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Posted 24 Reviews
Shanghai Brewery rates as the best overall microbrewery in Shanghai. When you consider the quality of the beer, the environment, the food and the prices all together, Shanghai Brewery hands down the is Shanghai's best microbrewery.
For best beer, that goes to The BREW . The BREW's beers are exceptional. I'd say Shanghai Brewery has the second best microbrews in Shanghai, with good flavor and variety. At Shanghai Brewery, like at the BREW, everyone will find at least one beer that they like, even if it is a sweet peach beer. Paulaner's wheat beer is quite good, but they only have a couple of German style beers. I won't comment about Dr Beer or Boxing Cat's beers, although some people seem to like their beers.
For environment, Shanghai Brewery has got it right: well designed, spacious & good music. Paulaner has a Philipino band, which is noisy. And the German benches are not comfortable, although I like some of the German touches in their decor and I love the building Paulaner is in. The BREW is certainly a cool place, but it is too modern design and the music is too impersonal.
For pricing, Shanghai Brewery has very good prices for its microbrew. And great happy hour prices. The BREW and Paulaner are both much too expensive, pricing beer as a high end luxury product. Well, The BREW is in a 5-star hotel so you can expect high prices there.
For food, Shanghai Brewery has a solid menu with good variety. The food I have eaten at Shanghai Brewery has all been pretty good, from Fish and Chips to Fajitas. Paulaner's food is really quite bad. I have not yet tred the food at The BREW.
Posted 22 Reviews
Despite my initial scepticism due to a handful of failed successors in the same location and some second hand feedback I went do SB with a couple of friends. Trhee word for you: Awesome Happy Hour. Beer is clean, cold and refreshing ( i tried the dark stout, the Ipa and the Pilsner) and definitely almost every beer fan will find his/her favourite. The Monday Kicker: Order 1 Pizza and get 2 glasses of Beer with it (small glass) for 80 Ren Min Bucks. Or go for the pint @ 28Kuai. and check out the HUGE heap of Nachos Grande. Come ON! Only thing is: it's pretty noisy and the place is seriously understaffed. Get these two issues sorted and you will see me more often!
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Posted 14 Reviews
Great new addition to the Hengshan road triangle. Location is perfect and the decor is well designed and inviting while the high tables and dark woods give it that English pub style feeling.
The food is excellent and their wings are some of the best in town. Pizzas, burgers, chicken and salads are all worth trying and the pints of the house brewed beer are all satisfying. Their happy hour drink prices (28 RMB for a pint) are a perfect addition to draw the thirsty masses to this well designed and well run brew pub.
Recommend it highly for meeting with friedns, a date or even a causal business lunch.
Posted 1 Reviews
Have seen this Shanghai Brewery place under renovation for months at the corner. Finally it's open! Went last Friday night.
First impression - The outside looks like it fits in the area. Inside, the place looks modern, shiny beer tanks, etc. But it's quite dark inside. And it felt a bit cold, although as the place filled up it felt better and better... the drinks we had helped, too :-).
Our waitress tried hard. When we asked which of their beers to try, she immediately told us the Amber Beer. And it was actually quite good. To me more of a summer beer though, and it was not high price. They put too much ice in the soda water - about 50% ice! They didn't even ask if we want ice. Our waitress was helpful, she got us a glass with much less ice. We had the beef nachos - expensive but a huge portion! The fish and chips price was not low but the portion was also big, 2 pieces. And it was very good fish, crispy and not too oily. We also had the chicken fajitas for about 80rmb, again not cheap but a big portion. Another complaint, the sangria fruit pieces were too small.
The place really filled up after a while and our waitress was busy. But when we got her attention she rushed over to help us.
There was only a single men's toilet! But they informed us that their main toilet is upstairs. And they are not even fully opened. I went and used the upstairs toilet, and it looks to me like the upstairs needs a few more weeks to be ready - a typical place under renovation with tables upside down and legs being screwed in, etc.
Should be a pretty nice place when it it fully open. It's certainly a VERY WELCOME change from the previous bar in the same location that had shady looking girls.
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From: Chinese - American (Banana)
Went with 5 friends to dinner to try the food. I had their beer before at the kerry centre beer festival last year. Since they opened a new location, we decided to give it a try.
Good: The decor is really nice and you can tell money was spent on real wood trim, new bar and ventilation. It was a decent crowd but at 830 pm, it was more like a gay bar with only 5% being girls. The food taste good but......see below....
Bad: ordered a diet coke since I am on medication. It came in a 12 oz glass but 80% full. My friends ice tea 30+ rmb was the same way. I was like where is the rest of the drink? For 28 rmb or 4.25 USD this is all I get? I asked the waitress and male manager about it and they said they only give "ba fun" or 80%. Next we ordered their sampler consisting of calamari, onion rings and mozzarella sticks. Sounds yummy but for 70 rmb you only get 5 pieces of onion rings, 4 small shrivels of what looks like calamari and 4 half cooked mozzarella sticks. Again the wait staff acknowledge this is all they give.
The service staff is plentiful but untrained. I ordered a glass of water that took a year to come and when my friend wanted a glass, they said they ran out. Whoever owns this place needs to train their people better and Get a soda fountain with guns,
The other food portions were sized proportionate to what you would think, it's still an overprice joint so come for the ok tasting beer but eat somewhere else. For all the money they spent on renovating from the previous dump, they are trying to make fast money on the non beer drinkers.