no cover. Boxing Cat Brewery (Sinan Mansions), see event listing.


Dec 8: Christmas Villa

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Flyer courtesy of Freelance Lovers.

Celebrate the holidays at Cotton's with Freelance Lovers Christmas party. They're turning the villa into a giant house party with music, drinks, seasonal decorations and an ugly sweater contest, Bridget Jones style. The party's free, but you can book VIP tables and dinner reservations if you call ahead.

Dec 8, 9pm, no cover. Cotton's, see event listing.


Dec 8: ShanghaiLGBT Annual Drag Race & Party

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Photo courtesy of Shanghai Pride.

It's that time of year again - Shanghai's Annual Drag Race is back for another round of showstopping performances. And a party. Drag kings and queens, get ready to strut your stuff for three titles, and everybody else jump out for support. Free entry to those in drag before 11! Check out the event details on how to enter.

Dec 8, 9pm. Lucca, see event listing.


Dec 8: Ski Mask The Slump God

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Photo courtesy of 247tickets.

The XXL 2018 Freshman class member grew up listening to BUsta Rhymes, Misy Elliot, Wu Tang Clan and Lil Wayne is well known for his collaborations with XXXTentacion. His raps set to heavy bass are intense and angry, and tracks like ‘BUKAKKE’, ‘SUICIDE SEASON’ and ‘GEEKIN’ are featured on his most recent release.

Dec 8, 10pm, RMB320 in advance, RMB360 door. Arkham, see event listingbuy tickets.


Dec 8: Hologram Dreams

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Flyer courtesy of Dada.

Heatwolves is back for another round of Hologram Dreams. Seminal classics, brand new sounds and anime visuals make and a free night at Dada - drinks excluded, that is.

Dec 8, 10pm, no cover. Dada, see event listing.


Dec 9: DYN-O-MITE!

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Flyer courtesy of Ink Sight Group.

The Come Correct Crew presents DYN-O-MITE, a monthly night where the O.G.‘s get even more O.G. and bring the Funk, soul, disco, rare groove, and blaxploitation-era classics for a big Sunday evening. This month they're at Shanghai's house of funk and soul, SHAKE, with music by DJ Caution, T-Plus, Carlos, and Allay. 60rmb highball special all night, sponsored by Our/New York Vodka, Peddler's Gin and Capi.

Dec 9, 8pm, no cover. SHAKE, see event listing.


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