Formerly “Shanghai Studio”, this gay bar is a popular hangout for creative people to have a few drinks, enjoy the show and socialise.
Happiness 42 attracts a good mix of international locals, expats and visitors. Drag show on Saturdays.
Reported CLOSED on December 7th, 2017, though this may be temporary.
venue: bar (酒吧) | features: bar, music, dancing, cafe, restaurant, go-go show, cabaret show, free wi-fi (酒吧, 舞蹈, 音乐, 咖啡馆, 餐厅, 性感秀, 歌舞表演, 免费无线上网) | customers: mostly gay | attracts: All types
“It is a depressing place with guys in packs obsessed with playing with their mobile phones. The bar staff are EXTREMELY rude, a bartender refused to bring me a beer as he was 'too busy' making cocktails. They seem to enjoy drinking alcohol themselves, usually not allowed amongst bar staff, and chatting to their favorites among the punters. A sad, depressing and superficial place. Bring back Eddie's - that was a wonderful, atmospheric venue.“
Simon on 18-06-2017 | Problem with this review?
“I think I just happened to go on a bad night - there was a screening of a gay documentary/movie and then a questions/answer segment, so it was quiet the entire time and even once it was over it stayed quiet. Service was fine at first but one worker ended up being totally rude, saying they had no bathroom (despite having one). Just seemed really anti-foreigners/anti-English. Wasn't a fan.“
Jay on 30-11-2015 | Problem with this review?
“Still THE gay place to be on a Friday night. Friendly staff and you are well looked after. Not easy to find at first - walk down the large alley to the left of the ICBC bank in Huaihai Lu, and after about 50 metres you will see a large well-lit doorway with stairs leading down to the bars.
During the week, it is quiet and only one or two bars are open; and with the other bars closed with locked doors, the place seems really small. Come on Thursday for the 100 RMB drink-all-you-can night (Tsingtao, standard spirits and mixers) which is more enjoyable depending on the amount of crowd. Themed night on Friday, where all bars are open (one of which is non-smoking!), and the dance floor is also open (although relatively small). By midnight, the place is full of locals and expats.
"Happy Hour" is offered every night before 10:30 - buy one get one free (you get a token to redeem when you want to). You may be charged an admission fee for special nights, but you will get drink tokens, so don't be discouraged to go (it only stops the money boys!). On the weekend, there are many taxis waiting outside to take you back home after a good night out.
And if this isn't your scene, then Eddy's Bar is just a 2-minute walk away.“
Dave on 27-05-2013 | Problem with this review?
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