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  • Bird

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      50 Wuyuan Lu, near Changshu Lu
      五原路50号, 近常熟路
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      135 0172 6412

    Bird is a cozy wine bar and restaurant by Shanghai Supper Club ringleader and restaurateur Camden Hauge (Egg, Lucky Mart, Bitter). Wine offerings here tick the requisite France, Italy, Germany, Spain, and Australia boxes, of course. But you'll also find a few... Read more

  • Calypso

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      Jing An Shangri-la, 1218 Yan'an Zhong Lu, near Tongren Lu
      延安中路1218号, 近铜仁路
    • Phone
      2203 8889

    This concept by the Jing'an Shangri-la de Mediterranean cuisine with a sharp focus on Italy and Spain. A densely packed menu features handmade pasta dishes, risottos, authentic Neapolitan pizzas, and primo cuts of Wagyu beef from Australia. The building itself is of... Read more

  • The Shed (Shaanxi Bei Lu)

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      698 Shaanxi Bei Lu, near Kangding Lu
      陕西北路698号, 近康定路
    • Phone
      6237 6381

    This is the second place for the friendly neighborhood pub The Shed. It's Aussie owned and specialises in keeping drink prices low all day, every day. Good place for cheap beer and sports, and they have a nice menu of pub grub, too. Friendly staff and a welcoming vibe. Read more

  • Speak Low

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      579 Fuxing Zhong Lu, near Ruijin Er Lu
      复兴中路579号, 近瑞金二路
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      6416 0133

    This busy Japanese-style speakeasy is hidden behind a secret door in a bartending equipment shop on Fuxing Lu. It spans four floors, each with its own concept. The lively second floor recalls a house party and they serve classic cocktails like Corpse Reviver No.2 and... Read more

  • The Rooster

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      455 Shaanxi Bei Lu, near Beijing Xi Lu
      陕西北路455号, 近北京西路
    • Phone
      156 1880 8692

    Shaanxi Bei Lu outpost of an erstwhile Yongkang Lu bar/pub, with some sidewalk seating and indoor space. It's a simple but well-executed spot, with good beer-fan-type beers on tap. Clean, with big windows. Definitely a nicer bar, but not really a date spot.... Read more

  • Tres Perros

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      No 1, 148 Fumin Lu, near Julu Lu
      富民路148弄1甲, 近巨鹿路
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      137 7438 3829

    Small, charming Spanish café on Fumin Lu selling cheap coffee, beer, and food like salads and chicken. The food isn't amazing but the place has character, the staff are friendly, and the music is solid. The place is so dog friendly that they'll hook your pooch up... Read more

  • Curfew

    • Address
      1/F, 1 Fenyang Lu, near Huaihai Zhong Lu
      汾阳路1号1楼, 近淮海中路
    • Phone
      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

  • Liquid Laundry

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      2/F, KWah Centre, 1028 Huaihai Zhong Lu, near Donghu Lu
      淮海中路1028号嘉华坊2楼, 近东湖路
    • Phone
      6445 9589

    Popular gastro-pub / lounge by serial restauranteur Kelly Lee, the woman behind Sproutworks, iiiiit, Boxing Cat, and Cantina Agave. This one has a fully-functional brewery and they usually have a dozen of their brews on tap, which change constantly and can get quite... 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

  • The Camel (Puxi)

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    • Address
      1 Yueyang Lu, near Dongping Lu
      岳阳路1号, 近东平路
    • Phone
      6437 9446

    If you've never been to a sports bar but you have an idea of what one is in your head, you're probably thinking of The Camel. Lager on tap, TVs everywhere showing literally every sport, and every so often a bunch of people will shout a lot, depending on how the gods... Read more

  • La Social

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      2/F, 1101 Wuding Lu, near Yanping Lu
      武定路1101号2楼, 近延平路
    • Phone
      6211 9637

    From the same people behind Moka Bros, this little Sanlitun transplant is, much like the original, packed with quirky detail, and serving up a short list of arepas and Latin-inspired (if not exactly Latin) cocktails. Go at least once just to enjoy the silly shit they... 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

  • The Broken Dagger

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      97 Xiangyang Bei Lu, near Xinle Lu
      襄阳北路97号, 近新乐路
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    A compact bar located behind the giant, otherwise unmarked mural by Orangeblowfish. Press the button hidden in the facade and if there's space, they'll let you in. Courtesy of bartender-about-town Geo Valdivieso, the dark interior is decked out in esoteric... Read more

  • Barbarossa

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      Inside People's Park, 2/F, 231 Nanjing Xi Lu, near Huangpi Nan Lu (Entrance between Starbucks and Shanghai Art Museum)
      南京西路231号2楼, 人民公园内 近黄陂南路
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      6318 0220

    Barbarossa is a Shanghai icon: a Moroccan-styled lounge, in the middle of a pond in the middle of People's Park. It attracts a steady crowd for cocktails, hookahs, dinner, DJs, and its serene, oasis atmosphere. After an extended closure in 2018, it reopened, though... Read more

  • Columbia Circle

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      1262 Yan'an Xi Lu, near Panyu Lu
      延安西路1262号, 近番禺路
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      3258 8818

    A historical compound that used to house, among other things, the old Navy Club, the Columbia Country Club--a popular hangout for Americans in the 20s and 40s--and a mansion built for Sun Ke, the son of Dr. Sun Yat-Sen, by Hungarian architect Lazlo Hudec. After the... Read more

  • Pierogi Ladies 2.0

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      No. 8, Lane 283 Jiaozhou Lu, near Xinzha Lu
      胶州路283弄8号, 近新闸路
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      138 1878 2405

    Possibly the only place in Shanghai specializing in the Polish staple, pierogi. This is their first dedicated storefront, after a series of pop-ups and operating a delivery service. They've got homemade and exceedingly garlicky pickles, and pierogis come in varieties... Read more

  • J. Boroski

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      2/F, 177 Fumin Lu, near Julu Lu
      富民路177号2搂, 近巨鹿路
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      5456 5266

    An intimate, luxe, painstakingly assembled and very expensive cocktail bar, courtesy of New York "mixsultant" Joseph Boroski. It hews close to the model set out by it's Bangkok predecessor. It's hidden behind a featureless metal door on Fumin Lu. It's... Read more

  • The Parrot

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      7 Donghu Lu, near Huaihai Zhong Lu
      东湖路7号, 近淮海中路
    • Phone
      138 1881 4940

    Nice small Donghu Lu club by the Funkadeli team that gets busy and sweaty on weekends. The music is mostly funk, including modern remixes / edits of funk tunes. Menu is concise, with aperitivo like spritzes and negronis, some good draft beer at 35-40rmb, and some... Read more

  • Char

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      Hotel Indigo, 29-31/F, 585 Zhongshan Dong Er Lu, near Dongmen Lu
      上海外滩英迪格酒店, 中山东二路585号29-31楼, 近东门路
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      3302 9999

    Char is a contemporary steakhouse and bar in the Hotel Indigo which pays dutiful attention to little details like a selection of cutlery and sea salts. The upstairs bar is also an attraction with its panoramic, unobstructed riverside views. Read more

  • Heyday

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      50 Tai'an Lu, near Xingguo Lu
      泰安路50号, 近兴国路
    • Phone
      6236 6075

    Heyday harks back to the glamorous days of 1920's and 30's Shanghai. It's a small, intimate venue showcasing local jazz talents like Coco Zhao. To go with the music is a list of cocktails that riff on Shanghai's decadent jazz era, with names like Heaven Built on... Read more

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