Shanghai Nightlife Guide

Pubs in Shanghai

Big Bamboo
Big Bamboo Pub, Shanghai A cross between a pub and a dedicated sports bar, Big Bamboo is your best bet for catching a sporting event in Shanghai.
Littered with pool tables, dart boards, foosball tables and TV screens over two maze-like levels, Big Bamboo is a bustling hive of expat activity set to a soundtrack of 80s rock. There are six beers on tap including Tiger for ¥40 and Guinness for ¥70, as well as an extensive selection of bottled beer from around the world. An eclectic menu has a long list of Asian and Mexican meals as well as the more standard pizzas, pastas and burgers. Average prices are around ¥50-60 for a feed. The all day bacon and egg breakfasts are also a drawcard at ¥60. Big Bamboo is dominated by male foreigners in their 30s and 40s, but can be a fun place for all.
Ph. (021) 6256 2265 Web: www.bigbamboo.cn Open: 11:00-late
Address: 132 Nanyang Lu (near Xikang Lu) Subway: Jing’an Temple
Directions: From Nanjing Xi Lu, turn north into Xikang Lu. Nanyang Lu is the first street on the left.
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Blarney Stone
Blarney Stone Pub, Shanghai There’s something about the Blarney Stone that makes it seem cozier and friendly than the other pubs in this area of Shanghai.
Maybe it’s the smaller, more intimate design and very easy-going clientele. Wander through the door and you could be right back home. Guinness, Kilkenny and Strongbow Cider are on tap for ¥65, while a pint of Carlsberg costs ¥40. Standard Irish pub grub (principally pies, stews and grilled meat) averages ¥90 for a main course. There’s a quality nice pool table on the second floor and a great live band that croons out Irish and Scottish folk songs six nights a week. The Blarney Stone has a certificate adorning its wall noting that it was given the award, “Best place to drink alone.” Strange as that award may be, given the pub’s cozy, friendly ambience, it’s little wonder it took it out.
Ph. (021) 6415 7496 Web: http://bunglerye.com/blarney.htm Open: 11:00-1:30
Address: 5A Dongping Lu Subway: Hengshan Lu
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O’Malley’s Irish Pub
O'Malleys Irish Pub, Shanghai The excellent O’Malley’s Irish Pub claims to sell the most Guinness of any bar in China.
Set over two storeys, O’Malley’s boasts a lovely interior – well decorated with plenty of mismatched paraphernalia that doesn’t go too far overboard, and with a pleasant, slightly run-down feel to it. The working fireplace really amps up the charm factor and there are plenty of little nooks and semi-private areas as well as a pool table. O’Malley’s also benefits from a massive beer garden and second floor terrace. Really, the only negative about O’Malley’s is that the service can be somewhat sullen. Guinness and Kilkenny are on tap for ¥65, Carlsberg draught is ¥45 and cocktails are ¥40-60. The Irish cuisine on offer costs an average of ¥100 for a main course, and the full Irish breakfast is ¥60.
Ph. (021) 6474 4533 Web: www.omalleys-shanghai.com Open: 11:00-2:00
Address: 42 Taojiang Lu Subway: Hengshan Lu
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The Bulldog Pub
Bulldog Pub, Shanghai The three-storey British-style Bulldog Pub benefits from friendly staff and a fun, drunken clientele.
The atrium-style, wooden interior creates a cavernous, noisy and lively atmosphere, with the sounds of chatter drifting from all around. The first floor has ample seating and a long bar, the second floor a large pool table and the third floor features more comfortable lounge seating. The massive projector screen for sports can be viewed from any of the levels. A curious pricing policy has drinks at above standard cost but a 2-for-1 special applies all the time. Tiger draught costs ¥60, while Guinness, Kilkenny, Hoegaarden, Heineken, Strongbow and Murphy’s Irish Stout are also on tap. The menu has steaks at ¥108, burgers at ¥70-80, pizzas and pastas at ¥60.
Ph. (021) 6466 7878 Web: www.bulldog-shanghai.com Open: 11:00-2:00
Address: 1 Wulumuqi Nan Lu (by Dongping Lu) Subway: Hengshan Lu
Show the taxi driver: 请带我去乌鲁木齐路1号, 近东平路,谢谢。
Oscar’s Pub
Oscars Pub, Shanghai The British-style Oscar’s pub has the feel of a local: a laid-back place for a quiet drink or to watch sports.
Without a doubt, the best thing about Oscar’s Pub is the 11am to 7:30pm two-for-one happy hour on Sundays, making it the only pub in Shanghai that assists you in drinking away the Sabbath cheaply. Ordinarily, prices are standard: ¥40 for draught Tiger and Carlsberg and cocktails from ¥50. The staff aren’t particularly friendly but they get the pints pulled. There’s a pool table on the second floor. Oscar’s isn’t a perfect pub, but if you take a seat at the bar, strike up a conversation with the drunken foreigner next to you, and down a few pints, you can have a good time here.
Ph. (021) 6431 6528 Open: 11:00-2:00
Address: 1337 Fuxing Zhong Lu (near Baoqing Lu) Subway: Changshu Lu
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The Bund Brewery
The Bund Brewery, Shanghai A classy beer restaurant just off the Bund, the Bund Brewery serves up light and dark micro-brewed ‘Bundlander’ beer.
The darkly lit German-style bar boasts an appealing interior, with solid, wooden furniture and a simple, effective design, that is cheapened only by the big, bizarre, arty portraits that adorn the walls. The home brew, priced at ¥48 per 500mL, is surprisingly good – thick and a little sweet – and apparently made according to traditional Bavarian methods. Spirits start at ¥55 and cocktails from ¥65. The menu offers a range of international dishes, many with a Spanish influence, at an average price of ¥70-80. The Bund Brewery deserves credit for offering something a bit different. It’s a good bar to start a night or have a few beers with friends.
Ph. (021) 6321 8447 Open: 11:00-2:00
Address: 11 Hankou Lu (just off the Bund) Subway: Nanjing Rd East
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Paulaner Brauhaus (Xintiandi)
Paulaner Brauhaus, Shanghai This German-style restaurant and bar in Xintiandi is one of three outlets of the Paulaner Brauhaus in Shanghai.
While there is nothing particularly special about the place it somehow manages to stay full much of the time. The house beer is pricey at ¥80 per 500mL, but it’s hard to complain about the generous size of the hearty meals served here. Filipino cover bands and ho-hum service completes the picture.
Ph. (021) 6320 3935 Open: 11:00-0:00
Address: Taicang Lu, Xintiandi North Block Subway: Xintiandi
Show the taxi driver: 请带我去宝莱纳餐厅新天地店,谢谢。地址:太仓路, 新天地北里。
Dublin Exchange
Dublin Exchange Pub, Shanghai Due to its location in the HSBC Building in Pudong the Dublin Exchange naturally draws an older clientele.
As a result it’s not so much a place you go to for fun, but rather serves as a good venue for business meetings, networking or winding down after work. The pub has quite a classy interior, done in an upmarket pub style, which gives it a stuffy sort of atmosphere. This isn’t helped by the CNN broadcasts on the TVs. The only relieving feature of the Dublin Exchange is the late ‘80s and early ‘90s rock soundtrack… And, of course, the alcohol. Only three beers are on tap: Guinness and Kilkenny for ¥65, Carlsberg for ¥45, while bottled beer starts at ¥40. The usual Irish pub fare is on the menu at an average of ¥90 for a main course, while burgers, sandwiches and pastas average ¥50.
Ph. (021) 6841 2052 Open: 10:00-23:00
Address: 101, Yincheng Dong Lu, 2nd Floor (inside the HSBC Building) Subway: Lujiazui
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