Speakeasies. They’re becoming a dime a dozen in Shanghai. The latest is hidden behind the façade of a barbershop in the former French Concession, serving a range of classic cocktails, signature drinks and whisky.
The menu consists of 10 classics, including a New York Sour made with bourbon, red wine and lime (RMB85) and a rather good fruity sloe gin fizz (RMB80). More adventurous palates can peruse the 10 ‘signature cocktails,’ the most notable of which is the ‘Why Nut’ (RMB85). Made with gin, soymilk, vanilla syrup and sherry, it tastes like the Shanghainese doujiang (soymilk, 豆浆) and is served with a homemade sugared youtiao on the side – definitely worth trying for the novelty factor.
On busy nights, however, it’s best to stick with whisky since wait times for drinks can stretch on a while, although there are just six to choose from at time of writing. Make sure to reserve a table; the place can get pretty packed.
Price: Cocktails from RMB80, spirits from RMB45
Who’s going: Local hipsters
Good for: Cocktails, small groups