Dubbed “Paris of the East,” Shanghai is the pulsating heartbeat of China’s nightlife. It pulses with the land of a thousand suns and is known for its sheer array of lavish bars. Currently, there are new waves of middle classes found across China who are now celebrating this new found wealth like never before.
Shanghai is emerging as one of the richest nations in the world where economic growth and wealth are both thriving. These are just some of the penchants many have grown to accustomed to in the region, whilst at the same time feeding their attraction to high end drinks bands. This includes the likes of Grey Goose Vodka and a host of vintage champagnes.
While staying in may be the new going out, there are many luxurious bars in Shanghai where you can chug or sip to your heart’s content. Check out some of the hottest venues to see and be seen at if you live in, or decide to visit, Shanghai.
10 Glamour Bar: Signature Glamour Cocktail $15
With beautiful views overlooking the Bund River, Glamour Bar is exactly just that. Popular among the fashion elite, it has been going strong for nearly a decade. Signature drinks feature the Scottish Crush which incorporates whiskey, mint and lemon juice and is finished with lashings of ginger beer. On the other hand, for $15, the Glamour cocktail is certainly worth a go with vodka, fresh blood orange, a touch of cherry brandy and lime.
9 Bar Rouge: Vodka Soda $17 Per Glass
Considered to be one of the most renowned clubs throughout Shanghai, Bar Rouge is situated in the heart of the Bund district. Enjoy the majestic sweeping views, not to mention sleek interiors and Indochinese décor that makes this place so unique. There is a wealth of themed parties here, where the parties carry on late into the night most weekends. You will be able to sample the high life with a distinct Vodka soda priced at around $17.
8 VUE Bar: Champagne $19 Per Glass
When it comes to the ultimate viewpoints, none can be bettered than VUE Bar. Based way up on the 32nd as well as 33rd floor of the magnificent Hyatt, you can take advantage of all-encompassing cityscape views. This takes in not only the waterside but the bustling skyline close to the river’s edge. There is also a Jacuzzi which guests can enjoy and bathing suits are provided on the actual bar menu if necessary. You can sit back on one of their loungers during the day with a glass of chilled champagne priced around $19 a glass.
7 M1NT Bar: House cocktail Upwards Of $20
Based on the 24th floor, this exclusive private members hideout has incredible views, even from the bathrooms. Glamour is very much the order of the day at M1NT with an array of banquette seating and a high society crowd to boot. There is an awe-inspiring rooftop where you can admire the views while sipping on one of their cocktails. Meanwhile $700 will get you a private table where you can be served in full gazed of their enormous live shark display.
6 Salon de Ning: Rose Champagne $30 Per Glass
This five star venue is housed in the beautiful Peninsula Shanghai. Known as Salon de Ning you will be transported back to a golden era thanks to the stunning décor and decadent use of colour. Let 1930's Shanghai unfurl before your very eyes with rich leathers and various animal prints. Check out the upside-down room whilst on your travels. However, if you want to relax the Salon de Ning Rose Champagne priced at $30 a glass will ensure you are not left fixed to the ceiling.
5 Flair Bar: $80 Minimum Spend
Perched up in the heavens on floor 58, you will find the ultra-chic Flair Bar inside the Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong. It has held the distinction of being the highest place to enjoy a drink outdoors in Shanghai. Stretching across two levels, your eyes will be able to focus on the striking Oriental Pearl Tower, while there is a modern fireplace to warm you up. For $80, tables can be reserved on the terrace to soak up the best views.
4 Penthouse Bar on 39: Glenmorangie Whisky Aged 30 Years $82
Located in the beautiful Hilton Shanghai, Penthouse Bar on 39 is a winner with drinkers across the world. This particular hotel enjoys an enviable location within touching distance of not only the People's Square but the Xintiandi Area and The Bund. With a definite New York vibe, this lounge bar can be found 39 floors up and boasts of impressive skylight vistas. This takes in a variety of major Shanghai landmarks. If that’s not enough then why not sample their range of cigars. To round off the perfect night, you can take in a Scottish whisky aged for three decades, priced at $82.
3 Skydome Bar: Speciality Chinese Cocktail $165
On the 47th floor lies a futuristic bar known as Skydome. This Shanghai spot is something from another dimension which is all lit up at night. It offers you a fabulous view of both the People's Square and People's Par. Compared to a flying saucer, it may be nearly 50 floors up but this does not detract from their extensive not to mention innovative cocktail list. With house music performed throughout the week, there is no better way to experience Shanghai than with one of their signature Chinese cocktails priced at $165.
2 Johnnie Walker House: $475 Per Bottle
Johnnie Walker has really come to Shanghai with gusto. Based in what used to be the French Concession, it is recognised as the only JW Maison outside of Bonnie Scotland. You will need to be in the know as getting into the bar is by invitation only. It is only when you get through the doors you can admire some of their rarest bottles on display. The mood is lifted by an arrangement of dangling whisky objets d’art, while floor three is where the real business takes place. This is where honoured guests spend up to at least $475 on bottles of the good stuff and more.
1 Long Bar: Beluga Gold Line Vodka $1,040 Per Bottle
This formerly held the title of the longest bar in the world. Yet the Long Bar still holds plenty of credentials to this day. You will find its home inside the glamorous Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund. However, the vibe is still very upmarket once you slink up to the colossal 40 foot bar. Here you can find a plethora of cocktails and martinis to boot. If you want to go the extra mile then why not order a bottle of their finest Beluga Gold Line Vodka for $1,040 a bottle.