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

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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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288/The Melting Pot

  • Music Clubs

With live performers of varying styles nightly, and up-and-coming rockers on weekend, this laid-back bar is a favorite with music lovers,...

390 Bar

  • Music Clubs

Shanghai's only gay live music venue, 390 bar is also popular with Shanghai's straight club-goers. The decor is outrageous and flaming,...

Bandu Music

  • Music Clubs

An unpretentious café and bar in the M50 art compound, Bandu sells hard-to-find CDs and occasionally holds concerts of traditional Chinese...

Bar Rouge

  • Bars/Pubs

In the trendy Bund 18 complex, Bar Rouge is the destination du jour of Shanghai's beautiful people. Pouting models and visiting celebrities...


  • Bars/Pubs

This is a popular evening destination especially with nearby office workers who come by for happy hour. The interior is straight out...

Cashbox Party World

  • Bars/Pubs

This giant establishment is one of Shanghai's most popular Karaoke TV (KTV) bars, and among the few that are dedicated to KTV instead...


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This is the Yu Gardens outpost of a popular French Concession bar known for its deep couches and mulled wine. A neighborhood bar with...


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Hotel Indigo's dark, sexy rooftop bar and steak house offers panoramic views of the Pudong skyline and Huangpu River. The hotel's location...

Cloud 9

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Perched on the 87th floor of the Grand Hyatt, Cloud 9 is among the city's loftiest bars. It has unparalleled views of Shanghai from among—and...


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The fourth sibling in the growing Constellation bar family, this branch is just south of Xintiandi, a stone's throw from the metro station.