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...
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...
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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...
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...
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...
Features Cocktails 
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 ...
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.
Features Live music 
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 ...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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.
Features Live music 
TangoBang

TangoBang

The first bar dedicated to Argentine tango, this bar's founders are tango lovers devoted to spreading their passion. With themed décor, music and drink list, and ...

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...
The Chalet

The Chalet

This used to be The Hut, which was one of the diveyest bars in town (in a good, though shabby way). New management have tarted the space up a bit, but the drinks ...
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.
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.
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Malabar

Malabar

It's a neighborhood bar that's friendly and cozy. The pinchos are affordable and tasty, and the drinks are decently priced with a good amount of liquor. They also...
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