The bars on Maoming Rd. used to form the heart and soul of Shanghai's nightlife. However, local authorities issued an order for the music to be turned down in 2004, because of complaints by residents.
Since this time, most of the people who used to frequent these bars have moved on to other places, and the street has lost a lot of its life.
The Blue Frog is still a good place to stop and have a drink or a meal if you're in the area, and Windows is great for its 10 yuan drinks. Face Bar, inside the Ruijin Guesthouse grounds, is a great spot to take guests to enjoy a drink outside or inside, while Plan B on nearby Yongjia Rd. is a good place for a beer and a game of pool.