These few busy blocks have a few notable stops for a drink or two – whether you’re looking for a chilled nightcap after dinner at one of the area’s many restaurants, a craft cocktail in a hip hideaway, or something a little wilder. Here’s our definitive guide to drinking in the area.
Address: 897 Julu Lu, near Changshu Lu, Jing’an District
Tel: 021 64456623
Recently opened cocktail bar serving drinks, oysters and a few light snacks in a stylish, classy lounge setting.
Address: 913 Julu Lu, near Changshu Lu, Jing’an District
Tel: 021 54032976
Hip, laid-back lounge bar with an extensive menu of cocktails and Spanish wines, as well as bar snacks like premium imported Iberico ham and olives as well as substantial bar food like pizzas. Arty décor featuring lots of exposed brick and large graffiti-inspired pieces.
Address: 83 Fumin Lu, near Yanan Lu, Jing’an district
Tel: 021 54681077
Microbrewery sister of nearby Dr. Wine serving a small range of very good brewed on-site pilsners and ales in a livelier, sleeker environment than your typical beer bar with a terrace and open air concept – the visibility of the silver brewing equipment behind the bar is a nice touch. Also serve a selection of your typical grilled bar foods and pizzas.
Address: 177 Fumin Lu, near Julu Lu, Jing’an District
Tel: 021 54035717
Dr. Wine is a very popular, well-established wine bar with a laidback atmosphere and a low-key, chic décor. Wide range of price options and a huge, French orientated selection of over 100 labels.
Address: 185-2 Fumin Lu, near Julu Lu, Jing’an District
Tel: 021 54668679
Friendly, cheerfully kitsch cocktail and whisky bar Papaya has a charmingly cheesy décor and a retro selection of tunes on the stereo.
Address: 2/F 291 Fumin Lu, near Changle Lu, Jing’an District
Tel: 135 64831886
Big, brash and newly opened Chinese-style club Diva is already the liveliest spot on the block. Booming music until 04:00, bright lights and performances, and a dressed-to-impress crowd – emphasis on bottle service but they sell drinks by the glass too.
Address: A Mansion, 291 Fumin Lu, near Changle Lu, Xuhui District
Tel.: 021 6170 1310
Cantina Agave is a bright, colorfully decorated Mexican eatery that are particularly popular with the after-work crowd thanks to their big shareable pitchers of frozen cocktails – the mango and passion fruit margaritas are particularly refreshing.
Address: 215 Fumin Lu, near Changle Lu
Tel.: 021 6432 6102
Bell II is the new sister bar of popular Tianzifang spot Bell Bar. The one-story cozy bar is a laidback and comfortable venue for drinks and nibbles.
Address: 433 Changle Lu, near Xiangyang Lu, Jing’an District
Tel: 021 54033218
Small, quietly classy restaurant-bar inspired by the American outh with a focus on whiskey and classic cocktails – has a screen for showing games but a little more refined than your average sports bar. Also serve a small range of tex-mex and southern US comfort food, including reubens and other sandwiches.
Address: 17 Xiangyang Bei Lu, near Changle Lu, Jing’an District
Tel: 021 64330538
Long-standing Chinese cocktail bar with a cozy, dimly lit atmosphere and vibrant, colorful décor. Large selection of tasty, experimental cocktails often made with unique Chinese ingredients by noted local bartending talent.
Address: 86 Xinle Lu, near Xiangyang Bei Lu, Jing’an District
Tel: 021 54040970
Extremely popular Japanese cocktail bar, thought to craft some of the best drinks in the city and liable to get appropriately busy. Fun, pleasant atmosphere and a very extensive, very high quality drinks list.
Address: 3/F 218 Xinle Lu, corner of Donghu Lu, Jing’an District
Tel: 021 54356317
Chilled out Italian style lounge with décor inspired by that country’s modern art and a drinks list composed of Italian wines and interesting Italian-style cocktails. There’s also a food menu of shareable snacks taking inspiration from Italian cuisine.
Address: 4/F 218 Xinle Lu, corner of Donghu Lu, Jing’an District
Very relaxed, very cool lounge bar with reasonably priced drinks, comfortable seating and a foosball table. Music is a big focus – the soundtrack is usually well-curated tech and house in a variety of forms, and things get livelier at the weekend when DJs perform and people make use of the small dance floor.
Address: 75 Changshu Lu, near Julu Lu, Jing’an District
Tel: 021 54562050
Laid-back premium fried chicken place that also doubles as a friendly, no frills bar thanks to its great beer selection and hearty servings of great American-style bar foods.
Address: 91 Changshu Lu, near Changle Lu, Xuhui District
Tel.: 021 5403 8513
PIRO is a pub and American eatery known for their burgers. Popular for its cozy outdoor seating area an evening beer. PIRO is also pet friendly.