The 11 Best Things to Do This Week in Shanghai

By That's Shanghai, November 4, 2019

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That's Shanghai takes a look at the best events in town this week.

Nov 5: Hooked's Melbourne Cup Seafood Luncheon


It's time to pick out your hats, ladies, as Tuesday November 5 sees Australia's most prestigious annual thoroughbred horse race, the Melbourne Cup. In honor of the thunder of hooves on turf, Hooked is hosting a Melbourne Cup Seafood Luncheon, with RMB350 securing you a three-course meal, with free-flow Prosecco, Aperol Spritz, wine, beer and gin and tonics. Get a table of six together and you can book for just RMB1,500. The big race will of course be shown on the big screen. Oh, and there will be sweepstakes and prizes for best dressed.

Nov 5, 11am-3pm, RMB350 per person or RMB1,500 for a table of six. Hooked. See event listingTickets

Nov 7-9: Around The World with Danyi Gao: Cuba

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For the fourth edition of Shake's supper club, chef Danyi Gao is taking us to Cuba – with a five-course dinner followed by live funk, soul and Latin music. The feast involves ensalada de pulpo, sopa de pollo, mojo lobster, ropa vieja and chocolate tres leches. For drinks, Colin Tait curated a menu of classic Cuban cocktails including Cancha and Hotel Nacional. And to finish the night, Shake's six-piece band and the-one-and-only Courtney Knott bring you three sets of funk and tropical vibes.

Nov 7-9, 6pm; RMB388 for dinner (drinks not included). Shake. See event listing

Nov 7-10: ART021


Art fair season is returning to Shanghai and it's time to get hyped. You can now grab early bird tickets to Art021 at a reduced price of RMB100 until November 8, after which tickets will cost RMB150. Taking place at Shanghai Exhibition Center over the course of four days, from November 7-10, Art021 brings together 110 galleries from 18 countries and 57 cities. Seventy percent of the galleries that will take part in the fair have galleries in China or other regions of Asia, making Art021 a vitally important arena in which galleries reach out to new audiences. Fans of contemporary art can enjoy sections like Detour, Beyond and Approach, with each of these sections allowing something a little bit different. Detour investigates Euro-American geographic networks and narratives. Beyond allows for larger art works by placing them outside of the fair. Approach gives a platform for young, interesting and upcoming galleries.   

Nov 7-10 (Nov 7/8 are invitation only), 11am-6pm; RMB100. Shanghai Exhibition CenterSee event listingTickets

Nov 7-10: West Bund Art & Design

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Coinciding with the long-awaited opening of West Bund Museum and equipped with a brand-new logo, the sixth edition of West Bund Art & Design welcomes 98 galleries from 18 different countries, including 28 galleries who will take part for the first time.

Nov 7-10, check the event schedule for individual times; RMB118 early bird, RMB160 (both single-day options). West Bund Art & Design Center. See event listing. Tickets

Nov 8: Supermarket Live in Shanghai

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Founded all the way back in 1996, Supermarket are well known as China’s first electronic band. Celebrating a whopping 23 years of life with this show at Bandai Namco this weekend, their 1998 album, Muyang (which translates to The Look or Appearance) was ranked as one of the best releases of that year by a number of music outlets. Catch them while you can. 

Nov 8, 8.30pm; RMB100 presale, RMB150 door. Bandai Namco. See event listing. Tickets

Nov 8: Stand Up Comedy: Icelandic Invasion

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On Friday November 8 the Shanghai Comedy Bunker presents an Icelandic special at Cages Bar and Sports as the venue gets raided by Icelandic vikings of comedy Helgi Steinar, Bjarni the Magician and Thorhallur Thorhallsson.

Nov 8, 9pm; RMB80 presale, RMB100 door. Shanghai Comedy Bunker. See event listing. Add WeChat ID: ShanghaiComedy for tickets. 

Nov 8: C.I.A. pres. Rebekah

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It has been 20 years since she first stood behind the turntables, and Rebekah has established herself as one of the leading exponents of techno currently operating on the global circuit. Her love affair with harder sounds stretches back to the legendary Que Club in her hometown of Birmingham. That's where she was introduced to music by the likes of Dave Clarke, Derrick Carter, Richie Hawtin and Billy Nasty. The fact she now shares billing with artists of this caliber is testament not only to her talent but how her music has been received by the techno community.

Nov 8, 10pm; RMB200 presale, RMB250 door, both incl. one drink. Celia. See event listing. Tickets

Nov 8: Stone Brewing Beer & Strictly Cookies

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Back by popular demand, Stone Brewing and Strictly Cookies are ditching the milk again this Friday, November 8 for a beer and cookie pairing, available all day at the Stone Brewing Tap Room. For RMB158, enjoy four delicious cookies paired with four unique Stone beers.

Nov 8, 11.30am; RMB158. Stone Brewing Tap Room. See event listing

Nov 8-10: SAMAJAM Kids Show 2

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China’s most popular musical kids show is headed back to Shanghai. At Samajam: Kids Show 2 (Djembe), everyone in the audience receives a SAMAJAM Music Bag which contains drumsticks, tambourines, a musical tube and an African djembe. Throughout the show, kids and the entire family learn and play with the instruments, as they are led by SAMAJAM performers on stage. 

Nov 8 at 7:30pm, Nov 9-10 at 10.30am & 3.30pm. RMB180-700. ET SpaceSee event listingTickets

Nov 9-10: Moka Bros Tat-TWO Anniversary party

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Moka Bros is celebrating their second birthday with a live tattoo party on November 9-10. From 11am-6pm they’ll have master tattoo artists Noodle and Caca from I-Tattoo joining to tattoo 24 original designs. Stop by Moka Bros Shanghai next week to check out the new wall art. The new artwork (debuting at the end of this week) will showcase the 24 original tattoo designs from artists Noodle and Caca. There will also be a DJ set during the two-day festivities, with happy hour all day. 

Nov 9-10, 11am-6pm; no cover. Moka Bros. See event listing

Nov 10: Coconut Battle

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In order to raise awareness of coconut culture Gre3n are bringing together folks from the Shanghai F&B community for an epic coconut battle. Chefs and mixologists will explore and use their creativity for a coconut overload. Selected guests will be able to influence the battle, while judges will pick out winners on the day.

Nov 10, 3pm; RMB388. Shanghai Tavern The Shanghai EDITION. See event listing. Scan the QR code in the flyer to register. 

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