Shanghai Nightlife

Shanghai is a dynamic city with a blend of locals and expats that bring to the city a unique and special brand of nightlife. The city is on a par with many western cities in terms of the clubs, pubs and bars but retains its traditional forms of entertainment and in many ways its traditional values. The party culture is cosmopolitan and offers a wide range of ways to keep yourself entertained at night in Shanghai.

Parties, Pubs and Clubs

Most Shanghai clubs have a cover charge and provide some form of entertainment or added value like live music, karaoke or screened sporting events. Shanghai night spots tend to open 7 days a week with longer hours on weekends. The bars and clubs open early, some as early as 6pm and remain open until 2am, 3am and even 4am in the morning. The drinking age is 18 and you could be asked for ID.

Just On The Bund is the latest hot spot in town and is one of several venues with a stunning elevated location on the 23rd floor of a building overlooking the Bund. Muse on the Bund also has a birds-eye-view of the Bund from its rooftop terrace. Here there are KTV rooms, an infinity pool and VIP lounges. Cirque Le Soir is a bar with branches in London and Dubai. Its burlesque theme and innovative décor and entertainment makes it a top Shanghai night spot. The 7th Floor is a hot dance club and The Shelter is the place to go for underground music played in a former bomb shelter. M2 in Plaza 66 and CD Soho are two more of the many dance clubs in Shanghai.

Popular Nightlife Areas in Shanghai

In Xin Tian Di you will find open-air bars, cafes, fashionable galleries and fashion boutiques housed in beautiful historic buildings. Hengshan Road is close to Xujiahui Commercial Circle and was one of the first areas to cultivate the city’s nightlife. The busy area has both quiet intimate coffee bars and loud friendly bars. Maoming South Road is where you’ll find Shanghai’s Yuppies and foreign visitors. Three popular clubs are located in Fuxing ParkPark97 wine and music bar; Cash Box is the city’s oldest and most famous Karaoke bar and Guandi is the most prestigious of Shanghai clubs. This area is more glamorous and elegant than the flashier Xin Tian DI.

Laid Back Shanghai Nightlife

If you’re looking for some way to keep occupied at night which doesn’t involve bright lights, alcohol and loud music then Shanghai has plenty of elegant options to offer. Start with a cruise along the Huangpu River or take a walk up Nanjing Road Pedestrian Street and do some nighttime shopping or have a casual dining. Shopping centers tend to stay open until 10pm but tea houses and restaurants continue late into the night. For live entertainment there is no better than the Portman Acrobatic Show. Why not try out Shanghai’s popular karaoke lounges or its thriving jazz music scene.

If you’re planning a night out on the town in Shanghai then check local newspapers and ask at your hotel as clubs and bars tend to open and close frequently and the next hot nightspot could be just around the corner.