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Shanghai nightlife: top 6 bars & nightclubs
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By SmSh. Shanghai parties hard. In big clubs with loud music, bright lights, and tables full of Champagne.
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Intimate spaces with small crowds dancing to disco and house. Reality holes that stay open until well after dawn. Dives where producers and DJs get their start and the drinks are dirt cheap. These are some of the main Top nightclubs in shanghai for places with dance floors and DJs, as experienced by people who have been out in Shanghai. A lot. Perhaps too much. Crowds depend heavily on the night and the promoters, so look through our listings to see what's on.
Not a fan of clubs? Basically : For music he, sometimes it's the best place on earth. Look out for nights like S. They've got : Cheap thrills, a proper dance floor, and eclectic DJs, especially on Fridays and Saturdays.
On any given night : Dirt-cheap drinks, zero pretension, someone throwing up, and possibly brilliant music. View Listing Taxi Printout. Known for : Raging house and techno until 8am on Fridays and Saturdays. Good ol' sketchy basement vibes like the rave days, with transient youths and models. Different because : House in one room, hip hop in the other, cassettes everywhere. Goes super late on Sunday and Monday.
The scene : House, techno, and disco, with frequent bookings on weekends. Weeknights like cartoons and cereal or ping pong. You ended up here because : It's 6am and the thought of going home is disturbing. Ideal for : You wanna show some people from out of town a proper night of maximal clubbing. Or just wanna go somewhere busy on a weeknight. People go for : Top DJ bookings, laser lights, CO2 blasts, free flow sensory overload, and young kidz getting crunk.
The scene at 3am : Total abandon. Interns and icy models singing along to the the commercial end of house music. Ideal for : Being scene, popping bottles, dancing, and networking.
And sometimes really good tunes and DJ bookings. Nights like Yeti, Cavia and Co. On offer : True bottle poppin' hip hop club vibes, tables, and celebs rolling through. Friday nights with Hip Hop Hijack. Small and super crowded.
On offer : EDM, big speakers, and bigger lights in a Xintiandi mall. Maximal clubbing any night of the week. Frequent big name Top bookings. Ideal for : That classic Bund Life.
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A terrace to show people from out of town. Occasional big-name DJ bookings.
Top nightclubs in shanghai ladies night with free manicures. They've got : Perhaps the strictest dress code in Shanghai, and sharks in tanks. The story : Latin lounge and club vibes on The Bund. Tuesday salsa nights with free mojitos. Occasionally some great, left-field DJ bookings for jazzy hip hop, funk and house. Other Places with Dance Floors 1. Zapata's : Consistently packed and sleazy, with spring break oblivion vibes and lots of business dudes. Arcade : Small, hip arcade-themed lounge with underground DJs spinning on weekends. The Apartment : Long-running mainstream lounge with DJs and live music on weekends.
Popular hook-up spot. Craft : Disco and vodka lounge on Donghu Lu. Good times with DJs on weekends. Lucca : Gay lounge with a decent-sized dancefloor.
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Busy on weekends. Love shack upstairs. Icon : Pure gay circuit clubbing with a heavily local crowd of men. Linx : Another megaclub dedicated to obscene amounts of bottle-popping and EDM. Lil' Jon played there recently. The Parrot : Soul, funk, and decent-priced drinks at this small club on Donghu Lu. Editorial Policy: At SmartShanghai.
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