The shortlist: Mainstream 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

Bar Rouge

No matter how many times you’ve visited this Bund-side institution over the past decade-and-a-bit, stepping out onto that terrace will still have you reaching for your phone for a snap every time. Drink it in with a cocktail for around 100RMB.

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18 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu


The late-night club formerly known as Lola, which before that was also called Hollywood. Expect the late-night parties Lola was known for, but with more of a commercial hip hop and house soundtrack.

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46 Yueyang Lu


Exclusive membership-style lounge, restaurant and club with high-end cocktails, shark tanks lining the walls and a glamorous crowd. The luxurious VIP roof terrace offers great views of Pudong and The Bund. Popular most nights of the week, the club side is packed at weekends. The M1NT ...

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318 Fuzhou LuOnline booking


The below write-up was based upon MYST's original Jingan location. As of January 2018 they've relocated to near People's Square; the new spot has similar vibes though so we've left the original description for reference. MYST bears many hallmarks of other massive Shanghai clubs – the main ...

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283 Huaihai Zhong Lu

Reel to Reel

Reel to Reel (the name is a nod to their cassette tape decor theme) has two main rooms - the 'Hip Room' and the 'Groove Room' - while there is also a small outdoor area ('Space') and another 'hidden' open air space dubbed 'the Water Room'. The separate rooms are set to have their own unique ...

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388 Madang Lu


Latin-themed restaurant-lounge UNÏCO, located on the second floor of Three on the Bund, was designed and co-founded by French-Argentinean artistic director Marcelo Joulia and 'serial entrepreneur' Olivier Chouvet. It's now established as one of the premier dining and nightlife spots on the ...

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3 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu

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