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 businessmen would sit here according to rank, comparing fortunes, with the taipans (foreign heads of business) closest to the view of the Bund.
Now part of the Waldorf Astoria, the bar’s original wood-panelled decor has been painstakingly re-created from old photographs. There’s a good selection of old-fashioned cocktails as well as an oyster bar (and jazz, naturally).