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Kaiba (Jing'An)
    • ADDRESS:
      479 Wuding Lu,
      near Shaanxi Bei Lu
      武定路479号, 近陕西北路

    • PHONE:
      6288 9676
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    • AREA:
    • METRO:
      10 mins walk from Changping Rd
    • HOURS:
      Mon-Fri, 10am-2am
      Sat-Sun, 2pm-2am
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    • Editor's Description
      Originally located on Kangding Lu, it's new location is Shanghai's original Belgian beer bar and it remains popular for its large and well-concieved beer selection, decent food and relaxed atmosphere. It has a massive menu of the finest lagers and ales in Europe. Beer is, of course, heavily slanted towards Belgium: they stock over 50 varieties, including Trappist, abbey, blonds, trippels, Lambic Kriek, and Geuze. Those serious about beer in Shanghai should see this place.
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    • Lunch Set

      Power up with the new and improved Kaiba lunch set. With a few different selections, the set includes a soup or salad of the day, main, dessert, and a soft drink for just 68rmb. Available Monday to Friday 11am to 2pm.
    • Buy-One-Get-One Burger Tuesdays

      Burger Tuesday deal on at Kaiba. Buy-one-get-one-classic burger for 68rmb. Every Tuesday, from 7pm till midnight.
    • DJ Nights @ Kaiba

      All venues of Kaiba host a rotating DJ night replete with beer deal. Check the flyer below for specific days on the rotation. Beer deal is buy-one-get-one on Kaiba's craft for 35mrb. Starts from 7pm on a given night.
      • Nightlife | Kaiba (Jing'An) | Every Wed, Thu, Sat until Sep 30
      • 2017-08-16 Finished
    • Happy Hour

      38rmb nett on select draft beers. Simple. Neat.
      • Nightlife | Kaiba (Jing'An) | Daily until Aug 31 2017
      • 2017-03-03 Finished
    • Story Telling by the Local Chinese Elderly

      Beyond the Bund is back for a week of summer shows before they pack it in until October. The storytelling event is a Beyond the Bund favorite, and features stories from the 1960's told by the Chinese elders who lived them. This show...
      • Community | Kaiba (Jing'An) | Daily until Jul 31 2017
      • 2017-07-24 Finished
  • What a real pub is like
    For Kaiba (Jing'An) on May 31, 2016
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    Joined Aug 30, 2007
    Posted 2 Reviews
    In England, before pubs stopped being just pubs and became gastropubs, or just stopped being pubs and were turned into apartments, a pub was a simple thing, a beautiful thing.

    I grew up in an England where pubs were the centre of communities, where people just popped in to see who was around. I worked through my university years in local pubs. Sadly, it's a something that's rarer and rarer to find these days.

    Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against gastropubs (apart from the name and, in some cases, the crummy food that is served), but they rarely capture the spirit of what a pub was about. They are casual restaurants, in old pubs, and some of them serve some of best cooking you can find in the UK.

    But a pub should be a place where you can go on your own, and sit with a pint and the newspaper (or look at the news on your phone), or stare at the wall without judgement. It should be a place where you can find conversation with someone else if you want.

    A pub should be a place where you can meet with friends for a quick catch up, or a prolonged session where you set the world to rights.

    A pub should have dark corners to hide in, and large tables to celebrate at. Its decoration should be simple, the music should be in the background and the food should be simple and enough to soak up what you've drunk, but shouldn't clamour for attention.

    Ideally a pub should have a pool table and a juke box.

    Kaiba is the closest place in Shanghai to a real pub, and while the beer selection is something to shout about (better than any place I grew up drinking in), it's not for these reasons that I love it. It's because it gets most of the other stuff right.

    I haven't been to any of them as much as I would have liked to have done. As I sat last week on the balcony overlooking Wuding Lu looking out, I felt a real happiness, genuine relaxation and was reminded of a real pub.

    They may not have a juke box, and Wuding Lu doesn't have a pool table, but they've got closest to the real thing of any place in Shanghai. Including the sickly sweet aroma of spilt beer absorbed into wood. They try to create a sense of community with their annual crayfish boil and other such events.

    Long Live Kaiba!
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