851 Kaixuan Lu, near Wuyi Lu
HOURS: Tues.-Sun. 9 p.m.-late
COST: No cover charge
METRO: West Yan’an Road (Line 3, Line 4)
Shanghai might not yet rival Beijing when it comes to live music, but Yuyintang does a good job of trying. It’s a dark, compact, and somewhat dingy venue just south of Zhongshan Park  and it plays host to all the best local and visiting indie bands.
Notable acts appearing regularly on the roster include a Mongolian throat-singing group called Hanggai and local bands Boys Climbing Ropes and Duck Fight Goose. If the smoke and beer fumes get to be too much, there’s a park out back for some fresh air.
Yuyintang attracts a different crowd to the glitzier downtown bars: less blingy, more bohemian.