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SHANGHAI -- area code +86-21

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      happiness 42 UTOPIA VISITED MAY 2018
        42 Xingfu Rd (near Fahuazhen Rd)
        Utopia Map
        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). 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. Friendly staff speak some English. No entry on Sat night, unlike other bars. Cold beer on tap. Crowd is primarily 25-35yo local urban professionals.
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      lucca 390 cafe & lounge UTOPIA VISITED MAY 2018
        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

    • M Cafe UTOPIA VISITED MAY 2018
        390 Panyu Rd (next to lucca 390), Utopia Map
        上海市番禺路390号,近法华镇路
        5218-2933

        Gay-owned and managed LGBT-friendly cafe, drinks and snacks, adjoining lucca 390 cafe & lounge (when lucca gets busy, a sliding door opens up into M to accommodate the overflow). Live music nightly at 9:30pm. Occasional events and parties. Weekend nights it gets gay as the crowd spills over from lucca. Open 10am-late.
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      PAW&SIX UTOPIA VISITED MAY 2018
        6/F, Room C, 390 Panyu Rd (above lucca 390), Utopia Map
        上海市番禺路390号,近法华镇路
        5295-6979

        Where the bears are. International crowd of power pandas and big, burly, scruffy manliness, plus their admirers. Umbrella cocktail specials on Thu and Sun. Sat and Sun get topless on the mini-dance floor with star DJs. Open Thu-Sun, 9pm until late.
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      LUWAN

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      OTHER AREAS

    • cinemQ UTOPIAN VERIFIED JUN 2018
        Various venues (check their Facebook page or text them)
        WeChat: cinemq

        This queer cinema collective has been a staple on the scene since 2015 and is one of Shanghai's best and most unique LGBT parties. Combining a mix tape screening of queer short films from around the world and an electro-disco afterparty by some of he city's best underground DJs. Free entry. Runs until the wee hours.
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        Comments from Utopians:

        "Mixed crowd and a good place to meet people." -- Matthew B., Jun 14, 2018

    • Daliah UTOPIAN VERIFIED JUN 2018
        408 Shaanxi Bei Lu (near Beijing Xi Lu), Utopia Map

        Queer owned, queer run. By day, Daliah serves quality cuisine from the owner's native Vienna. By night, the bar transforms into one of the city's most diverse LGBT spaces. They host queer film screenings, drag shows and New York-style ballroom parties. Crowd is typically mixed and very open minded. Usually free entry.
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        Comments from Utopians:

        "Expect insane fashion experimentation and good vibes. Bar also features a slide!" -- Matthew B., Jun 14, 2018

    • Roxie UTOPIAN VERIFIED JUN 2018
        2/F 359 Kangding Lu (near Shaanxi Bei Lu), Utopia Map

        Shanghai's main lesbian bar. They are always open and there is usually something happening, whether game nights, discussion groups, bondage workshops or a party! Crowd is mostly female, but men are welcome.
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        Comments from Utopians:

        "A bit of a dive, but it has a great atmosphere." -- Matthew B., Jun 14, 2018

    • Snap! UTOPIAN VERIFIED JUN 2018
        Venue varies (text them)
        WeChat: snapshanghai

        This class act has been curating parties and mixers on the gay scene since 2017. Parties range from after-work cocktails to 90s gay anthem parties. Leans towards a more affluent gay-male crowd, but still fun even if you don't have money to burn. Entry 50-200rmb.
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        Comments from Utopians:

        "Keep an eye out for their annual rooftop summer event." -- Matthew B., Jun 14, 2018


Discos

      OTHER AREAS

    • Medusa UTOPIAN VERIFIED JUN 2018
        Elevator, 4/F 218 Xinle Lu (near Donghu Lu), Utopia Map

        Monthly queer club night at Elevator by local favorite DJ Michael Cignarale. Promoted as 'pansexual realness,' Medusa draws its inspiration from New York's queer underground and Shanghai's alt-youth scene. Mixed crowd, expect to see a smattering of drag queens and experimental style. Music is solid rasta house and disco, with the occassional impressive international act.
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        Comments from Utopians:

        "Entry is Y$50 or free if you're in drag or if you play 'the game' at the door." -- Matthew B., Jun 14, 2018

    • Riink UTOPIAN VERIFIED JUN 2018
        1/F Hund Square, 658 Dapu Lu (near Longhua Dong Lu), Utopia Map

        Roller disco and classy cocktails, run by the team behind Roxie. makes for an interesting combination. Crowd has a good mix of LGBT, especially on weekends. Drinks are very affordable and excellent quality.
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        Comments from Utopians:

        "Skate hire is around Y$40. Lockers provided." -- Matthew B., Jun 14, 2018



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