Gain access to the Speak LowShanghai, China
You must first weave through a shop selling bartending equipment before you can enter this multi-storey venue, concealed behind a sliding bookcase. The first floor – accessible via a tunnel and a flight of stairs – plays host to a lively, standing-room-only bar that pumps out cocktails. New York staples pepper the drinks list, interspersed with Asian-influenced libations such as the Eastern Paris, which combines brandy and aged Pu-erh tea.
To access level two, find the antique map on the stairs and put your orienteering skills to the test. Once you’ve located Shanghai and given it a poke, you’ll gain access to an intimate and slower-paced bar that serves up more elaborate, less classic cocktails. Patrons who drink here often enough will find themselves ushered past the ‘employees only’ sign on the stairs where yet another bar awaits.
- A hidden speakeasy reminiscent of the prohibition days…you just gotta try and find it
- Possibly the best cocktails you will have in Asia – try the Speak Low and the Banana Fostered Fashioned
- Three themed floors of cocktails – first floor is chilled with simple cocktails, second level is more atmospheric, and the third (secret) bar has high quality cocktails with professional bar keepers
- The higher you you go the more expensive the drinks become…if you’re on a budget stick to the first floor