The shortlist: Live Music Venue of the Year

The shortlist for Time Out's 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


Shanghai doesn’t want for retro-themed bars, but in Heyday, a slick new addition to the Taian/Xingguo crossroads, the city has a new ‘old-timey’ lounge worthy of attention. The bar is being pitched as a ‘vintage live jazz bar’, but this isn’t a live music venue with drinks as an afterthought, ...

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50 Taian Lu

JZ Club

The Julu Lu reincarnation of the city’s premier jazz club provides a little taste of swinging Shanghai with nightly performances from both local and international acts, in an appropriately dark and smokey setting. Drinks are a little on the pricier side and there's often a cover charge, but this ...

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158 Julu Lu

MAO Livehouse

Shanghai's only real mid-sized gig venue, MAO Livehouse plays host to a range of local and international bands. Although it lacks the underground community feel of Yuyintang, MAO Livehouse has one of the best sound systems and video set ups for live music in the city. Drinks are reasonable ...

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308 Chongqing Nan Lu

On Stage

Located in the Red Town complex that once housed MAO Livehouse, this venue from the people behind JZ Club hosts a variety of live music shows spanning jazz, world music, folk and rock every week.

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570 Huaihai Xi Lu


Standing on the third floor of a revamped building on the corner of Jinxian and Maoming Lus, this venue from the people behind Heyday is another live music and drinks spot with a similarly sleek decor, but this time with a vintage supper club theme. A creative dinner menu of broadly ...

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46 Maoming Nan LuOnline booking


A staple of the underground music scene, Yuyintang is one of the oldest gig venues in Shanghai supporting independent music and hosting regular music events from local and international acts. Expect everything from young local bands to international touring acts - all in a great atmosphere.

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851 Kaixuan Lu

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