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Shanghais largest English language venue directory, with over 10,000 listings, maintained by an editorial team of long-term Shanghai residents
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  • The Nest

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      6/F, 130 Beijing Dong Lu, near Huqiu Lu
      北京东路130号中实大厦6楼, 近虎丘路
    • Phone
      6308 7669

    Super popular bar / restaurant / lounge by nightclub brand Muse Group and Grey Goose vodka, right by the Rockbund Art Museum. Good design, good drinks, great food. They specialize in vodka-based cocktails (60-80rmb) and high-end bar food like oysters and steaks.... Read more

  • Perch

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      445 Jiangning Lu, near Wuding Lu
      江宁路445号, 近武定路
    • Phone
      156 1880 8692

    The patio offshoot of the popular Rooster, this one has a more sedate atmosphere, like a Rooster for wine drinkers. They have cocktails on tap, wine, and food designed for sharing. Date night or after-work drinks vibes at the indoor bar, while the large, raised and... Read more

  • Barbarian

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      1019 Wuding Lu, near Jiaozhou Lu
      武定路1019号, 近胶州路
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      137 0199 1174

    Cozy, rustic-looking bar with an emphasis on crafted, custom-order cocktails. Head cocktail shaker is Sasha Bondi, who creates individual cocktails based on a multi-stage survey of preferred tastes. Read more

  • Revolucion Cocktail

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      98 Yanping Lu, near Xinzha Lu
      延平路98号, 近新闸路
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      186 2181 3816

    Casual, colorful cocktail bar and danceclub in the heart of Jing'an, with Latin-style vibes, good sound and proper drinks. Popular spot. So popular, in fact, it's spawned locations in Bangkok, Chengdu, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Kunming and Xiamen. It's spacious, ideal... Read more

  • Sober Company

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      99 Yandang Lu, near Nanchang Lu
      雁荡路99号, 近南昌路
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      5309 8261

    The blanket term referring to three separate venues by Speak Low mastermind Shingo Gokan. The first floor is occupied by Sober Cafe, which opens at 8am and does coffee, coffee-based cocktails and... Read more

  • UP Shanghai

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      2/F, 688 Shaanxi Bei Lu, near Kangding Lu
      陕西北路688号2楼, 近康定路
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    A fast-paced cocktail bar with a uuuuge bar, but also an urban-chic nightclub, UP has the determined party-vibes of a Latin lounge minus the soundtrack, and it has a terrace. And a kitchen that stays open till 2am. And Sunday brunch. Yeah, it's hard to pin... Read more

  • KOR Shanghai

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      Wheelock Square, 2/F, South Annex, 1717 Nanjing Xi Lu, near Huashan Lu
      南京西路1717号会德丰国广场2楼, 近华山路
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      5298 0651

    Shanghai's first self-declared "superlounge" (plenty of "superclubs," but thus far no "superlounges") has a lot of DNA from the KOR that opened up in Taipei in 2016 by theLOOP Group. The one in Shanghai isn't looking to break that mold, at least looks-wise. It has... Read more

  • Barber Shop

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      615 Yongjia Lu, near Wulumuqi Nan Lu
      永嘉路615号, 近乌鲁木齐南路
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      188 0177 7008

    Speakeasy / cocktail bar hidden behind a little barber shop on Yongjia Lu. It's really a house, so this place is huge for a speakeasy, with three big rooms and a large backyard. The vibe inside is more 1930s and tiki than barber shop, and there's a lot of attention... Read more

  • CÉ LA VI

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      8/F, 27 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu, near Beijing Dong Lu
      中山东路一路27号8楼, 近北京东路
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      6333 5877

    Three-in-one nightlife hub on the Bund. Dining, lounge cocktail bar and club with its own dedicated entrance, kind of like M1NT, its nearest comparison. Nice terrace on the dining and lounge side. Food is pan-Asian or modern Asian fusion. Think burrata with XO sauce.... Read more

  • The Broken Dagger

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      97 Xiangyang Bei Lu, near Xinle Lu
      襄阳北路97号, 近新乐路
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    A compact bar located behind the giant, otherwise unmarked mural by Orangeblowfish. Press the button hidden in the facade and if there's space, they'll let you in. Courtesy of bartender-about-town Geo Valdivieso, the dark interior is decked out in esoteric... Read more

  • Speak Low

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      579 Fuxing Zhong Lu, near Ruijin Er Lu
      复兴中路579号, 近瑞金二路
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      6416 0133

    This busy Japanese-style speakeasy is hidden behind a secret door in a bartending equipment shop on Fuxing Lu. It spans four floors, each with its own concept. The lively second floor recalls a house party and they serve classic cocktails like Corpse Reviver No.2 and... Read more

  • Barbarian North Bund (Sinar Mas Plaza)

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      Sinar Mas Plaza, 3/F, 588 Dong Changzhi Lu, near Lvshun Lu
      东长治路588号白玉兰广场3楼, 近旅顺路
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      139 1898 9004

    The immense second location of this Jing'an brand of cocktail bar slash rustic eatery. Similar menu and cocktails, and the addition of a live DJ on select nights. Read more

  • J. Boroski

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      2/F, 177 Fumin Lu, near Julu Lu
      富民路177号2搂, 近巨鹿路
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      5456 5266

    An intimate, luxe, painstakingly assembled and very expensive cocktail bar, courtesy of New York "mixsultant" Joseph Boroski. It hews close to the model set out by it's Bangkok predecessor. It's hidden behind a featureless metal door on Fumin Lu. It's... Read more

  • Keep It Quiet

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      200 Yongfu Lu, near Fuxing Xi Lu
      永福路200号, 近复兴西路
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      5466 2727

    Speakeasy-style cocktail bar at the back of the Yongfoo Elite garden. The bartender, a 20 year China veteran who's spent like 10 of them chilling in a bar in Hainan, is a laid-back and... Read more

  • Union Trading Company

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      64 Fenyang Lu, near Fuxing Zhong Lu (entrance on Fuxing Zhong Lu)
      汾阳路64号, 近复兴中路 (大门入口在复兴中路)
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    Chef and restaurateur Austin Hu of Madison and Yao Lu (formerly of Alchemist and The Public) combine forces for this cocktail lounge. Yao Lu contributes a list of inventive original cocktails and old-timey classics. Expect lots of stiff drinks with liberal lashings... Read more

  • Lucky Mart

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      158 Fumin Lu, near Julu Lu
      富民路158号, 近巨鹿路
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      131 6209 1342

    Cheap, friendly, simple Japanese-style izakaya... thing dressed up to look like a convenience store: konbini snacks, drinks in the fridge and a couple of high stools. The order here is highballs: the house blend is 35rmb, made with soda produced in house and stirred... Read more

  • Bar No. 3

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      277 Xingguo Lu, near Taian Lu
      兴国路277号, 近泰安路
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      6418 2877

    Eminently comfortable cocktail bar close to Jiaotong University. The drinks aren't cheap, but they're made with quality and love so you won't feel ripped off. They've got about 50 drinks, mostly in the 80-100rmb range, and some Kentucky beers. There's several couches... Read more

  • The Antique

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      2/F, 44 Sinan Lu, near Xiangshan Lu
      思南路44号, 近香山路
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      138 1802 1597

    Daniel An's latest joint (until the next one), set in the attic of a coffee/antiques shop, doing your typically Daniel An level of quality. It's a quirky, speakeasy-ish, curio-bedecked, tongue-in-cheek loft apartment for an off-beat freeform cocktail tinkerer. It's... Read more

  • Boteco (Found 158)

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      B1/F, 158 Julu Lu, near Ruijin Yi Lu
      巨鹿路158号B1楼, 近瑞金一路
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      159 2138 7107

    "Boteco" loosely translates to "bar/pub/watering hole" in Portuguese. Launched as the most authentic Brazilian joint in a city where "Brazilian" evokes "all-you-can-eat BBQ" and "Samba Night," it's a watering hole built by Brazilians, for Brazilians. The highlight is... Read more

  • Lucca 390

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      390 Panyu Lu, near Fahuazhen Lu
      番禺路390号, 法华镇路
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      5295 6979

    Lucca (formerly known as 390) is smack in the middle of Shanghai’s gayborhood. It's a stone’s throw from Happiness, gay friendly Celia, and Telephone 6, which is just upstairs. You’ll see this place immediately from the mass of gay men spilling out into the Panyu Lu... Read more

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