As much as I love getting out of this busy buzzing smoggy city on get-aways, I truly enjoy going out in the city as well. Shanghai has soooo much to offer and I often get surprised when I hear about the things available here. Culinary experiences, art experiences, over-the-top parties, crazy themed events and so on. Smartshanghai is a great source from which to get updated about everything that's going on in the city. Another one that I really like is Shanghai Daily Secret where I have subscribed and therefore get daily updates about the small & big secrets of this old, new, Chinese, modern, over-the-top metropol.
When some friends asked us to join them Friday night for comedy I once again found myself surprised about the entertainment is available here in Shanghai. This was a show with the popular American comedian Butch Bradley. Apparently he recently moved to Shanghai to be part of the new comedy scene in China. "I just could'n see myself miss out on this: comedy and China hand in hand" as he put it during his show.
A little north of People's Square you will find The Pearl Theater. It has been part of the old China town and is now available for events, theater and from this month it is also hosting comedy in cooperation with Shanghai Kung Fu Comedy Club. The atmosphere here was absolutely unique compared to anything I've experienced in Shanghai. It kind of took me back to some of the old traditional places in New York City. With a 60s Lana del Rey feel to it.
This Friday evening was a great laugh and a great experience that made us forget time and place for a while. Exactly what you need after a busy week of Shanghai.
After the show we went for a late-night dinner at Mr & Mrs Bund - an upscale French restaurant with the view of the Bund. It is a pretty pricy restaurant which I have not eaten at before. To my discovery they have a late-night dinner menu where they offer 2 or 3 courses of own choice for RMB 200/RMB 250 and "buy one bottle of wine - get one for free". Such a great opportunity to try something different and go for dinner at one of Shanghai's most prestigious eateries after 11 pm. The food was great but the view, the food presentation and the whole-set up amazed me the most.