It's been 'soft open' for a few weeks, but Le Baron Shanghai is now officially up and running following a grand opening party last weekend. The first China-based offshoot of the notoriously exclusive Parisian nightlife spot, Le Baron Shanghai joins sister outlets in Tokyo, London and New York.
Founded in 2004 by André Saraiva, aka street artist Monsieur A, the original bar is described by our sister publication Time Out Paris as a 'small but supremely exclusive hangout for the international jet set'. They go on to say that 'if you manage to get in, you'll be rubbing shoulders with celebrities and super-glossy people' - something which ought to appeal to a certain section of Shanghai society.
Le Baron has shied away from taking over a Bund-side location in favour of a smaller, tucked away space at the top of the new Donghu Lu development that also houses Italian restaurant Gemma and a branch of Belgian Beer Cafe. This is in keeping with the brand's desire to create an image of exclusivity for its outlets around the world - the Parisian original is set in a former high-end brothel a little way from the Champs Élysées - and you can expect the Shanghai branch to become a popular go-to for the city's beautiful people.
Le Baron Seventh Floor, 20 Donghu Lu, near Huaihai Zhong Lu.