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. ...
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...
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...
The Nest

The Nest

The Bund ¥400-600 for two
At upscale Rockbund gastrolounge The Nest, which is backed by Grey Goose vodka and MUSE Group, head bartender Carson Xie whips up innovative, savory cocktails at ...
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, ...
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...
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...
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uDance Radio Vinyl Club (URVC)

uDance Radio Vinyl Club (URVC)

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. It...
Beer Bear

Beer Bear

Right near the Xintiandi metro stop, but without Xintiandi prices. Cozy and quirky with a solid beer selection and good happy hour -- drafts, cocktails and select...
LaTaps

LaTaps

This quirky, feel-good spot for beer people is the third craft beer option to crop up on Danshui Lu. Trolls are painted on the walls and the ceiling is covered i...
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 ...
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...
BeerGrdn

BeerGrdn

This spacious beer garden inside the first floor of the URBN Hotel offers a long list of popular international beers, from Brooklyn Weisse to Scotch Silly, in add...
Pata Negra

Pata Negra

Velvet Lounge's owners gave the space and its personality an overhaul and about the only thing left of the late-night spot is its brick pizza oven. The new space ...
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...
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 ...
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