CJW (Cigar Jazz Wine) Tours – Shanghai, China
CJW (Cigar Jazz Wine)
About this place
If your heart pulses with a jazz beat, Shanghai has a surprising collection of music venues ranging from international names to more humble, yet eager, Chinese clubs . The most luxurious choice and arguably the best jazz club in China, is CJW.
CJW has two locations, one in Xintiandi and the other in the Bund Center by the Westin Hotel. Visitors with limited time in Shanghai should head for the CJW locale on the Bund. Situated on the 50F, it offers spectacular night views of the Huangpu River.
The music is genuine jazz and all musicians are “imported” from overseas. Just recently CJW played host to the luscious Arlee McLeonard. The venue now boasts Craig Haynes, son of famed jazz musician Roy Haynes, as part of the house band. Musical selections range from swing beats to jazz to old classics.
The décor and layout resembles a scene from a Turkish palace with silk swathed crystal chandeliers and velvet seats. If headed to CJW as part of a bigger group, I recommend booking in advance. A reservation for a spot around the edge of the venue offers an encompassing view, plenty of privacy, and plush sofas to lounge on. There is a 800RMB minimum. The minimum might sound like a lot to some, but with cocktails at 80RMB, it really is an easy target to hit.
The manager, Eric Zhang, originally hails from Taiwan, and has lived in Hawaii. He speaks fluent English, brings a tremendous sense of fun, and reliably offers a warm welcome to all of his guests.
CJW Xintiandi is a smaller venue, but it still offers the same outstanding talent.
Make sure to reserve a spot on the weekends, as CJW almost always fills up quickly. While there are no strict guidelines on dress, I would still recommend appearing half decent on a Friday or Saturday night.
CJW at Bund Center, 50F, No.222 Yan’an Donglu, Shanghai
TEL:+86 (0)21 6339 1777 OR +86 (0)21 6339 2777
CJW at Xintiandi, House 2, Lane 123, Xinye Lu, Shanghai
TEL:+86 (0)21 6385 6677 OR +86 (0)21 6385 2277
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