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  • Barbarian

    • Address
      1019 Wuding Lu, near Jiaozhou Lu
      武定路1019号, 近胶州路
    • Phone
      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

  • The Beer Lady (Kaixuan Lu)

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      1010 Kaixuan Lu, near Yan'an Xi Lu
      凯旋路1010号, 近延安西路
    • Phone
      6218 6891

    The second iteration of Shanghai's OG beermart, this Beer Lady is barely a diagonal stone's throw from Yuyintang, over multiple crosswalks and / or overpasses. It's the same thing, except bigger. Better. It's got a bakery. There're plenty of dark... Read more

  • Sober Company

    • Address
      99 Yandang Lu, near Nanchang Lu
      雁荡路99号, 近南昌路
    • Phone
      5309 8261

    The blanket term referring to three separate venues by Speak Low mastermind Shingo Gokan. The first floor is occupied by Sober Cafe, which opens at 8am and does coffee, coffee-based cocktails and... Read more

  • Barber Shop

    • Address
      615 Yongjia Lu, near Wulumuqi Nan Lu
      永嘉路615号, 近乌鲁木齐南路
    • Phone
      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

  • Cotton's (Anting Lu)

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    • Address
      132 Anting Lu, near Jianguo Xi Lu
      安亭路132号, 近建国西路
    • Phone
      6433 7995

    Cotton's chilled-out villa atmosphere is also the place to go if you're not used to Chinese food and don't plan on becoming acclimated. They've done a good job of creating a pretty spot where foreigners can feel like they are in any city. The old outdoor dining area... Read more

  • Maya

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      Grand Plaza Club House, 2/F, 568 Julu Lu, near Shaanxi Nan Lu
      巨鹿路568弄 四方新城俱乐部2楼, 近陕西南路
    • Phone
      6289 6889

    Maya is a popular, upscale Mexican restaurant whose slightly odd location on the second-floor of an apartment clubhouse is a reminder that good food trumps weird locations. The cooking is contemporary Mexican, with a few concessions like tacos and quesadillas, but if... Read more

  • ASL Shanghai

    • Address
      2/F, 88 Tongren Lu, near Anyi Lu
      铜仁路88号2楼, 近安义路
    • Phone
      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

  • Jazz at Lincoln Center Shanghai

    • Address
      4/F, 139 Nanjing Dong Lu, near Jiangxi Zhong Lu
      南京东路139号4楼, 近江西中路
    • Phone
      6330 9218

    Dark, intimate and chic jazz lounge set up in partnership with the famed New York institution, Jazz at Lincoln Center regularly rotates in two- to three-week residencies, from fresh conservatory graduates to grizzled industry veterans and regulars at the New York... Read more

  • The Cut Rooftop

    • Address
      7/F, 999 Huaihai Zhong Lu, near Shaanxi Nan Lu
      淮海中路999号7楼, 近陕西南路
    • Phone
      6443 5136

    After a couple of years at the rooftop second floor of The Cut, this spot is now The Cut Rooftop, an upscale casual dining lounge thing aimed at a young professionals crowd. Seems like a really good spot... Read more

  • Elevator

    • Address
      B1/F, 265 Nandan Dong Lu, near Caoxi Lu
      南丹东路265号B1楼, 近漕溪路
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    It's back! Now located where Harley's Underground bar was, the new Elevator spot is finally here after leaving Donghu Lu in October 2018. The sounds are electronic (techno, house, bass etc), and the air is heavy with underground vibes, both metaphorically and... Read more

  • Rye & Co

    • Address
      6-7/F, Xintiandi Plaza, 333 Huaihai Zhong Lu, near Huangpi Nan Lu
      淮海中路333号新天地广场6-7楼, 近黄陂南路
    • Phone
      6339 1993

    The third venue from the people behind Cannery and Nest, downstairs it's a bakery and/or bistro decked out in browns and golds. It's got an all-day menu, baked goods, and a section dedicated to smørrebrød, a kind of open-faced Danish sandwiches on rye bread. Some... Read more

  • Perry's (Huaihai Zhong Lu)

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      1333 Huaihai Zhong Lu, near Baoqing Lu
      淮海中路1333号, 近宝庆路
    • Phone
      5436 5159

    A cheap and colorful college student mecca, Perry's offers up some exceptionally cheap eats and drinks. The bar's style is reminiscent of a graffiti-covered viking long-hall, complete with long wooden tables and benches. Great for bumping into new friends. Perry's... Read more

  • Blackbird 2.0

    • Address
      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
    • Phone
      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

  • Specters

    • Address
      Bldg D, 753 Yuyuan Lu, near Zhenning Lu
      愚园路753号D楼, 近镇宁路
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    It liiiiiiives. The second iteration of an underground darling, now double the size, Specters is a black-and-red dive bar with heart. It's built for misfits and fans of Misfits. It's still the passion project of a bunch of leathery-skinned personalities you'd... Read more

  • Cantina Agave (Fumin Lu)

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    • Address
      A Mansion, 291 Fumin Lu, near Changle Lu
      富民路291号, 近长乐路
    • Phone
      6170 1310

    Great tacos, long list of tequila and frozen margaritas, as well as a salsa bar with eight salsas available. The space is small and gets quite busy late at night and on weekends when the weather is good. Read more

  • C's

    • Address
      685 Dingxi Lu, near Yanan Xi Lu
      定西路685号, 近延安西路
    • Phone
      137 9524 1780

    C's is one of Shanghai's most well-know and enduring dive bars, and they've got the toilets to prove it. With graffiti all over the walls, loud music blasting throughout its cavernous rooms, and some of the cheapest drinks in town, C's is a mainstay on the Shanghai... Read more

  • Uva Wine Bar

    • Address
      819 Shaanxi Bei Lu, near Kangding Lu
      陕西北路819号, 近康定路
    • Phone
      180 1862 8320

    UVA is an Italian wine bar owned by a producer who specializes in wines northern Italy's Langhe region. There is a kitchen serving Italian pizzas, salads, paninis, bruschetta, and imported Italian cheeses and cold cuts. Read more

  • POP American Brasserie

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    • Address
      Three on the Bund, 7/F, 17 Guangdong Lu, near Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu
      广东路17号, 外滩三号7楼, 近中山东一路
    • Phone
      6321 0909

    POP is the new concept to replace New Heights. It's an American-inspired brasserie that totally looks the part — red button leather booths, tray ceilings, tones of copper and tan. The menu is mostly approachable comfort cuisine like braised short ribs, duck leg... Read more

  • POP Bar

    • Address
      Three on the Bund, 7/F, 17 Guangdong Lu, near Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu
      广东路17号, 外滩三号7楼, 近中山东一路
    • Phone
      6321 0909

    POP Bar occupies the East terrace of Three on the Bund’s rooftop with great views of Shanghai's famous skyline. Inspired by Miami's 1950's theme in its decor, cocktails and music. Read more

  • RIINK

    • Address
      1/F, Bund Square, 658 Dapu Lu, near Longhua Dong Lu
      打浦路658号1楼, 近龙华东路
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    It's a hip lil' rollerskating rink called, succinctly, "RIINK." More like a rink-plus-cocktails-plus-bar bites place. You've got to give it up; it's unique, it's ballsy, it's a nice idea, it's not an EDM-trap club or a whiskey bar. The general dimensions are the same... Read more