Sunday, February 1, 2015

Gone Clubbing

Unlock your membership to Shanghai Social Club


Don't you dare tweet this one at Quentin Tarantino.
Because the second he learns Boston's got a Prohibition-era Shanghai opium den, there goes the neighborhood. Film crews will clog the street and paparazzi vultures will stalk the sidewalks. Not to mention Sam Jackson cursing a blue streak up and down Commonwealth Ave.

But you? You should certainly scout Shanghai Social Club. Cozy new haunts for Chinese street food are awesome enough, but scorpion bowls in Allston? That's a top priority.
Your other priority is to walk past Buddhist statues, vintage Communist political posters, and hanging Chinese lanterns to a booth. Because it's not a booth. It's a refurbished bed from an actual Shanghai opium den, as it were.
Order up SSC's signature Scorpion Bowl (for two or more) made with rum, brandy, and fruit juices. Keep the sharing going with black pepper chicken, peking duck noodle bowls, and lemongrass lobster rolls. 

With any luck, your house-made fortune cookie will forecast you and your date achieving great things together. In bed.

And once again, Quentin's not invited.

Shanghai Social Club
1277 Commonwealth Ave., Allston
(617) 208-8909

Price: 2 (out of 4)
Noise: 3 (out of 4)
Subway: Green Line to Harvard Ave
Best bets: Scallion duck steamed buns; Empress shrimp; Mongolian beef
Nearby: Joshua Tree; Sunset Grill & Tap; Wonder Bar

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