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This Week in Drinking Interesting, Cheap, and Free Beer and Wine

By May 16, 2017 Nightlife


Pretty great week for bacchanal pursuits in Shanghai. Pints on the finest and delicious glasses of grape juice are to be supped off smooth and shiny mahogany bars all over the city. Basically, here's a rundown of cheap and / or interesting beer and wine functions happening in the near future.



on Tue May 16 2017

Moodly Tongue Taps Takeover + Food Pairing

The Rooster - 455 Shaanxi Bei Lu, near Beijing Xi Lu

Delectable "culinary" brewers Moody Tongue out of Chicago are at The Rooster showcasing five of their line, replete with brewmaster Jared Rouben fielding questions. Questions like "Culinary Brewing? What? SRSLY?" and "Hey, where do you get the nerve buddy?! Just who do you think you are?" He'll probably answer some variation of their company line: "Culinary brewing: using a chef’s mindset to highlight flavors and aromatics in balanced beers." Their flavors are definitely intriguing. Got a chance to sample some at the Feast Festival a while back and was really impressed / drunk.

For Tuesday nights tasting, they're serving their Smoked Applewood Gold, Sliced Nectarine IPA, Caramelized Chocolate Churro Baltic Porter, and more. There's also options for pulled pork sliders and chicken wings parings. Sounds pretty damn tasty. Bottles from 30rmb to 60mb. Bumped up a bit with food.


on Wed May 17 2017

Jing A Tap Takeover

District - 284 Yuyuan Road, near Wulumuqi Bei Lu

You've probably seen these guys all over town and now you can meet the bruh behind the label. Beijing-based craft brew company Jing A is doing a taps takeover at friendly local pub District on Wednesday right after work at 6pm. The Jing is serving some of their seasonal brews plus Alex their co-founder and brewer will be on-hand to chat. Go-to conversation: Which do you prefer? Beijing or Shanghai? That shit never gets old. 35rmb pints from 6pm until they run out.

Along with their standards: Tuhao Gold Pilsner, Mandarin Wheat, and Flying Fist IPA, they're also serving the Mijiaya Neolithic Ale, "casually whipped up based on a 5000-year-old recipe." Evidently, they partnered with the "Stanford University Archeology Team of Ancient Alcohol Research" to make it.

Damn, I took the wrong thing in university.

on Wed May 17 2017

Wine Lips

Smash - 685 Dingxi Lu, near Fahuazhen Lu

Finally making good on their mandate to emphasis the wonderful qualities of "natural wines," the Melbourne Social Club AKA Smash is teaming up with Camden (Egg, Shanghai Supperclub), and Jessica Lai (formerly of Root Cellars) to host a delightful little wine event Wednesday night called Wine Lips. For 180rmb, guests can get samples of six varieties of natural wine -- wine created without preservatives or carcinogenics or nasty things like that. They also have juice. And tunes. This is the first of a monthly-ish series. Get in on the ground floor. Says organizer Frau: "It's a party. It's youthful. You drink well."

A menu standout: "Guimaro Blanco from Ribeira Sacra in Spain, these wines are made from grapes who live on the edge. Mineral, aromatic, and somehow medicinal, this white will cure your soul."


Chin chin!

on Wed May 17 2017

Nathan Fake + Ruin Bar Launch

Dada - 115 Xingfu Lu, near Fahuazhen Lu

This one's not specifically a booze event but there is FREE BOOZE and that stuff tastes the best. Know what free booze "pairs" good with? LIFE, my son. LIFE. On Wednesday night, Dada celebrates the launch of their backroom lounge space "Ruin", and from 8pm to 10pm there's sort of a semi-secret free-flow thing going on. If you roll on that and ask for it, they're not going to stop you. You'll also dodge the 100rmb cover charge which is going in effect for their headliner Nathan Fake later in the night.

BUT, at Ruin, you should also keep an eye out for Arrow Factory’s "Guanxi Pale Ale". That's another Beijing-based label that will be available at the event. This one's a bit rarer around town. Enjoy it where and when you can. Good stuff.

on Wed May 17 2017

The Tipsy Fiddler Three-Year Anniversary

The Tipsy Fiddler - No. 6, Lane 135 Fahuazhen Lu, near Xingfu...

File this one under "cheap" booze. Traditionalist Irish pub Tipsy Fiddler celebrates three years in the books with an extended happy hour to break up your working week. Live acoustic music plus happy hours from 3pm to 10pm. Should be a nice little turnout for the popular neighborhood bar. The day be clear, the sky be bright, came up from the back like a streak of light!

All Week

Daily until May 21 2017

'Bon Vivant' - Rosé Week

Kartel - 5/F, 1 Xiangyang Bei Lu, near Julu Lu

Kartel's nice Xiangyang Lu patio already fills up early for happy hours so get down early to get in on their "Bon Vivant' - Rosé Week". They're slashing prices on rosé bottles and champagne because... hey, it's spring. 250rmb on French rose wine bottles, 500rmb for a Magnum (not the ice cream) and 300rmb for rose champagne. Add in 100rmb and you get a cold cuts platter. Available until May 21.

The Weekend

Daily until May 21 2017

Belgian Beer Weekend

Tonglefang - 537 Haifang Road, near Xikang Road

Coming off Beernanza last week, the big beer-based to-do this weekend is the Belgian Beer Weekend, which is an international event making its debut this year in Shanghai. The festival will host a wide range of Belgian beers imported in China, from the easy-to-find ones like Delirium, Chimay, Vedett, to some newly arrived Belgian crafts beers. Good one for Belgian beer nerds. Along with the booze, expect the requisite gastronomic delights on small paper plates, DJs, and bands. Runs 12pm to 10pm on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are 50rmb per day, available right here.




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