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Zapata’s

Zapata’s (5 Hengshan Lu, near Dongping Lu, Shanghai) — As one of Shanghai’s most popular bars, Zapata’s holds court over the entire Hengshan Lu nightlife scene from their outdoor terrace and multiple venue complex. Usually packed any given night of the week, especially their Wednesday ladies night, crowds groove to commercial rock, pop, and hip-hop […]

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Vue Bar

Vue Bar (Hyatt on the Bund Hotel, 199 Huang Pu Road, Shanghai) — an elegant, comfortable and stylish fashion bar located on the top two levels of the Hyatt on the Bund Hotel (32nd & 33rd floors), commanding the best views of both sides of the Huangpu River – the Bund on the Puxi side […]

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El mundo de Suzie Wong

The World of Suzie Wong (1A Nonzhanguan South Road, Chaoyang district, Beijing) – named after a 1960s Hollywood film, Suzie Wong’s is part 1930s Shanghai opium den and part postmodern lounge. This venue includes a nightclub in the basement, divans upstairs, and a roof terrace on top. It has long been a popular hangout for […]

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Slow Boat Brewery Taproom

Slow Boat Brewery Taproom (56 Dongsi 8th Alley, Dongcheng, Beijing) — founders Daniel Hebert and Chandler Jurinka, both Americans and long-term Beijing expats, became friends in 2009 over their shared appreciation for craft beer. Two years later, Slow Boat Brewery was born out of their desire to bring North American brewing styles to China, while […]

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The Mansion

The Mansion (Dynasty Villa – B18, 851 Hongjing Lu, near Yan’an Xi Lu, Shanghai) – this is a venue/hub for musicians, artists and creative people. It has a large basement that at night transforms into a nightclub hosting local DJs playing everything from deep house to hip hop. The venue also serves as a platform […]

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Lola

Lola (46 Yueyang Lu, near Dongping Lu, Shanghai) – this is a club dedicated to house and sometimes a bit of disco or techno. More indebted to the European pedigree of clubbing, Lola forgoes the tables, dice, and top 40 hip hop/mash up character of many Shanghai clubs for the European concentration on pumping sound […]

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Liquid Laundry

Liquid Laundry (Kwah Centre, 2/F, 1028 Huaihai Zhong Lu, near Donghu Lu, Shanghai) – this is a popular gastropub that also has a club DJ lineup on Friday & Saturday evenings. There’s also a “Ladies Night” every Wednesday evening (where women get 2 for 1 drink specials – with the first drink being free). There […]

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Le Baron

Le Baron (7F, 20Donghu Lu, near Huaihai Lu, Shanghai) – opening in Shanghai in 2014, this is a trendy, exclusive outpost of a Parisian club that also has venues in New York, Tokyo, and London. Rather low-key spot with good music and a strict door policy that only lets in the fashionable and/or fabulous.

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House of Blues & Jazz

House of Blues & Jazz (60 Fuzhou road (near the Bund), Shanghai) — 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 […]

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Great Leap Brewing

Great Leap Brewing (6 Doujiao Hutong, Dongcheng District, Beijing) – this is not just a bar, but an actual microbrewery – a place where craft beer lovers get together. Patrons are allowed to sample a beer being ordering an entire pint or beer mug. Food is not served there, but patrons are allowed to order […]