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
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
VUE Bar atop the Hyatt on the Bund is a great place to sip on some after work cocktails, or lounge after a long Sunday Brunch. With amazing views of the Bund, wood interior and jacuzzi on the outdoor terrace, it's a beautiful and equipped place to enjoy a mellow... Read more
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 outdoor dining area... Read more
Jade on 36 is the flagship restaurant and bar of the luxe Shangri-La Hotel group's flagship hotel. Once a rarefied fine dining experience, Jade has recently made inroads to a broader audience with a more affordable and diverse menu. It modish, drawing inspiration... Read more
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
Popular Bund lounge. They get busy at night, with live latin music parties, salsa nights, ladies nights, and weekday events like their Tuesday salsa party. It's a good, casual-but-impressive destination for friends and guests. The quiet window seats in the back are... Read more
People 7 is a large, low-key cocktail bar 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. It's... Read more
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
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
The House of Blues and Jazz moved to the Bund from its original Maoming Lu location (opened in 1995) around 2008. It's an upgrade, for sure. Big two-story space with live music nightly. Music is generally good, and includes a lot of soul and funk standards (Motown,... Read more
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
Umberto Bombana is an oft-dropped name in Hong Kong's food scene and his restaurant 8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo Bombana is one of only five restaurants with three Michelin stars in that city. This branch is their attempt to double down on those accolades when Michelin finally... Read more
789 Nanjing lu Bar takes over the top 3 floors of Le Royal Meridien Shanghai with great views of the city. They are known for their signature cocktails as well as a large selection cigars for every occasion. Also enjoy their large wine list and weekly ladies night. Read more
Flair is Shanghai's latest and great Bar With A View. It's brought to you by the new Ritz Carlton in Pudong, and perched on the 58th floor of the new IFC tower the luxury hotel occupies. The real kicker is the split-level outdoor terrace with views directly across to... 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
Although Y.Y.'s has been around for more than 20 years, it remains as one of Shanghai's lesser known venues. It's also one of the best. It's quiet, friendly, open very late and always draws a cool crowd. They recently moved from their upstairs space to the basement... Read more
Shook! is the Shanghai outpost of an upscale Kuala Lumpur-based restaurant. On offer is a selection of hallmarks of Asian cuisine like tam yum kung, temaki, sashimi, and kuay teow as well as steaks and chops. Upstairs is an enormous rooftop terrace overlooking the... Read more
Rooftop bar with spectacular views of the Pudong Skyline. Offers casual food options from Table No. 1 and innovative cocktails. It also has its own herb garden providing fresh ingredients. Read more
Sir Elly's is the Peninsula fine dining, Euro flagship restaurant, up on the thirteenth floor with views across the river to Pudong. Art Deco decor, prestigously expensive. Read more
After a renovation and a change of owners in mid 2017, popular late-night spot Craft remains a hip, cozy cocktail lounge hidden away in the Donghu Hotel's south annex, above The Parrot. They've got... Read more
Housed in a swanky white on white interior, originating from Hong Kong, this restaurant focuses on fresh and authentic Italian cuisine. The balcony provides one of the best views of the Oriental Pearl. Read more
The Plump Oyster is a late night oyster bar and lounge specializing in its namesake mollusk. The menu features several varieties of oysters, all imported from France, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, the US and other premier oyster-producing regions in the world.... Read more
The Blue Frog pub/restaurant chain has been around in Shanghai for over ten years. The menu is basically unfussy American-style food -- burgers, pastas, salads, sandwiches. To drink is a reasonable selection of beers (both bottled and tap). Its daily four-hour happy... 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
This is the Shanghai branch of the popular American casual restaurant chain. Expect burgers, sandwiches, ribs, fries and other American classics. Read more
A recent addition to The House of Roosevelt, The Rooftop offers stunning views of the Pudong skyline while living the Bund life of sipping Champagne with live DJ sets. 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
The Fennel Lounge is the latest concept from the people behind vaunted, but now defunct venue of local music and popular Shanghai hipster hangout, Anar. Fennel is a bit of an upgrade with list a Japanese style cocktail lounge serving molecular concoctions and exotic... Read more
RECENTLY ARCHIVED EVENTS
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...
Three more for your consideration. We're keeping it all local this week, with three new non-western venues. Theoretically. Read more...
Three plus one. We've got a new supper club, a new lifestyle hub, new Korean, and new N-th wave coffee in Hong Kong Plaza. Dig in. Read more...
Cocktail magician Daniel An is opening his second bar -- a confession-room themed speakeasy called Shrine -- this weekend. His Qing Dynasty tinged Taste Buds Cocktails Palace also turns one this week. And you know what that means... (Celebration! Emojis! Free... Read more...
New cocktail club on Yanping Lu, a beer shop right next to Dr. Beer, a luxury hotel on The Bund, and more... Read more...
The Nest swims to the Westside. Madison finally reopens. Shanghai street snacks get a nice new home in Jing'an. It's a big one this week. Read more...