Flask – If you're thirsty in Shanghai, this vintage Coca-Cola vending machine offers some unexpected refreshment. It's the secret entrance to Flask, a hidden cocktail bar in the former French Concession.
Flask's signature drink – Taiwan Plum Soup features Zacapa rum, an infusion of longan juice, sherry and creme de cassis, Prucia plum liqueur, sweet osmanthus wine, dried chrysanthemum flowers and a dusting of salty plum sugar on the rim of an earthenware cup.
Speak Low – Speak Low is the brainchild of Shingo Gokan, founder of New York's Angel's Share bar. The speakeasy is hidden behind a bookcase in a shop specializing in bartending equipment.
Award-winning drink – Speak Low's eponymous signature cocktail is a blend of green macha tea, Bacardi Superior and Bacardi 8 rums and Pedro Ximenez sherry. It's served with dark chocolate to match its bitter but intricate flavors.
Head bartender – The bar is helmed by Gokan's protege, Atsushi Suzuki.
Spirited Away – Suzuki's personal signature is Spirited Away cocktail -- a gin-based creation flavored with vermouth, yuzu marmalade and a spoonful of grated wasabi.
The Library Distillery – The entrance to The Library Distillery is hidden behind a mirror at Light and Salt restaurant in the historic Bund waterfront district.
Sichuan Sling – A Sichuan Sling, a signature cocktail at Library Distillery, contains Cachaca, grapefruit juice, Grand Marnier, tonic water and honey infused with Sichuan chili.
El Ocho – El Ocho cocktail bar shares the entrance with a flower shop -- handy if you've forgotten to buy a bouquet for your date.
Five-piece band – Hiker Yao, (left) bartender at El Ocho, prepares a Corpse of Old Tom, one of the venue's signature cocktails.
Corpse of Old Tom – Corpse of Old Tom, a variation on a Corpse Reviver, contains Ransom Old Tom gin, fresh lime, dry curacao and absinthe.
The Tailor Bar – The street level entrance to Tailor cocktail bar is a nondescript elevator next to a Chinese medicine store.
Customized drinks – David Hong, head bartender at Tailor, prepares a "Bamboo/Rob Roy hybrid." There is no cocktail menu. Each drink is tailored to the customer.