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Hengshan Road is one of Shanghai most popular nightlife locations, In recent years foreigners gradually returned to Shanghai, and a number of bars began to open along Hengshan Road. Some of these bars are located inside a few of the areas old historic mansions, with one example being Sasha’s restaurant and bar. This well preserved building was once owned by the Soong family, one of the most powerful families of 20th century China. One of the Soong family daughters married Sun Yat Sen, and another daughter married Chiang Kai Shek.

Many various food styles can be found in the restaurants located up and down Hengshan Lu. Numerous ethnic eateries abound, from the Tibet Bar with its live Tibetan dance shows, to the Italian food next door at Pasta Fresca da Salvatore. For the Americans there is a TGIFriday’s, and British patrons favora number of Irish pubs for fish and chips. From Cantonese, to Japanese, to Turkish kebabs, there’s something for just about everyone’s tastes.

Today high rise apartments can be found right next to some of the older, crowded apartment blocks. But more noticeable are the old European buildings still standing along Hengshan. Many of these historic structures are now adorned with preservation plaques, assuring that they won’t be torn down by developers, and will remain part of the neighborhood landscape for future generations.

The best picks on Hengshan Lu:


Address: 697 Yongjia Road
Telephone: 021 6433 5023
Website: www.muralbar.com

Located near exit 1 of the Hengshan Road metro stop, Mural can be likened to a pleasant, downstairs cave. This is one of the few locations in the Hengshan area that provides live music. The darker lighting, comfortable couches and more intimate setting give the place more of an underground, relaxed atmosphere.

O’Malley’s Irish Pub

Address: 42 Tao Jiang Road
Telephone: 021 6474 4533
Website: omalleys-shanghai.com

Located a little off of Hengshan on Tao Jian Road, this former private home later became a boarding school, before it was remodeled to become one of the more popular Irish Pubs in Shanghai. With two floors, there are five TV’s plus a large projection screen to make this a preferred viewing location for live sporting events. On weekends the front garden becomes a childrens’ play area, making it a relaxing afternoon spot for expat families.

Zapata’s Mexican Cantina

Address: 5 Hengshan Road
Telephone: 021 6474 6166 and 021 6433 4104
Website: www.zapatas-shanghai.com

More of a bar and dance place than a restaurant, Zapata’s continues to hold it’s own as one of the most popular expat hangouts on Hengshan Road. The music is loud, and some nights patrons can even be seen dancing their cares away up on top of the bar. With Sasha’s located right next door, the two businesses share the courtyard in between for outdoor seating.


Address: 1329 Huahai Road
Mobile Phone: 133 219 392 99
Website: www.clubbonbon.com

Although not technically on Hengshan Road, Bon bon is one of the most popular discos in the area. Located on the 2nd floor of Yunhai Tower, this is a place more popular with the younger generation, and those who like to dance until the wee hours of the morning. DJs spin out their ear splitting tunes through smoke machines and dimlights, while a glassy, futuristic décor surrounds the scene.

Beni’s Coffeehouse and Bar

Address: 705 Yongjia Road
Telephone: 021 6433 5964

If the high energy dance crowd is not really your kind of thing, Beni’s Coffeehouse and Bar near the Hengshan Metro exit 1 will be more your kind of place. Beni’s and the other bars surrounding it attract a more mature crowd than Hengshan’s disco scene. This is a softly lit, quieter bar, and the more relaxed atmosphere is more conducive to conversation with that certain special someone.

As Shanghai continues to grow, and the expatriate community continues to grow with it, the vibrant nightlife of Hengshan Road will continue to develop and evolve to suit the nightlife tastes of Shanghai’s energetic partygoers. What’s next for Hengshan Road? Stay tuned…