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Beautiful people and glamourous cocktails and this river-view stunner

In the vein of big city bars with a view is The Glamour Bar on the Bund in Shanghai. I tend to have an affinity for Glamour Bar though, over say, the usual bar-with-a-view spots in Asia, e.g. Vertigo in Bangkok, Skybar in Kuala Lumpur or Felix at the Peninsula Hong Kong. Unlike many of its sleek, chic cousins, The Glamour Bar is bursting with personality…like your outrageous gay friend decked out in his most fabulous ensemble. It’s fun, lively, spirited and a little cheeky.


While honestly we are really more beer and wine drinkers, when we go to Glamour we like to experiment with the Signature Cocktails – just reading the menu is entertaining, with its cute and clever cocktail copy. On our last visit, Paul had the Scottish Crush, a signature cocktail of whiskey, mint and lemon juice topped with ginger beer.


I ordered the Pear Collins, a variation on the classic Tom Collins with gin, pear nectar and lemon topped with soda (both 88 RMB / $ 12.90 USD / $S 18.82).


The other thing I love about Glamour Bar is that the staff is super exuberant and friendly – none of the stiff, too-cool-for-school attitude you might find at a bar of a similar calibre in say New York or London. And all this with a stunning view of the Bund! A tip, while each table does indeed contain the requisite amount of glamour to ensure a good experience, for a truly luxe experience ask for a seat by the windows (book ahead on Fridays or Saturdays) and watch the brightly lit tour boats cruise down the Bund.


So next time you are in Shanghai, get yourself to The Glamour Bar. While it might not be a venue for hard core drinking (it is a wee bit expensive), I would highly recommend starting or ending your evening with a drink at The Glamour Bar. And then head upstairs to M on the Bund for dinner and visit one of the most famous and luxurious restaurants of Shanghai (where the view is actually even more stunning on the M on the Bund roof deck).


The Glamour Bar
from 5pm – late
6th floor
5 on the Bund (corner of Guangdong Lu)
Shanghai, China
Telephone: +86 21 6329 3751 or 6350 9988

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