Top 5 Rooftop Bars in Shanghai

  • Flair's rooftop.

    Flair's rooftop.

  • The kiwi mojito.

    The kiwi mojito.

  • The Shooktini.

    The Shooktini.

  • The extensive wine cellar at Shook! bar.

    The extensive wine cellar at Shook! bar.

  • The Shook! terrace has an elegant, old-world feel.

    The Shook! terrace has an elegant, old-world feel.

  • Roof's organic farm harvests home-grown mint for its mojitos.

    Roof's organic farm harvests home-grown mint for its mojitos.

  • VUE Bar is replete with lounge beds and a jacuzzi.

    VUE Bar is replete with lounge beds and a jacuzzi.

  • The view from VUE Bar.

    The view from VUE Bar.

  • VUE's minimalist luxe interiors.

    VUE's minimalist luxe interiors.

  • Drink in the company of skyscrapers at Flair.

    Drink in the company of skyscrapers at Flair.

  • The storied curve of the Huangpu River seen from the north Bund. Photo by Peter Winter

    The storied curve of the Huangpu River seen from the north Bund. Photo by Peter Winter

  • Views of the Puxi side of the Bund. Photo by Peter Winter

    Views of the Puxi side of the Bund. Photo by Peter Winter

  • Banyan Tree TOPS' effervescent long bar. Photo by Peter Winter

    Banyan Tree TOPS' effervescent long bar. Photo by Peter Winter

  • Catch views of both Pudong and Puxi sights from the bar.

    Catch views of both Pudong and Puxi sights from the bar.

  • Banyan Tree TOPS' position on the north Bund gives unique views.

    Banyan Tree TOPS' position on the north Bund gives unique views.

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The Roof at Waterhouse

Roof's organic farm harvests fresh home-grown mint for its mojitos.

Roof’s organic farm harvests home-grown mint for its mojitos.

The kiwi mojito.

The kiwi mojito.

The eclectic Waterhouse hotel at Shiliupu on the South Bund waterfront is home to a bar with a fresh take on the classic Shanghai view. Shanghai-based architects Neri+Hu turned an abandoned 1930s army headquarters into a 19-room boutique hotel and topped it with the aptly named Roof bar. This is the spot to enjoy the modern Pudong skyline from a southerly vantage point, away from the main Bund bustle. The South Bund area is rapidly morphing from a quiet hinterland to a happening spot for nightlife and dining, and the Waterhouse was among the pioneers when it opened in 2010. While some view-blessed venues rest on their laurels and use their terraces as the main draw, Roof puts in the extra effort with a frequently refreshed menu of Spanish-inspired snacks, carefully chosen wine and craft beer, and creative cocktails. Try a mojito with mint sourced directly from the in-house herb garden nestled behind a row of tables. While the décor goes for slick and minimalist-modern, the designers have preserved something of the urban grit of the original building with exposed walls and original fixtures. Pair a meal at British dining-phenom Jason Atherton’s Table No.1 restaurant on the ground floor with a nightcap at Roof bar.

The Waterhouse at South Bund, 4/F, 1-3 Maojiayuan Lu; 86-21/6080-2918; The Roof at Waterhouse

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