Entertainment in French Concession

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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 softly illuminating the space. Look out for the annual JZ Festival Shanghai in Expo Park, bringing big-name international jazz artists to Shanghai.

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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 catch an acoustic set. At the weekends there's a full band, with local acts like Jade Lee and Coco Zhao on the bill.

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    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 music concerts are held most Friday evenings at affordable prices, but they do tend to sell out, so book in advance.

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    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 are dozens of English-language pop songs to choose from.

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    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 magicians make coins disappear and perform card tricks at the bar anytime. The boozy watermelon-based Mexican Joe is a stand-out cocktail.

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    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 Rd, which also sells tickets to performances at other venues in the city.

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    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 available at the box office, where you can also pay for tickets.

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    MAO Livehouse

    One of the city’s best and largest music venues, MAO is a stalwart of the Shanghai music scene, with acts ranging from rock to pop to electronica. Check the Smart Tickets website (www.smartticket.cn) for scheduled events and ticket prices.

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    Palace IMAX

    With six large screens, comfortable 3D glasses and an intimate VIP cinema with 50 seats (at an extra cost), this is one of the best movie houses in town.

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    Cathay Theatre

    Retro 1932 movie house showing films in 2D and 3D, with some in English. Ticket prices vary depending on the title and movie show times.

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    Lyceum Theatre

    Landmark building built in the 1930s, with many original features. It shows a number of performances, from acrobatics and film screenings to family magic shows. Book at the venue or via www.247tickets.com.

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    UME International Cinema

    Modern movie complex showing films in 2D and 3D, with some in English. There are also VIP rooms with reclining chairs. Occasional Hollywood premieres happen here.