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“Live blues!”

House of Blues & Jazz
Ranked #165 of 16,962 Restaurants in Shanghai
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Bar
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: The Bund
Shanghai, China
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
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“Live blues!”
Reviewed November 8, 2013

Very nice place not far from the Bund to hang out and see awesome musicians.
I never had food there, so I can't say anything about that. Drinks are good that's for sure, good choice of wiskey's :)
It fills up quite quickly on weekend nights, so I would suggest going earlier OR make friends with owners, musicians and staff to always have a corner to sit. ;-)

  • Visited July 2013
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Sydney, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
23 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Closed 6.00pm Friday night!!!!”
Reviewed October 21, 2013

I can't ever recall going to a restaurant bar any where in the world at this time and not be able to get a drink. Would not let us in as they were having some small presentation/meeting (surprised at this time, 6.00pm on a Friday Night) and asked us to return at eight ...I had visited there on a previous Shanghai trip and wanted to share with my business associates.
Tail between or legs we saw a sign across road "Captain Hostel" bar 6th floor .. thought can't hurt to look!!! Pleasantly surprised by great out door deck fabulous views and reasonable priced drinks.

Visited October 2013
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Boston, Massachusetts
Level 3 Contributor
23 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Very Cool”
Reviewed September 3, 2013

Great place to hang out and see some really good musicians. Go early, have a few drinks and avoid the cover charge while getting a good seat. It fills up quickly on Friday and Saturday nights.

  • Visited June 2013
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walled lake
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47 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Great place for great music”
Reviewed August 19, 2013

In the heart of Shanghai you'll find this gem of a local hangout for listening to great jazz, blues and even a little top 40. Drinks aren't anything special but the band was awesome. Made up of musicians from everywhere from Russia to the U.S, even tho it doesn't seem as if they always play together and sometimes seemed a bit unorganized, they played and sang some great songs. It was fun to see the Chinese cut loose as they usually don't seem to. Only negative, as is the case with all bars in China; even tho smoking is banned in the country people see that more as a suggestion than a law. If you're very sensitive it won't be the place for you or maybe you can find an area a little less smoky than ours which was near the dance floor. I also suggest eating somewhere beforehand. The food is pricey in the restaurant area for the quality, so my high rating is for the bar and band.

  • Visited August 2013
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Boston, MA
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“Party Like You Mean It!”
Reviewed June 27, 2013

Shanghai is a wonderfully diverse and cosmopolitan city and the perfect setting for this club. Still, it is a surprise to find classic jazz, blues and R&B a block off of the Bund. This is the club’s third iteration, a small that meanders through several rooms. The place has a gothic feel with dark wood and heavy velvet drapes. Four beers and Guinness on tap and a bunch of local cocktail favorites. There is definitely a diverse group of foreigners here (it is mostly ex-pats) and lots of locals from young to old. There is a dining area and I’ve heard that the food is very good, but I didn’t come for the food. I came for the music and I was not disappointed. , Carlton J. Smith and the Soul Brothers were playing. The band took the stage and started up and were fantastic. I’d have been happy to listen to just them, but then, Carlton J. Smith took the stage and they came to play! Carlton is a genius at interacting with the audience. I especially loved when an audience member requested an Abba song (in a jazz club?!) and Carlton brought her up on stage and sang to her a made-up R&B song called “I Ain’t Gonna Play Dancing Queen” complete with backup vocals!

Taking a look at the club’s schedule, they have a wide range of jazz and blues but also R&B performers lined up, and I will definitely be coming back.

Visited June 2013
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