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

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Bar Rouge

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


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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...

House of Blues and Jazz

  • Music Clubs

Decked out in memorabilia from Shanghai's jazz era of the 1930s, the House of Blues and Jazz would be a great bar even without the music,...


  • Dance Clubs

Two-parts club, one part bar, M1NT is one of the few places in Shanghai with a strict door policy. The club, on the 24th floor of an...

Muse on the Bund

  • Dance Clubs

Loud and crowded, Muse on the Bund plays hip-hop, house, and electro music and throws themed parties. When you need to chill out, there's...

Peace Hotel Jazz Bar

  • Piano Bars/Lounges

The average age of the musicians who make up the Old Jazz Band is 80, but you wouldn't know it listening to them jam. The food and drinks...


  • 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,...