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  • Kartel

    • Address
      5/F, 1 Xiangyang Bei Lu, near Julu Lu
      襄阳北路1号5楼, 近巨鹿路
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      5404 2899

    Well-designed, casual French bar and lounge with a great rooftop that has one of the best views in town. The guy who started this used to be with Dr. Wine, then broke off to start his own spot. The place is warm, with wooden floors, exposed bricks, and long, communal... Read more

  • Manhattan

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      154 Nanyang Lu, near Xikang Lu
      南阳路154号, 进西康路
    • Phone
      6247 6656

    One of Shanghai's oldest bars, which used to be on Tongren Lu before that street was cleaned up. Manhattan remains popular with that Tongren Lu type of crowd. How do we put this... It's very popular with foreign men and friendly Filipino, Thai and Vietnamese girls.... Read more

  • The Commune Social

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      511 Jiangning Lu, near Kangding Lu
      江宁路511号, 近康定路
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      6047 7638

    The second restaurant in town to bear the Jason Atherton brand on its masthead. The Commune Social is a contemporary tapas, dessert and cocktail bar. The cuisine seems largely informed by former Gordon Ramsay Lieutenant Jason Atherton's frequent flier miles log.... Read more

  • Bella Napoli (Changle Lu)

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      Lane 946 Changle Lu, near Wulumuqi Lu
      长乐路946弄, 近乌鲁木齐路
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      6248 8985

    Bella Napoli is an institution, already several years past its first decade in Shanghai. It is busy almost every night of the week, in every type of weather, from cold and rainy Tuesday evenings to hot summer weekend nights. The crowds are here for simple and... Read more

  • Da Marco (Dong Zhu'anbang Lu)

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      1/F, Golden Bridge Garden, 103 Dong Zhu'anbang Lu, near Jiangsu Lu
      东渚安浜路103号1楼, 近江苏路
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      6210 4495

    Da Marco is a perennial expat favorite for Italian. Its simple formula -- inexpensive, decent Italian -- has kept this, its original location, going for years. The menu is mostly pizza and pasta, with a few more ambitious mains, but generally, the simpler, the... Read more

  • Element Fresh (Shanghai Centre)

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      Shanghai Centre, 1/F, 1376 Nanjing Xi Lu, near Xikang Lu
      南京西路1376号, 上海商城1楼, 近西康路
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      6279 8682

    The first and original outlet, this newly refurbished rendition of Element Fresh has a lounge-like second floor but is otherwise the same. Open kitchen, healthy sandwiches / salads / smoothies, int'l environment, a touch pricey. And extremely popular. Read more

  • seul&SEUL

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      HKRI Taikoo Hui 3/F, 789 Nanjing Xi Lu, near Shimen Yi Lu
      南京西路789号3楼, 近石门一路
    • Phone
      5299 9889

    A "bistronomy" spot that opened up in July 2017. Created by two chefs, Bill Hu and Michelin-starred Johnny Jiang, it's a fine-dining restaurant with a little bistro in its ambience and attitude, merging French technique with Southern flavors. Nice rooftop terrace, too. Read more

  • Heat French Rotisserie & Bistro (Maoming Bei Lu)

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      199 Maoming Bei Lu, near Weihai Lu
      茂名北路199号, 近威海路
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      3220 5689

    HEAT French Rotisserie & Bistro is what it says on the tin. A small-ish spot on Maoming Bei Lu with a bar and space for about 20 diners or so, they do a couple of mains, salads and sandwiches, along with a couple of desserts. But the focus is obviously on the... Read more

  • 881 South Beauty (Yan'an Lu)

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      881 Yan'an Zhong Lu, near Tongren Lu, opposite Shanghai Exhibition Center
      延安中路881号, 近铜仁路
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      6247 5878

    The South Beauty chain's formula of dressed-up Sichuan food in plush surroundings has made them a China-wide success. This highway-side location exemplifies their emphasis on style and surroundings - an imposing colonial mansion with a heavy bar that would make a... Read more

  • Candor

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      3/F, 57 Maoming Nan Lu, near Changle Lu
      茂名南路57号3楼, 近长乐路
    • Phone
      183 2189 5998

    Tucked into the velvety loft of the Lyceum Theatre (take the stairs up to the right immediately inside the doors), Candor is a cocktail bar with a small/intimate stage. It leans heavily on... Read more

  • Cages (Jiangning Lu)

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      3/F, 428 Jiangning Lu, near Wuding Lu
      江宁路428号3楼, 近武定路
    • Phone
      5299 5273

    The new Cages is absolutely massive. More than just batting cages, they also have squash courts, a full field for five-a-side soccer and dodgeball, an area for professional darts, a private space for events, more TV screens than a Best Buy, and just everything else... Read more

  • UP Shanghai

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      2/F, 688 Shaanxi Bei Lu, near Kangding Lu
      陕西北路688号2楼, 近康定路
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    A fast-paced cocktail bar with a uuuuge bar, but also an urban-chic nightclub, UP has the determined party-vibes of a Latin lounge minus the soundtrack, and it has a terrace. And a kitchen that stays open till 2am. And Sunday brunch. Yeah, it's hard to pin... Read more

  • The Spot

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      152 Tongren Lu, near Nanjing Xi Lu
      铜仁路152号, 近南京西路
    • Phone
      6247 3579

    Cheap and cheerful legacy bar chain providing the basic grease for the veteran expat's engine. In terms of decor, The Spot is slightly nicer and more spacious than other options for sports bars in Shanghai, and caters well to larger groups. With an emphasis on gastro... Read more

  • Shake

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      3/F, 46 Maoming Nan Lu, near Jinxian Lu
      茂名南路46号3楼, 近进贤路
    • Phone
      6230 7175

    Opened by the owners of Heyday and Chef Danyi Gao, Shake is based on New York supper clubs from the 1960s, where patrons would spend an entire evening at the venue for food, drinks, and entertainment. Shake's dinner menu features fusion dishes like honey cheese tofu,... Read more

  • Parkway Health Shanghai Centre Medical and Dental Centers

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      Shanghai Centre, 2/F, 1376 Nanjing Xi Lu, near Xikang Lu
      南京西路1376号, 上海商城2楼, 近西康路
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      400 819 6622

    Parkway is an entirely reliable way to see a doctor or a dentist in Shanghai. No waits, English-speaking, foreign-trained staff operate out of six locations in Shanghai. This is the one at the Portman Center. There's a doctors surgery that's good for all minor... Read more

  • ALDI (Jing'an)

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      Jing'An Sports Center, 1/F, 428 Jiangning Lu, near Wuding Lu
      江宁路428号1楼, 近武定路
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    ALDI is an international retailer with German roots, 100 year history and more than 10,000 stores around the world. In China, they carry a range of products spanning across 15 categories, including both locally sourced and imported products. Categories include Wine &... Read more

  • Zeitgeist

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      537 Haifang Lu, near Xikang Lu
      海防路537号, 近西康路
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      3220 5986

    The result of a couple of German dudes and a roughly 5-day window to convert Bubbly Nation into a genuine Bavarian pub, they serve beer. They serve German food. They've got shelves of beer steins. They don't have lederhosen or Alpine hats hanging on the walls.... Read more

  • Stone Brewing

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      1107 Yuyuan Lu, near Fenggang Lu
      愚园路1107号, 近凤冈路
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      6226 2510

    The China outpost for California brewery Stone Brewing, a fiercely independent underground hit in the international beer scene. In Shanghai, it's an industrial-chic hangout (with a merch corner) for beers and families alike. A-okay beerpub, possibly even... Read more

  • Revolucion

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      98 Yanping Lu, near Xinzha Lu
      延平路98号, 近新闸路
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    Casual, colorful cocktail bar and danceclub in the heart of Jing'an, with Latin-style vibes, good sound and proper drinks. Popular spot. So popular, in fact, it's spawned locations in Bangkok, Chengdu, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Kunming and Xiamen. It's spacious, ideal... Read more

  • ASL Shanghai

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      2/F, 88 Tongren Lu, near Anyi Lu
      铜仁路88号2楼, 近安义路
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      185 1214 5995

    Exclusive hip-hop lounge above Tongren Lu, marked by the team of dark suits manning the barrier. Hard to get in unless you’re on the guest list, or you know someone. They redecorated in 2019, paring down to a single bar off to the side so you don't get the usual... Read more