Pudong offers two quite different drinking scenes: one is all about bars with breathtaking views, while the other is a lot more down to earth. Either way, Culture Trip will guide you to the best bars to suit your drinking needs.
Pudong is separated into two distinct halves: the financial hub of Lujiazui, where you’ll find Shanghai’s tallest towers, and the quieter, open avenues of Pudong’s residential areas. The former area is home to glitzier establishments that offer views of The Bund and beyond. In the latter, a handful of fantastic local pubs with good beer and friendly staff will make you feel right at home.
Shanghai World Financial Center
Nestled inside the World Financial Center, Shanghai’s tallest building, is the Park Hyatt Hotel. Further inside is 100 Century Avenue Bar, the world’s second-highest bar and restaurant, which takes up the hotel’s top three floors. The venue’s cellar is stocked with the world’s finest wines, enticing Shanghai’s upper crust to come here and spend an evening. If you’re hungry, French and Japanese food and a wide selection of traditional Chinese delicacies are all available.
Sitting beside the World Financial Center is Jin Mao Tower, Shanghai’s oldest skyscraper. This beautiful, Gothic-inspired building houses Cloud 9 on its 87th floor, a bar that offers some of the best views in the city. Grab a seat by the west-facing windows and you’ll be treated to a view of The Bund, Pearl Tower and all of Puxi and beyond. The bar also offers some of the best cocktails you’ll find in the city, such as Blue Fizz, made from premium rum, Galliano, Blue Curaçao and lemonade. Also recommended is their titillating Long Beach Iced Tea, made with a mix of gin, vodka, rum and cranberry juice.
The busiest and most popular sports bar in Pudong offers a wide selection of beers and bar snacks, including delicious chicken wings and fries. Jam76 Sports Bar has become an ideal place for Shanghai’s workforce to enjoy a brew after a long week in the office. There are also TVs playing sports from all across the world, guaranteeing patrons will be able to catch up with all the games back home.
One of the best things about The Brew is the generous five-hour happy hour that takes place from 3pm to 8pm every day, offering two-for-one deals on their home-brewed craft beers and ales. This fantastic Australian bar boasts a huge outdoor patio and beer garden, where people come (especially in the summer) to enjoy the locally brewed craft beers such as White Ant wheat ale and Razorback cider – all of which go perfectly with a few of their excellent Western-style bar snacks. The loaded nachos and charcoal chicken wings both come highly recommended.
Look! Lettuce! It's totally healthy! - The Chalet Nacho's | Courtesy of Paul McConnell
Big Bamboo is a historical expat institution. The archetypal sports bar features pool tables, foosball, darts and shuffleboards. There are around 100 dishes — burgers, hot dogs, salads, Tex-Mex, pasta and pizzas. The standard Nachos Locos offers tortillas topped with tomatoes, peppers, olives, jalapeños, melted cheese, and side pots of sour cream, salsa and refried beans.
Blue Frog has become an increasingly popular restaurant-bar in Shanghai over the years, so much so that you can now find several of them dotted around the city. This branch, on Pudong’s Biyun Road, offers daily happy hours on selected drinks. This includes their cocktails, house wines and beers. The food menu includes every American standard you can imagine, the most famous of all being its delicious selection of burgers. The standout is the Mile High Beef Burger, topped with homemade bacon, onion sauce and garlic mayo.
Any British or Irish visitor to Shanghai couldn’t ask for a more authentic home from home than The Irishman’s Pub. The venue offers a range of Irish beers and ales, such as Guinness and Kilkenny, served at a long wooden bar that proudly brandishes the pub’s name. The low lighting and walls adorned with old photographs and paintings hark back to the quiet country pubs of the British Isles, while being nestled in the heart of Pudong.