Best Gay Nightlife in Shanghai

Lucca 390 | Gay Shanghai’s Most Popular Bar/Club

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Since the older generation of Shanghai gay venues shut down a few years ago, Lucca has arguably been Shanghai’s most popular gay bar. Formerly known as Shanghai 390, it was shut down for unexplained reasons by the authorities in 2014, and re-opened in 2015 as Lucca Cafe and Lounge. On weeknights and during the day, it is a laid-back bar with a great selection of freshly made food and drinks. On weekends, it becomes the city’s gay hotspot, with themed parties and international DJs catering to a mixed crowd of local and foreign men. Don’t miss out on their Thursday night ¥100 open bar, with drinks served by shirtless model barmen.

Best For Weekend Dancing
Location Changing – Panyu Road
Open Hours 18:00 – 02:00
Review Updated 02 Mar. 2019
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Lucca 390

Music: EDM and techno beats on Friday and Saturday nights, but a significantly more chilled-out vibe on weeknights.

Crowd: A mixed crowd of local men and tourists, mostly in their 20s and 30s.

Dress: Most bars in and around the trendy French Concession have a casual dress code. Jeans and shorts are ok, but the young locals do tend to dress up a bit more.

Lucca 390

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Lucca 390 is located in Changing, Panyu Road, near the French Concession. Most of the other gay bars in the city are nearby.

Taxi: The easiest reference to give your driver is the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Panyu Road, which is a short 2-minute walk from Lucca. Later at night, you can either hail a taxi or use an app like Didi (essentially Chinese Uber) to call you one.

Metro: Lucca and the surrounding gay bars are within walking distance of Jiaotong University station (Lines 10 and 11). The metro is ideal for getting there to start your night but closes between 10:30 and 11:00, so you will have to get a taxi to get back.

Bus: Bus line 76 goes along Panyu Road, with stops 5 minutes away from both directions. Lines 48, 911, and 946 serve nearby Xinhua Road.

390 Panyu Rd, Changning Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000

Lollipop Bar and Lounge Shanghai | Cool & Contemporary Gay Bar

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Lollipop Bar and Lounge Shanghai is one of the newer additions to the city’s gay scene. It is a contemporary, upmarket lounge bar, designed for mingling and conversation. Despite the sweet and colourful name, the decor is sleek, muted, and modern. The drinks list is extensive and reasonably priced, with a good selection of house cocktails.

Best For Cocktails and Chat
Location Changing, near the French Concession
Open Hours 21:00 – 02:00
Review Updated 02 Jun. 2018
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Lollipop Bar and Lounge Shanghai

Music: Mostly crowd-pleasing pop, with some R&B, dance, and jazz thrown in the mix.

Crowd: Trendy and slightly upmarket, mostly young urban professionals.

Dress: Feel free to keep it casual, like most of Shanghai gay nightlife, Lollipop offers a relaxed vibe

Lollipop Bar and Lounge Shanghai

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Lollipop is located a short walk away from other gay bars in the area like Lucca, Telephone 6, and Happiness 42. You can start your night there and easily walk towards the clubs for some dancing later on.

Taxi: Huashan Road is a big hub, so your driver should know where to take you – Lollipop is on Taian Road immediately off it.

Metro: The closest station is Jiaotong University (Lines 10 and 11). Use exit 7 to get onto Huashan Road, and Lollipop Bar & Lounge is on your third right.

Bus: There’s a bus stop on Huashan Road just a block away from Lollipop serving lines 28, 113, 138, 328, and 923.

141 Tai’an Rd, Changning District, Shanghai, China

Telephone 6 Shanghai | Relaxed Bar + Private Fun Rooms

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Telephone 6 Shanghai is located directly above gay institution Lucca 390, but offers a more relaxed vibe than its downstairs neighbor. The venue has a British theme, decorated with red telephone boxes and an abundance of Union Jacks, with two bars, a dancefloor, and a good selection of cocktails. It manages to effectively walk the line between casual and sexy, with plenty of space for conversation as well as plenty of private rooms to take things further.

Best For Escape the Lucca crowds for some privacy
Location Changing, near the French Concession
Open Hours Friday & Saturday only, 22:00 – 03:00
Review Updated 02 Jun. 2018
Telephone 6 Shanghai | Relaxed Bar + Private Fun Rooms
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Telephone 6 Shanghai

Music: DJs playing standard techno and dance music.

Crowd: Men in their upper thirties as well as some younger boys. More locals than foreigners, but overall a good mix.

Dress: Like most of the gay bars in Shanghai, Telephone 6’s dress code is pretty casual.

Telephone 6 Shanghai

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Telephone 6 is located in Changing, Panyu Road, near the French Concession. Most of the other gay bars in the city are nearby. The bar is located upstairs from Lucca 390. The enterance is actually by the exit to Lucca. Enter the reception of the building and take the elevators upstairs, 6th floor.

Taxi: The easiest reference to give your driver is the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Panyu Road, which is a short 2-minute walk from Telephone 6. Later at night, you can either hail a taxi or use an app like Didi (essentially Chinese Uber) to call you one.

Metro: Telephone 6 Shanghai and the surrounding gay bars are within walking distance of Jiaotong University station (Lines 10 and 11). The metro is ideal for getting there to start your night but closes between 10:30 and 11:00, so you will have to get a taxi to get back.

Bus: Bus line 76 goes along Panyu Road, with stops 5 minutes away from Telephone 6 Shanghai in both directions. Lines 48, 911, and 946 serve nearby Xinhua Road.

6F, 390 Panyu Rd (near Fahuazhen Rd), Changning, Shanghai, China

Happiness 42 Shanghai | Upscale Gay Bar

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Happiness 42 Shanghai is owned by the same man behind Lucca 390, and has a classy, upscale vibe to it. The bright red space is beautifully decorated with Chinese-inspired art pieces and features a light-up dancefloor complete with a smoke machine. There is also ample seating for just chilling with a drink, so you can spend your night alternating dancing, drinking, or chatting as you please. There’s an open mic on Thursdays, ¥100 open bar on Fridays, and drag show on Saturdays.

Best For Mingling with the trendy crowd
Location Changing, near the French Concession
Open Hours 20:30 – 02:00 (Closed on Mondays)
Review Updated 02 Jun. 2018
Happiness 42 Shanghai | Upscale Gay Bar
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Happiness 42 Shanghai

Music: A crowd-pleasing mix of gay anthems, dance music, and Top 40.

Crowd: More local than Lucca, but still a popular spot for foreigners. Mostly younger men in their 20s and 30s.

Dress: There’s not a dress code, and casual clothes are welcome, but you may want to dress up a bit to match the fancy decor.

Happiness 42 Shanghai

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Happiness 42 is part of the Changing group of gay bars near the French Concession. It’s not immediately next to Lucca, but a block over on Xingfu Road.

Taxi: The easiest reference to give your driver is the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Panyu Road, which is a short 3-minute walk from Happiness 42. Later at night, you can either hail a taxi or use an app like Didi (essentially Chinese Uber) to call you one.

Metro: Happiness 42 and the surrounding gay bars are within walking distance of Jiaotong University station (Lines 10 and 11). The metro is ideal for getting there to start your night, but closes between 10:30 and 11:00, so you will have to get a taxi to get back.

Bus: Bus line 76 goes along Panyu Road, and stops in front of the Crowne Plaza. Lines 48, 911, and 946 serve nearby Xinhua Road.

42 Xingfu Rd, Changning District, Shanghai, China

RICE Bar Shanghai | Casual Conversation

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RICE Bar Shanghai is a Japanese-themed lounge with a cool, simple decor and a laid-back vibe. Relaxed laid back vibe with great drinks, friendly staff, and a regular local clientele – great if you’re looking to meet Chinese guys. Come here for a few drinks before heading out to more dance-y bars nearby, or settle in on the couch for an evening of conversation.

Best For Low-key drinks and conversation
Location Changing, near the French Concession
Open Hours 20:00 – 02:00
Review Updated 02 Jun. 2018
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RICE Bar Shanghai

Music: Expect some chilled background tunes.

Crowd: Good mix of local guys, expats, and tourists. The crowd is mostly young and trendy, but a few older veterans are also common.

Dress: Keep it casual at Rice Bar Shanghai

RICE Bar Shanghai

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RICE Bar Shanghai is located in the Changning gayborhood, a short 10 minute walk away from the grouping of louder clubs around Lucca.

Taxi: As with Lucca and many of the gay bars around French Concession, the easiest landmark to tell your taxi driver if you don’t have the address is the Crowne Plaza Shanghai. From there, turn right onto Fahuazhen Rd and walk the short distance. Hail a taxi or use the Didi app to call one when leaving.

Metro: The closest metro station is Jiaotong University, which is a 10-15 minute walk away. Just get out at Exit 3, cross the road onto Fahuazhen Road, and walk until you see the RICE Bar sign (look up, it’s not at ground level).

Bus: Lines 48, 911, and 946 serve Xinhua Road, which is the next road down from Fahuazhen. Get off at the stop in front of the post office and walk up Xianghuaqiao Road: RICE is a short way on your left.

532 Fahuazhen Rd, Changning Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000

ANGEL Shanghai | Shanghai’s Biggest Gay Events

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ANGEL Shanghai hosts some of the city’s biggest and most extravagant dance parties, known for pounding music and lots of shirtless dancing. The team behind ANGEL Shanghai were the owners of Icon Club, formerly home to some of Shanghai’s most popular dance parties. While Icon sadly shut down in 2016, ANGEL and their particularly popular HEAVEN parties continue the tradition with regular megaclub events throughout the year.

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Best For Shanghai’s best gay megaclub experience
Location Varies on the party
Open Hours Vary depending on event, usually 22:00
Review Updated 02 Mar. 2019
ANGEL Shanghai | Shanghai’s Biggest Gay Events
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ANGEL Shanghai

Music: HEAVEN parties tend to feature international DJs from across Asia (and occasionally further afield) playing techno and EDM.

Crowd: The biggest crowds of gay men you are likely to see in Shanghai, with guys from throughout Asia coming to attend some of the larger events.

Dress: Casual (shorts are ok), but feel free to dress up a bit if you want to. Certain parties may have specific themed dress codes, so check ahead. Chances are you’ll be taking your shirt off anyway.

ANGEL Shanghai

HEAVEN parties vary in location, but due to their size they tend to take place in large event venues outside the city center. Parties usually start later in the night, so you can start off with drinks in town before heading out.

Taxi: Given most parties tend to be out of the way, a taxi is your best bet for getting to and from them. Most parties happen in large, well-established venues so your taxi driver will probably know what you mean – although have the name written down in Chinese just in case.

Metro: The most common venue, Bandai Namco Dream Base, is 15 minutes away from Zhongtan Road station (Line 3, connected to Line 4 through Shanghai Railway Station) and 10 minutes away from Jiangning Road (Line 13). The Metro closes near the time when most parties start, so it only works if you want to arrive for the very beginning.

Bus:There’s a bus stop on Changshou Road near Bandai Namco that serves bus lines 68, 112, 206, 73, and 830. These are day services, so will only be useful for getting there.