Shanghai's Best Low-Key Bars
Ying Yang (YY's) is one of Shanghai's Best Low-Key Bars.

1. Ying Yang (YY's)

6.4
125 Nanchang Rd (btw Ruijin 2nd Rd & Maoming Rd), 上海市, 上海市
Bar · Xīntiāndì · 9 tips and reviews

Time Out ShanghaiTime Out Shanghai: With art deco touches, the drinks menu here offers a good range of bottled wine (from 250RMB; 50RMB/glass) with a bias for Bordeaux, decent cocktails (from 45RMB) and Belgian beers (Duvel, 50RMB). Read more.

Time Passage is one of Shanghai's Best Low-Key Bars.

2. Time Passage

7.8
(昨天今天明天)
华山路1038弄173号 (Caojiayan Rd | 曹家堰路), Chángníng, 上海市
Pub · Xúhuì · 11 tips and reviews

Time Out ShanghaiTime Out Shanghai: The seating to the right of the entrance provides cosy spots in a friendly atmosphere. Go on a Friday or Saturday (from 10.30pm) for one of our favourite cover bands in the city, The Sultans of Swing. Read more.

Kiitos is one of Shanghai's Best Low-Key Bars.

3. Kiitos

127 Yongfu Rd, 上海市, 上海市
Bar · Xúhuì · 12 tips and reviews

Time Out ShanghaiTime Out Shanghai: Kiitos is a tiny, refined Japanese cocktail bar serving some of Shanghai's best drinks in considered surroundings. The drinks, including the dry martini (55RMB) and Chai Chai (50RMB), are excellent. Read more.

Izumi is one of Shanghai's Best Low-Key Bars.

4. Izumi

21 Yongjia Rd, 上海市, 上海市
Sake Bar · Xīntiāndì · 2 tips and reviews

Time Out ShanghaiTime Out Shanghai: Izumi is worth a look for its low-key atmosphere and specialist range of sakes and sake-based cocktails (try the Ryou, 50RMB, which combines Peachtree schnapps and mint liqueur). Read more.

Le Café des Stagiaires is one of Shanghai's Best Low-Key Bars.

5. Le Café des Stagiaires

54-56 Yongkang Rd. (at Xiangyang Rd. South), 上海市, 上海市
Bar · Xúhuì · 53 tips and reviews

Time Out ShanghaiTime Out Shanghai: This rustic chic joint has an extensive wine list (house reds and whites from 30RMB/glass), eight classic cocktails (around 50RMB) and a range of top-quality beers. Daily happy hour is from 4-8pm. Read more.

Southern Cross is one of Shanghai's Best Low-Key Bars.

6. Southern Cross

8.2
(南十字星)
1276 Huaihai (M) Rd (at Huating Rd.), 上海市, 上海市
Cocktail Bar · Xúhuì · 22 tips and reviews

Time Out ShanghaiTime Out Shanghai: They offer studiously wrought classic cocktails (from 60RMB) and probably one of the city’s most evolved lists of whiskies and single malts in a consciously subdued, dependably hushed atmosphere. Read more.

The Chalet is one of Shanghai's Best Low-Key Bars.

7. The Chalet

385 Yongjia Rd. (Taiyuan Rd.), 上海市, 上海市
Lounge · Xúhuì · 15 tips and reviews

Time Out ShanghaiTime Out Shanghai: This is a no-nonsense lounge with reasonably priced drinks and decent bar food. Daily happy hours (3-9pm) see beers and glasses of wine for just 20RMB and a standard range of cocktails for 30RMB each. Read more.

Papaya is one of Shanghai's Best Low-Key Bars.

8. Papaya

Nanjing Xi Lu, 上海市, 上海市
Cocktail Bar · Jìngān · 3 tips and reviews

Time Out ShanghaiTime Out Shanghai: Papaya feels like it’s been lifted from a tinselly Vegas motel, but this only serves to make it thoroughly endearing. Classic pours are pricy at 80RMB each, but otherwise, it’s up there with the best. Read more.

CLOSLESS is one of Shanghai's Best Low-Key Bars.

9. CLOSLESS

7.2
Jinxian Road No. 169 (South Shaanxi Road), 上海市, 上海市
Cocktail Bar · Jìngān · 8 tips and reviews

Time Out ShanghaiTime Out Shanghai: Closless is a great-value, date-happy space with cocktail prices at a comfortable 50RMB-mark and soft star-like lighting. Glasses of wine (50RMB), Kirin (35RMB) and Duvel (50RMB) are all available. Read more.