Luxury spa vibes at this hypermodern, herb-themed cocktail bar on Xiangyang Lu. This one is from the same Taiwanese peeps who brought us the overpriced and overrated Flask (the Coke machine bar) and the excellent Fumi coffee shop. While the decor is nice, especially the wall of plants encased in frosted glass, the drinks here do not warrant their steep prices (85-95rmb for signatures). Most of these cocktails, which just go by numbers, incorporate fresh herbs and flowers like lemongrass, jasmine, and mint, which sadly are not grown on site. There is no happy hour. There are no free nuts – those are 35rmb. They do have an impressive selection of whisky, including a lot of bourbon. The beer list is short but noteworthy as it's all craft selections. The music matches the shiny decor; it's that bassy, Flume-esque kinda "future" music. At these prices, you've got several better options for craft cocktails in the city. Points for being non-smoking, though.
This has been a rough year, to say the least, for venues in Shanghai. It's just the end of May and our Closed Venues page already has more closures than all of 2015. Indicative of larger economic trends in the city? Hope not.
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