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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Shanty is a small Japanese bar specializing in shochu and plum wine. 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
This neighborhood bar takes up three floors in an old lane house on Jianguo Lu. The American owners are friendly and fun. A quirky drinks list features cocktails named after comic book heroes and some other creative concoctions. For the hard stuff, they've got a... Read more
Bar Iki is a newly-opened Japanese bar aiming to be the city's premier stop for shochu and shochu-based cocktails. Read more
Fourth version of the justifiably popular Japanese-style cocktail bars. This one has a small downstairs, a larger upstairs, and the usual formula of classic cocktails (all around 80rmb), mellow jazz and cigars. Doesn't break the mold, but if you're in the area it's... Read more
This is a high-quality cocktail bar in the space that used to be used as Fount's bar in Surpass Court. It specializes in gin. They have about 20 types from all over the world -- really, they have German and French gin, Scottish gin, all that. The head man is... Read more
This is the back bar in Mook. It's sponsored by Grey Goose, so lots of vodka cocktails and bowls of "punch", like big cocktails that feed four and go for about 400rmb. Read more
Beer bar/restaurant in Xintiandi that does live music nightly. It's a bit like a Shanghainese version of Paulaner. The beer is pretty drinkable and fresh though. They've also got a full range of liquors, wines, and food like pizza and steak. Some outdoor seating as... Read more
Sharing the same space as Lapis Thai and Le Viet, Salmos is the lounge bar component of the complex. Their expansive, bamboo-lined terrace gets lit up in Miami hues at night. Read more
Friendly cafe/cocktail bar owned and operated by a concert jazz pianist. The place feels like a stodgy Victorian salon, but makes up for it in service and personality. A list of house cocktails is available, and classics are available on request. Read more
This is one of the only places in Shanghai where you can get your ink on and then get your drink on. It's a partnership between tattooist Wang Haitao and barman Max Tang. Upstairs it's a fully functioning tattoo studio that charges around 1500rmb per hour. The... Read more
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