Shanghai Nightlife

Fueled equally by expatriates and an adventurous population of locals, Shanghai boasts an active and diverse nightlife. Shanghai lacks the sort of performing-arts scene you'd expect from a city its size, but it's getting there. Chinese opera remains popular with an older crowd and is even enjoying resurgence with a younger audience.

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Xintiandi and City Center 9

Former French Concession 9

Jing'an and Changing 9

The Bund and Nanjing Dong Lu 8

Pudong 3

Xujiahui, Hongqiao and Gubei 2

Hongkou and Putuo 2

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Bars/ Pubs 18

Brewpubs/ Beer Gardens 2

Dance Clubs 9

Gathering Places 1

Music Clubs 8

Piano Bars/ Lounges 3

Tapas Bars 2

Wine Bars–Nightlife 3

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Business 1

Family 2

Gay and Lesbian 3

Historical 1

Romantic 3

Trendy 1

Views 1

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The Brew

  • Brewpubs/Beer Gardens

The Kerry Hotel's microbrewery is tightly run by Kiwi brewmaster Leon Mickelson. The crisp cider is very good for those who don't love...

The Shelter

  • Dance Clubs

Opened by a collective of Shanghai's leading DJs, this former bomb shelter is not for the claustrophobic. It is a favorite with Shanghai...

Time Passage

  • Bars/Pubs

Shanghai favors slick nightclubs and posh wine bars, but Time Passage, whose Chinese name is "yesterday, today, tomorrow," has always...


  • Wine Bars–Nightlife

Its name means "grape" in Italian, so it's no surprise that UVA is a little wine bar. Run by a pair of Italians, it offers quite good...


  • Piano Bars/Lounges

A Latin-inspired lounge where you can kick off your night before you go clubbing, Unico offers a dizzying array of pricey cocktails,...

Union Trading Co.

  • Bars/Pubs

The cocktail list here has 100-plus concoctions, some classic and some dreamt up by Texan bartender Yao Lu. The delightfully summery...

Wooden Box Cafe

  • Dance Clubs

On a quiet lane off busy Nanjing Xi Lu, this café and bar mimics the inside of a tree house, with high ceilings and wood paneling on...


  • Music Clubs

No one has done as much to bring Shanghai rock out from the underground and into the open as has this collective. Headed by a sound engineer...

Zhong Plaza

  • Bars/Pubs

Just off Nanjing Xi Lu, behind the West Nanjing Road metro station, is this small complex of bars and restaurants housed in lovingly-restored...

de Bellotas

  • Wine Bars–Nightlife

Tucked away outside Xintiandi proper, this quaint self-titled "jamon y vino" bar has a rich hardwood ceiling, sunlight streaming through...