While its moniker may have you imagining a raucous, strobe-lit space of thumping beats, new Xuhui nightspot Epic is in fact a decidedly intimate and understated affair. Tucked away on Gaoyou Lu, the hip sipper is a tri-level haven of secluded nooks and industri-chic accents, and – as you’d expect from the debut solo venture of former Muse on The Bund barman Cross Yu – the perfectly crafted cocktails are, well... exactly that!
Bypass the first-floor seating and shimmy straight up to the second storey, where a bottle-lined bar strung with bare bulbs shares space with black banquettes and concrete walls. Bag one of the sequestered corner booths or slink through to the plush outdoor terrace, but we think you’d do better to pinch a perch at the counter and ogle the small team of mixmasters showing off their flair for flair. What you won’t find is an extensive menu; instead, plump for one of the signature tipples like the Scotch-based Move West, or name your classic cocktail of choice, or better yet, tell your bartender which flavours tickle your tastebuds and they can whip you up something entirely bespoke. Epic, indeed.
17 Gaoyou Lu / Xuhui / +85 21 5411 1189 / 6pm-late daily