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8 ½ Otto e Mezzo BOMBANA Shanghai has a strikingly elegant bar that’s open from 4 p.m. until late, so you can show up here before dinner for a leisurely cocktail and gourmet bar snacks and continue imbibing well after dinner. The bar is nothing short of fantastic so make sure you leave time for one or the other. The bar menu is literally a book. The 40-page hardcover includes loving descriptions of the drinks and even recipes. It’s a pleasure to browse, running from the restaurant’s original signature cocktails through a broad selection of interesting spirits like aged vermouths and homemade infusions. The centerpiece behind the bar is a shimmering 9-kilo (20 pound) block of ice. Italian master mixologist Dario Gentile is the suave and impressively knowledgeable man behind the bar — just tell him what you’re in the mood for and he will help you select something from the tome of drinks.