Cloud 9

Shanghai-City-Center

4.5 / 5

May 11, 2018

The world's tallest hotel, the ultra-modern Grand Hyatt, also happens to house Shanghai's chicest bars. There's the sleek and intimate Piano Bar on the ...

The world’s tallest hotel, the ultra-modern Grand Hyatt, also happens to house Shanghai’s chicest bars.

There’s the sleek and intimate Piano Bar on the 53rd floor, and the spectacular Patio Bar on the 56th floor, but nothing compares to the appropriately named Cloud 9, up amongst the cumulonimbus of the 87th floor – the highest bar in the world.

See the city below in its 360 degree splendour, a popular vantage point it seems for romancing Chinese couples who have the cash. Westerners tend to take their tall drinks up to the Sky Lounge one floor up where you can sit on the deck and gaze out on the curve of the earth.

One anomaly: Cloud 9 is not easy to find – some obscure interior design law of the hotel means that they don’t mark out how to get to it.

Insider tip: use the lift and let the discreet waiters at the top show you the rest of the way.