A leisure evening with friends and family is not complete without live performances. From heart-touching jazz to thrilling martial arts, the city’s top bars and restaurants not only serve fine food and cocktails, but also exciting performances.
Here are some of the hotel bars and restaurants offering memorable shows.
Jazz Bar, Fairmont Peace Hotel
For locals, the performance by the Shanghai Old Jazz Band at the Jazz Bar is irreplaceable. Here, the glory of jazz from the 1930s hasn’t faded.
Founded by Zhou Wanrong on December 24, 1980, the Shanghai Old Jazz Band and its six veteran musicians made jazz a way of life, telling the stories of the city and the people.
Zhou joined the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra in 1952 and was the principal trumpeter before retiring in 1980. He also played with various jazz musicians at the old Paramount Ballroom before joining the symphony orchestra.
The band has traveled around the world with the sound of Shanghai. German filmmaker Uli Gaulke made a documentary “As Time Goes By” that followed the Shanghai Old Jazz Band’s performances from 2011 to 2012, including the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam. They’ve also released CDs in the past.
Today, the Jazz Bar, as an institution and representation of Shanghai culture, still retains its original repertoire, performing tunes like “Ye Lai Xiang” (Fragrance of the Night) and “Ye Shang Hai” (Shanghai Night) in the rustic English style bar.
The bar serves timeless cocktails inspired by the jazz age, among which are the Conte Verde, Puss Month, the Champion martini and San Remo.
Address: 20 Nanjing Rd E.
Performance time: Starts from 8pm, daily
Panorama Bar, JW Marriott Hotel Shanghai Changfeng Park
The Panorama Bar on the 33rd floor of JW Marriott Hotel Shanghai Changfeng Park is not to be missed.
For a night of jazz and blues, you can also enjoy the night views of Suzhou Creek and Changfeng Park.
The Panorama Bar, perched on the top floor of the hotel, offers panoramic views of the city as well as classic cocktails and stunning wines.
A mixed vocal band presents ethereal jazz and elegant blues every Monday through Thursday.
With its brilliant techniques, extensive stage experience and powerful live performances, the band has won lot of praise from many of their guests.
Address: 158 Daduhe Rd
• 8pm-midnight, Monday to Thursday, jazz and blues at Panorama Bar
• 8-11:45pm on Friday and Saturday for jazz night at lobby lounge on ground floor
• 2:30-5:30pm from Friday to Sunday for afternoon tea guitar performance
JW’s Lounge, JW Marriott Hotel Shanghai Tomorrow Square
Sitting 40 stories above downtown Puxi, think of clinking glasses, relaxing booths, mellow music and good times.
The cozy surrounding of the JW’s Lounge on the 40th floor is an ideal venue for an intimate drink. The extensive beverage list is completed with spectacular Shanghai skyline at night and melodious live jazz performances.
The JW’s Lounge of JW Marriott Hotel Shanghai Tomorrow Square hosts two jazz nights every week — jazz and wine on Wednesdays, jazz and whiskey on Thursdays.
Address: 399 Nanjing Rd W.
Performance time: 8:45-11:30pm, Wednesdays (jazz and wine) and Thursdays (jazz and whiskey)
Tel: 5359-4969 ext 6864
The Stage, The Westin Bund Center Shanghai
The famous Sunday brunch at The Westin Bund Center Shanghai, with its motto “Let us entertain you,” not only cheers the crowd with champagne and food, but also charming live performances.
With two floors of food extravaganza that changes themes weekly, the brunch includes free-flowing Veuve Clicquot champagne, a wine buffet, a “make-your-own” cocktail bar and a myriad of entertainers.
Every Sunday, guests gather around Heavenlies lounge and The Stage restaurant on the ground floor and Prego Italian Restaurant on the second floor to watch awe-inspiring acts of acrobatic feats, clowns and martial arts while listening to an astounding 14-piece string orchestra and soprano and alto performing all-time favorite arias.
To ensure that the little ones enjoy the brunch just as much as the adults, a kid’s corner with on-site nanny, toys, cartoons, games and food are available. Guests also get to walk away with several kinds of food vouchers at the brunch’s lucky draw.
Address: 88 Henan Rd M.
Performance time: 11:30am-2:30pm, every Sunday
Lobby Lounge, The Langham Shanghai, Xintiandi
Bahamian singer, songwriter and producer Akia Knowles has made Shanghai her latest destination in musical adventure and performs at The Langham Shanghai, Xintiandi as resident vocalist.
Her forte ranges from classics, R&B to soul and jazz, presenting sultry, smooth, unique and timeless voice that come straight from the heart.
Born in Nassau, the Bahamas, Akia began studying the piano at the age of 5 with her mother, a music teacher. While majoring in piano at the College of the Bahamas, a professor took note of her clear, pure voice as well as exceptional musicality she gained from years of playing the piano.
Although she produced her first album “Intimacy with Him” in 2007, Akia decided to pursue her dreams as an entertainer because singing live is singing from emotion, and live performances bring infinite possibilities.
She now performs six days a week, bringing a unique wining and dining experience for guests with her passion and heartfelt singing.
Address: 99 Madang Rd
Performance time: Starts at 7:30pm from Monday to Thursday, and 8pm on Friday and Saturday