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Shanghais largest English language venue directory, with over 10,000 listings, maintained by an editorial team of long-term Shanghai residents
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  • C's

    • 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

  • Specters

    • Address
      Bldg D, 753 Yuyuan Lu, near Zhenning Lu
      愚园路753号D楼, 近镇宁路
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    It liiiiiiives. The second iteration of an underground darling, now double the size, Specters is a black-and-red dive bar with heart. It's built for misfits and fans of Misfits. It's still the passion project of a bunch of leathery-skinned personalities you'd... Read more

  • Inferno (United Valley)

    • Address
      United Valley Jing'An, 462 Changle Lu, near Shaanxi Nan Lu
      长乐路462号, 近陕西南路
    • Phone
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    Infamous! Butcher! Angel of death! Monarch to the kingdom of the deeaeeeaad! Inferno, Shanghai's only dedicated metal bar, is in its third incarnation as a pub in United Valley. It's just a pub that plays metal. Two rooms, a bar in one and more lounge seating in the... 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楼, 近邯郸路
    • Phone
      5126 3619

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

  • Helen's (Maoming Lu)

    • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • YYs (Ying Yang)

    • Address
      B1/F, 125 Nanchang Lu, near Maoming Nan Lu
      南昌路125号B1楼, 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

  • Koala

    • 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

  • Mr. Shaker (Danshui Lu)

    • Address
      229 Danshui Lu, near Fuxing Zhong Lu
      淡水路229号, 近复兴中路
    • Phone
      183 2120 5453

    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

  • Mokkos Lamu

    • 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

  • Free Soul (Changle Lu)

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

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  • Helen's (Wuchuan Lu)

    • 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

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