Our friends at Muse 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 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.