Shanghai Watchdog: PRIDE Winds Down, Beaches Open and More

Shanghai Watchdog: PRIDE Winds Down, Beaches Open and More
By Susie Gordon ,

No matter whether you're a Shanghai veteran or newcomer, there's no excuse for you not to take advantage of the three-day weekend ahead to do something a little different. Be it amazing DJ performances, new restaurant openings, the Shanghai Pride and a host of other events, you're spoiled for choice!

In the news...

This coming weekend sees the final two days of Shanghai PRIDE, with a pool party on Saturday 23 at the Mandarin City. There's a barbecue at Cotton's on Xinhua Lu on Sunday, followed by a closing party at Mi Tierra starting from 21:00.

Creative collective Split Works has just announced that Black Rabbit festival will be returning to Shanghai in October, bringing some of the world's best independent bands to the city for what promises to be another packed schedule. Split Works is also collaborating with the British Council on the UK Now festival that's happening this summer. Check out their exhibition on British rock music that is running from July 5 to 12 at the Xintiandi Style shopping mall.

World music festival Fete de la Musique is happening on June 24 on Duolun Lu, with four stages featuring jazz, pop, classical and avant-garde.

Creative types will be glad to hear that The Nut is back. Gathering people from all creative disciplines, The Nut last met in late 2010 in the old factory complex on Wudin Lu that has now been taken over and renovated. The new, revamped event will offer the same talks, free food, drinks and ping pong in a new location - Creative House Core at 162 Yongnian Lu near Huangpi Lu.

Now that the weather is heating up, Shanghai's beaches are opening. The Binhai Jinsha beach opens on June 22 in Fengxian District, offering 30 RMB entry for individuals. Shell out 160 RMB for a yearly individual membership, or 280 RMB per year for a family pass. Binhai is Shanghai's largest manmade beach, with 2.81 square kilometres of sand and 60 square kilometres of water to swim in. With activities like a turtle farm and water sports, it's more that just sand and sea. Another good choice is Jinshan City Beach, which opened for the summer on June 20.

New openings...

Since opening his new namesake restaurant on the South Bund, Guillermo Trullas of El Willy has transformed his former Donghu Lu premises into a new eatery called elEfante, serving tapas, wine, and a mixture of Spanish and Mediterranean dishes.

Mike Solovey is finally opening his Eastern European restaurant Bloc on Changle Lu this week, offering all sorts of tasty treats from Poland and its surrounding countries. A Yunnanese Thai fusion concept called Monsoon is opening on Maoming Lu, and a Mediterranean eatery called Mimosa is taking over the old Cork premises on Yongjia Lu.

Down in Hongqiao, a Spanish tapas and wine bar, Eurobaco, is launching soon, and Jing'an district is getting is very own Bordeaux bar in the form of Burdigala on Wuding Lu. Urban Soup Kitchen is opening another branch on Kangding Lu.


Shanghai bids a sad goodbye to the Kangding 528 complex, as Kuluska, Crocus, Shed and Kaiba close their doors to make way for a new development. Live music haunt Beedees on Dagu Lu is also shutting up shop, but a new venue is planned for the near future.

The former nightlife hub of Maoming Lu is finally going to be torn down, and Not Me has closed pending a new location.

What's on...

Friday 22nd sees another big name grace the stage at Lola in the form of Berlin DJ Ellen Allien. Playing Shanghai for the Firestone, the fashion designer and record producer will be spinning the decks for one night only. Tickets are 250 RMB presale and 350 RMB at the door.

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