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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 Ritz Bar & Lounge (Portman Ritz-Carlton)

    • Address
      The Portman Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, 1/F, 1376 Nanjing Xi Lu, near Xikang Lu
      南京西路1376号1层, 近西康路
    • Phone
      6279 8888 * 5976

    The Ritz Bar & Lounge combines Art Deco of the 20s and 30s with touches and elements of glitzy Shanghai during this era, reflecting the theme of "Ye Shanghai" or "Shanghai Nights." Promising to be a first call for global travelers, this focal venue segues from... 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Harley's Underground

    • Address
      B1/F, 265 Nandan Dong Lu, near Caoxi Lu
      南丹东路265号地下一层, 近漕溪路
    • Phone
      5424 7317

    Basement club next to the Xujiahui metro station hosting DJs and live shows in one room and bar sports in the other. This was one of Shanghai's oldest bars and live rock venues. They first opened at Hongqiao Lu and Yili Lu in 1996, they moved to Xujiahui in 2006. For... 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

  • World Of Beer (Fumin Lu)

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    • Address
      1/F, 85 Fumin Lu, near Julu Lu
      富民路85号巨富大厦1楼, 近巨鹿路
    • Phone
      6205 8885

    This chain beer shop and restaurant from Tampa Florida opened their first international venture in 2016, in Shanghai city. Basically it's a beer shop with about 400 kinds of bottles including some really rare brews (have seen some Bell's here). There's also about 30... 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

  • Blue Note Jazz Club

    • Address
      3-5/F, 867 Sichuan Bei Lu, near Haining Lu
      四川北路867号3-5楼, 近海宁路
    • Phone
      139 1870 6076

    Branch of the acclaimed international jazz club, opened in mid 2019 up in Hongkou. The first one in Shanghai and the tenth worldwide. It is 1,700 square meters, with the main room sitting 300 people at once, but it feels a bit... spare. Like a grey box with a stage.... 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 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 everything else... Read more

  • Keep It Quiet

    • Address
      200 Yongfu Lu, near Fuxing Xi Lu
      永福路200号, 近复兴西路
    • Phone
      5466 2727

    Speakeasy-style cocktail bar at the back of the Yongfoo Elite garden. The bartender, a 20 year China veteran who's spent like 10 of them chilling in a bar in Hainan, is a laid-back and... Read more

  • House of Blues and Jazz

    • 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 Brewer

    • Address
      200 Taicang Lu, near Madang Lu
      太仓路200号 近马当路
    • Phone
      5386 5337

    Beer bar/restaurant in Xintiandi that does live music nightly. It's a bit like a Shanghainese version of Paulaner. The beer is pretty drinkable and fresh though. They've also got a full range of liquors, wines, and food like pizza and steak. Some outdoor seating as... Read more

  • Time Passage

    • Address
      No. 183, Lane 1038 Huashan 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

  • 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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  • 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

  • World of Beer (Century Avenue)

    • Address
      Century Link Mall, LG1/F, 1192 Shiji Dadao, near Dongfang Lu
      世纪大道1192号LG1楼, 近东方路
    • Phone
      5087 3253

    This chain beer shop and restaurant from Tampa Florida opened their first international venture in 2016, in Shanghai city. This is their second location, opened in 2018. Basically it's a beer shop with about 400 kinds of bottles including some really rare brews... 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

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