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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
    +862154040970
  • 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. Order 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.

    57 3/F, Maoming Nan Lu, near Changle Lu
    +862154253696
  • 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
    http://char-thebund.com/
    char@char-thebund.com
    +862133029995
  • 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
    http://www.elwillygroup.com/venues/el-ocho/
    +862162563587
  • 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
    http://www.m-restaurantgroup.com/
    +862163293751
  • 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
    http://www.heydayjazz.cn/
    +862162366075
  • House of Blues & Jazz
    Clubs

    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.

  • Jazz at Lincoln Center
    Smart Casual Bars

    Dark, velvety and intimate little sib to the famous New York original repping Ronnie Scott's vibes and a diverse program of east-west music legends and rising stars. Peepers peeled for genial frontman Walter Blanding, font of all-that-jazz, plus Sunday afternoon pre-concert talks and learning opps for hep young thangs.

  • LAB
    Smart Casual Bars

    Walls lined with premium spirits, elegant candlelit 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
    +862162551195
  • Le Baron
    Clubs

    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
    reservations@lebaronshanghai.com
    +862154245181
  • Liquid Laundry
    Relaxed Bars

    Not your regular rinse n' dry. Kelly Lee's upscale micro brewhouse is a real crowdpleaser, with buzzing all-day atmos, a dozen rotating brews on tap (try the Workday IPA or Puxi Patrol Porter), a cocktail bar churning out crafted mixes, bourbons and whiskys... And then mop it all up with wood-fired pizzas and homemade charcuterie.

    1028 Huaihai Zhong Lu, 2/F K Wah Centre
    http://www.theliquidlaundry.com/
    +862164459589
  • Long Bar, The PuLi Hotel and Spa
    Smart Casual Bars

    Home to a standout wine and Champagne collection, The PuLi’s sleek lobby lounger is perfect for pre- or post-prandials. Take drinks at the smooth, 32m-long teak counter, in the plush sofa’d library (complete with fireplace), or on the breezy outdoor terrace in summer. Euro-tinged bar snacks courtesy of 2/F Phénix (see Dining).

  • 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
    http://napawinebarandkitchen.com/
    +862163180057
  • 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
    +862154040707
  • 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
    +862164330538
  • 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
    +862163087669
  • The Odd Couple
    Smart Casual Bars

    Shanghai's cocktail king Shingo Gokan joins forces with NYC's Steve Schneider (Employees Only) at this slinky 80's diner-riffing time machine. Schneider's big and bold bespoke sips sit on one half of the menu; Shingo Gokan's meticulously crafted cocktails on the other, all backdropped by a nostalgic indie 80s soundtrack. As complimentary as yin and yang.

    2/F, No. 25, Lane 181 Taicang Lu, by Xingye 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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