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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VUE Bar

VUE bar is replete with lounge beds and a jacuzzi.

VUE Bar is replete with lounge beds and a jacuzzi.

The centerpiece of Hyatt on the Bund, VUE Bar is a Shanghai rooftop legend for all the right reasons. Opened in 2007, it’s no newcomer to the scene, but has retained its position as a must-see for first-time visitors and repeat offenders alike. Located on the Hongkou riverfront, its 33rd floor terrace has arguably the best view in town: a panorama that includes the staid neoclassical buildings of the Bund, the wide sweep of the Huangpu River, and the bristle of Lujiazui’s futuristic skyscrapers in one turn of the head. There’s even a Jacuzzi and lounge beds where guests can chill out as they take it all in. Inside, a wood interior and wine barrels contrast sleek plate glass panels to create a quirkily classic atmosphere. With an excellent wine list, a dedicated Champagne menu, and an ever-rotating resident DJ, VUE Bar is a byword for style with a view in Shanghai. Weekends can be busy and entail a US$17 entrance that includes one standard drink. Go on a weeknight for a quieter but equally enticing experience. Downstairs, VUE Restaurant and its private dining space shares the bar’s dizzying views.

VUE's modern interiors.

VUE’s modern interiors.

Hyatt on the Bund, 32-33/F, 199 Huangpu Lu; 86-21/6393-1234; Vue Bar

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