Locked out in... Shanghai
With cheap taxis, a concentration of bars and clubs in the city centre and generally low (or no) cover charges everywhere, Shanghai’s nightlife allows you to hop from place to place depending on the atmosphere or how well a party is going. Late-night street food vendors fuel you on your way. A lot of this, and the city’s nascent after-hours scene, would be undone with lockout laws. That said, we don’t have anywhere in the city where outdoor drinking is tolerated after 11pm as it is and, as with many of the rules governing nightlife in this city, a lockout law would likely be arbitrarily enforced (if at all) if it were introduced in Shanghai.
Jake Newby, Time Out Shanghai