It’s hard to stay on trend in a city as fast-paced as Shanghai. Yet here, where conspicuous consumption is a competitive sport, one club has endured. This year, Bar Rouge will celebrate a decade servicing a well-turned-out crowd with a high proportion of expats. Certainly, location has been key to this place’s longevity. You’ll find it in the Bund, the city’s historic waterfront, and on its splendid terrace you can sip to the backdrop of a spectacular 180-degree view of Shanghai’s skyline – a sight that has changed much in the last 10 years.
Like many high-end clubs, Bar Rouge, has its own caste system, where VIPs occupy tables groaning with prestige alcohol and everyone else waits at the permanently packed bar. The door policy is strict. “But if you arrive with positive energy and a big smile,” says Deniz Otman, the club’s operations manager, you just might get in.”
Rooms with a view
Watch the world worldwide
Gansevoort Park Rooftop, New York
Clubby twin-level hotel bar, 20 stories above Park Avenue South in the city’s NoMad district, with one of NYC’s best roof pools.
People by Crystal, Dubai
Thanks to its 360-degree view of the skyline, from the top of the Raffles Hotel, it draws top DJs like Steve Aoki. Less great: super-strict door policy.
Rooftop Bar, Melbourne
Astroturfed venue that hosts everything from DJ events to open-air movies. A laid-back vibe and great views of the city’s Central Business District.
Not just noodles
You need plenty of energy to party the night away. Here are some of the Shanghainese must-eats.