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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
Datong Mill (158 Julu Lu, near Ruijin Lu, Shanghai) — This underground event space used to be home to local ladies of the night and bars such as the airplane themed bar D10, but all the sketchy things have been shut down. The space is now used only for large scale events, workshops and markets.
Dada (115 Xingfu Lu, near Fahuazhen Lu, Shanghai) – located in the middle of Xingfu Lu, Dada is a chilled out lounge/club space, catering to a younger Chinese and expat crowd in a comfortable, pretentious-free environment. It’s like a really nice dive bar. Drinks are cheap, there’s ample lounge seating, and music varies from night […]
Capital Spirits (Da Ju Hutong #3, Beijing) — Capital Spirits is the world’s first bar dedicated to Baijiu (China’s fiery national drink) and craft liquor. Come taste baijiu by the glass and discover the distinctive hand-picked stock of Baijiu, craft Chinese beers, lesser known fine spirits from around the world, and specialty baijiu cocktails by […]
Bar Rouge (Bund 18, 7/F, 18 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu, near Nanjing Dong Lu, Shanghai) – this is the most famous club in Shanghai, and sets the standard for Bund nightlife, with its terrace view, classy, sleek interiors and iconic French-Shanghai identity. Bar Rouge kicks off the weekend early with themed parties on Thursdays and […]
GT Banana (Scitech Hotel, 22 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District, Beijing) – taking up a space of 3,000 sq. meters, this is another of Beijing’s long-standing nightspots (in existence since 1998). The music played at this club consists of various types of House music, and occasionally books international House and Trance music DJs like Tiesto and […]