After popping champagne and hosting Mandopop-fueled parties for the past nine years, Clarke Quay nightclub Shanghai Dolly will shutter for good this weekend.
In a rather abrupt announcement yesterday evening, the live music venue revealed that this would be its last week of parties, with all bottles going at a 40 percent discount to bid merrymakers farewell. Saturday will mark its final day of operations, with British comedian Bill Bailey taking the stage for a now-sold-out night.
In case you’ve never stepped inside the space, the multi-concept Chinese entertainment venue — which features three bars, a stage for live music, and a restaurant — has previously hosted the likes of local singer Tanya Chua and Taiwanese songbird Rainie Yang.
According to The Straits Times, business was adversely affected by the shorter liquor licensing hours in Clarke Quay that were put into place to deter rowdy, drunken behavior. Unfortunately for the club, sales took a hit and dropped by 30 percent since the rules were put into action in 2013. The reduced hours meant clubs could only sell liquor to customers until 3am on Sundays and weekdays, and 4am on Saturdays and public holiday eves.
After years of absorbing losses in the midst of increasing costs, Shanghai Dolly will close for good a couple months before its lease ends, ST noted. So for one last Mandopop hurrah, you know where to be this weekend.