The hottest new F&B openings in Shanghai to check out right now

Shanghai has always been a city of constant new openings

Photograph: courtesy The Upper Room Via Dianping
Shanghai has always been a city of constant new openings. Every week, a fresh bar or restaurant sprouts here and there. Although the speed has been slowed down by You Know What, it seems the city is finally back to firing on all cylinders with many new spots opening up their doors. Read on to find out new places to eat and drink this season.

Zup Pizza Bar

ZUP Pizza 2
Photograph: courtesy Zup Pizza Bar

Located on the happening street of Fumin Lu, Zup is a new pizza bar dishing out some seriously creative pizzas along with tasty bites to share. All of their pizzas go through a rigorous fermentation process that allows the dough to reach the perfect temperatures for quality and freshness. Their pies are made in the Chicago style, paying homage to pizza chef Wayne Hou’s hometown. Pizzas are organised into three different sauce categories, red (classic marinara), pink (vodka sauce), and white (creamy garlic). Not sure what to try? Go for the Hou-Lee Trinity, which combines pesto, red, and vodka sauce and gets its namesake from the brains behind Zup (Wayne Hou and Lee Tseng). If you’re looking for something on the meatier side, try out the Bad Son, a pie covered in juicy fennel sausage, pepperoni, meatbal,l and chicken. They have a vegan pizza on offer as well. While you wait for your pizza, tuck into some mouthwatering shared plates like their garlic knots, street co,rn and meatballs. Wash it all down with the beers they have on tap, including their own Zup house IPA.

Zup Pizza Bar, B205, Second Floor, 291 Fumin Lu, near Changle Lu.

Post No Bills

Post No Bills

Photograph: courtesy Post No Bills

Post No Bills is a new cocktail bar on Wuding Lu. When you first walk in, you’ll see vibrant and eclectic artwork covering the walls that’s all been dreamed up, designed, and done by the Post No Bills team. The bar fosters a casual and fun atmosphere while serving delicious food and drinks at a fair price. Choose from music- and pop culture-inspired cocktails like Welcome to the Jungle (Crimson Pangolin Jungle gin, white wine, curry, pandan, and lime) and the Fresh Prince (Laird’s Applejack, Earl Grey infused crème de cacao blan,c and lemon). While Post No Bills is a cocktail bar first, the food is no slouch. Tuck into their loaded potatoes, fries slathered in Cajun M3 short ribs, and melted cheese. Or chow down on their chicken sando, a brioche bun nestling crispy chicken, tomato sauce, arugula, and provolone cheese. At the end of the day, Post No Bills aspires towards a carefree and party-like atmosphere where people can experience great art and music and enjoy some damn good food and drinks simultaneously.

Post No Bills, 970-972 Wuding Lu, near Jiaozhou Lu.

II Teatro

Photograph: courtesy 11 Teatro

Il Teatro is an Italian restaurant that has taken over the old Paulaner space in the centre of Xintiandi. As its name suggests, the restaurant’s theme is ‘The Theatre’, and its design conveys this perfectly. The menu is massive, with all sorts of delectable morsels from homemade pasta, dessert,s and pastries to tasty pizzas made from a state-of-the-art Moretti oven. Il Teatro is separated into two floors. The first floor feels like an elegant café, while the second gives off a more fine-dining vibe. Of course, no Italian restaurant is complete without a robust wine selection. They boast a selection of over a hundred wines from Spain, Italy, Fran,ce and other European countries.

Il Teatro, North Bldg, Xintiandi, No 19, Lane 181 Taicang Lu, near Huangpi Nan Lu.

The Upper Room

The Upper Room 2

Photograph: courtesy The Upper Room via Dianping

From the folks that brought, you J. Boroski, the Upper Room is a new bund-side cocktail lounge. The spot has two bars, one on the outside and another on the inside. The outside bit focuses mainly on rum-based cocktails and has an insane view of the Pearl Tower. Slow sip on cocktails like the Blue Hawaiian (white rum, pineapple, butterfly pea Cointreau and coconut) while the bar bumps hip-hop and funk music in the background. Head inside, and you’ll meet a completely different experience. The dim lighting and the décor give off a 70s high-class feel. Soul, funk, and old-school hip-hop add even more to the ambience. As for the drinks, choose from a list of Yunnan flavour-based cocktails, like the Garden Julep (Jasmine-infused whisky, Yunnan rose, and mint). Drinks are paired with a small food menu of Yunnan dishes as well. Not sure what to try? Walk up to the bar staff and they’ll give you a recommendation based on your tastes.

The Upper Room, Seventh Floor, Sha Mei Building, 190 Beijing Dong Lu, near Sichuan Zhong Lu.

By Michael MacLaren