Like its sister bar, B&C Bar, B&C2 is a great local dive bar in Jing'an district. It has a good mix of locals and foreigners, and virtually every night the owners, Candy and Becky, will be at the bar having a good time and making sure everyone else is as well. Drinks... Read more
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
Spanish tapas bar. Read more
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
Cheap, cheap student bar/dance club that's a five minute walk from Fudan University. New to Shanghai, they've been in Beijing and Tianjin for a decade. Beers start at 20rmb, and they often have bar specials like 5rmb drinks. DJs playing Top 40, electronic shiz, hip... Read more
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. It's reasonably priced, private and always stuffed with nice faces, mainly because of Amay, the... Read more
This Taiwanese owners of this Shanghainese restaurant solemnly swear not to use MSG or low quality swill oil in their cooking, which has garnered lots of from resident foodies. Standout performers on the menu include their fried duck leg, the hongshao rou, and their... Read more
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
Very cheap bar popular with students at the nearby East China Normal University. Check out their buckets of rum and Coke for 30rmb, or some ridiculously low price like that. Your head will not thank you for it in the morning, but hey, good times is good times. Read more
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
Built by the import company behind The Swedish Beer Club parties, this little shop has basic Swedish needs like lingonberry jam, ketchup, and cold caviar and beers in the fridge. There are indoor and outdoor tables, with a very kind ayi keeping shop, who is happy to... Read more
Essentially drink deals APP for fans of mixology/cocktails. A monthly membership fee of 99rmb gets you a gratis drink at various bars and nightlife venues around town, and a bunch of buy-one-get-one deals. Read more
Probably the cheapest -- and definitely the dive-iest -- bar in Xintiandi, Mekka is a walk-up watering hole in an alley just off the main strip. It's the kind of place where people do a "shot challenge", like drinking seven shots of 151 in under 30 seconds, to get... Read more
Large, vaguely Spanish bar with a short menu of food. The staff are really friendly — the manager is formerly of Cantina — and there's lots of room to sit down upstairs, around a large, central bar. Drink prices are eminently reasonable: 35rmb for pints of Carlsberg... Read more
Chill bar and cafe inside the MingTown International Youth Hostel near People's Square. The small garden up here is peaceful, with birds providing the soundtrack to coffee sessions. There's usually some travelers hanging out here, telling stories and occasionally... Read more
Little known fact: Zhongshan Park contains a huge Cantonese restaurant that serves up discounted dim sum from 9.30am-4pm daily to hundreds of happy grandmas, grandpas, and anyone else. This is your classic big room Chinese restaurant, with huge windows looking out at... Read more
Affordable and casual Portuguese restaurant. Great place to get seafood on the cheap but don't expect mood lighting or any frilly decor. Read more
Kushichou. Try saying that five times fast. This is a spiffy little yakitori-ya skewering and grilling all manner of meat and vegetable. Cheap draft beer and a late closing time make it a favorite among Shanghai's Japanese expat crowd. Try their mountain yam and... Read more
Small street side stand specializing in Hong Kong-style milk tea drinks and snacks. Lots of sweet, creamy, caffeinated drinks and a little bit of Hong Kong nostalgia. Read more
LOgO bar is a mainstay of Shanghai's alternative music scene whether it be punk rock, electronic, techno, or roots. Featuring independently promoted events almost every night of the week, and a perennially packed house for live music on most Saturdays, LOgO is one... Read more
Pub in the front, karaoke party rooms in the back, The Hut claims the allegiances of both Chinese and expat regulars for its simple and laid-back vibe. Serving standard mixed drinks and pints at reasonable prices, The Hut is a great option for groups of friends... Read more
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