My old pal Gaz Williams, co-founder of Shanghai’s grittiest nightclub, The Shelter, and general custodian of the city’s underground music scene, hosted a private party at a brand-new dining spot this week. Gaz was recently described by Vice magazine as “one of the quiet commanders of China’s rapidly growing underground music scene,” and so, as might be expected, the party was stuffed with a general assortment of black-hooded, chunky headphone-wearing individuals hoovering up the exquisite array of free food and booze like it was about to go mainstream. It was a good night all around.
The new venue is called Magnet and is owned and operated by an ultra-hip Shanghainese guy called ShiJing, one of the main partners in the aforementioned nightclub The Shelter. ShiJing, with the help of Gaz, has created a simple but effective dining and nightlife concept: a relaxed environment with a menu featuring gourmet sandwiches, grilled meats, pastas, soups, salads, and fresh desserts. In addition to the hearty fare, local and international DJs come down to spin soul, reggae, jazz, and funk into the small hours on weekends. Only open for about three weeks, Magnet already looks set to become one of the city’s top trendy hangout spots in the downtown area.
Photos: Courtesy of George Wynham