It’s an end of an era on Donghu Lu, as Monkey Champagne prepares for one final dance this Saturday, September 1. Nine years ago, the club opened as one of the first speakeasies in the city, a quite, sedate place for a fancy cocktail. And then it got… nightlife’d. It’s since become a constant on the 90s-babies clubbing circuit. Will it come back? Maybe, say the Monkey people, but it won’t be the same. If Champagne and hip-hop are your thing, make them a stop on your Saturday night rounds.
Hidden away at the back of Bonobo restaurant, this hip hop-oriented haunt cuts a different character to the larger EDM clubs in Shanghai. Tables are available but not a necessity, since the club also benefits from a DJ-facing dance floor and two large-ish bars. For high rollers and passing ballers, a VIP area with pole dancing facility awaits…
Expect an entrance fee, but more often than not a drink token is included in the price.
Price: tables from RMB3,000
Who’s going: expats and young locals
Good for: hip hop, groups, whisky, Champagne