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The Best Whiskey Bars in Shanghai

A dram-by-dram tour of the finest whiskey bars in Shanghai

 

Shanghai has come a long way since the days when whiskey was ordered with bottles of green tea. Today, the city is full of bars stocking the best of what Scotland, Kentucky, Japan and Taiwan have to offer. Here's our roundup of the best whiskey bars in Shanghai.

 

The best whiskey bars in Shanghai - Lab Whiskey & Cocktail

 

Lab Whiskey & Cocktail

Address: 1093 Wuding Lu (near Jiaozhou Lu) 武定路1093号 (近胶州路)
Tel: 6255-1195

If you're a whiskey geek, you love this split-level liquor mecca for it's extensive collection of bourbons and Scotches you just won't find anywhere else in town. If your a novice, you'll appreciate friendly, knowledgeable bartenders who are all too eager to steer you in the right direction on the menu. Prices aren't grossly marked up either, expect to spend around RMB68-88.

 

 

The best whiskey bars in Shanghai - Malt Fun

 

Malt Fun

Address: 123 Hunan Lu (near Wukang Lu) 湖南路123号 (近武康路)
Tel: 6212-8728

Take a trip through Scotland, Japan, and Taiwan at this Japanese-inspired bar with their premium selection of single malts. Or sit back and relax with a pour from their collection of single cask whiskey. Featuring a long bar with low-set seating, a quiet atmosphere, and dim lighting, Malt Fun is the quintessential whiskey bar. A glass starts at RMB80 here and moves up from there.

 

 

The best whiskey bars in Shanghai - Senator Saloon

 

Senator Saloon

Address: 98 Wuyuan Lu (near Wulumuqi Zhong Lu) 五原路98号 (近乌鲁木齐中路)
Tel: 5423-1330

Step back into the Prohibition-era with this 1920’s style American speakeasy. They have an impressive list of craft cocktails that pay homage to infusions and homemade bitters. A dimly lit dark wood interior featuring some southern Californian flock wallpaper and exposed brick walls contribute to an intimate, but friendly vibe. The poison of choice here is bourbon. They have few excellent bottles of rye, too. Enjoy an array of American-style bar snacks (RMB26-78) along with barrel-aged cocktails (RMB68).

 

 

The best whiskey bars in Shanghai - Union Trading Company

 

The Union Trading Company

Address: 64 Fengyang Lu (near Fuxing Zhong Lu) 汾阳路64号 (近复兴中路)

Brought to you by Shanghai's F&B dream team, Austin Hu and Yao Lu, the Union Trading Company is a Shanghai favorite, and one Asia's top ten best bars. Drink aficionados can work their way through a long list of stiff drinks heavy on the bourbon and house infusions. Try the Dead Man’s Gun (RMB120), a combination of peated Scotch, blended Scotch, honey, and Benedictine, for a burst of flavor that runs smooth like an Old Fashioned. Snack on Hu’s inspired bar food while you take in the room’s blue-walled elegance.

 

 

The best whiskey bars in Shanghai - Southern Cross

 

Southern Cross

Address: 1276 Huaihai Zhong Lu (near Huating Lu) 淮海中路1276号
Tel: 5404-7211

Often referred to as the “other” Constellation, this charming, old-school tiny bar is run by the wife of Constellation owner. Don’t be put off by the “members-only” sign or the slightly spooky exterior. Once inside, skilled barkeeps will keep liquor purists busy with their selection of strong drinks. Reminiscent of someone's living room, this venue is outfitted with a big blue-lit bar, a flat screen TV and smartly outfitted waiters.

 

 

The best whiskey bars in Shanghai - Devil's Share

 

Devil’s Share

Address: No. 25, 181 Taichang Lu (near Xingye Lu) 太长路181弄25号 (近兴业路)
Tel: 6329-6058

Dark and broody, this lounge in Xintiandi is a premier whiskeyfied destination. A thick menu features a huge collection of single malts, from your more established brands to selections from smaller distilleries. It’s divvied up by flavor too, making it easy to find something to fulfill your craving of “floral & leafy” or “peaty”. Prices range from RMB90-1000 per glass, so make sure your pockets are deep before a visit.

 

 

The best whiskey bars in Shanghai - Long Bar (Waldorf Astoria)

 

Long Bar (Waldorf Astoria)

Address: 1/F Waldorf Astoria Club, 2 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu (near Guangdong Lu) 中山东一路2号 (近广东路)
Tel: 6322-9988

A throwback to 1920’s Shanghai (and New York), the Long Bar is an immaculate recreation of the old Shanghai Club. The classy lounge keeps the original 34-meter bar counter and reproduced much of the period art. A novella-size drinks menu features a premium whiskey selection that is one of the best in the city. The extragavant marble columns, ornate wall paneling, stained glass windows, and live jazz music certainly adds to the charm.

 

 

The best whiskey bars in Shanghai: el ocho

 

el Ocho

Address: 3/F, 99 Taixing Lu (near Wujiang Lu) 泰兴路99号3楼 (近吴江路)
Tel: 6256-3587

Brought to you by the el Willy group, to get to this nightspot, visitors have to make their way to the back of a flower shop and then up three flights of stairs. Mostly devoted to artisanal cocktails, el Ocho also has a decent selection of single malt whiskeys and about 50 different types of house-infused liquors. Interiors are gorgeous, with vaulted ceilings and exposed brick walls. While you’re here, be sure to check out Oji, located inside this bar. The speakeasy stocks an exquisite range of single malts, perfect for grain drinkers. Drinks are priced around the RMB100 mark. 

 

 

 

The best whiskey bars in Shanghai: Avenue Joffre

 

Avenue Joffre

Address: Rm 1, Bldg 5, 570 Yongjia Lu (near Yueyang Lu) 永嘉路570号5号楼1楼 (近岳阳路)
Tel: 6029-9725

Named after the Huaihai Lu’s historical name, this venue might identify more as a cocktail bar than a whiskey den, but with its collection of bourbon and finely tuned Old Fashioned (RMB86), it'd be a pity not to include it. They also specialize in gin, with over 20 types from all over the world—think Japan, Germany, Scotland. The dedicated folks behind the bar sure know what they’re doing, especially head bartender Mune-san. Interiors resemble a comfy library with numerous dark corners and plush, cushioned chairs.

 

 

The best whiskey bars in Shanghai - Bar Constellation

 

Bar Constellation

Xinle Lu: 96 Xinle Lu (near Xiangyang Bei Lu) 新乐路96号 (近襄阳北路), Tel: 5404-0970

Yongjia Lu: 1-2/F, 33 Yongjia Lu (near Maoming Nan Lu) 永嘉路33号1-2楼 (近茂名南路), Tel: 5465-5993

Huangpi Bei Lu: 251 Huangpi Bei Lu (near Jiangyin Lu) 黄陂北路251号 (近江引路), Tel: 5375-2712

Live here long enough and you'll know of the Constellation empire. Most of their venues feature dim lighting, old-fashioned, minimalist decor, and an intimate setting that makes it ideal if you're looking to spend a quieter, less rowdy night out. Head to the original Constellation if you’re a single malt Scotch kinda person. More a bourbon drinker? Constellation 3 has your name on it.

 

 

Whisky Corner

Address: 390 Panyu Lu (near Fahuazhen Lu) 番禺路390号 (近法华镇路)
Tel: 137-9528-7559

This aptly named whiskey bar is a tiny drinking nook by whiskey lover Bill Zhong after his stint at Malt Fun. The space is small, with a bar that seats only four, alongside two other tables. They more than make up for the lack of space with their fine selection of Scotch and bourbons though. If you ask nicely enough, you might find yourself rewarded with a cocktail personally mixed by Bill. At RMB50 each, they’re considered a steal, and certainly a good sight better than many others in the city. Whiskey sits are RMB60 per pour.

 

Whiskey not your poison? Check our our list of the Best Wine Bars in Shanghai, or if you prefer it shaken and stirred, here is our list of the Best Cocktail Bars in Shanghai.

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