Nightlife

Top Choice Cocktail Bar in French Concession

Speak Low

Speak Low is a standout in a city overrun with speakeasy-style bars. Once you find your way in through Ocho bar equipment shop, start with a drink on the 2nd floor; cocktails run ¥75 to ¥85. Then head upstairs (hint…
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in French Concession

Senator Saloon

From the team behind Sìchuān Citizen and Citizen Café comes this classy 1920s Prohibition Era–style cocktail bar in a quiet spot on Wuyuan Rd. Slink into a dark-wood booth under pressed metal ceilings and dim art de…
Top Choice Cafe in French Concession

Citizen Café

Decked out with Chesterfield seating, dark-wood-panelled walls, whirring ceiling fans and small lamps, this feels like a snug private gentleman's club by day and romantic candlelit hideaway come sundown. Weekday lun…
Top Choice Cafe in French Concession

Café del Volcán

Tiny Café del Volcán offers a pit stop from the bustle of bar-heavy Yongkang Rd. The minimalist cafe has just a few wooden box tables sharing the space with the roasting machine. The coffee here is excellent and its…
Top Choice Wine Bar in French Concession

Dr Wine

Black-leather armchairs, salvaged shíkùmén brick walls and worn-in tables set the mood at this casual, two-storey wine bar on Fumin Rd. Wines are sold by both the glass (from ¥48) and bottle. Pair it with the usual …
Top Choice Brewery in French Concession

Boxing Cat Brewery

A deservedly popular three-floor microbrewery, with a rotating line-up of top-notch beers that range from the Standing 8 Pilsner to the Right Hook Helles. But that’s not all – the omnipresent restaurateur Kelley Lee…
Top Choice Bar in French Concession

Cotton’s

This excellent bar is perhaps the most pleasant spot in the concession to raise a glass. Ensconced in a converted 1930s villa, the bar's interior has cosy sofas and fireplaces to snuggle around in the winter, and a …
Top Choice Bar in French Concession

Bell Bar

This eccentric, unconventional boho haven is a delightful Tiánzǐfáng hideaway, with creaking, narrow wooden stairs leading to a higgledy-piggledy array of rooms and the tucked-away attic slung out above. Expect hook…
Cafe in French Concession

Seesaw

Well hidden down a car park off Yuyuan Rd, Seesaw is a must for coffee aficionados seeking out single-origin beans. It's not cheap, but they roast on-site and coffees are prepared by expert baristas doing V-60 pouro…
Brewery in French Concession

Dr Beer

Brewing its own beers on-site, the industrial-chic Dr Beer pulls its ales directly from the production vats that sit in a glass gallery behind the bar. It does six beers, including a very decent IPA and interesting …