Casual, colorful cocktail bar and danceclub in the heart of Jing'an, with Latin-style vibes, good sound and proper drinks. Popular spot. So popular, in fact, it's spawned locations in Bangkok, Chengdu, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Kunming and Xiamen. It's spacious, ideal... Read more
The Ritz Bar & Lounge combines Art Deco of the 20s and 30s with touches and elements of glitzy Shanghai during this era, reflecting the theme of "Ye Shanghai" or "Shanghai Nights." Promising to be a first call for global travelers, this focal venue segues from... Read more
The ZUK Bar is The Sukhothai Shanghai's street-front cocktail bar, serving naturally-inspired craft cocktails. A lot of infusions, fresh ingredients and herbal flavors, structured according to earthy and nature-y themes. At 85rmb a pop, they're reasonably priced,... Read more
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
Perch serves cocktails, wine, and food designed for sharing. Date night or after-work drinks vibes at the indoor bar, while the large, outdoor patio is good for groups. The menu rotates frequently, inspired by Mediterranean flavors. 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
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
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
It means "art and delight" in Latin. Coming from Tokyo F&B group Small Axe, the ones behind Bar Trench in Shibuya District (number 16 on Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2018), this is a cafe-by-day 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
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
A fast-paced cocktail bar with a uuuuge bar, but also an urban-chic nightclub, UP has the determined party-vibes of a Latin lounge minus the soundtrack, and it has a terrace. And a kitchen that stays open till 2am. And Sunday brunch. Yeah, it's hard to pin... Read more
Shanghai's first self-declared "superlounge" (plenty of "superclubs," but thus far no "superlounges") has a lot of DNA from the KOR that opened up in Taipei in 2016 by theLOOP Group. The one in Shanghai isn't looking to break that mold, at least looks-wise. It has... Read more
Excellent and quiet cocktail bar from the team behind Bar No. 3 and Blackbird. Decently-sized front bar with windows looking onto the seat and living room chairs, with cubbies In the back for a little more privacy, but it's a tight squeeze regardless. Cocktails are... Read more
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
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
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
Massive, beautiful Western China fusion restaurant from the folks behind popular Yunnan chain Lost Heaven, in the old watch factory on Julu Lu that once housed Mesa & Manifesto. Painters from Thailand and West China spent months painting the 400+ capacity space to... Read more
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 immense second location of this Jing'an brand of cocktail bar slash rustic eatery. Similar menu and cocktails, and the addition of a live DJ on select nights. Read more
"Boteco" loosely translates to "bar/pub/watering hole" in Portuguese. Launched as the most authentic Brazilian joint in a city where "Brazilian" evokes "all-you-can-eat BBQ" and "Samba Night," it's a watering hole built by Brazilians, for Brazilians. The highlight is... Read more
Cheap, friendly, simple Japanese-style izakaya... thing dressed up to look like a convenience store: konbini snacks, drinks in the fridge and a couple of high stools. The order here is highballs: the house blend is 35rmb, made with soda produced in house and stirred... Read more
Eminently comfortable cocktail bar close to Jiaotong University. The drinks aren't cheap, but they're made with quality and love so you won't feel ripped off. They've got about 50 drinks, mostly in the 80-100rmb range, and some Kentucky beers. There's several couches... Read more
A small, eminently comfy cocktail joint tucked into the top floor of an office building overlooking United Valley on Shaanxi Nan Lu, Chameleon looks like a white marble cliffside cave residence on Santorini or something. It's the brainchild of two Shanghai cocktail... 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
Daniel An's latest joint (until the next one), set in the attic of a coffee/antiques shop, doing your typically Daniel An level of quality. It's a quirky, speakeasy-ish, curio-bedecked, tongue-in-cheek loft apartment for an off-beat freeform cocktail tinkerer. It's... Read more
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If you stumbled down Fumin Lu sometime in the last month looking for cigarettes at the Alldays, you may have accidentally walked into Lucky Mart . This is Camden Hauge 's newest thing, in cooperation with design studio Wolfbelly and Dawn (
Shanghai may have hit peak cocktail with J. Boroski . Hidden entrance. Reservation only. No real menu. Bartenders in vests. Tired concepts, to be sure, but never executed to this level before. There are many things to say about this luxe, sexy and painstakingly assembled Bangkok transplant. It is unlike... Read more...
Here's something interesting: a Japanese whiskey highball bar on Fumin Lu with Japanese convenience store snacks, sandwiches and "izakaya-ish" options is opening this weekend. It will be called Lucky Mart . The logo is a blue lucky cat with piercing red eyes.
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Oh man. Shock closing just shy of CNY. Austin Hu just announced on his WeChat Moments that Birds of Paradise , the neo-tiki bar he opened with bartender Yao Lu, will have its last day of operation on January 21 . Yikes. Ouch. Oof. The bright, tropical, neon-drenched island for exuberant... Read more...
Next Monday is the annual Drink Magazine Bar Awards (DMBA) aka the High-Functioning Alcoholics Olympics, and as a result, the city's flooded with even more world famous bartenders than usual. Like, way more. A lot of them are doing guest shifts this week and next. Details after the jump! Read more...
A big name in jazz opens in Hongkou, while Blackbird launches a new cocktail bar/poetry anthology. Read more...
The Ritz-Carlton's backroom bar has a habit of hosting Asia's (and occasionally the world's) best bars, like Atlas Bar, The Clumsies, and Licorería Limantour. The latest resident is Singapore's Native , an all-local, closed-loop, eco-warrior, sustainable, etc.,... Read more...
Cease what you are doing this instant and proceed directly to your nearest Family Mart . They are selling Irish coffee with three pumps of Jameson's Whiskey for 16rmb . It's called an "Ireland Latte" and it's a seasonal drink: Jameson's straight from the bottle in a standard milky latte. Not three shots, three pumps from a device attached to the top the... Read more...
This drunken little gem landed in the SmSh inbox this morning: the aristocracy have adopted the ways of the people! The St. Regis Bar in the opulent St. Regis Hotel , known more for sabering Champagne (no joke, they do it... Read more...
The Zhangyuan refugees are slowly putting down roots again. The latest one to end its diaspora is Oji , the Japanese speakeasy that used to occupy a backroom in
Here's one for people who don't mind spending a lot of money on very good cocktails, but not "buy a ticket to Tokyo" amounts of money. Hidetsugu Ueno, the man behind World's 12th Best Bar High Five , is spending two days behind the oval bar at
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...