Shanghai Nightlife Guide

Live Music Clubs and Jazz Clubs in Shanghai

Yuyintang, Shanghai Yuyintang is a very basic concrete box that overflows with people when there’s a big gig (or even a small gig) on.
There’s nothing to the venue other than a stage, a floor and a small bar squeezed in the back which is almost impossible to access when the place is crowded. The good news is that it’s very cheap with cut-rate cans of Tsing Tao on offer for ¥10. A small selection of spirits and mixed drinks are also available for reasonable prices. Despite its simplicity, Yuyintang regularly hosts popular Chinese bands, and occasionally even international acts, in addition to their more regular roster of local musicians. It’s only worth going here when there’s a gig on, but it’s a great place to check out some of the rock talent that Shanghai has to offer.
Ph. (021) 5237 8662 Web: Open: 21:00-late
Address: 1731 Yan’an Xi Lu (entrance on Kaixuan Lu) Subway: Yan’an Rd West
Directions: Yuyintang is on the north-west corner of the intersection between Yan’an Xilu and Kaixuan Lu, right next to light rail station.
Show the taxi driver: 请带我去育音堂,谢谢。地址:延安西路1731号, 入口在凯旋路。
Live Bar
Live Bar, Shanghai A great, little bar with an avant-garde atmosphere, Live Bar is a must visit place for anyone with an interest in music.
It’s located well out of the center, but this helps them keep the prices low: bottled beer starts at just ¥10, spirits and mixed drinks are from ¥20. And Live Bar is definitely worth the trek. Through both its bare-bones, basic, design and the eclectic mix of local acts that play there, Live Bar achieves a sense of real underground authenticity and vitality. And the palpable sense of community among the aspiring artists and the friendly atmosphere the staff create makes it all the more enjoyable. Check Live Bar’s website for details of upcoming events.
Ph. (021) 2833 6764 Web: Open: 17:00-3:00
Address: 800 Guoshun Dong Lu (near Shuangyang Lu) Subway: Huangxing Park
Directions: Take Exit 2 from Huangxing Park, turn left and walk for 6 minutes.
Show the taxi driver: 请带我去现场酒吧,谢谢。地址:国顺东路800号, 近双阳路。
Cotton Club Editor Pick!
Cotton Club, Shanghai Probably Shanghai’s most famous jazz club, you can catch live music at Cotton Club every night from 9:30pm.
This dark, intimate venue is one of the oldest jazz clubs in the city and by virtue of its authentic feel it remains one of the best. With a stage that brings patrons right up to the action, enough seating to supply the crowds on most nights, and a long bar along the side of the venue, Cotton Club has an effective design. Drinks start at ¥40 for draught beer, mixed drinks and spirits start at ¥45 and cocktails from ¥50. Cotton Club is a great place to chill out while listening to some fine jazz and blues courtesy of the house band or regular guest performers. And really it’s an essential place to check out on any visit to Shanghai.
Ph. (021) 6437 7110 Web: Open: 19:30-1:30
Address: 1416 Huaihai Zhong Lu (near Fuxing Lu) Subway: Changshu Lu
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JZ Club
JZ Club, Shanghai JZ Club is a nicely laid-out jazz bar with a classy interior that plays host to some big name artists.
The main focus is on the stage with the bar unobtrusive and reasonably easy to access at the back. Although set over two storeys, JZ Club is still a bit too small to handle the crowds who come for the bigger artists and there aren’t enough seats to go around. Otherwise the interior is very nice with dark wood furniture, red drapes and chandeliers. For some reason the decorators decided to throw a disco ball into the mix as well. Drinks are a bit pricey: Carlsberg draught is ¥50, spirits from ¥50, cocktails from ¥60 to ¥100. Check JZ Club’s website for details of performances.
Ph. (021) 6431 0269 Web: Open: 20:00-2:00
Address: 46 Fuxing Xi Lu (near Yongfu Lu) Subway: Changshu Lu
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