Shànghǎi drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Bar in The Bund & People's Square

Long Bar

For a taste of colonial-era Shànghǎi’s elitist trappings, you’ll do no better than the Long Bar. This was once the members-only Shànghǎi Club, whose most spectacular accoutrement was a 34m-long wooden bar. Foreign b…
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 Bar in The Bund & People's Square

Barbarossa

Set back in People’s Park alongside a pond, Barbarossa is all about escapism. Forget Shànghǎi, this is Morocco channelled by Hollywood set designers. The action gets steadily more intense as you ascend to the roof t…
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 Bar in Pǔdōng

Flair

Wow your date with Shànghǎi’s most intoxicating nocturnal visuals from the outdoor terrace on the 58th floor of the Ritz-Carlton, where Flair nudges you that bit closer to the baubles of the Oriental Pearl TV Tower.…
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 Hóngkǒu & North Shànghǎi

Vue

Take in the extrasensory nocturnal views of the Bund and Pǔdōng from Vue bar at the Hyatt on the Bund, complete with outdoor jacuzzi to dip your toes in while you raise your glass of bubbly. There's a cover charge o…