The shortlist: Beer Bar of the Year

The shortlist for the Time Out Love Shanghai Awards 2016

We love Shanghai. And with top-notch cocktail bars, off-the-hook restaurants and fabulous nights out hitting the tiles, how could you not? Here's this year's shortlist, with nominees hand-picked by our editors, for the Time Out Love Shanghai Awards 2016. Want to spread the love? Click here to vote for your city favourites – shortlisted or not!

The shortlist

Boxing Cat Brewery

Together with its sister outlet Liquid Laundry on the corner of Donghu and Huaihai Lus, Boxing Cat has helped spearhead Shanghai’s craft beer revolution in the eight years since its founding. They generally offer half a dozen of their Minhang-brewed beers on tap, including a seasonal special and ...

Read more
519 Fuxing Zhong LuOnline booking


Not your average hotel bar, The BREW may reside within The Kerry Hotel beside Century Park but has built a strong reputation in its own right thanks to the excellent craft beers brewed on site by current brewmaster Christopher Bump (as of 2017). Beers aren’t cheap (you’re likely to pay upwards ...

Read more
1388 Huamu Lu


Chilled and informal, this split-level bar and eatery is located in a pleasantly peaceful corner of Jingan. Opened by American Clara Davis, District Bar Kitchen offers a bar-style menu that lends itself well to both boozing and dining – a trend we’ve been seeing more of in Shanghai lately....

Read more
284 Yuyuan Lu

The Hop Project

A brew bar from grilled cheese specialists Co. Cheese, Hop Project is a great space, intimate yet inviting, with friendly staff serving up some quality ales. Try the Koji Red (40RMB) featuring sake rice, wasabi root and ginger for something different, or the 8.8 percent Airpocalypse Double IPA ...

Read more
372 Dagu Lu

Liquid Laundry

From micro-breweries to Tex-Mex joints and salad bars, everything local restaurateur Kelley Lee touches seems to turn to (edible) gold. Her latest ambitious venture with Boxing Cat partner Lee Tseng, a Western gastro-pub concept, is no exception. Enlisting a crack team comprising ex-Maya ...

Read more
1028 Huaihai Zhong Lu
Online booking

Uptown Records 'n' Beer

This friendly hangout and off-shoot of Pingwu Lu basement vinyl den Uptown features a more curated selection of LPs along with a couple of fridges full of craft beers from China and abroad. Uptown’s selection of international brews is strong, but it’s also a good place to back the home team, ...

Read more
131 Yongfu Lu

Vote here

See more categories