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
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
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.