Shanghai's best al fresco happy hours

Get out of the office and onto some brilliant outdoor drinks deals for the after-work crowd and beyond

Photograph: Yang Xiaozhe (Mayita)
Come fair weather, this city has some mighty fine rooftop bars, and knows a thing about al fresco brunching too. There are even some brilliant swimming pools to dip into when the temperature cranks up. But when the weather is clever, we know you want to sip outside. Here, we map out the city’s finest al fresco happy hours.
Photograph: courtesy POP

5.30-7pm Tue. Two drinks and a snack for 110RMB. 2-6pm Sat-Sun. Two drinks for 110RMB. 
32nd-33rd Floor, Hyatt on the Bund, 199 Huangpu Lu, near Wuchang Lu. 

5-8pm daily. Buy-one-get-one-free cocktails.  
Seventh Floor, Three on the Bund, 17 Guangdong Lu, near Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu. 

5-10pm Fri-Sat. Two artisanal beers for 50RMB and three-tiered Southeast Asian tasting set for 120RMB.
The Peninsula Shanghai, 32 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu, near Beijing Dong Lu.

5-7.30pm Fri-Thu. Summer cocktails for 65RMB.
Sixth Floor, Captain's Hostel, 37 Fuzhou Lu, near Sichuan Zhong Lu.
DSC_0153Photograph: Yang Xiaozhe (Mayita)

5-8pm daily. All alcoholic drinks half price (excludes bottled drinks).
231 Nanjing Xi Lu, near Huangpi Nan Lu.

5-7pm daily and 10.30pm-1am Fri-Sat. Buy-one-get-one-free select cocktails and beer, and buy-two-get-one-free pitchers of margaritas and sangria.
Sixth Floor, 98 Shouning Lu, near Xizang Nan Lu. 
Photograph: Salva Mendez courtesy FUNKA del Sur

4-8pm Mon-Fri; 6-8pm Sat-Sun. Prosecco and select wines for 30RMB; Estrella (40cl) for 30RMB; select cocktails for 50RMB. 
163 Yanping Lu, near Wuding Lu.

4-7pm daily. Drinks from 35RMB. Every Monday, one free beer with a sandwich purchase for 65RMB. 
372 Dagu Lu, near Chengdu Bei Lu. 

6-8pm daily. Select drinks including house spirits, whisky, draft beer, apple cider, sangria and margaritas for 30RMB.
Fifth floor, 1 Xiangyang Bei Lu, near Julu Lu. 

6pm-midnight Mon. Buy-one-get-one-free house beers.
No 120, Shanghai Centre, 1376 Nanjing Xi Lu, near Xikang Lu.

4-6.30pm Mon-Fri. Half-price on wine, sangria and draft beers. 
426 Dagu Lu, near Shimen Yi Lu. 

3-7pm daily. A pint of beer for 35RMB.  
99 Taixing Lu, near Wujiang Lu. 

6-8pm daily. Free-flow beer for 108RMB; free-flow house wine 148RMB. 
URBN Hotel, 183 Jiaozhou Lu, near Xinzha Lu.

Little Creatures – credit Brian Chua
Photograph: Brian Chua courtesy Little Creatures

5-8pm Mon-Sat. 40 percent off on select drinks and snacks. 
Found 158, 158 Julu Lu, near Ruijin Yi Lu. 

4-7pm Mon-Fri. Frozen margaritas for 40RMB; select bottled beer for 25-30RMB. 
Found 158, 158 Julu Lu, near Ruijin Yi Lu. 

5-8pm Mon-Fri. Select wine for 25RMB; select bottled beer for 35RMB.
Found 158, 158 Julu Lu, near Ruijin Yi Lu. 

3-7pm Mon-Fri. House wine and select beer for 25RMB.
Found 158, 158 Julu Lu, near Ruijin Yi Lu.

4-7pm Tue-Fri. Buy-one-get-one-free cocktail carafe; buy-two-get-one-free Stone Beers plus a beer can cooler.
Found 158, 158 Julu Lu, near Ruijin Yi Lu.

Photograph: courtesy THE CUT (THE CUT Rooftop)

11am-8pm Mon-Fri; 10am-8pm Sat-Sun. Cocktails for 30-45RMB; beer for 25RMB-55RMB; wine for 25RMB- 45RMB.
3 Taojiang Lu, near Hengshan Lu.

Cafe Sambal
2-7pm Mon-Fri. Special discounts on beers and cocktails. 
Jiashan Market, Unit 37, 259 Jiashan Lu, near Jianguo Xi Lu. 

5-11.30pm Sun-Thu, 5-8pm Fri-Sat. Buy-one-free-one for all drinks.
291 Fumin Lu, near Changle Lu. 

Chin Chin by Wheat
8-10pm Wed-Sat. Free-flow cocktails for 200RMB.
291 Fumin Lu, near Changle Lu.

4-8pm Mon-Fri. Beer for 20-30RMB; wine for 35-45RMB per glass or bottles for 150-198RMB.
132 Anting Lu, near Jianguo Xi Lu.

5-8pm Mon-Fri. Select beers for 25RMB, wines for 35RMB. 
97 Wukang Lu, near Wuyuan Lu. 

6-9pm everyday. Drinks from 40RMB.
Seventh Floor, IAPM 999 Huaihai Zhong Lu, near Shaanxi Nan Lu.

4-8pm Mon-Fri, 4-6pm Sat-Sun. Select wine, including sparkling, for 30RMB; select cocktails for 50RMB; select beer for 30-40RMB. 
291 Fumin Lu, near Donghu Lu. 

Buy-one-get-one-free beers (2-6pm daily). Buy-one-get-one-free cocktails, glass of wine for 56RMB (6-8pm daily).  
99 Wulumuqi Zhong Lu, near Changle Lu.  

5-8pm daily. Select cocktails for 50-55RMB; select beer for 40-60RMB; house wine for 55RMB per glass or 260RMB per bottle. 
11 Dongping Lu, near Hengshan Lu. 

3-9pm Mon-Fri. Margaux mojitos and The Hit List or Mai Tai cocktails for 35RMB.
Unit 103B, A Mansion, 291 Fumin Lu, near Changle Lu. 
Photograph: Yang Xiaozhe (Cobra Lily)

11am-7pm Mon-Fri. Free one time refill for wines, beers, cocktails and house pours.  
North Plaza Xintiandi, 181 Taicang Lu, near Madang Lu. 

2.30-6pm Mon-Fri. One free refill on glasses of select beer, cocktails and wine.
North Plaza Xintiandi, 181 Taicang Lu, near Madang Lu. 

2.30-7.30pm Mon-Fri. Half price on all drinks including wines, beers, spirits and more. 
North Plaza Xintiandi, 181 Taicang Lu, near Madang Lu.