Rainbow Hip-Hop Night: Review

Anonymous review.

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Last Saturday, I joined the Rainbow party at Luna. I arrived at around 9.30pm and was a little nervous as I didn’t know anyone as I’m ‘fresh off the boat’.

I’d seen the advertisement for the party in a group called EveryGays, that a friend had put me in too.

Upon arrival, I noticed that it was a little quiet but the party organizers introduced themselves as well as a few people that they were stood with. 

After getting a drink from the bar, I went to join a table that had only a few people on and decided to bite the bullet and strike up a conversation with them. I’m so glad I did because they had also come alone and were very friendly.

As the night went on, more and more people started to arrive. By midnight, I’d guess that there were about a hundred people there.

There was a raffle draw for a bottle of Grey Goose and some T-shirts but sadly, I didn’t win.

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 If I had to say something negative about the party, I would say that the further into the night it got, the smokier the venue became.

Overall, I had a great time and am looking forward to the next party. I’ve already met up with some new friends that I made and plan to meet up with a few more very soon!

 

Few photos of the night!

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Shenzhen Nightlife; A Gay Man’s Insight

Its almost unbelievable that being gay was considered crime until 1997 and as a mental illness in China, and only in 2001 that they took it off the list. China is known for being almost crime-free due to the absence of guns, and no homophobic-related crimes have been heard of especially in recent years. Fast forward to 2018, Shenzhen is no exception, as it is a city bustling with life and thousands of establishments catered for foreigners and Chinese alike. Since it’s an industrial city, people from all over China and all over the world come here to do business or work, and sometimes pleasure.

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Due to the influence of western media, China has become more open and accepting of homosexuals. The younger generation seems to be more open and accepting, regardless of a person’s sexual orientation. This is why there are many bars and venues which are focused on western culture, which means they are accepting and open to gays in general.

Gay-friendly venues aren’t hard to find around the city, especially in Nanshan and Futian, although some are also found in the Luohu area. Much like Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou, the Shenzhen gay scene is alive and well, but not too active at the moment. Places like health saunas for gay people are not very popular and are often given negative reviews for being unsafe and unsanitary. I would recommend going to Hong Kong instead if you fancy these places. Gay bars are often boring, with the people flocking to the stage when the male dancers come out, then go back to their seats after the show. Unless it’s a special theme night with a sponsoring group and special shows, men would just usually sit around talking and bobbing their head to the music occasionally.

 

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In my honest opinion, I’ve had better experiences visiting gay-friendly bars and mingling with both locals and foreigners who are surprisingly friendly. I particularly like  O-Garden, Bang Club and Pepper in Coco Park, because of the friendly atmosphere and the lively music. O-Garden plays some deep house tunes which you can shake your booty too and sometimes sing along with as well. Their music isn’t too loud, which is good because you can actually have a conversation while drinking. It’s not fist-pumping music, but it’s great when you just wanna shake a little bit and feel sexy. They have theme nights as well, and the staff is friendly and some of them can speak English. Pepper club plays more of the current popular music, as with most bars in the city. It has a decent dance floor, and some popular local and international DJ acts have performed there. Bang Club has three theme nights per week, a mix of 70’s, 80’s and 90’s music every Monday night for the nostalgic. Wednesdays are Latin music nights, and Thursdays are Latin, Caribbean and African music.

There are other bars you’d pass by as you walk through this area, like Baron, EDEN, Mojo, and Sicilia. I would dare say I haven’t been to a bar in this area that wasn’t gay-friendly, so you’re safe to patronize any of these establishments. Do watch out for special theme nights for the LGBT community. Yes, Shenzhen has an active LGBT community. Although the active Saturgays group have recently halted activities, the people behind it continue to come up with LGBT parties and fun gatherings. Shenzhen also has Pandora Parties, an LGBT-friendly party group which has recently celebrated its three years of bringing people from all walks of life together in the form of private house parties, private hotel parties, pool parties, and other special events, in which everyone is welcome.

Shekou and Luohu also have their line-up of gay-friendly places. Crazy bar has been well-known for a good 10 years, O-nana is one of the more popular venues for special themed gay parties, of course since it is a gay bar with some of the sexiest and raunchiest Chinese male dancers who perform every night. Then there’s Lili Marleen just below KK Mall, which boasts of loud and popular new music and a line-up of fine local DJ’s. Muse bar, or more popularly known as S-Muse is also gay-friendly, along with Papaya and M1 bar, which plays popular current EDM and offers free drinks to foreigners all night.

The continuing support and efforts of foreigners and locals alike have made it possible for gay men to enjoy being themselves in this city without fear of prejudice. China is moving forward and maturing into an open-minded and accepting country slowly but surely.

Though this isn’t much of a review but rather a summary of the gay-friendly locations, I hope that you enjoyed reading it nonetheless. I’m looking forward to more activities and events in the LGBT community here in Shenzhen.

Written by

Zac Madic

(Barhopper, tinkerer, cook, music freak and time traveler).

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Rainbow presents: Hip-Hop Night

Rock, paper… Rainbow!

Rainbow Movement is back and with a new party, HIP-HOP night at Luna Bar is on Saturday, September 22nd. If you are one of our followers or new in town you should come and Have the change to meet new people.

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This Bar has been in Shekou for a while, it is one of the original places to go, I should know I used to be a regular, you can find an amazing brunch Sunday morning, with a friendly staff and good service this place is starting to open more and more to the community, They will host our LGBT+ Party

vodka_gre7Specials for the night:

  • 6 Tequila Shots  150 RMB
  • Rum & Coke  35 RMB
  • Gin & Tonic 35 RMB

Wing a bottle of Grey Goose!

 

 

Address: Address:  1 Kangle Lu, G/F Fuzhon Hotel, Shekou Shuiwan Metro Station Exit D  /  地址: LUNA酒吧南山招商街道康乐路1-1号水湾地铁站D出口

Below you can find our Qr Code for Payment

 

Top 5 “Unofficial” LGBT+ friendly places in Shenzhen

Hello Lalas! I am back, I know I said that a lot, with a new “unofficial” top! if you don´t know what I am talking about you should check out my first post: The 7 gay-friendly “Unofficial” destinations to travel in China, and to keep the tradition going I will go now for the top 7 unofficial LGBT+ in Shenzhen!

  1. O´Garden or 后花园清吧

A nightclub right in the middle of the most important financial district in Shenzhen, Futian, is a club in a rooftop with great music and many specials, easy access by metro and fair prices. It is popular the ladies night on Wednesdays where a lot of people from the LGBT+ community feel comfortable and go to a party when there are no official events.

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Address: No. 138, Min Tian Rd, Futian District, Shenzhen, Metro station Shopping Park Exit B 深圳市福田区民田路138号购物公园,

2. Bang Club or 邦酒吧

This is a club you don´t want to miss especially on Mondays, yes you heard right, Mondays! Also in the center of Futian District. Bang Club just as O`Garden are in the same area so you can always enjoy both locations.

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Address: 138, Block B, North of Shopping Park, Min Tian Lu, by Fuhua Yi LuMetro station Shopping Park Exit B 深圳市福田区民田路购物公园北园B区138号

3. Evil-Duck  

This Bar has some of the best craft beers in Shenzhen if you are a fan of a chill environment, good food, and especially good beer, this is the right place for you. It was a sponsor for PRIDE 2018, another place for your check out list

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Address: No.21 Shuiwei 5th Street, Futian District, Shenzhen, China  福田区水围五街21号76栋
4. BOA Bar Restaurant
This club and Lounge is relatively new in the Shekou area, with a mix of good Japanese food and music you may also be surprised that this particular place offers occasionally LGBT+ Friendly parties.
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Address:  3/F, West side of International Bar Street, Sea World, Shekou, Nanshan District, Seaworld Metro Stop 南山区蛇口海上世界国际酒吧街西侧三楼

5. Luna Bar
This Bar has been a while in Shekou, it is one of the original places to go, I should know I used to be a regular, you can find an amazing brunch Sunday morning, with a friendly staff and good service this place is starting to open more and more to the community, they will host the next 22nd of Sept 2018 and LGBT+ Party.  This is a must for you!
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Address:  1 Kangle Lu, G/F Fuzhon Hotel, ShekouShuiwan Metro Station Exit D  /  地址:LUNA酒吧南山招商街道康乐路1-1号水湾地铁站D出口
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