Where to Drink in Shanghai
Collected by Tommy Alexander, AFAR Staff
China, Shanghai Shi, Xuhui Qu, 复兴西路82号 邮政编码: 200000
Boxing Cat is, hands down, my favorite brewery in town. It’s true craft beer. They rotate what’s on tap, so you’ll need to check the blackboard for their current offerings. But if the beer names baffle you, don’t worry, they’ve got a menu...
11 Nanjing W Rd, NanJing XiLu, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000
Barbarossa's Moroccan cuisine, Arabian decor and dramatic warm lighting are like a scene out of Casablanca. However, positioned against Shanghai's skyline and a crowd of hip locals, dining here is a wholly modern Chinese experience. Stay for...
100 Century Ave, LuJiaZui, Pudong Xinqu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200120
Dodging the smoke and haze (Shanghai still allows smoking in bars and restaurants), I managed to snap this shot from the bar at the Park Hyatt Shanghai. Located in the Shanghai World Financial Center, the tallest builidng in Shanghai, it affords...
88 Nanjing W Rd, NanJing XiLu, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000
While there is a bar perched atop this iconic, spaceship-looking hotel, the best views are arguably from the hotel's revolving restaurant: Epicure on 45. From here you're offered a 365-degree view of the city and it is something worth beholding....
Most of the ogle-worthy spots in Shanghai are on the Bund, but perched on the south bank, the view from Char offers a slightly different perspective, letting you take in both sides of the river with ease and marvel at the amount of traffic on the...
150 Fenyang Rd, Xuhui Qu, Shanghai Shi, China
For a taste of Germany, settle in at one of Paulaner's three locations across the city. Grab a cold Hefeweizen and unwind from a busy day of sightseeing. Happy Hour from 4-7pm offers 2-for-1 beers, a good deal as these aren't the cheapest pours in...
25 Yongkang Rd, Xuhui Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200031
Nestled at the end of Yongkang Lu--a veritable liquid haven--if you're looking for something specific to sip, chances are good, you'll find it here. Their shelves are brimming with bottles from over 30 countries, making selection nothing short of...
Wujiaochang, Yangpu, China, 200433
If you're an international student at Fudan or Tongji University (or a solo college student backpacker looking for some company), knowing about Helen's is a must. Here's what's important: hookah, pizza, pancakes, music, and beer. Helen's has it...
11 Hankou Rd, WaiTan, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000
Perched a block off the Bund, this brewery was one of Shanghai’s first. A little kitschy inside, they draw on a strong German influence and pour a decent wheat beer. A nice stop-off during your stroll down the Bund. House pours are 48 per 500mL.
399 Nanjing W Rd, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200003
The first JW Marriott in Mainland China occupies floors 41-59 of the 60-story multi-use Tomorrow Square development. One of the city’s most distinctive buildings, its shape is often likened to the drill bit or a fountain pen. Rooms offer a...
199 Huangpu Rd, Hongkou Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200080
The Hyatt has it in spades when it comes to top views of the city, but while most flock to the Hyatts hidden in the JinMao Tower and World Financial Center (or the “Bottle Opener” as it is affectionally known), it’s the Hyatt on the Bund that...
18 Zhongshan East 1st Rd, WaiTan, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000
When the sun goes down over Shanghai, the real spectacle begins. Make your way to the Bund, the city's historic waterfront, featuring early 20th century European style architecture. If you gaze across the Huangpu River at an area called Pudong,...
88 Shi Ji Da Dao, LuJiaZui, Pudong Xinqu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000
One of my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATIONS for drinks is the Grand Hyatt Shanghai. The Grand Hyatt occupies the top 36 floors of the 88-story Jin Mao Tower in the Jetsons-looking Pudong district, so at sunset (or anytime) you have a stunning view (with no...
15 Dongping Rd, Xuhui Qu, Shanghai Shi, China
A couple of years ago I had the opportunity to walk the modern city of Shanghai with a friend of mine. First we jumped to the Bund and walked for a couple of hours, then we picked up a metro at Nanjing Station to go hit Downtown. We were looking...
83 Fumin Rd, Jingan Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000
Sister to Dr. Wine up the street, this cavernous bar has kept locals well imbibed for the last few years. With a modern, minimalist interior, the setting is not your typical dark, wood-laden pub but rather an "up-market brew house". The beers are...
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