Everyone knows that no one does happy hour like Shanghai. What would we be without our buy-one-get-one-frees and our 50% offs and our 100 RMB open bars? Painfully sober, that’s what. And now restaurants are upping their games to get even more happy hour patrons through the door. How? By offering free munchies to scarf down alongside the wicked drink deals. So next time your stomach’s growling as you leave the office, keep these places in mind to fill all your food and drink needs.
1) AvalonView In Map
Tucked away on an assuming section of Changle Lu, Avalon has one of the best outdoor rooftop seating around (but shhh, don’t tell anyone - it’s still refreshingly undiscovered!). They also serve an amazing happy hour, with select cocktails, wine and sparkling wine for just 28 RMB. In addition, they throw in complimentary canapés such as a mixed olive plate and a to-die-for quiche. It’s a great (cheap) way to enjoy this oft pricey restaurant.
Add: 2F, 139-19 Changle Lu, near Ruijin Lu, Shanghai
地址: 上海市长乐路139-19号2楼, 近瑞金路
Tel: 021 5382 0862
Opening hours: Daily, 15:00-23:30
2) The BREWView In Map
Yes, it’s a bit of a hassle to get out there (it’s located in The Kerry Hotel out in Pudong), but The BREW’s impressive selection of house brewed beer (and cider!) is worth it – as are their free “signature pub snacks” thrown in when you take advantage of the buy-one-get-one-free offer on any of their brews. I definitely recommend their spicy peanuts.
Add: The Kerry Hotel, 1388 Huamu Lu, near Fangdian Lu, Shanghai
地址: 上海市花木路1388号, 近芳甸路
Tel: 021 6169 8888
Open: Daily, 11:00-02:00
3) XTD ElevatedView In Map
The brand spankin’ new XTD Elevated in Xintiandi is doing its best to make their new space your hangout of choice. Two cocktails will run you 150 RMB during their 17:30-19:30 happy hour (just imagine what their regular prices are like). You’ll also be treated to a variety of complimentary canapés to help make those cocktails go down a bit easier.
Add: The Langham Xintiandi Shanghai, 5F, 99 Madang Lu, near Taicang Lu, Shanghai
地址: 上海市马当路99号5楼, 近太仓路
Tel: 021 2330 2288
Opening hours: Daily, 11:00-02:00
1) Morton’s The SteakhouseView In Map
The happy hour to end all happy hours is at Morton’s The Steakhouse, located in Pudong’s IFC mall. In case you haven’t heard by now, from 17:00-19:00 they offer 38 RMB select MORtinis (get it?) like Vodka, Gin, Appletinis, Chocotinis, and Cosmos alongside all the free mini steak sandwiches you can eat. Free. Steak. Sandwiches. Got that?
Add: IFC Pudong, 4F, 8 Shiji Da Dao, near Lujiazui Huan Lu, Shanghai
地址: 上海市世纪大道8号, 国金中心IFC商场4楼, 近陆家嘴环路
Tel: 021 6075 8888
Opening hours: Sun-Thurs, 11:30-22:00; Fri-Sat, 11:30-23:00
1) Fat Olive (Expo Village)View In Map
While the Expo Village isn’t the most convenient of locations, I’m betting it’s worth the hike for Fat Olive’s surprising Saturday night happy hour deal. Buy a bucket of beers between 16:00 and 21:00 for 150 RMB, and they’ll throw in four mezze (ie: sharing) platters to pair with them. With Saturday night deals a rare thing indeed, this one just might be a winner.
Add: 12 Lane 222 Shibocun Lu, Shanghai
Tel: 021 2206 0881
Opening hours: Daily, 10:00-22:00
1) BrownstoneView In Map
The perfect place to lounge away the afternoon, Brownstone offers select beers and cocktails for between 25 and 30 RMB, along with free hotdogs. Lest you think these dogs are your typical Chinese version, rest assured these puppies come fresh off the grill and are satisfyingly authentic (ie: not sweet). The bar of complimentary toppings like onions and relish doesn’t hurt either.
Add: Surpass Court, 570 Yongjia Lu, near Yueyang Lu, Shanghai
地址: 上海市永嘉路570号4号楼, 近岳阳路
Tel: 021 6073 7740
Opening hours: Mon-Fri, 14:00-02:00; Sat-Sun, 14:00-03:00
2) CharView In Map
If you’re in the mood to enjoy a nice view with your food and drink, take advantage of Char’s unobstructed view of the Huangpu River during their Sunday happy hour. Jugs of “summer cocktails” (think Sangria, Pimm’s, etc.) go for 99 RMB from 14:00-17:30, and are served alongside free appetizers. Not a bad way to end the weekend.
Add: Hotel Indigo, 29-31F, 585 Zhongshan Dong Er Lu, near Dongmen Lu, Shanghai
地址: 上海外滩英迪格酒店, 中山东二路585号29-31楼, 近东门路
Tel: 021 3302 9995
Opening hours: Daily; Dining Room, 18:00-22:30; Bar, 18:00-late
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