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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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,...


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


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Crowded at all hours with locals of all ages crooning pop favorites, the popular Haoledi chain has branches virtually everywhere. A few...


  • Dance Clubs

This is the first and founding member of the Muse group, a popular chain of clubs that, in its heydey, were four. The group is now down...

MAO Livehouse

  • Music Clubs

To the west and south of Xintiandi is Shanghai's most active large-scale concert venue. Past performers include Thee Oh Sees, Grimes,...


  • Bars/Pubs

Short for Tou Ming Si Kao, this exquisitely designed little bar is an aesthete's dream. Glisteningly modern, TMSK is stunning—as are...

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...