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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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  • The Pearl

    • Address
      471 Zhapu Lu, near Wujin Lu
      乍浦路471号, 近武进路
    • Phone
      137 6488 9962

    This historic theater up in Hongkou was once a temple, then it was Chinatown, now it's a bubbling club/lounge/bar regularly hosting cabaret theater shows. It's a really beautiful old space with a gallery and theater boxes, with a real feeling of history in the wood,... Read more

  • Shake

    • Address
      3/F, 46 Maoming Nan Lu, near Jinxian Lu
      茂名南路46号3楼, 近进贤路
    • Phone
      6230 7175

    Opened by the owners of Heyday and Chef Danyi Gao, Shake is based on New York supper clubs from the 1960s, where patrons would spend an entire evening at the venue for food, drinks, and entertainment. Shake's dinner menu features fusion dishes like honey cheese tofu,... Read more

  • Mercedes-Benz Arena

    • Address
      1200 Shibo Da Dao, near Shangnan Lu
      奔驰文化中心, 世博大道1200号, 近上南路
    • Phone

    The former Shanghai World Expo Cultural Center with seating up to 18,000. It is Shanghai's premier concert venue. Bruno Mars, Queen, Iron Maiden, Troy Sivan, Disney on Ice, WWE... the rule of thumb is if it happens here, it's a #bigdeal, and tickets are going to... 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

  • Modern Sky Lab

    • Address
      3/F, 188 Ruihong Lu, near Tianhong Lu
      瑞虹路188号3楼, 近天虹路
    • Phone
      6580 7180

    State of the art, mid-size livehouse run by one of China's biggest indie labels, Modern Sky (the same folks who bring you Strawberry Festival every year). Equipped with excellent sound, lighting, and LCD screens, this is a great place to see one of the many touring... 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

  • Yuyintang

    • 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

  • Bandai Namco Dream Hall

    • Address
      179 Yichang Lu, near Jiangning Lu
      宜昌路179号, 近江宁路
    • Phone

    Formerly the QSW Culture Center, the Bandai Namco Dream Hall is a huge live music venue with one of the best sound systems in Shanghai. It contains two separate venues. Q.Hall is the larger, and has room for 1500 people on two levels, or 600 people at a seated... Read more

  • Q.S.W. Culture Center

    • Address
      179 Yichang Lu, near Jiangning Lu
      宜昌路179号, 近江宁路
    • Phone
      6266 3191

    This is a huge government-backed music and arts center. It hosts musical and stage performances from classical to rock, plus has dance studios and areas for kids to learn about music. There are also a number of recording studios on site, with the whole package aimed... Read more

  • Found 158

    • Address
      158 Julu Lu, near Ruijin Lu
      巨鹿路158号, 近瑞金路
    • Phone

    Once known as the seedy, underground bar maze Da Tong Mill, this development just off Julu Lu has sprung back to life with a boatload of venues; restaurants, bars, lounges, live music venues, a pretty decent pizza place, a little performance theatre in a bar, the... Read more

  • Candor

    • Address
      3/F, 57 Maoming Nan Lu, near Changle Lu
      茂名南路57号3楼, 近长乐路
    • Phone
      183 2189 5998

    Tucked into the velvety loft of the Lyceum Theatre (take the stairs up to the right immediately inside the doors), Candor is a cocktail bar with a small/intimate stage. It leans heavily on... Read more

  • Jazz at Lincoln Center Shanghai

    • Address
      4/F, 139 Nanjing Dong Lu, near Jiangxi Zhong Lu
      南京东路139号4楼, 近江西中路
    • Phone
      6330 9218

    Dark, intimate and chic jazz lounge set up in partnership with the famed New York institution, Jazz at Lincoln Center regularly rotates in two- to three-week residencies, from fresh conservatory graduates to grizzled industry veterans and regulars at the New York... Read more

  • WET BAR

    • Address
      W Shanghai – The Bund 4/F, 66 Lvshun Lu, near Dongchangzhi Lu
      旅顺路66号4楼, 近东长治路
    • Phone
      2286 9962

    Latin-inspired tapas and cocktail open-pool-slash-bar in the W Shanghai with a view over Pudong. They're focused on throwing parties associated with contemporary music, fashion, and youth culture trends with guests coming for the party first and then staying for the... Read more

  • VAS Livehouse

    • Address
      3/F, 19 Wanhangdu Lu, near Changning Lu
      万航渡后路19号3楼, 近长宁路
    • Phone
      182 2139 1480

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  • Wooden Box

    • Address
      9 Qinghai Lu, near Nanjing Xi Lu
      青海路9号, 近南京西路
    • Phone
      5213 2965

    The smallest, possibly chillest member of the JZ family, this comfortable little café near the Nanjing Xi Lu metro stop is a good bet for light live music like folk, jazz, and bluegrass most evenings. Nice patio. They also do lunch sets and happy hour. Read more

  • Yuyintang Park

    • Address
      B1/F, 1398 Yuyuan Lu, near Dingxi Lu
      愚园路1398号B1层, 近定西路
    • Phone
      5237 8662

    The second venue from Shanghai live-house icon Yuyintang. Built into a basement in the office building across from Zhongshan Park's main entrance, this one's a little bigger. They've poured a lot of effort into getting the space sound-optimized, installing... Read more

  • JZ Club (Found 158)

    • Address
      B1/F, 158 Julu Lu, near Ruijin Yi Lu
      巨鹿路158号B1楼, 近瑞金一路
    • Phone
      5309 8221

    Doubling in capacity from their storied space which closed last year on Fuxing Lu, the new JZ Club is oriented as a proper theater space / concert hall, with a stage set up at one end and basically the entire rest of the club a general audience table seating area, a... Read more

  • Lucca

    • Address
      390 Panyu Lu, near Fahuazhen Lu
      番禺路390号, 法华镇路
    • Phone
      5295 6979

    Lucca (formerly known as 390) is smack in the middle of Shanghai’s gayborhood. It's a stone’s throw from Happiness, gay friendly Celia, and Telephone 6, which is just upstairs. You’ll see this place immediately from the mass of gay men spilling out into the Panyu Lu... Read more

  • JZ Latino

    • Address
      Renaissance Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel, Top Floor, 159 Henan Nan Lu, near Fuyou Lu
      河南南路159号, 近富有路
    • Phone
      2321 8888

    JZ's lounge bar in the Renaissance Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel. The rooftop is absolutely massive, with uninhibited views. Every night sees a live Latin band and dancers, with lots of dance events and classes each month. Read more

  • Chair Club (Haifang Lu)

    • Address
      Bldg 12, 555 Haifang Lu, near Yuyao Lu
      海防路555号12号楼, 近余姚路
    • Phone
      138 1737 3313

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