First published on 9 Mar 2012. Updated on 3 Oct 2014.
French Concession branch of the microbrew-focused bar
This second branch from the Shanghai Brewery team (the first is on Hongmei Lu) is set over two spacious floors in a plum location on the corner of Hengshan and Dongping Lus. Their range of hand-crafted beers are complemented by a menu of classic pub food.
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 smokey Black Eyed Bear stout is also worth a try. In addition, there's 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 traditional pub fare (look out for their double burger Tuesdays) to German and Mexican dishes.
The laidback pub is a popular 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 major games.