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  • The Nest

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      6/F, 130 Beijing Dong Lu, near Huqiu Lu
      北京东路130号中实大厦6楼, 近虎丘路
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      6308 7669

    Super popular bar / restaurant / lounge by nightclub brand Muse Group and Grey Goose vodka, right by the Rockbund Art Museum. Good design, good drinks, great food. They specialize in vodka-based cocktails (60-80rmb) and high-end bar food like oysters and steaks.... 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

  • Union Trading Company

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      64 Fenyang Lu, near Fuxing Zhong Lu (entrance on Fuxing Zhong Lu)
      汾阳路64号, 近复兴中路 (大门入口在复兴中路)
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    Chef and restaurateur Austin Hu of Madison and Yao Lu (formerly of Alchemist and The Public) combine forces for this cocktail lounge. Yao Lu contributes a list of inventive original cocktails and old-timey classics. Expect lots of stiff drinks with liberal lashings... Read more

  • Barules

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      1315-3 Fuxing Lu, near Fenyang Lu
      复兴中路1315-3号, 近汾阳路
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      138 1713 1574

    A speakeasy that's actually good, Barules is hidden behind a phone booth on the corner of Fenyang and Fuxing. Drinks have names like "Toast Flower" and "Bloom Bloom." There are also variations on classics with names like "St. Rooise Sidecar." Good service, nice... Read more

  • Club 3 1/3

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      1/F, 3 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu, near Guangdong Lu
      中山东一路3号1楼, 近广东路
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      6312 0931

    Located behind a bouncer just a few steps west of the main Three on the Bund entrance, it's a cocktails, bottles, and bites lounge from "PR guru" Mimi Tung and New York designer/architect Michael Hsieh. Think classic gentleman's cocktail and cigar salon via 1980s New... Read more

  • Archaeology

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      361 Kangding Lu, near Shaanxi Bei Lu
      康定路361号, 近陕西北路
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    Coming from Allen Hsu (Flask) and Allen Fang (Barules), Archaeology is a decent cocktail lounge with speakeasy-elements. It's hidden behind a... 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

  • Barber Shop

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      615 Yongjia Lu, near Wulumuqi Nan Lu
      永嘉路615号, 近乌鲁木齐南路
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      188 0177 7008

    Speakeasy / cocktail bar hidden behind a little barber shop on Yongjia Lu. It's really a house, so this place is huge for a speakeasy, with three big rooms and a large backyard. The vibe inside is more 1930s and tiki than barber shop, and there's a lot of attention... Read more

  • Birds of Paradise

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      98 Yanping Lu, near Wuding Lu
      延平路98号, 近武定路
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      6260 7587

    This modern tiki bar is basically what happens when Austin Hu (Heritage) and Yao Lu (Union Trading... Read more

  • Barbarian

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      1019 Wuding Lu, near Jiaozhou Lu
      武定路1019号, 近胶州路
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      186 1609 0626

    Cozy, rustic-looking bar with an emphasis on crafted, custom-order cocktails. Head cocktail shaker is Sasha Bondi, who creates individual cocktails based on a multi-stage survey of preferred tastes. Read more

  • Blackbird 2.0

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      Columbia Circle, Bldg 8, 1262 Yan’an Xi Lu, near Panyu Lu
      延安西路1262号8栋2楼, 近番禺路
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      187 0199 0479

    From the team behind OHA Eatery and the original Blackbird, Blackbird 2.0 is a chic-looking cocktail bar and cafe on the ground-floor... Read more

  • Lost Heaven Silk Road

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      758 Julu Lu, near Fumin Lu
      巨鹿路758号, 近富民路
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      6266 9816

    Massive, beautiful Western China fusion restaurant from the folks behind popular Yunnan chain Lost Heaven, in the old watch factory on Julu Lu that once housed Mesa & Manifesto. Painters from Thailand and West China spent months painting the 400+ capacity space to... Read more

  • Arch

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      688 Shaanxi Bei Lu, near Kangding Lu
      陕西北路688号, 近康定路
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    Dark, woodsy and top notch cocktail bar from Daniel An (Antique, Atelier) and Vincenzo Pagliara (Read more

  • Lucca

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      390 Panyu Lu, near Fahuazhen Lu
      番禺路390号, 法华镇路
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      5295 6979

    Lucca (formerly known as 390) is smack in the middle of Shanghai’s gayborhood. It's a stone’s throw from Happiness, gay friendly Celia, and Telephone 6, which is just upstairs. You’ll see this place immediately from the mass of gay men spilling out into the Panyu Lu... Read more

  • Atelier By Taste Buds

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      758 Julu Lu, near Fumin Lu
      巨鹿路758号, 近富民路
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      8034 8167

    Probably the most mature, subdued and classy joint from cocktail bar impresario Daniel An (The Antique, Taste Buds Cocktail Palace),... Read more

  • Boteco (Found 158)

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      B1/F, 158 Julu Lu, near Ruijin Yi Lu
      巨鹿路158号B1楼, 近瑞金一路
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      159 2138 7107

    "Boteco" loosely translates to "bar/pub/watering hole" in Portuguese. Launched as the most authentic Brazilian joint in a city where "Brazilian" evokes "all-you-can-eat BBQ" and "Samba Night," it's a watering hole built by Brazilians, for Brazilians. The highlight is... Read more

  • Keep It Quiet

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      200 Yongfu Lu, near Fuxing Xi Lu
      永福路200号, 近复兴西路
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      5466 2727

    Speakeasy-style cocktail bar at the back of the Yongfoo Elite garden. The bartender, a 20 year China veteran who's spent like 10 of them chilling in a bar in Hainan, is a laid-back and... Read more

  • Bar No. 3

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      277 Xingguo Lu, near Taian Lu
      兴国路277号, 近泰安路
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      6418 2877

    Eminently comfortable cocktail bar close to Jiaotong University. The drinks aren't cheap, but they're made with quality and love so you won't feel ripped off. They've got about 50 drinks, mostly in the 80-100rmb range, and some Kentucky beers. There's several couches... Read more

  • Curfew

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      1/F, 1 Fenyang Lu, near Huaihai Zhong Lu
      汾阳路1号1楼, 近淮海中路
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      186 2113 6004

    Curfew is a cocktail bar and lounge with a spacious outdoor patio, tucked behind the Howard Johnson Hotel on Fenyang Lu. Behind the cocktails is barman Brian Lu, a young talent with experience working at Woo Taipei, ranked #20 on the Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2016, and... Read more

  • Lychee

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      Lane 49, Fuxing Xi Lu, near Wulumuqi Lu
      复兴西路49弄2号, 近乌鲁木齐路
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      3461 1377

    What used to be Hunan House is now three floors off Fuxing Xi Lu by Cotton Ding, inspired by the story of lychee-loving classic Chinese beauty, Yang Guifei. From the ground up, the floors are a lychee-inspired bar, restaurant and lounge. It's cozy, it's whimsical, it... Read more