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Union Trading Company

F&B dream team Austin Hu and Yao Lu have pooled their skills for this much-anticipated cocktail bar. Drink aficionados can work their way through a list of 100 hi...

Best Bars in Shanghai

el Coctel

Former French Concession ¥200-299 for two
This place does just about everything right. Fabulous, comfy space with imaginative furnishings and decor, cool crowd, excellent service and a barman imported fro...

Kaiba > Kangding Lu

Jing An Less than ¥99 for two
This small neighborhood bar serves up a wide range of rare and expensive Belgian brews, along with other select imports, although there are only peanuts and other...


Changning Less than ¥99 for two
Tucked away up a back alley behind the old Anar, this low-lit, graffiti scrawled bar gives us a reason to keep spending our nights on Xingfu Lu though its best-kn...
Check It Out same as it ever was

The Long Bar at the Waldorf Astoria

This is an immaculate recreation of the old Shanghai Club, which opened in 1911 for Shanghai's rich and fabulous. They've even kept the original 34-meter bar coun...

Sasha's Restaurant and Bar

Former French Concession ¥100-199 for two
Located in the old mansion of T.V. Soong, this establishment’s features a first floor bar, an elegant dinning area and a spacious outdoor garden.

Yin Yang (YY)

Fuxing Park Less than ¥99 for two
A cozy, café-style bar slightly removed from the noisier streets in the French concession with a happy hour that makes for an ideal pre-dinner stop.

Constellation > Yongjia Lu

This Japanese-style bar is a French Concession staple for well-crafted cocktails. The old-fashioned, minimalist interiors provide an intimate setting that lets yo...

Lost Heaven Lounge

The Lost Heaven Lounge is the place where martinis and minority cultures mix in China’s most modern city. Lost Heaven Lounge occupies the third and fourth floors ...

JZ Club

Huaihai Zhong Lu ¥100-199 for two
Created by jazz musicians for jazz musicians, JZ Club puts improv jazz on the Shanghai map in a great venue with good acoustics.

Wooden Box Café

Nanjing Xi Lu ¥100-199 for two
This spot is backed by the people at JZ Club and aims to showcase acoustic music in the heart of downtown Shanghai. Drop by for fine drinks and coffee, plus regul...


The people behind popular American eatery chain Blue Frog set up this cocktail bar in Surpass Court. It's well-lit and has an excellent assortment of cocktails pl...
Check It Out Brownstone Tuesday


This beer-lover’s bar serves up over 60 labels, from Dead Guy to Trappist, in a relaxed, home-like venue that encourages friendly conversation among the patrons. ...

O Theatre

Sharing a floor with the landmark Lyceum theater, O Theatre is a craft cocktail lounge dealing in broad range high end hooch. Consulting bartender Hektor Monroy o...
Check It Out Wine Night


Changning Less than ¥99 for two
Welcome to the (ware)house of rock where local, national and international bands delight in slamming Shanghai audiences with anything but sweety pop.

La Cava

This Colombian-owned bar has an outdoor patio space and a spacious two floors. The cocktails are a mix of '80s bar standards like Sex on the Beach and some creati...

House of Blues & Jazz

The Bund ¥100-199 for two
Classy Maoming music house with a beautiful wooden bar from which to scope out the live acts that rotate every three months.

Light & Salt | Library Distillery

The Light & Salt concept is definitely gunning for that young market segment that sees itself as discerning and hip and likes to chat about typography. Their Libr...
Check It Out Cinematic Sundays

The Public

This cocktail bar has reopened above Awfully Chocolate with new blood behind them. The drinks list has been streamlined, food is still a big focus and the fried c...

Cotton Club

Huaihai Zhong Lu ¥100-199 for two
Unassuming establishment on the bluer side of live jazz. Come prepared to give your attention to seasoned and talented musicians.
Features Live music 

Kaiba > Dingxi Lu

This is the second location for Shanghai's Belgian beer specialists. Look out for its beer-of-the-month promotions, which feature cheap deals on real Trappist ale...
Check It Out Kaiba Duvel Night