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Lounge in French Concession

Getting into this superstylish bar-cum-restaurant is an achievement in itself. That’s not because there’s a door policy, but because the shiny steel doors only open if you insert your hand into one of the nine holes set into the wall. Once inside, there’s a long steel bar on which to rest the oddly shaped glass your cocktail arrives in.

With white armchairs scattered throughout the dimly lit interior and bathrooms that are even harder to work out than the front door, this place could be oppressively trendy. But it isn’t. It does affordable Chinese food too.