5 Best Bars in Jing'an and Changing, Shanghai

El Ocho

Comfortable and welcoming, El Ocho is the kind of place where friends meet to catch up over unpretentious but exceptionally good (and smart) cocktails. It's spacious, with vaulted wooden ceilings, and has significant talent behind the bar.
99 Taixing Lu, Shanghai, China

The Cannery

Equal parts bar and restaurant, this hip gastrolounge appeals to a clientele that ranges from trendy young Chinese and foreigners to old-school business types. Choose from any number of house-created cocktails—perhaps paired with pickled clams or other bar snacks—to sip under the copper-tiled ceiling.
1107 Yuyuan Lu, Shanghai, China

The Wooden Box


On a quiet lane off busy Nanjing Xi Lu, this café and bar mimics the inside of a tree house, with high ceilings and wood paneling on the rounded walls. The performers here play a variety of jazz and acoustic music, which you can listen to while sipping wine, beer, and cocktails. The food is nothing to write home about and best skipped unless you're starving.

9 Qinghai Lu, Shanghai, 200040, China

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The Zuk Bar

A hotel bar that doesn't feel like a "hotel bar," this petite spot has a pared back, minimalist, black-and-white tile interior with just a few tables as well as terrace with seating that spills out to the sidewalk on warm-weather days. The cocktail program is innovative, with a zero-waste agenda and drinks of a complexity that rivals anything you'd get in London or New York.



No one has done as much to bring Shanghai rock out from the underground and into the open as has this collective. Headed by a sound engineer and former musician, the group started hosting regular concerts around town and eventually opened its own space. Shows, usually on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday night, spotlight the latest in young Chinese music, especially punk and rock, and the occasional Western act.

851 Kaixuan Lu, Shanghai, China
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Rate Includes: Shows generally start at 8 or 9 pm