Brilliant views from glamorous Rooftop Terrace and Bar
October 9th, 2012
The modern Shanghai metropolis offers many spectacular views- with the dramatic 21st Century skyscrapers on the Pudong side of the Huangpu River vying for attention with the classic elegance of the 1920’s architecture of historic The Bund precinct buildings. Views are a highly prized feature of dining and drinking establishments on both sides of the river, and the many wonderful options already available are continually being added to, presenting both visitors and locals with a surfeit of choices.
Occupying a prime location at the northern end of The Bund, The Peninsula Shanghai, when completed in late 2009, was the first new building constructed on The Bund in 60 years. The luxurious hotel takes full advantage of its exceptional location astride the major bend in the Huangpu River, presenting superb unobstructed views in all directions. Built with a scale and design in harmony with the many neighboring heritage buildings, the main tower of The Peninsula Shanghai rises a modest 14 stories. The top floor is home to one of the finest contemporary European dining rooms in Shanghai- Sir Elly’s , and on the rooftop directly above, stands Sir Elly’s Terrace – a timber-decked outdoor bar and lounge space of intimate scale and a stylish, understated luxe.
Sir Elly’s Terrace is a superb venue for enjoying sunset or evening drinks whilst absorbing the breathtaking panorama that envelopes every part of the open-air terrace. The Terrace bar is open daily from 5pm (weather permitting as it is completely open to the elements)- and offers an enticing “Sunset Hours” promotion between 5pm and 8pm, with an offer of “Order one drink and second drink is complimentary”. The bar serves a full selection of cocktails (champagne cocktails are a specialty), premium spirits, champagnes, wines and beers, and with a concise selection of small bar bites available to compliment the drinks. DJ’s spin laid back, chill out tunes in the evenings- making Sir Elly’s Terrace an attractive option for sumptuous after-dinner drinks and relaxed conversations under the night sky.
The outdoor rooftop bar at Sir Elly’s Terrace
The “dress-circle” seats of the Terrace- the bright red-orange furnishings make a striking contrast with the dark timber deck and tables. The Terrace is an inverted “U” shape- wrapping around the river-front end of the hotel rooftop.
A section of the Terrace deck across the northern side of the rooftop- overlooking the historic Garden Bridge and the old British Consulate building and gardens.
The view downstream of the Huangpu River from the northern side of the Terrace deck area- with The Bund Historic Museum in the foreground
At the apex of the Sir Elly’s Terrace rooftop space- a long narrow bar, faced with a translucent glass, overlooks the entire panoramic sweep of the Shanghai skyline and Huangpu River
The terrace on the south side of the rooftop- featuring a long stand of bamboo plants, dark timber decking and furniture- highlighted by the vibrant red-orange upholstery of the chairs. And the view…
The view south along the Huangpu River, flanked by the famous The Bund riverfront promenade
Stunning daytime views transform into the spectacular evening light show of the Pudong skyline
The captivating night views of the city lights and boats plying the Huangpu River
A seat at the softly lighted bar whilst sipping a cocktail rewards with maybe the best view to be found in Shanghai
Sir Elly’s Terrace- rooftop at The Peninsula Shanghai
Address: 13th & 14th Floor, The Peninsula Shanghai, No. 32 The Bund, 32 Zhongshan Dong Yi Road, Shanghai. 200002. China
Metro: Line 2- East Nanjing Rd
Reservations: +86. 21. 2327 6756
Opening Hours: The outdoor Terrace is open for the months of April to November, and closes for the winter months.
Bar: Monday to Sunday 5:00 pm~ 12.00 am midnight ( weather permitting for outside Terrace)
Happy Hour: Sunset hours promotion 5:00 pm ~8:o0 pm – Order one drink and second drink is complimentary
Dress code: Smart casual
See also review article on SIR ELLY’S RESTAURANT & BAR