In gaydom, this place is a historical landmark for China’s underground, closeted scene. Way up in Hongkou, Lai Lai is a dance hall in a shabbier part of Shanghai. It screams local in every aspect, and is dominated by middle-aged men. Your only drink option here is... Read more
Hidden behind a coffee shop on Shaanxi Nan Lu, this ambitious project by streaming music company Echo features a livehouse, a lounge, a VIP whiskey bar, a recording studio, and six VIP rooms, ranging in theme from Victorian to "techno". Read more
Underground (metaphorically, it's on the fourth floor) club venue taking over from the well-known underground club venue that occupied the same space until 2019. It's got a retro/post-apocalyptic theme. Expect bass, trap, dubstep, DnB, and all things besides techno. Read more
Tron-inspired club and lounge in the Bund 8 building. Less Tron perhaps and more mid-90s Missy Elliott music video-meets-failed mad scientist's garage sale. Big, sweeping blue lasers over Puff Daddy white interiors, walls lined with hookahas, and mid-00s electro... Read more
Despite plenty of floor-to-ceiling windows and an entire second story that's open to the elements and a distinctly garden-mansiony look, this is very much a club. Real third-tier city club. Glass cabinets full of weirdly-shaped cognac bottles, neon piping and disco... Read more
Shanghai branch of a popular Argentinian tango school that operated in Buenos Aires from 2004 to 2013. The founder and main teacher, one Gabriel Glagovsky, moved to Europe to teach for a bit, before coming to Shanghai to continue his school. Read more
A live bar that becomes a club during late hours. Read more
The late Tongren Lu late-night underground club is back as part of Club Nuke down in Found 158. The new venue has two rooms and two different spaces; the main room is the more contemporary "Nuke," and the second room, "La La Land" is for more underground tastes. Read more
GRC is a new mall complex in South Xuhui with a focus on sport and night life, while also having work spaces and offices. Read more
A nightclub located in one of the old buildings near the 1933 entertainment complex. Read more
Formerly known as Factory 54, E-Universe is a loft / warehouse style club on Suzhou Creek. Expect underground music spanning house, hip hop, and techno. Read more
Pretty down-at-heel club in the New Factories. This area was once really hot, when Muse was here. Now it's kinda low-rent, though still brings in some younger Chinese partiers for bottles, cheap alcohol, dizzy staff and commercial club music. Read more
BM Internatianal bangs it out every day of the week with daily drink specials and open bar deals. The club's vibe and décor reminiscent of the 1980s -- red velvet seats/zebra print designs here and there -- plus a backing track of hip hop, RnB, top 40 and electro.... Read more
Muse Group's second home located in bougie mall Plaza 66 mall, M2 is a testament to the luxurious immoderation of Shanghai's nightlife market. Prepare to spend big in this see-and-be-seen temple of image while rubbing elbows with the city's nouveau riche and the... Read more
From the founder of Barbarossa comes Sin Lounge, a club/lounge venue in Jing'an with "the perfect view." Sin boasts a massive floor space in a Garden of Eden-themed environment. Classy cocktails and champagne, and pumping, pumping hip hop, R&B and mash up on the... Read more
Located on the hip and trendy Xingfu Lu bar circuit (along with no defunct LOgO Bar and Dada), Anar is one of the few bastions for Chinese clubbers. It's split into two rooms, with a tasteful lounge in the front that caters to live music and a cocktail lounge called... Read more
Situated at the south end of Xintiandi, G-Plus, a clubbing brand from Hangzhou, is a big hit with locals and expats alike. This massive club is decorated with a gigantic LED screen and mega lighting system. Their loooud music focuses on generalist fare -- mash-up... Read more
Named after the US president to create a bit of buzz in the crowded Shanghai nightlife scene, Obama offers one of the largest and most hyperactive clubbing environments in Shanghai. A huge dancefloor is surrounded by massive TV, Colloseum table seating, private... Read more
The first club of the Muse group, Shanghai's current, many-armed overlord of nightlife, is a staple of the Shanghai clubbing scene. It's an events-based club, with a smattering of international DJs on the weekends, and the crowd trends towards young, beautiful, and... Read more
TOPVIPTOPVIP88 -- or just simply No. 88 -- brings both barrels of rural Chinese clubbing to The Mansion on Fumin Lu. No. 88 is a national Chinese clubbing chain success-story, originating from ... gah .... "outside Shanghai," and offers up an utterly insane... Read more
The Geisha is the latest venue from Collective Concepts, the company behind the Apartment and the Food Central. Much like its namesake, The Geisha has many 'talents' and houses a California-influenced Japanese restaurant on the ground floor, a boutique club on the... Read more
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