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Bund Life

  • Bar Rouge Bar Rouge is the most famous bar in Shanghai and offers a camera-friendly backdrop for clubbers resident and visiting, looking for their Shanghai "memories."
  • Glamour Bar The sumptuous Glamour Bar on the Bund make overtures to a younger crowd as well, with new music from international DJs and bands, and gay-friendly nights.
  • Atanu Bar This former lighthouse is one of the more unusual places along the Bund to grab a drink, but the winding staircase and outdoor areas make it a hidden gem.

Cocktails

  • Constellation Constellation 2 is the more spacious expansion of one of Shanghai's most popular cocktail lounges, Constellation. Both locations are dependable for their wide selections of top notch cocktails.
  • Glo London This restaurant has a well lit cocktail bar on the fourth floor with regular half-priced deals in the early evening. Stop in for one of their mojitos or a cheeky after-work martini.
  • el Cocktails el Coctel is a dark and intimate lounge, a lovingly crafted tribute to the cocktail's Golden Era, in the early twentieth century, and Japan's fanatical obsession to the details of the drink.

Clubbing

  • Muse 2 This huge industrial space is one of the few clubs in town that draws foreigners and locals in equal measure. Stop in any night of the week and it will throng with clubbers young and old, bold and beautiful.
  • The Shelter The Shelter is the stalwart of the underground dance music scene. A converted bomb shelter, the club is dark, sweaty, black, loud, and thumping. Virtually every single Shanghai independent promoter has a weekly or monthly party therein.
  • No. 88 88 offers an utterly insane atmosphere totally unique in the city. Imagine the craziest, spazziest dance club you can, and add dancers, actors, dice, performers, and an overall atmosphere of WTF.

View

  • Flair Flair is Shanghai's latest and great Bar With A View, brought to you by the new Ritz Carlton in Pudong, and perched on the 58th floor of the new IFC tower the luxury hotel occupies.Prices, naturally, are astronomical.
  • Jade on 36 Jade on 36, on the 36th floor of the Shangri-La Hotel in Pudong is not for small wallets, but for a more intimate (and often better) view of the Bund than the too-high Jin Mao.
  • Vue Bar With amazing views of the Bund, wood interior and jacuzzi on the outdoor terrace, VUE Bar atop the Hyatt on the Bund is a beautiful and equipped place to enjoy a mellow night out.

Dive

  • Dada Dada is managed by a Shanghai-based independent promoter, and offers a chilled out lounge/club space, catering to a younger Chinese and expat crowd in a comfortable, pretentious-free environment.
  • C's 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 underground music scene
  • The Beaver This small dive is popular with beer lovers due to its extensive collection of bottled brews. The soundtrack is 80s rock and metal and it draws a fun, late-night crowd at the weekends.

Wine

  • Enoterra Enoterra is one of the most successful wine bars in Shanghai. International wines are available therein at very affordable prices. 3 outlets in Shanghai
  • Dr. Wine Bottle prices at Dr. Wine start low and go to outer space, but owing to direct imports there's also a selection for the less-affluent connoisseur.
  • The Fat Olive Greek Mezze (small bites and appetizers) paired with a an extensive array of international wines from both New and Old World with blackboard options by the glass and bottle.

Live Music

  • Yu Yin Tang 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.
  • Mao Livehouse MAO Shanghai Livehouse is a large-sized concert venue, hosting local, national, and international acts every weekend and most nights of the weeks.
  • Jz JZ Club offers its patrons a little flavor of "old Shanghai." Dark and smoky with red lamps and quality jazz, the club packs 'em in on the weekends, so get there early.

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Weekly Events

  • Happy Hour at CA Club is every night from 6–9. Buy one cocktail get one free. Complimentary snacks, too.
    Daily at CA Club

 
    • Every day from 6–8pm Loco Spanish resto and G&T bar serves paella and small pinxtos gratis to those customers who have purchased a beverage. House-pour cocktails are 50rmb, draft beer is 20rmb and house wine is 30rmb.
      Daily at Loco

    Every day from 6–8pm Loco Spanish resto and G&T bar serves paella and small pinxtos gratis to those customers who have purchased a beverage. House-pour cocktails are 50rmb, draft beer is 20rmb and house wine is 30rmb.
    Daily at Loco

 
    • 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. Anyhoo, head down any day for afternoon drinks and beer and cocktails are buy one get one free. That lasts 5-8pm daily. You'll always get a warm welcome from the owner, Amay.
      Daily at Bell Bar

    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. Anyhoo, head down any day for afternoon drinks and beer and cocktails are...
    Daily at Bell Bar

 

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I Love Shanghai

Daily

From 6-9pm every day it's 25rmb pints, bottled beers, cocktails and house pours from heavy-handed bartenders. This place is a Shanghai institution. It's been there, selling inexpensive booze to a youn..

The Apartment

Every Wed

Not a fan of hump day? Neither are we. But Wednesdays sound relatively survivable when you can enjoy 2 for 1 martini deals at the Apartment. Open terrace available. Every Wednesday; 8pm to midnight..

O delice! (Xinle Lu)

Daily until Dec 31

O delice French cafe does an "apero" happy hour every Monday through Friday from 5–8.30pm. Stella, Corona, wine or Pastis Ricard are 28rmb. Vedett, kir or bubbly are 32rmb.

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Library Distillery

This is the prohibition-era cocktail bar at the back of Light & Salt, a high-end restaurant in the Rockbund complex. There's a secret door behind a bookcase. You're meant to know a password to get in, but that's not really enforced, it's just for fun. The drinks are serious, however. Lots of rye and bourbon, lots of mescal. The place is done up beautifully in the old YWCA building. Not cheap, but quite a destination. Full Listing

Sarabi Eventide on Kaiba (Dingxi Lu)

"I went on a Thursday night with a friend expecting a chill place, which is exactly what I got. The b.."

"Beer tasted good and the food is awesome, I recommend it!"

Emmily on Handle Bar

"Mark & have a try later"

Laurenoz on Bar Rouge

"Had an amazing night here! The hot shots are a must try, this place is hot! "

zorroisback on Mr. Shaker

"Really nice atmosphere, cheap price and good drinks! Nice addition to Danshui "tiny bar" lu"

ocants13 on The Apartment

"Best place to go out at night"

victorhache on glo London

"Nice place for mojitos."

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