In Shanghai – hot bars on the Bund

27 Aug 2011

Shanghai, being one of the most prominent cities in China, is buzzing with energy. But, while this dynamic city evolves and grows, the iconic Bund maintains its position as the most elegant and exciting location for a good night out.


Bar Rouge is one of Shanghai’s more popular clubs sporting a distinct French Shanghai character with a large terrace overlooking the Hangpu River. It regularly runs themed parties and hosts world famous DJs, such as Hedkandi and Benny Benassi.

Address: Bund 18, 7/F, 18 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu

Tel: +86 21 6339 1199




Strolling through the art deco-style lobby of the renovated Fairmont Peace Hotel is an experience of its own, and even if you are not staying here, at least drop by this landmark for a drink. Shanghai glamour is reinterpreted at this new bar on the lobby mezzanine level (enter through Jasmine Lounge) – take your pick between the cocktail bar, wine cellar and cigar lounge and you are set for a good night out.

Address: 20 Nanjing Road East

Tel: +86 21 6138 6889





Stepping into the Long Bar in the old wing of Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund feels like time travel. It’s a replica of what was once a popular watering hole in the elite Shanghai Club, the former tenant of the building. In the interior of dark timber paneling and rich, dark masculine furniture, you can imagine what it was like when the big boys in the old days gathered here, stogies in their mouths and talking about their adventures in the Far East. And you can do the same today with the classic cocktails, single-malt whiskies and selection of premium Cuban cigars, as well as fresh mollusks from the oyster bar and pub-grub classics.

Address: 2 Zhong Shan Dong Yi Road, Huang Pu

Tel: +86 21 6322 9988




Located at the north end of the Bund next to the Peninsula hotel, the prestigious House of Roosevelt is a huge yet classy wine establishment housed in a nine-story building dating back to the 1920s, which was originally used by the British trading firm Jardine Matheson. The entire second floor comprises the wine cellar itself, storing up to 20,000 bottles of wine. Bottles from here are used to serve the courtyard bistro on the first floor, the private members club on the third floor, the upscale restaurant on the eighth floor and the rooftop terrace on the top floor. Visitors can ask to be seated in the expansive wine cellar, which also serves tapas and small bites.

Address: 27 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu

Tel: +86 21 2322 0800




Privé Shanghai, which opened late last year, is yet another Hong Kong nightlife name that set up shop in the city, following in the footsteps of KEE Club and M1NT Shanghai, and has already drawn star studded crowds including Naomi Campbell and Eric Mabius. It brings together a large dance floor, a more relaxed lounge section and a terrace with a stunning view. Like the Hong Kong Privé, this is supposedly a members-only club but is pretty lenient on letting non-members in.

Address: 4/F, Bund 6

Tel: +86 21 3331 7585

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Reggie Ho and Alisha Haridasani

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