Being a city that never sleeps, Shanghai’s liveliness goes well beyond daytime activity. At night when people come out to play, the city’s clubs and bars are its heartbeat, positively pulsating with energy and buzzing with excitement.
From the seediest watering holes to sophisticated lounge bars, Shanghai keeps the momentum going well into the night with some of the trendiest, most happening nightspots in Asia. Once you have experienced it yourself, you will come to understand why Shanghai is dubbed the city with the most colourful nightlife in China.
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Located in People’s Park, the striking traditional Moroccan architecture of Barbarossa Lounge stands out. The whole building houses a three-floor restaurant and a stylish roof bar, the Barbarossa Lounge, overlooking the beautiful park and its surroundings. Possessing an ambience that is both lively and chilled out at the same time, Shanghai’s beautiful people flock here, especially at weekends.
Opening Hours: Daily 11:00-late (Happy Hours 17:00-20:00daily)
Location: 231 Nanjing Road West, People’s Park
Sitting atop Bund 18, Bar Rouge’s opening back in 2004 signified the beginning of a chic era in Shanghai’s nightlife. Regarded as a highly trendy, top-of-the-range nightspot in the city, it quickly rose to become what is deemed by some as Shanghai’s hottest address. With professional bartenders all the way from Europe, top international deejays and chic interiors, this is Party Central. Don't go dressed casually.
Opening Hours: Daily 18:00-02:00
Location: 7F, Bund 18, 1 Zhongshan Dong Yi Rd
Deemed a decadent playground for Shanghai’s elite, Bling never fails to pull in a crowd, even on weekdays. Spinning fresh hip hop beats all night long, the club stays hot all the way through to closing time. Living up to its glitzy name right down to the kind of patrons it attracts, Bling is undoubtedly one of the city’s hottest nightspots. Black walls, low-set lamps and glittering chandeliers dominate its interior. Bartenders spin the bottles mixing up tasty treats while house deejays spin updated tracks to keep the crowd going well into the night.
Opening Hours: Sun–Thu 18:00–02:00, Fri–Sat 18:00–04:00
Location: No. 2, Lane 66, Danshui Lu
Located at one of the highest points in the city on the 87th floor of the world’s tallest hotel, Shanghai Grand Hyatt, Cloud 9 offers a lofty, surreal drinking experience with a commanding 360-degree view of the city below. Just one floor up from Cloud 9, on the 88th floor, is Sky Lounge, the world’s highest bar which has been named by Newsweek magazine as one of ‘The World’s Great Gathering Places’.
Opening Hours: Mon-Thur 17:00-01:00, Fri 18:00-02:00, Sat 11:00-02:00, Sun 11:00-01:00
Location: Grand Hyatt, Jin Mao Tower, 88 Century Avenue, Pudong New Area.
An award-winning club including ‘Best Overall Club’ by Readers Choice Awards for two consecutive years, Club Bon Bon has built a solid reputation over the years as a world-class venue with sizzling club nights and top international guest and house deejays. Home to one of the world’s biggest clubbing brands, Godskitchen, it is known to be one of Asia’s premier nightspots. Innovative in both design and offerings, this club is THE place to be seen in.
Opening Hours: Daily 21:00-late
Location: 1329/1331 Huaihaui Road, 2F Yun Hai Tower
True to its name, Glamour Bar possesses an unmistakable glamourous 1930's vibe and atmosphere. The city’s hippest bar-cum-restaurant, it is also a prime venue for hosting the important cultural events such as art shows, panel discussions, musical recitals and writers’ festivals.
Opening Hours: Daily 17:00-late
Location: 6F, 5 Zhong Shan Dongyi Road, The Bund
Housed in the mansion of former Kuomintang president, Jiang Kaishi, Sasha’s has become an institution amongst locals and expats alike. Featuring a flamboyant and extravagant interior, this award-winning bar spills out into the garden, where the drinking continues out in the open. Equipped with an extensive liquor and wine list as well as a seasonal cocktail menu, the bar’s skilled bartenders are also able to whip up tailor-made cocktails for patrons.
Opening Hours: (Bar) Sun-Thu 11:00-01:00, Fri-Sat 11:00-02:00
Location: 11 Dongping Lu (corner of Hengshan Lu), Old French Concession
Located in the French Concession area, The Cotton Club is Shanghai’s oldest jazz club. Featuring nightly live performances from seasoned jazz musicians as well as travelling acts every now and then, the club buzzes with locals and expats, especially at weekends. A mixture of strong cocktails and a dark, smoky interior sets the mood perfectly, enhancing its role as the city’s premier live jazz and blues venue.
Opening Hours: Tue-Sun 19:00-02:00 (closed on Mondays); Live music 21:30-midnight weekdays, 22:30-01:30 Fri & Sat.
Location: 8 Fuxing Xi Lu, French Concession (near Huaihai)
With three bars under one establishment, Yongfoo Elite is in a league of its own when it comes to trendy, exclusive nightspots. Housed in an elegant 1930s villa in the former French Concession, each of its bars has its own unique characteristic.
The Crystal Bar features a design that is reminiscent of the Roman Empire with its pure-crystal Roman columns, while Mission Bar features a décor that reflects the vibrancy of the city at nighttime. The third bar, the Starshine Nook Bar, is the epitome of classic style with its vintage Gucci sofas and an antique wooden canopy bed in a corner, which can be turned into a private ‘room’.
All three bars feature an extensive wine cellar which covers all major international labels including some rare vintage ones, as well as a range of tipples from classic martinis to exotic cocktails.
Opening Hours: Daily 18:00-late (Last orders 24:00)
Location: 200 YongFoo Road, Old French Concession (near Hunan Road)
Characterised by a strong Latino flavour, Zapata’s Mexican Cantina does not only present authentic Mexican cuisine, but also an authentic Mexican atmosphere. People flock here to socialise, to party, to establish relationships over great food, cocktails, conversation and dancing. With weekly parties and a Salsa night every Sunday, this club remains a favourite haunt amongst Shanghai’s hip crowd. A fiesta every night.
Opening Hours: Daily 16:00-04:00
Location: 5 Hengshan Road, French Concession