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Photograph: courtesy C's
685 Dingxi Lu

Having opened back in 2000, C’s is literally the mother of Shanghai dive bars, and is responsible for much of the nightlife we now take for granted (many of today’s most prominent DJs played their first gigs here). And the place still has one of the best bar vibes in town. The basement labyrinth has a dancefloor, seating in every corner and even a band practice room. Signature mojitos are 30RMB, with draft beers from 15RMB. Just a drunken stroll from DADA, it’s an integral stop on Shanghai’s quintessential down-and-dirty night out.

Venue name: C's
Opening hours: 7.30pm-late daily
Metro: Yanan Xi Lu
English address: Basement, 685 Dingxi Lu, near Fahuazhen Lu, Changning district
Chinese address: 长宁 区定西路685号, 近法华镇路