CITYLIFE / Bars & Cafes

Paris Chic: Bar Rouge
(Shanghai Star)
Updated: 2006-04-18 11:59

The only word I can find in the dictionary that truly describes Bar Rouge is "swanky." Here in Shanghai, Bar Rouge makes swank accessible to the "little people." Regardless of your preferred scene, this is the place to see and to be seen!

Located on the Bund, Bar Rouge is known for its incredible patio offering spectacular views across the river to Pudong and beyond. In the summer, the light nights and cool breeze make this the social hangout de jour and in the winter, fur coats are donned and the cold is braved, as visitors and regulars alike seek out the magnificent view.

Obviously from the name, Bar Rouge is Parisian in style, though its approach is definitely Moulin Rouge-esque offering an almost clandestine sexuality to the space. The lighting is award-worthy and the seating, sprawled out across the venue and around the bar, is luxurious, though a hefty minimum spend poses problems for the average patron.

The weekend unfortunately attracts a lot of poseurs so if you are looking for something a little more genuine, it may be best to visit during the week-the style is the same, as is the view, but the clientele is a little more authentic. The weekend also comes with a cover charge of 50 yuan (US$6) on the door. Regardless of what day of the week you visit, dress code should be adhered to and Bar Rouge demands nothing less than stylish. If in doubt, do as the Romans do, and go for Paris Chic.

The drinks are as lavish as the venue itself and the Bar Rouge Martini (US$12) comes with a performance from the bar staff! Every time it is ordered, the bar staff light up the bar and perform a routine, throwing bottles into the air as they make the drinks.

Classy and elegant, Bar Rouge is a "must do" for every guest in Shanghai but, as is often the case, it is not for regular visitations; to be truly enjoyed this is a once in a while or a "once in a lifetime" location.

Location: 7/F, 18 the Bund, No. 18, Zhongshan Dongyilu, Hupu District
Cost for one: RMB 150-160
Tel: 021-63391199