13 Awesome F&B Events This Week (and Beyond)

By That's Shanghai, October 30, 2019

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That's Shanghai takes a look at some of the week's best upcoming F&B events: 

Oct 30: Bella Lin & Amily Chen in Paradise

Flyer courtesy of Birds in Paradise

2019 Bacardi Legacy Champion Bella Lin and Amateur Champ Amily Chen are spending one night in paradise. For the first time, a 'consumer' bartender is working the bar, so who knows what will happen? One thing they promise is tasty drinks. 

Oct 30, 8pm-midnight; RMB88 cocktails. Birds of Paradise. See event listing

Oct 31: Cheers! Halloween Block Party

Flyer courtesy of Cheers!

This Halloween Cheers! has teamed up with Jameson Irish Whiskey and Fever-Tree for a spooky cocktail block party. This October 31, there will be special priced Jameson cocktails at four venues on Shaanxi Bei Lu and Wuding Lu. 

Oct 31, 6pm-midnight. Perch, Logan's Punch, Arch and Up Shanghai. See event listing. 

Until Nov 1: A Taste of Thailand

Image courtesy of Le Royal Meredien Shanghai

Shanghai gourmets will have a unique opportunity to taste authentic Thai delicacies presented by Thai Chef Thitid ‘Ton’ Tassanakajohn of Le Du in Bangkok, which has most recently been awarded a Michelin one star and ranked #20 on the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list, released in 2019. 

Until Nov 1, 6pm. La Brasserie Signature RestaurantSee event listing

Nov 1: First Fridays @ The Rooster

Flyer courtesy of The Rooster

TGIFF or Thank God It’s First Friday! Swing by The Rooster on the first Friday of every month from 7-8pm for free prosecco or select craft draft beer. Don't free drinks sound like a great way to kick off your weekend? First Friday starts this week with your choice of a glass of bubbly prosecco or a pint of Jing-A Worker’s Pale Ale, so don’t miss out. 

Nov 1, 7-8pm; free prosecco or craft beer. The Rooster. See event listing

Nov 2: Day of the Dead @ Pistolera

Flyer courtesy of Pistolera

Be prepared to drink, dance and truly celebrate life by appreciating the meaning of this Mexican cultural tradition. Choose the Pistolera nearest you, because they have three separate events going on. From bloody margaritas to bloody Marias, from dancing to live music with the undead, to posing for photos, they promise a night to remember. The Hengshan Lu location offers face painting on-site to capture your scary looks if that helps you make a decision. 

Nov 2, 5pm-late. Pistolera (Hengshan Lu). See event listing

Nov 2, all day. Pistolera (Jing'an). See event listing

Nov 2, all day. Pistolera (Laowaijie). See event listing. 

Nov 3: Four Pillars at The Captain

Flyer courtesy of Four Pillars

The Captain Bar welcomes Mr. Samuel Ng (Four Pillars Brand Ambassador) for a guest shift. If you are into gin, you don't want to miss this event. We've attended a few of Ng's guest shifts, and he's tons of fun. Plus, The Captain has one of the best views on the Bund with the most casual setting. 

Nov 3, 6.30-10.30pm. The Captain. See event listing

Nov 3: Rioja Fantastico

Image courtesy of La Maison

Once again, La Maison partners with with Rioja Wines and Pol Garcia to present Rioja Fantastico, a wine and food festival highlighting eight Rioja wineries paired with the creations of eight top Shanghai chefs (the full list is on the flyer above). 

Nov 3, noon-8pm; RMB150 incl. food & drink tickets. La Maison. See event listing.

Nov 3: 14th Annual Shanghai Chili Cook-Off

Image courtesy of promoter

The annual Shanghai Chili Cook-Off and Music Festival is this Sunday at Cages from 11am-5pm featuring live music from Rock Suey and the Faux Fighters. Entry gets you one free beer and chili samples while they last. Come see who is crowned King of the Chili Pot this year!

Nov 3, 11am; RMB100. Cages Bar and Sports. See event listing

Nov 3: Coconut Battle

Flyer courtesy of promoter

Coconut culture has been growing in China for the past five years, and the folks at gre3n want to ensure that everyone is aware of the versatility and health benefits of this gift from mother nature – the 'tree of life.' To raise awareness, they are bringing Shanghai's F&B community together for a competition rooted in healthy living and wellness. To this end, chefs and mixologists are competing to showcase their best coconut-based recipes. 

Nov 3, 3pm; RMB388 incl. 2 welcome drinks, appetizer and main course. Shanghai Tavern The Shanghai EDITIONSee event listing

Nov 5: Four Pillars Guest Bartender at Café Gray Deluxe

Flyer courtesy of The Middle House

Four Pillars Gin is a leading craft spirit in Australia, and one of the world’s most in-demand craft gins. This November 5, Four Pillars Australian [Gin] Open champion Satoshi Sugiura of The Odd Couple Shanghai will head to Café Gray Deluxe to spread some gin love with three drinks featuring Four Pillars Gin.

Nov 5, 8pm. Café Gray Deluxe. See event listing

Nov 8: Ditch the Milk 

Image courtesy of Stone Brewing Tap Room

It's hard to beat a warm chocolate chip cookie dunked into a glass of milk, but we'd honestly prefer an adult beverage like beer. Stone Brewing has the right idea, casting off the milk in favor of four beer-cookie duos (RMB158) on November 8. Kick things off with the seasonally appropriate Chai-Spiced Imperial Russian Stout and a pumpkin spice cookie. Next, nibble Strictly Cookies' flavor-of-the-month, caramel apple crunch alongside Stone Wazzle Barrel-Aged Sour. Stone Go to IPA with a cinnamon bun cookie also sounds good, there’s a brew that tastes like carrot cake that we want to try. That Juli Goldenberg/Monkey Paw/Stone 24 Carrot Golden Ale comes with 'Go Nuts' cookie.

Nov 8, all day; RMB158 four beer-cookie pairings. Stone Brewing Tap Room. See event listing

Nov 10: Farm to Table Dinner

Flyer courtesy of Kaixin Cooking

We know you prefer to fly by the seat of your pants when it comes to making plans, but there are a limited number of seats for this. Kaixin Cooking proudly presents its first farm to table dinner in collaboration with Vert City Farm and Epermarket. The healthy Chinese popup dinner will feature organic, seasonal ingredients grown locally in Chongming.

Nov 10, 6-9pm; RMB200 presale, RMB250 door. That's Territory. See event.listing.

Nov 12: Hairy Crab Feast

Flyer courtesy of Untour Shanghai

Ever wondered why Shanghai goes crab crazy two months out of the year? Find out why, and also discover the reasons Tang Dynasty poets immortalized these crabs in verse millennia ago with this hairy crab feast. This tour showcases the delicacy in a local, authentic setting. You'll walk through the streets of Shanghai's Old Town, an area that is currently disappearing lane by lane, and sample several classic hairy crab dishes, including wontons in hairy crab broth, crab roe lion's head meatballs and more. You’ll also learn the multi-step process to cracking open the crab, and discover the reason why you should pair it with plenty of huangjiu (Chinese brandy).

Note: This event is sold out, but you can still contact Untour to be added to waiting list. 

Nov 12, 7pm; RMB425. Untour Shanghai. See event listing

[Cover image via Dave Lastovskiy on Unsplash]

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