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  • BnC2

    • Address
      320 Xinfeng lu, near Shanxi Bei lu
      新丰路320号, 近陕西北路
    • Phone
      3256 9558

    Like its sister bar, B&C Bar, B&C2 is a great local dive bar in Jing'an district. It has a good mix of locals and foreigners, and virtually every night the owners, Candy and Becky, will be at the bar having a good time and making sure everyone else is as well. Drinks... Read more

  • Perry's (Huaihai Zhong Lu)

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      1333 Huaihai Zhong Lu, near Baoqing Lu
      淮海中路1333号, 近宝庆路
    • Phone
      5436 5159

    A cheap and colorful college student mecca, Perry's offers up some exceptionally cheap eats and drinks. The bar's style is reminiscent of a graffiti-covered viking long-hall, complete with long wooden tables and benches. Great for bumping into new friends. Perry's... Read more

  • Malabar

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      1081 Wuding Lu, near Jiaozhou Lu
      武定路1081号, 近胶州路
    • Phone
      5237 3085

    Spanish tapas bar. Read more

  • Yuyintang

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      851 Kaixuan Lu, by Yan'an Xi Lu (Entrance behind the Metro Station)
      凯旋路851号, 近延安西路口
    • Phone
      5237 8662

    Yuyintang is one of the oldest underground live music houses in Shanghai, and has become a staple in the city. Featuring regular gigs every weekend, it brings in underground rock acts both worldwide and local. Read more

  • Propaganda

    • Address
      Basin 3 Mall, B1/F, 333 Guoding Lu, near Handan Lu
      国定路333号三号湾广场B1, 近邯郸路
    • Phone
      139 1849 6149

    Cheap, cheap student bar/dance club that's a five minute walk from Fudan University. New to Shanghai, they've been in Beijing and Tianjin for a decade. Beers start at 20rmb, and they often have bar specials like 5rmb drinks. DJs playing Top 40, electronic shiz, hip... Read more

  • Bell Bar

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      No. 11 (back gate), Lane 248 Taikang Lu, near Ruijin Er Lu
      泰康路248弄11号, 近瑞金二路
    • Phone
      138 1777 8890

    We love this friendly bar in Tianzifang. It's been there ages and expanded over the years from a little nook to four-floors, spilling out over an old Chinese house. It's reasonably priced, private and always stuffed with nice faces, mainly because of Amay, the... Read more

  • Jian Guo 328

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      328 Jiangguo Xi Lu, near Xiangyang Nan Lu
      建国西路328号, 近襄阳南路
    • Phone
      6471 3819

    This Taiwanese owners of this Shanghainese restaurant solemnly swear not to use MSG or low quality swill oil in their cooking, which has garnered lots of from resident foodies. Standout performers on the menu include their fried duck leg, the hongshao rou, and their... Read more

  • Perry's (Kangding Lu)

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      978 Kangding Lu, near Yanping Lu
      康定路978号, 近延平路
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    Shanghai's third Downtown venue for this nationwide chain strays not one iota from the formula. Large, windowless interior selling some of the cheapest alcohol in town to a student-y crowd of mixed locals and foreigners. The food is dodgy but cheap. The beer is cheap... Read more

  • Time Passage

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      No 183, 1038 Huan Shan Lu, near Fuxing Xi Lu
      华山路1038弄183号, 近复兴西路
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      6240 2588

    Hidden down a small street off of Huashan Lu, Time Passage (or Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow in Chinese) has somehow managed to stay open and running since 1994. It's a great place for a relaxing drink during the week and every weekend they have live blues, jazz, or... Read more

  • Ellen's (Nujiang Lu)

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      366 Nujiang Lu, near Jinshajiang Lu
      怒江路366号, 近金沙江路
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    Very cheap bar popular with students at the nearby East China Normal University. Check out their buckets of rum and Coke for 30rmb, or some ridiculously low price like that. Your head will not thank you for it in the morning, but hey, good times is good times. Read more

  • MingTown Bar

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      55 Jiangyin Lu, near Huangpi Bei Lu
      江阴路55号, 近黄陂北路
    • Phone
      6327 7766

    Chill bar and cafe inside the MingTown International Youth Hostel near People's Square. The small garden up here is peaceful, with birds providing the soundtrack to coffee sessions. There's usually some travelers hanging out here, telling stories and occasionally... Read more

  • Jenny's Blue Bar

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      7 Donghu Lu, near Huaihai Lu
      东湖路7号 近淮海中路
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      6415 7019

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  • Scandic Foods Asia

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      765 Huangpi Nan Lu, near Hefei Lu
      黄陂南路765号, 近合肥路
    • Phone
      5386 3309

    Built by the import company behind The Swedish Beer Club parties, this little shop has basic Swedish needs like lingonberry jam, ketchup, and cold caviar and beers in the fridge. There are indoor and outdoor tables, with a very kind ayi keeping shop, who is happy to... Read more

  • Perry's (Kaixuan Lu)

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      3/F, 1139 Kaixuan Lu, near An'shun Lu
      凯旋路1139号3楼, 近安顺路
    • Phone
      3255 8117

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  • Royal Garden

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      780 Changning Lu, near Dingxi Lu
      长宁路780号中山公园内, 近定西路
    • Phone
      5237 6777

    Little known fact: Zhongshan Park contains a huge Cantonese restaurant that serves up discounted dim sum from 9.30am-4pm daily to hundreds of happy grandmas, grandpas, and anyone else. This is your classic big room Chinese restaurant, with huge windows looking out at... Read more

  • Free Soul (Changle Lu)

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      No. 1221 Changle Lu near Huashan Lu
      长乐路1221号, 近华山路
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      5403 5521

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  • La Cava

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      216 Yongjia Lu, near Xiangyang Nan Lu
      永嘉路216号, 近襄阳南路
    • Phone
      6155 5001

    Large, vaguely Spanish bar with a short menu of food. The staff are really friendly — the manager is formerly of Cantina — and there's lots of room to sit down upstairs, around a large, central bar. Drink prices are eminently reasonable: 35rmb for pints of Carlsberg... Read more

  • Mekka

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      No 9, 181 Taicang Lu, near Madang Lu
      太仓路181弄9号, 近马当路
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      138 1668 5136

    Probably the cheapest -- and definitely the dive-iest -- bar in Xintiandi, Mekka is a walk-up watering hole in an alley just off the main strip. It's the kind of place where people do a "shot challenge", like drinking seven shots of 151 in under 30 seconds, to get... Read more

  • 17Hi

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      58 Jiaozhou Lu, near Beijing Xi Lu
      胶州路58号, 近北京西路
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      186 1684 6280

    Essentially drink deals APP for fans of mixology/cocktails. A monthly membership fee of 99rmb gets you a gratis drink at various bars and nightlife venues around town, and a bunch of buy-one-get-one deals. Read more

  • Lisboa Restaurant (Hongqiao)

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      City Center, 1/F, 100 Zunyi Lu, near Xianxia Lu
      遵义路100号1楼, 近仙霞路
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      6237 2268

    Affordable and casual Portuguese restaurant. Great place to get seafood on the cheap but don't expect mood lighting or any frilly decor. Read more