CITYLIFE / Bars & Cafes

Bebidas Borrachas
(City Weekend)
Updated: 2006-05-16 10:46

Despite being far-removed from Mexico, each May Shanghai whole-heartedly embraces the country's independence and the accompanying Cinco de Mayo festivities.

In Shanghai, think Mexico and your mind naturally progresses to Zapata's (bars).

Bursting onto the scene a couple years ago, Zapata's Wednesday Ladies' Night has remained a hot spot on the workweek party circuit. With bar dancing and free margaritas for ladies, this is Shanghai's version of a Cancun club.

If you want more from the Latin theme than simply decor and drink, Silver Moon (bars) has free salsa classes from Thursday to Saturday. While the first floor entrance is unassuming, those who walk down the rabbit hole will see the basement open up onto a roomy dance floor complete with rotating disco lights and mirrors.

Beware of drinking too fast as the lights and mirrors whirl. For bebidas shaken to Latin perfection, try Manifesto (bars), where low tables surrounded by cushions coupled with a relaxed ambience make the perfect place for a calm Cuba Libre (RMB 58).

Although prices are steep, it only takes a couple to hike the peak of Mt. Lushmore as the staff is quite libre with their pours. Not to be outdone, KABB Bar & Grill (bars) has introduced its May Margarita Mondays starting at 5pm, providing a salted glass and Mexican dinner special for RMB 95.