This night-life gem is perched high on the 18th floor of the Bund 18 building and is one of the most popular bars in Shanghai. Spend the evening at this luxurious lounge and you'll be surrounded by the most fashionable people in Shanghai. While the interior is gorgeously decorated with dim lighting and stunningly elaborate bars, it is the terrace that deserves special mention. When you want to take a break from dancing, head outside to relax on a leather sofa and enjoy some spectacular views of The Bund.
Self- proclaimed as the ultimate hot spot, M1NT includes every bit of luxury that can be expected. With excellent dining options and the M1NT club, the venue is bursting with socialites and entrepreneurs alike each day. Head to the restaurant where the Asian style decor will put you at ease or dance the night away to popular beat by famed DJs at the club. Either way, you are sure to have a good time. M1NT is also open to non-members.
Now a Bund classic, the Glamour Bar is an elegant space for an evening cocktail with a date or visitor. Wooden floors, leather chairs, velour ottomans and sparkling deco lamps combine to create a chic and femenine interior, while huge arched windows provide a view over the Huangpu River and the futuristic Pudong area. Besides the view, the other draw is the selection of random live acts and events, from cabaret to book launches, that take place on a semi-regular basis. The Glamour Bar is also home to the annual Shanghai Literary Festival.
A prominent name in Shanghai's growing and prospering jazz scene, the House of Blues & Jazz is a great place to be if you like to spend your evenings listening to soft music in a brilliantly mellow environment. The smiling pictures of Miles Davis, John Coltrane and other legends look down every night, with live 'jazzicians' sharing their tunes with an ever-eager audience. The wooden, dim interiors definitely help set the mood for a blues evening, which you can either share with fellow enthusiasts while drinking the house spirits, or sit by yourself and take in the atmosphere of this lovely jazz and blues space.
A lot of money went into making this three-story building to resemble an American Southern-style mansion. Formerly known as Bourbon Street, this music venue has a southern mansion feel to it. As the name suggests, live music is on the menu, and many of Shanghai's local musicians have performed here over the years.
Muse is a nightclub that is a bright spot on Shanghai's happening nightlife scene. This club on Yuyao Lu is spread over two floors and boasts a glamorous ambiance that entertains a variety of locals and visitors. Enjoy a drink downstairs to the eclectic sounds of house and trance music as a line-up of international DJs set the tempo of the night. The upper level is dedicated to hip hop, with the latest beats and hits being interrupted with astonishing beat-boxing performances.
Hip, cool and flashy, the M2 nightclub at the Hong Kong Plaza is where the city's rich and beautiful go to party. Dance the night away to some of the latest Hip-Hop, Techno and House numbers, or settle down with your posse at a table and drink in the glamorous scene before you. It'll cost you a pretty penny to enjoy a drink at this playground for the rich, but with guest performances by some of the world's top DJs to look forward to, the experience is well worth the price. The club itself is spacious, with several tables offering bottle service, centered around a magnificent dance floor. M2 is very much a local's club, although ex-pats and tourists can often be seen mixed in with the crowd.
This place is sophisticated with a large measure of understated style. As chic as they come, the bar has little in the way of clutter. It demonstrates you do not need to stuff a room full of objects d'art to be stylish. At Bonne Sante, you will be treated to great service and an excellent selection of wine and cheese.
Fountain offers a mix of typical bistro-style dishes, including pastas, steaks, seafood and other Mediterranean inspired dishes, alongside a selection of Asian delicacies. The bistro offers a splendid view over the central piazza of Xintiandi, and is a great spot to relax and simply watch the world go by as you sip on a glass of wine. While the dining room is comfortable, warm and inviting, the tables outside are just right for a leisurely meal with a view. Sample dishes like steaks, BBQ ribs and roasted chicken with gravy. Although not particularly innovative, each dish is well-prepared and quite satisfying.
Located on the sixth floor of the Liulin Mansion, S2 is a trendy nightclub where the party continues into the early morning hours. Shake a leg to the beats of the DJ or try out a few drinks at the bar. Having opened in 2013, the club is host to several concert after-parties and theme parties. A very popular local hangout, the place also sees quite a bit of the younger tourist crowd.
Known as the Chinese party goers hub, if you want to see how clubbing is done traditionally then Rich Baby (formerly Babyface) is the way to go. Oozing with locals and of all variations this is where you will feel the youth of China letting go of themselves having a nice night out. So as they say "When in Rome do as the Romans" thus "When in China party like the Chinese" and for that Rich Baby is the only place to be. Call or check their website for further details.
Now managed by the Fuchun Resort in Hangzhou, this restaurant is well-known for its delicious meals. Located in a quaint, 19th century building in the Xintiando Shopping district, the joint invites patrons to enter via a slate walkway over pools with fish swimming around gracefully. A seat at the upper-floor bar gives you a full view of the kitchen and dining sections, where lacquered furnishings in soothing tones enhance the local and Mediterranean fare. A glass of bubbles (preferably the New Zealand Pinot Noir), a dig into the braised lamb shank pie, and seared king prawns with octopus compote, all expertly put together, will leave you hankering for more. The spot is known to attract celebs, so keep your autograph book ready.