Located on the second floor of the Green & Safe in Xintiandi, the Bunker is a cocktail bar from the folks of the popular vending machine door speakeasy, Flask, that closed in May of 2016. They offer some signature cocktails from Flask as well as seasonal drinks and bites from the Green & Safe kitchen. They say the cocktails are made with fresh ingredients from the Green & Safe farm. Expect to find fans of Flask and the Botanist here. Cocktails range from 80-95rmb.
The Beef: I’ve probably passed by the Green & Safe in XTD a few times on my visits to the infamous fountain/square but I had not noticed or paid attention to it. Probably because I never really considered going grocery shopping in the middle of a tourist hotspot. As we walked in through the entrance, the space seemed tiny…how could there be a supermarket, restaurant, and bar all tucked inside? Until you get to the second floor, up the third, and then all the way back down to the basement. Yes, its confusing at first but it’s an impressive and cool space to explore.
Inside the “bunker”, the food menu (and prices) are the same as Green & Safe offerings. So you know the food is reliably fresh and top-notch. Except the beverages are off-limits. For drinks, you can only order off the bar menu – which is fair considering that’s the reason you’re at the speakeasy in the first place. But I was not allowed to order a juice/soda/tea to wash down all the food (stimes a girl just needs a soda with her burger!) on top of the cocktail I ordered. The wait staff were nice though and super attentive so I didn’t want to make a fuss.
Can’t complain about the food. The chili burger was spot on (a bit stingy on the chili), the pizza was fantastic (mind blown with mini quail eggs on each slice), and the soba salad was actually a spring roll (unexpected but still fun).
The cocktails were also very good. As speakeasy cocktails. But didn’t pair well with dinner (back to my point about wanting a soda) – the flavors were too sophisticated and refined, which got lost with the heavy food.
The Gang: Fewer tourists than the other XTD establishments nearby from the looks of it.
The Motive: The overall experience was pleasant, the only thing I would change is to eat outside at Green & Safe for dinner first before heading to the Bunker for drinks separately.
The Damage: Approx. 450RMB for 2, with dinner and one cocktail (~95RMB) each. Extremely reasonable, especially for the area.
The Down n’ Dirty: In the Green & Safe area. I don’t want to get the ayi in trouble, but it was messy and unkempt– did not reflect well on the Green & Safe “image”.
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