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Shanghai nightlife

Historically a city that prefers the cover of darkness to the light of day, Shanghai's high-rise landscape comes alive when the neon is switched on. Mainland China's most diverse, fashionable, and charismatic night scene is also its costliest—with some restaurants, clubs, and bars charging prices to make a Londoner blush (a cocktail will set you back at least $10). But if you fancy a splurge, then dress up and prepare for a night of pure New China indulgence—and not a little brash bling.

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Apothecary, Shanghai

This lounge offshoot of the Beijing original reproduces classic and rare cocktails with reverential precision. All the bitters, tinctures, and fruit syrups are...more

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Bar Rouge, Shanghai

Shanghai's classiest cocktail lounge draws a hip clientele with its sexy bordello-red decor and lively dancing. Behind the bar, skilled mixologists deftly toss...more

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Cloud 9, Shanghai

Though the skyscrapers of Pudong hold little allure for visitors, they do have one major attraction: stunning views. Perched atop the world's fifth-tallest...more

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Cotton Club, Shanghai

This informal candlelit venue is one of Shanghai's longest-running jazz and blues clubs, and it continues to showcase the tightest performers in town. The bar...more

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Glamour Bar, Shanghai

Perched above the Bund is this dainty cocktail lounge, a confection of crystal chandeliers and low settees, pink-shaded lamps that cast a rosy glow, and windows...more

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House of Blues and Jazz, Shanghai

Relocated in June 2008 across town to a renovated mansion in the neoclassical backstreets behind the Bund, this is Shanghai's coolest late-night live-music...more

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Jade on 36, Shanghai

If you've come to Pudong to grab a drink at Cloud 9 take a five-minute stroll to the Shangri-La's Jade on 36 for bites of fusion tapas (foie gras lollipops...more

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Vue, Shanghai

Designed by in-demand Japanese firm Super Potato, Hyatt on the Bund's top-floor lounge bar is exotically styled as an upscale vineyard. Dressed in blond woods,...more

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YongFoo Élite, Shanghai

A magical garden aglow with paper lanterns surrounds this grand French Concession villa, at times home to the Russian, Vietnamese, and British consulates. The...more

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Yucca, Shanghai

Brash, bold, and colorful, just like modern Shanghai, David Laris's Yucca evokes elements of a Frida Kahlo dreamscape, a 1960s Latino movie set, and a...more

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