Open since 2004, Bar Rouge is far and away the most famous club in Shanghai, and sets the standard for Bund nightlife. Terrace view, classy sleek interiors and a French-Shanghai identity. They went through a renovation in January 2019, reopening with a razzle-dazzle entrance runway, a sweet central island bar and an improved high-tech dance floor. The iconic terrace got a larger elevated VIP seating area and boasts Shanghai's longest rooftop bar. Music is generally house, and they regularly bring in international DJs like David Guetta, Bob Sinclar, Dennis Ferrer and Claptone to name some big ones. They also host themed parties, and they make a real spectacle out of their celebratory champagne rituals. Starts early, goes late, gets packed, stays loud. Note the door policy: don't come in sandals and shorts, fellas. Must-visit for out-of-towners dipping their toes in the higher end of Shanghai nightlife.