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  • DownTownHall 151

    • Address
      B1/F, 151 Julu Lu, near Chengdu Nan Lu
      巨鹿路151号B1楼, 近成都南路
    • Phone
      136 6160 1828

    A moody, cove-lit cocktail bar across the street from the sunken city. The real treat is downstairs, though: 15 meters underground down a passage, there's a dark-light lit, shadowy underground club pumping out pure party culture late into the night. The DJ booths... Read more

  • Sober Company

    • Address
      99 Yandang Lu, near Nanchang Lu
      雁荡路99号, 近南昌路
    • Phone
      5309 8261

    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

  • Speak Low

    • Address
      579 Fuxing Zhong Lu, near Ruijin Er Lu
      复兴中路579号, 近瑞金二路
    • Phone
      6416 0133

    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

  • J. Boroski

    • Address
      2/F, 177 Fumin Lu, near Julu Lu
      富民路177号2搂, 近巨鹿路
    • Phone
      5456 5266

    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

  • Laundry Co.

    • Address
      93-5 Xiangyang Bei Lu, near Changle Lu
      襄阳北路93-5号, 近长乐路
    • Phone

    What looks like the only functioning coin-laundromat in Shanghai with blue neon lighting is actually the front for a speakeasy from the team behind Barber Shop. Despite the space-age entrance, the interior's fairly plain, familiar oak-and-leather seating with a long... Read more

  • Bar Flow

    • Address
      1/F, 600-3 Shaanxi Bei Lu, near Xinzha Lu
      陕西北路600-3号1楼, 近新闸路
    • Phone

    By day, a noodle shop called Big Mian, by night, it’s a speakeasy with arcade games and alcoholic noodles. At 7pm, Bar Flow hits a switch and opens the "door" behind the shelf holding "provisions," revealing retro Hong Kong vibes with lots of neon, and a... Read more

  • Barber Shop

    • Address
      615 Yongjia Lu, near Wulumuqi Nan Lu
      永嘉路615号, 近乌鲁木齐南路
    • Phone
      188 0177 7008

    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

  • The Broken Dagger

    • Address
      97 Xiangyang Bei Lu, near Xinle Lu
      襄阳北路97号, 近新乐路
    • Phone

    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

  • The Antique

    • Address
      2/F, 44 Sinan Lu, near Xiangshan Lu
    • Phone
      138 1802 1597

    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

  • Flask (Xiangyang Bei Lu)

    • Address
      108 Xiangyang Bei Lu, near Huaihai Zhong Lu
      襄阳北路108号, 近淮海中路
    • Phone
      3669 6855

    When the entirety of that street was shut down, Flask Group relocated behind another sandwich shop just behind Beef & Liberty. Cocktails are in the 90-100rmb+ range and lean towards flashy and intriguing presentation. One includes a straight-up magic trick. It's more... Read more

  • The Bunker (Xintiandi)

    • Address
      No 22, 181 Taicang Lu, near Huangpi Nan Lu
      太仓路181弄22号, 近黄陂南路
    • Phone
      5382 1915

    Located on the second floor of the Green & Safe in Xintiandi, the Bunker is a cocktail bar from the folks of the popular vending machine door speakeasy, Flask, that closed in May of 2016. They offer some signature cocktails from Flask as well as seasonal drinks and... Read more

  • The Odd Couple

    • Address
      No. 25, Lane 181 Taicang Lu, near Xingye Lu
      太仓路181弄25号, 近兴业路
    • Phone
      6333 2363

    Cozy/compact upstairs bar in Xintiandi, this one's a joint-effort from Shanghai's speakeasy-granddady Shingo Gokan and his longtime colleague/rival(?), Steve Schneider, who's famous for a host of bars in New York and Singapore, and makes drinks way faster than... Read more

  • Oji

    • Address
      2/F, Lane 245 Maoming Bei Lu, near Nanjing Xi Lu
      茂名北路245弄2楼, 近南京西路
    • Phone
      131 6277 3450

    Japanese-style speakeasy founded by the bartender of the same name. Subdued, suave and very Japanese in terms of style and presentation. Cocktails are very good, and the door is thick enough that the sterility of the Fengsheng Li mini-mall doesn't penetrate the woody... Read more

  • Bar.Permanently

    • Address
      6/F, 427 Fuyou Lu, near Henan Nan Lu
      福佑路427号6楼, 近河南南路
    • Phone

    Tucked behind an unmarked door in a commodities building in Yu Garden, Bar.Permanently is a one-man operation behind a mahogany bar-top with maybe eight barstools and not much else. The bartender is an XYZ... Read more

  • Grand Bar Flow Hotel

    • Address
      No. 121, Lane 1520, Huashan Lu, near Xingfu Lu
      华山路1520弄121号, 近幸福路
    • Phone
      6067 3006

    Hidden behind a flimsy hotel reception desk themed after the Grand Budapest Hotel, this bar, much like the original, trades in instagrammability and hype. Heart-shaped bathtubs and pillow fight pits. Get anything more complicated than a whiskey sour and you're liable... Read more

  • Cypher

    • Address
      500 Xiangyang Nan Lu, near Jianguo Xi Lu
      襄阳南路500号, 近建国西路
    • Phone
      6408 8072

    Cyberpunk-looking frontispiece coffee shop conceals a Willy Wonka corridor conceals a sleek bar slash restaurant. It's pricy, picture-perfect and not great. Read more

  • Roark Bar

    • Address
      501 Liyuan Lu, near Jumen Lu
      丽园路501号, 近局门路
    • Phone
      187 1788 5932

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