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Mokkos

Mokkos

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

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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...
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...
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...
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 ...
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...
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...
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...
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.
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. ...
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 
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 
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.
Features Hook-up Dive 
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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...
Mr. Pitt

Mr. Pitt

This spot was once a branch of Patachon and is now vintage-style cocktail bar. The newest Shanghai bar to sport the modern speakeasy label aims to attract drink g...
The Monk

The Monk

Minhang Less than ¥99 for two
Catering to the local and expat party people alike with a little touch of home. The decent drink prices and food menu make Thirsty Monk the place to enjoy a quic...
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