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  • BnC2

    • Nightlife
    • Bars
    • Cheap Drinks
    • 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

  • Yuyintang

    • Nightlife
    • Live Music
    • Outdoor Seating
    • Address
      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

  • Dada

    • Nightlife
    • Bars
    • Clubs
    • Address
      115 Xingfu Lu, near Fahuazhen Lu
      幸福路115号, 近法华镇路
    • Phone
      150 0018 2212

    Dada is a classic Shanghai dive bar / small-club that has local DJs spinning house and underground dance music Thursday-Saturday. Situated in the middle of Xingfu Lu, it caters to a younger Chinese and expat crowd in a comfortable, pretentious-free environment.... Read more

  • Windows Scoreboard

    • Nightlife
    • Bars
    • Sports Bars
    • Address
      11/F, 527 Huaihai Zhong Lu, near Chengdu Lu
      淮海中路527号11楼, 近成都路
    • Phone
      5382 7757

    Windows Scoreboard is the newest addition to the Windows bar chain, and this one takes their tried and true formula of rock-music-sports-pub and splashes it out in a big beer hall on the 11th floor of an office building. The huge room is split into smoking and non... Read more

  • Windows Garage

    • Nightlife
    • Bars
    • Pool/Billiards
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    • Address
      702 Nanjing Xi Lu, near Qinghai Lu
      南京西路702号, 近青海路
    • Phone
      6218 1360

    Windows Underground has come up from the depths and become Windows Garage. The formula is the same: a large, cheap bar with bargain basement food and some of the cheapest drinks in town. Sports on the big screens and pounding hip-hop on the system. Of all the... Read more

  • Bell Bar

    • Nightlife
    • Dining
    • Bars
    • Address
      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

  • Perry's (Huaihai Zhong Lu)

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    • Address
      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

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

    Spanish tapas bar. Read more

  • The Beaver

    • Nightlife
    • Bars
    • Sports Bars
    • Address
      28 Yueyang Lu, near Dongping Lu
      岳阳路28号, 近东平路
    • Phone
      6474 3216

    Just around the corner from the madness of Hengshan Lu, Eager Beaver is a recommended respite for anyone looking for the more relaxed atmosphere of a neighborhood local. Beaver's bottled beer list is one of the best in town and the pub food menu is quite respectable.... Read more

  • The Shed (Shaanxi Bei Lu)

    • Nightlife
    • Bars
    • Pool/Billiards
    • Address
      698 Shaanxi Bei Lu, near Kangding Lu
      陕西北路698号, 近康定路
    • Phone
      6237 6381

    This is the second place for the friendly neighborhood pub The Shed. It's Aussie owned and specialises in keeping drink prices low all day, every day. Good place for cheap beer and sports, and they have a nice menu of pub grub, too. Friendly staff and a welcoming vibe. Read more

  • Helen's (Maoming Lu)

    • Nightlife
    • Dining
    • Bars
    • Address
      148 Maoming Bei Lu, near Weihai Lu
      茂名北路148号, 近威海路
    • Phone
      6249 6532

    Very cheap bar beloved of students. It's from the same mould as Perry's, with wooden bench seating, cheap dodgy food of mainly Western extraction and very cheap beer on tap plus mixed drinks. Friendly staff and a rough and tumble atmosphere. Go in a group. Read more

  • Harley's Underground

    • Nightlife
    • Bars
    • Clubs
    • Address
      B1/F, 265 Nandan Dong Lu, near Caoxi Lu
      南丹东路265号地下一层, 近漕溪路
    • Phone
      5424 7317

    Basement club next to the Xujiahui metro station hosting DJs and live shows in one room and bar sports in the other. This is one of Shanghai's oldest bars and live rock venues. They first opened at Hongqiao Lu and Yili Lu in 1996, they moved to Xujiahui in 2006. For... Read more

  • Helen's (Wuchuan Lu)

    • Nightlife
    • Dining
    • Bars
    • Address
      49-51 Wuchuan Lu, near Xuefu Lu
      武川路49-51号, 近学府路
    • Phone
      6536 8669

    Really cheap and hugely popular student bar up near Fudan Uni. Any night of the week this place will be packed with foreigners and Chinese students drinking huge amounts of very cheap drinks and smoking cheap hookahs. Read more

  • Ellen's (Nujiang Lu)

    • Nightlife
    • Dining
    • Bars
    • Address
      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

  • Time Passage

    • Nightlife
    • Bars
    • Dive
    • Address
      No 183, 1038 Huan Shan Lu, near Fuxing Xi Lu
      华山路1038弄183号, 近复兴西路
    • Phone
      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

  • Perry's (Kangding Lu)

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    • Address
      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

  • BnC

    • Nightlife
    • Bars
    • Cheap Drinks
    • Address
      685 Xikang Lu, near Changping Lu
      西康路685号, 近昌平路
    • Phone
      5213 2100

    BnC is a very friendly, very cheap bar made for easy good times. It's run by a gaggle of very sweet Chinese girls who insist on hugging everyone who comes through the door. There's rock'n'roll on the music system and drinks from about 30rmb, with Tiger on draft.... Read more

  • La Cava

    • Nightlife
    • Bars
    • Wine Bar
    • Address
      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

  • Tentekomai (Wuyi Lu)

    • Dining
    • Japanese
    • Cheap Drinks
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    • Address
      295 Wuyi Lu, near Dingxi Lu
      武夷路295号, 近定西路
    • Phone
      6212 9755

    Wildly popular and eminently affordable, this izakaya does a brisk business in crispy gyoza, yakitori, and other snacks that make you want to guzzle down lots of beer, sake, and shochu. Their beef tongue comes highly recommended. Read more

  • Lisboa Restaurant (Hongqiao)

    • Dining
    • Seafood
    • Portuguese
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    • Address
      City Center, 1/F, 100 Zunyi Lu, near Xianxia Lu
      遵义路100号1楼, 近仙霞路
    • Phone
      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