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39 Yongkang Lu
Almost everything is worth trying at this tiny cocktail bar on Yongkang Lu which offers a robust menu of strong, boozy drinks ‘for the boys’.

The kumquat martini is probably one of barkeep Max’s more approachable drinks. The kumquat-infused vodka has subtle, sweet undertones but it, too, still offers a fairly boozy profile. The other stand-out is the house ginseng martinez (80RMB), a robust rendition of the classic with ginseng-infused gin, sweet vermouth and maraschino liqueur.
Venue name: Ginseng
Opening hours: 4pm-2am daily
Metro: Shaanxi Nan Lu
English address: 39 Yongkang Lu, near Xiangyang Nan Lu, Xuhui district
Chinese address: 徐汇区永康路39号, 近襄阳南路