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11 excellent non-Halloween things to do in Shanghai this week

Not into the spooky season? Don't worry, Shanghai's got something for you too

Photograph: courtesy Tomatito (Lucky Lasagna)
Make no mistake about it, this week is all about Halloween with all manner of scary-good parties, costume competitions, dinner specials and more to get your freak on (take a look at our guide here). But, if the scary season isn't up your alley – we've got you covered. From a sexy sailor tapas night at Tomatito to a Dia de Muertos celebration at Shake and a Foo Fighters tribute at Yuyintang Livehouse, here are the best non-Halloween things to do in Shanghai over the next seven days.

Miercoles Calientes: Sexy Sailor Tapas and Tattoo Night

Lucky Lasagna, owner of No Way Back Tattoo Studio, will be taking over the kitchen at Tomatito this Wednesday night with some 'sexy sailor-inspired tapas'. Highlights on the menu include redfish ragout spaghetti, rosemary spicy calamari with crispy polenta and his signature limoncello tiramisu. Tapas aside, there'll also be a chance to get a tattoo from Lucky (500RMB). For reservations call 6259 8671.

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Tomatito , 168 Hubin Lu 28 Oct

Cool as Hawaii

Liquid Laundry’s 'Cool as' Wednesday pop-up takes inspiration from the sunny shores of Hawaii this week. Behind the bites is Danyi Gao (Shake, Bun Cha Cha), she’ll be serving up an array of tropical comfort foods. Think smoked Kahlua pulled pork sliders and ahi tuna poke wonton nachos. Meanwhile Karen Chung and Ana Souza are on bartender duty, slinging Black Tears Spiced Rum-based cocktails all night. There’ll also be music from the Ukuladies and DJ Zoynk Dan. For the full menu, click here.

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Liquid Laundry , 1028 Huaihai Zhong Lu 28 Oct

Social Mixer

Get clued up on the plant-based revolution while sampling environmentally friendly snacks at this sustainable food and drink market hosted by The German Chamber of Commerce. Set in the garden at The Yongfoo Elite, you’ll have the chance to mingle with like-minded people and try out sustainable eats like Z-Rou dim sum, plant-based dairy from Doehler and more. For more information and to RSVP, click here.

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Yongfoo Elite , 200 Yongfu Lu 28 Oct

Drag Bingo

Feeling lucky? Head down to HUNT for the latest edition of drag bingo, hosted by drag queens Africana Laté and Lady N. Gentlemen. There’ll be prizes from local Shanghai businesses like brunch at Colca, dinner at Cottons, a free skate at RIINK and more. Purchase a drink to get a bingo card and you’ll need to match five in a row for a chance at glory.

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HUNT , 42 Xingfu Lu 29 Oct

The Camel Opening Party

It may feel like The Camel’s been open for a while but it never quite had that breaking-in party to make the new location official – that changes on Thursday. Think drinks specials that start with house pours at 10RMB (5-6pm), 15RMB (6-7pm), 20RMB (7-8pm) and 30RMB (8-10pm). There’ll also be live acoustic performances and free shots all night.

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The Camel , 97 XiangYang Bei Lu 29 Oct

The Faux Fighters with Hogchoker

It might not be Dave Grohl and co but you can call it the next best thing as local Foos tribute The Faux Fighters hit Yuyintang Livehouse. They’ll be playing all the bands greatest hits over nine studio albums with support from Shanghai rockers Hogchoker. Starts at 9pm, entry is free.

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Yuyintang , 851 Kaixuan Lu 29 Oct

Lawrenny x Ladies Who Drink presents: Coffee Cocktails

Learn to make coffee cocktails with Ladies Who Drink under the watchful eye of mixologist Hannah Keirl. The course is taught in both English and Chinese, and you'll be taught how to make two cocktails using Lawrenny cold brew coffee liqueur. Bookings are essential and can be made here. Ticket includes one welcome drink.

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Circo , 1262 Yanan Xi Lu 29 Oct

Día de Muertos with Shanghai Latino Project

This Saturday, live music lounge Shake scraps the usual Halloween party to honour Día de los Muertos (The Day of The Dead) with Shanghai Latino Project. A full-on celebration, there will be food, cocktails and live salsa, bachata, reguetón and more into the early hours. Things start with dinner at 6.30pm before live music from 9.30pm. Tickets are 80RMB at the door.

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Shake , 46 Maoming Nan Lu 31 Oct

Shanghai Skyline Stroll

Shanghai Flaneur host a walk in and around the city’s mega skyscrapers, with insider info from an expert on architecture and urban planning. The walk will be led by Fanny Hoffman-Loss, chief architect and project manager for German architectural firm von Gerkan Marg and Partners. You’ll first stroll along The Bund promenade, before going through the Bund Sightseeing Tunnel and ending up in Pudong’s Lujiazui Finance District. Click here to reserve your spot (the meeting point is the lobby of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel).

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Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on The Bund , 2 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu 31 Oct

Matthew Ronay Sending and Receiving

It's your last chance to check out this solo exhibition of New York-based artist Matthew Ronay featuring eight of his latest sculptures. Starting with subconscious drawings, the organ- and sea creature-like sculptures are hand-carved from basswood and dyed with a phosphorescent palette to represent the interaction and confrontation between different entities. In Ronay’s own words, these works ‘embody forms in diametric opposition: meetings, clashes and forgatherings.’

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Perrotin Gallery , 27 Huqiu Lu 11 Sep - 31 Oct

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