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Specters
    • ADDRESS:
      1485 Beijing Xi Lu,
      near Changde Lu
      北京西路1485号, 近常德路
    • PHONE:
    • WECHAT:
      -
    • AREA:
      Jing'an
    • METRO:
      10 mins walk from Jing'an Temple
    • HOURS:
      Mon-Thurs, 7pm-3am
      Fri&Sat, 7pm-5am
      Closed on Sundays
    • CARDS:
      Local cards, WeChat, Alipay accepted
    • WEB:
      -
    • SmartShanghai.com Editor's Description
      Sometimes a man. Sometimes a man. Sometimes a red-blooded, full-grown, get-down kinda man (with some partners from Yuyintang), despite a decade of experience that suggests it's probably a bad idea, decides he wants to open a dive bar. A grotty, black and red, punk iconography laced, "dark wooden floors so you can't see the puke stains" dive bar. A "DJ regularly digresses into nostalgia and/or outright trolling" dive bar. A "leather jackets huddled menacingly over cheap beer, lurching unsteadily to their feet for whatever swing-rock or punk-march anthem seared into their forebrain from birth" dive bar. That's this place. Drinking hole for misfits and Misfits. Not that many left in Shanghai. The "bartender" is whoever's behind the counter and they'll shave their head before you catch them in a vest and bowtie. The drinks are cheap. 25rmb for a draft Tiger, 10rmb for a bottle Asahi. If you stay in Shanghai long enough, everyone gets to lose all their money either in or on a bar! Responsible Editorial Disclaimer: One of our editors is a partner in this venture. They didn't write this description.
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    • Florida Man Punk Rock Tuedays

      Every Tuesday night is FLORIDA MAN night at Specters. 25rmb Cuba libres and an ear full of punk, proto punk, 80s hardcore punk, glam, psych, and weirdness brought to you by Round Eye front man Chachy. "Come on out and take a lick of the...
    • Musicology with Professor Geo

      Every Thursday night Specters gives the stereo system over to our favorite resident barfly and music encyclopedia Geo AKA “Hey, I know this song” for GEO’S NIGHT. Our man is on DJ / coatcheck duties playing music that runs from darker...
    • Dirty Mondays with Doc Guan

      Specters kicks off the week every Monday with DIRTY MONDAYS WITH DOC GUAN (of local punk band Dirty Fingers) slinging tunes along with a special on ‘Dirty Fingers Martinis’ — basically our own deliciously toxic version of the classic...

    ARCHIVED EVENTS

    • Shanghai Soul Club

      Shanghai's only dedicated all-vinyl Northern Soul and Motown night is back at punk rock dive Specters. If you were at the last one of these, you'll know this is one not to miss. The bar pushes the furniture up against the walls for a big...
      • Nightlife | Specters | on Sat Jul 21, 2018
      • 2018-07-21 Finished
    • It Came from The VCR: 'Return of the Living Dead' + BRAIN EATING CONTEST

      Specters launches the first edition of their monthly schlock hour film screening event, showing zombie classic "The Return of the Living Dead" on their big screen. After the movie, the dive bar hosts a sheep brain eating contest with...
      • Community, Nightlife | Specters | on Wed Jul 4, 2018
      • 2018-07-04 Finished
    • Canada Club: Canadian Rock Night

      The Canadian Club expat mixer group moves to gritty-ass punk dive Specters for a night of 30rmb Canadian Club and Canadian rock music being blasted from the stereo! Gonna be gnarly. Kim Mitchel, 54-40, The Trag, Sloan, Treble Charger,...
      • Nightlife | Specters | on Tue Jul 3, 2018
      • 2018-07-03 Finished
    • Motorbike Maximum Rock ’n’ Soul… From Hell! 

      From the makers of the Shanghai Soul Club comes MOTORBIKE MAXIMUM ROCK ’N’ SOUL, an all-vinyl party dedicated to spinning heavy fuel wax from nuggets era bands — The Seeds, Electric Prunes, 13th Floor Elevators, Count Five, the Music...
      • Nightlife | Specters | on Fri Jun 29, 2018
      • 2018-06-29 Finished
    • Mutant Beach

      Summertime fun at Specters with the return of the MUTANT BEACH party. Classic surf rock vibes into international exotica and a little cumbia to get the dancefloor moving. Shanghai Soul Club’s Baron Von West is joined by Nico, playing...
      • Nightlife | Specters | on Sat Jun 23, 2018
      • 2018-06-23 Finished
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