Shanghai is very unique in the fact that is a bustling international hub. There are many places to explore on any day of the week and meet new and interesting people.
I’ve already visited and experienced many truly unique and famous locations that Shanghai has to offer: such as Perry’s, M2, Bar Rouge and even Yong Kang Lu.
A popular venue for expats in Shanghai are of course; pubs. There are many pubs in Shanghai, one famous example is Perry’s. There are actually quite a few Perry’s located in Shanghai, however the most famous being on 1333 Huai Hai Lu, near Bao Qing Lu, in Xuhui district. This venue plays international pop music, they also sell Shisha, inexpensive beers and it is bustling with people, for a cheap night out, or just simply as pre-drinks for another club, you cannot look past Perry’s.
Unfortunately, like most clubs in China, people are allowed to smoke indoors however the fact that people are very fun and open minded more than makes up for that fact, Perry’s is all about fun and the venue reflects that. This is a great place to meet new people and an even better place if you like cheap drinks (10 RMB a beer).
Bar Rouge is also very popular in Shanghai as it offers a breathtaking view of the famed Shanghai skyline. As soon as you enter you are greeted with a spectacular view of the Bund or Waitan, as the locals call it, on one side you have the remnants of how Shanghai used to be with its European Renaissance inspired architecture, and on the other side you have Lujiazui which offers insight into the modern era of Shanghai. This club is far more expensive than Perry’s but is a must-see, even if just as a once off. In my opinion the best night to go is a Thursday as it is ladies night so ladies drink for free and it is always bustling with people.
Yong Kang Lu is a famous bar street that every expat should know. This is a street full of pubs, bars and expats. Taking a night-time stroll resembles more of an European street than a Chinese one. On this road there is a famous pub called “Le Café des stagiaires” which I would highly recommend, similarly to Bar Rouge this street is a little on the pricey side as it does cater mostly to expats, however you can find some cheap drinks if you go during happy hour, unfortunately that does tend to be quite early.
What I found most unique about Shanghai is there is a special system involving quite a few night clubs in Shanghai, this system being if you know promoters or are a part of a specific Wechat group, you are then eligible for free drinks, so for example in club Fusion if you mention a password (or a promoters name) and go at a specific time, they will give you a wristband which gives you access to a standing table at the front of the club where you can then drink as much alcohol as you like for free, they offer bottles of Vodka and Bourbon which you pour yourself, if the bottles run out, they simply bring more.
There are events on all the time in Shanghai, it is nearly impossible to keep track of them all, however if you want to keep up-to-date I suggest visiting: www.smartshanghai.com.
In regard to Taxi’s never ask the price of a Taxi before you get in, or else they will quote some price that is far too expensive, simply get in the Taxi and show them the address or say the address to the best of your ability. Keep in mind that in China people do not usually use street numbers as markers, they prefer cross roads, so instead of saying for example 420 Jiaozhou Lu, you would say Jiaozhou Lu Kangding Lu, as that is the nearest intersection.
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