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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Cotton Club

  • Music Clubs

A dark and smoky jazz and blues club, the Cotton Club is an institution in Shanghai, and still one of the best places to catch live music.


  • Bars/Pubs

This friendly, laid-back favorite moved many times before settling into the current old garden house. Busy without being loud, Cotton's...


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Flamboyant drag queen Eddy has had to move this gay bar around the city over the years, but it has found a more permanent home on this...

JZ Club

  • Music Clubs

This place is the king of Shanghai's jazz offerings. Various house bands and stellar guest performers mix it up nightly. Look for plush...


  • Wine Bars–Nightlife

A slice of Italy it's not, but this rustic wine bar's three ramshackle rooms and quaint courtyard make for a popular date night or low-key...

Senator Saloon

  • Piano Bars/Lounges

On a quiet street in the French Concession, a few blocks from the bars along Yongfu Lu, is Senator Saloon. The unmarked entrance is easy...

The Apartment

  • Dance Clubs

This bumping club is packed to the gills every weekend night with throngs of sweaty young dancers grinding up against one another to...

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...

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...