The Roof

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570 Yongjia Lu
Part of the Surpass Court complex, The Roof unsurprisingly occupies the top floor of one block, spilling out onto a large T-shaped terrace among the Yongjia Lu treetops. Indeed, there are few surprises to be found at this comfortable lounge bar (unless you count the fact that it represents a Taiwanese travel agency’s first attempt to diversify their business interests) – but what it does, it does well.<BR><BR>The Roof boasts a large space including a cosy and brightly-coloured indoor lounge area. The lightwood bar wraps itself around two sides of the room with long rows of stools for the solo drinker.

At first glance, the cocktail list is unspectacular – but what it lacks in imagination, it makes up for in size (over 50 drinks, plus other classic cocktails not listed) and in the quality of what is served. The attention to detail with drinks such as the grapefruit mojito (78RMB), which uses fresh grapefruit (practically unheard of in Shanghai) and is muddled with mint picked from The Roof’s own window boxes, is just one example of how this bar puts a strong emphasis on the ingredients of their drinks – with excellent results.

Most land in the 55RMB-78RMB bracket, with certain drinks, such as a strong Long Island Ice Tea, costing 88RMB. Beers go from 40RMB for a bottle of Tsingtao to 75RMB for draft Hoegaarden, while the wine list has two whites and two reds on offer by the glass (55-60RMB). There’s also an impressive spirit list with whiskies ranging from Aberfeldy for 70RMB/glass to Glenmorangie Speyside for 200RMB/glass.

Jake Newby
Venue name: The Roof
Opening hours: 5pm-2am daily
Metro: Hengshan Lu
English address: Fourth Floor, Bldg 5, 570 Yongjia Lu, near Yueyang Lu, Xuhui district
Chinese address: 徐汇区永嘉路570号5号楼4楼, 近岳阳路