Need to impress a date or your in-laws, or simply looking for a spot for some quality sipping? We've got you covered, here's a roundup of the best wine bars in Shanghai.
No Shanghai wine bars list is complete without XO. The beloved wine delivery service's brick-and-mortar location opened on Hengshan Lu in early 2016. Like the app, the store sticks to its specialty of European wines—in fact, many of the bottles available on the app are served at the bar. A plus is that wines are also served here by the glass, which range from RMB25-125.
Where: 237 Hengshan Lu (near Yongjia Lu) 衡山路237号 (近永嘉路)
What makes this three-storey venue one of Shanghai's favorite wine bars spot is its large, fantastic terrace, offering a 360-degree view of the surrounding former French Concession area. Interiors feature lofty seats juxtaposed against concrete walls and pillars. Of course, the drinks are no slouch either, thanks to the bar's enviable selection of wines and cocktails. Also on offer are a selection of tapas-style dishes and a few well-selected mains.
Where: 5/F, 1 Xiangyang Bei Lu (near Julu Lu) 襄阳北路1号5楼 (近巨鹿路)
This stylish Italian-run joint offers industrial-luxe decor, with exposed pipes, velvet window dressings and leather couches, lending a touch of kitsch with vintage Italian movie posters hanging from the walls. The wine list offers 40 labels of exclusively Italian wine. The small menu has the usual classic dishes, such as pasta and panini, but it's their pizzas that have the patrons singing praises.
Where: 819 Shaanxi Bei Lu (near Kangding Lu) 陕西北路819号 (近康定路)
This huge Bund establishment is one of the largest wine emporiums in Shanghai. With the largest wine list in Asia (4,000 labels), the nine-floor venue has a brasserie, wine cellar, rooftop terrace and private members' club. If you're looking for a quality drinking spot with a view, you can do a lot worse than House of Roosevelt.
Where: 27 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu (near Beijing Dong Lu) 中山东一路27号 (近北京东路)
Le Bordelais is an easygoing, informal wine bar featuring a Bordeaux-focused menu served at great prices. Service here is sharp and attentive, the waitstaff know their wine well but are neither pushy nor intrusive, and the menu of small bites are all well done and satisfying.
Where: Multiple locations, 107 Yifeng Galleria, 99 Beijing Dong Lu (near Yuanmingyuan Lu) 北京东路99号益丰外滩源107室 (近圆明园路)
This wine bar and retail space offers a wide selection of new and old world wines, all ready to be paired with items from a menu specially crafted to complement them. Earthy tones and romantic lighting add to the atmosphere.
Where: 53-57 Anfu Lu (near Changshu Lu) 安福路52-57号 (近常熟路)
Bites & Bottle-O on Danshui Lu offers a nice selection of wines around the RMB200 mark. Dishes are served tapas-style, with the menu being split into "shared bites" and "single plates." Service is personable and quick and the bar itself tiny but warm and intimate.
Where: 246 Danshui Lu (near Fuxing Zhong Lu) 淡水路246号 (近复兴中路)
Tucked in a quiet neighborhood in Jing'an, this 258sqm joint offers 300 wines from reputable regions. The wines are competitively priced and the space cozy and relaxed, with brick walls, richly textured dark and subtle tones of brown woods, and comfy sofas and chairs.
Where: 439 Yuyuan Lu (near Wulumuqi Bei Lu) 愚园路439号 (近乌鲁木齐北路)
Project Wine offers a nice selection of Italian, French and Spanish wines, served in a two-storey shabby-chic setting. The first floor encourages a more communal environment, with large tables and their main bar taking center stage; the second floor features smaller nooks and corners, with lots of mismatched furniture and comfy couches, very cozy and casual. They also have a small but adequate snacks menu that includes pizzas and a cheese plate.
Where: 17-1 Xiangyang Bei Lu (near Julu Lu) 襄阳北路17-1号 (近巨鹿路)
Bin 74 is a small, neatly formed wine outlet on Fuxing Xi Lu. Pop in for retail wine sales or enjoy a bottle or two on site. A light and airy decor, jazz on the stereo and selected Italian snacks add to the attraction.
Where: 74 Fuxing Xi Lu (near Yongfu Lu) 复兴西路74号 (近永福路)
The Italian owners of this coffee and wine joint have put together a short menu of salads and cold plates so patrons will have something to munch on while they drink, but it's the casual Mediterranean atmosphere that's the real sell. Most of the space is in the courtyard, but the half dozen tables inside are a solid place for good coffee and unpretentioius evenings over an affordable bottle of wine. Or three.
Where: 59 Fuxing Xi Lu (near Yongfu Lu) 复兴西路59号 (近永福路)
Le Vin is housed in a renovated old house with a charming courtyard, offering a small list of tapas to go with its large list of wines. The decor and ambience are fittingly rich and rustic, with lots of dark wood and red tones. Popular dishes include their duck confit and pork ribs; there'are a few charcuterie platter options too.
Where: 936 Changle Lu (near Wulumuqi Zhong Lu) 长乐路936号 (近乌鲁木齐中路)
This is the second branch of wine bar Le Vin, located right down the street from its predecessor. Hanging potted plants, white brick walls and elegant, unusual danging light bulbs installations come together for a rustic chic setting. Prices are fair but not the cheapest on a rotating selection of whites and red by the glass. You can also pick out a bottle from the shelves lining the back wall, which start somewhere around RMB250.
Where: 1221 Changle Lu (near Wulumuqi Zhong Lu) 长乐路1221号 (近乌鲁木齐中路)
Quaint and cozy, Italian bistro La Vite boasts colorful decor and a well-stocked menu of pastas, pizzas and antipasto, as well as a selection of Italian wines to be had at mid-range prices. It's a bit of a hidden gem; the food is good, the wine available both by the glass and the bottle, and the place always packed with returning loyals.
Where: No. 2, 247 Wulumuqi Zhong Lu (near Wuyuan Lu) 乌鲁木齐中路247-2号 (近五原路)
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