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Constellation > Xinle Lu

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Address:
96 Xinle Lu
Address in Chinese:
新乐路96号
Nearest Metro Station:
South Shaanxi Road
Cross Street in English:
near Xiangyang Bei Lu
Cross Street in Chinese:
近襄阳北路
Opening Hours:
7pm-2am
Phone:
5404-0970
Price range:
¥100-199
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Description

This small, low-lit rectangular bar is one of Shanghai’s best places for a great cocktail. Make your choice from the extensive, yet not over-priced, cocktail menu and the owner or one of his well-trained bartenders will expertly craft your selection. This understated, longstanding bar is the hard to find combination of location, clientèle, price and service. They've got several other branches throughout Shanghai.

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Cross Street in English:

96 Xinle Lu, near Xiangyang Bei Lu


Cross Street in Chinese:

新乐路96号, 近襄阳北路


Phone:
5404-0970

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samr

Been going to this bar for about 5 yrs on Xin Le lu. Not always the best service, but generally well made drinks and atmosphere. This last visit really killed it for me - The manager on duty (Walle - 陈瑞) was very unprofessional and treated us with complete contempt & disdain. Simply put, I won't bother going back until the owner assures me he has fired the rude and racist individuals he has currently employed.
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bwood07

They make a mean old fashioned here. Good services, prices arent terrible. Definitely worth checking out
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eyecoin, I think you were very mistaken about the service. They ripped us off big time at the Yongjia Lu location! The waiters are just trying to think what they can do to rip you off. They think that just because people are drinking, they are drunk and easily fooled. That is not a good way to deal with customers. You should avoid this place! Or in the very least be very careful with what you order. Keep track of the prices. And in the end, add up the bill for yourself. Not only that, make sure the bill is not HAND-WRITTEN and get an official fapiao for extra security.
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eyecoin

Service is great. They are not overly accommodating to everyone who walks in, but if you are seated, they even cut and light your cigar for you. The intimate atmosphere makes this place one of my favorite for conversation over drinks and smokes. It reminds me of the old days when Laris Vault Bar was open and had that same quiet atmosphere.
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haozao

You can't find a higher quality, more expansive cocktail list in such an intimate, luxirious setting. A great way to lubricate a conversation or take a date! Love the bartender's white tuxes too, classy classy.
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sara9997

Have to say, this place really does make some great drinks! They aren't cheap, but the service is professional (very Japanese Style in fact) and the liquor was genuine. Read one review below where some idiot says he spilled his own drink and expected the manager to just make him another free one ...this is just ridiculous! You go to a nice bar and spill your drink, then you should EXPECT to buy another one. If the manager does step in and offer to get you a replacement, then that is a nice PLUS and you should appreciate it as such. The manager seemed very nice to me and definitely warmed up when I mentioned I had studied in Japan and tried to chat with him about Tokyo. Nothing is offered as far as food other than the basic peanuts and bar snacks, but definitely some of the best made cocktails in the city.
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apples

What Constellation at Xinle Lu lacks in style (a blacklight at the bar is just soooo not flattering, you know?) it makes up for in substance -- the bartenders know what they're doing, pumpin' out well-crafted cocktails for those craving one (AKA me after a run-in with bootleg alcohol at an unmentionable club). They make a decent Old-Fashioned at a pretty reasonable RMB60 -- I sure enjoyed actin' like Don Draper, sippin' it down slowly and delightfully noshin' on complimentary Japanese bar snacks while waiting for a friend to join me. Unfortunately by the time she came the joint was packed to the gills and we had to leave, as patrons aren't allowed to stick around if their butt isn't in a seat. Such a shame, but it turned out for the best as we waltzed on over to Constellation 2 at Yongjia Lu, which is quite an upgrade in terms of ambiance (for all you people trying to impress mates and colleagues). Moral of the story? Go to the other Constellation or come early to secure a seat for you and your guest(s) -- keep it to one-on-ones or a tiny group as space is very, very limited.
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froggyv

Been there twice now... ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC for 2 people (agree with Traceygiggles!)... if you are a group of more than 3-4, then head to the Constellation 2, more space and ok.. less privacy but still very cosy. Love the Single Malt Whisky list, they have my favourite...Talisker!!! he he he... will go back everytime I have the chance to do so... Would also suggest the management to add one more Single Malt on their list: Lagavuline
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pa0630

we wife and I were heading out for a going away evening, my wife was leaving for a long trip, it was our last night in Shanghai, so we wanted to go a special place and be very private, So we picked this bar. we got there, everything seems nomal, we ordered drinks, as the bartender delivered the drink and my wife reached out for it, the drink got spilled everywhere. Normally, when something like this happaned, the bar will re-make drink for you, we will be happy to pay for it, but in this case, the bartender didnt even offer it, and the manager was very rude, he kept insisting it wasn't his fault, and we got into a shouting match, it was a very minor issue, but because of the poor handling for the management, not only our special night was ruining, but it was very upseting to both of us, and we will never go to this place again! we ask everyone who is going out on the special night with someone special, avoid this place like H1N1!!! It's not worth it, and it's nothing special!
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zammo

Constellation Bar Tucked in next to Boonna Cafe on Ernai, sorry, Xinle Lu, this is one of the finest cocktail bars in the city. A narrow vault with just enough room for three low tables and one sweeping bar, behind which sparkle 1,000 bottles. Scotch is the specialty – there’s a separate menu just for whisky – but martinis are also recommended and, given the skills and courtesy of the bar staff, the prices (almost everything is RMB60) are more than fair.
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epeter03

K.I.S.S., these place hit the nail on the head. -Perfectly executed libations-
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cityweekend

Check out what CW has to say about Constellation and other classy Shanghai venues in ["Developed Taste: Bars for discerning thirty-somethings"](http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/articles/blogs-shanghai/shanghais-nightlife/developed-taste-bars-for-discerning-thirty-somethings/)
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traceygiggles

Have been a couple of times now. However, on my last trip there was 8 in the group and we were told the group was too large and asked to leave. Lovely place, but keep your numbers small !
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**Issue 16, Shaken and Stirred: Moscow Mule** "We found the perfect summer drink inside a cool copper mug. A cocktail list standard at Constellation, this intimate bar's classic Moscow Mule (Smirnoff vodka, fresh lime juice and ginger beer) is delicious, but it's not a unique twist on the recipe that makes this one a stand out, it's the ice. One of the few venues in Shanghai to go the extra mile, Kin, Constellation's owner, charcoal filters the water before freezing to ensure its purity and also maximize the ice's coldness. The purer the ice, the colder he says he can get it, slowing the rate that the ice dissolves in your drink, (all other factors being equal, of course) allowing you to savor your cool cocktail that much longer. Combine this long-lasting ice with the cool, copper mug and an expertly prepared drink and you've got the perfect summer sipper."
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Nice drinks, cozy.
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collin

It is with great reluctance that I write this review. As everyone knows the tricky recipe for the perfect bar is just the right mix of location, people, clientele type, drink price, service and overall atmosphere. To say that Constellation succeeds on all these levels is unfair and inaccurate, but for those of you post the binge drinking excesses of your early twenties and adverse to the wealth flaunting wastefulness of middle age, then Constellation is your bar in almost every respect mentioned. _Hint, that last sentence was aimed at thirty year-olds._ Located more or less the block behind Element Fresh (Huahai), I've been repeatedly and with each visit find myself enjoying more and more not only their whiskey sours (although, I had to remind them that a better whiskey sour is always made w/ bourbon) but also the ultraviolet light tracks adorning the ceiling. The gaudy furniture fits in nicely with the narrow Japanese run bar and is as conducive to a group outing to a romantic coup de grâce. For the non-smokers, cigarette smoke wasps up nicely but rarely overpowers, so far. If anyone has been here, you’re likely to hate me for revealing this gem of a bar in Shanghai, but for those of you who haven’t, I like my whiskey sours w/ bourbon please.
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