Offbeat Nightlife in Shanghai

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  • Shanghai's quirky and offbeat nightlife offers some of the most exciting and oddball fun in town. Shanghai is the city that never sleeps in China, and with so many amazing, well-known bars the city's offbeat hang outs can get overshadowed. While on vacation in Shanghai, you should make the time to check out at least one of the city's offbeat nightlife activities.

    To get into the swing of things, sign up for the Shanghai Pub Crawl, where you'll get the opportunity to enjoy several of the hottest little secret pubs and bars around Shanghai. Organized by experts, this is a great way to get into the groove of things and get to know some other folks in town.

    The Shelter is another great place for a night on the town. You'll find a rocking, raging group of people eager to make every night count. The shelter is an impeccable example of Shanghai's amazing offbeat nightlife.

    Mural Bar, like Shelter, is a great little lounge where you'll find locals and expats relaxing while reading good books and enjoying eachother's company. The bar starts to rock at night, but during the day you'll find a nice place to relax.

    Mao is a raging club, one that really gets out of control late at night (or early in the morning, depending on how you view it). Time Passage is an equally amazing hang out, but doesn't get as loud or rowdy.

    Aqua Bar and Whisk specialize in two specific things, but you'll have to get out of the tired and traditional places you've always frequented and try these two unique establishments. Okay, I'll blow the secret, Whisk specializes in chocolate and Aqua in vodka.

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    Pub Crawl Shanghai

    42 Taojiang Lu

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    The Shelter

    5 Yongfu Road
    North of Fuxing Xi Lu, Xuhui

    For Movers N' Shakers!... read more

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    Mural Bar

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    697 Yongjia Road
    East of Hengshan Lu, Xuhui

    The interior is a cave, which explains the stiff drinks and rancor aroma... read more


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    46 Yueyang Lu
    Near Dongping Lu

    Great prices on stiff drinks, with a modern Chinese vibe... read more

    Aqua Bar

    99 Pucheng Lu
    2nd Floor, 3rd Period Clubhouse, Yanlord Gardens

    More Than An Ordianry Bar... read more

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    Time Passage

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    183, Lane 1038 Huashan Lu

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    1250 Huaihai Lu

    A chocolate lover's heaven, complete with chocolate drinks and treats galore... read more

    Bell Cafe & Bar

    Taikang Road
    No 11 Lane 248

    Booze & Caffeine... read more

    Bourbon Street

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    191 Hengshan Road

    House of New Orleans... read more

    I Love Shanghai Lounge

    1788 Xinzha Road
    Near Jiaozhou Road

    Martinis, Music & More... read more
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