Shanghai gay bars in the Gayborhood

Gay Shanghai 2020China Gay Guide since 2006 Summer 2020 edition: update #47 . . . 

Shanghai is a relatively gay-friendly city, more international than most other mainland China cities. The queer community is massive – assuming around 10% means about 2.7 million, but only a teeny, tiny, minuscule fraction of the Shanghai LGBT community frequent various bars and clubs generally centered in what is affectionately termed the “gayborhood” of Shanghai — in Changning district (see map below).
上海是一个对同志人群相对友好的城市,也比国内的其他大多数城市更具国际性。上海的酷儿团体规模庞大,假设按总人口的10%计算,也意味着大约有270万的Queers。但上海LGBT社区却非常少,主要集中在长宁区,这里有各种各样的酒吧和俱乐部,因此这个区域被人们亲切地称为上海的盖博洛德(gayborhood)。贴心的小编给大家把长宁区及附近的同志酒吧都整理了出来,耐心往下看哦

COVID-19

In 2020, different operating regulations on a district-by-district basis throughout Shanghai have been enhanced due to COVID-19.  Some bars follow them, some partially, some not at all, but expect the major bars in Changning district (largely within the Gayborhood) will appear to:

  • Monitor venue occupancy levels (much less than normal levels).
  • Not permit admission for people from high-risk cities or regions.
  • Require all to wear masks when entering and leaving.
  • Show GREENShanghai QR code” at door — yellow or red not allowed.
  • Check in with valid ID – Chinese ID card or Foreign passport.
  • Provide confirmed mobile number.
  • Measure body temperature (>37.2º celsius will not be allowed in).
  • Customers with cough, shortness of breath or other abnormality will be refused entry.
  • No cash accepted, all payments must be in contactless digital form (WeChat or Alipay).
  • Limit the number of customers in accordance with local police compliance.
  • Some venues may be required to video the interior and send to police regularly throughout night for compliance monitoring.
  • No devices containing pornographic materials may be brought inside.
  • No devices utilizing a non-government approved VPN may be brought inside.
  • Monitor noise levels to not upset neighbors.

Separately, and additionally, for privacy concerns, there is a growing trend in some bars to not allow selfies or video photography (a good thing), for fear of people posting these on Weibo, WeChat Moments, TikTok or other places without all identifiable individuals in the photos/video prior consent.

Use common sense, support the bar rules, remember you are a guest, and use caution with regards to other peoples privacy.

Spaces:

🌐 = in Gayborhood🎯 = good starting point

  1. Lucca 390+ (aka Lucca390, aka 390, aka Lucca) 🏳️‍🌈 🎯 🌐
    By far the biggest and iconic club, spread over two floors (2 different non-connected spaces entirely) on busy nights, is focussed on international club feel with live DJ’s yet weirdly interrupted at the peak of the music beat on Friday and Saturday’s with their own version of drag shows.  Crazy, packed-to-the-brim with a mix of foreigners and Chinese on weekend nights.  Once you get past the sometimes rude security staff, the inside staff are quite lovely and friendly.  Cover charge some nights may include a drink or two.  Ask for English speaking owner Jack.  Open 9pm until late. Follow the official WeChat to check on openings and temporary closures:
    卢卡酒吧有两层,这是两个完全不相连的空间,每天晚上都非常热闹,现场DJ打击营造出了一种国际俱乐部的感觉。周末的夜晚,这里通常挤满了很多青少年,还有不少外国人,他们疯狂地释放着年轻的荷尔蒙。一旦您经过了粗鲁的保安人员,内部人员就会非常可爱,幸运的话,还会免费送一两杯饮料。酒吧晚上9点开放至深夜。
    WeChat IDWeChat ID 微信公众号: LuccaLounge
    2nd Floor, 390 Panyu Road, by Fahuazhen Road
    (and sometimes 1st Floor known as Lucca390)

    Taxi: 上海市 长宁区 番禺路 390 号 ,近法华镇路
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  2. Asia Blue 🏳️‍🌈 🎯 🌐
    A local and very gay bar with camp decor and massive bar under an umbrella of high-tech LED rods, located at the epicenter of the Gayborhood, across the hall from Lucca. Asia Blue is the city’s oldest gay bar (having re-located many times) still currently in operation.  Other than owner (and fabulously friendly character) Andy Wong, little English is spoken.  Customers are generally a good mix of age, size and friendly levels.  Lots of dice games, and expect popup karaoke late in the night.  Private KTV room in the raised loft space.  Some of my most fun nights in Shanghai were in various Asia Blue iterations.  9:30pm until daylight, daily.
    蓝色亚洲是一家当地人的同志酒吧,位于盖博洛德(Gayborhood)的中心,从卢卡(Lucca)穿过,大厅带有营地装饰,酒吧空间很宽敞,里面装扮着高科技LED灯,美轮美奂。Asia Blue是上海最古老的Gay吧,虽然经历了多次搬迁,但目前仍在营业,并且生意很好,这离不开酒吧老板Andy友善的性格和为人。酒吧的客人涵盖少年到老人等各个年龄段的人,相信去那边偶遇会是个不错的主意。酒吧里有很多骰子游戏,每到深夜时,经常能听到高潮不断的卡拉OK音乐,酒吧高架阁楼空间内还有私人KTV房间。营业时间是每天晚上9:30,直到第二天白天。
    WeChat IDWeChat ID 微信公众号: 
    AsiaBlueBar
    2nd Floor, 390 Panyu Road, by Fahuazhen Road
    Taxi: 上海市 长宁区 番禺路 390 号 , 时代大厦二楼近法华镇路
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  3. HUNT (formally Happiness42) 🏳️‍🌈 🎯 🌐
    A more refined alternative to Lucca, and without the tweaked-out teeny-bopper crowd, now under new management – just through Happiness alley across the street from Lucca/Asia Blue for those who wish to bar-hop round the Gayborhood.  Expect all-you-can-drink happy hours, drag performances, drag bingo, TV nights, pop-up art shows and an eclectic mix of customers with lots of bears looking for friends, with tolerable music levels inviting actual conversation. Follow the official WeChat for details of what seems like daily different events:
    酒吧(熊吧)的风格和”Lucca”酒吧的很像,甚至更精致,这里没有那么夸张的青少年潮人群,兼具别的特色,现在处于新的管理之下。您只需穿过卢卡(Lucca / Asia Blue)对面的幸福小巷, 就能抵达这里。在这里,您可以畅享欢乐时光,宾果游戏,电视之夜,弹出式艺术表演以及不拘一格的客户群。有许多熊在这里在寻找朋友哦,因为音乐水平令人赏心悦目,所以大家可以进行亲密的交谈。酒吧每天晚上8点至凌晨2点开放,适合早场娱乐。
    WeChat IDWeChat ID 微信公众号: HUNTShanghai
    42 Xingfu Road, by Fahuazhen Road

    Taxi: 上海市 长宁区幸福路42号, 近法华镇路
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  4. Moon Café and Bar 🏳️‍🌈 🌐
    Small interior lounge space hidden in the XingGuo Mansion alley with cocktails, above the old Shanghai Studio — the once beloved underground labyrinth of a club.  The tiny Moon Bar is generally frequented by Chinese bears and their Chinese admirers.  Lots of dice games, and as fast as it fills out, it empties quickly as customers move on.  Don’t expect any English spoken.  Open every day from from 8pm-2am.
    小小的室内休息室空间隐藏在星果大厦小巷中,里面有鸡尾酒,在老上海工作室(曾经是俱乐部的地下迷宫)上方的便是“Moon Café and Bar”。这个酒吧虽然不大,却通常是“熊”及其喜熊者常去的地方。这里依然有很多骰子游戏,并且玩法多样,客人来来往往,通常不会待特别久。酒吧每天晚上8点至凌晨2点开放。

    WeChat IDWeChat ID 微信公众号: 
    tba
    #6 Lane, 1950 Middle Huaihai Lu.  
    Taxi: 淮海中路1950弄6号(近兴国路)
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  5. Rice Bar 🏳️‍🌈 🌐
    A quiet local bar for over a decade, largely for the younger Chinese gay crowd.  Primarily talking and meeting friends.  Everyone is almost guaranteed conversation at least.  Lots of dice games.  8pm until late. Ask for Chinese, Japanese and English speaking owner Takuya.
    是一家安静的当地酒吧,已有十年之久,主要面向年轻的同志人群。大家来这里主要是聊天和结识朋友,几乎每个人都可以在这里放松的交谈,大家也会玩一些骰子游戏。营业时间是晚上8点直到深夜。
    WeChat IDWeChat ID 微信公众号: tba
    532 Fahuazhen Lu, near Dingxi Lu, Changning
    Taxi: 长宁区法华镇路532号, 近定西路
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  6. Q Bar 上海Q同志酒吧 🏳️‍🌈 
    Small, intimate whisky & wine bar with a relaxed atmosphere on Ruijin 2nd Road next to Tianzifang.   The bar is in an alley, and you can see a “Q Whisky & Wine” lit sign at the alley entrance.  The exterior is matt black.  From 8pm.
    WeChat IDWeChat ID 微信公众号: tba
    No. 1, Lane 225, Ruijin 2nd Road, Huangpu District (North of Taikang Road)
    Taxi: 黄浦区瑞金二路225弄1号,近建国中路  田子坊4号门 
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  7. ManGo Bar 🏳️‍🌈 
    Inside the Junfeng International Fortune Plaza in Hongkou (see maps and photos),  ManGo prides itself in providing a space that connects older gentlemen with their younger admirers, akin to a fun gay beer hall with a super friendly crowd that is very, very, local, and best on Friday and Saturday between 8:30 PM and 11:30 PM.
    WeChat IDWeChat ID 微信公众号: tba
    Junfeng International Fortune Plaza
    1599 Dalian Road, Hongkou, Shanghai China
    Taxi: 骏丰国际财富广场, 大连路1599号骏丰国际广场内
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  8. SAO (aka SAO+HAUS aka Unicorn) 🏳️‍🌈
    Shanghai’s latest attempt to compete against Lucca, is in a basement space at HAUS, outside the Gayborhood in North Jing’an district.  It thrives typically on Friday or Saturday nights. SAO loosely transalates as ‘slutty’.  Attracts a number of Chinese tweaked out party boys. Occasional drag shows, KPOP events and fetish events.  Follow the official WeChat for details:
    是目前上海最能与卢卡竞争的一家同志酒吧。每当星期五或星期六晚上来临,酒吧便高潮迭起,人满为患。因为酒吧名字充满幻想和诱惑,吸引了许多派对男孩来这里玩耍,这里偶尔会有脱衣舞表演,和KPOP事件、恋物癖事件的出现。
    WeChat IDWeChat ID 微信公众号: UnicornShanghai
    561 Xinfeng Lu, near Changde Lu, Jing’an
    Taxi: 新丰路561号, 近常德路
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  9. Roxie (Lesbian) ⚢ 🎯
    A safe, versatile space for the lesbian community (and their gay friends) providing a place to hang out in comfort everyday of the week. Charming and super friendly owner Ting Ting Liang from Holland focuses on creating an inclusive space catering for all crowds with a special focus on providing high-quality highly-affordable cocktails. 6pm-2am daily.
    Follow the official WeChat for details:
    是一个为女同性恋社区(及其同性恋朋友)提供的安全,多功能的酒吧,一周中的每一天都可以在这里得到舒适闲逛的体验。酒吧老板Ting Ting Liang来自荷兰,她迷人而超级友好,一直致力于创造一个包容所有人的空间,满足所有人群的需求,并特别注重提供高品质,价格合理的鸡尾酒。营业时间是每天下午6点至凌晨2点。
    WeChat IDWeChat ID 微信公众号: RoxieShanghai