Address: 60 Fuzhou Lu
Phone: 6323-2779 (bar), 6323-8326/ 6321-1214 (office)
60 Fuzhou Lu
near Sichuan Lu, Metro Line 2 East Nanjing Road
近四川路, 地铁1, 2, 8 号线人民广场站
A beautiful wooden bar serves up pints of Guinness, Kilkenney and Tiger to a mixed, slightly older crowd waiting to enjoy the bar's high-quality rotating live acts. With a little rock and funk fused into the jazz, the acts easily establish a good rapport with an appreciative, relaxed crowd.
Since 1995 the House of Blues and Jazz has being a second living room for those who are hungry for quality live music and a home for blues and jazz musicians from all over the world. In fact, the first blues and jazz bar in new Shanghai. The present Bund location of House of Blues and Jazz is the fourth incarnation of this mainstay of the Shanghai live music scene, however with an increased capacity and an added Dining room is the best yet. It still remains a place to relax with a drink, perhaps a fine cigar, chat with Mr Lin Dongfu while listening to some of the best blues and jazz Shanghai offers. The new House is open seven days a week with jam sessions on Sundays and mellow Monday jazz. A new restaurant called «The Dining Room» serves dinner till late. A superb Private Dining Room is ready to host upscale celebrations and board meetings.
Published by sherrychow on 12/04/2004
This place disgusts me. The service was definitely the worst part of this whole experience. Waiters are rude, immature, and disrespectful. Condescending glares along with a blow off attitude was what I experienced as I ordered two desserts from their lackluster, overpriced menu.
Definitely will never come back and will not recommend to anybody.
This place has given me one of the worst restaurant experiences in terms of service in Shanghai, and that is quite an achievement considering how many uncouth waiters/waitresses there are in the city. This is by far the most arrogant, disgusting, and condescending of all.
Splendid ornamentation. Delightful environment.
The Greg Lutrell Band is in town so we went along on Saturday night for a long overdue dose of live music. And we weren't disappointed! The band were awesome! They played quite an extensive range . Covered everything from Elvis, and Pink Floyd to more traditional blues numbers. Had quite a few of us up dancing even.
No cover charge was levied - but maybe we just got lucky when we arrived. Doorman didn't direct us to pay on entering and no-one else was around.
Had reserved a table so sat comfortably, near the stage. Seems odd for such a compact space, but the area directly in front of the stage is non-smoking, but 2 tables to the right in the "bar area" is smoking.
As for the cocktails, of the ones I tried - to put it bluntly, they were uninspiring, insipid and all tasted similarly bland.
Service was good - table service whenever we requested it.
The only food our table ordered was a burger (which looked and smelt good) and fries - which did taste good.
We would have stayed longer but the band had said they were finishing, then as we were leaving they said they'd be back after the break. Half the crowd had already left by then. Shame.
We'll definitely return - might stick to wine though.
I would have to agree with the last review. Strangest thing happened last night.
First of all, they have a GREAT band right now, great musicians, so I am ok with the cover charge of 50RMB. This is way more than a high school philipino band.
So I came back last night. Ordered a glass of Jameson on ice and got a pretty small glass mostly with ice, but ok the level of whisky was ok. 58 RMB, not low cost not overly pricy for the Bund. Then I ordered the second one and looked at the bartender pooring it, and already noticed he hardly put anything in the glass, and indeed he came back with a glass only half of what I got before. So I ask him "can you please fill it up to a decent level?". He strongly objected. He called the lead bartender and this guy without even talking to me just states "you want it or not?". I repeated, "for close to US$ 9 for a glass of whisky I think it should be reasonably filled". He got upset and repeated you take it or dont drink. Fine with me, I was mostly there for the band anyway, and it stopped me from drinking too fast :-). Here comes THE FUNNY PART. Two blokes sitting next to me overheared all this and 5 minutes later started a conversation with this gentleman. They then turned to me laughing and said he told them "....I am not here to make anyone happy (customers....), I just need to make a profit.." literally, no kidding.
Good luck House of Blues and Jazz with staff and managers like that.
Dissapointing because otherwise I really like the place.
aha, used to hit maoming a lot, can't comment on the msic as a friend asked to meet there at 6pm, also understand it's not a dive bar and that after a certain time a cover charge should be in place (or minimum charge) to see the act's which were always good value....
BUT happy hour implies you will be happy to enjoy a drink during the HAPPY hour.... Carlsberg, ok so even with live music 68rmb is a huge rip off for a pint (god only knows what they are charging for guiness) BUT to make you happy during happy hour they sting you for 55rmb, lol and they are not even pleased to be serving you at that price.
Go late for the music, go after you have one across the road at Captains first (it even has a view) BUT don't go for happy hour EVEN if a friend invites you.
It's near my house, it's cozy, it pours good drinks, and offers some refreshingly good live music. Can't ask for more in this side of town (Puxi/Bund). Thumbs up!
This has been one of the favorite places of mine since the days when they were at the old Mao Ming Road place. This location retained the familiar favor of the previous place and improved upon in decor and space. (no more posts between the seats and the band) They bring good band all over the world with a three month average rotation. Very friendly staff and great atmosphere. The crowd is a mixed ex-pat & local, a little on the older side. Definitely recommended if one is into a little live jazz & blue. The only regret - can't enjoy a smoke anymore on the band floor, curtesy of now Shanghai smoke rules.
The House of Blues and Jazz is a haven for those who are looking for good quality live jazz music in Shanghai. The venue was buzzing last night and the house band (a five piece big band from the States) had everyone up on the floor dancing. The bar itself was charming, beautiful and homely. The drinks on offer were reasonably priced and the staff were very friendly and accommodating. Throughout the night the owner of the bar could be seen floating around and mingling with the guests. You could see that he was making every effort to ensure that everyone was being looked after and having a great time; a rarity in the modern day hospitality industry. I will definitely be back for a boogie.
Very nice and cozy place to hang. excellent music, apparent reflection from the good taste of its owner Mr. Lin. Connection with the musician is very personal with its stage design that is right in front of the bar and tables. Would be nice if there is a dance area in front the stage so that our feet can also receive its duely deserved reward treat while listening to heart soothing music.
##Where You Drink
**Name:** Gauthier Roubichou
**Profession:** Consular Attaché and Part-time Entertainer
Dinner with workmates after a long day at the office is always better with a couple glasses of red wine from Argentina or Chile at [Enoteca](http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/listings/dining/wine_spirits/has/enoteca/) and, of course, best enjoyed with cheese and salami on the side. The post-dinner and after-work drink inevitably take place at [Abbey Road](http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/listings/nightlife/bars/has/abbey-road/). A nice draft beer to chase away the working hours does me good. Finally, the evening's “musical drinks” most likely take place at the **House of Blues & Jazz**. I love the place not only because I perform gypsy jazz and French folk there on Mondays, but also for the nice selection of white wines, like Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and Gewürztraminer. With wine in hand, I enjoy listening to the [Sam Hooper Group](http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/events/31142/?most_viewed=1), my favorite band in town right now.
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