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2 refreshingly laid-back new wine bars to drink at this spring

Chill spaces for lazy afternoons

Photograph: courtesy Wine Universe
For chill spaces worth spending a lazy afternoon or grabbing something new to go, these two recently opened spots are worth a visit this spring.

No Name

Natural wines can be divisive, but Shanghai’s got one more firmly in their camp. A diminutive button of a bar, No Name’s a minimalistic one-room affair – a cluster of four tables and cheeky natty wine posters (a print of revolutionary fists clutching wine glasses above ‘Terriorists’, for one) adorn the space. Wines by the glass are limited, but the bottle selection of natural wines is sizeable, five long shelves stacked two bottles deep. Split one (starting from around 200RMB) with friends or get a few for home, with a 15 percent discount on takeaway.

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564 Wanhangdu Lu

Wine Universe by Little Somms

‘Small but legendary’ reads the tagline of this plucky wine bar and eatery in Changning. Opened by two sommeliers, Jasper Sun and Sol Yang, and a chef, Cai Wenbin, the homey two-storey space sits on a burgeoning stretch of Yuyuan Lu. Pick your poison from a sizeable list of wines by the glass – including Burgundy’s most coveted estate (and hence, priciest) Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, or DRC for short – and nibble on Iberico ham or mussels in a white wine cream sauce. A wall of bottles arranged by flavour profiles like‘nutty’, ‘floral’ and ‘funky’ offer vintages to go, while in warmer weather, the terrace upstairs encourages a lazy afternoon.

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769-1 Yuyuan Lu

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