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UR Shanghai
by LUXE City Guides

  • Atelier by Taste Buds
    Glam Bars

    Drawing suits and stylistas alike, Daniel An’s sleek homage to the speakeasy is a perennial favourite for its barrel-aged tipples and stellar 'tails. Tucked inside the More than Eat complex, the dim-lit retro-riffing parlour has just enough quirk (blow-torch-lit secret menus) without being kitsch.

  • 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
  • Broken Dagger
    Smart Casual Bars

    Looking to get toasted? Hit this Jing'an speakeasy sandwiched between graffiti walls and late night cafes for buzzy theatrical ‘tails that match the gothic decor. Go for: Smoke and Daggers, a cognac and apple wood smoked drink that’s dainty dagger topped or Pop Culture, a twisted Aperol Spritz with edible flowers and watermelon flavours. Res required.

    97 Xiangyang Bei Road,
    +86 139 1704 2097
  • 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
  • Funkadeli
    Relaxed Bars

    Killer LGBTQ-friendly stop-off for aperitivo and all night cavorting. Leaving their modest deli days in the dust, Funkadeli has moved to a bigger and better Fumin Lu diner. Refuel on pizza and Italian charcuterie, plus plenty of green options for veg-heads.

  • 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.

  • J. Boroski
    Glam Bars

    Look for the black door and you’ll find BKK/NYC-import’s entomology-inspired den for your libations. No-menu choice will leave your night up to the mixologists, ‘heavy’ at their hands for big drinkers. Kick up a notch and ask for owner's ant-derived gin, if you dare.

    177 Fumin Lu
    +86 021 5456 5266
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • M 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
    +86 21 6350 9988
  • 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 Nest
    Smart Casual Bars

    All work and no play makes Jack a dull fellow, so skip up to lavish bar-lounger The Nest to unwind and take in floor-to-ceiling skyline views of the city with grown-up tunes, raw-counter treats and crafty cocktails. Weekends get clubby but weekdays are a decidedly sophistry affair.

  • 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
    +86 21 6333 2363
  • 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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