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    • Lai Lai Dance Hall UTOPIAN VERIFIED MAY 2013, UTOPIA VISITED MAY 2012
        2/F 235 Anguo Rd (near Zhoujiazui Rd), Hongkou Dist, Utopia Map
        来来舞厅, 安国路235号(近周家嘴路)
        131-2791-4456, 150-2174-7399

        Gay on Fri, Sat and Sun nights, from about 7-9pm. Hundreds of mature gays and their friends socialize here, far removed from Shanghai's highrise modernity and hipster gay scene. Same-sex ballroom dancing is interspersed with drag shows and Chinese opera. Very friendly, absolutely genuine, and delightfully queer. Men who come here seeking a kindly uncle, daddy or grandpa are fondly referred to as "archeologists" in Chinese gay slang. The entry fee is nearly one US dollar.
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    • Cotton's

      happiness 42 UTOPIAN VERIFIED OCT 2017, UTOPIA VISITED MAY 2017
        42 Xingfu Rd (near Fahuazhen Rd)
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        上海市幸福路42号,近法华镇路
        5230-0097

        This addition (2015) to the Gayborhood has the same owner as the nearby LGBT staples Lucca Cafe & Lounge dance club (just a block away) and the H42 gay sauna just next door. In this contemporary, high-style lounge space there's a dance floor with impressive lighting effects. Elements of Chinese design are evident in the modern decor and experimental art on display. The crowd here is looser, wilder and gayer, with special theme nights and parties (see their website for what's coming up). From drag divas to musclemen and bears, this club has them all. Open Tue-Sun, 10:30om-2am (closed Mon).
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        Comments from Utopians:

        "Happiness 42 is still going strong. They offer all-you-can-drink for Y$100, 9pm-1am, so people seem to get fueled up here before hitting Lucca." -- Eric, Oct 17, 2017

    • lollipop UTOPIAN VERIFIED FEB 2017, UTOPIA VISITED MAY 2015
        141 Tai An Rd (near Hua Shan Rd)
        トランジット・ラウンジ 中国上海市長寧区泰安路141号(華山路路口)
        6283-3051

        This relaxed, conversation-oriented modern lounge has taken over the former Transit Lounge premises and added their own colorful, comfortable pop style to it. Bar, table, and couch seating. Quality drinks. Not much English spoken by the staff. Crowd is primarily 25-35yo local urban professionals.
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        Comments from Utopians:

        "Lollipop was very friendly. Staff speak good English and beer is cold!" -- Gary H., Feb 10, 2017

        "All the bar staff on both my visits spoke perfect English and were the friendliest I've ever met in a gay bar. Lollipop is a place I would take my friends. Hoegarden and Asahi on tap. No entry fee on a Sat, unlike other bars!" -- Gary, Jan 5, 2017

      lucca cafe & lounge UTOPIAN VERIFIED OCT 2017, UTOPIA VISITED MAY 2017
        390 Panyu Rd (near Fahuazhen Rd), Utopia Map
        上海市番禺路390号,近法华镇路
        5295-6979

        Gay-owned and managed cafe, lounge, and dance venue in the heart of Shanghai's Gayborhood. It attracts a lively crowd of upscale locals and international club-goers. Outdoor patio seating in front for checking out passersby. Large indoor bar with friendly and efficient bar staff who serve up beer, wine, and creative cocktails made with genuine, quality spirits. Dining area where you can munch a great burger, plate of pasta, salad, pizza and other international comfort foods made from scratch in their talented kitchen. Dance floor with bar in back and upstairs balcony. Regular schedule of live bands, comedy shows, art events, and guest DJs from around the world. Weeknights its a perfect place to rendezvous with someone special and on the weekends and holidays it's a non-stop party venue when things roll on into the wee hours. Open daily 5pm-late. Best LGBT Club (That's Shanghai Food & Drink Awards 2015) and Best LGBT Bar (City Weekend Readers' Choice Awards 2015).
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        Comments from Utopians:

        "Lucca is still going strong." -- Eric, Oct 17, 2017

      TELEPHONE 6 UTOPIA VISITED MAY 2017
        6/F, Room C, 390 Panyu Rd (above Lucca Cafe & Lounge), Utopia Map
        上海市番禺路390号六楼C室,近法华镇路

        Want a private place for a late-night go-to? This addition to the gayborhood (2015) is upstairs above Lucca Cafe & Lounge. Bar, private rooms and more. Slogan of the bar: "somewhere only we know!" Open Fri, Sat and holidays 10:30pm-late.
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