Halloween comes haunting on Saturday this year and that means everyone and their incubus is planning a party. It also means Zimbu the Plush Monkey will make his yearly outing from Chez Boyce. Here are some of the slated parties. (Note: It’s always best to double-check details with the venue.)
Friday, October 30
The Boat (map) does Halloqueen on Friday – drinks are two-for-one until midnight and there is a prize for “most flirtatious Drag Queen” – then follows it up with Halloqueer on Saturday from 9 PM to 4 AM.
Alfa (map) adds a Thriller theme to its 80s night on Friday, with a RMB500 gift certificate for the winner of a Michael Jackson dance-off, and will also hold a Halloween party on Saturday.
The Bookworm (map) will host Death in the Palace: A Murder Mystery. States The “Spookworm” newsletter: “you will be thrilled and terrified… as well as be called upon to help solve a truly grisly murder.” (Apparently, the victim is an expatriate living in Beijing who is hanging out at The Bookworm and writing a novel about an expatriate living in Beijing, so there is justice in the world.) Ticket price includes an open bar. More details at www.chinabookworm.com.
Saturday, October 31
For those seeking a night of debauchery, the Yen fetish party is from 10 PM at 706 factory (map). No doubt DJ Blackie – Zimbu’s favorite – will be playing “Whip It“.
Acupuncture hosts its third Spooked party, this time at Lan Club (map), from 9 PM
Disco Ain’t Dead is the Halloween theme at Sanlitun Blue Frog (map): Free food and drinks for those in costume as well as drink specials all night. From 10 PM.
La Baie des Anges (map) is holding an anti-Halloween party called Hallowine. “We won’t put stupid costumes and make up, but will serve you our special cocktails and wines the whole night!” says the invite. Does that mean I can’t wear my beret? Starts at 9 PM.
Scarlett Wine Bar (map) will hold Spooky Scarlett, with RMB10 shots or a rack of 12 for RMB88. Prizes for best costumes include a stay at the hotel, with a Jack Nicholson lookalike as your personal butler.
Getting a groan for its twist on the holiday, Xiu (map) will hold Xiu-loween from 9 PM with some “frightening surprises and performances guaranteed to impress even the undead!” (Like patrons getting their drinks on time?) The theme is Gothic chic.
Bling (map) repeats its Cash Money Halloween Costume Party, with RMB5,000 for the “most innovative and exciting costume.” From 9 PM.
The Saddle Cantina (map) Halloween party includes 10-kuai draft, 20-kuai mixed drinks, shooter specials, and Champagne for those with the best costumes. From 8 PM.
The Schoolhouse at Mutianyu (map) has a pumpkin-carving contest during the day. Judging starts at 7 PM.
Michael Jackson Thriller is the theme at Paddy O’Shea’s (map) – free shots for those in costume, Danger Doyle’s (map) will have “plenty of surprises” and DJ Pinhead, and Hooters (map) will hold a party from 6:30 to 10:30 PM, with a free cocktail at the entrance and a beer-drinking contest.
Bed (map) will show scary movies and spin tunes (the RMB50entry fee includes a drink), Centro (map) will wrap up several nights of celebration, to mark its sixth anniversary, with a Halloween party, and patrons in costume at Union (map) will get a draft beer or sangria – this place has had decorations up for weeks
I also hear there will be Halloween parties at China Doll (map), Fubar (map), and Luga’s Villa (map). I presume Tun (map) will follow up on last year’s bash. Finally, I’m not sure if Chocolate (map) is planning a party, but then again, every night kind of feels like Halloween there.
Feel free to leave details – or email me at beijingboyce (at) yahoo.com – about any other bashes…