Shanghai, Hu for short, is a renowned international metropolis drawing more and more attention from all over the world. Situated on the estuary of Yangtze River, it serves as the most influential economic, financial, international trade, and cultural center in East China. Also it is a popular travel destination for visitors to sense the pulsating development of the country.
In addition to its modernization, the city’s multicultural flair endows it with a unique glamour. Here, one finds the perfect blend of cultures, the modern and the traditional , and the western and the oriental.
New skyscrapers and old Shikumen together draw the skyline of the city. Western customs and Chinese traditions intertwined and formed the city’s culture, making a visitor’s stay memorable.
If you’re looking for a cutting-edge venue, you’ll find it in one of the alleys around the prestigious Jiao Tong University. Dada offers all night techno experimental music in addition to the projection of European art videos. You can then find excellent northern European beers at student prices.
7. Shelter & Arkham
If you want something more underground, you have to go to the Shelter or Arkham, two different clubs leaders of the alternative scene in Shanghai. They were both war shelters of the Chinese Red Army during World War II and were then converted into nightclubs: the two best places to listen to quality underground electronic music.
A very long aquarium with real sharks, the most beautiful view of the entire city than any other Shanghai restaurant (24th floor), with two dancefloors and a great restaurant room. M1nt is an iconic nightlife venue long established as one of the most beautiful nightclubs in the world. The music ranges from pop to techno, depending on the evening, always with Chinese or international DJs of the highest importance. Entering is not easy given the narrow selection at the entrance and the drinks are a bit more expensive than the average of the city, but the effort and expense is totally repaid by the beauty of the place.
5. Bar Rouge
Located on the Bund and with an incredible view of the new Pudong skyscrapers, Bar Rouge is the fifth essence of Shanghai’s nightlife. During the Ladies Night (every Tuesday) women do not pay for drinks: perfect for all women looking for relax from the chaotic and hectic life of the Asian metropolis. You can stay on the terrace and dance on the track to the sound of pop music. Shows with dancers and acrobats are repeated throughout the evening in the various bars of the place. The atmosphere is quite elegant so, to be able to get in, clothing wants its part. Women usually have a free entry, while men have to pay 100 yuan at the entrance.
4. Monkey Champagne
Monkey Champagne is the most revamped version of the historic Monkey secret bar. You enter through a small hidden door into a side alley of Donghu Lu, next to the back of the Dakota restaurant. The decoration is very luxurious and the drinks are quite expensive; the selection of foreign liqueurs is very wide, in addition to champagne. The music, mainly hip-hop, takes you to its infectious rhythm and the venue atmosphere becomes very lively during the night. The crowd is cosmopolitan and high level, both Chinese and international.
In Shanghai’s music scene, the Yuyintang is a rare gem. You arrive at the door through an underpass of the Yan’an West Road subway. More than a disco, it is a concert hall and one of the first in Shanghai. Here you don’t come to dance to the music selection of djs, but to listen to some excellent rock, heavy metal and hip hop. This venue has been, and still is, a stage for local and international artists and represents a beautiful example of the vastness of musical culture in Shanghai today.
Just a five-minute walk from Hengshan Road subway station, the Phebe is the number one venue for Chinese youths, but there are also many foreigners. Phebe is frequented by Chinese girls struggling with very eccentric performances, VIP tables and cubes where you can have crazy dances, the Phebe is one of the funniest places to spend a night in Shanghai. Do not miss the masquerade parties that organizes this venue, especially that of Halloween, where there is a lot of fun.
1. THE COTTON CLUB E JZ CLUB
Shanghai’s historical ties with French culture emerge in its inclination towards jazz music. The Cotton Club, named after the famous Harlem jazz club of the 1920s, is a perfect reconstruction of the underground clubs of American prohibitionism. The JZ Club is the best high class jazz venue in China. By far the best place to listen to European, American and Chinese musicians. Both are clear examples of the difference between the internationality of Shanghai and that of all other cities in China.