el Coctel

el Coctel

Sometimes you need the best of both worlds -- good food with goods drinks -- el Coctel hits both marks.
2/F, 47 Yongfu Lu, near Fuxing Xi Lu 永福路47号, 近复兴西路 +86 21 6433 6511
5 p.m. to 3 a.m.
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el Coctel - Shanghai
The people lining up outside el Coctel's door might claim they're there for the drinks, but we think they have an ulterior motive: the ham and emmental cheese sandwich.

el Coctel does just about everything right from the cocktails to the atmosphere and food. Expect Western prices, for both the food and cocktails but you get what you pay for: this is one of the best bars in the city.

What draws people back? One word: sammies. They are as good here as the bar’s premium, Japanese-inspired cocktails, each deemed perfect by bartender Munenori Harada.

The snack menu includes lots of el Willy-style, bite-sized goodies, like Iberian ham, cured meats, olives and anchovies. Not your average pub fare to say the least.

“el Coctel is an extension of el Willy, which is well known for quality food and service. The tapas format fits perfectly for the drinking, talking, snacking environment,” explains General Manager Marty Campaign.

He says that the 36-month aged Iberico ham plate, paired with a well-aged single malt whisky is “better than therapy.”

“I think many people arrive at el Coctel with a particular craving in mind. Yes, it’s as often the sandwiches as often as its the drinks,” says Campaign.