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
Dark, dramatic and intimate nightclub from the people behind Atelier. Perched at the top of bustling number 17 Xiangyang Bei Lu, and accessed by an elevator that they refurbished especially for the club, it\'s an even split between curtained nooks with private... 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Lucca (formerly known as 390) is smack in the middle of Shanghai’s gayborhood. It's a stone’s throw from Happiness, gay friendly Celia, and Telephone 6, which is just upstairs. You’ll see this place immediately from the mass of gay men spilling out into the Panyu Lu... 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
"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
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
What used to be Hunan House is now three floors off Fuxing Xi Lu by Cotton Ding, inspired by the story of lychee-loving classic Chinese beauty, Yang Guifei. From the ground up, the floors are a lychee-inspired bar, restaurant and lounge. It's cozy, it's whimsical, it... 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
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
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
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
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
RECENTLY ARCHIVED EVENTS
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...
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...