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Photograph: courtesy Elevator
265 Nandan Dong Lu

If you’ve ever tried cramming yourself and your group of friends into the tiny lift up to LUNE on the corner of Xinle and Fumin Lus, you’ll recall the short but terrifying journey – a memorable experience that has inspired the name of the club replacing LUNE, Elevator. It’s the project of Shanghai DJs and friends Maumau, Jung, Kelly and Taipei (who was involved with LUNE and LOgO previously), and launched last month with a packed-out opening party.

So what’s changed? There’s been a minor makeover but ultimately the club is still very recognisable for anyone who frequented LUNE. The most significant addition might be the MODE soundsystem, which has been carefully designed to suit the Elevator space and is one of the better of its kind that we’ve come across in the city. Neon lights behind the booth make the DJ the focus.

‘There are a lot of clubs doing underground house and techno here’, Maumau tells us. ‘People can expect Elevator DJs to be playing stuff a bit further leftfield than they’re used to in other venues, stuff that’s a bit weirder and more organic. We’re hoping we can turn it into a space where DJs feel free to take a turn into something deeper or slower even at peak time. When people can jump in a 15RMB taxi to the next club, which is probably free entry or cheap, it’s tough to feel free to do that as a DJ.’

Drinks-wise, on the soft menu there’s a focus on ‘spiked juices’ with offerings such as a watermelon, orange and chilli tipple at 50RMB. Standard drinks are 45RMB, with house cocktails at 55-60RMB a pop. And while LUNE devotees may mourn the much-loved foosball table, Elevator is hosting weeknight ping-pong sessions, with plans for daytime events too.

While it’s unlikely to take Shanghai by storm, Elevator is an improvement on LUNE and is a promising nightlife option worth keeping an eye on.

Venue name: Elevator
Metro: Xujiahui
English address: B1/F 265 Nandan Dong Lu, near Caoxi Lu, Xujiahui district
Chinese address: 南丹东路265号地下一层, 近漕溪路