First published on 9 Mar 2012. Updated on 10 Jun 2014.
French Concession branch of the excellent microbrew-focused bar
One of our favourite bars in town, this second branch from the Shanghai Brewery team (the first is on Hongmei Lu) is set over two spacious floors in a great location on the corner of Hengshan and Dongping Lus. Their range of quality hand-crafted beers - brewed on-site and a cut above the other microbrews in town - are complemented by a menu of classic pub food from the tasty bangers and mash to mouthwatering burgers and sizzling fajitas.
From the beers (standard, 35RMB; large, 48RMB; four beer sampler set, 58RMB), we like the Czech-style People's Pilsner, which slips down dangerously easy, and the strong bitterness of the North Star IPA. The rich, smokey Black Eyed Bear stout is another favourite, while the peach beer is especially popular with female drinkers. There's also a good range of lagers on tap and in bottles as well as extensive wine and cocktail lists, including an array of beer cocktails.
The food menu ranges from tasty traditional pub fare (we particularly recommend their double burger Tuesdays) to German and Mexican dishes. The bangers and mash with pilsner gravy and the heaping el nachos grande are two of our favourite pub dishes in Shanghai.
The laidback pub is also a great spot for watching big sporting events with large TV screens dotted throughout the bar and a four metre-wide screen lowered at one end of the bar for big games. With smart, friendly service and better beers than your average sports bar, Shanghai Brewery draws a large audience for major sporting events without feeling uncomfortably crowded as with other bars in the area.
The positioning of the sports screens on the first floor means that they are viewable from anywhere in the bar without being in your face, while the second floor space gives the venue the flexibility to host dedicated mixers, private events and activities such as Wednesday night salsa dancing. Private rooms are also available for booking upstairs.