The shortlist: Alternative Club of the year

The shortlist for the Time Out Love Shanghai Awards 2016

We love Shanghai. And with top-notch cocktail bars, off-the-hook restaurants and fabulous nights out hitting the tiles, how could you not? Here's this year's shortlist, with nominees hand-picked by our editors, for the Time Out Love Shanghai Awards 2016. Want to spread the love? Click here to vote for your city favourites – shortlisted or not!

The shortlist

Arkham

After being forced to close at the back end of 2016, Arkham has finally reopened under the same name at new digs next to Found 158 on Julu Lu. Almost a carbon-copy of the original, with promoters like SHFT., STD and Yeti moving back in, fans of the old Arkham will likely be happy enough with ...

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168 Julu Lu

Celia

This after hours joint from veteran DJ Emil Chang regularly keeps the party going until 10am with residents Lina K, Cice, and Jeff Chong providing a focus on deep house, minimal techno, techno and tech house.

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298 Xingfu Lu

DADA

A Shanghai institution (just not for any tuhao), DADA is a chilled-out dive bar where locals and laowai can let their hair down free of the pretensions of the city's more flashy clubs. A staple of the underground dance music scene, with live DJ sets weekly and always a killer crowd in attendance.

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115 Xingfu Lu

Elevator

If you’ve ever tried cramming yourself and your group of friends into the tiny lift up to LUNE on the corner of Xinle and Fumin Lus, you’ll recall the short but terrifying journey – a memorable experience that has inspired the name of the club replacing LUNE, Elevator. It’s the project of ...

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265 Nandan Dong Lu

Le Baron

It's no shock that Le Baron took the Readers' Choice award at our Time Out Love Shanghai Awards 2016 - the crowds surrounding its Donghu Lu entrance every weekend vying for a way in show just how popular this place is. Entry is free, but if you don't have a table reservation (a four-figure ...

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20 Donghu Lu

The Shelter

The Shelter is a veteran of the Shanghai underground nightlife scene, and one of the few clubs in the city to offer a diverse range of dance music from local independent DJs and some of the leading international artists in hip hop, d'n'b, dubstep, reggae and techno. Housed in a converted bomb ...

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5 Yongfu Lu

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