Finding a bar that fits that vibe you’re going for can be difficult, we know. Sometimes you want to kick back and relax with a beer, others you want that Shanghai skyline view, and occasionally you really just want to be blown away by a damn-good cocktail in a spectacular space. Scroll down to see our top picks for the “Best Bars in Shanghai”!
Best Bar in Shanghai #1
After-Work Drinks: Funkadeli
That friendly, hip joint with indoor and outdoor seating that’s increasingly becoming the epicenter for happy hour mixing and mingling.
📍291 Fumin Road, Former French Concession
Best Bars in Shanghai #2
Banging & Boogying: Revolucion Cocktail
Come for the colorful, Cuban-inspired atmosphere and tropical cocktails, stay for the weekend Latin and Hip-Hop dance parties. Revolucion doesn’t disappoint.
📍98 Yanping Road, Jing’an
Best Bars in Shanghai #3
Your Neighborhood Irish Pub: The Tipsy Fiddler
For a low-key kind of evening featuring some live acoustic music. And obviously, it’s the perfect place for a pint of Guinness.
📍135 Fahuazhen Road, Changning
Best Bars in Shanghai #4
All-In-One: Sober Company
First floor: Sober Café, with coffee, coffee-based cocktails, and all-day breakfast. Second floor: Sober Kitchen, serving modern Chinese cuisine. Third Section: Sober Society, a dark and mysterious cocktail bar. Finally, the Fourth Section: Only for those willing to find out.
📍99 Yandang Road, Huangpu
Best Bars in Shanghai #5
While intimate and playful, the lounge’s cocktails and menu will take you on an imaginative little journey amid its lychee-loving, Yang Guifei-inspired beauty and décor.
📍2 Lane 49, Fuxing West Road, Xuhui
Best Bars in Shanghai #6
Lounge: The Cannery
A calm, casual atmosphere with delicious signature cocktails and a focus on seafood. Finally, all is right in the world.
📍1107 Yuyuan Road, Changning
Best Bars in Shanghai #7
Historical Flair: Jazz Club at the Peace Hotel
Take a trip back to yesteryear, with that private club feel of the 20’s and 30’s. Be sure to catch the Old Jazz Band, made up of six veteran musicians – their average age is 82.
📍Fairmont Peace Hotel, 20 Nanjing East Road, Bund
Best Bars in Shanghai #8
Posh & Scenic: VUE Bar
Check this spot when you want fantastic views of the Huangpu River or are just feeling a bit bougie.
📍32-33F Hyatt on the Bund, 199 Huangpu Road, Bund
📍黄浦路199号, 外滩茂悦大酒店32-33楼 近武昌路
Best Bars in Shanghai #9
Live Music Hall: Jz Club
There’s live music seven days a week, so you’re bound to find something worth listening to while sipping on that fancy cocktail.
📍B1F 158 Julu Road, Huangpu (inside Found 158)
Best Bars in Shanghai #10
Theme Bar: RIINK
Themed bars can be cheesy, but this roller rink cocktail bar is quite fun – and Instagram-worthy, for sure.
📍1F Bund Square, 658 Dapu Road, Huangpu
Best Bars in Shanghai #11
Beer Garden: Paulaner Brauhaus
Get your fill of hearty German dishes, classic Paulaner beer, and a slew of German-inspired events at any establishment of the most successful German restaurant chain in Shanghai.
📍Xiantiandi, North Block, Lane 181 Taicang Road, Huangpu
太仓路181号, 新天地北里, 近马当路
📍Binjiang Gongyuan, 2967 Binjiang Avenue, Pudong
📍Expo, 555 Shibo Avenue, Expo Area
📍Raffles City Changning, 1197 Changning Road, Changning
Best Bars in Shanghai #12
The Local Staple: Boxing Cat Brewery
Head to one of Boxing Cat’s locations to lay back, relax, and sample some of their locally-brewed craft beer.
📍26A Sinan Mansions, 519 Fuxing Middle Road, Huangpu
思南公馆, 复兴中路519号26A, 近思南路
📍82 Fuxing West Road, Xuhui
Best Bars in Shanghai #13
Heading to the Bund and looking for a great cocktail with some glam? This is the choice for you. Better reserve a table in advance.
📍6/F, 130 Beijing Dong Lu, near Huqiu Lu
Personal Favorite – by ChinaClickGo.com Team
Le Cafe des Stagiaires (Found 158)
Our local favorite pick goes to CDS, mostly for the great vibe and cool staff. For a laid-back weekend drink or brunch, this place at Found 158 is a perfect choice.
📍Found 158 at 158 Julu Road
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