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Throwback Cocktails

February 07, 2014
Mr. Pitt

Most every corner of world has now welcomed a wave of speakeasy-styled sip-spots – yet another flow-on effect of the renaissance of anything and everything vintage – and Shanghai’s Xuhui district is no exception with lounges like Senator Saloon and The Boulevard having received rave reviews for their takes on the clandestine prohibition drinkery. Joining them at the fore now is the pre-Roaring Twenties-inspired bar Mr. Pitt, named for the man who purportedly coined the term ‘cocktail’, and where owner and mixology aficionado Charles Belin unsurprisingly highlights his uber old-school cocktails (made from recipes dating as far back as 1780) as stars of the sultry, dim-lit show.

The east-meets-west nightspot, with its qipao dresses, tiffany lamps, oriental dividers and slick, dark leather seats, brings to the table gin and bourbon-based classic and signature drinks like Aviations, Old Fashioneds and Mint Juleps along with a neat selection of rather more modern nibbles spanning truffle oil popcorn, diavola pizza, and pork and duck ‘duo de paté’. Though drinks will set you back a little more than they might have in the 20s, Belin’s blends, like true speakeasies, are totally worth it, if a tad hard to find. 

600-10 Shaanxi Bei Lu / Xuhui / +86 150 2693 1989 / 6pm-2am daily /