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Cotton Club

No.1428 Huaihai Middle Road, Xuhui District, Shanghai 200000, China
+86 21 6437 7110
Review Highlights
It was the best live music in China

Until being shut down in late March this venue was the best location to hear live music. The house... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Nathanael E
West Plains, Missouri
Jam session

Just the way you want it. Full house but not crowdy. Musicians walking in and out to do their gig... read more

Reviewed 22 March 2017
Arnold N
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
via mobile
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good27%
  • Average17%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible8%
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“jazz club” (5 reviews)
“house band” (2 reviews)
“night” (11 reviews)
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No.1428 Huaihai Middle Road, Xuhui District, Shanghai 200000, China
Former French Concession
+86 21 6437 7110
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Until being shut down in late March this venue was the best location to hear live music. The house band were second to none. I, and many others, eagerly await the rebirth of the Cotton Club in a new location.

Thank Nathanael E
Reviewed 22 March 2017 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 ?

1  Thank Arnold N
Reviewed 14 March 2017

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
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
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...More

1  Thank Zachary H
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.

1  Thank Cameron W
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...More

1  Thank E1030RSfrankb
Reviewed 28 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
Reviewed 4 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...More

Thank Queen L
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
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,
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