Comedy Club China returns to Fubar tonight with a lineup of jokers that includes Evan Eames from Shanghai. I caught the first show and every comedian inspired at least one major laugh, with Ryan Ha leading the way. The doors open at 8 PM, the show starts at 9 PM and the rmb50 entry fee gets you two shots. One for hepatitis and one for the flu. (Drum roll.) Thank you. Thank you very much. I’ll be posting here all week. By the way, TAPS, beneath Luga’s Villa, has also been hosting Comedy Club China events of late.
Shanghai transplant Mesa will hold its official opening on Friday from 8 PM to midnight. It’s on the third floor of Swire Sanlitun Village North. (That’s the village that doesn’t have a Blue Frog, Union Bar & Grille, Element Fresh, Flamme, Hatsune,
Tairyo, et al.) Tickets are rmb100 and get you a free flow of booze and tapas and there will also be live jazz and a charity auction. Mesa will still have dinner service, from 6 PM, but limit it to a rmb268 set menu. Expect a big turnout, get your tickets early, find the details here, etc.
Paddy’s Irish Bar also opens Friday night. The party starts in Tongli Studio at 7 PM or, if they are still putting down the plush green carpet, 8 PM. A member of management says to expect free beers for early arrivals and free shots throughout the night. Two bands are on the slate, with one said to consist of a bunch of international school teachers — let’s just acroynym-ize that and call them BOIST for the moment — at 9 PM followed by the Beijing Beatles at 10:30 PM. Maybe the latter can do “Danny Boy” with “Let It Be” lyrics or vice versa.
Finally, first out of the gate with a St. Patrick’s Day event is Great Leap Brewery. This brew pub will celebrate for an entire weekend — March 16 and March 17 – with rmb200 getting you a day of free flow Great Leap beer, including five stouts. And if you are there on Sunday, you can enjoy the musical stylings of a yet-to-be-named bagpiper, who, it is hoped, will play “If You Think I’m Sexy” (see So I Married an Axe-Murderer). More details below…