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
Speakeasy run primarily by Tailor Bar's Eddy Yang, tucked into a corner on the 7th floor of the office block Punch Drunk turned into their McKinnon Hotel for
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
Tucked into the velvety loft of the Lyceum Theatre, Candor is a cocktail bar and stage hosting small-scale, intimate affairs. It leans heavily on nostalgia for a sort of 1920's-via-1950's... Read more
A neighborhood Italian-Chinese fusion quasi-fine dining experience doing food that's just as weird as the original shut down in 2016. Accessible via spiral staircase in the Xintiandi walking area, it's three spots in one; downstairs reception contains a Tiki bar,... 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 old 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
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
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
Flair is another entry in Shanghai's vaunted "Bar With A View" genre. It's brought to you by the Ritz Carlton in Pudong, perched on the 58th floor of the IFC tower that the luxury hotel occupies. The real kicker is the split-level outdoor terrace with views directly... 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
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
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
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
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...