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Cotton Club

Former French Concession
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Address: No.1428 Huaihai Middle Road, Xuhui District, Shanghai 200000, China
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+86 21 6437 7110
19:00 - 02:00
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Tue - Thu 19:00 - 01:00
Fri - Sun 19:00 - 02:00

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Blues night and gintonics!

Great blues night, good atmosphere, good music and great place to hear and see a proper band and not the semi-canned music you get in most bars in Shanghai. Went with a couple... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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30 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Just the way you want it. Full house but not crowdy. Musicians walking in and out to do their gig. Tuesday night jam session. No covercharge. Great bassplayer who stays on the background. Who is going to pursuade him to do a bass solo ?

Thank Arnold N
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12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great blues night, good atmosphere, good music and great place to hear and see a proper band and not the semi-canned music you get in most bars in Shanghai. Went with a couple of friends and five hours just vanished!!

Thank smfletcher
Shanghai, China
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155 reviews
77 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

Wonderful way to top off the evening with original music! Quite a few guest artists playing different guitars! This place is cozy and intimate! A varied crowd of both younger and older patrons! Drinks are pricey, but there is no cover!

Thank gazzillion
Laramie, Wyoming
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112 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

Maybe it was the surly service. Maybe it was when the math on my bill was wrong. Maybe it was when I corrected the math and the bartender argued with me (his basic math skills were lacking; I was right). Maybe it was the $11 Heinekens. I'm not sure, but tonight was my third and last time at Cotton Club.... More 

Thank Zachary H
Swords, Ireland
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4 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016

Music and venue is great. Well worth a visit. Drinks pricy but you're paying for the music. However, waiters and bartenders could really do with cracking the occasional smile - drag the place down.

Thank Cameron W
Kunshan, China
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16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

Like most of the reviewers, I agree about the drinks. I had two glasses of beer 60 RMB (9.50 USD) each one draft one bottle. Both tasted like dog urine cut with kerosene. My wife had two drinks that were so-so for about 80 RMB each. The band was good, started on time and took short breaks. Smokey inside. Good... More 

Thank E1030RSfrankb
Richmond, California
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

Friendly atmosphere where you can meet locals and expats. Packed and smoky with little room to dance, but it's possible if you want to start the action.

Thank Eduardo M
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24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

This jazz club is very cosy with a lot of international people! It resembles a bit of an Irish pub with a stage for gigs. The music is very good but the audience tends to be on the older side, not many people younger than 30 years. The drinks are expensive though. The location is good , just in the... More 

Thank Queen L
Hong Kong, China
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39 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

Even in the midst of summer it was possible to sit outside and enjoy the evening. Wine was reasonably priced and the platters perfect for a social work evening. One to revisit.

Thank HKWrighty
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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37 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2016 via mobile

We had a great time at the cotton club. The music was great and the atmosphere was awesome. The musicians played really well and then came round and talked to the crowd. They even invited any musicians in the crowd to come and have a jam with them at the end. The only slight problem was the price of drinks... More 

Thank mollyfox88

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Former French Concession
While there are technical borders to the area formerly governed by the French in Shanghai, the "French Concession" of today is an amorphous neighborhood that is a favorite of the city's foreign residents. While it is mostly within the Xuhui district, residents will sometimes include parts of Jing'an and Luwan in their mental maps of the Former French Concession. The area seems frozen in time, characterized by quiet, tree-lined avenues, French-style villas, interesting boutiques, lively bars and quaint cafes that are not typical of China. All of these mix and mingle with local life as Chinese markets and lanehouse communities are peppered throughout. Denizens of the Former French Concession can spectate a mahjong game on the street or get their bike checked at a tiny bike repair store on the way to their refurbished apartment tucked away among Chinese family homes.
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