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Bars Told to Close at 2am During Expo

Our friends at [**Muse**](http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/listings/nightlife/nightclub/has/muse-tong-le-fang/) tell us they have received notice from the powers that be that they have to close at 2am from now on. **Last orders will be at 1:30am**, then everyone has to leave the club. This is to ensure compliance with something called the 28th article of the "Entertainment Management Ordinance", which makes it sound like this is not just a issue with Muse, but that a lot of bar and club owners may have to shut early during the Expo. This applies to all Muse venues, two of which are in Luwan and one in Jing'an, which means this is **a multi-district deal**. Last night, Park97 and Muse stopped letting people in and serving drinks at 1:30am. "Inconvenience, please understand." We couldn't have put it better ourselves. This Friday, **John Digweed** is set to play [**the opening of the new M2**](http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/events/64810/) in Hong Kong Plaza. We wait to see how all this will mess up the party. Like many things in China, these rules may be honored more in the breach than the observance, but for the next few weeks at least, it may pay to get out and start drinking early, especially if you're going to a big, Chinese-run venue, or if you're heading out late, best [**BYO**](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BYOB).


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user's picture


Good law! I will go to sleep early


Meh, I don't question the wisdom of The Double Standards Agency and they don't "disappear" me in the middle of the night.
funshanghai's picture


Hey Narsfweasels cool link and nice article ! but it is focusing more on the fact that there will be " no mass closures" It doesnt rule out the fact that clubs will be allowed to remain open for business but be forced to close at earlier hours as the above image pic shows.
allenkj's picture




I advise anyone concerned about bar closures to read this article http://thebigc.blog.com/?p=249 I hope this clears up any confusion.
funshanghai's picture


another fantastic local law hits us. Question is how well will it be enforced.? Sadly shelter will have to shut down, one less venue for real music in Shanghai for some time.
jciao's picture


What?? Kidding us??? Please dont...


Wow, I am amazed. Wonder how long it will be enforced. Similar talk swirled during the Olympics, but the bars, clubs, everything were all pumping till dawn.
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