May 11, 2018
This vibrant, quirky bar-cafe is housed in a beautiful historic building near the Bund. Built originally as the Shanghai Rowing Club the site has been granted heritage status and turned into a stylish bar called Shanghai Rose. The attractive interior is the work of Japanese photographer and film-maker Mika Ninagawa, who has decked the space out in bold floral prints. The walls are daubed with large floral murals, while the stairwell that links the first and second floors is also covered in fake roses. There are lots of bright, colourful cushions and an abundance of smart red leather sofas with glamorous chandeliers dangling from the ceiling. Pinks and blues dominate the colour scheme. It’s incredibly dramatic if a little kitsch (in a good way). The bar also boasts stunning views of the Bund skyline. The ground floor bar area offers an extensive list of cocktails including a sweet and refreshing house tipple, also called the Shanghai Rose as well as an eclectic food menu, and upstairs there’s a club with a dance floor and a small stage on which live acts sometimes play. The music is fairly commercial, though this depends a lot on who’s playing. We really like the fact there’s no cover charge even when international acts play.