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  • House of Blues and Jazz

    • Nightlife
    • Bars
    • Live Music
    • Address
      60 Fuzhou Lu, near the Bund
      福州路60号, 近外滩
    • Phone
      6323 2779

    The House of Blues and Jazz moved to the Bund from its original Maoming Lu location (opened in 1995) around 2008. It's an upgrade, for sure. Big two-story space with live music nightly. Music is generally good, and includes a lot of soul and funk standards (Motown,... Read more

  • The Commune Social

    • Nightlife
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    • Address
      511 Jiangning Lu, near Kangding Lu
      江宁路511号, 近康定路
    • Phone
      6047 7638

    The second restaurant in town to bear the Jason Atherton brand on its masthead. The Commune Social is a contemporary tapas, dessert and cocktail bar. The cuisine seems largely informed by former Gordon Ramsay Lieutenant Jason Atherton's frequent flier miles log.... Read more

  • Manhattan

    • Nightlife
    • Bars
    • After Hours
    • Address
      154 Nanyang Lu, near Xikang Lu
      南阳路154号, 进西康路
    • Phone
      6247 6656

    One of Shanghai's oldest bars, which used to be on Tongren Lu before that street was cleaned up. Manhattan remains popular with that Tongren Lu type of crowd. How do we put this... It's very popular with foreign men and friendly Filipino, Thai and Vietnamese girls.... 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

  • Roosevelt Sky Restaurant

    • Nightlife
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    • Address
      The House of Roosevelt, 8/F, 27 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu, near Beijing Dong Lu
      中山东一路27号8楼, 近北京东路
    • Phone
      2322 0800

    The House of Roosevelt is the most recent incarnation of the Bund 27 building. In the past, it's been the HQ of British trading firm/opium sellers Jardine Matheson, the offices of the Japanese Navy intelligence, and the Shanghai Foreign Trade Commission. Now,... Read more

  • Mercedes-Benz Arena

    • Nightlife
    • Stage
    • Live Music
    • Address
      1200 Shibo Da Dao, near Shangnan Lu
      奔驰文化中心, 世博大道1200号, 近上南路
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    The former Shanghai World Expo Cultural Center with seating up to 18,000. The rule of thumb is if it happens here, it's a #big #deal, and tickets are going to start at 400rmb and head north real fast. Best way to get there is by taxi or metro line 8 from China Art... Read more

  • 8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo Bombana

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      Rockbund, Associate Mission Building, 6-7/F, 169 Yuanmingyuan Lu, near Beijing Dong Lu
      圆明园路169号6-7楼, 近北京东路
    • Phone
      6087 2890

    Umberto Bombana is an oft-dropped name in Hong Kong's food scene and his restaurant 8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo Bombana is one of only five restaurants with three Michelin stars in that city. This branch is their attempt to double down on those accolades when Michelin finally... Read more

  • Hollywood

    • Nightlife
    • Clubs
    • Xuhui
    • Address
      46 Yueyang Lu, near Dongping Lu
      岳阳路46号, 近东平路
    • Phone
      6466 7662

    For a while, this place was Lola before the people behind it decided to bring back the old Hollywood name in April 2017. Read more

  • Blue Frog (SWFC)

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    • Address
      Shanghai World Financial Center, B/F, 100 Century Avenue, near Dongtai Lu
      世纪大道100号, 上海环球金融中心B楼, 近东泰路
    • Phone
      6877 8668

    The Blue Frog pub/restaurant chain has been around in Shanghai for over ten years. The menu is basically unfussy American-style food -- burgers, pastas, salads, sandwiches. To drink is a reasonable selection of beers (both bottled and tap). Its daily four-hour happy... Read more

  • Club Sky

    • Nightlife
    • Clubs
    • New Factories
    • Address
      1/F, New Factories, No. 74 Yuyao Lu, near Xikang Lu
      余姚路74号,1楼, 同乐坊内, 近西康路
    • Phone
      6255 5626

    Pretty down-at-heel club in the New Factories. This area was once really hot, when Muse was here. Now it's kinda low-rent, though still brings in some younger Chinese partiers for bottles, cheap alcohol, dizzy staff and commercial club music. Read more

  • Windows Garage

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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

  • Liquid Laundry

    • Nightlife
    • Dining
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    • Address
      KWah Centre, 2/F, 1028 Huaihai Zhong Lu, near Donghu Lu
      淮海中路1028号, 嘉华坊2楼, 近东湖路
    • Phone
      6445 9589

    Popular gastro-pub / lounge by serial restauranteur Kelly Lee, the woman behind Sproutworks, iiiiit, Boxing Cat, and Cantina Agave. This one has a fully-functional brewery and they usually have a dozen of their brews on tap, which change constantly and can get quite... Read more

  • Flair Bar

    • Nightlife
    • Bars
    • Lounge
    • Address
      Ritz-Carlton Pudong, 58/F, 8 Shiji Da Dao, near Lujiazui Huan Lu
      世纪大道8号, 上海浦东丽思卡尔顿酒店58楼 近陆家嘴环路
    • Phone
      2020 1778

    Flair is another entry in Shanghai's vaunted "Bar With A View" genre. It's brought to you by the Ritz Carlton in Pudong, perched on the 58th floor of the IFC tower that the luxury hotel occupies. The real kicker is the split-level outdoor terrace with views directly... 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

  • Blue Frog (Novel Plaza)

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    • Address
      Novel Place, 131 Tianyaoqiao Lu, near Xingeng Lu
      天钥桥路131号, 近辛耕路
    • Phone
      3368 6117

    The Blue Frog pub/restaurant chain has been around in Shanghai for over ten years. The menu is basically unfussy American-style food -- burgers, pastas, salads, sandwiches. To drink is a reasonable selection of beers (both bottled and tap). Its daily four-hour happy... Read more

  • Cotton's (Xinhua Lu)

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    • Address
      294 Xinhua Lu, near Dingxi Lu
      新华路294号, 近定西路
    • Phone
      6282 6897

    Cotton's on Xinhua Lu is the expansion location of the original Cotton's on Anting Lu, which is one of the most popular patio bars in Shanghai. They've replicated the formula exactly in the new neighbourhood, and Cotton's Xinhua has a large outdoor patio abutting an... Read more

  • Uva Wine Bar

    • Nightlife
    • Dining
    • Wine Bar
    • Address
      819 Shaanxi Bei Lu, near Kangding Lu
      陕西北路819号, 近康定路
    • Phone
      180 1862 8320

    UVA is an Italian wine bar owned by a producer who specializes in wines northern Italy's Langhe region. There is a kitchen serving Italian pizzas, salads, paninis, bruschetta, and imported Italian cheeses and cold cuts. Read more

  • Char

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      Hotel Indigo, 29-31/F, 585 Zhongshan Dong Er Lu, near Dongmen Lu
      上海外滩英迪格酒店, 中山东二路585号29-31楼, 近东门路
    • Phone
      3302 9995

    Char is a contemporary steakhouse and bar in the Hotel Indigo which pays dutiful attention to little details like a selection of cutlery and sea salts. The upstairs bar is also an attraction with its panoramic, unobstructed riverside views. Read more

  • The Melting Pot (Taikang Lu)

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    • Address
      Tianzifang, 288 Taikang Lu, near Sinan Lu
      田子坊泰康路288号, 近思南路
    • Phone
      6415 8180 or 134 8284 5128

    This place specializes in live music, but a lot of it is sub-prime: covers bands and dodgy jazz-swing outfits with large-lunged women shrieking the place down. Having said that, it's surprisingly popular at the weekends with a local crowd. Drinks are nothing special... Read more

  • Bar Constellation (Xinle Lu)

    • Nightlife
    • Japanese
    • Bars
    • Address
      86 Xinle Lu, near Xiangyang Bei Lu
      新乐路86号, 近襄阳北路
    • Phone
      5404 0970

    Constellation was a "hidden gem," prized among expats for its finely conceived and exhaustive selection of cocktails -- but now everybody "knows about it" and it has "lost its charm" apparently. Take that for what you will. Basically everything ever mixed since the... Read more