Connoisseur’s / 1/F / 1 Wulumuqi Lu / Xuhui / +86 21 5448 2822
Wine Plus Enoteca / 2/F / 1 Wulumuqi Lu / Xuhui / +86 21 5488 7200
Japanese-Style Cocktail Bars
Connoisseur's & Wine Plus Enoteca
In-the-know cocktail pursuers have for years packed into the narrow, no-frills Bar Constellation (and sister Constellation III) for smooth Nippon-style precision tipples, and this summer not one but two new ventures have arrived from the cocktail experts behind the series. Occupying the same building on Wulumuqi Lu, downstairs Connoisseur’s is a new cocktail bar from Shane Xie (protégé of Constellation’s famed Kin-san), while upstairs you’ll find Kin’s latest project, Wine Plus Enoteca.
Connoisseur’s, so named for its target drinkertariat clientele, bears the signature Japanese focus on quality cocktails, with a gentleman’s club vibe that manifests in the chestnut leather sofas, tufted armchairs, long wooden bar and warm lighting. The line-up of cocktails so far features many staples – among them the Aviation, Moscow Mule, and Old-Fashioned – although Xie is busy behind the bar mixing up his own twists on classic concoctions. But if you’re more in the mood for grape rather than grappa, head on upstairs to Wine Plus Enoteca. With similar (now Kin’s signature) décor and layout, the main difference here is the menu, with nary a cocktail to be found and instead a 97-page wine menu with a handful by the glass and hundreds by the bottle. If you simply can’t decide, try the tasting flights (five 50ml glasses), and pair with the bar menu of hams and cheeses.