Once known as the seedy, underground bar maze Da Tong Mill, this development just off Julu Lu has sprung back to life with a boatload of venues; restaurants, bars, lounges, live music venues, a pretty decent pizza place, a little performance theatre in a bar, the... Read more
Like El Luchador, but with a greater focus on tacos and tequila. Modeled after the one in Suzhou, and situated right next door to Hooked (they have passages between the two, as the bathroom's located on the Hooked side), it's got a chilled cantina sort of vibe. Big... Read more
"Boteco" loosely translates to "bar/pub/watering hole" in Portuguese. Launched as the most authentic Brazilian joint in a city where "Brazilian" evokes "all-you-can-eat BBQ" and "Samba Night," it's a watering hole built by Brazilians, for Brazilians. The highlight is... Read more
This confident storefront is the fourth edition of Shanghai's unofficial French Consulate, from a crew of ex-hospitality interns who decided they wanted to open their own bar. The focus continues to be a chilled, nice-looking place to get quietly hammered on imported... Read more
The newest addition to the Cyclo franchise, including the original Cyclo and Mr. Banh Mi, this contemporary Vietnamese restaurant is a good-looking eatery that does an expanded version of the original menu. They've incorporated Laotian and Cambodian dishes, like lak... Read more
From British pop-up restaurateur Nat Alexander and his partner Ken Shi, Homeslice is a no frills pizzeria with light nods to the New York origins of the main menu item; New York-style pizza––big, juicy slices served on paper plates that you fold in half like a... Read more
Doubling in capacity from their storied space which closed last year on Fuxing Lu, the new JZ Club is oriented as a proper theater space / concert hall, with a stage set up at one end and basically the entire rest of the club a general audience table seating area, a... Read more
Nightclub in Found 158, a bit more underground than TAXX and less trap-heavy than Arkham. The owner is a fashion photographer from Beijing and he's divided the place into two rooms: a front area with the bar, ping-pong tables and a slightly impractical lounge area,... Read more
From the people who brought you Pasha's, Pera's a new concept down in Found 158 with a menu of new and classic Turkish dishes, along with seafood and doner kebab. In early 2018 it also added Indian... Read more
Physical outpost for German craft brewery Zapfler down in the Sunken City (Found 158), it's a beer joint with 12 beers and cider on tap, as well as being the only place in the city you can get draft Heike Mate. They occasionally do some experimental brews, like a... Read more
One of the biggest nightclubs in Shanghai, it has two floors, 3,000 square meters of partying space with an industrial look. TAXX is owned by Shanghainese actor Zheng Kai, a high-profile celeb among younger Chinese audience and frequently spotted on many popular... Read more
A bar mixing grill and cocktails, run the folks behind Barbarian. The indoor decor has a strong Moroccan touch: wooden tables under shimmering pendants, white stone walls and an entire floor lined with irregular brick tiles. On the menu are grilled meats and... Read more
A "sports bar" in Found 158 dressed up to look like a hip-hop club, BALLERS doesn't have much to recommend it except the clean, high-tech beer pong tables, which are decidedly rad. They have two, made by Hong Kong company PongConnect, and they light up and play music... Read more
From the inscrutable depths of Anson Chen's mind comes a new concept that combines magic with mixology. Close-up magic performances from some big name magicians in Asia like Chen himself, his partner Joe Deng and his M37 crew, and a cocktail list by Chris Xi, which... Read more
Modern brasserie with a Belgian Twist. There're 14 draft beers and a large selection of bottled beers available (mostly Belgian). Selection of bar-friendly snacks, including fusion foods such as BAO burgers and Japanese style skewers. Read more
An upscale Japanese spot with a Taiwanese chef. It's got a silent sliding glass door, leading into a minimalist, slick-looking warren of dining rooms. They've got a raked pebble garden out front. Mostly it looks to be seafood, imported from Hokkaido, but they've got... Read more
A classy little cocktail lounge tucked in between Zapfler and Blackstone Magic Bar down in Found 158. The name, DEUS, is the Latin word for deity, and their signature drinks on the cocktail list namedrop a couple fan-favorites on the celestial scenes. They've got a... Read more
The late Tongren Lu late-night underground club is back as part of Club Nuke down in Found 158. The new venue has two rooms and two different spaces; the main room is the more contemporary "Nuke," and the second room, "La La Land" is for more underground tastes. Read more
The smaller, more 'intimate' lounge at the back of Arkham. It's got its own cocktail list, and looks built for smaller events and/or private afterparties for the visiting DJs. Read more
The second location of Bombay Bistro (after its Yongfu Lu space closed), remains a swanky-looking Indian restaurant/lounge/bar offering a Shanghai-conscious update on standard Indian restaurants -- hipper, trendier, and serving cocktails. Menu has things like Soft... Read more
A gastropub in Found 158, coming from Australian brewery Little Creatures and Camel Group. Little Creatures permanently on tap for 50-55rmb, plus more from the same owners. Stand-out features are a ‘randall' which infuses beers with flavors on the spot, and a canner,... Read more
Brought to you by Camel Group, Hooked is tentatively described as the baby brother of the Bull & Claw. The decor’s like a cross between a beach-front fish and chips shop and the cabin on a cruise ship taking you to Marbella or something. It does fish and chips... Read more
Arkham is picking up right where it left off. The total area of the new Arkham is about 1/3 bigger than the old one, including two VIP rooms on both sides of the main area (one has its own bar and toilets), a VIP artist room, and another separate VIP bar with its own... Read more
Crash landing in the Da Tong Bar Mill is D10 Ultra Lounge -- "the longest themed ultra lounge in the world". D10 is built to resemble a commercial airliner, and they take the theme to extremes with air stewardesses as waitresses, captains as bartenders, airplane... Read more
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Sometimes the city just has these little bits and pieces of news from the F&B world that you want to know but don’t belong anywhere. They are F&B crumbs. We’ve cleared the table and wadded them up for you. This week, it’s mostly openings. Read more...
And then there were two . After a solid five-year residency on the almost-but-not-quite vibrant Dagu Lu bar street, CDS Dagu will be closing its doors this Saturday. Deets after the jump. Read more...
End of another week, Shanghai! It feels like it's been Wednesday for three days, is it just me? Anyway, we've got a couple of new high-end openings in Changning Raffles City. One's the first mainland spot by Yannick Alleno , the other is some guy called
Here are your brunch options in the sunken city. Hooked, El Santo, and Pera on this month’s edition of The Brunch Review. Read more...
This one's been a bit of an open rumor for a few weeks now but, yeah, club managers STD have officially confirmed that yes indeed they are opening a new Arkham club in Found 158 . They're shooting for an April opening date and are already booking acts. There's a few... Read more...
Hey, drinkers and diners. It’s that time again. A bunch of fancy new places open, old places close, also there’s now a food delivery service available for your dog. God bless you, Shanghai. Read more...
Whoah, Shanghai, hang on a sec. We know you’re halfway out the door but we've got a final F&B gossip pick-me-up scheduled for today. One for the road? The Giant Red Rooster Year has smiled upon us and kept things fairly quiet except for one or two big-name exits and some more chatter about Found 158 -- wait, come back, we... Read more...
The F&B rumor mill grinds on at an increasing rate. What else is new. Uh, The Camel's back, there's a couple new bars from the boys at Tailor , Arkham's still shut,
Breaking pizza news. Stop the pizza presses. Long-time Shanghai restaurateur Nat Alexander, formerly of the much missed Fulton Place and currently of the well-received Yang Jing Bang pop-ups around town, is opening a pizza place in the
Death and rebirth on Julu Lu -- the Da Tong Mill rises from the grave. Read more...