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
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
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
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
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
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
Casual and colorful Cuban bar and cocktail club in the heart of Jing'an, with tropical vibes and drinks, good sound, and proper drinks. This is the sequel to their popular Revolucion Cocktail on Yongkang Lu, which also spawned bars in Bangkok, Chengdu, and Xiamen.... Read more
People 7 is a large, low-key lounge and restaurant with a full Asian-fusion food menu. It's on the pricy side but the place is nicely designed, with visual tricks scattered around to beguile guests. Just finding the way to open the front door is a puzzle in itself. Read more
Perched on the 87th floor of the Jin Mao Tower, Cloud 9, the Grand Hyatt's hotel bar, offers one of the best views in Asia. Make sure you get a table facing west for views of the Bund, Pearl Tower, and the lights of Puxi; windowscapes of its new, taller neighbor, the... Read more
Constellation was a "hidden gem," prized among expats for its finely conceived and exhaustive selection of cocktails -- but now everybody "knows about it" and it has "lost its charm" apparently. Take that for what you will. Basically everything ever mixed since the... Read more
Hof is a dessert and cocktail lounge from the people behind House of Flour, focusing on artisanal, hand-crafted chocolates, premium desserts, and premium cocktails at affordable prices. Read more
Mardi Gras's casual French food in a stuffy lanehouse is nothing special, but the place has developed a bit of a reputation for excellent cocktails and stoic attitude, courtesy of the upstairs bar and its resident Japanese bartender. Read more
Modeled on a private salon of an eclectic old lady of colonial renown. Over-the-top decor of four semi-private rooms facing a stage. Each room has its own completely unique decor -- the submarine, the upside-down room, the cinema room, and blue room. Live band, DJ,... Read more
Constellation 2 is the expansion of one of Shanghai's most popular cocktail lounges, Constellation. All three locations are dependable for their wide selections of top notch cocktails, and cater to individuals incredibly discerning of their booze. Constellation 2 is... Read more
Cocktail lounge with, as the name would imply, an upscale/hip Brooklyn vibe going on. On offer, a variety of standards with updates and interpretations. Weekly promotions including a Block Party every Sunday. Read more
Hakkasan is a fancy and fashionable Michelin-starred Chinese chain that comes to Shanghai via London. This is the latest branch of the international chain which also boasts branches in New York, Miami, Vegas, San Francisco, the UAE and even Mumbai. The soul of the... Read more
A craft cocktail bar from the people behind Citizen and Sichuan Citizen. The speciality is bourbon, mixed into prohibition era drinks, plus some infusions and barrel-aged cocktails. There's a food menu, mainly of ritzy US bar snacks. Cocktails are all around 70rmb.... Read more
Nautical themed bar on the ground floor of The Pen, hearkening back to Shanghai's grand old days of ocean-based trade. Lots of woods, plush navy blue and purple, and privileged atmosphere. Read more
Constellation 3 is the latest star in the every expanding universe of Constellation bars in Shanghai. In general, the Constellation chain has established its reputation on the superior quality of their drinks, and an atmosphere that caters to the refined tastes of... Read more
The Hof Wine Bar is a spin-off of popular dessert lounge Hof, on Sinan Lu -- itself a spin-off of Pudong's House of Flour. The Wine Bar takes cues from both, with a simple menu of bistro favorites, a glass display case of their signature desserts (owner Brian Tan is... Read more
A small quaint place set inside the smaller lanes in xintiandi offers quality martinis. If you're looking for a quiet and stylist bar for a drink and chat away from the tourists, DR bar offers the best solution. Frequented by creative types. Read more
Southern Cross is the "other" Constellation, an unknown and still-quiet offshoot of the two extremely popular cocktail and whisky bars. Same selection, same neon lights, same guys in tuxedo vests, just run by the wife of Constellation's owner instead. Shhh. Read more
Shanty is a small Japanese bar specializing in shochu and plum wine. Read more
This fun, friendly little whiskey and cocktail bar offers a menu of smashes, fizzes and other standbys as well as a fair selection of bourbons ranging in price from 40 to 110rmb a serving. It's usually a lively atmosphere thick with dice rattles, the smack of... Read more
This cocktail bar specializes in whisky and what you can do with it. It's an elegant, split-level space, with walls covered with bottles and cheeky quotes about booze. The menu starts with about a dozen pages of single malts and blends, but is back up by a page of... Read more
Karma Lounge is the brainchild of live music guy John Shanghai, whom you may know from his various live jams around town. He also used to be the marketing manager of Anar. Karma brings his friendly, creative vibe to the neighborhood. Expect frequent appearances from... Read more
The second cocktail lounge from the team behind el Willy, el Ocho occupies the third floor of a heritage building on Taixing Lu. It's a gorgeous, spacious property with vaulted ceilings and exposed brick and timber. The bartenders make an eclectic and inspired mix of... Read more
RECENTLY ARCHIVED EVENTS
Shanghai's favorite cocktail man has gone from critical darling ( Speak Low ) to critical darling ( Sober Company ), and he's just revealed his latest project. According to
Scads of restaurants and bars all up and down The Bund promenade are hosting discounts and specials for guests dressed in white attire, celebrating one of Bar Rouge's biggest yearly parties, White Night . You've got your smaller perks -- free deserts and / or cocktails from places like
Los of buzz around town about Shanghai's very own Edition hotel opening up in June. In anticipation of that, the boutique hotel chain is hosting in the concerns behind their "Punch Room" venue in London for three nights of cocktail pop-ups... Read more...
Singular places to indulge this week on the radar. Three destination venues for some cocktails and then some. Read more...
SmSh got our hands on the legitimate yearly profit-and-losses statement from a Shanghai cocktail bar. SmSh's Head Accountant Chris St Cavish walks us through it. Read more...
After their quick and surprising closure at the start of this year, the back corner space next to 800 Show that was southern comfort food-and-bar Ruijin Cajun is being reborn tomorrow night as
Hold onto your butts, diners and drinkers, we’ve got a million things to tell you and less than 800 words to do it. Way too much going on in Hubin Dao , finally some closures to report, the start of Restaurant Week, and the continued tale of AB InBev, Devourer of Souls. Get in after the jump. Read more...
Hey, drinkers and diners. It’s that time again. A bunch of fancy new places open, old places close, also there’s now a food delivery service available for your dog. God bless you, Shanghai. Read more...
Three new watering holes are now open and serving in Shanghai. Probably a few more, right, but also these three in particular. Read more...
The Deal: Every day in October, from 5pm to 7pm, order a drink from their happy hour menu for 45rmb and get free all-you-can-eat chicken drumettes at the 1515 West bar in the
A round up of new old faces this week On the Radar. Read more...
This week's new venues: Belgian ice cream cone stands. French sandwiches. Late nite clubs. Ecuadorian restaurants that double as flower shops... Read more...
Could baijiu, the world's most consumed spirit, ever get the same love abroad as say, Pisco, or aquavit, Buckfast, or even gin? Probably not, because it tastes like dead dreams and old sweat. But with the corruption crackdown in the Mainland causing high-end baijiu sales to Read more...
Willy's empire up in Jing'an is still going strong. Tapas restaurant Tomatito and cocktail bar el Ocho turn two this week.
Yongkang Lu closures are happening now. Rumor says that the next street in Xuhui Qu to see major changes by the end of 2016 will be Dongping Lu , due to reclamation of businesses in heritage buildings owned by the
Just checking in on our old friend JERRY. (Not Jerry Garcia, though it is his birthday on Saturday). You remember Jerry Chen. First he was the head bartender at Shen , then he won our Family... Read more...
el Coctel is closed, but there are still several nice cocktail bars left in the Xuhui area, and one of them, Union Trading Co. , the dark little bar that takes over two floors on Fenyang Lu, just started up a happy hour... Read more...