Shanghai Night Life
Shanghai's nightlife and entertainment scene has now recovered
from the moral clampdown following the Communist takeover where
at that time entertainment was limited to fancy hotels. Since
then China's economic boom has brought countless entertainment
venues offering something for all tastes from bars, discos, karaoke,
and teahouses, to form the backbone of Shanghai's rich and colorful
There are plenty of movie theatres playing Chinese and foreign
films. Most of the films have subtitles. The cinemas are much like
those in North America. The only difference is you can choose whether
you want sweet or salty popcorn.
Shanghai is loaded with karaokes where one can sing Chinese, Korean,
Japanese and English songs, with friends in private settings. Like
a living room, nicely decorated with a sound system in place, all
you have to do is pick up the microphone. Drinks and snacks are
served. They are generally open from 7pm to 2am, sometimes later
Providing an array of venues, bars have given a huge boost to
the city's music scene. You can now hear classical music, bamboo
tunes, jazz, blues, pop or other music anytime of the week. Various
hotels offer evening music performances. Traditional Chinese
music using instruments like the erhu and pipa can also be heard.
Recently teahouses have seen a big comeback in China. It is now
quite fashionable to go to a traditional teahouse to savour and
appreciate tea. The atmosphere in teahouses is usually calm and
tranquil. Some teahouses offer instrumental Chinese music or Peking
Nightclubs and bars are booming, with joints opening and closing
here and there. Barflies now have a choice of everything from glamorous
Art Deco lounges to the seediest watering hole; live rock and jazz
can be heard into the wee hours. Shanghai's trendiest upscale pedestrian
mall, Xintiandi (New Heaven and Earth), is famous for its upscale
restaurants and international shops. But this impressive development
comes truly alive only after dark when Shanghai's hip and wealthy
spill out of its pretty bars and lounges.
Babyface is as popular and crowded as its original location in Maoming Lu.
Address: Unit 101, Shanghai Square, East of Songshan Lu at Pu'an Lu, Luwan, Shanghai
Tel: (8621) 6375-6667
Opening hours: Daily 8:30pm - 2:00 am
CJW (Xuejia Jueshi Hongjiu)
Located on the top floor of the Bund Center is one of the most
expensive clubs in Shanghai. Happy hour runs from 5:30 pm to
7:30pm, an international jazz band plays from 9pm to midnight,
the lounge is open until 2:00 am, and there's a small dance floor.
Address: 50 Floor, 222 Yan'an Dong Lu, Waitan Zhong Xin, Shanghai
Tel: (8621) 6339-1777
Opening hours: Lounge 6:00 pm 2:00 am
California Club (Jiazhou Julebu)
Very upscale dance club with international DJs and brash red decor.
Address: 2 Gaolan Lu, Lan Kwai Fong at Park 97, Fuxing Gongyuan,
Tel: (8621) 5383-2328
Opening hours: Sunday through Thursday 9:00 pm to 2:00 am (to 4:00
Established by two musicians as a kind of informal jazz "living
room," this is one of Shanghai's more popular venues for live
Address: 46 between Yongfu Lu, Crossing Wulumuqi Lu, Xuhui, Shanghai
Tel: (8621) 6431-0269
Opening hours: Daily 8:00 pm - 2:00 am; band plays 9:30pm - 1:00
Fabrique got excellent sound system and dance floor. Furthermore,
they have some of the world's most famous DJs.
Address: 8 Jianguo Zhong Lu,Ba Hao Qiao, just west of Chongqing
Nan Lu, Luwan, Shanghai
Tel: (8621) 6415-0700
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday 9:00 pm - 2:00 am (to 4:00 am
One of Shanghai's most popular and sweaty dance and clubbing venues,
Address: 2nd Floor, 98 Huaihai Zhong Lu, Jin Zhong Guangchang,
Tel: (8621) 5385-8189
Opening hours: Daily 6:00 pm to late
Rojam (Long Shu)
This has a giant dance floor, with guest DJs spinning techno and
Address: 4th Floor, 283 Huaihai Zhong Lu, Xianggang Guangchang
by Songshan Lu, Luwan
Tel: (8621) 6390-7181
Opening hours: Daily 8:30 pm to 2:00 am
ARK Live House
A lively rock, jazz, and pop music venue with balcony seating,
bar, restaurant, and cover for special events.
Address: House 15, North Block Xintiandi, Shanghai
Tel: (8621) 6326-8008.
Opening hours: Daily 5:30 pm-1:00 am
Peace Hotel Old Jazz Bar
This bar is specialized in playing the popular music of the '30s
and '40s, with a repertory of over 300 world-famous pieces.
Address: Peace Hotel on the Bund, Huangpu, Shanghai
Tel: (8621) 6321-6888
Best known for having live music every night, from foreign metal
bands to indie rock to open-mic nights.
Address: North of Fahuazhen Lu, Changning, Shanghai
Tel: (8621) 6283 2769
Opening hours: Daily 8:00 pm to 2:00 am
this information is correct at the time of our web publication, it
is still advised that you call the phone number and confirm the address
before going to the venue because some venues may have changed their
telephone numbers or address locations.