LE BARON SHANGHAI
Part of the global Le Baron family, Shanghai’s branch of the preternaturally cool chain has quickly become the hardest door to get through since opening in 2014. Once you do wriggle past the door betch (arrive before 10.30pm if you want a safer bet), you’ll find sultry red interiors, two sizeable bars and a discoball-topped dancefloor that catches a lot of action at the weekends.
Come early to grab pre-game cocktails on the urban garden roof terrace when the weather’s good. Dress nice.
Price: drinks from RMB60, tables from RMB3,000 (more when there’s a famous DJ in the house)
Who’s going: the beautiful and the damn trendy, locals and expats, the occasional celebrity
Good for: seeing and being seen, dancing, impressing guests