2012 Jun 02 Crackdown Cocktails: Are Free Drinks The Carrot Before The Stick?
With the 100-day crackdown on "illegal aliens" ongoing, Club Latte has decided to launch a new party called "I Am Foreigner" every Wednesday until the end of July. According to their flyer for the event, all foreigners attending will be plied with free cocktails all night. However, with many expats in Beijing keen to avoid the attentions of the police, some have already voiced suspicions that this party may well be a magnet for a bust.
Foreign Weibo users have dropped a few comments suggesting that the event could potentially attract the interest of the authorities. User "MaxBureau马克新" (aka promoter Maxime Bureau of The M Agency) summed up thus: "gather them, then check visas."
A few other things we noticed about "I Am Foreigner":
- Interesting that the event is taking place at Latte, a venue that the US Embassy once warned its citizens to stay away from after an American was beaten up at the Gongti club.
- This may be the silliest name ever for a club night in Beijing.
- What is that poster? Those fangs, monobrow, leering eyes and generally sinister demeanor of the face on the cocktail glass doesn't exactly send a positive message.
While we're on the topic, it looks as if the crackdown has reached Shanghai - see this post for details of a raid on Shanghai bar The Apartment last night.
If you're tempted to check out "I Am Foreigner," be sure to take a copy of your passport, visa and housing registration.