The Best Karaoke Bars in Shanghai

Karaoke booths, Shanghai
Karaoke booths, Shanghai | © By Air Elegant / Shutterstock
Will Harris

Shanghai takes it’s karaoke – or KTV as it’s known here – seriously. Whether you want to rock out in an Audrey Hepburn-inspired private room, pair a game of laser tag with an evening of belting out the golden oldies or enjoy a pop-star moment in a luxury suite with 200 of your closest friends, there’s somewhere in this glitzy city to experience this popular local pastime at its best.

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MuseK, Shanghai

Located in Xintiandi, MuseK bucks the trend of small-group karaoke by allowing parties of up to 200 people. This club’s VIP suite emits an extra-terrestrial atmosphere, with mood lighting and neon glows. The club was founded by Chinese pop (C-pop) idol Carina Lau, designed from the ground up with luxury in mind. Booths have a designated bartender and you can even film your own music video. A 12-person room comes to ¥3,000 (£340, or £28 a head) – not a bad price for luxury.

K Party

This Taiwanese brand of karaoke bars is the most popular chain in Shanghai, and its Dapuqiao club is its most impressive. Rooms are decorated with marble floors and antique-style furniture, filled with oversized stuffed toys and equipped with jazz-era microphone stands. The music options may just be the most varied of all KTV brands across Shanghai, with everything from classic brit rock to the ever-popular K-pop. Along with drinks, it also serves delicious traditional Chinese food.

Haoledi KTV

Haoledi (which translates to “good music”) is another chain popular with the Shanghainese, and it’s a little more affordable. This is your ideal place to visit with a small group of friends. Order some beers, such as the Chinese favourite Tsingtao, and spend a few hours belting out anything from cheesy pop classics to modern pop ballads. There are over 30 locations in the city, but the best locations are on East Nanjing Road, a short walk from People’s Square and on Pudong’s Zhangyang Road near Century Avenue.


V-Show is the pinnacle of KTV entertainment. Like a theme park without the rides, every inch of the interior is decorated in a bizarre and larger-than-life fashion. Each room has its own unique theme, from a space dedicated to Audrey Hepburn to one based on the popular app Plants vs. Zombies. The karaoke options themselves range across all eras and genres of pop, hip-hop and rock music. There are even cocktails, which is a rarity in KTV.

Le Baron

The gimmick at Le Baron is that every room is styled after a typical apartment – albeit glitzy and shiny, with a heavy black-and-silver motif. Le Baron focuses on atmosphere above all else, putting patrons in a more relaxed and lively mood than more typical karaoke rooms. The music selection leans towards cheesy, with a lot of British and American pop classics. If you like your karaoke nostalgic, this is the place for you.

Lansheng Theatre

While Lansheng Theatre is ordinarily a cinema, it also offers two VIP karaoke rooms for those willing to pay. This theatre is an impressive establishment; built in the 1930s, it now features a distinctly modern aesthetic, complete with fish tanks.

X Club

This venue in Xuhui has been one of the biggest laser tag clubs in Shanghai for almost twenty years. While most young people typically come here to enjoy a few rounds of laser tag, karaoke is a popular after-activity.

This article is an updated version of a story created by Rachel Deason.

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