Seventh Floor, 7 Yanan Dong Lu, (near Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu), Shanghai, China
Tel: +86 (0)21 6316 9119
Website: Not supplied
Hours: Mon-Thu 5pm-1am; Fri-Sun 5pm-2am
Door: Open door
Style: Rooftop bar
Recommended for: Alfresco, Cocktails
Price guide: Middling
Food: Bar snacks
You'd be bonkers to visit Shanghai without enjoying that iconic skyline, either by getting up in the clouds on Pudong and looking across the river to the Bund, or by positioning yourself on the Bund and looking across to the Pearl. The view from Shen, on the 7th floor of a commercial building just off the Bund, is picture-postcard perfect - straight across to the curve of the Huangpu and the magic of the Pearl, like a postcard from Shanghai.
When I visited, in June 2015, Shen was still soft opening, and drinks prices were amazingly reasonable. Well-made, if occasionally over-inventive cocktails ran 68-88 RMB, with bottles of fizzy pink and white at 280-320RMB, prices that are phenomenal for a location like this one. Waitstaff English wasn't perfect, and the cocktail menu could do with some descriptions, but hopefully that will come out in the wash.
It's worth coming before sunset not just to grab seats in pole position but to watch the to and fro of barges on the river and tourists on the front, and appreciate the sheer crazy of The Pearl and that giant globe.