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Swank Jazz Joint

April 13, 2015
Heyday Vintage Jazz Lounge
Famed for its extravagant cabarets and indulgent nightlife, imbued with the influence of American jazz and European decadence, 1920s Shanghai justifiably earned its well-known monikers ‘The City of Blazing Night’ and ‘Paris of the East’. Local biz brain Brian McKay is looking to recapture some of the city’s former sass and swank by opening the sleek, sultry Heyday Vintage Jazz Lounge.

The Art Deco-tinged den, with its brassy ceilings and cosy plush booths surrounding a full-band setup, spotlights local and international talent like Coco Zhao and Anne Evenou. Alongside the intimate atmosphere for music appreciation, Heyday takes good care of your glass, too. True to the bar’s distinct motif, Aaron J Feder (formerly of Willy Moreno’s el Ocho) brings to life a 1930s-themed cocktail programme – highlights include Heaven Built on Hell (a mix of fruity foam atop a vodka base), and One Night in Shanghai (a shot of rum poured over fruit, tea and honey). There’s a light snack menu to help counter the potent drops, and the bartenders and waitstaff jazz things up further by being dressed to the dapper nines in tuxes and qipaos. Heyday’re you cutie!
50 Taian Lu / Xuhui / +86 21 6236 6075 / 6.30pm-2am daily /