It's time to take advantage of this excellent weather and grasp every opportunity to be outside. There's nothing better than socializing on terraces and rooftops during this brief window of glorious temperatures after winter and before the plum rains kick in. Here's a list of our top picks for Shanghai's best al fresco dining spots, because food and drink tastes even better in the open air.
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Drawing big crowds for major events like the World Cup and Super Bowl, both locations of this popular sports bar have ample patio seating, where you can enjoy happy hour specials and classics from the expanded food menu. Head indoors to catch the big game on the flat screen televisions or play a round of pool. Both branches also have outdoor play areas to keep the little ones busy.
Open daily, 10am-2am (Hongfeng Lu), 10am-2am (Sun-Thu, Hongmei Lu), 10am-3am (Fri-Sat, Hongmei Lu). See listings for Big Bamboo.
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We enjoy this personable wine bar and kitchen any time of year, but rooftop season is where it's at. Talk about an ideal location for chillaxing over spritz and wine. In fact, it's entirely possible to while away an afternoon beneath the brightly colored Aperol umbrellas.
Open every Mon-Sun, noon-10.30pm. See listing for Bird.
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The Boiling Crab is an American chain restaurant focusing on fresh seafood boils. It's a place to grab a cold one with friends, while munching on some of the best fish and chips in Shanghai al fresco on the terrace. It’s a late night eats spot, that just so happens to have fresh seafood in legitimately finger-lickin’ good sauces. It’s a casual date lunch or dinner spot, when you’re not embarrassed to get your hands dirty – real dirty – in the tastiest of ways.
Open daily 12pm-2am. See listing for Boiling Crab.
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French bakery Bread Etc. opens the terrace at their Nanjing Xi Lu location every day at 4pm. The central location makes it a convenient stop for after work snacks and simple cocktails. Think sandwiches and toasts paired with white sangria, Aperol spritz or prosecco. They occasionally throw parties or book the space yourself and throw your own.
Terrace open daily, 4-10pm. See listing for Bread Etc.
The garden at The Bull & Claw has always been wonderful for weekend brunches and evening surf and turf dinners, but now has been transformed into a hidden tropical garden oasis with twinkling string lights hung throughout. The ideal boho chic atmosphere for lounging, day or night, swing by every Tuesday through Friday from 4-7pm for Garden Happy Hour with RMB40 Fiero Spritz, Mojitos, House Wine and Bull & Claw Lager.
Open Tue-Sun, 11am-late. See listing for The Bull & Claw.
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At level one of The Langham Shanghai in Xintiandi is Cachet, where you may enjoy the warmth of the summer while watching the world go by. An ice cold glass of Brander Urstoff German beer with any of their savory choices a great way to spend a summer day.
Open daily, 6.30am-midnight. See listing for Cachet.
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Calix is a contemporary Western restaurant and bar in Xintiandi, serving burgers, steak, salads, seafood and diner-inspired fare, alongside a cocktail menu and wine list. The expansive outdoor patio makes for a particularly nice vista in warmer weather, while inside plays host to live music in the evenings.
Open daily, 11am-1am. See listing for Calix.
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The Calypso Terrace Lounge was made for al fresco dining. The modern, two-storey structure retracts its tall glass in the warmer months, and the manicured greenery gives out a fresh vibe in the heart of the city. It’s a Mediterranean fare here; authentic Neapolitan-style pizzas, Italian burrata and house-made pastas that can be paired with wine, 24 of which are open for tasting.
Terrace Lounge opening hours: Non-winter season (Mar-Nov), 2pm-1am (Mon-Thu), 2pm-2am (Fri), noon-2am (Sat), noon-1am (Sun). Winter season (Dec-Feb),2pm-11pm (Mon-Thu), 2pm-midnight (Fri), noon-midnight (Sat), noon-11pm (Sun).See listing for Calypso.
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Oozing a casual vibe and boasting an enviable garden-view, if you’re looking for great food and amazing cocktails with the option to sit outside, this is your place. Plus they have blankets if you want to relax on the lawn. You may enjoy any of their daily deals (Taco Tuesdays, Whisk(e)y & Wing Wednesdays, Thursday Uncorked, Brunch and (monthly) BOGO Champagne Campaign) plus full food service and wine bottles on special for RMB250. Did we mention dog-friendly?
Open daily, 11.30-midnight (Mon-Thu), 11.30am-1am (Fri), 11am-1am (Sat-Sun). See listing for The Cannery.
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Casual Mexican eatery, Cantina Agave arguably put that Fumin Lu-Donghu Lu corner on the map when it comes to boozy outdoor drinks on their sunny streetside terrace. Indulge in Tex-Mex favorites, which are good value and designed for sharing and pairing with margarita pitchers and Mexican beer.
Open daily, 11am-12am. See listing for Cantina Agave.
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Shanghai is home to the sister restaurant of Hong Kong's iconic Café Gray Deluxe, housed in the Middle House hotel. The restaurant and lounge bar has several outdoor areas including a spacious terrace that overlooks Nanjing Xi Lu. The best part is 50% off bottles of champagne from 5-8pm. Who doesn't love popping bottles of champers on a hip terrace?
Open daily, 6.30-10.30am (breakfast), 11.30am-2.30pm (weekday lunch), 11.30am-3pm (weekend brunch), 5.30pm-10.30pm (dinner). See listing for Café Gray Deluxe.
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For years we flocked to the bar at Captain's hostel for cheap AF drinks with a killer Bund view, but this hip loungey iteration made its way into our hearts a couple of years back. Expect craft cocktails and tasty eats to go with the breathtaking city scene.
Open, 5pm-1am (Mon-Fri), 11.30am-1am (Sat-Sun). See listing for The Captain.
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The Cathay Room terrace of the Fairmont Peace Hotel is nothing short of luxurious, with its own private butler and sommelier. All that, and a stunning view of the Bund to boot. Their indulgent brunch is a great way to experience this stunning location. Meals there are prepared with the very best seasonal produce, freshest seafood and treats such as foie gras, charcuterie and cheese.
Open daily, 2-5pm, 6-10pm. See listing for The Cathay Room.
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Cellar to Table popped on the scene as yet another French wine bar in the heritage villa on Donghu Lu that used to house elEFANTE. While Cellar to Table’s main dining area is smaller than neighboring Blaz and Hundo, it does have a larger outdoor patio space, ideal for summer, and donning a heated dome for dining alfresco without the chill in the cooler months.
Open daily 6pm-1am. See a listing for Cellar to Table.
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Chez Jojo draws inspiration from rural drinking establishments called guinguette. These lively spots are known as great places to enjoy an unpretentious meal with plenty of affordable wine. If that wasn't enough, they have a pleasant upstairs terrace to boot.
Open daily 4pm-midnight (Mon-Fri, Yongkia Lu), 11.30am-1am (Sat, Yongjia Lu) 11.30am-10pm (Sun, Yongjia Lu), 5pm-midnight (Mon-Fri, Fumin Lu), 12pm-12am (Sat-Sun, Fumin Lu). See listing for Chez Jojo.
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Set on the Pudong bank of the river looking back over the Bund, Chili's American Restaurant and Bar is a US institution, famed for their sizzling fajita plates, lip-smackingly good sticky ribs, heaping bacon burgers, hot wings lathered in Buffalo sauce, tasty, tasty margaritas and much, much more.
Open 11am-11pm (Mon-Thu), 11am-12am (Fri), 10am-12am (Sat), 10a,-11pm (Sun). See a listing for Chili's.
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A Shanghai renovated villa mainstay, the gorgeous tree-lined garden at Coconut Paradise feels truly tropical in the evening and compliments a menu of classic Thai dishes. We say order a spicy Thai Zeed cocktail and pretend you are on a southeast Asian getaway.
Open daily, 11.30am-1.30pm, 5.30-10pm. See listing for Coconut Paradise.
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Located in Yong Ping Li, a lane off Hengshan Lu, the OG Colca location has al fresco seating for warmer climates and an intimate mood atmosphere suited to both dates and larger groups of diners. This contemporary Peruvian restaurant anCutd bar's second location on the North Bund in Hongkou has an even flashier outdoor area with an excellent view across the river to Shanghai's famous skyline views. Come for brunch and stay through happy hour into the wee hours of the night.
Open daily 11.30am-10pm (Hongkou), 11am-3.30pm, 5pm-12am (Hengshan Lu). See listing for Colca.
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Shanghai craft beer lovers can rejoice, as the spacious venue that was Stone Brewing Tap Room reopened its doors on Yuyuan Lu under new ownership and the new name of Commune Reserve. The shared front lawn with Cannery is ideal for outdoor sipping, but the back patio is where it's at. Away from the road, the area is secluded and private, with twinkling tea lights decorating the space in the evenings.
Open daily, 11.30-12am (Mon-Fri), 11.30-2am (Sat-Sun). See listing for Commune Reserve.
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Consistency is our favorite word when it comes to restaurants, and this casual Jing’an restaurant delivers every time with contemporary, delicious food that won’t destroy your budget. Open for drinks, lunch, dinner and brunch.
Open daily, 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30-9pm. See listing for Commune Social.
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Cotton Ding has a knack for creating lovely chilled-out spaces in old Shanghai villas, and her two eponymous bars have been favored by al fresco loving tipplers for over a decade (the Anting Lu location opened in 2005, Xinhua Lu in 2008). Both Cotton's have plenty of outdoor patio seating ideal for post-work happy hours or casual brunching.
Open daily, 11am-12am. See listings for Cotton's.
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This outdoor bar and lounge is located on the seventh floor of iapm Mall overlooking the city, with a second location at One ITC and a third location at Times Square in Pudong. While a great place to hang out any time, we highly recommend either the popular happy hour from 5-8pm for RMB40 Aperol drinks and moscow mules or RMB200 for six Coronas.
Open 2.30-11pm (Mon-Wed), 2.30-12am (Thu), 2.30-1am (Fri), 11am-1am (Sat), 11am-11pm (Sun). See listing for The Cut Rooftop.
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Aperitivo and al fresco go together like peanut butter and jelly, or should we say Aperol and arancini? Lucky for us D.O.C. not only has a sweet open-air space but also ridiculous drink deals. Schedule a 'meeting' and hit up D.O.C. for RMB25 Aperol spritz from 4-5pm after which they increase in price by RMB5 each hour until 8pm. The deal also includes Campari (if you like your spritz with a bite), Peroni bottles or house wine plus arancini balls.
Open daily, 11am-late. See listing for D.O.C. Gastronomia Italiana.
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This Bund-side rooftop terrace is tied with Goodfellas, a popular Italian restaurant on the ground floor. As such, The Fellas promises the same chilled out vibe, stellar views of the Huangpu River, wine and cocktails. You can enjoy the spectacular view of the Huangpu skyline with pizzas, beer, cocktails and wine. Can't be mad at that!
Open daily 5.30pm-12am. See listing for The Fellas Terrace.
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When we get a craving for punchy Peruvian flavors and affordable Argentinian grass-fed steaks, we hightail it to el Bodegon. In summer months, we suggest their Panyu Lu location for the killer terrace where you can enjoy a free drink with each steak purchased every Sunday to Thursday in the open air. Happy hour runs every Monday to Friday from 5-7pm and Saturday-Sunday from noon-4pm with RMB30-48 on selected beers and cocktails.
Open daily, 5-10.30pm (Mon-Fri), 12pm-10.30pm (Sat-Sun). See listing for el Bodegon (Panyu Lu).
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This subterranean lifestyle hub is home to a varied array of restaurants, bars and performance spaces, and retains its quaint open air charm and quirky positioning in the heart of a local park. Enjoy the afternoon and evenings in restaurants including El Santo, Cyclo, Homeslice, Le Cafe de Stagiaries and more.
See listing for Found 158.
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Funkadeli has come far from its early days as a delicatessen with a knack for making spritz to two full on food and beverage destinations which resemble smart European bistros with long bars stacked to the rafters with Campari and Aperol. The real fun happens when the weather gets pleasant and you can sit outside with the other Donghu Lu (or Yanping Lu) party animals.
Open daily, 12pm-2am. See listings for Funkadeli.
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Shenzhen chain Gaga opened its first Shanghai location in the former Saint Mary's Girls Middle School historical building within the Raffles City Changning complex. The modern cafe covers two floors and boasts a lovely terrace. The food is classic cafe fare with an emphasis on seasonality and healthy eating, with a wide range of ‘gaga fruit teas’ inspired by Spanish sangria and Eastern tea culture.
Open daily, 10am-10pm. See listing for Gaga Cafe.
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A favorite of weekend brunch seekers, Ginger by the Park has a beautifully serene terrace overlooking a quaint park. An eclectic menu of Southeast Asian dishes and Western brunch classics awaits.
Open daily, 11am-10.30pm. See listing for Ginger by the Park.
One of Shanghai’s most expansive Bund view terraces, Hacker-Pschorr Wirtshaus Shanghai takes visitors on a culinary journey by giving them a chance to savor authentic German delicacies while simultaneously enjoying German craft beer on tap. We also have an exclusive deal for all That’s Shanghai readers: three hours of free flow German beer and soft drinks plus food for just RMB350 per person. You read that right! Click here to find out more.
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This restaurant and lounge bar within the Ascott Hotel has a spacious patio overlooking the Xintiandi neighborhood, and sexy interiors that lend themselves to nights out and formal occasions alike. Highline serves a menu of contemporary Western food designed to be shared, alongside a craft cocktail program.
Open daily, 11am-12am. See listing for Highline.
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Go to the Kartel rooftop to take in the city's energy and the stunning Jing'an skyline, while taking advantage of a generous happy hour that runs from 6-8pm daily with select wine, beer and cocktails for RMB35. Add in some yummy food and wine combos starting from RMB108 for a perfect date night or friends night out. You can also click here to find out about their epic, upcoming rooftop opening party.
Open daily, 6pm-2am. See listing for Kartel.
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La Maison is in a three-story house that features a dining area, bar and vast courtyard, ideal for summer lounging. Grab a matcha beverage at La Matcha in the front during the day, transition to Prosecco by late afternoon and graduate into their extensive whiskey selection by evening, all best enjoyed outdoors.
Open 11am-12am (Tue-Sun). See a listing for La Maison.
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For a prime location that screams ‘I heart Shanghai,’ our compass points to Morton's Steakhouse at the IFC Mall for sheer al fresco panache. Its fourth-floor patio opens up to a majestic sight of Lujiazui. Really, you can’t ask for a better backdrop to go with an uptown steak lunch.
Open daily, 11.30am-10.30pm. See listing for Morton's Steakhouse (IFC branch).
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Mayita’s sunny terrace is made for enjoying a refreshing margarita against a sweeping view of the city we call home. With free flow drink packages, all day brunch options and happy hour specials, it's hard to come up with a reason not to spend every day here.
Open daily, 11am-3pm, 5pm-10.30pm (Mon-Fri), 11am-4pm, 5pm-10.30pm (Sat-Sun). See listing for Mayita.
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No list of the city’s best terraces would be complete without a mention of the oldest Bund restaurant, M on the Bund. Classy but not overpriced, M on the Bund is the full package. Make sure you try the pavlova.
Open daily, 11.30am-10.30pm. See listing for M on the Bund.
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Mercado 505 is a market and restaurant that focuses on high-end jamon, full blood M7 Chilean Wagyu, Iberico pork and fresh seafood. Its biggest draw is the terrace – always full of people consuming copious amounts of sangria and wine at all hours of the day throughout the warm months.
Open 11.30am-3pm, 5.30pm-9pm (Mon), 11.30am-3pm, 5.30-10.30pm (Tue-Sun). See a listing for Mercado505.
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The Danish brewery and taproom Mikkeller sports over 20 taps, a beyond extensive bottle list and every weekend events and pop-ups appealing to any interest imaginable. With a tucked away, exclusive feeling, and large outdoor seating area full of picnic benches, it's no surprise that this beer outpost has garnered quite the following.
Open 2pm-12am (Mon-Wed), 2pm-2am (Thu-Fri), 12pm-2am (Sat), 12pm-12am (Sun). See a listing for Mikkeller Tasting Room.
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A staple in the brunch scene, O'Mills on Yongjia Lu is all about soaking up that sun, coffee in hand. The newest addition O'Mills at JAKC is slightly different, in that it turns into a family vibe bistro after 6pm with healthy tapas provided, pairing with organic/fermented wine selected from worldwide. Sip on a mid-day kombucha on their handmade furniture outside or transition to a cocktail with ferry lights hanging outside in the evening.
Open daily 8.30am-8pm (Yongjia Lu), 8.30am-11pm (JAKC). See listing for O'Mills Bakery & Bistro.
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Chef Jonas Noël, the chef at Oxalis when it was located in the Waterhouse, has carried over his recipe for success to its new location in a sunny space in the mall next to the Natural History Museum in Jing’an. The expansive terrace has an excellent view towards the Bund, and gets plenty of sunshine at all hours of the day.
Open 11.30am-2pm, 6pm-9pm (Tue-Sun). See a listing for Oxalis.
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Perch, a small-sized bar with a humongous wraparound terrace (seriously, follow it around the building, you will be surprised by how much room there is), has events every weekend, providing an even bigger draw for this popular industry hangout. On our first visit, we sunk into the cushioned al fresco seats and thought to ourselves, “Here’s the bar we’ve looking for all summer.”
Open 11am-12am (Tue-Sun). See a listing for Perch.
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Sip margaritas and savor authentic Mexican cuisine outdoors at any one of Pistolera's locations across town. Whether you're looking for a quiet meal complete with tacos, enchiladas and fajitas, or are down to grab some Coronas with friends, each branch is equipped with a nice terrace that is sure to serve as a great backdrop no matter what the occasion.
Open 10am-1am (Mon-Fri, Nanjing Xi Lu), 11am-1am (Sat-Sun, Nanjing Xi Lu), 10am-1am (Sun-Thu, Hengshan Lu), 10am-2am (Fri-Sat, Hengshan Lu), 10am-12am (Sun-Thu, Pudong), 10am-1am (Fri-Sat, Pudong). See listings for Pistolera Mexican Cantina.
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This so-called ‘American brasserie’ is headed by David Chaveau, previously of The Peninsula. He damn well knows what’s up when it comes to the kitchen, and serves contemporary dishes alongside a spectacular Lujiazui skyline.
Open daily, 11am-11pm. See listing for POP.
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Located at the top of the Shanghai History Museum, Roof325 allows guests to experience the ambiance of its location while sampling fresh international flavors. Enjoy brunches or interactive tableside dinner service while taking in the gorgeous People's Square view from the terrace.
Open daily, 11.30am-10pm. See listing for Roof325 Restaurant & Bar.
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This Danish style cafe/bakery has morphed into a steakhouse with top shelf wines for pairing. The bar upstairs opens up to a huge outdoor rooftop with a 360 view across Xintiandi, the perfect spot for taking in sunshine during the day and the city lights at night.
Open daily, 11am-11pm. See listing for Rye & Co.
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Having kept the city suitably inebriated on Donghu Lu for several years now, Shanghai Brewery's terrace is consistently full of beer aficionados on sunny days and warm nights. This is a great after-work or pre-gaming spot before you mosey around town.
Open daily, 11.30am-1am (Sun-Thu), 11am-2am (Fri-Sat). See listing for Shanghai Brewery (Donghu Lu)
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As the expat epicenter continues its move northwards to Jing’an, Shankang Li has become the IT place to be. With expansive terraces that soak in sun at all hours of the day, there is always a party spilling from one restaurant to the next. With big names like Azul, Alimentari Grill, Homeslice, Bubba's, Gin & Juice and Pudao Wines, there's no reason to not spend every waking sunny hour here, beverage of choice in hand.
Open daily, 11am-late. See a listing for Shankang Li.
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Envisaged as a sort of ‘International House of Skewers,’ STYX is a charismatic little restaurant inside Yong Ping Li, a redeveloped complex off Hengshan Lu. The concept aims to unite various global traditions of skewers, as seen through the lens of owner Pascal Ballot’s travels and international upbringing. Visit their patio Thursday-Sunday for a lunch set featuring three skewers, a side and a soft drink from RMB78-98, or show up between 2.30-7pm or 9-10pm for happy hour pricing on selected beverages.
Open daily, 5pm-10pm (Mon-Wed), 11am-10pm (Thu-Sun) See listing for STYX.
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Shanghai’s resident ‘one percenter’ restaurant has a magnificent terrace with unparalleled views of the Bund and Pudong. Impress hot dates, out of town guests and clients with the fabulously old school cocktails at this rooftop hot spot.
Terrace open daily, 6pm-11pm. See listing for Sir Elly's.
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Tacolicious new spot on Yuyuan Lu hit the one year mark this year, with a bigger, badder, bolder style acting as a haven of modern Mexican-American fusion. Take your double-decker tacos to the outdoor back patio or enjoy any of the wild weekend BBQ events they have going on their more often than not, coupled with your choice of a margarita or paloma.
Open daily, 11am-11.30pm. See listing for Tacolicious.
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French-Asian sharing plates are even better on the venue's terrace. This Neri&Hu-designed wonder fits comfortably on tree-lined Yuyuan Lu with clean, minimal brickwork that echoes the older buildings nearby.
Open daily, 11.30-10pm. See listing for Together.
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Located on the rooftop of Banyan Tree Shanghai on the Bund, TOPS offers cocktails best enjoyed while overlooking a breath-taking panoramic view of the Bund and Pudong skyline. Modern lights and cozy decorum provide an elegant touch to getting, well, drunk outdoors.
Open daily, 2.30pm-12am. See a listing for TOPS.
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UP Shanghai is the result of a collision of talents led by co-founders and industry veterans Geo Valdivieso and Victor Doukov, with design courtesy of Max Trullas Moreno (MTMDESIGN), art via Siu Tang (The Orange Blowfish) and Asian-ish premium fast food from chef Carlos Sotomayor.
Open Tue-Thu, 6pm-2am, Fri-Sat 6pm-5am. See listing for Up Shanghai.
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Located on the top two floors of Hyatt on the Bund, there cannot be a better vantage point to take in both the Bund and Lujiazui skylines than from its open-air terrace. This upscale bar offers premium beverages and a comprehensive selection of refined champagnes. Be sure to sample their stunning seasonal fruit-based cocktails, especially on the weekends when they offer two-for-one specials.
Open daily, 5.30pm-12am. See listing for Vue Bar.
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For a delightful spread of delicacies spanning the globe to be enjoyed in the open air, look no further than XTD elevated terrace restaurant on level five of The Langham, Xintiandi.
Open daily, 5pm-1am. See listing for XTD elevated.
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