Spectacular 360° views over Shanghai from 87th floor CLOUD 9 Bar at the apex of iconic Jin Mao Tower
October 20th, 2012
Located at the penultimate 87th floor of the iconic Jin Mao Tower in Shanghai, CLOUD 9 is one of the highest bars in the world, providing guests with jaw-dropping views across the entire panorama of the sprawling Shanghai megalopolis. The showpiece bar of the Grand Hyatt Shanghai, CLOUD 9 occupies a dramatic post-modern space that wraps around the inner core of the building, creating a sequence of differing spaces, each framed with their own unique outlook over Shanghai from 350 metres above the ground. CLOUD 9 is one of the “must-visit” bars in Shanghai, and attracts both first time visitors to Shanghai and hotel guests ,as well as being a popular after-work meeting place for office workers in the adjacent Pudong financial district. Apart from serving up spectacular views, the bar entices guests to linger with selections of creative cocktails, champagnes and wines, and a comprehensive bar list of premium spirits, beers, and non-alcoholic drinks. A menu of tapas-style small bites and desserts are available to compliment the drinks. A resident DJ spins the hottest house, jazz-lounge and electro tunes.
CLOUD 9 is open daily- from 5pm on weekdays and from 2 pm on the weekends.
Access to the 87th floor “sky lounge’ is by dedicated elevators from the 85th floor- in turn reached with the hotel elevators from the main lobby level on 54th floor.
When first opened in 1999, the luxurious Grand Hyatt Shanghai was the highest hotel in the world, and although having been surpassed in recent years in China by its sister property the Park Hyatt Shanghai in the next door Shanghai World Financial Center building, and the Ritz Carlton in Hong Kong, it remains in the upper echelon of global super tall hotels. The Jin Mao Tower which houses the Grand Hyatt Shanghai was completed in 1998 and was until 2007 at a height of 420 metres, the tallest building in China. The iconic tower references Chinese architectural traditions with its tiered pagoda style edifice, and with due observance of the number 8 which is considered fortuitous in Chinese culture. Hence the building core is an octagon shape, the total number of floors is 88, and the structure is supported with 8 exterior supercolumns. The distinctive post-modern architectural style is expressed with the complex external curtain wall constructed from glass, granite, aluminium and stainless steel.
The interior of CLOUD 9 showcases the architectural construction elements to dramatic effect- with huge aluminium clad supporting columns rising diagonally from floor to ceiling, and chromed stainless steel internal columns. The eight-sided floor plan provides for a variety of intimate spaces, with all tables enjoying close-up proximity to the glass curtain wall for fabulous views. Each of the different sections of the bar differ somewhat in terms of layout, table arrangements etc. The structural materials are combined with dark mahogany timbers, and a soft amber lighting effect to create an atmosphere of warmth and sophisticated luxury.
The CLOUD 9 interiors feature high ceilings and full height windows for spectacular views from all tables.
A stunning corner space within CLOUD 9- with the steel structural beams dramatically rising from the floor to the ceiling.
Semi-private booth seating enclosures in the voluminous corner space.
The views from all sections of the bar are stunning.
The cladding of criss-crossed lattice work of aluminium tubing, designed to reduce glare, adds a dramatic visual framing effect.
The mezzanine level bar
At the far end of the CLOUD 9 space is a discrete, raised mezzanine section- holding a dimly lit, darkly sleek bar. The mezzanine bar offers an atmosphere of sophisticated exclusivity, and can be utilised for intimate private parties.
One of the stylish high bar tables adjacent to the glass wall.
A row of comfortable leather and timber high chairs present absolute window front panoramic views
The Night Views from 360 metres in the sky
The view to the west of the sprawling Shanghai megalopolis – looking across the Huangpu River- with the historic buildings of the The Bund spanning the riverfront promenade.
Selected Premium Cocktails
The Drinks menu at CLOUD 9 features selections of creative Signature Cocktails, Champagne Cocktails, and Premium Vodka, Rum, Gin, Whisky and Tequila Cocktails, Martinis, and seasonal specialty cocktails. Non-alcoholic cocktails are available, together with wines and champagnes, beers, and a full selection of premium spirits.
Light, “tapas” style dishes and snacks are available to share with the drinks, together with a Dessert Menu for after-dinner and late night indulgences.
“BLUE FIZZ”- Premium rum, Galliano, Blue Curacao, lemonade.
“LONG BEACH ICED TEA”- Premium gin,vodka, rum, Grand Marnier, cranberry juice.
CLOUD 9 Bar- sky lounge at Grand Hyatt Shanghai
Address: 87th floor, Grand Hyatt Shanghai, Jin Mao Tower, 88 Century Avenue, Pudong, Shanghai, 200121 China
Metro: Luijiazui station
Reservations: +86. 21. 5049 1234 Ext 8778
Sunday to Thursday 5:00 pm~ 01.00 am
Friday 5:00 pm ~ 02:00 am Saturday 2:00 pm ~ 02:00 am Sunday 2:00 pm ~ 01:00 am
Dress code: Smart casual
Photo of Jin Mao Tower attributed to Wikipedia