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  • 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

  • C's

    • Nightlife
    • Bars
    • Dive
    • Address
      685 Dingxi Lu, near Yanan Xi Lu
      定西路685号, 近延安西路
    • Phone
      137 9524 1780

    C's is one of Shanghai's most well-know and enduring dive bars, and they've got the toilets to prove it. With graffiti all over the walls, loud music blasting throughout its cavernous rooms, and some of the cheapest drinks in town, C's is a mainstay on the Shanghai... Read more

  • Windows Garage

    • Nightlife
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      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

  • YYs (Yin Yang)

    • Nightlife
    • Bars
    • Dive
    • Address
      Basement level, 125 Nanchang Lu, near Maoming Nan Lu
      南昌路125号, 近茂名南路
    • Phone
      6466 4098

    Although Y.Y.'s has been around for more than 20 years, it remains as one of Shanghai's lesser known venues. It's also one of the best. It's quiet, friendly, open very late and always draws a cool crowd. They recently moved from their upstairs space to the basement... 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

  • 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

  • Koala

    • Nightlife
    • Bars
    • Dive
    • Address
      280 Huaihai Xi Lu, near Panyu Lu
      淮海西路280号, 近番禺路
    • Phone
      5258 8779

    This place was set up by Australians as a friendly, no-nonsense dive but it was taken over by a Norwegian and his Chinese wife. The vibe remains the same, with pool, darts, sport on the TVs and MOR rock on the juke box. Its proximity to Jiaotong University pulls in... Read more

  • Crocus

    • Nightlife
    • Dining
    • Bars
    • Address
      18 Yuyuan Zhi Lu, near Wulumuqi Bei Lu
      愚园支路18号, 近乌鲁木齐北路
    • Phone
      6232 1826

    This reincarnation from Kangding Lu has been updated with a stylish decor and upgraded with a better menu. Food offerings include thin-crust pizzas, grilled steaks and antipasti like prosciutto and melon. To drink, there is a solid selection of imported beers, wines... 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

  • 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
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    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

  • 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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      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

  • Free Soul (Changle Lu)

    • Nightlife
    • Dining
    • Bars
    • Address
      No. 1221 Changle Lu near Huashan Lu
      长乐路1221号, 近华山路
    • Phone
      5403 5521

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  • Mr. Shaker (Danshui Lu)

    • Nightlife
    • Bars
    • Lounge
    • Address
      229 Danshui Lu, near Fuxing Zhong Lu
      淡水路229号, 近复兴中路
    • Phone
      150 0036 6397

    Small but fairy well priced cocktail bar at the corner of Fuxing and Danshui. Room for about 15 people to sit down at the bar and one large table. Drink menu is large, with maybe 30 cocktails, but they're not bad, and most are 45rmb. Gets a bit smokey. This used to... Read more

  • Specters

    • Nightlife
    • Bars
    • Live Music
    • Address
      1485 Beijing Xi Lu, near Changde Lu
      北京西路1485号, 近常德路
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    Sometimes a man. Sometimes a man. Sometimes a red-blooded, full-grown, get-down kinda man (with some partners from Yuyintang), despite a decade of experience that suggests it's probably a bad idea, decides he wants to open a dive bar. A grotty, black and red,... Read more

  • Mokkos Lamu

    • Nightlife
    • Bars
    • Dive
    • Address
      1245 Wuding Xi Lu, near Wanhangdu Lu
      武定西路1245号, 近万航渡路
    • Phone
      6212 1114

    Mokkos is a bar specializing in Japanese shochu, a spirit distilled from everything from barely to sweet potatoes. A chilled out atmosphere with reggae on the speakers make this a jealously guarded secret among Shanghai's hipsterati. Read more