Shanghai has a long-standing (and notorious) reputation as one
of the world''s top ''sin cities''. It has a seedy reputation and
there are many warnings given to visitors, but the ever-changing
face of Shanghai''s nightlife is one that buzzes at all hours of the
The Bund has recently been given new life as a night time
destination, with dilapidated buildings being demolished to make
way for neon-lit jazz clubs, cocktail lounges, and restaurants.
Glamour Bar hosts live music, art discussions, and an annual
writers'' festival for a bohemian 1930s vibe. The Gothic castle at 6
Bund also houses several chic and upscale restaurants and lounges.
Xintiandi pedestrian mall is another collection of bars and lounges
in the downtown area.
Shanghai is a major concert destination in Asia, and you''ll find
large international concerts on the calendar along with a number of
local Mando-pop or Canto-pop acts. There are also a number of good
jazz clubs on Fuxing Lu.
If classical entertainment is what you want, Shanghai has a
number of options, including the Shanghai Philharmonic Society or
the Shanghai Yueju Opera Group. You can also see acrobatic
performances and touring productions of major Broadway shows like
Les Miserables or touring ballet companies.
The district around the Julu Lu and Tongren Lu intersection is a
cheaper and seedier option for those who want to party hard. There
is a booming sex trade in Shanghai, and some areas of town are
safer than others. It is best to stay in groups when going out at
Check the free local English-language papers like 8 Days, That''s
Shanghai, and City Weekend for up to date event listings.