Best Bars in Shanghai

Light & Salt | Library Distillery

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...
Beernest

Beernest

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. ...
Constellation > Yongjia Lu

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...
Mokkos

Mokkos

Hidden away Japanese style bar specializing in sochu, a distilled alcohol. With a cornucopia of brands and minimalist décor it evokes Japan.
Dada

Dada

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...
el Coctel

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...
Union Trading Company

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...

uDance Radio Vinyl Club (URVC)

This uber-hip cafe and nightclub was opened by Dave K, founder of China's only indie radio station for electronic music, uDance. Its futuristic interior offers af...
Kaiba > Kangding Lu

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...
Lost Heaven Lounge

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 ...
CHAR Bar

CHAR Bar

The new and improved CHAR Bar, Best known for it’s exquisite 270-degree views over The Bund, classy cocktails and sophisticated setting. Step inside Char Bar, ...
Constellation > Xinle Lu

Constellation > Xinle Lu

Huaihai Zhong Lu ¥100-199 for two
This small, low-lit rectangular bar is one of Shanghai’s best places great cocktail. Make your choice from the extensive, yet not over-priced, cocktail menu and t...
Pocho Social Club

Pocho Social Club

This Mexican bar is truly a social place to gather with friends for a relaxed night and delicious snacks and drinks. The owner's Tex Mex heritage lends authentici...
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Rhumerie Bounty > Wuding Lu

Rhumerie Bounty > Wuding Lu

This pirate-themed bar offers an assortment of rums as well as wine and beer amid a nautical setting strewn with barrels, portholes and nets. RMB15 for a shot of ...
Senator Saloon

Senator Saloon

This craft cocktail bar has a laid back, speakeasy vibe, a beautiful selection of infusions and barrel-aged concoctions. Head here for an intimate drink and top-n...
Bar Gatsby

Bar Gatsby

This cocktail bar is helping raise Dagu Lu's profile as a nightlife strip. The drinks are made with fresh ingredients and are affordably priced, and they've got p...
The 60's Bar

The 60's Bar

The 60's Bar takes you back to the American style Hippie, Rock Music, era. Being in Shanghai, of course it has quite a variety of International customers. (Not ma...
Cotton Club

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.
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Brownstone

Brownstone

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...
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Captain Bar

Captain Bar

People's Square Less than ¥99 for two
Friendly bar, with a fabulous view of the Bund, attached to Captain's Hostel.
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