Top ChoiceLive Music in West Shanghai

Yùyīntáng

Small enough to feel intimate, but big enough for a sometimes pulsating atmosphere, Yùyīntáng has long been one of the top places in the city to see live music. Any Shanghai rock band worth its amps plays here,...

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JZ Club

The JZ brand has been in Shanghai for decades, and its newest spot hosts live music every day of the week in an old Shanghai–style jazz club. It's always atmospheric, with velvet red drapes and art deco lighting...

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Heyday

An intimate jazz bar with an art deco feel and a drinks menu to match Shanghai's decadent era. Cocktails are top notch, with plenty of vintage flavours on the list – orange bitters, cognac and the like. Midweek...

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Shanghai Grand Theatre

Shanghai Grand Theatre

Shanghai’s state-of-the-art concert venue hosts everything from Broadway musicals to symphonies, ballets, operas and performances by internationally acclaimed classical soloists. There are also traditional...

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Wooden Box

Down a quiet street, this leafy cabin surrounded by trees is an intimate live venue run by the JZ family with live jazz, and regular acoustic folk and bluegrass sets. The happy hour is excellent and runs from 2pm...

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Shanghai Centre Theatre

Shanghai Centre Theatre

The Shanghai Acrobatics Troupe has popular performances here most nights from 7.30pm. It’s a short but fun show and is high on the to-do list of most first-time visitors. Buy tickets a couple of days in advance...

Jazz in The Bund & People's Square

Fairmont Peace Hotel Jazz Bar

Shanghai’s most famous hotel features Shanghai’s most famous jazz band (starts at 7pm), a septuagenarian sextet that’s been churning out nostalgic covers such as ‘Moon River’ and ‘Summertime’ since the dawn of...

Live Music in The Bund & People's Square

House of Blues & Jazz

Fittingly dark and divey, this vintage jazz and blues bar exudes plenty of class with its polished heavy wood decor. The house band delivers live jazz or blues from 9.30pm (10pm on Friday and Saturday) to 1am....

Live Music in Hongkou & North Shanghai

Modern Sky Lab

Mid-sized live venue with excellent sound quality, run by the Modern Sky record label. It's a top place to catch touring bands: previous acts include Foster the People, The Cribs, Wolf Alice, The Fratellis and...

Classical Music in Pudong

Oriental Art Center

Home of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, the Oriental Art Center was designed to resemble five petals of a butterfly orchid. There are three main halls that host classical, jazz, dance, and Chinese and Western...

Classical Music in French Concession

Shanghai Symphony Orchestra Hall

Designed by architects Isozaki Arata and Yasushisa Toyota and opening in 2014, this modern concert venue is now the home of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, which has been going strong since 1949. Small chamber...

Acrobatics in Hongkou & North Shanghai

Shanghai Circus World

On the far northern outskirts of town you'll find this impressive show – Era: Intersection of Time – combining awesome acrobatics with new-fangled multimedia elements. Shows start at 7.30pm. Tickets are available...

Karaoke in French Concession

Haoledi KTV

Private karaoke rooms are hugely popular in Shanghai, and this one is as bling as they come, with a neon blue LED archway for a doorway and a booze shop, where you can pick up drinks for your private room. There...

Live Performance in French Concession

Blackstone Magic Bar

China’s first magic bar mixes playful diversion with classy cocktails. Full-length magic shows are held Fridays and Saturdays in a sleek, custom-made 30-seat amphitheatre, but you can catch one of six in-house...

Classical Music in French Concession

Shanghai Conservatory of Music

The auditorium here holds classical music performances (Chinese and Western) usually on weekends at 7.30pm; the musicians are often the stars of the future. You can buy tickets at the box office at 1155 Huaihai...

Classical Music in The Bund & People's Square

Shanghai Concert Hall

A decade or so ago, the government shunted all 5650 tonnes of this classic 1930s building 66m away from busy East Yanan Rd to a quieter parkside setting. It features smaller-scale concerts plus local and...

Theatre in French Concession

Shanghai Culture Square

State-of-the-art theatrical facility with a focus on musicals, drama, ballet and classic traditional Chinese and international productions. Previous shows include Cats, Cinderella and Swan Lake. Schedules are...

Football in Hongkou & North Shanghai

Hongkou Football Stadium

The home of Shanghai Greenland Shenhua FC, this stadium seats more than 30,000 fans, and games have a great local atmosphere. You can buy football tickets from the booth next to the KFC, not far from exit 1 of...

Chinese Opera in The Bund & People's Square

Yifu Theatre

One block east of People’s Square, this is the main opera theatre in town. The theatre presents a popular program of Beijing, Kun and Yue (Shaoxing) opera. A Beijing opera highlights show is performed several...

Theatre in Hongkou & North Shanghai

Pearl Theatre

Formerly known as Chinatown, this magnificent three-floor theatre has boxes and ornate detailing. It was once a Japanese Buddhist temple in the 1930s; now it stages drama, cabaret, movie screenings and offbeat...