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Speak Low

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579 Fuxing Zhong Road, Huangpu District, 200025 Shanghai, China

The secret entrance to Shingo Gokan's hip bar is now common knowledge, judging by the crowds that flock here. A slide-away bookcase in a cocktail equipment shop leads to a funky bar that wouldn't look out of place in downtown Manhattan and serves fine-tuned signatures and well-wrought New York staples. The second floor is more refined with rarefied spirits and Japanese-style attention to detail. Don't miss the eponymous Speak Low cocktail, featuring Bacardi Superior, Bacardi 8, Pedro Ximenez sherry and matcha.

Speak Low is the 2018 Heering Legend of the List, an award for the bar that has performed most consistently over the history of Asia's 50 Best Bars.