Shanghai is a bright, stimulating city, known for its endless towering skyscrapers, bright neon and amazing food. But did you know that Shanghai makes a mean martini? We give you the scoop on where you’ll find the dishiest drinks in town.
Citizen Shanghai bar and cafe (222 Jin Xian Lu, Huangpu)
Decked out with dark timber, gleaming white walls and crimson velvet, this boutique bar and café has an extensive cocktail list that could keep you busy all day long. The martini espresso is spot on – the coffee is strong enough to be your morning pick-me-up, if the vodka didn’t have such a kick to it! The lychee martini is a sweet delight. Other standouts include the basil drop, which is bright green and surprisingly smooth, and the lemon drop, which offers a fresh zing.
This cosy, street-level bar offers free wi-fi, a sophisticated vibe and is close to the bustling heart of Shanghai. The outdoor tables upstairs are perfect for relaxing in the summer months. .
Glamour Bar (20 Guangdong Rd, Huangpu)
Perched high along the river, this swish establishment certainly lives up to its name. With plush decor, a well-heeled crowd and great music, this collection of three bars offers a lengthy cocktail list, as well as 5 champagnes and 32 wines by the glass. On the weekends this place heaves with a swanky international crowd, and the nine-metre long oak, brass and steel tasting table is the ideal place to be if you’re up for some wine tasting.
The venue’s decor includes plenty of chrome, mirrors and glass, as well as an eclectic mix of sofas and screens with traditional Chinese landscape scenes. The view across the bund – Shanghai’s waterfront area – is spectacular. Try the Glamour cocktail, their signature drink, which combines vodka, cherry brandy, blood orange and a splash of lime – delicious.
People 7 (805 Julu Lu near Fumin Lu)
People 7 is a large, upmarket cocktail bar with an Asian-fusion restaurant attached. This place is relaxed and chic, but it has a few quirky tricks up its sleeve which add some fun and unpredictability to the night. We won’t give too much away about what these tricks are – that would spoil the fun! Let’s just say you might need to put your thinking cap on just to get through the front door. And if your cocktail glass looks oddly shaped or you have trouble getting the toilet doors open, there might be more at play than just strong drinks and a lack of co-ordination!
100 Century Avenue (100 Century Avenue, Pudong, Shanghai)
Perched high above the city (91 floors above the city in fact), this glamorous bar and restaurant claims to be the world’s highest bar and dining room! The title of the world’s highest bar actually belongs to Cloud 9, a bar on the 87th floor of the Grand Hyatt, just a stone’s throw away.
100 Century Avenue is part of the Park Hyatt Hotel and the restaurant offers Western, Chinese and Japanese cuisine, a chic, modern vibe, high ceilings and a view across Shanghai that you’ll never forget.
The wine list boasts more than 500 labels and the cocktail menu will leave you spoiled for choice. Try the fig martini – a unique, fruity delight! If you can, try and book a table at sunset.
Published on Yettio, February 26, 2014.