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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