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Patio Porn: The 2018 Edition
We've got covered patios, rooftop patios, garden patios, classy patios, we've even got club patios. That's some good patio. Oh yeah.
By Jun 14, 2018 Nightlife
Patios. The only good things about Shanghai summers. Ideally, with a happy hour or a brunch deal.

Here's a list of the newer ones, or at least the ones that opened since the last time we did one of these (... 2016?) that are worth getting sunstroke on. Sunstricken. Sunstruck. It's in alphabetic order because we're sick of being accused of favoritism and because Cafe Grey has the best one so it'll be near the top.

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Barraco


559 Fuxing Zhong Lu, near Sinan Lu View ListingTaxi Printout

Barraco

What It Is: Gaudily decorated beachhouse-looking favela shack built into the front of a lanehouse, this place serves Brazilian snacks and, naturally, caipirinhas. Enjoy them (and others) at half-price, if you're a lady, during their Tuesday ladies night.

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Blackbird 2.0


Columbia Circle, Bldg 8, 1262 Yan’an Xi Lu, near Pa... View ListingTaxi Printout

Blackbird

What It Is: The three-story Number 8 building in the newly-opened Columbia Circle belongs to ex-Dongping Lu resident Blackbird. Cocktails, lunch fare, leafy environment, lovely design, two patio options, one on the ground floor, one on the herb garden on the roof, currently only open for events/group reservations.

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Bull & Claw


110 Fenyang Lu, near Fuxing Zhong Lu View ListingTaxi Printout

Bull

What It Is: Cozy but not cramped garden mansion, with a menu dedicated to well-done steak, lobster and misc. In addition to the large ground-floor outdoor dining space, the second floor balcony's real lovely and west-facing. This one's usually bustling. Go for the free-flow brunch, obviously, or the happy hour.

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Café Gray Deluxe


3/F, The Middle House, 366 Shimen Yi Lu, near Weihai ... View ListingTaxi Printout

Cafe

What It Is: Dining headliner of new hotel The Middle House, a half-moon shaped bar/lounge/restaurant hugging the outside of Taikoo Hui Mall. Big appeal is the muted ambience and the remarkably reasonable price point for food and especially cocktails. Oh, and their sick, sick terrace. They use it to serve a three-course, 228rmb weekend brunch.

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Colca


2/F, 199 Hengshan Lu, near Yongjia Lu View ListingTaxi Printout

Colca

What It Is: Serial restaurateur Eduardo Vargas doing the food of his heritage: Peruvian. It's a nice place. The central patio area is housed by a cocktail bar on the one side, a private banquet table on the other, and the main dining area in a few larger rooms on the one end. Works just as well for cocktails, snacks or a sit-down meal. They've got Estrella Damm beers for 30rmb a glass or a bucket of five for 100rmb for the World Cup coming up, and a daily happy hour.

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Found 158


158 Julu Lu, near Ruijin Lu View ListingTaxi Printout

Found

What It Is: It's one big patio. The whole thing. Just squat in the middle. Set up a lean-to wherever you like, start busking for change to spend at any of the, what, forty venues down there? You could probably live down here. Die, too. Zapfler and Cafe des Stags has a boatload of food deals, for example. Happy hours abound.

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Funka Del Sur


163 Yanping Lu, near Wuding Lu View ListingTaxi Printout

Funka

What Is It: The latest addition to the Funkadeli empire, they're slinging aperitivo-style drinks and South American-inspired street food. Drinks menu includes some "del sur" classics like capirinhas, mojitos and margaritas. Mezcal's big on the menu. The patio's covered, with a handful of tall tables and a couple couches. They've got their daily happy hour, as well as a Funkadeli brunch pop-up that's on until July 1.

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Highline


6/F, 282 Huaihai Zhong Lu, near Huangpi Nan Lu View ListingTaxi Printout

Highline

What It Is: Contemporary American and cocktails place from John Liu (Coquille, Scarpetta), Cody Allen (Le Baron), and Michael Sun. The plan: All-day and late night California classics cuisine. The look: mid-century Miami-fornia minimalist chic sunken living room batch pad. The expansive patio's got a stunning view of People's Square. Nice spot for brunch.

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Lago


6/F, Bellagio Hotel 188 Bei Suzhou Lu, near Zhapu Lu View ListingTaxi Printout

Lago

What Is It: Shanghai Bellagio's marquee restaurant, a modern Italian fine dining from acclaimed Spanish chef Julian Serrano, celebrated for putting traditional Continental cuisine through his own idiosyncratic, bubbly, molecular prism. The food is excellent. It's got an entry corridor that looks wrested from a nightclub, and a terrace overlooking the Suzhou Creek.

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Lil' Laundry


Unit 120, 1376 Nanjing Xi Lu, near Xikang Lu View ListingTaxi Printout

Lil'

What Is It: The sequel to serial restaurateur Kelley Lee's Liquid Laundry, maybe one-fourth the size, serving food items (more seafood in particular), a bunch of Boxing Cat beers on tap, a list of cocktails, idiosyncratic pub grub. Less of a nightlife, lounge-y sort of vibe compared to the other LL and more like a cafe-by-day, pub-by-night kind of thing. Their big ol' terrace extends into one of only two shafts of sunlight piercing the interior of the Shanghai Center. Head down on a Wednesday when they kill a keg for your drinking pleasure.

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Lokal by Wagas


202 Wukang Lu, near Fuxing Xi Lu View ListingTaxi Printout

Lokal

What Is It: From the ever-resilient Wagas group, this place does a bit of everything from their Baker & Spice and Wagas menus; coffees, pastries, a couple international dishes and a lovely garden courtyard. Even if you can't get a seat outside (it's often packed around lunchtime), the interior spaces open up a bit so you can still get that summer breeze.

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Mercado 505


505 Wulumuqi Bei Lu, near Huashan Lu View ListingTaxi Printout

Mercado

What It Is: Mercado 505, occupying a prime location in among the hotels at Wulumuqi Lu and Huashan Lu, is the same market-to-table concept as its original Cool Docks location, but bigger. The patio's usually buzzing with Spanish expats and curious diners, service is excellent, great location, and the sangria's great too.

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Moka Bros


1/F, 108 Xiangyang Bei Lu, near Xinle Lu View ListingTaxi Printout

Moka

What Is It: Straight outta Sanlitun Beijing, Moka Bros is a well-honed, market-tested power (and poke and smoothie) bowls, wraps, sandwiches, smoothies, juices, coffee, wine, breakfast, brunch place, dinner, just about everything short of a baptismal font. Their outdoor area's tucked around the side of the building, with a mix of couches, booths and loungers. Go for the weekday breakfast.

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Nest


6/F, 130 Beijing Dong Lu, near Huqiu Lu View ListingTaxi Printout

Nest

What It Is: Super popular bar / restaurant / lounge by nightclub brand Muse Group and Grey Goose vodka, right by the Rockbund Art Museum. They specialize in vodka-based cocktails and high-end bar food like oysters and steaks. Good design, good drinks, great food, nice view.

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Oxalis


The Waterhouse Hotel, The Cool Docks, 1/F, 1-3 Maojiayu... View ListingTaxi Printout

Oxalis

What It Is: Chief dining establishment for The Waterhouse, it's headed up by Alsace native Executive Chef Jonas Noel (most recently L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon), serving up a range of French classics with some interesting takes that reflect his international experience. The open-air inner courtyard is surrounded by all the hip architectural know-how of acclaimed designers Neri & Hu.

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Pine at Ruijin


InterContinental Shanghai Ruijin No. 11, Lane 118 Ruiji... View ListingTaxi Printout

Pine

What It Is: From the people behind Light & Salt, this fancy-looking French restaurant's located inside the InterContinental Shanghai Ruijin. The menu's deft, white-tablecloth and photogenic.

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RAC Bar


Bldg 14, 332 Anfu Lu, near Wukang Lu View ListingTaxi Printout

RAC

What It Is: A few of the people behind Far West set up a new creperie/wine bar behind their street-front coffee stall. They're slinging a couple of throwbacks to the Far West menu, notably sweet/savory crepes and egg-related dishes, as well as a decent selection of wine. They are insanely popular, especially on weekends. They've just started a seasonal dinner menu from 6-11pm every day, though, so if you haven't been in a while, now's a good time to check back.

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seul&SEUL


HKRI Taikoo Hui 3/F, 789 Nanjing Xi Lu, near Shimen Yi... View ListingTaxi Printout

seul&seul

What It Is: A "bistronomy" spot that opened up in July 2017. Created by two chefs, Bill Hu and Michelin-starred Johnny Jiang, it's a fine-dining restaurant with a little bistro in its ambience and attitude, serving food from southern France. Nice rooftop terrace, too. They're even doing promotions for the World Cup.

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The Cut Rooftop


7/F, 999 Huaihai Zhong Lu, near Shaanxi Nan Lu View ListingTaxi Printout

The

What It Is: An upscale casual dining lounge thing aimed at a young professionals crowd, the menu's taken a turn from the steak and fries downstairs into "too big to be tapas, too snackable to be a sit-down meal" territory. Comes alive in the evenings with more of a cocktail-lounge vibe; regular live DJs, a financially sound happy hour on their GnTs, and a Ladies Night.

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Together


546 Yuyuan Lu, near Zhenning Lu View ListingTaxi Printout

Together

What It Is:A French-Asian casual fine-dining restaurant anchored around the talents of chef Bina Yu, who was formerly at very decent Korean restaurant Chi-Q, and the team behind Commune Social. Dressed up and stylish, but still approachable, it's bedrock French cuisine with some interesting Korean flourishes. The ice cream is really good as well. Their green, bamboo-ringed terrace sits against a low brick-wall separating it from Yuyuan Lu.

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WET BAR


W Shanghai – The Bund 4/F, 66 Lvshun Lu, near Dongcha... View ListingTaxi Printout

Wet

What It Is: Latin-inspired tapas and cocktail open-pool-slash-bar in the W Shanghai with a view over Pudong. They're focused on throwing parties associated with contemporary music, fashion, and youth culture trends with guests coming for the party first and then staying for the everything else. Head down for "The David Hervé Oyster Experience."

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Yongfoo Elite


200 Yongfu Lu, near Hunan Lu View ListingTaxi Printout

Yongfoo

What Is It: This clubhouse has served as a consulate for the UK, Russia and Vietnam over the years. The graceful manor is now a private leisure club that offers gourmet cuisine and live music in a gentle ambiance, with a real old-world charm garden. Don't miss Keep it Quiet, their bar nestled in a back corner, which runs regular, and weird, music nights.

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Sense 8 (Xintiandi)


No. 8, Lane 181 Taicang Lu, near Huangpi Nan Lu View ListingTaxi Printout

Sense

What It Is: a Cantonese restaurant that openly pays tribute to Hong Kong's famous old-school teahouse, Luk Yu. It serves some of Luk Yu's iconic dishes, and although the food is no match for the iconic Hong Kong tea house, if you're looking for an atmospheric meal, it's worth a try. They do lunch and dinner, with dinner being somewhat harder to get a reservation for.

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Zeitgeist


537 Haifang Lu, near Xikang Lu View ListingTaxi Printout

Zeitgeist

What It Is: Modern Bavarian eatery and pub, they've got the dark wood tables and chairs but they haven't tried to make it look like it's a ski lodge or anything. The beer selection's decent and pretty cheap, while the food's homey, German and down-to-earth. The back patio's not huge, but it really comes into its own when they're hosting something like a beer festival, such as the one coming up this weekend. Or just go for the daily happy hour.

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