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87/F, Jin Mao Tower
88 Shiji Dadao, near Dongtai Lu
HOURS: Mon.-Thurs. 5 p.m.-1 a.m., Fri. 5 p.m.-2 a.m., Sat. 11 a.m.-2 a.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-1 a.m.
COST: ¥120 minimum
METRO: Lujiazui (Line 2)
The Grand Hyatt’s Cloud 9 bar is a chic space nestled inside the crown of the lofty Jin Mao Tower on the 87th floor. It’s considered one of the world’s greatest gathering places by Newsweek and is the original “view bar” in Shanghai.
There’s a minimum cost to spend of ¥120 to keep things (kind of) exclusive, but the atmosphere is more casual than stuffy. Ask for a west-facing table for that iconic view of the glittering lights below, or sit facing southeast to admire the Shanghai World Financial Center next door.
The drinks menu spans champagnes, sparkling wines, spirits, cocktails, and beers and is not surprisingly pricey. Cloud 9 attracts a variety of clientele, from curious tourists to businesspeople impressing clients and couples on dates.
© Susie Gordon from Moon Beijing & Shanghai, 2nd Edition