Today you can find expats and nouveau riche Chinese alike partying like it's 1929, though the soundtrack is less jazz and more beats spun by globetrotting DJs. Nonetheless, jazz is resurgent, drawing on both history and the energy of young players. Rock clubs are increasingly common, with Chinese bands and international acts alike finding increasingly eager audiences.
Check out rock at 4 Live, Yuyintang or Live Bar and jazz at JZ Club, the Cotton Club or the House of Jazz and Blues. DJs spin all over town and on any given night you can hear retro sounds, hip-hop, dance pop and all kind's of electronica. Hit the dance floor at big clubs like BonBon or more intimate spots like Mint, lounge with a cocktail in chic spaces
If you're after drinks sans loud music, Shanghai has it covered, from posh lounges to no-nonsense dives. Take in the view from the Bund with a cheap draft beer (Captain Bar) or an elegant cocktail (Glamour Bar). Party in People's Square at Barbarossa, enjoy the ambience of the old French Concession at Face Bar, or toast the town from the
world's highest lounge at Cloud 9.
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