This night-life gem is perched high on the 18th floor of the Bund 18 building and is one of the most popular bars in Shanghai. Spend the evening at this luxurious lounge and you'll be surrounded by the most fashionable people in Shanghai. While the interior is gorgeously decorated with dim lighting and stunningly elaborate bars, it is the terrace that deserves special mention. When you want to take a break from dancing, head outside to relax on a leather sofa and enjoy some spectacular views of The Bund.
Self- proclaimed as the ultimate hot spot, M1NT includes every bit of luxury that can be expected. With excellent dining options and the M1NT club, the venue is bursting with socialites and entrepreneurs alike each day. Head to the restaurant where the Asian style decor will put you at ease or dance the night away to popular beat by famed DJs at the club. Either way, you are sure to have a good time. M1NT is also open to non-members.
Now a Bund classic, the Glamour Bar is an elegant space for an evening cocktail with a date or visitor. Wooden floors, leather chairs, velour ottomans and sparkling deco lamps combine to create a chic and femenine interior, while huge arched windows provide a view over the Huangpu River and the futuristic Pudong area. Besides the view, the other draw is the selection of random live acts and events, from cabaret to book launches, that take place on a semi-regular basis. The Glamour Bar is also home to the annual Shanghai Literary Festival.
A prominent name in Shanghai's growing and prospering jazz scene, the House of Blues & Jazz is a great place to be if you like to spend your evenings listening to soft music in a brilliantly mellow environment. The smiling pictures of Miles Davis, John Coltrane and other legends look down every night, with live 'jazzicians' sharing their tunes with an ever-eager audience. The wooden, dim interiors definitely help set the mood for a blues evening, which you can either share with fellow enthusiasts while drinking the house spirits, or sit by yourself and take in the atmosphere of this lovely jazz and blues space.
This large bar is popular with the upwardly mobile expatriate and local set, and is generally busy all the time. Many people come here for Paulaner's excellent live band, not to mention the authentic German sauerkraut and sausage. Oktoberfest picnic tables on the main floor provide an authentic, if sturdy, feel. Fruhschoppen brunch is great value, served every Sunday. The beers made on location and stored in copper tanks are worth a try, as well as the canned Weissbier.
Malone's provides a casual option for lunches, dinners and after-work drinks for the suit-and-tie crowd. A big, broad bar stretches the length of the interior. It is the place to get an ESPN fix or try your luck on the pool tables upstairs. Enjoy American fare with hearty servings. The menu displays some depth in its wide offering of pastas, Tex-Mex, and pan-Asian dishes.