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Club Tian Di

This swanky creation brings a theatrical vibe to the riverfront, blending Baz Luhrmann's "Moulin Rouge" with elements of a jazz bar. Its mix of performance and mu...

Best Bars in Shanghai


Changning Less than ¥99 for two
Tucked away up a back alley behind the old Anar, this low-lit, graffiti scrawled bar gives us a reason to keep spending our nights on Xingfu Lu though its best-kn...

Lost Heaven Lounge

The Lost Heaven Lounge is the place where martinis and minority cultures mix in China’s most modern city. Lost Heaven Lounge occupies the third and fourth floors ...

Wooden Box Café

Nanjing Xi Lu ¥100-199 for two
This spot is backed by the people at JZ Club and aims to showcase acoustic music in the heart of downtown Shanghai. Drop by for fine drinks and coffee, plus regul...

Kaiba > Wuding Lu

Jing An Less than ¥99 for two
This small neighborhood bar serves up a wide range of rare and expensive Belgian brews, along with other select imports, although there are only peanuts and other...

el Coctel

Former French Concession ¥200-299 for two
This place does just about everything right. Fabulous, comfy space with imaginative furnishings and decor, cool crowd, excellent service and a barman imported fro...

House of Blues & Jazz

The Bund ¥100-199 for two
Classy Maoming music house with a beautiful wooden bar from which to scope out the live acts that rotate every three months.


This beer-lover’s bar serves up over 60 labels, from Dead Guy to Trappist, in a relaxed, home-like venue that encourages friendly conversation among the patrons. ...

The Long Bar at the Waldorf Astoria

This is an immaculate recreation of the old Shanghai Club, which opened in 1911 for Shanghai's rich and fabulous. They've even kept the original 34-meter bar coun...

JZ Club

Huaihai Zhong Lu ¥100-199 for two
Created by jazz musicians for jazz musicians, JZ Club puts improv jazz on the Shanghai map in a great venue with good acoustics.
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Yin Yang (YY)

Fuxing Park Less than ¥99 for two
A cozy, café-style bar slightly removed from the noisier streets in the French concession with a happy hour that makes for an ideal pre-dinner stop.