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el CÓCTEL

el CÓCTEL

Cocktail Bar, Lounge, and Bar · Xúhuì
2/F, 47 Yongfu Rd. (at Fuxing Rd. West), Shanghai, Shanghai, 200031, China
Hours:
Closed until 5:00 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • 5:00 PM–2:30 AM
Price:
¥¥¥¥
Reservations:
Yes
Menus:
Happy Hour
Drinks:
Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express)
Wi-Fi:
Yes
Outdoor Seating:
No

This original bar concept marries the best of the classic cocktail renaissance with time honoured – and until now - specifically Japanese bar method.

8.7/10

Based on 214 votes

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    Ian S.
    "My favorites are the Dark and Stormy, and the Black Manhattan."(7 Tips)
    CoCo S.
    "They make one of the best old fashioned"(7 Tips)
    Jacopo S.
    "Best cocktail bar in Shanghai !"(2 Tips)
    Paddy O.
    "just ask for a Casa Noble cocktail....."(3 Tips)
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  • cocktails
  • martinis
  • casa noble
  • trendy
  • good for a late night
  • good for dates
  • popcorn
  • oysters
  • caipirinhas
  • great value
  • tequila
  • sandwiches
  • wifi
  • fancy
  • cozy
  • whiskey
  • cigars
  • tapas
  • coffee
  • authentic
  • Cheen T.

    If u enjoy ur gin, ask for Monkey 47 (not on d menu). It's high-end, strong & aromatic! U hv a choice of how u want it: martini, on d rocks, w soda/tonic...

    Cheen TAN · October 14, 2013
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  • Nick M.

    Since being in City Weekend this place is even more popular. Be prepared to be asked to be here 1 hour only. Then come back with a reservation! Try a kiwi cocktail, too!

    Nick Marsh · June 11, 2011
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  • Arjun C.

    Very good cocktails, though pricey at 70-100 yuan each. Place gets really smoky later at night. Get there early as they only allow people in as per seating.

    Arjun Chauhan · December 17, 2014
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  • Cheen T.

    Limited seats. Was told limited for 70+ ppl only. No standing allowed. Which xplained attitude of Caucasian host. Brashly told us we hv our table 4 an hour only, since there is prior reservation

    Cheen TAN · March 4, 2012
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  • David

    Thank the 10 line, don't try the short cut, it doesn't work. Place is on the east side. Can't miss the shaker with a candle

    David · May 19, 2014
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  • el CÓCTEL

    Every day el Cóctel´s “Early Hour” with special deals for you starting at 5:30pm until 8:00pm. Frist crazy deal: French Oysters (Fine de Claire) for only 10RMB each! Enjoy!

    el CÓCTEL · December 5, 2013
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  • Jacob B.

    Great for afterwork drinks, especially early in the week when it is not as crowded. When you leave, be sure to stop downstairs at Bikini for a hot dog.

    Jacob Bonk · April 7, 2012
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  • el CÓCTEL

    Every Sunday at el Cóctel "La Noche de Nueva York". Cocktails from bartenders working in one of the world's great cocktails cities, New York.

    el CÓCTEL · October 31, 2013
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  • Ellen P.

    Used to be my favorite cocktail bar, but it seems like all the knowledgeable bartenders have left. Great hangout still, just stick to the menu.

    Ellen Petit · February 12, 2015
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  • Julie Q.

    Apple mojito is tasty, but potent. For best ambiance, sit at the bar. Ask the Japanese bartender to make your drink-- it's the best this way.

    Julie Qiu · September 12, 2010
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  • Jon C.

    I only ask for home made drinks: mint+cointreau+milk, kalua+cream+cointreau, wiskey+pilipili, and any kind of fruit juice/mix.

    Jon Cruise · January 16, 2012
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  • John O.

    For a place named after the cocktail, these sandwiches are loads better than they should be. The smoked salmon in particular is excellent.

    John O'Toole · February 18, 2011
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  • Joseph M.

    Was there when a waiter chased down a person trying to skip on a bill. "I will kill you" he shouted as he went berserk and made a scene. Scary !! But the drinks are good and the atmosphere stellar.

    Joseph M · September 12, 2013
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  • Robert T.

    The bar is comfortable and serves great drinks. Smoking is permitted so you will return home smelling like an ashtray.

    Robert Trio · April 3, 2015
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  • Wouter D.

    Plantation Fashioned! If you like rum and Old Fashioned's, this is hest of both worlds :):)

    Wouter Dijkstra · December 30, 2015
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  • Shaw

    They jacked up their cocktail prices by 20%. The extra profits go to pay off the Uyghur drug lords at the bottom of the stairs

    Shaw · August 2, 2013
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  • Ali Zein K.

    This is a good place for a business meeting after work. You can keep things professional and still have a good time without going to a hotel bar.

    Ali Zein Kazmi · March 24, 2010
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  • Irina G.

    Good place to hang out with friends...but the price is higher than it should be

    Irina Gordeeva · January 18, 2015
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  • Andreas R.

    They are not the king of cocktail anymore, challenged left and right, but you still get a decent drink there after all these years.

    Andreas Reuther · February 21, 2015
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  • Ian S.

    Every drink they make here is excellent. My favorites are the Dark and Stormy, and the Black Manhattan.

    Ian Sullivan · January 3, 2011
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  • Cristina N.

    10 kuai oysters! Plus the late night tale is the most perfect coffee based cocktail ever!

    Cristina Ng · November 27, 2013
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  • Shaw

    Sit at the bar and ask Tree to fix you an Old Fashioned. And for the ladies, he makes a great Singapore Sling...

    Shaw · January 20, 2010
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  • Paddy O.

    They really know how to use Casa Noble tequila here, just ask for a Casa Noble cocktail..... Awesome.

    Paddy O'Connor · November 15, 2013
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  • Cheen T.

    Tapas: Njoyed nibbles fr selection of anchovies, antipasto plate & ham truffle sandwich

    Cheen TAN · March 4, 2012
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  • Giacomo M.

    Simply the best place in town! Amazing drinks, world class ingredients, warmest staff! Cheers!

    Giacomo Morellato · September 17, 2013
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  • Ricardo E.

    You don't have to limit youself to the menu. I ordered a Negroni and it was great.

    Ricardo Esparta · May 19, 2014
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  • Jared H.

    The reservation situation is pretty lame. 30 min waiting in the doorway is weak. It's a bar, let people in and drink. It's china - crowded happens

    Jared Huke · December 16, 2011
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  • Erick P.

    The Caipirinha is legit! Ask it with Sagatiba, it's the best cachaça EVER.

    Erick Pessoa · February 8, 2013
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  • Ray H.

    Good drinks, nice environment, not too loud music so u can talk with your friends.

    Ray Hsu · March 17, 2010
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  • Thomas d.

    If you feel untraditional but still playing around with classics, ask for a Casa Noble Reposado Old Fashion

    Thomas de Carvalho · September 7, 2013
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  • Erica M.

    Beautiful place and atmosphere, but super expensive. Drinks are around 80kuai. Ouch!

    Erica Manssour · March 28, 2013
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  • Gary H.

    Sit at the bar. Order a cocktail. Watch bartender do his thang. Drink and repeat.

    Gary H · April 12, 2012
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  • Pankaj S.

    To put in simple words, they make the best Manhattan you will ever have.

    Pankaj Shere · March 4, 2013
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  • Paddy O.

    Cocalero is a top choice!!!! Very interesting drink made from coca leaves tastes like nothing else

    Paddy O'Connor · November 15, 2013
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  • Margaret S.

    Amazing amazing drinks by their resident...japanese ? Bartender. Yum.

    Margaret Sheng · December 8, 2013
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  • Jo G.

    Gorgeous atmosphere. Amazingly concocted cocktails.

    Jo G. · April 20, 2014
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  • Charles L.

    10 kuai oysters are decent and rumor is this pricing is here to stay!

    Charles Liao · January 28, 2014
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  • Yannick B.

    Good cocktails but 40 RMB for a glass of Coke, way too expensive!

    Yannick B · September 1, 2010
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  • Adriel

    Ask for an el Diablo, which is very well done!

    Adriel · September 10, 2011
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  • Andi L.

    Great venue for a solitary drink at the bar or a big night out with friends.

    Andi Law · September 1, 2013
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  • Franco M.

    One of my favourite bars to just drink and catch up with friends.

    Franco Moras · October 19, 2013
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  • Alice H.

    Aurora cocktail is super good. Def recommend!

    Alice Hu · April 25, 2011
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  • Shaw

    If you cannot close at el Coctel, then you are not a closer

    Shaw · October 4, 2011
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  • Adam C.

    takes 20 min to get a drink... good drink, but still a big fail in my book....

    Adam Clark · July 24, 2010
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  • John O.

    Ask CJ for a Smuggler's Choice. Old ingredients, new recipe. Tasty.

    John O'Toole · January 17, 2011
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  • Edgar S.

    I followed a tip on 4sq and ordered the Black Manhattan. Great choice!

    Edgar S · August 11, 2013
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  • Kellie G.

    Try the Moscow Mule, it's the tastiest.

    Kellie G · May 24, 2012
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  • Emily L.

    The pop corn here is aweful!!! U can't stop eating it cuz it's so gooooood!

    Emily L · October 15, 2012
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  • Ralle I.

    Smokey martini takes u on a trip to places never seen

    Ralle I · January 8
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  • James W.

    They do a pretty mean espresso martini here!

    James Wyld · December 4, 2011
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