China Guide

Shanghai Nightlife – Guide to Bars in Shanghai

Shanghai’s nightlife is full of glamour with bright lights, elegant restaurants and fancy bars. You will find everything from live music clubs to coffee houses and quiet bars.

Most when coming to Shanghai for the first time spend their first night staring into the night lights from the Bund. The sight of the Oriental Pearl TV Tower across the Huangpu River is one that you cannot visit Shanghai without viewing. Organising a night cruise is a popular activity to truly appreciate the light display.

After you have experienced the Bund and its spectacular night views, head to Xin Tian Di. Xin Tian Di is considered a great starting point for those new to the city as it is a hub of themed restaurants, numerous coffee houses and attractive bars. Try the ARK Live House where you can enjoy some live music while you have a drink and a bite to eat.

Alternatively you can spend the evening where the first bars of Shanghai were established on Hengshan Road. The bars here are very popular with a wide range to choose from depending on the mood you are after. You can enjoy a quiet drink with friends or a rowdy night out.

Maoming South Road is another nightlife destination that foreigners enjoy. There are old bars mixed in with the new, from Judystoo to Babyface. Babyface is a new bar in town and already popular with young partiers.

There are hundreds of bars and night clubs decorating the city so you will have no trouble finding a place close to your hotel.

Other bars to look out for are M1NT, The Gothic Castle and its second story Japanese Sun with Aqua and Casa 13.