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Depending on your personal history, Shanghai’s nightlife can seem hopelessly tame or wildly chaotic. Venues come and go with unpredictable frequency and new openings average three per month. Most bars fill by 10pm and close at 2am; others reach the boiling point after midnight, then cook until 4am. Check the local English-language magazines for up-to-date listings.

Shanghai Nightlife


Opened early in 2007, this bar occupies the former Bund Historical Museum and Lighthouse. Typically quiet, though occasionally unruly on Friday night. Climb the winding stairs to the third-floor terrace for a unique perspective on the city, uninsulated from the rush of traffic below.

1 Zhongshan Dong Er Lu, 011-86-21-3313-0871
Tags: nightlife | moderate | great value


This popular and pricey club, opened in November 2006, boasts panoramic city views and separate rooms for dancing, R&B, and VIPs. It books international DJs and attracts a cosmopolitan crowd. The 100-yuan cover includes one drink.

15 Zhongshan Dong Er Lu, 11th Fl., 011-86-21-6373-3588,
Tags: nightlife | expensive | trendy | dancing | cover charge | nightclub

Bar Rouge

A high-flying temple of red upholstery and flaming cocktails, Bar Rouge inspires both love and hate. Some can’t abide the preening throng. On the other hand, drunken tourists have been known to beg for the location of the entrance.

18 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu, 7th Fl., 011-86-21-6339-1199,
Tags: nightlife | expensive | dancing | nightclub


Decorated with thoughtful icons and entrancingly lit, Face Bar will satisfy many thirsts. The atmosphere can approach the mystical on warm evenings when bats flit about the serene garden.

Ruijin Guest House, Building 4; 118 Ruijin Jin 2 Rd., 011-86-21-6466-4328,
Tags: nightlife | moderate | great value

Glamour Bar

A stylish space six floors above the Bund providing a chic stage for sipping martinis or champagne. Fine views, live music, and gracious host to the annual Shanghai International Literary Festival.

No. 5 at Guangdong Lu, 6th Fl., 011-86-21-6350-9988,
Tags: nightlife | expensive | smart splurge | bar

Park 97

An amalgamation of three clubs and two restaurants overlooking Fuxing Park, the red velour interiors draw a vibrant parade of beautiful and affluent Chinese.

2 Gaolan Lu, 011-86-21-5383-2328,
Tags: nightlife | expensive | trendy | dancing | nightclub

Shanghai Circus World

Shanghai is renowned for its acrobats, and the show at Shanghai Circus World, dubbed “ERA: Intersection of Time,” only enhances that reputation. Entertains with equal parts skill, strength, sentiment, and motorcycle. Performances nightly at 7:30pm. Reserved seats range from 80 yuan to 580 yuan.

2266 Gong He Xin Lu, 011-86-21-6652-5468,
Tags: family | nightlife | moderate | performing arts

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