Shanghai Nightlife: Shanghai Bars


Hengshan Road

Hengshan Rd. is a street in the former French Concession of Shanghai. It is one of Shanghai’s more vibrant nightlife districts and popular particularly among expats. The street is named after Mount Heng, a sacred mountain in Hunan province. It was established in 1922 as a leisure street. At that time part of the French Concession, many European-style buildings have been built here in the 1920s and 1930s.

Public transport: The Hengshan Rd. nightlife district can be reached by taking Shanghai Metro Line 1 to Hengshan Rd. station


Maoming Road

The bars on Maoming Rd. used to form the heart and soul of Shanghai’s nightlife. However, local authorities issued an order for the music to be turned down in 2004, because of complaints by residents. Since this time, most of the people who used to frequent these bars have moved on to other places, and the street has lost a lot of its life.

The Blue Frog is still a good place to stop and have a drink or a meal if you’re in the area, and Windows is great for its 10 yuan drinks. Face Bar, inside the Ruijin Guesthouse grounds, is a great spot to enjoy a drink outside or inside, while Plan B nearby Yongjia Rd. is a good place for a beer and a game of pool.

Public transport: The Maoming Rd. nightlife district can be reached by taking Shanghai Metro Line 1 to South Shanxi Rd. station



Xintiandi is a car-free shopping, eating and entertainment area of Shanghai. It is composed of an area of restored traditional shikumen (“stone gate”) houses on narrow alleys, a modern shopping mall with a cinema complex, and some adjoining houses which now serve as book stores, cafes and restaurants. Most of the cafes and restaurants feature both indoor and outdoor seating. Xintiandi has an active nightlife on weekdays as well as weekends, though romantic settings are more common than loud music and dance places. Xintiandi means “New Heaven and Earth”, and is considered one of the first lifestyle centers in China.

Add: South Huangpi Lu Xintiandi, near Madang Lu

Public transport: The closest metro station to Xintiandi is Huangpi Rd.(S), on Metro Line No.1, walking down Huangpi Rd.(S) or Madang Rd. for about 5 minutes.

Three on the Bund

Three on the Bund

Add: Three on the Bund, 3 Zhong Shan Road (E1), Shanghai Public transport: East Nanjing Road Station by Metro Line No. 2.

Laris — Martini Night Sip slick martinis as you chill out to the tunes of DJ Casio’s tunes. See and be seen at Shanghai’s Thursday night hot spot and longest running martini night.

Tel: +86 21 6321 9922

Open: Thursdays weekly from 9:30pm

New Heights – Caribbean Night Join this summer’s hottest crowd at New Heights’ Caribbean Night, celebrating the glittering summer spirit with tropical drinks, funky Latin beats and live DJ performance. A fabulous night of frolics, fun and delicious drinks. All Rum, Tequila and Cachaca based drinks buy one get one free, from 10pm till late.

Tel: +86 21 6321 0909

Open: Wednesday from 10:00pm (Live DJ from 10:30)

Lost Heaven(Bund)

Lost Heaven (The Bund branch)

Escape the crowds and head for the 3rd floor terrace bar of Lost Heaven on the Bund. Hardwood decks, trickling water features, delicate backlighting and green tropical plants are perfectly blended with designs and details from the upper Mekong. A space of good music, 28 signature cocktails and dramatic night views of Shanghai awaits you.

Add: No. 17, Yan’an Road (E.), Shanghai

Tel: 021-63300967

Public transport: near Metro Line 8 Dashijie Station or Metro Line 1 People’s Square Station

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