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    • ADDRESS:
      1081 Wuding Lu,
      near Jiaozhou Lu
      武定路1081号, 近胶州路
    • PHONE:
      5237 3085
    • WECHAT:
      -
    • AREA:
      Jing'an
    • METRO:
      10 mins walk from Changping Rd
    • HOURS:
      Mon, 4pm-1am
      Tue-Thu & Sun, 12pm-1am
      Fri&Sat, 12pm-2am
    • CARDS:
      Local and international cards accepted
    • PRICE:
      $$$$$
    • WEB:
      -
    • SmartShanghai.com Editor's Description
      Spanish tapas bar.
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    • 2017-05-20 Finished

      Pouring for Paws

      Pouring for Paws runs 12.30pm to 3.30pm -- 100rmb gets you 2 drinks and tapas. 20% of proceeds will go to helping animals in need. HAve a few drinks on Saturday and give back.
      Dining | Malabar | on Sat May 20, 2017
    • 2015-09-14 Finished

      Happy Hour

      Malabar serves up Spanish Tapas and has a daily happy hour from 4-8pm. They've got 20% off select drinks that start at 20rmb.
      Nightlife | Malabar | Daily
    • 2015-06-13 Finished

      A Malabar Wine Route

      Two different "routes" of Spanish wines are up for tasting, with some free finger food along the way. The Jing'An wine bar is giving four tasting glasses from different regions in Spain for 100rmb. That's from 4-7pm, then there's deals...
      Dining, Nightlife | Malabar | on Sat Jun 13, 2015
    • 2013-08-27 Finished

      Lunch Deal

      Malabar Spanish restaurant does set lunches Tuesday through Friday from 55-75rmb on weekdays for a starter and a main. Sundays they do paella for 65rmb a portion.
      NOT TAGGED | Malabar | Daily
    • 2014-09-20 Finished

      Lucano Meets Spain

      This tapas restaurant and bar is doing a party with music, tapas, and Lucano cocktails at half price. Lucano is an Italian after-dinner liqueur made with herbs that dates back to the 19th century. Entry is free; event goes from 7pm–late.
      NOT TAGGED | Malabar | on Sat Sep 20, 2014
  • A Wine Bar on a Street Full of Wine Bars
    For Malabar on January 2, 2016
    Value for Money
    Suitable for ...
    The Food
    A Date
    The Drinks
    With Family
    The Service
    Business Dinner
    Atmosphere
    With Friends
    mistergraves
    Joined Jun 21, 2014
    Is American
    Posted 5 Reviews
    This is a wine bar on a street full of wine bars. They have a sangria. I've had it twice. It is weak. I would not suggest it.
    I have tried three of the wines on the wine list and had food here several times. The service is usually very spotty, even when it is not busy. The wines on offer are decent, with the Juan Gil being my favorite (dry, dark, heavy).

    There's no real privacy here, so it is not the kind of place to take a date of do any real business.
    Great bar, awkward staff
    For Malabar on November 17, 2014
    Value for Money
    Suitable for ...
    The Food
    A Date
    The Drinks
    With Family
    The Service
    Business Dinner
    Atmosphere
    With Friends
    8fullhours
    Joined May 17, 2012
    Posted 6 Reviews
    This one's a bit of an awkward turtle for me because Malabar is one of my favorite bars, but the service is below par in my eyes. I know, I know - great place, bad service... what's new.

    The spot is casual but stylish, with a range of beers, wine, cocktails and tapas on offer. Also paellas on Sundays. Great happy hour from 4-8pm as well, where their delicious draft Maredsous is served up at 20 RMB a glass. Definitely a steal.

    Now the awkward part... the past two times I've been there, even though I'm a regular and know some of the staff, I've been told off by the waitstaff for something that I didn't do. An argument broke out over some food that "I" had ordered, where a waiter who was "pretty sure" I had ordered it sent their manager over to roll her eyes and question me, repeatedly, whether I had ordered food. I'd been sitting at the bar chatting with a friend for over an hour and had only spoken to the guy pouring the beers. I got dirty stares from their staff while drinking the rest of my beer and on my way out I saw a girl on the opposite site of the bar wearing a similar white tunic to what I was wearing... awkward.

    The following time I went I ordered three glasses of wines, one for each of the three people sitting at the table. The waiter came back with one and was adamant that I had only ordered one. He argued with our table, all of which had heard me say three, and walked away shaking his head, as if we were frankly crossing the line by each wanting one glass.

    I understand that sometimes the customer is not always right, and working at a bar is demanding and frustrating, but if the customer in question does not seem trashed or extremely biased and you have an existing problem with waitstaff... is there not a chance maybe one of the staff got it wrong? Why argue? Both of the waiters / managers in this experience were foreign, not Chinese. I don't mind because Malabar is close to my house and I love Maredsous so I will likely come back anyway, but the people I was with have crossed it off their list just because they saw the staff acting rudely with me for something I really hadn't done.

    Then again Malabar always seems to be pretty "hopping", to use some antiquated slang, so they probably won't mind.
    like a beautiful woman who can’t get her shit together
    For Malabar on September 16, 2014
    Value for Money
    Suitable for ...
    The Food
    A Date
    The Drinks
    With Family
    The Service
    Business Dinner
    Atmosphere
    With Friends
    louise89
    Joined Nov 20, 2012
    Is French
    Posted 2 Reviews
    Malabar is like a beautiful woman… who can’t get her shit together.

    Awesome, flavoursome and well put together food, great copas, nice décor… and a bunch of waitstaff who have clearly not been trained or all have a permanent hangover. Aside from the long wait for the dishes we ordered (try the gambas al ajillo!), trying to get the attention of the waiters was like jumping up and down on a desert island screaming HELP! at a passenger plane overhead. I had to go up to the bar twice – to ask for a menu and to order. Both times, there were three people there, one of them making drinks and the other two looking a bit aimless. Get out there and whip out your notepad. We want to order! You could be so perfect! You could be so perfect…
    Value for Money
    Suitable for ...
    The Food
    A Date
    The Drinks
    With Family
    The Service
    Business Dinner
    Atmosphere
    With Friends
    millefeuille
    Joined Dec 11, 2010
    Is French
    Posted 3 Reviews
    Alright, this time we went for lunch with my friend and actually we made a mistake as we thought that there will be serving tapas but after a double checking they only serve that at night.

    It is said that they open at 11 but we were with my friend at 12 and woow nobody and nothing was ready!

    I had to scream at the top of my lungs to be acknoledge by the wait staff who saw us and did not bother greeting us or giving us the menu!!! The chef saw us and just gave us his back! How rude is this???

    Me being mad for the first round!

    We were the first, our order was taken nearly 10 mn after we were seated and again the staff is busy doing something else altogether.
    Then, the restaurant start to get more people and this is where the disaster starts.

    Some "Hot" men got in after us two girls and were served before us!
    Our salad was served after 30 mn and the main courses 3 min afterwards....Me being mad for the second time!

    Salad was good, main could have been hotter! I am speechless as our dishes were served cold... So, they must been waiting a while before getting to us! The Black rice cuttlefish which was cold was actually very good though...

    We had a brownie which was actually a chocolate cake and it took us 1.30 for 3 courses...

    Surely, I was not happy and I swear to god that I wish I was a man like 50% of the time because apparently they are more respected than us............ Shoot that!

    Why all those so called restaurants have no idea of what services means?????
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