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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

    • Sunday afternoon party at this lush garden bar on Yongjia Lu. They've got Edamame spinning deep, soulful house and afro, plus 100rmb gets you three Asahi drafts or glasses of red/white wine. No cover, good times. Goes from 4–9pm. If it rains, they've got covering so no worries.
      Every Sun until Feb 15 at Shari Garden Bar

    Sunday afternoon party at this lush garden bar on Yongjia Lu. They've got Edamame spinning deep, soulful house and afro, plus 100rmb gets you three Asahi drafts or glasses of red/white wine. No cover, good times. Goes from 4–9pm. If it...
    Every Sun until Feb 15 at Shari Garden Bar

 
    • Happy hour at celebrated dive bar Windows Too is daily, from 10am to 4pm every day. Buy-one-get-one free for draft beer. 25rmb for two mugs of beer.
      From Fri
      18 until Feb 28 Daily at Windows Too (Jing'an)

    Happy hour at celebrated dive bar Windows Too is daily, from 10am to 4pm every day. Buy-one-get-one free for draft beer. 25rmb for two mugs of beer.
    From Fri
    18 until Feb 28 Daily at Windows Too (Jing'an)

 
    • Liquid Laundry does the reverse happy hour thing. From 10.30pm-12.30am, they do buy-one-get-one on pizzas and buy-two-get-one on drinks, including house pours, house beers, and house wine.
      Every Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Sun at Liquid Laundry

    Liquid Laundry does the reverse happy hour thing. From 10.30pm-12.30am, they do buy-one-get-one on pizzas and buy-two-get-one on drinks, including house pours, house beers, and house wine.
    Every Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Sun at Liquid Laundry

 

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The Camel

Every Wed until Jul 30

Every Wednesday, the Camel Sports Bar hosts their in-house pool competition. Players get happy hour drink prices (30rmb) and the winner receives a 300rmb bar tab. Register at 7.30, the pool competitio..

Morton's (IAPM)

Every Mon-Fri

Morton's Steak and Seafood Grille presents two new weekday deals. From 5–7pm, order a special Mortini, beer, or wine for 45rmb (+10%), and get free flow mini steak sandwiches. Then, from 9–11pm, g..

The Spot

Daily until May 31

Happy hour every day at this long-running sports bar in Jing'an. From noon-8pm all standard drinks are 25rmb and there's a 30% discount on other drinks. No cover.

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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)

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"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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