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audience rating 3.8 stars from 63 votes - click to voteadd a review & photos
Shanghai’s most popular gay dance party. ANGEL hosts special themed events all year, including their successful HEAVEN party series.
With state-of-the-art light & sound system, fabulous productions, international guest DJ’s and hunky dancers, ANGEL parties attract a large number of party boys who just can’t wait to take their shirts off.
ANGEL parties are usually held at Namco Shanghai Base in Putuo District – formerly named ‘Shanghai Repulse Bay Culture Center’ – check ANGEL’s Facebook for the latest updates.
390 Panyu Rd (near Fahuazhen Rd), Changning District, Shanghai
weekday 18:00 - 03:00 weekend 18:00 - 05:00
Gay café lounge bar Lucca 390 attracts an upscale local and international crowd and serves a range of drinks, food and light meals by friendly staff.
Great for a get-together or social meeting on weeknights. On the weekend, the place turns into a busy nightclub with live DJ’s and party-goers filling the dance floor.
Regular themed nights with DJ, live bands comedy shows, art events – check the website for upcoming events. 中国上海市长宁区番禺路390号
Central location. Modern facilities. Great value. Includes breakfast. Was $131 USD. Now $80 USD. | click here
Apartment style. Convenient location. Near Xintiandi. Includes breakfast. Was $580 USD. Now $120 USD. | click here
Convenient location. Great for Angel Shanghai gay dance party. Includes breakfast. Was $62 USD. Now $46 USD. | click here
Amazing views. Stylish rooms. Great location. Includes breakfast. Now $198 USD. | click here
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Launched in 2016, SNAP organises pop-up events ranging from themed parties, community markets, networking events for the LGBTQ+ in Shanghai.
Their parties are popular with both expats and locals. Expect good music, diverse crowd, friendly atmosphere. Check their social media for details of upcoming events.
Happiness 42 (formerly “Shanghai Studio”) is a popular gay bar & meeting spot in Shanghai, with DJ, dance floor and drag shows on Saturdays.
The bar attracts a good mix of international locals, expats and visitors. A great place to hang out with friends, have a few drinks and enjoy the show.
Gay bar with private rooms, located upstairs from Lucca 390. Opening hours vary – check before you go.
141 Tai'an Rd, Changning District, Shanghai | map
weekday 19:30 - 03:00, weekend 19:30 - 05:00
audience rating 3.7 stars from 6 votes - click to voteadd a review & photos
This conversation-oriented lounge & bar with stylish design is a refreshing addition to Shanghai’s gay bar scene. Lollipop (formerly ‘Transit Lounge’) has the perfect location for holding a private party or birthday. Quality drinks – their signature cocktail is called “Lollipop”.
Owner, Mr Zhou and Lulu, thoughtfully assembles pop/house/R&B/jazz playlists – we enjoy listening to a set of various interpretations of a single song. The charming, cute staff will welcome you. Chinese and English spoken.
The sexy interior will stimulate you, and the upscale yet unpretentious crowd keeps the flirt factor on high. There is a topless model bartender night event every Thursday. 上海泰安路141号
532 FaHuazhen Rd, Changning District, Shanghai | map
audience rating 3.4 stars from 14 votes - click to voteadd a review & photos
The Japanese-styled RICE Bar is a great place to chill out and make new friends. The contemporary environment is popular with both gay Westerners and Asians.
The rather cute bar staff are pretty good at mixing your favourite cocktail, too! Occasional themed party nights.
2F, 235 Anguo Rd (near Zhoujiazui Rd), Hongkou District, Shanghai | map
audience rating 4 stars from 16 votes - click to voteadd a review & photos
Not a typical gay nightclub. Lai Lai Dance Hall provides a uniquely Chinese way for older gay men to discreetly meet and dance.
Chinese pop classics get blasted out in this rather run-down venue. Customers come here not for the music or the environment, but to feel comfortable in a place where they can show their genuine feelings.
Lai Lai affords a generation of gay men (many of whom are married) a few hours to be themselves. Understanding foreigners are most welcome.
2F, 1557 Huashan Rd, Changning District, Shanghai
weekday 21:00 - 06:00 weekend 21:00 - 06:00
audience rating 3.4 stars from 11 votes - click to vote
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Gay bar in the heart of Shanghai’s ‘gaybourhood’. This 3rd generation of Asia Blue has a French Provincial look, with lots of comfy sofas and strong bar stools, and a full wall of windows overlooking Huashan Street.
The owner Andy Wong who speaks English and his team offer a warm welcome and friendly service. 上海长宁区华山路1557号二楼