Numbers are high when it comes to wine, cocktails, coffee and great food around the Wulumuqi Lu area, but in a month's time the count will be down by one (well, two). Bird and Bitter, a double-act, side-by-side concept that combined all four, on Wuyuan Lu has announced it’s calling it a day
, citing a number of changed circumstances including their lease. The last hurrah being a big NYE blow out on Friday 31 December.
Operated by Camden Hauge under Happy Place Hospitality (also venues like Egg, Lucky Mart, La Matcha), Bird’s been a destination for low-key dinners over the kitchen's ever-changing menu of small plates highlighting local ingredients (think Sichuan sausages with Chaosan fermented butter or charcoal grilled Shaanxi pork neck) that stretch well into the night thanks to the wine programme. Next door, Bitter serves up morning coffees that turn into lazy lunches and then at night, a cocktail bar.
Photograph: Yang Xiaozhe
Don't think things will end on a whimper. The month is long and to send off the venues with a proper goodbye, there will be a slew of events paying to homage Bird and Bitter’s four-year history. Wine specials will run for the next four weeks, former bartenders, chefs and wine partners will all be stopping by with various guest shifts. On Monday 20, Bird's old managers will take over the bar, while from Tuesday 28-Thusday 30, the restaurant's three chefs (past and present) – Chris Zhu, Jonathan Hu and Sting Wang – will team up to create a six-hands menu of Bird's greatest hits.
Photograph: Betty Richardson, courtesy Happy Place Hospitality Group
The final glass of wine will be poured in the early hours of 1 Jan 2022. Check back at Happy Place Hospitality's WeChat
for event info and updates. Although it’s shame to see another familiar haunt go by the wayside, that's just the nature of the game in Shanghai.