The holidays are here and Christmas is on Saturday. Many GoKunmingers will be looking for a place to gather with friends and loved ones for a Christmas dinner or some drinks and conversation, so here are a few ideas. Please check back for updates later in the week and feel free to leave a comment if you know about other Christmas events that are going on around the province.
Holiday Meals: (see further below for information about concerts and other events this weekend)
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: Lunch and dinner at Samoana
Samoana Café will have lunch and dinner through Christmas Eve, with a menu of turkey, mashed potatoes, vegetables, stuffing, gravy, either fruit punch or hot cider, either hot chocolate cake or mince pies and tea or coffee. The meal is 70 yuan and must be reserved by calling 5739231.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday: Lunch and dinner at Bakery 88
For Dali residents, Bakery 88 is running the following Christmas dinner:
Menu 1: Spicy pumpkin soup with bread and butter; braised chicken with mushroom cream sauce served with Italian noodles and glazed carrots; and honey walnut ice cream served with German Christmas cake. 90 yuan.
Menu 2: Smoked salmon with a fresh salad and bread; roasted lamb with glazed chestnut and parmesan baked polenta; blue cheese cream with pear, bread and butter; strawberry New York cheesecake. 120 yuan.
Wednesday is the reservation deadline: drop by the bakery or email bakery88.dali (at) gmail.com
Friday and Saturday: Christmas events at The Dali Hump
The Dali Hump will have a gingerbread house building competition Friday from 4 to 8pm. The winner of the competition will be announced Saturday at The Dali Hump's Christmas barbecue buffet at 6:30pm. The buffet is 35 yuan and includes a free drink.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday: All-day specials at The Box
All day Christmas Eve through Sunday The Box has Glühwine for 15 yuan a glass and a 118 yuan Christmas set for two:
Starter (Choose 1): Italian Cold Cuts Plate with Bread, Italian Cheese Plate with Bread
Entrée (Choose 2): Super Pizza, Kebab Plate with French Fries and Vegetable Salad, Pork Schnitzel with French Fries and Vegetable Salad, Lasagne (Vegetarian or Mushroom)
Drinks (Choose 1): 2 Glasses of La Marchesana Rosso, Beerlao Pitcher (1.5lt)
ONLY 118 RMB
Friday: BBQ special at Chicago Coffee
Chicago Coffee will have 15 percent off all baby back and spare ribs on Friday from 5 to 8pm.
Saturday: Christmas dinner at Camel Bar
Camel Bar's Christmas menu Saturday will include smoked salmon spears, Hungarian goulash, roast turkey with stuffing, veggies and apple pie with ice cream. The meal is 195 yuan per person or 780 yuan for four people and including a bottle of imported red wine. Book by Wednesday to ensure availability: 13987179900.
Sunday: Dinner at Sandra's
Sandra's is booked out for Christmas and Christmas Eve, but there might be room left on Sunday at 7pm. Call 15825267010 to inquire.
Note: Slice of Heaven can custom-bake all manner of holiday treats. Contact bduff98 (at) gmail.com or 15911594187
Nightlife and other events:
Friday: 500km Music Festival
The 500km Music Festival being held at the World Expo Gardens on Friday will include hip hop from the Yaco Music Union (雅歌音乐联盟), ethnic-minority-infused funky rock from Shanren (山人乐队), funk from Qimuguang and more. There will also be a rave party and other activities. Tickets are available online or from Chapter One, Wheatfield, Tobacco, or Uprock. The one-day festival starts at 5pm and tickets cost 80 yuan and up.
Friday: Rock concert at Laowo Bar
Laowo Bar will hold a Rock 'n' Roll Christmas concert Friday with music from Qimuguang (七木广), Yaco Music Union (雅歌音乐联盟) Dachong (大冲), Xiazhiri (夏至日) and Alcoholiday. Nobody has told us how Qimuguang and Yaco Music Union are playing both the 500km Music Festival and Laowo Bar on the same night, but we're sure they'll manage. The 30 yuan show starts at 9pm.
Friday: DJ Blitz at The Hump Bar
Mr Blitz will be playing hip hop, African, old school & a touch of electro at The Hump Bar on Friday night, with 15 percent off all cocktails. The party starts at 9pm.
Friday & Saturday: Live music at 1895 Movie Bar
Friday night at 10pm at 1895 Movie Bar, David and Steve "promise not to play a single holiday hit for free." Saturday night at 10pm, David plays a free solo show and any lady deemed by proprietress Yujia to be sexily attired will get a free drink. There will be extra heaters on hand to keep the place warm. Half-liter cans of Valentins Weissbier will be 18 yuan both nights.
Friday & Saturday: Live music at 1896 Sports Bar
At 1896 Sports Bar on Friday night at 10pm, Eddy Kneefel plays a "solo acoustic set to warm up your holidays for free." On Saturday at 10pm it's Roberto playing a solo acoustic show "from Sardinia to Shanghai." Half-liter cans of Valentins Weissbier will be 18 yuan both nights.
Friday: DJs at Uprock + preparty
DJs Shonny, Maxi and DD will provide the music for the free Christmas Eve party at Uprock on Friday. There will also be two preparty events, starting at 2pm at the Shuncheng location of ＃88 The Spot with a fashion show in which everyone is welcome to wear any type of clothing they wish. The festivities will then move to Half Angle Bar before rounding out the night at Uprock.
Saturday: Christmas DJ at The Hump Bar
Jeff will play an eclectic Christmas mix from 4pm on Saturday. Then Koshaa will play funk and breaks from 9pm. Mulled wine will be 10 yuan and cocktails 25 percent off.
Saturday: DJ @llen at Uprock
DJ @llen, the "godfather of electronic dance music in Taiwan," according to an uncited quote on his MySpace page, will play Uprock on Saturday night. The 10pm party costs 30 yuan.