Welcome the God of Wealth with fireworks and firewater
At midnight, February 17, Shanghai will erupt into a 24-hour cacophony of fireworks and firecrackers as families and businesses usher in the God of Wealth. Forget about sleeping. Only the loudest bangs are said to get this lucky god’s attention. So seeing as you’re going to be awake anyway you may as well enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the light show and a midnight tipple while you’re at it.
Jade on 36 bar
If you’re excited to see the Huangpu lit up like it was in the pre-lighting regulation days, savor the light show with an opulent, Thierry Hernandez crafted cocktail and an “almost 360 degree” view -- insists F & B director Calvin Tay -- of the Bund and Lujiazui. “The Pearl Tower is so close, you can almost touch it,” says Tay, and the gem-like pink and emerald tones of the intimate bar lounge seem almost made to match those glittering lights.
Recommendation: My Aspiration (RMB 128 + 15 percent) and the Beijing (RMB 108 + 15 percent)
36/F, Grand Tower, Pudong Shangri-La, 33 Fucheng Lu, near Lujiazui Xi Lu 富城路33号浦东香格里拉大酒店2座36楼, 近陆家嘴西路, +86 21 6882 3636
Floor-to-ceiling windows, (relatively) affordable prices and a wine list with 40 selections make the Grand Café an ideal perch for taking in the festivities. “The café‘s 54th floor location is just high enough so you can see the fireworks exploding over the Huangpu River and the Expo area,” adds F & B director Sidney Hardy. Better still, the hotel will put on its own fireworks at 11:45pm on February 17 to welcome the God of Wealth.
Recommendation: Château St Michelle 2006 Riesling (RMB 440)
54/F, Grand Hyatt Shanghai, 88 Shiji Da Dao, near Yincheng Xi Lu 世纪大道88号金茂大厦54楼, 近银城西路, +86 21 5047 1234
It’s on top of Captain Hostel and looks like the inside of a glowing red pirate ship. If you can look past these eccentricities, then Captain Bar is the ideal place to catch fireworks on the Bund without paying Bund prices. “It gets very busy during the Spring Festival,” warns bartender Xiao Gang, so call and reserve in advance. Expect basic, well-executed cocktails (RMB 45-60) that come with plastic palm trees and a heavy dose of booze.
Recommendation: The Manhattan (RMB50, Jim Beam, campari, vermouth and maraschino cherry, shaken. Delicious)
6/F, 37 Fuzhou Lu, near Henan Nan Lu 福州路37号6楼, 近河南南路, +86 21 6323 7869