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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

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...
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...
Sasha's Restaurant and Bar

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.
Kaiba > Wuding Lu

Kaiba > Wuding 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...
Yin Yang (YY)

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.
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 ...
The Long Bar at the Waldorf Astoria

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...
Check It Out Summer Cocktail Deal
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. ...
Wooden Box Café

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...
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...
JZ Club

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.
House of Blues & Jazz

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.
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...
Check It Out Noche Caliente
O Theatre

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
Yuyintang

Yuyintang

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.
Check It Out YYT FOLK NIGHT (Free)
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...
The Public

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...
Kaiba > Dingxi Lu

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
I Love Shanghai

I Love Shanghai

Jing An Less than ¥99 for two
Tucked away under the Bund's promenade hides this cozy, chilled-out bar with simplistic décor, plush sofas and a great ladies' nights. A budget Bund alternative.
Check It Out I ♥ Shots
Shanghai Studio

Shanghai Studio

Huaihai Zhong Lu ¥100-199 for two
Funky bar with cute rooms and friendly service. From the outside it looks deceptively small, but inside it's a den of underground caves and passages. Hosts regula...
Check It Out Kiss me My Leather!