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Nightlife in Shanghai

Shanghai is considered one of the most buzzing cities in Asia and its nightlife reflects that. There's a definite tendency towards the luxurious, especially around the Bund area, where cocktails and party frocks are the norm at places like Bar Rouge. More relaxed drinking can be found in the French Concession quarter at laid-back Cotton's. Most nightclubs are open until late and there are a number of after-hours clubs. For shows, head no further than People's Square to the Shanghai Grand Theatre.

Yuyintang, Shanghai. Courtesy of Yuyintang

Bars

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  1. 1. Shanghai Studio - Bars

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    Hidden underground along Huaihai Middle Road, Shanghai Studio is a friendly art studio-cum-bar. Headlining the city's gay nightlife scene, locals and expats alike gather to grab a drink and party while taking in some risqué exhibits.Show this on map

    Address

    4, Huaihai Middle Road, Shanghai 1950

    Telephone

    +86 (0) 21 6283 1043

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Shanghai Studio Website

  2. 2. Cloud 9 - Bars

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    Cloud 9, Shanghai. © Hyatt

    Futuristic Cloud 9 is named after its lofty location, 87 floors up the Jin Mao Tower. Decked out with dark Bond-style furniture and steel girders, it's a popular haunt for well-heeled couples, who sip cocktails to the unrivalled city views.Show this on map

    Address

    Grand Hyatt, Jin Mao Tower, 88 Century Avenue, Shanghai 200121

    Telephone

    +86 (0) 21 5049 1234

    Transport

    Metro to Lujiazui

    Website

    Grand Hyatt Website

  3. 3. Salon de Ning - Bars

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    The cocktails are tasty (and predictably pricey), but it's the ambience that's the big draw at this bar in the basement of the Peninsula Hotel. Four semi-private rooms face the stage, each decorated in its own highly eclectic style: the Indian room, the Upside Down room, the Old Movies room, and the Submarine room.

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    Address

    Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu 32, Shanghai, China

    Telephone

    021/2327-6731

  4. 4. Cotton's - Bars

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    Cotton's, Shanghai. © Cotton's

    The courtyard of this relaxed French Concession bar, set in an elegant 1930s French villa, is a great spot for a summer beer. In the winter, guests relax by the fireplace in the red room.Show this on map

    Address

    132, Anting Lu near Jianguo Xi Lu, Shanghai 200030

    Telephone

    +86 (0) 21 6433 7995

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Cotton's Shanghai Website

  5. 5. Bar Rouge - Bars

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    Bar Rouge. © Bar Rouge

    Well-heeled guests sit in chandeliered booths and nibble canapés at Bar Rouge in the Bund area. Flamboyant bartenders mix original cocktails with fresh ingredients like mango, ginger and wasabi. The outdoor terrace has some of the best views in town.Show this on map

    Address

    7F, Bund 18, 18 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu, Shanghai 200002

    Telephone

    +86 (0) 21 6339 1199

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Bar Rouge Website

  6. 6. Barbarossa Lounge - Bars

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    Barbarossa Lounge is a Moroccan-style Kasbah on a lake in the middle of People's Park by People's Square. A beautiful crowd smoke hookah pipes in the upstairs boudoir, drink on the terrace or dance to some of Shanghai's coolest music.Show this on map

    Address

    231, Nanjing Xi Road, People's Park, Shanghai

    Telephone

    +86 (0) 21 63180220

    Transport

    People's Square metro

Clubs

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  1. 7. Hollywood - Clubs

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    With its black leather sofas, coloured mood-lights and smoked glass, Hollywood in the French Concession feels like the kind of lounge movie stars might choose to drink in. The club draws in a sophisticated crowd with a range of theme nights including a 'Sex In The City' Ladies night on Thursday and 'Italian Night' each Sunday.

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    Address

    46 Yueyang Lu, Shanghai, China

    Telephone

    +86 139 91704 8644

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Hollywood Website

  2. 8. Not Me - Clubs

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    The packed dance floor and international guest DJs playing electro, rock and indie music are the focus of Not Me in Shanghai's French Concession. Lounge on comfortable bubble sofas, or compete with friends at the popular foosball table.Show this on map

    Address

    21, Dong Ping Road, Shanghai

    Telephone

    +86 (0) 64330760

    Transport

    Metro: Chang Shu Lu

    Website

    Not Me Website

  3. 9. Rich Baby - Clubs

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    With nightspots all over China, Babyface is known for booking top European DJs and is a popular choice with well-heeled clubbers. At this sleek branch near People's Square, local 'it' crowds pose, people-watch and dance to thumping house music.Show this on map

    Address

    Unit 101, Shanghai Square, 138 Huaihaizhong Road, Shanghai

    Telephone

    +86 (0) 21 6375 6667

    Transport

    Huangpi Nan Lu metro

  4. 10. M1NT - Clubs

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    This upscale club boasts brilliant floor-to-ceiling window views of the whole city, a much ballyhooed shark tank, and some of Shanghai's hottest parties. Frequented by a superchic clientele not dissuaded by the high priced drinks, this is a place where appearance (and money) counts. 

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    Cost

    Cover ¥100 Fri-Sat; no cover for members

    Address

    Fuzhou Lu 318, Shanghai, China

    Telephone

    021/6391-2811

    Website

    M1NT

Entertainment

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  1. 11. Yuyintang - Entertainment

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    Yuyintang, Shanghai. Courtesy of Yuyintang

    Shanghai's ultra-trendy set heads to Yuyintang in the Hongqiao district to hear the latest in live underground indie music. Sweaty crowds dance close to the jamming musicians on stage, and the dark poster-covered walls add to the intimate feel.Show this on map

    Address

    1731, West Yan An Rd (Kai Xuan Rd), Shanghai

    Telephone

    +86 (0) 21 5237 8662

    Transport

    Zhongshan Park metro

    Website

    Yuyintan Live House Website

  2. 12. JZ Club - Entertainment

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    JZ Club, Shanghai. © JZ Club

    JZ Club in the French Concession quarter offers unpretentious and accessible jazz every night. Largely local bands mix jazz with samba, salsa and other Latin favourites. Dim lighting and candles create an inviting ambience for a night of toe-tapping.Show this on map

    Address

    46, Fuxing Xi Road near Yongfu Lu, Shanghai 200031

    Telephone

    +86 (0) 21 6431 0269

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    JZ Club Website

  3. 13. Logo Bar - Entertainment

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    Logo Bar in the French Concession quarter regularly hosts Shanghai's best emerging bands at weekends. The rest of the time, DJs spin beats while trendy types lounge on sofas. With cheap drinks and entry, it's one of Shanghai's best-kept secrets.Show this on map

    Address

    13, Xingfu Lu near Fahuazhen Lu, Shanghai 200030

    Telephone

    +86 (0) 21 6281 5646

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Logo Website

  4. 14. Shanghai Grand Theatre - Entertainment

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    Shanghai Grand Theatre, Shanghai. © www.smartshanghai.com

    Shanghai Grand Theatre on People's Square is the premier venue for classical music, opera, drama and ballet. Shanghai Ballet regularly performs classics like Swan Lake and The Nutcracker but imported musicals like Cats and The Lion King are most popular.Show this on map

    Address

    300, Renmin Dadao, People's Square, Shanghai 200003

    Telephone

    +86 (0) 21 6386 8686

    Transport

    People's Square metro

    Website

    Shanghai Grand Theatre Website

  5. 15. Shanghai Oriental Art Centre - Entertainment

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    Shanghai Oriental Art Centre, Shanghai. © Shanghai Oriental Art Centre

    The shiny structure of Shanghai Oriental Art Centre with its reflective, transparent façade cost US$120 million. The 2,000-seat orchestra hall in Pudong has welcomed the likes of Jose Carreras. There's also a 1,000-seat lyric theatre and 330-seat chamber music hall.Show this on map

    Address

    425, Dingxiang Lu, Pudong, Shanghai 200135

    Telephone

    +86 (0) 21 6854 1234

    Transport

    Science and Technology Museum metro

    Website

    Shanghai Oriental Arts Centre

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