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Shenzhen weekend: comedy, The Fuzz, furniture exhibition, and women’s networking

Posted: 03/20/2014 7:55 pm

The weather has really warmed up, so you owe it to yourself to get out there before it gets humid and unbearable. Here are some possible choices:

Mar. 21st – Friday Frisbee Throwing Training by the SZUPA – This week, the SZUPA will be moving the normally Thursday Throw to Friday for you to learn the basics of throwing and catching a frisbee.

Mar. 21st - Professional Women’s Happy Hour by love, Shenzhen – love, Shenzhen is rounding up all the ladies for a great night out of networking @ The Tavern.

Mar. 22nd - 29th Shenzhen International Furniture Exhibition (SIFE) – The SIFE will take place on March 29th at the Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Center. The biggest furniture exhibition in China where professionals in the industry and those just interested in furniture can meet each other and see the new trends.

Mar. 22nd - LIVE English Standup Comedy show @ Luna Bar! – Live English Standup Comedy is BACK and the great comedian Vivek is returning to destroy. Get your tickets while you can!

Mar. 22nd – 2014 Post Punk Band The Fuzz Love Hate Tour @ B10 Live – Post Punk Rock Band the Fuzz, make their tour debut this Saturday at B10 Live!

Mar. 23rd - Ultimate Frisbee in Futian! Sunday Pickup 12:30PM @ Bianfang – The SZUPA meet every Sunday to play Ultimate Frisbee. This week we will meet 12:30PM at the Bianfang football pitches. Afterwards we’ll have food and drinks together at Frankies American Bar.

If you attend any of these events, please email me at [email protected] and we may include some of your reviews in a future post. Let’s keep your event organizers working to provide better and better events!

(Editor’s Note: We’re looking for dining and nightlife writers in Guangzhou and Dongguan. If you’re interested, please get in touch with us at [email protected])



Shenzhen weekend: Standup comedy, book exchange, hiking, and rooftop party

Posted: 01/17/2014 9:25 am

Shenzhen has some interesting new things to do this weekend. Here’s what’s happening:

Jan. 17th – English Stand up Comedy Open Mic in Farsome – Farsome will start offering an Open Mic for wannabe comedians at their space in OCT Loft. Come out join the fun and test out your material.

Jan. 17th - GUIGUISUISUI Live @ Brown Sugar Jar – One man DIY punk/blues/horror artist GUIGUISUISUI will be playing in Shenzhen. Go check him out.

Jan. 18th - Book Exchange and Networking – This Saturday a new networking group starts with it’s first activity. Exchange will be hosting a book exchange at Captain Bar in Nanshan. Cheap drinks. Books, and lots of people to meet.

Jan. 18th – Psy Tribe TranceFormation @ O!Garden – A group of DJ’s will be blasting Trance music on the rooftop bar called O! Garden. In addition to the trippy sound they’ll be adding lots of visual elements to really set the mood.

Jan. 19th – Ultimate Frisbee @ Happy Valley Park – The Shenzhen Superren meet every Sunday to play Ultimate. The location may change in the future. Most days it will be at at Happy Valley Park. Please check where we will be playing each week by calling or texting Jeff (13751100329) to check.

Jan. 19th – Open Mic @ La Casa – Join Shenzhen’s original weekly Open Mic Night at La Casa.

If you attend any of these events, please email me at [email protected] and we may include some of your reviews in a future post. Let’s keep your event organizers working to provide better and better events!

(Editor’s Note: We’re looking for dining and nightlife writers in Guangzhou and Dongguan. If you’re interested, please get in touch with us at [email protected])


Shenzhen this weekend: Seaworld opens, Santacon, toy drive, and Drum N Bass

Posted: 12/19/2013 3:14 pm

Christmas is almost here! Lots of Christmassy things are starting to pop up around the city. Here’s what’s happening this weekend:

Dec. 19th – Learn to throw a frisbee by the SZUPA – The SZUPA aims to spread the sport of ultimate frisbee to Shenzhen and China. Members meet weekly for many activities related to the sport as well as social activities to reach out to the Shenzhen Community. Join tonight if you’d like to learn the basics of throwing and catching a frisbee. It’s cold so dress warm and bring some hot chocolate!

Dec. 19th – Inner Journey – Meditation with Rose Lv - Join Rose as she leads you in some techniques to reduce stress from the busy lifestyle of Shenzhen.

Dec. 20th - Grand Opening of Seaworld Plaza – After endless construction, Seaworld is finally ready for it’s grand opening. It’s definitely worth a look as they did a great job modernizing it. It looks beautiful. I’m sure this will be a great event to be a part of.

Dec. 20th - Pre-Christmas Party @ Shang Garden Bar – Time to celebrate Christmas with DJ’s and drinking! Also a Lucky Draw!

Dec. 21st - The Official Shenzhen Santacon – Travel around Shenzhen in a Santa costume (provided) and give out gifts to kids while drinking and taking pics. Merry Christmas!

Dec. 21st - Darkside of the BASS – White Cat brings you another drum and bass filled night at Cafe 5. Cheap drinks and good music. Not a bad way to spend a Saturday night.

Dec. 22nd - Christmas Toys for Needy Children Project – Donate some toys for children in need. Do something good for others this holiday season. Bring your toys Baia’s restaurant in Sea World.

If you attend any of these events, please email me at [email protected] and we may include some of your reviews in a future post. Let’s keep your event organizers working to provide better and better events!

(Editor’s Note: We’re looking for dining and nightlife writers in Guangzhou and Dongguan. If you’re interested, please get in touch with us at [email protected])


Shenzhen bar throws 9/11 party with terrorists shooting Americans

Posted: 09/12/2013 9:44 am

There’s theoretically always a reason to throw a good party, but a bar in Shenzhen may have picked the wrong one.

Angel Baby, in Shenzhen’s Futian District, threw a “party” last night to mark the 12th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the United States.  The party featured people dressing up as Muslim terrorists shooting other bar-goers dressed up as US marines.

We’ve posted a selection of the images below.  Bad taste, or all in good fun?



The Office Pub’s Andre Caprioara talks about life in Dongguan

Posted: 09/6/2013 2:00 pm

The Office Pub is one of the relatively new entrants to Dongguan’s ever-growing nightlife scene.  It was founded by Andre Caprioara from Romania.  After traveling around China and living in Shenzhen for a while, he decided to settle down next door in Dongguan.

In this audio interview with The Nanfang, Andre talks about why he stayed in Dongguan, how he came up with the name for his pub, the city’s nightlife, and how it has changed over the years.

Hope you enjoy it.

Andre Caprioara


One for the Road threatens Nanfang with legal action over our review

Posted: 10/24/2012 9:15 am

It’s not everyday our humble website is threatened with legal action, but that is what has transpired over The Nanfang’s review of a fabled Dongguan bar and restaurant.

One for the Road has contacted us regarding our review, in which one of our staff visited One for the Road and wrote about their experience. In our view, the review was fair and based on the writer’s impressions of the food quality, ambiance, price, and service. The review attracted several comments, with some explicitly disagreeing with the review’s conclusions. Those comments all remain on the site and can be reviewed here.

The owner of One for the Road, Jason Cakebread, contacted us to dispute the review and requested us remove the bar’s listing and event information from The Nanfang.  The email chain below is in chronological order (all typos, spelling mistakes, etc have been retained):

Dear Madam/Sir,

You are entitled to write any form of review you wish about what ever establishment you wish.

However, I never gave you idiots permission to place One for the Road or her events in your website.

We do not want our good name associated with your sorry excuse of a website/magazine.

As I said, write any review you wish as the people who have gone to One for the Road know it’s full of shit.

But remove us from your crappy, out of date listings! (you had no permission from us to use our name)

Take our events off your sorry excuse of a website! (as I said you had no permission from us to use our name)

If this is not done we will pursue the matter further as we have consulted our lawyer who says we have grounds to sue.


One for the Road Traditional English Pub

[email protected]

I personally replied on behalf of The Nanfang:

Hi Jason,

Thanks for your email. We’re sorry you feel so strongly about the review. Just as some background information, we’re quite big fans of One for the Road and have visited several times. In fact, I personally recommend visitors to Dongguan to try OFTR and we did a Nanfang TV video promoting the restaurant – totally free of charge – here.

We have a team of writers in the PRD that occasionally review venues. Of them, we ask a couple of things: 1) they do not inform the bar/restaurant that they are conducting a review for Nanfang to ensure as authentic of an experience as possible; and b) be clear about their experiences, both positive and negative, specifically with regard to food quality, service, price, and ambiance.

We edited the review for One for the Road but generally find it to be fair. In the review, the writer noted the mac & cheese was “tasty”, that good things were said of the ribs, that the portions of the crab cakes were “generous”, and so on. On the negative side, comments were made about service and time waiting for the food, which is a factual representation of what that writer experienced on the day they were at the bar.

Our primary responsibility is to our readers, and we want to do the best we can to provide them with the latest information pertaining to bars and restaurants across the PRD. We have comment sections open on all of our articles and venues for people to leave their own feedback, and we are pleased that people have used this forum to respond to our review of OFTR.

We hope to work cooperatively with One for the Road going forward. We receive substantial traffic from overseas and Hong Kong, specifically from people who are unfamiliar with Dongguan and are looking for a place to eat, have a beer, and relax. Many of these people stumble upon your bar’s listing page, and I have no doubt that many have visited your bar as a result. We have the legal right to list your bar’s information on our website, however would regretfully remove it as a courtesy should you restate your request to do so.

Kind regards,
Cam MacMurchy
Editor in Chief
The Nanfang
Jason followed-up with another email:

Your review was absolute shod, we are not just here for hangovers greasy food burgers and mash!

You will have quite a few comments from customers as they were as offended by what said as I am.

I challenge you to allow those comments to remain on the review.

You will have no cooperation with us and you WILL remove us from your events and listings from today otherwise I will pursue this matter. As stated by our lawyer, you do not have the legal right to add us on your listings and events without our permission and I will test this in court.


We do not need you to help with visitors from anywhere as our reputation is far greater internationally and domestically than your website and is the main reason you are desperate to keep our name on your site.

To which we replied:

Dear Jason,

We run an open platform that encourages an exchange of opinions. As such, the comments under our review (and any other comments posted in the future) will remain posted as long as they adhere to our terms of conduct. So far, all of them do.

I’d like to reiterate that we have a legal right to list public venues in a database of bars and restaurants. We do this as a service to both our readership and our bar and restaurant partners. As of today, we have over 1,000 venues – many of which are in Dongguan – comprising the largest English-language bar and restaurant database in the Pearl River Delta. Our readers have found us to be a very useful resource, and we will continue to be so with or without One for the Road in our listings. As a courtesy and according to your request, will will remove One for the Road listings and event information within the next 24 hours.

Best of luck with the restaurant.

One for the Road’s listing and event information have been removed as of now, in accordance with Cakebread’s request.  We also contacted Cakebread to inform him of our intention to publish the email correspondence, and he had no objections.

This is a good opportunity to elaborate on what we do at The Nanfang. Our staff has been based in the Pearl River Delta for many years. I have lived in Beijing and Shanghai as well, while my other co-founder has spent years in Taiwan. We believe the PRD is the best place to live and work in all of China, and we launched the Nanfang to celebrate South China by providing information not found anywhere else. This includes the largest collection of bar and restaurant listings in English anywhere in the PRD as well as news and translations from the Chinese press.

However, we are not perfect. We are a very young site and there are still many things we need to do to make it better for our readers. Several of you have left us comments in our stories, left reviews of venues, or emailed us to disagree with how we do things, offer praise (thank you!) or suggestions. We deeply appreciate it, and have a lot of exciting things in the pipeline to share with you in the months ahead.

Our staff pour countless hours into their contributions to the site, and that includes restaurant and bar reviews. Most do it for no compensation at all, other than their love of the PRD. All reviews are edited by our team to ensure accuracy before they are posted to the site. We stand by every word of our reviews. However, we don’t expect everyone to agree with our conclusions, which is why we have a vibrant comments section that is open to everyone.

Also, we will not remove any review under threat from anyone. Our reviews are not done haphazardly and are based on the reviewer’s impressions of a venue based on price, quality, service and ambiance. In terms of service quality, things like food delivery times are factual representations and are not subjective in any way. By publishing this, we are passing along valuable information to our readers. Issues pertaining to food quality and ambiance are all subjective, which again is why we encourage dissenting opinions in our comments section.

We are publishing this email exchange so our readers understand why One for the Road’s listing and event information are no longer listed on The Nanfang. Although no longer found on our dining and nightlife pages, we still have over 1,000 venues in our database and that list grows everyday.  We will work closely with our bar and restaurant partners across the PRD to get the most relevant information to you in the best way we can.


The latest in Guangzhou’s Bar Wars: The Brew strikes back with new 3rd location

Posted: 08/22/2012 4:18 pm

Rob, from The Brew, celebrating Canada Day

What is up with Guangzhou’s pub scene these days?

We told you already that the Paddy Field, one of the Guangzhou originals, has opened its second location in Tianhe, near where The Brew and The Tavern are already set up.  So what does The Brew do?  Open up very close to the original Paddy Field on Jianshe Liu Ma Lu.

No, these aren’t done to spite each other (I don’t think), but it does give pub-goers a wide range of places to tilt a pint or two.

Rob, one of the Canuck owners of The Brew, told The Nanfang that he’s been looking for a third location for a while.  The guys have even considered opening in Shenzhen, Dongguan, and Foshan, but finally found an ideal spot near the Garden Hotel.  The new Brew will most resemble the Panyu version, with mostly indoor seating and a stage for live performances.

While it seems pubs in Guangzhou are spreading faster than SARS ever did, Rob says it’s all a result of Guangzhou’s maturing nightlife. “Can you believe we have four Irish pubs in this city??  Everyone wants to own a pub eh.  At this point, I don’t mind it,” he said.  ”I mean, it’d be great if I owned the only pub in the city, but I think the number of pubs is an indicator of how Guangzhou is expanding and becoming more cosmopolitan.  We’re confident that we can still be popular in our niche as a friendly neighbourhood sports bar.”

For those wondering, the new venue won’t feature The Brew’s famous taps.  It is set to open sometime in mid-September.

Also on The Nanfang:


New Xichong beach bar opening this weekend – free buses from Coco Park

Posted: 07/20/2012 2:20 pm

Last year The Nanfang teamed up with Shenzhen Fresh to host the Endless Summer Beach Festival out at Xichong Beach, about 550,000 miles away from downtown Shenzhen (don’t quote me on that, but that’s what it felt like).

Xichong is a spectacular beach, and while making the 90 minute journey out there is well worth it, prepare to set aside at least a full half-day for the trip.

We expect many more people to be heading out to Xichong this Saturday for the soft opening of Barefoot Bar at St. Tropez Resort.  The bar – clearly a destination bar, as there isn’t much else nearby! – has its own private pool and terrace and serves up both western and Chinese fare.

If you’re interested in making the journey, a free bus will pick up partiers at Coco Park at 4pm on Saturday.  You can’t just show up though; you’ll need to call ahead to reserve a seat on the Barefoot Bar Party Bus (all the details can be found here.)

If you’re heading out that way this weekend, let us know how it is.  We’re looking forward to more spots in Xichong as the area begins to reach its full potential.




McCawley’s Irish Pub opens its doors in Guangzhou

Posted: 09/22/2011 1:55 pm

McCawley's GZ

McCawley’s Irish Pub is among the most famous and well-patronized pubs in Shenzhen. It’s first outlet opened in Shekou in 2003, and it threw open its doors near Coco Park in Futian in 2003. It’s been so well-received that it’s now expanding beyond Shenzhen city limits.

The latest McCawley’s outlet is in Guangzhou’s Pearl River New Town. It opened officially on September 10, so is so new that few people know if its existence yet. It’s a 1,000-square metre behemoth of a pub which serves up cold draft beer and burgers akin to McCawley’s Shenzhen.

Spread out over two floors, on arrival the first thing everyone will notice is the amazing façade that stretches over 30 meters wide. Fitted in hard wood and stained antique the façade is finished with old lanterns and brass goosenecks. Giant brass letters spelling out McCawley’s confirms you have arrived at the right place.

Our Beer Garden is the first retreat you will pass as you enter our welcoming tiled entrance then are greeted by a floor to ceiling traditional Victorian Bar, with wood paneling, intricate wood carvings and generous bar counter. The ornate finished ceiling and cast iron mezzanine on either side finish off the magnificent entrance that pulsates natural ambience and character

On either side of this Bar, is The Deck, which can be best described as chic alfresco. A combination of warm tones, natural slate and funky artwork combine well with our brass finished pressed metal ceiling to form a unique setting for a casual lunch, girls night out or even the next corporate function. The concertina doors open the entire façade to reveal another area to explore or to simply step outside to answer that important phone call.

But wait, there’s more…. Time to go upstairs A polished copper sweeping-staircase, takes you to our second floor where you will find three clearly defined sections.

We have The Back Room – an intimate section that easily seats 60 persons, with high comfortable mahogany drink stands, leather chairs and private booths.The seating offers the privacy when required or the perfect location to soak up the atmosphere during that big sporting event.

This version of McCawley’s is actually a joint-venture between McCawley’s and Delaney’s pub in Hong Kong (located in Wan Chai, but I’m sure many pub goers already knew that). One expects more famous Hong Kong establishments to begin dipping their toes into Mainland waters.

McCawley’s Guangzhou is going to have some tough competition in the area though, as both The Brew and The Tavern are set-up nearby. The Nanfang will be at the new McCawley’s this weekend, so come by and say hello.

You can check out the new McCawley’s here.



Shekou to undergo major transformation

Posted: 02/28/2011 11:29 am

Seaworld Square in Shekou is a bar and restaurant oasis for many in Shenzhen. But as anyone who’s been there recently can attest, construction can be seen everywhere. Not only in the square itself, where a number of bars have been closed, or around the newly-opened metro station, but also near the now-aging Nanhai Hotel. To put it simply, the area is going through a major face lift which will see some high end eateries and hotels opening up in the next couple of years.

The Shenzhen Standard provides some details:

The Marine World Hotel located next to Nanhai Hotel is said to cost 800 million yuan to construction and will cover 56,000 square meters. The hotel will have 320 rooms and managed by Hilton Hotels, this will be their first seaside hotel in Shenzhen when its completed in 2013. Building of the Marine World Hotel will be the first phase of the overall Marine World upgrading project.

China Merchants Group, is a major developer of the Shekou area, will spend and additional 60 billion yuan in the nest five to eight years to fully upgrade facilities in the Shekou area. The Marine World urban compound, Taizi Bay terminals for passenger cruisers and Shekou Network Valley are among the key ares also said to undergo upgrading. Aside from the hotel project, commercial ares located around the Minghua ship will also undergo construction and renovation that will turn the area into an international food street for exotic food and other specialties.

The square has aged a bit from its heyday a few years ago. The giant flood in 2007 certainly didn’t help. Nonetheless, the area retains its quaint charm and community feel. The question is, will the influx of new high-end establishments change the area’s vibe? And if so, will it be better or worse?

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