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The Best Bars in Shanghai

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Admire the view of old and new Shanghai from swanky rooftop bars along the Bund; seek out the latest cocktail trends at speakeasies like Speak Low; and soak up the atmosphere at intimate live music venues.
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China, Shanghai Shi, Huangpu Qu, WaiTan, Guangdong Rd, 20号近外滩 邮政编码: 200002
Located inside the 1925 heritage building Five on the Bund, this chic space delivers on its name. Glide through a crystal curtain into a lounge decorated with swirling greens, blues, and golds, its walls lined with art from owner Michelle...
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Lujiazui, Pudong, China, 200085
Shanghai has no shortage of rooftop bars, but the Ritz-Carlton Pudong's spot, Flair, bests them all with its knockout views of the Bund, Huangpu River, and Pudong skyline. The bar is on the 58th floor, putting you eye level with the Jetsons-esque...
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China, Shanghai Shi, Xuhui Qu, 复兴西路82号 邮政编码: 200085
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...
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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...
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11 Nanjing W Rd, Nan Jing Xi Lu, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China
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...
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100 Century Ave, LuJiaZui, Pudong Xinqu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200120
The tallest hotel in mainland China occupies floors 79 to 93 of the Shanghai World Financial Center, the 101-story skyscraper made by Mori Building, developer of Tokyo’s Roppongi Hills complex. As expected, any room or public area in the...
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If you're hunting for a sports bar to catch the game, look no further. TV screens in every direction ensure that you won't miss a play even if you turn around. Pool tables and dart boards offer good time-passers and both the beer and menu...
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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...
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123 Hunan Rd, Xuhui Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200085
“If you’re looking to enjoy a quiet drink and you love whiskey, this is your bar. An iPad menu acts as a directory of more than 150 whiskeys and their origins, from Scotland to Japan. Malt Fun also has a list of mostly classic cocktails. Call...
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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...
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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...
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China, Shanghai Shi, 黄浦区 Wai Tan, 中山东一路18号7f
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,...
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88 Shi Ji Da Dao, LuJiaZui, Pudong Xinqu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200120
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...
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579 Fuxing Middle Rd, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200085
Japanese-owned Speak Low is Shanghai's speakeasy nonpareil. Once you’ve made your way in—we won’t spoil how to do so—head up to the pint-size but raucous second floor, where you can sip cocktails like the Sawadee-Cup (Thai...
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83 Fumin Rd, Jingan Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200085
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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Asian-inspired tapas await at this restaurant and bar. You'll see street art on the walls (be sure to spot the neon gorilla), and energetic tunes create a fun atmosphere. Inspired by Asian night-market fare, the menu features a selection of small...
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With a rotating lineup of local bands, the Wooden Box was opened to showcase the acoustic music scene in Shanghai. With a bend toward bluegrass, jazz and folk, the music starts up around 8pm and rolls on until close. A great place to chill out...
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60 Fuzhou Rd, WaiTan, Huangpu Qu, China, 200002
For the perfect way to cap off a day in Shanghai, step into the House of Blues and Jazz. An intimate jazz bar with a dining room tucked off to the side, the entertainment is soulful and the drinks are just right. The cozy space makes it feel more...
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China, Shanghai Shi, Huangpu Qu, RenMin GuangChang, Nanjing W Rd, 325号5楼 邮政编码: 200003
Built in 1933, this building was constructed as the club house for the Shanghai Race Club race course which occupied the area that's now People's Park. The club itself was considered the most opulent in the world at the time. Since converted to...
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851 Kaixuan Rd, Changning Qu, Shanghai Shi, China
A long-time (and one of the first) underground live music establishments in Shanghai, Yuyintang has since become an institution to check out a high calibre oster of local and international talent. Be ready for an up close and personal encounter...
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200 Yongfu Rd, Xuhui Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200085
Like the New York speakeasy Please Don't Tell, the hidden Shanghai bar Keep it Quiet also has a request of drinkers in its name. In the corner of the garden at lauded Shanghainese restaurant Yongfoo Elite is a mid-size space decked out in heavy...