Strong, tasty and nice to look at – who doesn’t love cocktails? Here are eight places to get them, from the swanky to the affordable.

El Coctel

El Coctel bar in Shanghai

El Coctel bar in Shanghai

Coctel by name, coctel by nature, celeb chef El Willy’s Yongfu lounge operates a sitting only policy, keeping things civilized. The Spanish bar snacks are worth a try.
2/F, 47 Yongfu Lu, near Fuxing Xi Lu

Glamour Bar

The Glamour Bar in Shanghai

The Glamour Bar in Shanghai

Beautiful décor, beautiful view and beautiful people give Glamour Bar its fame. The cocktails come in colored crystal glasses that are almost pretty enough to make you forget how much you paid for the contents.
6/F, Five on the Bund, 20 Guangdong Lu, near Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu

Constellation 2

The three Constellation bars are true stars (yes!) of Shanghai’s bar scene. The Yongjia branch does a mean Moscow Mule in a cute bronze jug, which is why it gets our vote.
33 Yongjia Lu, near Maoming Nan Lu


A Japanese cocktail lounge just down from the main Yongfu bar strip, Kiitos is still something of a hidden gem.
127 Yongfu Lu, near Fuxing Xi Lu

The Alchemist

This is Kelley Lee’s foray into the world of cocktails, and is proving to be popular. Interesting bar snacks too, including pig brain popcorn.
Block 32, Sinan Mansions, 45 Sinan Lu, near Fuxing Zhong Lu

The Roof

Quality ingredients go into making The Roof’s drinks extra-special. Its terrace is a big draw in summer.
4/F, Bldg 4, 570 Yongjia Lu near Yueyang Lu

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