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UR Shanghai
by LUXE City Guides

  • Bar Constellation
    Relaxed Bars

    In-the-know cocktail pursuers pack into this narrow, no frills Nippon bar for 500+ single malts and an extensive list of smooth tipples. Go early to nab one of the coveted booths, or try one of the more spacious sister bars Constellation III and IIII.

    86 Xinle Lu, by Xiangyang Bei Lu
  • Candor
    Smart Casual Bars

    A bit of Vegas, a bit of Carnivale, a bit of all-round camp... Et voila, you have craft sip ship Candor, rocking more than a smuge of rouge, swanky chandeliers and velvet loungers for late nighters. Ask Aaron Feder about the signature Ramos Gin Fizz (which takes 30min and 6 people to make), or come on Fri/Sat nights for open format performances incl. circus perforners, contact juggling, burlesque, drag and comedy.

    432 Shaanxi Nan Lu, by Yongjia Lu
  • Char Bar
    Smart Casual Bars

    South Bund sweetie with a still-under-the-radar open air panorama patio offering an unrivalled aspect over both sides of the river bend. Just add yum pours, and you've got ground zero for the city's hippest kittens.

    585 30/F, Hotel Indigo Shanghai on the Bund, Zhongshan Dong Er Lu, by Dongmen Lu
  • El Ocho
    Smart Casual Bars

    Tucked-away heritage honey replete with speakeasy staples: lashings of exposed brick, timber, high-vaulted ceilings, low lighting and oversized leather-velvet furny combo. The drinks are anything but standard – potent, precision classic cocktails attract a sophisty, sybaritic crowd.

    99 3/F, Taixing Lu, near Nanjing Xi Lu
  • Flair
    Smart Casual Bars

    This split-level rooftop playground in the clouds (or smog) brings Shang's movers and shakers eye to eye with the iconic Oriental Pearl. Get spectac views over Pudong, the river, and the sprawling metropolis beyond. After catching your breath, dine on Asian small plates or the flip-fresh raw bar.

  • Glam
    Smart Casual Bars

    Grown ups' only, sophisty Bund spot of Fellini Martinis, crystal beads, mismatched chairs, and Chef Pollitt's Med-tinged small plates.

    5 7/F, The Bund, enter via Guangdong Lu
  • Heyday
    Smart Casual Bars

    Throwback jazz in China? You betcha at this intimate, vintage nook with nightly live local and int'l music and a mean barrel-aged Negroni.

    50 Tai'an Lu, by Xingguo Lu
  • House of Blues & Jazz

    The city's hep cats hop into this two-storey live music lounge for high-calibre global acts in a brooding, carved wood manse a mere dumpling toss from the Bund.

    60 Fuzhou Lu, near the Bund
  • LAB
    Smart Casual Bars

    Walls lined with premium spirits, candlelit elegant situ, and dapper drinkers set the scene in this hip-happening, two-tiered Jing'an sipster best known for its excellent whisky selection.

    1093 Wuding Lu, by Jiaozhou Lu
  • Le Baron

    Uber-exclusive Parisian transplant stuffed like a drag queen's bra with slebs, socialistas and international DJs. Dress code applies, so gussy up.

    20 7F, Donghu Lu, near Huaihai Lu
  • Long Bar
    Smart Casual Bars

    Revisit Old Shanghai at this glamorous deco dame, first opened in the early C.20th Shanghai Club and home to the longest bar in the Far East. Today, the 34-metre mahogany beauty is matched by dark wood panels, leather chesterfields, single malts and Cuban cigars.

  • Napa Wine Bar and Kitchen
    Relaxed Bars

    Oenophiles can either sit at the central show bar or tour the 350 sq m cellar for top-shelf global pours, inspired by the namesake wine country. Combine with chef Patrick Dang's ambitious tasting menus, or just dive in.

    22 2/F, Bund 22, Zhongshan Dong Er Lu
  • People 7
    Smart Casual Bars

    Urbane two-storey stunner with concrete walls, glowing bar, corrugated ceilings and secret sliding door entrance. It's all about the delicately proportioned Asian fusion fare, extensive cocktail list, and wholly unpretentious, chilled-out vibe.

    805 Julu Lu, by Fumin Lu
  • Senator Saloon
    Smart Casual Bars

    Handsome American Old West imbiber with a mean whiskey, rye and rare bourbon specialty – there are more than fifty bottles behind the bar. Dim-lit, movie-set feel, but the nostalgic cocktails and hand-crafted specials are the real deal. Giddy up.

  • Speak Low
    Smart Casual Bars

    Amid Shanghai's speakeasy saturation, the Japanese-style precision tipples from ex NY-barman Shingo Gokan are worth the faff. Multi-level cocktail haven heaving with literal social climbers – the higher you go, the more exclusive (and the more purse-tugging). Ask for the eponymous Speak Low, a bittersweet, choc-Bacardi-sherry concoction.

  • The Botanist
    Smart Casual Bars

    Like Matt Damon's survival yurt in The Martian, but swapping slinky glass n' chrome for aluminum and burnt craters. Plant-clad walls and herb-focused tipples; if you want lemongrass, mint, thyme or sage in it, you got it...

    17 Xiangyang Bei Lu, by Changle Lu
  • The Nest
    Smart Casual Bars

    Design-led, Bund-side beauty flaunting chic, loungey atmos and stunning peek-a-boos of the vibrant cityscape. Come for the crafty, Grey Goose-infused cocktails and seafood snacks; stay for high kicks n' hair whippin' as the night unfolds.

    130 6/F, Beijing Dong Lu, by Huqiu Lu
  • Unico by Mauro Colagreco

    From Michelin-starred Argentinian chef Colagreco comes this sizzling Latin cocktail lounge and heaving late-nighter, packing prettylings, live sounds, a special after-hours tapas menu (from 10.30pm) and of course, all the pisco.

    3 2/F, Three on the Bund, Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu
  • Vue
    Smart Casual Bars

    Swish, sky-high, bi-level lounge with glam-oramas over town, resident DJs and an extensive Champagne list. In clement weather, rest your lalls on the petite summer terrace boasting a Jacuzzi (if you dare) and shareable daybeds. A perennial Bund nightlife favourite.

  • Yongfoo Elite
    Smart Casual Bars

    Swish former consulate manse turned Oriental private clubhouse with two levels and three bars, plus live music, lush gardens, veranda, goldfish pond, and antiques + vintage furniture aplenty.

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