The exciting Chinese city of Shanghai is fast becoming an important global financial center. However, aside from its serious business side, this exciting metropolis is widely considered to be ‘the capital of cool’ of the People’s Republic of China as it is the city from which fashion and lifestyle trends radiate throughout the country.
Tourists who flock to Shanghai enjoy taking its many tourist attractions like the Bund, a historic waterfront area that sits on the west bank of the Huangpu River and is dotted by old world restored buildings that house many stylish restaurants and bars, the French Concession which still displays a certain colonial charm and now hosts many small trendy boutiques and the skyscraper littered Pudong area which lies across the river and is home to the brash and bold financial district of Shanghai.
Shanghai, however, seems particularly attractive after nightfall when almost all the city’s buildings are lit up with neon lights and are adorned flashing display screens that advertise a whole host of consumer goods. This city which in fact through the ages has always boasted of a lively nightlife now has an increasingly diverse nightlife scene which caters to every type of nocturnal reveler.
This traditional night club spot is the place in Shanghai “to see and be seen”. Club Muse which is composed of two levels is a Shanghai institution which is especially packed on weekends. The crowd that flocks here is generally a mix of local Shanghainese as well as expats who live and work in Shanghai. The DJs at Muse tend to spin largely house music which is extremely popular with the patrons who seem to perennially throng the dance floor.
Club Shelter which is housed in a former bomb is not a club for the faint hearted or the claustrophobic though it enjoys a loyal following. The emphasis at Club Shelter is not so much its ambience which is kind of gritty and smoky but the music. Club Shelter plays host to a wide array of international artists and DJs and offers music that ranges from reggae rap to fusion techno as well as more conventional sounds.
Gosney & Kallman’s Chinatown
The brainchild of New York nightlife entrepreneur, Norman Gosney and his dancer wife, Amelia Kallman, the classy but quaint Gosney and Kallman’s Chinatown lounge adds live burlesque shows to Shanghai’s nightlife repertoire. The shows are performed by the club’s own troupe, the Chinatown Dolls which feature Amelia as their star dancer.
MAO Livehouse Shanghai
Mao Livehouse which has been promoted by a record company, Soma Records is the place to go to in Shanghai for rock music fans. This large club periodically hosts both local and foreign live rock acts to the delight of all the head bangers of Shanghai.
The bastion of Shanghai’s alternative scene, LoGo is a dive bar that is popular with an artsy crowd as it offers independently promoted acts every night which feature a wide range of music styles from punk rock to electronica and of course techno.
Photo of a club in Shanghai by tαttσσed tentαcle.