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Live Music Bars in Shanghai

April 26, 2018

Dance into the early hours at one of Shanghai’s live-music venues. From blues and jazz joints to cabaret shows, these bars will have you foot-tapping in no time.

Hit up the House of Blues and Jazz for – yep, you guessed it – a night of bluesy, jazz-centric live entertainment, by top-notch local and global acts. With its richly furnished, 1930s Art Deco good looks and late-serving brasserie menu, this Bund-side mansion is a stylish venue to get your groove on.

Take a trip down memory lane at Heyday, which transports guests back to the roaring 20s. The elegant fit-out, classic cocktails and vintage vibe backdrop a glittering line-up, (which has featured the likes of Grammy winners Dana Leong and Marco Bosco) keeps this happening hotspot ahead of the game. The mixologists make a mean negroni.

Slinky-dink theatre The Pearl has being wowing patrons with its cabaret, burlesque and big-band performances for decades. Deep red and scarlet walls frame the decently sized stage, while the balcony area is perfect for a cosy rendezvous. Expertly blended tipples, like the house Black Pearl cocktail (Kettle One vodka, Opal Nera Sambuca and espresso), are dangerously sippable.

UNÏCO draws in the late-night party crowd, thanks to the lively Latin tunes, energetic salsa nights and world-class jazz bands. The lounge-y cocktail bar is a good bet for pre-dancefloor drinks, served in vintage glassware. Nab a stool at the Insta-worthy blue glass-lit bar for prime people watching.


House of Blues and Jazz / 60 Fuzhou Rd / WaiTan / Huangpu Qu / +86 21 6323 2779 / Tue-Sat 4.30pm-2am /

Heyday / 50 Tai’an Road near Xinguo Road / +86 21 6236 6075 / 6.30pm-2am daily /

The Pearl / 471 Zhapu Lu near Wujin Lu / +86 1376 4889 962 / check website for show dates /

UNÏCO / 2/F / Three on the Bund / 17 Guangdong Lu / +86 21 5308 5399 / 6pm-2am Mon-Fri, until late Sat-Sun /