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  • Kartel

    • Address
      5/F, 1 Xiangyang Bei Lu, near Julu Lu
      襄阳北路1号5楼, 近巨鹿路
    • Phone
      5404 2899

    Well-designed, casual French bar and lounge with a great rooftop that has one of the best views in town. The guy who started this used to be with Dr. Wine, then broke off to start his own spot. The place is warm, with wooden floors, exposed bricks, and long, communal... Read more

  • Speak Low

    • Address
      579 Fuxing Zhong Lu, near Ruijin Er Lu
      复兴中路579号, 近瑞金二路
    • Phone
      6416 0133

    This busy Japanese-style speakeasy is hidden behind a secret door in a bartending equipment shop on Fuxing Lu. It spans four floors, each with its own concept. The lively second floor recalls a house party and they serve classic cocktails like Corpse Reviver No.2 and... Read more

  • Monkey

    • Address
      2/F, 145 Wuyuan Lu, near Wulumuqi Zhong Lu
      五原路145号2楼, 近乌鲁木齐中路
    • Phone
      6416 1678

    Intimate (read: tiny) cocktail bar from the fellows behind Monkey Champagne, located just above Diner on Wuyuan Lu. Read more

  • Liquid Laundry

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      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

  • V Spot

    • Address
      5/F, 218 Xinle Lu, near Donghu Lu
      新乐路218号5楼, 近东湖路
    • Phone
      3424 9003

    Described as a sex-positive adult toy store, it's also a wine bar, a dance studio and an art gallery. Read more

  • Funkadeli (Fumin Lu)

    • Address
      A Mansion, 291 Fumin Lu, near Changle Lu
      富民路291号, 近长乐路
    • Phone
      6170 1318

    Relaxed atmosphere and plenty of seating inside and outside, but with enough room left to stand if it gets crowded. The food menu is quite extensive. Cold cuts and cheese platters are 120rmb, and lasagna, salads, wraps, panini, focaccia, and even some vegetarian... Read more

  • The Camel (Puxi)

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    • Address
      1 Yueyang Lu, near Dongping Lu
      岳阳路1号, 近东平路
    • Phone
      6437 9446

    If you've never been to a sports bar but you have an idea of what one is in your head, you're probably thinking of The Camel. Lager on tap, TVs everywhere showing literally every sport, and every so often a bunch of people will shout a lot, depending on how the gods... Read more

  • Sober Company

    • Address
      99 Yandang Lu, near Nanchang Lu
      雁荡路99号, 近南昌路
    • Phone
      5309 8261

    The blanket term referring to three separate venues by Speak Low mastermind Shingo Gokan. The first floor is occupied by Sober Cafe, which opens at 8am and does coffee, coffee-based cocktails and... Read more

  • Barber Shop

    • Address
      615 Yongjia Lu, near Wulumuqi Nan Lu
      永嘉路615号, 近乌鲁木齐南路
    • Phone
      188 0177 7008

    Speakeasy / cocktail bar hidden behind a little barber shop on Yongjia Lu. It's really a house, so this place is huge for a speakeasy, with three big rooms and a large backyard. The vibe inside is more 1930s and tiki than barber shop, and there's a lot of attention... Read more

  • Le Baron

    • Address
      7F, 20 Donghu Lu, near Huaihai Lu
      东湖路20号7楼, 近淮海中路
    • Phone
      5424 5181

    Popular outpost of a Parisian club that also has venues in New York, Tokyo, and London. Crowd is mixed Chinese and foreign, and tends to be fashion, music, or other industry peeps. Music is generally decent; they play mostly old school disco, classics, and hip hop,... Read more

  • ALL Club

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      2/F, 17 Xiangyang Bei Lu, near Changle Lu
      襄阳北路17号2楼, 近长乐路
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    Club from most of the concerns behind celebrated underground basement club The Shelter. It's split into two rooms, 50-50 between bar and lounge area and dance floor, looking chic and industrial. It's some austere, art-damaged shit. They're open six days a week... Read more

  • Heyday

    • Address
      50 Tai'an Lu, near Xingguo Lu
      泰安路50号, 近兴国路
    • Phone
      6236 6075

    Heyday harks back to the glamorous days of 1920's and 30's Shanghai. It's a small, intimate venue showcasing local jazz talents like Coco Zhao. To go with the music is a list of cocktails that riff on Shanghai's decadent jazz era, with names like Heaven Built on... Read more

  • Celia by Pulse

    • Address
      298 Xingfu Lu, near Pingwu Lu
      幸福路298号, 近平武路
    • Phone
      159 2192 4280

    After-hours club on Xingfu Lu focused on tech-house, deep house, and techno. This one comes courtesy of veteran Shanghai DJ Emil Chang and other resident DJs like Lina K, Cice and Jeff Chong. On Fridays and Saturdays you can count on this place going very, very late.... Read more

  • Abbey Road

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      3 Taojiang Lu, near Hengshan Lu
      桃江路3号, 近衡山路
    • Phone
      5466 2069

    Taojiang Lu sequel to one of Shanghai's most popular summer venues, named after that little street those wacky Beatles trotted across. Ample patio seating, cheap beer on tap and lots of (at times unfortunate) classic rock, this bar/restaurant is the ultimate expat... Read more

  • Don Club

    • Address
      4/F, 17 Xiangyang Bei Lu, near Changle Lu
      襄阳北路17号4楼, 近长乐路
    • Phone
      180 1771 0605

    Dark, dramatic and intimate nightclub from the people behind Atelier. Perched at the top of bustling number 17 Xiangyang Bei Lu, and accessed by an elevator that they refurbished especially for the club, it's an even split between curtained nooks with private... Read more

  • Bird

    • Address
      50 Wuyuan Lu, near Changshu Lu
      五原路50号, 近常熟路
    • Phone
      135 0172 6412

    An under-20 seater serving pan-world small, sharable fusion dishes from an ex-surgeon chef. Their wine guy will recommend some wines to go along with it. Camden, the host, also of Egg and next door's Read more

  • MAO Livehouse

    • Address
      3/F, 308 Chongqing Nan Lu, near Jianguo Zhong Lu
      3/F, 重庆南路308号, 近建国中路
    • Phone
      6445 0086

    MAO Shanghai Livehouse is a Shanghai's most active large-sized concert venue, hosting local, national, and international acts every weekend and intermittent week nights. Music ranges from pop, to rock, to large-scale electronic events and raves. Shows vary in start... Read more

  • The Cut Rooftop

    • Address
      7/F, 999 Huaihai Zhong Lu, near Shaanxi Nan Lu
      淮海中路999号7楼, 近陕西南路
    • Phone
      6443 5136

    After a couple of years at the rooftop second floor of The Cut, this spot is now The Cut Rooftop, an upscale casual dining lounge thing aimed at a young professionals crowd. Seems like a really good spot... Read more

  • Maya

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      Grand Plaza Club House, 2/F, 568 Julu Lu, near Shaanxi Nan Lu
      巨鹿路568弄 四方新城俱乐部2楼, 近陕西南路
    • Phone
      6289 6889

    Maya is a popular, upscale Mexican restaurant whose slightly odd location on the second-floor of an apartment clubhouse is a reminder that good food trumps weird locations. The cooking is contemporary Mexican, with a few concessions like tacos and quesadillas, but if... Read more

  • X Club

    • Address
      B1/F, 366 Zhaojiabang Lu, near Xiangyang Nan Lu
      肇嘉浜路366号B1楼, 近襄阳南路
    • Phone
      3356 1255

    Don't let the facade fool you, X Club is a family-friendly lazer tag place near the Jiashan Lu metro station. The vibe is a mix of cyberpunk and college dorm room, with Robocop and Blade Runner posters on the wall and a dayglo lazer tag maze. They've also got a full... Read more

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