Shanghai's best queer-friendly venues

Looking for queer spaces or friendly venues? Look no further

Shanghai may not have the most pumping of queer scenes, but it sure does have a range of queer-spaces and queer-friendly venues that are working hard to keep the scene as vibrant and plural as possible. From queer bars and clubs to businesses supporting queer causes, there are far more queer-friendly spots in Shanghai than meets the eye.

Whether it's for a casual drink, a drag show, coffee or light lunch, check out Shanghai's queer-friendly venues by clicking the map below.

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Clubs

Lucca

Formerly known as 390 Bar, queer bar Lucca has chilled, casual weekday vibes, and raucous, drag-tastic disco-dancing Friday and Saturday nights. There’s a thoroughly decent selection of pizzas and pastas, as well as burgers.including BBQ bacon, mushroom swiss or, PB and bacon for 58RMB, and ...

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390 Panyu Lu

Roxie

Roxie is a safe, versatile LBT space established to give women a place to hang out in comfort everyday of the week. Owner Ting Ting Liang focuses in creating an inclusive space catering for all crowds with a special focus on providing high-quality highly-affordable cocktails.

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359 Kangding Lu

Elevator

If you’ve ever tried cramming yourself and your group of friends into the tiny lift up to LUNE on the corner of Xinle and Fumin Lus, you’ll recall the short but terrifying journey – a memorable experience that has inspired the name of the club replacing LUNE, Elevator. It’s the project of ...

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265 Nandan Dong Lu

DADA

A Shanghai institution (just not for any tuhao), DADA is a chilled-out dive bar where locals and laowai can let their hair down free of the pretensions of the city's more flashy clubs. A staple of the underground dance music scene, with live DJ sets weekly and always a killer crowd in attendance.

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115 Xingfu Lu

ALL

The new club from The Shelter founder Gaz Williams and friends. It's the place to get your weekly doses of techno, house, tech house, deep house, drum 'n' bass and more.

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17 Xiangyang Bei Lu

Bars

Happiness42

A slightly more upmarket and refined alternative to Lucca – just round the corner for those who wish to bar-hop – that offers a great line-up of weekly events and drinks deals. Expect drag performances on Saturday and a laid-back yet party-ready vibe throughout the weekend.

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42 Xingfu Lu

Moon Café and Bar

Moon Café and Bar offers intimate interiors as well as fun cocktails such as rainbow shots.

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No. 6, Lane 1950 Middle Huaihai Lu

Asia Blue

Asia Blue has a dive-bar atmosphere, with rotating neon lights, a small black and white-tiled dance floor, discreet booths to cosy up in and three karaoke rooms.

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1557 Huashan Lu

XO Bar

Having shaken up Shanghai’s booze delivery market with their fantastic app and ability to get ready-to-drink alcohol to you anywhere in Shanghai in under an hour, BottlesXO launched a bricks-and-mortar outlet at the start of the summer, taking over the ground floor of Hengshan Lu restaurant ...

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237 Hengshan Lu

My Place Ruin Bar

This two-year-old bar at the former home of I Love Shanghai is tucked away on the third floor of an old European-style house and you have to enter through the Singaporean restaurant on ground level. It’s a ragtag place with artworks around, an accessible pool table and a friendly crowd of ...

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1788 Xinzha Lu

District

Chilled and informal, this split-level bar and eatery is located in a pleasantly peaceful corner of Jingan. Opened by American Clara Davis, District Bar Kitchen offers a bar-style menu that lends itself well to both boozing and dining – a trend we’ve been seeing more of in Shanghai lately....

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284 Yuyuan Lu

Cafes

M CAFÉ

The new queer daytime concept by owner's of Lucca and Happiness42, M CAFÉ is a solid option for light bites, coffee and cocktails until the party-goers start to trickle in to Lucca.

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390 Panyu Lu

Sproutworks, Xintiandi

Popular health-focused (but not annoyingly so) salad and sides cafe from Kelley Lee on the ground floor of Xintiandi's south block. Below is our write up from the original Donghu Lu branch: ‘Sides’, which might suggest chips and onion rings, are in fact, Lee’s strongest suit: bright, creative,...

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123 Xingye Lu

Cambio Coffee

Cambio Coffee joins the Sprout Lifestyle concept, with Lizzy's All Natural, Happy Buddha, Better Bentos and more.

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388 Shaanxi Nan Lu

Egg

There’s fresh blood in the kitchen at the small-but-mighty Xiangyang Bei Lu café. Egg has trundled along quite blithely with its avocado toast and coconut cold brew, but owner Camden Hauge has brought in Jamie Pea to head up the café’s kitchen. First order of business? A refresh of the ...

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12 Xiangyang Bei Lu

Theatre

The Pearl

Set in the former Buddhist temple which was once home to burlesque club/theatre Chinatown, The Pearl Theatre is a three-storey events and performance space with a vintage 1930s feel. Home to local drama productions, cabaret, and markets, The Pearl hosts regular events, but is also available for ...

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471 Zhapu Lu

Restaurants

Jin Hua

Critics' pick

Yes, the slide is still there. It’s an answer to the inevitable question on hearing that a new venture replaced what was once the loosely Austrian restaurant and highly spirited creative venture Daliah. Well, though the menu, soundtracks and décor have changed, the space’s offbeat, whimsical ...

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408 Shaanxi Bei Lu

Azul

'Cheers, to Eduardo our favourite chef in Shanghai!’ squeals a bronze-skinned woman in red pantaloons. It’s Azul’s second night of opening and Eduardo Vargas, owner and Shanghai restaurateur-at-large is working the crowd. Instead of the thinly veiled chaos that usually marks this determinative ...

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378 Wukang Lu
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Colca

When questioned on what Shanghai’s culinary scene is all about, I often say that you can get a great version of nearly any type of global cuisine you can think of. But here comes veteran Shanghai chef Eduardo Vargas (Azul) and his executive chef Oscar Beltran to show the city something new – a ...

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199 Hengshan LuOnline booking

Liquid Laundry

From micro-breweries to Tex-Mex joints and salad bars, everything local restaurateur Kelley Lee touches seems to turn to (edible) gold. Her latest ambitious venture with Boxing Cat partner Lee Tseng, a Western gastro-pub concept, is no exception. Enlisting a crack team comprising ex-Maya ...

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1028 Huaihai Zhong Lu
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Beef & Liberty, Shanghai Centre

Formerly Gourmet Cafe, Beef Liberty is a new American style diner in the Shanghai Centre. Decor is all warehouse chic, with brushed concrete walls and angular metal chairs in bright primary colours. The simplified menu features classic burger options, which generally come cooked to a high ...

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1376 Nanjing X LuOnline booking

Pure & Whole

Previously known as Kush, everything on the menu at Pure Whole sounds and looks sublimely healthy. However, while many dishes taste as gorgeous as they appear, others sadly perpetuate the mistaken stereotype that heatlhy eating is a chore. With just four booths, the pristine space is sparse ...

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98 Yanping Lu

HowFun

Taiwanese take on Spanish tapas opens at Shanghai Centre

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1376 Nanjing Xi Lu

Galleries & Spaces

Basement6

Basement6 was reborn in April 2015 after they lost their original space due to landlord issues. This space is the former location for Uptown Records. The art collective base their operations from here and periodically hold open events and exhibitions.

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115 Pingwu Lu

Rockbund Art Museum

Rockbund Museum has gained a name for itself for all things strange and quirky. Situated in the historic Royal Asiatic Society building at the north end of The Bund, Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) regularly exhibits innovative works from some of China’s biggest contemporary artists including Zheng ...

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20 Huqiu Lu

M97 Gallery

Having moved from the space they occupied for 12 years on Moganshan Lu, M97's newest gallery space is in a 1940's converted factory, set against the backdrop of the city's urban rooftops. This unique gallery showcases a range of contemporary photographic works. Be sure to check out the open roof ...

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363 Changping Lu

Lifestyle & Fitness

Strip, Wukang Lu

Critics' pick

Part of the Ministry of Waxing, founded in Singapore in 2002, Strip is known for its cheeky approach to hair removal, stylish and fun salons with a hip hop soundtrack and fun service menus that spell out exactly what shape and style you're after before you start (X- basic bikini up to XXXX– all ...

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376 Wukang Lu

Spinback Fitness

Shanghai’s first dedicated spin studio draws a regular following, and is now in a new location just off Yongkang Lu. And with a crowd-pleasing soundtrack of house and chart-toppers blasting out at top volume, this is the closest you’ll get to clubbing while working out, particularly given the ...

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98 Jiashan Lu

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