This original bar concept marries the best of the classic cocktail renaissance with time honoured – and until now - specifically Japanese bar method.
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...
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!
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.
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
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
I only ask for home made drinks: mint+cointreau+milk, kalua+cream+cointreau, wiskey+pilipili, and any kind of fruit juice/mix.
For a place named after the cocktail, these sandwiches are loads better than they should be. The smoked salmon in particular is excellent.
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.
The bar is comfortable and serves great drinks. Smoking is permitted so you will return home smelling like an ashtray.
Plantation Fashioned! If you like rum and Old Fashioned's, this is hest of both worlds :):)
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
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.
Good place to hang out with friends...but the price is higher than it should be
They are not the king of cocktail anymore, challenged left and right, but you still get a decent drink there after all these years.
Every drink they make here is excellent. My favorites are the Dark and Stormy, and the Black Manhattan.
10 kuai oysters! Plus the late night tale is the most perfect coffee based cocktail ever!
Sit at the bar and ask Tree to fix you an Old Fashioned. And for the ladies, he makes a great Singapore Sling...
They really know how to use Casa Noble tequila here, just ask for a Casa Noble cocktail..... Awesome.
Tapas: Njoyed nibbles fr selection of anchovies, antipasto plate & ham truffle sandwich
Simply the best place in town! Amazing drinks, world class ingredients, warmest staff! Cheers!
You don't have to limit youself to the menu. I ordered a Negroni and it was great.
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
The Caipirinha is legit! Ask it with Sagatiba, it's the best cachaça EVER.
Good drinks, nice environment, not too loud music so u can talk with your friends.
If you feel untraditional but still playing around with classics, ask for a Casa Noble Reposado Old Fashion
Beautiful place and atmosphere, but super expensive. Drinks are around 80kuai. Ouch!
Sit at the bar. Order a cocktail. Watch bartender do his thang. Drink and repeat.
To put in simple words, they make the best Manhattan you will ever have.
Cocalero is a top choice!!!! Very interesting drink made from coca leaves tastes like nothing else
Amazing amazing drinks by their resident...japanese ? Bartender. Yum.
Gorgeous atmosphere. Amazingly concocted cocktails.
10 kuai oysters are decent and rumor is this pricing is here to stay!
Good cocktails but 40 RMB for a glass of Coke, way too expensive!
Ask for an el Diablo, which is very well done!
Great venue for a solitary drink at the bar or a big night out with friends.
One of my favourite bars to just drink and catch up with friends.
Aurora cocktail is super good. Def recommend!
If you cannot close at el Coctel, then you are not a closer
takes 20 min to get a drink... good drink, but still a big fail in my book....
Ask CJ for a Smuggler's Choice. Old ingredients, new recipe. Tasty.
I followed a tip on 4sq and ordered the Black Manhattan. Great choice!
Try the Moscow Mule, it's the tastiest.
The pop corn here is aweful!!! U can't stop eating it cuz it's so gooooood!
Smokey martini takes u on a trip to places never seen
They do a pretty mean espresso martini here!