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.