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Charlie's (Changshu Lu)
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    • ADDRESS:
      89 Changshu Lu,
      near Changle Lu
      常熟路89号, 近长乐路
    • PHONE:
      5403 8513
    • WECHAT:
      -
    • AREA:
      Xuhui
    • METRO:
      5 mins walk from Changshu Rd
    • HOURS:
      Daily, 11am-10pm
    • CARDS:
      Local cards accepted
    • PRICE:
      $$$$$
    • WEB:
      -
    • SmartShanghai.com Editor's Description
      In 2015, popular, pet-friendly neighborhood bar Piro rebranded itself as "Charle's", an upmarket fast-food spot slinging cheap-ish burgers, fries, shakes, and dog treats. It's still a comfy, casual neighborhood spot, with two floors, exposed ceilings, a large open kitchen with slabs of beef hanging from the ceiling, and lots of windows for natural light. The hamburger for 35rmb is the way to go here. Good patty and bun. They've got outdoor seating, and the good draft beer (Brooklyn Lager, Dead Guy, Urban IPA, or Cider Republic) is 45rmb all day, every day. They do pitchers too. Looks like a good spot for lunch or a quick burger and beer after work. Dogs and cats are welcome downstairs (but not upstairs), and they've got a menu with homemade dog biscuits and other canine treats.
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    • Independence Day Free Donuts and Brewmocracy

      What's more American than donuts and... Hoegaarden? Okay, sure, let's just run with it. For the 4th of July, Charlie's is slinging free donuts, made by Charlie (until they run out, probably). On top of that, the first 100 customers get a...
    • Happy 420 Deal

      One free famous Charlie's brownie with purchase of any burger. Available at both locations (89 Changshu lu & Jing'an Kerry Centre). An ideal way to celebrate this hallowed day.
    • Buy Any Hot Gog, Get a Free Beck's Draft

      Like the title says, Charlie's has a Tuesday deal where you can get a free glass of Beck's draft beer with a purchase of any hot dog. You can also add 15rmb to get Hoegaarden instead. Oh and you have to scan them on WeChat and become a...
    • Get A Free Beck's Draft With Your Meal

      Dog-friendly burger spot Charlie's has a new promo from 3-8pm: buy any burger and get a Beck's draft for free on Mondays. And on Tuesdays, you can get a free Beck's with any hotdog. Or you can add 15rmb to make it a Hoegaarden. Only...
    • Operation Winter Warmth

      Charlie's, the burger joint that used to be Piro and also makes dog biscuits and ice cream sundaes for dogs, has a clothes redistribution program during the week of Thanksgiving. They'll take your unwanted (clean) clothes and...
  • Good quality/price ratio
    For Charlie's (Changshu Lu) on May 31, 2016
    Value for Money
    Suitable for ...
    The Food
    A Date
    The Drinks
    With Family
    The Service
    Business Dinner
    Atmosphere
    With Friends
    NELEN
    Joined Jan 5, 2016
    Is Portuguese
    Posted 2 Reviews
    I've been ordering burgers and hot dogs from Charlie's (using Sherpa) for quite some time and it's basically what I'd expect. The place itself is quite nice, but the service is a bit slow.

    I went there with my wife during lunch time, on a Sunday, and even though the place was pretty much empty it took them about 30 minutes to serve my Cheeseburger and fries and my wife's hot dog and tomato soup (I believe that's what it was). The portions are a bit small, but they pride themselves of having much bigger patties than McDonalds, but it's just a tiny, tiny hamburger with quite a bit of meat, but very little... everything else. The bread they use is a bit sweet, which I'm not very fond of, but it's not too bad either, and overall the hamburger was tasty enough.

    The hotdog, however, was much better than the hamburger... they didn't really invent anything new; My wife wanted a classic hotdog, and that's what she got. I'd also say it's bigger than the hamburger.

    Overall the food was nice enough and I believe we paid less than 100RMB, which is very little compared to other 'fast food' restaurants in town (excluding big fast food chains). Burgers could be a bit bigger, hotdog was pretty good. Nice atmosphere too, and staff speaks English.

    I guess it's a great place if you want to have a meal with your friends at very decent prices... maybe even bring a date. The location is also pretty good, close to Jing'an Park and in a pretty central area.

    Go ahead and give it a try, it's inexpensive and pretty decent.
    Cheesy Goodness
    For Charlie's (Changshu Lu) on December 7, 2015
    Value for Money
    Suitable for ...
    The Food
    A Date
    The Drinks
    With Family
    The Service
    Business Dinner
    Atmosphere
    With Friends
    madscientist
    Joined Jan 31, 2012
    Is American
    Posted 4 Reviews
    I had been craving a cheeseburger for weeks, and it never helped that on my walk to Sproutworks everyday, I had to pass Charlies. It also hasn't helped that my dirty habit of Caliburger had been shut down by their ECOcity closurer... but anyhow. Their window humor also stuck with me for weeks.

    The BF and i show up and quickly determine there are burgers, fries, and dogs. He was amused by the Dog menu as well. A nice touch, but maybe make it a little smaller than the human menu.

    I respected the craft beers on tap- we ordered 2. They were served perfectly with no excessive foam. We ate: The bacon cheeseburger and the Cheeseburger (added extra grilled onions). And the awesome fries- because secretly that is what I wanted all along. Gooey- cheesy onioney fries. I was not disappointed.

    We stepped out for a smoke, then clambered up stairs to the dining room. I would never recommend to take a date there. It reminds me of a Wendy's back in the day- nice dining room, but never a place for serious romance (unless you were 12). Our food came shortly after. The waitress' remembered who we were and didn't have to struggle to put 2-and-2 together.

    I devoured the burger in 1.5 min flat. Cucumbers substituted for pickles. But the seasoning was good- black pepper and seasoned salt. The onions were fantastic and not to much. The patty held up well, though I couldn't help but noticed it looked smaller than what they claimed was 4 oz. Well balanced overall. Then I proceeded to eat the most delicious fries. They are truly as well made as In-and-out/ cali burger goodness.

    We were outta there in about 25 minutes. I'd go back again when I have a craving. Not really a sherpas kind of place though.

    Cheap as well. 210 rmb for the lot
    Winning!
    For Charlie's (Changshu Lu) on November 2, 2015
    Value for Money
    Suitable for ...
    The Food
    A Date
    The Drinks
    With Family
    The Service
    Business Dinner
    Atmosphere
    With Friends
    crack_a_lackin'
    Joined Sep 20, 2013
    Is British
    Posted 11 Reviews
    Thank goodness Piro's went through a renovation - it was getting very old in the tooth and had a bit of a seedy vibe towards the end. The light, bright new space is a breath of fresh air!

    These burgers are cheap - like Shanghai prices circa 2007. 40 kuai for a burger is a bargain now that you can get almost the same at Bistro Burger around the corner for twice the price. Great selection of craft beers on tap too to wash down the giant meat bogey. It tastes good, its better than McDs and burger king, with a generous portion and large buns. Its fast, friendly and tasty.

    Slick branding ties it all together, with all the little details bringing the whole space to a new level. I will be coming back. As Charlie Sheen would say...Winning!
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