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You are not likely to head to Shanghai’s business district of Lujiazui purely for a night out. And you’re certainly not heading there for a couple of cheap drinks. What you can find there, however, are some classy bars if you want to impress that special someone, some genuinely stunning views to show overseas visitors, or some generous happy hours in which to drown your sorrows after a hard day at the corporate grindstone.Here are 10 of the best.
The original of the numerous top-floor skyscraper bars, Cloud 9 has amazing views that are often hidden behind darkened windows, in what is often a dimly-lit venue. They have a couples’ night on Wednesdays and 50% off for ladies on Thursdays. Except for these two nights, and unless you are ready to spend a lot, we recommend one of the other names on this list.
Brotzeit is another German bar with its own particular beer, this time inside the SWFC. Unfortunately, it tends to lose out to the more well-known and easier-to-find Blue Frog in the basement, which is a shame considering how good Brotzeit’s beers are, not to mention their hearty German food. They also accommodate large groups, which makes it a good place for parties.
Address: Brotzeit, Unit 207-1, 2 Floor, Shanghai World Financial Center, 100 Century Avenue, Shanghai, China, +86 216 589 52887
The Mandarin adds a very sophisticated touch to Shanghai’s bar scene, with its Qi Bar featuring an on-site mixologist for particularly hard-to-make cocktails, as well as a DJ set Wednesdays through Saturdays. One of the more interesting cocktails on their menu is the Porn Star Martini, which comes with a free shot of champagne. The décor is nice and the bar has excellent service (they were very accommodating when we asked for no additives in their snacks).
Recently opened in the basement of the Shangri-La, The Exchange is a great place to stop by if you’re interested in craft beers. The bar is themed around the stock exchange, with prices of beer changing depending on how much has been drunk that week. This means that you could theoretically change the price yourself, but the amount that you’d need to drink to do so would probably end in a black out. Decorated with leather sofas and armchairs, the bar also has a good pool table and numerous TV screens playing sports.