Newbie Guide to Shanghai Nightlife

shanghai nightlife

Newbie Guide to Shanghai Nightlife

Shanghai Nightlife

First night in Shanghai to explore the Shanghai nightlife and you’re beyond psyched to hit the town. That’s great! While we all love to have a good time, dancing the night away, meeting new people and enjoying a few drinks, don’t forget your limits. You’re in a new place, surrounded by the unfamiliar, so be smart and keep your wits about you. Have a drink or two, but don’t overdo it, folks!

Up in the Clouds

Cloud 9, Grand Hyatt, Jin Mao Tower, 87/F, 88 Century Avenue, near Dongtai Lu

Cloud 9 is truly in the clouds. Seated on the 87th floor of the Jin Mao Tower, be sure to grab a seat facing west for killer views of the Bund, Pearl Tower and the lights of Puxi. On weekdays, they offer a buy one, get one free Happy Hour special. After work drinks, anyone?

Student Budget-Friendly

Perry’s, 1268 Kaixuan Lu, near Anshun Lu

Dubbed a “colorful college student mecca”, Perry’s caters to a younger crowd with their alternating daily drink specials and exceptionally affordable bites. The long-hall style bar with communal wooden tables and benches are the perfect setting for meeting new friends or sharing a bucket of rum and Coke with your crew.

A Bit of Latin Flair

Unico, Three on the Bund, 2/F, 3 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu

If you find yourself craving some non-Asian food, why not check out Unico? Complete with live Latin music, salsa nights, cigar lounge and an über-posh “molecular cocktail bar”, Unico is an unique and impressive destination for friends or guests. Try popping in when they’re hosting a live DJ for an extra special salsa experience. Full disclaimer: food is primarily tapas, but not cheap, so be prepared to drop a small dime.

The Hippest of the Hip

M2, Hong Kong Plaza, 4/F, 283 Huai Hai Zhong Lu

M2 is one of the better-known clubs in Shanghai for students, catering to the most trendy and hip crowds in the city and student-friendly prices. With a healthy mix of music from hip hop to techno, even featuring a pretty regular flow of Top 100 DJs, M2 satisfies locals and expats alike. If you’re looking for the classic table and bottle service, book ahead as this club gets really crowded.

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