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  • 1. Shake

    French Concession | Music Clubs

    Funk and soul supper club Shake hits exactly the right notes for a great night out. A curated lineup of guest artists alongside the club’s regular...Read More

  • 2. Bandu Cabin

    Putuo | Music Clubs

    Also known as Bandu Music, this unpretentious café and bar in the M50 art compound sells hard-to-find CDs and occasionally holds concerts of...Read More

  • 3. Bar Rouge

    The Bund | Bars/Pubs

    In the trendy Bund 18 complex, Bar Rouge has been the destination of choice among Shanghai's beautiful people for years. Pouting models, visiting...Read More

  • 4. Barbarossa

    City Center | Bars/Pubs

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

  • 5. Char

    The Bund | Bars/Pubs

    Though somewhat dated, Hotel Indigo's rooftop bar and steak house is still a prime place to take in unimpeded views of the Pudong skyline and...Read More

  • 6. Constellation

    Xintiandi | Bars/Pubs

    The fourth sibling in the ever-growing Constellation bar family is just south of Xintiandi, a stone's throw from the metro station. It sticks...Read More

  • 7. Cotton's

    Changning | Bars/Pubs

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  • 8. Cotton's

    French Concession | Bars/Pubs

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

  • 9. El Ocho

    Jing'an | Bars/Pubs

    Comfortable and welcoming, El Ocho is the kind of place where friends meet to catch up over unpretentious but exceptionally good (and smart...Read More

  • 10. Epic

    French Concession | Bars/Pubs

    Housed on several levels of an old lane house, this intimate cocktail bar feels perfectly Shanghai—a contrast of old and new, with forward-thinking...Read More

  • 11. Flair

    Pudong | Bars/Pubs

    The view here can only be described as jaw-dropping. The open-air bar on the 58th floor of the Ritz-Carlton Pudong sits you so close to the...Read More

  • 12. Glam

    The Bund | Nightlife Overview

    Glam attracts a well-heeled crowd of media types, intellectuals, and artists with its idiosyncratic design, its creative cocktails that include...Read More

  • 13. Haoledi

    City Center | Bars/Pubs

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

  • 14. Heyday

    French Concession | Music Clubs

    There's not a bad seat to be had at this intimate jazz-club gem, tucked on a quiet street. A vintage feel and great drinks complement nightly...Read More

  • 15. House of Blues and Jazz

    The Bund | Music Clubs

    Several music sets nightly and loads of ambience—dark-wood paneling, low-lighting, memorabilia from 1930s Shanghai—make the House of Blues and...Read More

  • 16. Jade on 36

    Pudong | Bars/Pubs

    This swanky spot in the newer tower of the Pudong Shangri-La offers decent cocktails, but it's the excellent design and equally excellent views...Read More

  • 17. Jazz at Lincoln Center Shanghai

    The Bund | Music Clubs

    Just off the Bund, the Shanghai outpost of New York City's famed Jazz at Lincoln Center venue doesn't drip with the local history that places...Read More

  • 18. JZ Club

    French Concession | Music Clubs

    At the king of Shanghai's jazz offerings, house bands and stellar guest performers mix it up nightly. Look for plush seating and drink prices...Read More

  • 19. Lai Lai Dancehall

    Hongkou | Dance Clubs

    This is one of Shanghai's gems, a sweet, simple dance hall where local men can come three nights a week and dance to tender Chinese pop songs...Read More

  • 20. M1NT

    The Bund | Dance Clubs

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

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