One of the biggest cities in the world, Shanghai is a city of skyscrapers. With skyscrapers, there are incredible rooftop bars boasting views for days. Visiting any of Shanghai’s best rooftop bars is considered one of the main highlights on a couple of our China Travel Tours and where you’ll immerse yourselves into the city’s culture. Shanghai is world-renowned for its historical landmarks, futuristic skyline and its ability to perfectly combine a unique fusion of eastern and western culture. However, night-time in Shanghai is when the city comes alive with energetic crowds, spectacular views and colourful lights.
On our 26 Day China Travel Tour you will spend 3 days in Shanghai where you’ll be allowed to explore the city. Shanghai’s skyline is unforgettable wherever you view it from, which must be why there are so many rooftop bars in Shanghai. You’re spoilt for choice – so to make it easier, we’ve handpicked our team’s favourite rooftop bars in the city. We’ll tell you which famous spots are worth the hype, as well as point you towards those hidden Insta-worthy gems.
The best rooftop bar in Shanghai, Vue Bar
One of the most luxurious of the rooftop bars in Shanghai, you can find VUE bar on the 32nd and 33rd floor of the five- star Hyatt on the Bund. VUE promises incredible views of the Huangpu River and the colourful skyline of the Lujiazui area on the Pudong side. We’d also recommend the VUE restaurant, here you can enjoy the serving of traditional European cuisine and a fantastic selection of beverages. Unsurprisingly, the bar gets very busy in the evening, so if you want to get a seat make sure you turn up before 7 pm! Or, if you want to guarantee yourself a place, make a reservation in advance.
Sunday to Wednesday
5.30pm – 1.30am
Thursday to Saturday & Public holidays
5.30pm to 2.30am
Saturday & Sunday afternoon
Open at 2.30pm
£11.10 (100 RMB)
2. Flair Rooftop Restaurant & Bar
Fancy a luxury evening? Experience some Shanghai flair looking out onto the Pearl Tower and the Bund. Drinks aren’t cheap, but they do offer a delicious selection of complimentary bar snacks, and there’s plenty of room to enjoy Shanghai’s highest rooftop bar, with over 200 seats indoors and outdoors.
This restaurant and bar are situated on the 58th floor of the Flair at the Ritz-Carlton. Here you can experience stunning views of the Pearl Tower, The Bund and Hongkou shor. Drinks aren’t cheap, however, they do offer a delicious selection of complimentary bar snacks that are refilled continuously throughout the night. On their drinks menu, you’ll find an extensive selection of cocktails and spirits to choose from along with plenty of room to enjoy the views from above with over 232 seats both indoors and outdoors.
Every Friday to Sunday
2 p.m.-5 p.m.
Every Saturday and Sunday
11 a.m.-4 p.m.
5:30 p.m. -2 a.m.
– No flip-flops, beach sandals, plastic footwear.
– No sleeveless shirts or shorts for gentlemen.
3. Captain’s Bar
If you want sky-high views without the sky-high price tag, this is the place to kick back and soak up the surrounding views. If you’re looking for a fancy rooftop bar without the expensive price tag then this is a great place to kick back and soak up the surrounding views. It is located on top of Captain’s Hostel on Fuzhou Lu and offers a clear view of the Lujiazui. To get to the bar you need to walk through the Youth Hostel on the ground floor where you will step into a lift and make your way up to the 6th floor. On the menu, you’ll find reasonably priced drinks and food that you can enjoy with friends or family.
Monday to Sunday
5.00pm to 6am
4. Sir Elly’s Terrace Rooftop Bar
Another of the best rooftop bars in Shanghai, prepare to be amazed at 270-degree panoramic views of the Huangpu River, Suzhou Creek and the Pudong skyline. Prices are a little on the expensive side – but you get what you pay for here. Expect high-class service and unforgettable views. The ambience here is also pretty chic with 1920s architecture and a stylish intimate bar and lounge. The beautiful sunset views are very popular with tourists so we suggest you arrive early to get a seat. This rooftop bar is known for its luxurious feel.
Sunday to Thursday
5pm to 12am.
Friday and Saturday
5.00pm to 1.00am
5. Kartel Wine Bar
If you’re taking part in our 22-day Shanghai loop, then this is the perfect place to get away from tourist crowds and mingle with the ex-pat community. You’ll be surrounded by colourful views of the inner city from the comforts of a multicultural-themed lounge and restaurant. The food and drink here are designed for pairing, so treat yourself to dinner and drinks. You can expect to spend about 60 RMB (£6.70) on a drink.
Monday to Sunday
6pm to 12am.